BRIDGET ARENS-JONES BOARD PRESIDENT
Bridget joined the Healthy Community Partnership Board in Fall of 2012 and is excited to be working to further the health and well-being of the La Crescent community. Bridget and husband Tom have lived in Apple Blossom Acres for over eight years, and feel fortunate to be so close to Old Hickory Park. They also feel lucky to have amazing neighbors and a lovely community in which to relax, play, and live. Bridget is employed by Gundersen Health System as a Learning and Development Consultant. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHELLEY ELLINGSON – BOARD VICE PRESIDENT; PROGRAM MANAGER, TOUCHING MOMENTS & WINDY RIDGE RANCH THERAPEUTIC RIDING CENTER
Shelley Ellingson lives in rural Hokah with her husband of 29 years, three beautiful children, 7 cats and 6 horses. Her hobbies include reading, scrapbooking, horseback riding, and traveling with her family. She enjoys living in the La Crescent area and has served the community through her church and youth organizations, including Girl Scouts and 4-H. As an HCP Board member, she has learned more about the wonderful services the La Crescent area has to offer and with her dedicated volunteers, she has made the Touching Moments program very successful. You can contact Shelley by email at email@example.com.
BOB PITEL – BOARD TREASURER; PROGRAM MANAGER, APPLESEED COMMUNITY THEATRE
Bob Pitel and his wife Jackie have been La Crescent residents since 1980. They raised four children in La Crescent and now have six grandsons. Bob taught math, computer programming, and physics at La Crescent High School for 29 years before retiring. He is currently teaching math at Globe University. Bob was one of the founding members of Appleseed Community Theatre in 2002 and is currently ACT’s president. He joined the HCP board when Appleseed became a program of HCP and is currently serving as treasurer for HCP. Bob can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEANA & JOSEPH W. CARON – BOARD SECRETARY, BOARD MEMBER
Deana and Joe Caron have lived and worked in the area since 2007. Deana is an accountant working for Gundersen Health System in Onalaska. Joe is a Family Medicine Physician practicing at the La Crescent Gundersen Clinic. Deana and Joe have been married for close to 30 years. They love spending time with their two college-aged children and their yellow lab. Their interests include family, reading, walking, technology, improving community health, and healthy living. They also love spending time in the community and helping out when they can to make La Crescent an even better place to live. You can contact Joe at email@example.com and Deana at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EMMA BLANK – BOARD MEMBER
Emma Blank is a Media Specialist at the La Crescent-Hokah School District where she has been employed for twenty years. She is married to Rodney, and has three children. Her passion is music and is a Worship Leader on Saturday Nights at Olivet Beacon of Light Lutheran Church. Her band ‘Sometimes Two’ plays weekly gigs around the LaCrosse/ La Crescent area. She hopes to share her musical talent in various venues with Healthy Community Partnership. You can email Emma at email@example.com
EILEEN KRENZ – BOARD MEMBER
Currently the Executive Director for the La Crescent Chamber of Commerce, Eileen joined the Healthy Community Partnership board in 2008 as part of her job. She has come to realize that this board is making a difference in the La Crescent area community. Eileen is a Past-President of the Healthy Community Partnership (HCP), a member of the La Crescent Lions Club and of the Rotary Club of La Crescent. She lives in La Crescent with her husband David, her youngest son Brian, and a Golden Lab puppy, Pearl. Eileen enjoys reading, biking, traveling, and spending time with her family. You can reach her at LaCrescent.Chamber@acegroup.cc.
FRAN RYBARIK – BOARD MEMBER
A La Crescent resident for more than 10 years, Fran has grown children and twin grandsons. She loves kayaking, snowshoeing, hiking and being outdoors. As a former public health nurse and health educator, she recognizes the importance of community health initiatives. After attending the Town Hall Meetings several years ago, she watched programs grow under the umbrella of the Healthy Community Partnership. She is pleased to contribute to the health of La Crescent as a volunteer for Neighbors in Action and as an HCP board member. You can email Fran at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JUDY STORLIE – BOARD MEMBER
Judy Storlie has lived in La Crescent with her husband Red and family for the last 22 years. Judy is a licensed childcare provider and a Houston County Commissioner. She grew up in La Crescent, raised her 4 children here and enjoys watching some of her grandchildren grow up here. Her husband, children and grandchildren enjoy boating, biking and camping. She wants to see La Crescent continue to grow as a great place to raise a family. You can contact Judy by email at Judystorlie58@gmail.com
LINDA LARSON – BOARD MEMBER, PROGRAM MANAGER, LA CRESCENT COMMUNITY BIKE SHOPPE
Linda has been a resident of La Crescent for 20 years, raising two children here. She came to Healthy Community Partnership as a representative for Gundersen Health System, where she works as an exercise physiologist and wellness educator. She has served as Secretary and President of HCP. She is passionate about helping La Crescent be a safe, fun community with opportunities for everyone to live a healthy life. Linda enjoys the beauty of our area by walking in our neighborhoods, hiking in the bluffs and gardening in her own backyard. You can email Linda at email@example.com
SUSAN ODDSEN – BOARD MEMBER; PROGRAM MANAGER, LA CRESCENT COMMUNITY GARDEN
Susan has worked as a community organizer on Long Island, has taught adult education on the west coast of Alaska, and has helped organize conferences in the Twin Cities for the Alzheimer’s Association. Now happily settled in La Crescent, Susan volunteers with the Houston Nature Center, the local food shelf, and the schools, where her husband teaches, and her two children attend. She is glad to serve on the Healthy Community Partnership board because she shares the vision of creating a healthy, thriving community in La Crescent. Susan is an amateur gardener, and enjoys cooking, travel, music, biking and walking as much as she can. Susan’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org
MAGGIE SMITH – BOARD MEMBER
Maggie Smith has been a La Crescent resident since 2009, and shares her home with husband Nate, three young sons and several furry family members. As a public health educator at the health department in neighboring La Crosse County, Maggie is passionate about creating a strong, healthy community through public health policy, systems and environmental changes that help “make the healthy choice, the easy choice” both in La Crescent and in the surrounding region. In her spare time, Maggie is a novice gardener, aspiring yogi and occasional runner. Contact Maggie via email at email@example.com.
SANDY GRAVES – PROGRAM COORDINATOR, NEIGHBORS IN ACTION
Sandy Graves has lived in La Crescent since 2000 with her husband Todd and two children, Josef and Kelly. She was hired in July of 2007 by HCP to coordinate the Neighbors in Action program which provides chore and transportation services to senior citizens in the La Crescent area. Sandy’s vision for our community is to make La Crescent a more elder friendly community where people raise their families and have the services necessary to live out their lives. Sandy loves to spend time with her family on the river in the summer, downhill skiing in the winter and to read and garden. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BETSY KNOWLES – PROGRAM COORDINATOR, NEIGHBORS DAY
Betsy has been a resident of La Crescent since 1986. She was involved in the Southern MN Initiative Town Hall Meetings held in 2005 where community residents highlighted project ideas for a healthy community.That is where she and several others put together a plan to host an Annual Neighbors Day in La Crescent. Betsy has helped coordinate the day since 2006 – and through the tremendous support of the community, Neighbors Day has been a reality through rain, sun and even snow! Betsy teaches economics at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse, and enjoys tai chi, long walks, growing food and making lively music with her band. You can reach Betsy at 507-895-8866.
JEN ETRHEIM – BOARD MEMBER
Jen joined the HCP board in February of 2017. She spent her early childhood in La Crescent and finished high school in Saint Charles, MN and came back to La Crescent after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in the spring of 2008. The beauty of the bluffs, strong families ties and the sense of community pride have always made LA Crescent feel like home. Jen is also a member of the La Crescent Lions Club. Jen works at La Crosse Sign in the accounting department. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, walking her dog Gus around town, and crocheting. You can contact Jen by email at email@example.com.
SHANNON ADAMS – BOARD MEMBER