CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS
Our sincere thanks to Eileen Krenz and Maggie Smith for their years of dedicated service!
LINDA LARSON – PRESIDENT and PROGRAM MANAGER, LA CRESCENT COMMUNITY BIKE SHOPPE
Linda has been a resident of La Crescent for 25 years, raising two children here. She came to Healthy Community Partnership in 2007 as a representative for Gundersen Health System where she worked as an clinical exercise physiologist and wellness educator. She is now enjoying retirement. Linda has served as Secretary and President of HCP and is also the program manager for the La Crescent Community Bike Shoppe. She is passionate about helping La Crescent be a safe, active community with opportunities for everyone to live a healthy life. Linda enjoys the beauty of our area by walking and biking in our neighborhoods, hiking in the bluffs and gardening in her own backyard. You can email Linda at email@example.com.
DIANE PALM – BOARD SECRETARY and PROGRAM MANAGER, LA CRESCENT COMMUNITY GARDEN
Diane and her husband Dave moved to La Crescent in 2017 from rural Winona. She is a retired Nurse Practitioner and has worked with both Gundersen and Mayo Health Systems. She was the director of Student Health services at Winona State University and very involved with Healthy Campus initiatives during those years. Since moving to La Crescent she has enjoyed volunteering with the Community Garden and the La Crescent Food shelf. Her hobbies include golfing, gardening, hiking and biking. Contact Diane at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOB PITEL – BOARD TREASURER and 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 email@example.com.
JEN ETRHEIM – FINANCIAL MANAGER
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
KASEY BURG – BOARD MEMBER
Kasey Burg has called La Crescent home since 2002, and created a permanent residence with her husband and fur baby in 2019. As an employee and active member on the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee for La Crosse County, Kasey is passionate about creating opportunities for equality and inclusion in her community. In her free time Kasey runs a digital creation business, goes on walks with her dog, spends time with family and enjoys going for 4-wheeler rides through the woods. You can contact Kasey at email@example.com.
JEFF ERICKSON – BOARD MEMBER
Jeff Erickson has lived in the La Crescent community for the past 30 years and has been married to his wonderful wife Cathy for the past 29 years. Together they have raised 3 great children who are now grown. Jeff has a Graphics Design and Printing and a skilled public relations, image management and media publications background. In his free time, he creates hand-crafted recycled bird houses and bird feeders. He also enjoys going for weekend drives, taking nature pictures and going to movies with his wife. You can contact Jeff by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHELLEY ELLINGSON – PROGRAM MANAGER, TOUCHING MOMENTS and WINDY RIDGE RANCH THERAPEUTIC CENTER
Shelley Ellingson lives in rural Hokah with her husband, cats and 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 Animal Assisted Activities and Windy Ridge Ranch programs very successful. You can contact Shelley by email at email@example.com.
SANDY GRAVES – PROGRAM MANAGER, NEIGHBORS IN ACTION
Sandy Graves has been the Director of Neighbors in Action since the program began in 2007. She is passionate about providing the services our older neighbors need to stay safe and healthy. She and her husband Todd have been married for over 25 years. They have two children and one granddaughter. Sandy loves reading and spending time outdoors, especially on the river. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BRENDON GROEN – BOARD MEMBER
Brendon moved to the La Crosse area from Sioux Falls, South Dakota to be with his now husband Brady in 2016. They moved to La Crescent in December 2019 and have enjoyed meeting wonderful neighbors. Wanting to be a part of the community, Brendon became a volunteer with the La Crescent Food Shelf and has also thoroughly enjoyed having a garden plot in the community garden. He is looking forward to serving on the HCP board. He currently works as a nurse practitioner at Gundersen Health System and is passionate about providing nephrology care to others in the larger community. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his husband, friends and family, baking, playing tennis, spending time with his cats and tending to his 50+ houseplants. You can contact Brendon at email@example.com.
BETSY KNOWLES – PROGRAM MANAGER, NEIGHBORS DAY
Betsy has been a resident of La Crescent since 1986. In 2005 she was involved in the Southern MN Initiative Town Hall Meetings where she and several others first proposed hosting 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 is retired from the Economics Department at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse, and enjoys tai chi, long walks, camping, growing food and making lively music with her band. You can reach Betsy at 507-895-8866.
JENNIFER LIETZAU – BOARD MEMBER
Jennifer moved to rural Hokah with her husband, Ryan, and two daughters in 2016. As an occupational therapist, registered nurse and now nurse practitioner, Jennifer is passionate about promoting healthy lifestyles. She also has a strong desire to advocate for community well-being and has helped implement the mobile food shelf in Winona through Winona Volunteer Services. As a new board member, she has been involved in Neighbors in Action, and looks forward to further collaboration with the La Crescent Area Health Community Partnership. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys reading, being on the river, spending time with her children, playing cards and board games and doing craft projects. You can contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUSAN ODDSEN – PROGRAM MANAGER, LA CRESCENT FOOD SHELF
Susan moved to La Crescent with her husband Logan Colby and their two children in 2009, for his teaching position at the La Crescent Middle School. She joined the Healthy Community Partnership board in 2012, because she shares the vision of creating a healthy, thriving community in La Crescent. Her passion is growing and eating healthy foods, so she stepped up to help grow the Community Garden, and the La Crescent-Hokah Elementary School Garden. Having volunteered at the La Crescent Food Shelf for several years, she recently answered the call to help grow this program as it comes under HCP’s umbrella. Her other interests include hiking and camping, travel, music, theatre, and following her children’s activities. Contact Susan at: email@example.com.
ERIC MINOR – BOARD MEMBER
Eric Minor moved to La Crescent in 2017 with his wife Amanda and their son. Both Eric and Amanda were raised in a small town in northern Wisconsin and are happy to be back in a small town with a strong community focus. As a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Eric has always had a passion for helping others. Eric also serves on the ABLE board, and is a member of the Lions club. In his free time he enjoys traveling to sporting events with his family, playing volleyball, and snowmobiling. You can contact Eric at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EMILY RILEY – BOARD MEMBER
Emily has been a La Crescent resident her whole life, and is a recent graduate of Luther College in Decorah, IA. She is excited to serve on the HCP board and give back to the community where she grew up. Emily is the Library Assistant at the La Crescent Public Library, and is also an organist and pianist. She enjoys music, reading, and spending time outdoors. You can contact Emily at email@example.com.