Board Members

EILEEN KRENZ – BOARD PRESIDENT

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 email her at LaCrescent.Chamber@acegroup.cc.

LINDA LARSON – BOARD VICE PRESIDENT and 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 LJLarson@gundersenhealth.org.

JEN ETRHEIM – BOARD SECRETARY

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 jetrheim@gmail.com.

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 bobpitel@gmail.com.

SHELLEY ELLINGSON – PROGRAM MANAGER, TOUCHING MOMENTS and 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 sellingson@norcorp.com.

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: emmalea@acegroup.cc.

SANDY GRAVES – PROGRAM MANAGER, 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 sandy@neighborsinaction.net.

SUSAN ODDSEN – PROGRAM MANAGER, LA CRESCENT COMMUNITY GARDEN and 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 is glad to serve on the Healthy Community Partnership board since 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: susan.oddsen@gmail.com.

BETSY KNOWLES – PROGRAM MANAGER, 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.

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: maggiejean87@gmail.com.

SHANNON ADAMS – BOARD MEMBER

Shannon Adams has been a resident of La Crescent for 28 years, raising 2 children with her husband Mike. She works at Gundersen Health System in the Integrated Center for Education and Western Technical College’s Wellness Center. She enjoys taking in the beauty of this area and all the activities it has to offer. Contact Shannon at admsaple@acegroup.cc.

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 that he brings to the Marketing Committee of the Healthy Community Partnership Board. 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: jeffo@acegroup.cc.