Mary Robin Hess
Janice M. Blohm
Client Services Coordinator
Clothing Closet Coordinator
Todd Phelps Jr.
Darla-rae grew up in Iola WI. In 1991 she moved to Alaska and then in 1993 to the Seattle area where she completed her education at The Lutheran Bible Institute, now known as Trinity Lutheran College, earning a BA in Youth and Family Ministry – with emphasis in Biblical Study, Music and Counseling. She has worked with Youth & Families in many different capacities in Washington, California, Montana, Minnesota and Wisconsin for the past 20 years. In 2012 Darla-rae became involved with FFL and in the fall of that year she came on board as the Executive Assistant. March 2015 Darla-rae began her new position at FFL as the Client Services Coordinator and Warming Center Volunteer Director.
Darla-rae is an ordained minister and currently lives in Waupaca WI with her housemates Phil and Jan, and their 2 cats, Trinity (a four year old rescue and Tucker’s mom) and Tucker (a 2 year old gray Tuxedo).
Board of Directors
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I’m Mary J. Gengler and a full-time resident of Waupaca. I graduated from Alverno College in Milwaukee with a double major in Business and Professional Communications. I am currently retired; but, I’ve worn many hats during my professional career in marketing and sales. My last career was spent as Executive Director for a statewide non-profit organization known as Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety. I now serve as Board Chairperson for the non-profit Foundations for Living (FFL) organization. As Chair, I hope to use my business background and provide leadership to further the goals of FFL.
Along with the full Board of Directors, I share a firm desire to help those in need in our community. We have all experienced someone who needs our help, or a second chance in life, whether it is close family members, friends or just acquaintances. It is up to all of us to make a difference in our community and offer that assistance.
I am married to Dan for 49 years, and we have been blessed with two sons – Scott and Craig Gengler. We have three grandsons – Ryan, Ross and Andrew. As a family, we have always been thankful for the blessings that God has bestowed on our family; and we are very grateful. I wish for those struggling in our community to also be grateful for something. Hopefully, as caring individuals and as an organization, we can impart some direction to those who are struggling through individual friendship, guidance and support.
Along with my husband, we attend St. Mary Magdalene Parish (SMM) in Waupaca. I discovered the wonderful work being done by Foundations for Living as a parish member of “SMM Social Concerns Committee.” I also serve as Chairperson for the St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) and SMM Parish Conference.
My name is Bob Steidl and I have lived in Waupaca for forty three years. I have a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from the University Of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. I am a licensed Real Estate Broker and have been engaged in the Real Estate business in Waupaca since 1972. I have also been involved in several other businesses both in and outside of Waupaca.
I am a member of St. Mary Magdalene Parish in Waupaca and am on both the Social Concerns Committee and the Sister Parish Committee. I have also served two terms on the Parish Council.
After hearing about Foundations For Living, I decided to make a commitment to help in their causes in whatever way I can contribute. I am now on the Board Of Directors. I am especially interested in the Warming Center project. “…Somewhere there are people without a bed, without a roof, without a place to lay their head.” (Part of a prayer by Helen Reichert Lambin) I believe this is an issue we should all be concerned with.
Greg Biba is a long time band director at the Waupaca Middle School and received his Masters Degree from St. Marys University of Minnesota. Greg is also a member of the River Cities Jazz Big Band, one of Central Wisconsin’s Premier Big Bands. Other hobbies and interests include landscaping and being an inventor and new product developer. Several of his inventions have been patented. Greg has also published a Band Instrument “quick Fix” Repair Solutions Manual (GIA pub).
Greg is married to his wife Dawn, who is the Waupaca Middle School Guidance Counselor. They have two children, Adam and Kaylee. Joining FFL has been a wonderful experience and Greg says that it gives him an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those that live in the community
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