Kathy's House is governed by a dedicated Board of Directors comprised of community leaders, health care representatives, and family members of Kathy Vogel Kuettner.
The father of Kathy Vogel Kuettner, Dick served as Executive Director beginning on July 1, 2001 when Kathy’s House opened, until the summer of 2012. In following the wish of Kathy, Dick’s vision was to create a safe, comfortable, and affordable place for families and patients to stay with a home-like atmosphere. It was this vision of Dick Vogel that transformed Kathy’s House into the vital organization that it is today.
- Glen Van Fossen - Chair, Pfizer, Retired
- Marilyn Thiet - Vice Chair, President, EDGE Performance Acceleration
- Herb Ayers - Secretary, Former COO, Kathy's House
- Michael Bennett - Treasurer, CPA/Attorney, Lichtsinn & Haensel
- Jack Anick - Anick & Associates
- Anthony Anzelmo - Husch Blackwell LLP
- Carolyn Bellin - Public Relations Executive
- Sue Derus - Cancer Center, Froedtert & MCW
- Mark Filla - Amerprise Financial Services Inc.
- Liz Forman - Endwell Associates
- Ran Hoth - Better Business Bureau, Retired
- Marty Kraninger - President, Hydro-Planters, Inc.
- Melinda Lanham - BloodCenter of WI
- Renae MacCudden, Ph. D - Concordia University
- Patty Metropulos - Kathy's House Executive Director
- Bill Severson - Rockwell Automation, Retired
- Mona Theobald - GE Healthcare
- Judy Vogel - Kathy's House, Founder
- Laura Vogel Woods - Sister of Kathy Vogel Kuettner
- Patty Metropulos - Executive Director & CEO
- My Contribution: I ensure that our founding vision remains in the forefront as we provide premier guest experience to patients and caregivers. Working with our Board of Directors, I am helping the organization prepare for the future while responding to unprecedented growth in occupancy.
- My Background: Named Executive Director and CEO in 2012 soon after moving back to Milwaukee. The quality of the organization and the value of the services Kathy's House provides attracted her. She found the vision for Kathy's House a strong foundation that affords great potential for future growth and success, There was also something personal in her decision to accept the position. Two family members had required critical health care services and in supporting them during their illness, Patty grew to have a keen appreciation for families experiencing a medical crisis.
- The Best Part: Kathy's House allows people with significant health care needs to come to Milwaukee for care as well as assuring that the patient has family support during a very difficult time. Research shows that patients with family support have better outcomes.
- Without Kathy's House: We know with certainty that if Kathy's House weren't here, a large number of people who are in critical need of specialized care would not be able to receive the lifesaving treatment provided at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin and other area regional medical centers. In research we conducted recently nearly 40 percent of our guests have told us exactly that. This concept is embedded in the vision of Dick Vogel and his daughter Kathy Kuettner Vogel. That vision is a strong inspiration that drives us as we plan for a new expanded facility. There's another, much more plain, direct way to describe why our services our so important to our community - over the long term it is our strategic imperative to forge strong, enduring bonds - partnerships - with our area's medical centers. Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin are among the leaders in providing the best and most advanced health care to patients around the country. We help patients connect with them.
- Kathy Wagner - Guest Services Manager
- My Contribution: My job is to manage the operations so that no matter where people are from they receive the same quality care and support. In a sense, Kathy says, her job is easy, "Our staff and volunteers are so awesome. Everyone jumps when they see something that needs to be done." Kathy knows the statistics: Kathy' s House guests and patients come 50 miles away or more, many from Green Bay or Chicago. Most are from the Midwest but many travel longer distances. More than 16,000 people have stayed at Kathy's House since 2001. Patients and guests have traveled to 103rd Street in Wauwatosa from 48 states as well as a number of foreign countries.
- My Background: Kathy has been part of the team since 2012. And she's lost track of the number of "miracles" she's seen since then, but it's more than she ever would have imagined.
- The Best Part: Kathy says that for her, it's the understanding (learned over time) that sometimes a simple hug has the power to make all the difference in the world.
- Without Kathy's House: Kathy says Milwaukee has some of the most "awesome" medical care resources available. Kathy's House makes sure many people who otherwise wouldn't have access to those resources get the critical help they need.
- Marie Grevsmuehl - Manager, Event Planning
- My Contribution: I think about all the small parts and pieces that must come together in planning Kathy's House events. Marie is a master of details. There are events for a few people or for 400. The annual Gala, Golf Outing and other special occasions are among the events that she thinks about, making sure everything is in place and at just the right time.
- My Background: Marie began at Kathy's House in November 2013, serving as a volunteer. Marie has been a salaried member of the Kathy's House team since July 2016.
- The Best Part: Marie's background includes training as a social worker. The best part of her job is that she's able to use her training and background to help make the lives of patients and families as comfortable as possible during a very challenging period in their lives. Caring about people and doing what she can to help them is extremely rewarding.
- Without Kathy's House: Who would provide the help that families and patients need at this critical time in their lives? We get to see the appreciation on their faces.
- Cassandra Hathaway - Guest Services & Outreach Specialist
- My Contribution: Cassandra says "whatever I'm asked to do or what I see that needs to be done." Cassandra takes it as her primary responsibility to ensure that guests are comfortable and feels they're being cared for, both physically and emotionally.
- My Background: Cassandra started at Kathy's House in 2013. Like so many on the team, she began as a volunteer and found the work rewarding enough to accept a paid position.
- The Best Part: Cassandra comes from a big family and as the oldest of four kids, she knows what it takes to keep a family running. She says you can't grow up surrounded by younger brothers and sisters without learning a lot about empathy - and how to deal with some of the rough spots, including medical emergencies. Cassandra loves working at Kathy's House because she understands that the guests are getting support that wouldn't be available without the services she and her coworkers provide.
- Without Kathy's House: "What we do here does so much to connect patients, who come from outside of Milwaukee, to the health care services in our community.
- Maggie Morse - Night/ Weekend Manager
- My Contribution: I work the night shift, the "quiet time," I try to make sure Kathy's House is always a safe and secure environment for those supporting the loved ones at local area hospitals.
- My Background: I have been volunteering here since 2010.
- The Best Part: Is making this as much like home as possible for our guests. The "House" is a place where every guest can find the amenities they have in their own homes, laundry facilities, fully equipped kitchen, WiFi, and many, many more conveniences and services. I particularly enjoy talking with the guests and help them to overcome some of the stress they are experiencing. I appreciate being part of the team providing worth while service to those in need.
- Without Kathy's House: People would be left without the medical services and family support they need.
- Ashley Vorbil - Housekeeper
- My Contribution: I do what your normally think a housekeeper does. That means Monday through Friday, I'm cleaning, picking up and generally trying my best to keep everything spick 'n' span.
- My Background: I started as a volunteer in May 2009 and grew to really appreciate the good things that happen here and the wonderful people I get to meet. I feel I can play a part in helping make sure people feel comfortable and that someone cares about their situation. Four months after I started volunteering, I officially joined the team.
- The Best Part: Is getting to know the guests and learn about their special stories and know that the service we provide really helps people cope at a difficult time in their lives. I was so personally touched about what I see every day happening at Kathy's house that I wrote a poem "One Woman," which is about the caring and dedication of our founder Kathy Vogel Kuettner. The poem, I'm humbled to say, has been published in a national anthology and a copy is on display in our building.
- Without Kathy's House: For many people very serious needs would go unmet.
- Lorraine Kofler - Guest Services Assistant
- My Contribution: I do what every other dedicated guest services assistant at Kathy's House does but I'm sure that like everyone here, I do what I do with passion. Usually I'm here two days a week, Monday and Friday or any other time I'm needed.
- My Background: I have been volunteering here since 2010. I live a few blocs away and being within walking distance, I can be here when there's a need outside my regular work days.
- The Best Part: Is caring for the guests and doing what I can to make them feel that this is as close as possible to being at home for them. Helping at Kathy's House is my biggest desire. I'll be 85 soon and it is so gratifying to me to be able to contribute to others' well being. Kathy's House is and will always be one of the most important part of my life.
- Without Kathy's House: It would be heartbreaking to think about how many people wouldn't get the help they need.
- Caleb Woods - Guest Services Assistant
- My Contribution: I work at Kathy's House on weekends. I'm also a full-time student at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC). At Kathy's House, I'm a member of the small weekend team that has the overall responsibility for making sure guest needs are being met.
- My Background: Caleb has been with Kathy's House since 2001, since the very beginning. And there's a story behind his involvment, which he takes very seriously and personally. Caleb is the grandson of Kathy's House founder Dick Vogel. He is the nephew of Kathy Vogel Kuettner, whose vision remains the beating heart of the guesthouse that bears her name. For Caleb, Kathy's House, is family and its legacy and heritage.
- The Best Part: He loves helping guests but is also thinking ahead. He's interested in a technical profession, computer engineering, for example. He's thinking ahead to when he can perhaps help build and maintain the technological systems that will help Kathy's House grow.
- Without Kathy's House: Milwaukee without Kathy's House is a difficult thing for Caleb to think about. There would be people all over the country and in other parts of the world that need the health care services our regional medical centers are equipped to provide. Without Kathy's House, there would be no easy way to connect those patients with the health care we here in Milwaukee have to offer.
- Carolyn Bellin - Marketing and Public Relations Consultant
- My Contribution: I serve part-time assisting Kathy's House with marketing, public relations and communications. I'm also a member of the Board of Directors, which directs Kathy's House operations and has oversight for plans and strategies that fulfill Kathy Vogel Kuettner's vision.
- My Background: Carolyn has been involved with Kathy's House since opening in July 2001 through her work at Froedtert Hospital. She joined the Board in 2011 and started consulting with Kathy's House after retiring from Froedtert in 2013.
- The Best Part: "I see miracles happen everyday, kindness and caring everywhere that is as infectious as it is effective."
- Without Kathy's House: Many people from all over Wisconsin, the Midwest and beyond would be without the means to receive needed medical care in the Milwaukee area.
The Founding Board Members
The seven founding members, most of whom are still serving on Kathy's
House Board of Directors, are among the heroes who helped achieve one
person's vision to provide comfort and care that is so critically
Click here to read about each member and the vital role they played in ensuring Kathy's vision became a reality.