DaNita Carlson was the Vision Carrier for Love INC of South Wood County; developing a team in late 2015. She loves seeing how God transforms lives through fellowship with others. "Relationships are powerful. A Christ-like relationship, filled with love and acceptance, can help people overcome any obstacle or challenge they are facing. Love INC will be the catalyst for relationships that promote fullness in all areas of people’s lives." DaNita has over 25 years of experience working in the South Wood County area. In this time, she’s learned one person can make a difference, and a group of people can be a strong force for positive change in a community. DaNita considers it an honor and privilege to serve her community through Love INC.
CLIENT CARE COORDINATOR
Jodi served in ministry for 10 years at a Christian radio station and St. Luke’s Lutheran Church as the Youth and Family Ministry Assistant and Preschool/4K Director. In August of 2020, she moved to the public sector. After wrestling with God throughout the year over the change, He opened the door for her to move back into ministry where her heart is. Jodi heard the Client Care Coordinator position was open and read everything possible on the local and national Love INC websites. She fell completely in love with the ministry. Jodi is excited to be a part of what God is doing at Love INC bringing the Body of Christ together to build relationships and serve our neighbors in need.
OFFICE MINISTRY ASSISTANT
Dawn Liebherr is familiar with Love INC of South Wood County because her husband, Paul Liebherr, has been on the Board of Directors since its inception. Knowing the good that Love INC does in our community made it an easy decision for her to apply when the Office Ministry Assistant job opened up. Dawn has followed Christ since she was a young girl and strives to live like Jesus on a daily basis. Dawn has worked in the Nekoosa School District and at the Nekoosa Charles and JoAnn Lester Library. Her administrative experience and love of fun and people will be an asset to the work done at Love INC.
Jan Fisher learned of Love INC through her church. Every month she read the Love INC newsletter and paid special attention to the Love Stories. The stories always demonstrated how helping people with a hand-up rather than a hand-out enhanced the lives of both the client and volunteer. When Jan saw the Volunteer Coordinator position posted, she felt the Holy Spirit guiding her to apply. People have been at the center of her career and she felt the position would be a great way to share her life experience and God-given talents with others. After a month on the job, Jan commented, "Christ brought me to the right place".
Richard Merdan started out in 2016 on the Development Board. He was moved by Christ’s directive to “love your neighbor” (Mark 12:31) and has found in Love INC the model by which to live out this command ecumenically with other denominations.
Phyllis Neahous was introduced to Love INC in the spring of 2019 by the Pastor of her church. She became a Board Member thereafter. She was drawn to Love INC because of its strong Christian values and the idea of mobilizing Christian Churches to transform lives and communities in the name of Christ. She is looking forward to working with Love INC as it moves into the future and continuing to see its impact in the community.
Paul Liebherr was a member of the original Love INC of South Wood County Development Board. He believes Love INC will be used by God as a catalyst in our communities, uniting churches in a purposeful way and transforming the lives of people living in South Wood County.
Jonna Kronholm started on the Love INC Board in September 2017. Jonna is drawn to Love INC’s mission “Mobilizing Christian Churches to transform lives and communities in the name of Christ.” Jonna thinks the concept of uniting the efforts of churches to make a difference in other’s lives is so wise. She is excited to think that through these efforts, people will be encouraged to make positive changes in their lives.
Dave Mickelson has been in the ministry for 37 years. Dave was on the Development Board of Love INC of South Wood County since its inception in April 2016. As he was introduced to Love INC, he realized there are some components which will very effectively help people out of the challenges they face. There are two areas which drew him to Love INC: 1) transformation individually as well as community wide and 2) getting to the root of the problems people face.
Jean Sorenson learned about Love INC of South Wood County through Paul Liebherr and was drawn by the hand up vs hand out concept. Jean has been volunteering as an Intake Specialist since August 2018. "During this time of division in this country, I feel Love INC can provide unity and make a difference in peoples’ lives. I look forward to what we can accomplish together.”
Sue Siewert was asking the Lord to direct her to a place where she could be of help to others. Almost retired, she knew God had something new for her! Sue had been following Love INC of South Wood County since its development stage, and knew many of its volunteers. As a business owner who is active in the community, as well as being a lifelong resident of the area, Sue was seeing the growing needs in Central Wisconsin. She was drawn to the idea of local churches working together for a common goal – to help those that are in need by providing not only the resources they are lacking, but by working with individuals to transform lives in the name of Christ.
Todd Bencke was introduced to Love INC by his wife Karen, as he started a new chapter in his life, retirement. He was looking for someplace to help make a real change in someone’s life. With the Lord’s guidance, he was led to volunteer at Love INC. Todd believes Love INC has the potential to change individual’s lives by helping churches in South Wood County reach their potential, all in the name of Christ.