MEET THE BOARD
Thanks to all of our Team Members who donate their time and talents to keep The ToTo Foundation running…
Christine Faulks - President
Waupaca Hospice Pet Therapy Coordinator
Waupaca Area Community Foundation Charter Member
“Business owner and philanthropist who transferred learned business skills from the profit to non-profit sector. Life long lover of all God’s creatures especially animals and the elderly. I have seen, first hand, through my work with hospice and dogs the remarkable connection that can occur especially when a person, in a nursing facility, perhaps near life’s end, strokes my dog and “remembers when”… happier times, a full life, and their precious pet, long gone but not forgotten”. A smile fills their face with wonderful memories and I ask them “Did you own a dog before you moved to the nursing home? The answer is always a bigger smile followed by the name of their dog”. I have seen children in the library reading program read out loud to my dog without any hesitation or self doubt about their reading skills.” Pet therapy is a gift and bond from our animals to humans.
Caroyl Hart - Vice President
Social Work – King Veteran’s Home
“Wife, mother, dog owner, fund raiser and volunteer”
Pat Pfeifer - Vice President
R.N.; M.S.N. Retired Nurse Director Ministry Health Care
“I believe in ToTo’s philosophy of promoting health by bringing people and pets together.”
Ellen Davis - Secretary
Sales and Operations – SportZmix – Division of Faulks Brothers Construction
“I enjoy being a part of the ToTo Board and building awareness in our community through our organization’s efforts and initiatives. The connection between animals and people go beyond simply owning a pet. We can provide so many beneficial opportunities through animals in such areas as therapy and rehab, safety in schools and community, education for children, health assistance for elderly and aging. Connecting people within the community with animals is our core foundation. Toto continues to expand its outreach to several different areas of need. I am proud to be part of this organization.”
Catherine Susnar (Kay) - Board Director
Retired Sales and Marketing Executive
“I support ToTo because pets have always been a positive part of my life. I believe ToTo enhances our community in many diverse ways.”
Ingrid "Greta" Lesley - Board Director
Retired – Public Library Administrator
“I contribute and volunteer to the ToTo Endowment which has brought nearly 10 years of health and wellness through people and pets. It is foremost in my heart to provide for the well-being of dogs and cats who bring hours of joy and unconditional love to us. Isabelle, my adopted help shelter Platt hound and German short-hair mix is my family…with her I am never alone.”
Karissa Udoni - Communications Coordinator
more information coming soon
Angela LeSage - Business Manager
REALTOR- RE/MAX Lyons Real Estate
Lover of animals- little to big. Proud Dog Mom. Believer of following your passion always. My goal is to unite as many people & animals as I can because I truly believe in the positive correlation it creates. "Commit yourself to something bigger than yourself"
Kyle Knoke - Business Manager
Creative Director – Allen/James Design
If there’s a good cause, I’m on it. Most of my extracurricular energies have been dedicated to supporting the arts, so it’s particularly interesting to contribute in such a unique and exciting way. The mission of ToTo Foundation is simple and clear. And the path to wellness by way of interaction between people and animals is something to which we can all relate. The passion and dedication of ToTo’s board members and volunteers is inspiring…and the reason I am involved. Woof-woof to wellness and the joy of life!
Susan Gaastra - Business Manager
Susan Gaastra moved to the Waupaca Chain O’Lakes are in 2011 from Chicago, IL where she lived for 16 years. I live on Nessling Lake. I have been a dog person since I was a young girl and love animals. Susan’s first pet was a toy puddle, named Gidget.
Once living on my own, in 1997, I selected the Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie) and Gidget 2, became part of my family. While living in Chicago, I volunteered at various event helping adopt dogs to families. In 2011, I adopted another Sheltie, named Oliver from the Central Area Sheltie Rescue in Bloomington, IL. In 2011, I adopted Yukon a Yellow Lab.
I work at HPE as an Account Manager. I attended UWSP and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1989. In 2007, I received my MBA from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business.