Kathryn Grafsgaard serves as the Executive Director and brings extensive experience in federal and state program administration, non-profit management, fund-raising, leadership and program planning. Kathy has a MBA, and BS in Food and Nutrition/Dietetics. She served formerly as Vice Chair of the CORE Board, and Chair of the Friends in Deed Program. Kathy and her husband Dave Olson reside in Washburn. They have 4 grown sons and 2 daughters-in-law.
Robin Whittaker serves as CORE's Program Coordinator. In this new position at CORE, Robin will coordinate community-based expansion efforts, work closely with volunteers and care recipients, and coordinate and oversee many of CORE's program areas. Robin has an Associate's degree from WITC in the Gerontology Professional Program and is completing a Bachelor's degree from UW-Oshkosh. Robin was born in Portugal, and lived overseas and stateside with her military family. She lives in Ashland, and has four children.
Linda Ovaska has been hired as temporary Office Manager for CORE. Linda resides in Washburn with her husband of 43 years, Bill. Linda has an Associate's Degree in Accounting and has worked for Ashland County Human Services and the Bayfield County Highway Department. Linda retired in 2015 so that she can enjoy grandchildren, get together with family and friends, hike, read, and many other hobbies. Linda and Bill have 3 grown children, Amber, Cassie and Nicholas and two grandchildren. Linda has also been a volunteer at ENCORE.
Amaris Shrider joined ENCORE and CORE in 2011. She has served on many committees and is currently the Manager of ENCORE Resale Store. Amaris enjoys the variety of donations and working with the groupd of fun, dedicated volunteers at ENCORE.
Kim Metropulos recently joined the ENCORE Resale Store as Assistant Manager. Kim bring a great deal of retail experience, having owned and operated the Shabby Shop in Washburn for 4 years. She also has administrative experience from working in law offices. Kim lives in Washburn, and has two grown children.
Donna Line is a life-long resident of the Bayfield area and serves as ENCORE's fill-in Store Assistant. In addition to working as needed, Donna brings her creativity and wealth of knowledge also volunteering at ENCORE.