Our Staff

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Liz Osborn
Chief Executive Officer

Bio

Liz did not always hold the value for life that she does now. As an LPN, Liz worked for an abortion clinic in the early 80’s, believing she was helping women. As she began to recognize God speaking to her heart, she found herself whispering to a woman on the abortion table one day, “You don’t have to go through with this.”

Tragically, Liz had also made her own decision to have an abortion. While dealing with the emotional aftermath of having made that choice, Liz received the forgiveness of Jesus Christ for her own abortion and the countless ones with which she directly assisted during those four years.

After coming to faith in Jesus Christ and receiving His forgiveness, Liz recognized that every life matters to God and every unborn child is worth saving...that He is the Creator of life and that He has a beautiful plan for every life. This revelation drew Liz to serve at Care Net beginning in 1985, first as a volunteer and then as CEO since 1986.

Liz has chosen to be pro-abundant life because being pro-abundant life goes beyond saving the lives of unborn children – as critical as that is.

“We’re about rebuilding lives and families. Redemption starts when we give life a foothold – but it doesn’t stop there. Children need flourishing families where they can be nurtured toward their full potential. Young parents need to be empowered to build a healthy family and dads are an important part of the equation – to empower them to become the fathers their children need them to be,” said Liz.

Liz finds co-laboring with the Lord in the lives of the people He loves the most rewarding part of being invested in Care Net. She loves witnessing God at work in the lives of people...changing hearts and minds and seeing lives saved both physically and eternally.

Liz and her husband, Dan, are part of City Church. In her spare time, Liz enjoys being with her four grandchildren, boating with her family and friends, and exploring God’s amazing creation through travel and hiking.

Julie Bennett, COO

Julie Bennett
Chief Operating Officer

Bio

Julie has been a part of the Care Net team since September 2011. She first learned about Care Net when a fellow church member invited her to a fundraising banquet. She began receiving Alternatives, and through it learned of the position opening. Julie was nearing completion of her master’s degree at that time. She believed this position at Care Net would allow her to use the skills and knowledge she had gained though her education as well as work experience to serve God and grow in her professional life.

Julie appreciates Care Net’s unflinching stance as a life-affirming ministry, enhanced by the ways we wrap women and families in need of care with support, love, and the truth and hope of our Lord.

Julie holds a Master of Arts in Servant Leadership from Viterbo University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the UW Madison School of Business. She previously served as the Coordinator of Religious Education for Christ the King Catholic Church in McFarland and was on the Madison Diocese Revolution of Love Committee.

Julie finds many parts of her job extremely rewarding. She says, “My faith has grown more than I could have imagined through the loving mentorship of my colleagues.” Other very rewarding parts of working at Care Net include seeing God in action over and over again, seeing women or couples transformed from hopelessness to hope and then watching them grow in their preparedness to become parents and helping people who like the idea of places like this to fall in love with and become committed to Care Net.

Julie is pro-abundant life because “Life is the first and most sacred human right. We are each created uniquely in all of human history in the image and likeness of God. His unconditional (agape) love teaches us and allows us to love. We must do no less for all of those He has created, particularly the most vulnerable.”

Julie enjoys reading, learning, meeting new people, cooking and sharing time with her husband, Dennis, their three grown children, and dear friends.

Julie is a part of Christ the King Catholic Church in McFarland where she serves during Mass as a Lector, Commentator and Communion Minister. Outside of Mass she is a member of the prayer team, a small group leader and an occasional speaker for children’s or adult education on the Sanctity of Human Life.

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Tanis Jean-Louis
Clinic Director

Bio

Tanis has been working for Care Net part time since 2003. She first volunteered for a pregnancy center in Canada, helping to teach Childbirth Education classes. When Tanis and her family moved to Madison, Care Net was looking for a Nurse Manager. Tanis heard about the position from the husband of a physician who volunteers for Care Net’s clinic. Even thought she was not looking for a position at the time, God was tugging on Tanis’s heart to get involved. She wanted to use her nursing skills for something that she knew was close to God’s heart.

Tanis is a Registered Nurse with 32 years’ experience which includes community health nursing in developing countries, labor and delivery, post-partum care, intensive care, hospice care and school nursing. She is also trained as a nurse sonographer.

Tanis finds this position particularly rewarding because it isn’t just a job, it’s a ministry.

Tanis is pro-abundant life because she believes all life is valued by God. “I want to come alongside of those who are struggling with pregnancy decisions, to love them like God would love them,” she said.

Tanis and her husband, Garry, have two grown children. They are members of Blackhawk Church and part of a Blackhawk Church Life Group.

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Billie Jo Larsen, RN
Nurse Manager

Bio

Billie Jo joined the Care Net team in 2017 as our part time Nurse Manager. She and her husband have been supporting Care Net for several years. They first learned about pregnancy centers when living elsewhere and heard about Care Net Pregnancy Center of Dane County through their church.

Billie Jo attended a volunteer session both to learn more about the organization and as part of a homework requirement for school. She learned of some job openings within the nursing department. She felt God was calling her to this ministry and job opportunity.

Billie Jo is a Registered Nurse with 16 years’ experience including 15 years working in labor and delivery and post-partum care. She is currently completing her clinical training as a nurse sonographer. She will also complete her BSN from Marian University in December 2017.

“The most rewarding part of my job is providing holistic medicine! Being able to present the gospel, as well as serving women in a professional, medical capacity.”

Billie Jo says she is pro-abundant life because God has knitted each individual together, for a purpose. “Psalm 139 says it all! This unformed body that he so expertly put together explains his greatness! He is the ultimate provider of all things hopeful and great!”

Billie Jo has five “amazing children, one already residing in heaven with our make and a loving and awesome husband (of 15 years this past summer).” Their family enjoys having two dogs, two rabbits, fish and lots of chicks. “Oh and a pet calf, named Spunky!”

Billie Jo and her family are part of GraceWay Church in Sauk City, the church she grew up in. She is an Awana ministry director and small group leader. She also volunteers in the nursery and helps with youth group and women's ministries.

Katie Casey, Education Manager

Katie Casey
Education Manager

Bio

Katie joined the Care Net team in 2017 as our Education Manager. She has been a labor and postpartum doula since 2009 and is a Childbirth Educator. She previously taught Childbirth Education at Meriter Hospital. She was drawn to Care Net because she missed being in ministry and really enjoys working in childbirth, postpartum and parenting education.

Katie joined the Care Net team in 2017 as our Education Manager. She has been a labor and postpartum doula since 2009 and has taught Childbirth Education classes.

Katie first volunteered for Care Net as a Childbirth Educator in 2011-2012.

Katie has enjoyed sitting in on client education appointments and looks forward to working with the women we serve.

Katie is pro-abundant life because she “believes each baby is a gift from God and created for a purpose.”

She and her husband have been married for 21 years and they have three teenage children. They have one dog, named Baby, who is a 7-year-old Bichon/Shih Tzu mix. “I am an animal lover! I also love music, reading, writing, and art,” said Katie.

Katie and her family are part of a small non-denominational home church where she leads music and plays piano. They also are connected with many people from the predominantly Lao congregation, The Salvation Army Madison Genesis.

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Cindi Sturm
Medical Office Manager

Bio

Cindi started working for Care Net in May 2016 but has volunteered since 2007. Cindi started volunteering after her daughter faced an unintended pregnancy. Cindi has a Bachelor’s degree in Education and has many years’ experience working in office jobs.

The most rewarding part of Cindi’s job is being here to work behind the scenes to make things run smoothly for those meeting with women facing sometimes very difficult circumstances.

Cindi is pro-abundant life because she knows how it feels to face an unintended pregnancy within her family and the sense of dread that the initial news can bring.

“But I also know, many years down that path, what wonderful and unforeseen blessings come out of that news! Our lives have been richly blessed through our grandson. Our daughter managed to complete her Master’s degree while being a single mom and, although she and her son’s father are not together, they have done an awesome job of co-parenting. They’ve both grown up a lot since they had Liam and we are very proud of them and their son!” said Cindi.

Cindi and her husband, George, have two grown children and a dog. The most interesting part about their dog is that she is a basenji which is an African breed that does not know how to bark. “She is a wonderful little dog that keeps us very entertained, said Cindi.”

Cindi is a member of Christ the King Community Church in Stoughton and volunteers in the nursery, at the sound booth and by doing the bulletin each week.

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Michelle Matheny
Case Manager

Bio

Michelle joined the Care Net team in 2014. She became familiar with The Elizabeth House through baby item donation drives that were done at her children’s school, St. Ann’s School in Stoughton. Michelle has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science with a concentration in Human Services. She has worked in social services for over 12 years as a Case Manager, Program Coordinator, Child Welfare Specialist and Family Preservation Specialist. Her main focus has always been the welfare of children and families.

“When it was time for me to go back to work when my youngest child started kindergarten, I wanted to learn more about The Elizabeth House, the ministry and services provided, so inquired and found out they were hiring! I was drawn to The Elizabeth House because of the structure, support and opportunities that it provides for young women to grow and change the direction of their lives and the lives of their children,” said Michelle.

The most rewarding part of Michelle’s job is seeing the positive change and success of the women we serve. “It is an honor to walk with them on their personal journeys of growth and transformation and see them achieve their goals of independence and positive parenting,” said Michelle.

Michelle is pro-abundant life because she has always believed that every child is a gift from God and deserves a happy, healthy, stable life and that every parent deserves a helping hand in bettering themselves to provide that life for his or her child.

Michelle and her family attend St. Ann Catholic Church in Stoughton.

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Evonne Walsh
Residential House Staff

Bio

Evonne began volunteering for The Elizabeth House in 2006 and joined Care Net staff in 2008. She has experience as a parent and likes to say that she has a double MA (mama).

Evonne says that the most rewarding part of her job is, “watching God move on hearts, change lives and lead women into whole, healed generation-changing moms.”

She is pro-abundant life because of how deeply God knows each of us -- from the time we are in our mother’s wombs and beyond -- described in Psalm 139.

Evonne and her husband, Dan, attend The Vine church. She and her husband, Dan, live at The Elizabeth House and love sharing Jesus and living life with the women of The Elizabeth House.

Evonne loves family time and was thrilled to add a “bonus” son and daughter in 2016 as both of her children got married. She also enjoys water aerobics and a new-found hobby as a cake pop maker and cookie decorator.

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Bobbi Jo Andes
Relief Residential House Staff

Bio

Bobbi Jo began volunteering with Care Net in 2012 through her Medical Assisting internship. Later, she began managing the organization of our Beginnings Boutique. Bobbi Jo began working for Care Net in January 2017.

Bobbi Jo holds a BA in Religion and Philosophy and an AAS in Medical Assisting.

She is pro-abundant life because of how deeply God knows each of us -- from the time we are in our mother’s wombs and beyond -- described in Psalm 139.

“I have a heart for missions and working with pregnant mothers; my degrees were chosen with the intention of working with pregnant women in need. While in the mission field, my husband and I felt strongly called to bring our family into the lives of those who have little knowledge of a God-Centered marriage and family to be an example. We feel our role at The Elizabeth House is filling that calling.

“I am pro-abundant life because I believe that we are knit together and formed in our mother's womb by an awesome creator God who knows our name, our joys and sorrows all from that moment of creation. We each have a place and a purpose and are truly, perfectly designed. My hope is that purpose has the opportunity to be accomplished.”

Bobbi Jo finds seeing women who were scared and confused become confident and empowered the most rewarding aspect of working at The Elizabeth House.

Bobbi Jo is joined in her work at The Elizabeth House by her husband, Jeff, and two sons, Josiah and Theodore. Care Net is a significant part of their lives. Care Net’s First Care Clinic is where they discovered they were pregnant with Josiah and saw him for the first time via ultrasound. “The Best Beginnings program has made us better parents and we enjoy volunteering now in the Boutique.”

Bobbi Jo and her family attend Blackhawk Church and Bobbi Jo serves as a Local Impact Ministries Volunteer as the Care Net Liaison.

CJ Grahn

CJ Grahn
Relief Residential House Staff

Bio

CJ first worked for Care Net as a Respite Worker for The Elizabeth House in 2006. Since then, CJ went on to obtain her Master’s degree in Social Work from UW-Madison and has worked in the areas of adoption, caring for the developmentally disabled in their homes, and as a parent educator in an in-home family therapy program.

CJ returns to The Elizabeth House as an on-call residential relief provider overnights and weekends when needed. CJ also currently works as a counselor at another local pregnancy resource center.

CJ is abundant pro-life because she believes in the sanctity of life from conception until natural death. All life is precious and we are all created for a specific purpose in this life. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.” – Jeremiah 1:5

CJ attends the Cathedral Parish in Madison and is an active member there, teaching children two days per week during the school year.

When not at work, CJ enjoys being with family and friends, reading, going to live music events, shopping, and attending Badger games, especially hockey.

Being back at The Elizabeth House feels like a day has not gone by and she looks forward to spending time with the residents and their beautiful children.

Cassie Pollen, Relief Residential House Staff

Cassie Pollen
Relief Residential House Staff

Bio

Cassie joined our staff team in September 2017 after serving as an intern for the summer of 2016 and volunteering in our clinic earlier in 2017.

More to come.

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Sara Patterson
Advancement Director

Bio

Sara joined the Care Net staff in 2016. A recent Florida transplant, she has over 15 years’ experience working in the nonprofit field. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor's degree in Pubic Administration.

One of Sara’s happiest childhood memories is when her family made a decision to bless a struggling family after learning they had decided not to celebrate Christmas due to financial difficulties.

She said, “To this day, I still remember the intense pleasure I felt as we purchased, wrapped and secretly delivered all the presents, fixings and trimmings the family needed to make their Christmas special.”

Since then, Sara has been addicted to the joy of doing good in the community. She looks forward to working with our supporters to create their own giving stories here at Care Net.

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Rhonda Thompson
Marketing and Communications Director

Bio

Rhonda began volunteering for Care Net in 1995, first as a peer advocate and then in many behind the scenes roles including community relations, church relations, helping with the first website and planning the annual fundraising banquet in 2002. In May 2005 Rhonda started working part time at Care Net as the Special Events Coordinator and later as Development Director and now part time Marketing and Communications Director.

Rhonda has a BS in Math and Computer Science Education from UW Madison.

The most rewarding parts of Rhonda’s job are when she sees God move to bring about change in young women’s lives and when God lights a passion in another person to be a part of the work that He is doing through Care Net.

Rhonda is pro-abundant life because she wants to see God bring the hope of Jesus Christ and restoration of families in addition to seeing mothers choose life for their pre-born babies.

“Years ago, God spoke to me from Isaiah 61 and highlighted how Care Net carries out the Isaiah 61 call to proclaim good news to the poor who are seeking help, bind up the brokenhearted who have made a past abortion decision, proclaim freedom for those who are captive to the ideas of our culture that their worth comes through their sexuality and release from darkness for those imprisoned by feeling that they have no options and no hope. Care Net proclaims the year of the Lord’s favor for all who enter our doors and bestows on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. The women and men who came to Care Net will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor,” said Rhonda.

Rhonda and her husband, Dave, and their family are part of High Point Church where Rhonda and Dave serve as small group leaders and minister to engaged and newly married couples through one to one mentoring and classes. They have five children, three grown and two in high school.

Rhonda takes great pleasure in God’s creation especially by hiking, biking and canoeing. She also enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, cooking with fresh foods and reading.

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Diane Feest
Outreach Manager

Bio

Diane’s role as part time Outreach Manager is to help connect individuals, volunteers, churches and organizations to Care Net. Diane has been with Care Net since February 2014. She has an undergraduate degree from UW-Eau Claire in Health Care Administration and some courses in Public Health studies.

Diane and her husband, Andy have been part of RidgeWay Church for over 17 years. Diane has previously served in Women’s Ministry leadership and now is part of a worship team that practices worship and the Word.

The most rewarding parts of Diane’s work are seeing God reveal Himself in the hearts and minds of men and women, connecting people with resources that bring them to God’s will for their lives, and rejoicing when God brings about a decision for life in our clinic.

“God put a stand for life in my heart as a young child, as the response to Roe v Wade rippled through churches and I saw my mother become an advocate for life in the 70’s. As an adult, God drew my heart to places where I stood with others for life. God drew me to Care Net, where through the love of Christ, we reach to women and men, and God responds, drawing His people to Himself,” said Diane.

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Kristine Fischer
Finance Director

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Kristine started working full time at Care Net in 2015 because she believes in Care Net’s mission. She has a 12 year career in the financial field and has obtained her Series 7 and Series 63 licenses. Kristine transitioned to small business accounting and finance management.

The most rewarding part of Kristine’s job is seeing hope poured into people’s lives.

She is pro-abundant life because, “I believe in the sanctity of all human life beginning at conception. We are all made in God’s image.”

Kristine and her husband, Mark, attend City Church.

Kristine enjoys one-on-one time with family and friends, watching old movies, playing board games, running and drawing.

Aaron Osborn, Facilities Manager

Aaron Osborn
Facilities Manager

Bio

Aaron started working part time for Care Net in May 2016. He has known about Care Net since he was young and has volunteered for various painting projects before he was employed here. He has also been a part of various Walks for Life and Golf Fundraisers for Care Net in the past.

Aaron has an Agricultural Business Degree from W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University with a concentration in Professional Golf Management. He worked previously for Terra General Contractors from Rodgers, Minnesota.

One of the most rewarding parts of Aaron’s job is “making things look good and keeping them looking as good as they possibly can.”

Aaron is pro-abundant life because he believes all life is sacred and is a gift from above.

He most enjoys snowmobiling and watching his two nephews play hockey for their respective teams. Aaron attends City Church.