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Heart of Gold Charity Board Members:


Meet our Board Members!

Rich Petska
Co-Director of Heart of Gold Charity, Inc.

Stephanie Petska

Co-Director of Heart of Gold Charity, Inc.

Lisa Eisele

Relationship to Braden:

I have the privilege of teaching with Rich at Harvard High School.  Steph and I met during a basketball game at Harvard.  I also belong to Braden’s fan club!

Personal Info, Hobbies, Interests

I enjoy photography, counted cross stitch, playing the piano, and cooking/baking.  I’m a huge Bear’s fan and follow the Harvard High School athletic teams.  My “Happy Place” is sitting on my front porch watching the birds or reading a book.

Quote, Motto, or Words of Wisdom
"Live in the moment."

Any Additional Info or Thoughts
I live in Harvard with my husband, Dennis.  We have two boys, Alex and Sam.  We are very blessed to have caring, giving, and loving family and friends.  We love spending time with you!!  You’re AWESOME!!

 

 
Lois Petska

Relationship to Braden:

Braden's Grandmother, Rich's mother

Personal Info, Hobbies, Interests

I enjoy being a mother and grandmother. I enjoy spending time with my family, taking care of Braden while Mom and Dad are teaching school. I also enjoy reading and traveling to new places. I also am passionate about my volunteer activities at Main Stay Therapeutic Riding Program in Richmond, IL.

Quote, Motto, or Words of Wisdom

I don't know that I have any words of wisdom but I have learned through our journey with Braden that you have to put things in God's hands and trust Him to bring you through the rough times. I truly believe that is all you can do because God has a plan for everything.

Any Additional Info or Thoughts

Family is the best support system that anybody can have. My husband, sons, daughter-in-law and grandson and extended family are the best anyone could ever ask for!

 

 

Marlene Stevens

Relationship to Braden:

I have the honor of being Braden’s Great-Aunt and his parents’ Aunt.

Personal Info, Hobbies, Interests

I am the Vice President/Secretary of Larry Stevens Construction Inc.  I also substitute in the office at Richmond Burton High School.

My hobbies are my husband, daughter, son, and the dogs, with any extra time devoted to reading, watching movies, walking and attending the family members’ sporting events.

Quote, Motto, or Words of Wisdom

“Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never cease to be amused.” - Author Unknown

Any Additional Info or Thoughts

My family consists of my loving husband of 30 years, Larry; my daughter, Katie, who is a senior project analyst for international transportation at Kohler Company and Katie currently lives in Sheboygan, WI; and my son, Tim, who is currently a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin – Madison majoring in Mechanical Engineering. We also have a 10 year old Yorkshire Terrier, Molly, and a 2 year old grand puppy, Slater.

Stacy Vogt

Relationship to Braden: 

 

Personal Info, Hobbies, Interests

 

Quote, Motto, or Words of Wisdom

 

Any Additional Info or Thoughts


Andrew Youra

Relationship to Braden:

I am a friend of the Petska family.

Personal Info, Hobbies, Interests

I am a local attorney and Twin Lakes native.  My main hobby is my family, but second to that is sports.  I married my high school sweetheart and we now have a son and daughter.  I spend a lot of time reading and also love movies.  I met Rich part-timing at the golf course, but unfortunately still play about a 25 handicap.

Quote, Motto, or Words of Wisdom

"I'm currently a little short on wisdom."

Any Additional Info or Thoughts

I am honored to be a part of this charity because I admire Braden so much.  His ability to overcome and keep fighting is inspiring. He has forever changed my perspective of my own life and made me a happier person.

 



   

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