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Kathleen Yosko

Kathleen Yosko

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Executive director

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The Christine Center: Our 40 Year History

On October 11, 2020, the Christine Center celebrated its 40th Anniversary.

The Christine Center began humbly as a vision of Sr. Virginia Barta, OSF. As a vowed religious, Sr. Virginia was committed to living a socio-hermetical life. She valued the transformative qualities of nature, silence, and the practice of meditation. After practicing years of contemplative meditation, she wanted to create a welcoming place of retreat and renewal for all seekers, a synthesis of Western and Eastern spiritualities, which would embrace all persons, nationalities, cultures, and creeds. As the sign above the Center’s entrance proclaims, “We are One.”

Board of Directors

The Christine Center Board of Directors is a working board of dedicated members of diverse experiences, expertise, and spiritual paths – all committed to supporting our mission. With their generous hearts, they support the amazing Christine Center staff, stepping in where needed as all move our dream forward. 

Wade Britzius

Wade Britzius

Board Chair

Trempealeau, Wisconsin

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Since 1971 Wade has called the beautiful Driftless region adjacent to the Mississippi River his home. He was the founder and for 28 years director, of Trempealeau County Community Television studio, working with a wide variety of people and institutions. He has done several major photo documentary projects and has served on several non-profit Boards and as a County Government Supervisor. Wade has practiced Vipassana meditation since 1988, and has been a student of the Diamond Approach since 1996. He has made an extensive study of Nonviolent, or Compassionate Communication since 2003, and currently works part time mediating custody and placement of children for the local Family Court. He leads workshops related to Nonviolent Communication, and loves to ride his bike over the hills, and canoe the riverways of his local region.

Rosalie Hooper Thomas

Rosalie Hooper Thomas

Board Vice Chair

Sparta, WI

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In 2014, Rosalie retired from the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse, WI. She served for 13 years as the liaison to business, facilitator, coordinator of the Servant Leadership program, program coordinator, retreat director and spiritual mentor. Prior to her time with FSC, Rosalie had her own practice as an organizational development consultant. Since 2012, Rosalie has been an FSPA Affiliate and in that role was co-chair of the FSPA 2018 Assembly Planning Committee. In addition, Rosalie participated in the FPSA/Affiliate Homelessness Initiative Committee, which was instrumental in establishing the Franciscan Hospitality House & supporting the Coulee Collaborative to End Homelessness. Rosalie lives with her husband Stan in the country and travels when she can to visit four beautiful granddaughters.

Linda Cates

Linda Cates

Board Member

Sheboygan, Wisconsin

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Linda Cates is a leader in organizational development with an extensive background and experience in business management, public relations, fundraising, strategic planning and marketing. She has a long history of donor development and fundraising with many not-for-profit organizations, including the UW-Sheboygan Foundation, VibeTech, Inc, and Lake County Academy in partnership with her husband Randy Apel. Linda had served on the Christine Center Board of Directors for six years in the past and served on the Capital Campaign team for the Chapel wing addition of the Center. She served as the Co-Chair of the Donor Development Committee while she was on the Board. Linda had an influential part in the forming of the Center’s current Mission, Vision and Values of the Center.

Henry Eisenhauer

Henry Eisenhauer

Board Member

West Bend, Wisconsin

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Henry, a native of Germany, came to the United States in 1959 and eventually began his own Tool and Die business in West Bend, WI. He is married to Paula Eisenhower and they have four adult sons and six grandchildren and one great grandchild. As a member of the Board, he brings with him a background in business and in various religious traditions, including Christianity, Masonry and Science of Mind. He is also a devotee of Mother Meera who resides in Germany. In 1998 he became a member of Metta Trust, a community of privately owned lands and dwellings adjacent to the Christine Center. He has built dome home on his land so he is here often. He has served on the board for many years and was given the title of Board Member Emeritus.

Tom Roberts

Tom Roberts

Board Member

La Crescent, Minnesota

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Thomas Roberts is a retired Psychotherapist and Hypnotherapist. He has over 40 years of experience in clinical psychotherapy and has been a practicing Zen Buddhist for nearly 50 years. In 1992 he received lay Buddhist vows from Thich Nhat Hanh. The author of The Mindfulness Workbook: A Beginner’s Guide to Overcoming Fear and Embracing Compassion (New Harbinger Press, 2009), Thomas regularly presents at training sessions, workshops and retreats at local, regional and national levels. He has been an adjunct professor at Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI and St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN, where he taught students mind-body healing, integrative medicine and a variety of other related topics. His retreats and classes reflect his authentic commitment to helping individuals achieve a deep and lasting resolve to their spiritual, emotional and physical health and healing.

Gabriele Uhlein

Gabriele Uhlein

Board Member

Willard, Wisconsin

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Sister Gabriele Uhlein, OSF, PhD is a skilled facilitator and retreat guide dedicated to the recovery of the Christian mystical tradition and the honoring of intuition and creativity in spiritual deepening.
She is known for her Franciscan approach to contemplative ecological consciousness and her workshops are grounded in the wisdom of the Christian mystics as well as contemporary spiritual thought both East and West. Her mandala making and intuitive painting sessions are creative personal growth opportunities and she also offers individual intuition training and creativity coaching sessions.
In 1983 Gabriele authored a small book: Meditations with Hildegard of Bingen. She has been sharing her love of Hildegard ever since. Every September she hosts a Hildegard Fest at the Christine Center.

Kathleen Yosko

Kathleen Yosko

Executive Director, Board Member

Willard, Wisconsin

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Kathleen Yosko has served in the role of Executive Director of the Christine Center since July, 2019. Within a 20 year history with the Center, she served as Chair of the Development Committee, which raised over $1million for new construction of Center buildings. Kathleen began her career as an RN/clinical specialist in rehabilitation at the VA Hospital in Pittsburgh PA. She served as President and CEO of Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital (founded by Sr. Virginia Barta) from 1998 to 2017. Under her leadership Marianjoy experienced a transformation in programming and care delivery. After facilitating a financial turn-around, she strengthened Board leadership and established the Marianjoy Foundation raising nearly $36 million. She has served as the Chairperson of the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association and as Chair of the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Kathleen consults with a number of organizations and serves on several boards.

Remembering Bela Maroti

Remembering Bela Maroti

Board Member Emeritus

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Bela was Founder and President of De Paul Rehabilitation Hospital from 1958-1988 and President of De Paul Foundation from 1988-1998. He served on many local, state and national boards during that time. He also served as a member of the board of the Catholic Health Association of Wisconsin from 1976-1981, and chairman of the board from 1979-1980. Bela became Chairman of the christine Center Board in 1990 upon the request of the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters, and held that position until 2001 when the structure of the Board was reorganized. At that time, Bela remained on the Board as Vice-Chair until 2014, when he became Board Member Emeritus.

Resident Partners in Mission

Johanna Seubert, FSPA

Johanna Seubert, FSPA

Prayer, presence, and programs, including spiritual guidance sessions

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Sister Johanna Seubert, FSPA is a spiritual director and retreat facilitator at the Christine Center. She is experienced in guiding and accompanying others in their spiritual unfoldment, and assists them in clarifying their own spiritual process. She welcomes people as they are and helps them take the next step to their unique spiritual development. As a Diamond Approach teacher Johanna has additional training and experience in guiding individual students to discover the innate beauty and depth of their true nature.

Henrita Frost, SSND

Henrita Frost, SSND

Prayer, presence, and programs, including spiritual guidance sessions

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Sister Henrita is a spiritual director who participated in a program in spiritual direction at the Center for Spirituality and Justice in New York. Henrita’s desire at that time was to offer spiritual direction to people who were homeless and did not have the basic necessities for a comfortable life. That desire was short-lived because her congregation asked her to go to Rome. Since she has been at the Christine Center, she welcomes the opportunity to offer spiritual guidance to others with a particular emphasis on compassion and loving kindness.

Gabriele Uhlein, OSF, PhD

Gabriele Uhlein, OSF, PhD

Prayer, presence, and programs, including spiritual guidance sessions

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Sister Gabriele Uhlein is a skilled facilitator and retreat guide dedicated to the recovery of the Christian mystical tradition and the honoring of intuition and creativity in spiritual deepening.

She is known for her Franciscan approach to contemplative ecological consciousness and her workshops are grounded in the wisdom of the Christian mystics as well as contemporary spiritual thought both East and West

Her mandala making and intuitive painting sessions are creative personal growth opportunities and she also offers individual intuition training and creativity coaching sessions.

In 1983 Gabriele authored a small book: Meditations with Hildegard of Bingen. She has been sharing her love of Hildegard ever since. Every September she hosts a Hildegard Fest at the Christine Center.