Leadership

Those who link hearts and hands to serve those affected by chronic physical and mental illness to THRIVE.
Pamela Piquette

Pamela Piquette

Executive Director and Co-Founder

Pamela is a leader and a visionary following God’s call to inspire those affected by chronic illness to discover hope, find purpose, embrace worth and encounter joy. She believes that every precious life affected by chronic illness is both vital and purposed.

Pamela is a wife of more than 30 years, mother of three married children and grandmother of two sweet granddaughters. Her work experience includes: banking, branch management, marketing, and development of comprehensive training programs. She has served in a variety of ministries within the church including: developing and coordinating a curricula team, organizing training events and in multiple leadership positions. Pamela worked on staff with No Regrets Men’s Ministry and in a large hospitality ministry as Volunteer, Communications and Events Coordinator. Pamela is passionate and gifted speaker.

Pamela is diagnosed with a list of invisible illnesses, including Ehlers-Danlos, dysautonomia, fibromyalgia and chronic migraines.

Cindee Snider Re

Cindee Snider Re

Author, Photographer, and Co-Founder

Cindee is a writer, photographer, wife, and mama of five (ages 17-25), whose work experience includes: communications, marketing, and volunteer management for the Arthritis Foundation, WI Chapter, copy-editing for Narada Productions, and content writing and photography for several ministry organizations and publications, including: The High Calling, Outside the City Gate, and C’est la Vie, The Magazine.

Cindee and four of her five children are diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos, Dysautonomia, and myriad co-existing conditions. She and her husband currently serve as patient representatives on a board of physicians and research scientists developing the Pediatric Consensus Statement on Orthostatic Intolerance Disorders.

Volunteers

Bettie Gilbert

Bettie Gilbert

Volunteer Prayer Coordinator

You can find Bettie blogging from her home in a small town in southeast Wisconsin – at bettiegraseasons.com, walking forward with Jesus, in the middle of her own pain and weaknesses from multiple chronic illnesses. The beauty of nature is a joy that calls to Bettie, as do her family and seven young grandchildren. She and her husband have been married for over 40 years and take great joy in their weekend coffee breaks together. In addition, Bettie is the Chronic Joy Prayer Pond coordinator.

Board of Directors

Heidi Peterson

Heidi Peterson

Board Member and Recording Secretary

Heidi is a loving wife and dedicated mother to three beautiful children. Her journey with chronic illness began in childhood as a witness to the progression of a genetic, neurological disease called Charcot-Marie-Tooth. She completed her BSN in 2006 and has been professionally assisting those with chronic illness since. In 2009, Heidi’s daughter was prenatally diagnosed with a complex congenital heart defect, PA/IVS. In 2014, Heidi’s son was diagnosed with a sensory processing disorder and food allergies. As an effort to gain additional knowledge, she went back to school and completed an MS in Health and Wellness in 2017. Throughout her experience with chronic illness, Heidi has learned that prayer is a powerful gift and that the presence of God is felt in many unexpected ways.

Eric Steingraeber

Board Member

Eric earned his BS degree in Architectural Engineering from MSOE. He has been employed as an Architectural Designer, an Architectural Project Manager and Construction Manager. Eric has been involved with both men’s and couple’s ministry with Elmbrook Church for the last 20 years. He has a heart for serving and missions, and traveled to Haiti to serve with his daughter a few years ago, reaching those in need through building both homes and relationships. Eric has been married for twenty-three years and has two teenagers, a son diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and a daughter diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Eric is an avid sports fan who enjoys coaching and mentoring kids in a wide variety of sports, believing that coaching, like teaching, is a means of helping kids find their true potential in all aspects of their lives.

Jenni Steingraeber

Board Member

Jenni earned her BSN from Viterbo College over 30 years ago. She has spent time in cardiac nursing and much of her career has been spent in the operating room, ranging from staff nurse to charge nurse. She currently serves as a clinical liaison for a wide range of immediate and extended family members. Chronic illness is no stranger as Jenni has lived with and cared for family members since childhood. She has been active at Elmbrook Church in both women’s and couple’s ministries, and has served with a variety of mission groups in both a medical and non-medical capacity. The latest adventure was a medical mission trip to Haiti utilizing True North, a boat, as their main base to reach remote villages. Jenni has been married to Eric for 23 years, and they have a 19-year-old son who has Type 1 Diabetes and a 16-year-old daughter who is currently in remission with her Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. Her husband Eric has a chronic condition, requiring multiple surgeries and life-long monitoring. Jenni is also affected by childhood scoliosis, which has become a chronic pain issue as she ages.

Advisory Council

Mike Juneau

Mike Juneau

Secretary and Treasurer

Mike retired from a 37-year career as CPA for Briggs & Stratton Corporation, where he developed the tax department, worked as assistant treasurer, chaired the company retirement plan committees and managed the plan investments. In addition, Mike is an ordained elder and has managed church finances at several churches. In 2006, he was on a team that assisted an inner city non-profit academy in developing its finance and strategy plans. Mike has been married to his wife Mary for 52 years. They have four adult children and six grandchildren, and have fostered more than 20 pre-adoption infants for Milwaukee County, before adopting their daughter Samantha, who has been on a ventilator for more than twenty-five years. Mike’s wife Mary has a chronic autoimmune disease. Daily, he experiences the role of caregiver, supporting and advocating for both his wife and daughter.

Julie Sheridan-Smith

Julie Sheridan-Smith

Pastoral Advisor

Julie is a mother, wife, ordained minister, and a founding board member. She and her husband have three adult children. Julie became personally aware of chronic pain when her daughter began experiencing constant and excruciating back pain, resulting in surgery. Yet the pain continued and other unexplained issues began – nausea, stomach pain, and inability to keep food down. During her senior year in high school, her daughter became gravely ill with gastroparesis and spent much of her senior year in and out of the hospital. The quest for relief and solutions, the ongoing struggle of chronic illness, and the anxiety that accompanies both has drawn Julie to seek to know and speak of God’s presence in and through the reality of chronic pain – both for the one experiencing it and for those who love them.

Jeff Piquette

Jeff Piquette

Information Systems Advsior

Jeff began his partnership with Chronic Joy Ministry as we took our first fledgling steps, answering technical questions, helping when needed, and most importantly teaching us so we can grow.

Jeff graduated from University of Wisconsin -Milwaukee with BS in Computer Science.

Jeff’s patient, unruffled demeanor, expertise, willingness to serve, faithfully and quietly behind-the-scenes continues today with his church, with Chronic Joy Ministry and with his family.

Jeff is a quiet, thoughtful, dedicated husband, father, son and IT professional.

Click here to read more about Jeff.

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