Our Staff

 
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Donna Ambrose

Executive Director
donna@neighborsplace.org
Donna oversees the development, implementation, and on-going evaluation of programs and services that support our mission. She left the private sector in 2011 to pursue a career in non-profit organization management. Donna joins us from Madison, but her hometown is Beloit, WI. She enjoys going on long hikes with her husband Chad and loves to read and watch old movies (BIG Wizard of Oz fan!). Donna and Chad have a grown daughter and two fuzzy children. She’s an avid volunteer and looks forward to becoming active in the Wausau Community. “I’m passionate about serving those in need and collaborating with other to strengthen our community.”

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Kathy Rubino

Food Pantry Director 
kbr@neighborsplace.org
Kathy oversees the Food Pantry at The Neighbors' Place, where we feed roughly 80 families every day.  In addition to managing the pantry, she also works with the Marathon County Hunger Coalition to act as a food bank for other pantries in the area. Kathy also manged the Gift of Sight Program.  Prior to joining the staff, Kathy had a career in nursing and served on the Board of Directors for The Neighbors’ Place. She loves spending time with her family, which includes her husband, Frank, two sons, and a new grandson.

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Susan Stanko

Executive Assistant
susan@neighborsplace.org
Susan comes to The Neighbors' Place as a former volunteer for the organization. She is a Librarian by education and previously worked for 10 years at the Chicago Heights Public Library. She has worked with Wausau River District (formerly Main Street Wausau) and the Marathon County Historical Society as a volunteer as well. Susan loves working with the public and considers herself a lifelong learner.

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Mallory McGivern

Volunteer & Community Garden Coordinator
mallory@neighborsplace.org
Mallory found a home at The Neighbors' Place utilizing her experience in nonprofit work, agriculture and outdoor education. She is proud to work with the incredible volunteers at The Neighbors' Place and also manages our community gardens during the growing season. In the summer she can be found biking, fly fishing, kayaking and backpacking. She enjoys spinning wool and making pottery when the weather turns cold. Mallory also serves on the Board of Directors for Monk Botanical Gardens and NCCAP.

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David Phelps

Community Outreach Manager
david@neighborsplace.org
David joins The Neighbors' Place staff following a career of more than 31 years with the YMCA. He has worked at numerous YMCAs throughout the Midwest, and has been in the Wausau area for the last 15 years. He and his wife, Noel, have been married for 23 years and have three children.

David coordinates special events, works with our donors, and assists with many other projects within The Neighbors' Place. He also enjoys working in his woodworking shop, tending to his garden and collecting and restoring antique tractors.

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Charles Sanders

Food Pantry Assistant
Charles has always had a passion for helping people, and he enjoys engaging with the clients of The Neighbors' Place in meaningful ways. Charles loves the Wausau community and enjoys spending time with his family.

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Ann SHNOWSKE

Food Pantry Assistant
Ann has enjoyed working with people for the past 20 years. In her spare time she likes to spend time with her family: her grown daughter, her 3 great neices and her nephew. Ann also enjoys partaking in the Community Learning Center knitting group, where she works on her knitting, crocheting and cross stich projects.

 

Irene RobINS

Food Pantry Assistant
Irene is an intake clerk in the Food Pantry, screening eligable clients. She is inspired by Tom Rau's dedication to strenghtening his community, and seeks to follow his example. Irene resides in Wausau with her son. She enjoys cooking, flower pot gardening, reading and watching science fiction.