Our Staff


Donna Ambrose

Executive Director
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 others to strengthen our community.”


David Phelps

Food Bank Director
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 oversees the food programs at The Neighbors' Place which includes the food bank and pantry. He also enjoys working in his woodworking shop, tending to his garden and collecting and restoring antique tractors.


Mallory McGivern

Community Impact Manager
Mallory's work at The Neighbors' Place and utilizes her experience in nonprofit work, food justice and education. She oversees many aspects of TNP's outreach, impact and programming and is proud to work with the incredible folks at The Neighbors' Place. 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.


Bettina Steadman

Volunteer Manager
Bettina is passionate about helping people and has found a home at The Neighbors' Place working with our amazing volunteers. A champion for social justice and an avid volunteer herself, she works to help people find their place and make their passion for helping others a reality. She feels incredibly blessed to be part of an organization that helps improve the lives of so many. When she is not at work, she enjoys gardening, music, being outdoors, reading, and spending time with family.


Catherine wollenzien

Administrative Assistant
Catherine found a home at The Neighbors' Place utilizing her experience in organizational and interpersonal communication. She is very passionate about food insecurity and inclusivity. She oversees many aspects of TNP's donor and guest relationships. She is proud to work at The Neighbors' Place and loves being able to make a difference in her community. In her free time, she can be found spending time with her husband Kyle and all their rescue pets! They enjoy live music, hiking and working in their garden.


Charles Sanders

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


Irene RobBINS

Food Pantry Assistant
Irene is an intake clerk in the Food Pantry, screening eligible clients. She is inspired by the former Executive Director, Tom Rau's dedication to strengthening 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.