Board of Directors

Deeatra Kajfosz

Deeatra Kajfosz

Deeatra Kajfosz

Founder + Executive Director (non-voting member of the Board)

What is the name of the company you work for? LiFE OF HOPE

What are you most proud of achieving within your career/academics? Finding my voice to serve others who are struggle in silence, unaware that there is a LiFE full of joy beyond their sense of hopelessness and helplessness.

What do you like most about working and/or living in Washington County? The people! I am proud to call Washington County, Wisconsin, my home.

When not working, what activities do you enjoy most? Time with my family and friends, culinary cooking, gardening, reading, and entertaining guests at home.

What makes you laugh or smile most? Unexpected triumphs, helping others achieve their next level of success/moment of happiness, and of course… witnessing my children achieve their own goals.

What is your favorite quote and who is it by? “Where there is HOPE, there is LiFE.” Anne Frank

Why is LiFE OF HOPE important to you? I’m still here and with each new day, I get to decide what I’m going to do with my time, talents, and resources. Somewhere there’s a parent, child, friend, or neighbor struggling in our community who is at the point where they are thinking that death is a solution. I want them to know that they don’t need to end their life story to escape the pain. There is hope, help, and healing.

Jeff Barger

Jeff Barger

Jeff Barger

Vice President + Events Photographer

The name of the company you work for. Barger Photography

What do you like most about working and/or living in Washington County? We moved here from Milwaukee, in search of a better place to raise our kids. The location is perfect for us, close enough to Milwaukee, yet lots of curvy twisty country roads are just outside of town.

What do you like most about working and/or living in Washington County? Motorcycling, Hunting, Antiquing, and any time spent with my family.

What is the most interesting thing you have ever eaten? Rattlesnake in a cheese sauce… I will try anything once!

What is one destination you have always wanted to visit but have yet to travel to? Why do you want to go there? Europe, with my wife, to see where our ancestors came from, and visit Rome as well.

Why is LiFE OF HOPE important to you? I know how difficult life can be, and yet how rewarding the simplest of things can be. It’s not about what you own, or where you live, but rather your ability to help make this place better for all those who follow us.

Jess Knoeck

Jess Knoeck

Treasurer

The name of the company you work for. West Bend Mutual Insurance

When not working, what activities do you enjoy most? Baking!  I love to bake, not just for humans but for dogs/pets as well! Also just learned how to ride motorcycles last summer so looking forward to getting more riding in this year.

Who do you admire most and why? My mom as she is one of the strongest women I know.  Despite all she has been through she is the glue that holds our family together.

What makes you laugh or smile most? Just being around my friends/family and silly jokes

What is your favorite quote and who is it by? “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention” Oscar Wilde

Finish this sentence… “When I was little, I wanted to grow up to be _a VET_”

Why is LiFE OF HOPE important to you? My sister is a suicide survivor so I feel a great connection to LOH.  I hope that I can help LOH achieve its mission and make a positive impact in the community.

Lily Miller

Lily Miller

Lily Miller

Youth Representative + Youth Impact Committee Co-Chair

What are you most proud of achieving within your career/academics? I don’t really pride myself on anything I have done, or am doing, school wise. I try my hardest to make and maintain honor roll grades. I suppose I could say being invited into the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS).

What do you like most about working and/or living in Washington County? I am thoroughly in love with our fantastic art museum and am absolutely enthralled with our parks.

When not working, what activities do you enjoy most? I am a “go go go” type of individual, being in 17 different clubs/organizations, but I enjoy music and being with my best friend.

What is your favorite quote and who is it by? “My life amounts to no more than a drop in a limitless ocean. But what is an ocean, but a multitude of drops?” ~ From the movie, “Cloud Atlas”.

Why is LiFE OF HOPE important to you? I have my many connections to the topics we strive to draw solutions for. I am fully invested and believe in what we are trying to do. This is something preventable that NEEDS to be talked about. Let’s start the discussion.

Michael Parks

Michael Parks

Member + Fundraising

The name of the company you work for. Busch Precision Inc.

What are you most proud of achieving within your career/academics? Continue my education and learning new things daily.

What is the most interesting thing you have ever eaten? A fly.  To impress a girl when I was in elementary school. She became my girlfriend. Mission accomplished.

What is one destination you have always wanted to visit but have yet to travel to? Why do you want to go there? Italy. It’s a beautiful place, rich in history.

What is your favorite quote and who is it by? Laughter is the best medicine. ~ Unknown

Why is LiFE OF HOPE important to you? Two reasons… It’s an issue that needs more public attention and I’ve taken too much in life and this is my opportunity to give back.

Sara Poupore

Sara Poupore

Member + Medical Perspective

Tim Riedl

Tim Riedl

Board President

The name of the company you work for. West Bend Mutual Insurance

What are you most proud of achieving within your career/academics? I have always taken risks and am a catalyst for change. At times, this makes people uncomfortable, but that’s part of becoming a better organization.

What do you like most about working and/or living in Washington County? My wife and I are relatively new to the area, but the people are very friendly and the proximity to Milwaukee, Madison, and the Fox Valley is very convenient.

Who do you admire most and why? My father. He taught me many life lessons I use in my personal & professional life and was always there to support me in good times & bad.

What makes you laugh or smile most? I love a good joke, but little babies or toddlers (especially in Church) make me smile. They are cute, unfiltered, and unpredictable.

What is your favorite quote and who is it by? “You cannot change one moment of your past, but you can change your whole future” by Mathew Kelly

Why is LiFE OF HOPE important to you? The mission is strong & worthy, but also makes people feel uncomfortable. As mentioned above, I’m not afraid of making people feel uncomfortable, including me.