Jason Larsen is the executive director of St Clares. With long track record of reliably leading non-profit organizations, he took the mantle from his predecessor Sandy Brekke and spearheaded the mission through the pandemic. The clinic continues to thrive under his leadership and management. In his free time he loves being a dad, mountain biking, and reading Dostoyevsky.

Kayla Kemp is the clinical director at St. Clare Health Mission. She is an RN by training and worked her first 10 years of being a nurse in the hospital. She currently helps manage the medical side of St Clares.  In her free time, Kayla loves running, traveling, gardening, cooking and hanging out with her husband & three kids.

Sheila Gonzalez is one of our a community health workers. She has over a decade of experience in supporting community based and healthcare organizations by working alongside community leaders to provide change through collective action. Sheila is driven by her passion to address health and social inequities. In her free time, She enjoys having game nights with husband and two sons. 

Gretchen Clements, LPC, CSW is our Mental Health therapist and also supervises our Community Health Workers. She has 17 years of experience working in mental health and mindfulness and is passionate about helping underserved and vulnerable populations in our community and decreasing the stigma associated with mental illness and substance abuse. Gretchen provides individual and group psychotherapy and assists individuals with social service needs. She is the proud mother of 2 children and enjoys soccer, snowboarding, kayaking and writing.

Ann is our administrative assistant.  She started her career in education, teaching elementary and special education.  She shifted lanes to staying home with her 3 kids but continued with volunteering in schools and several non-profit organizations.  Ann helps with clinic-follow-up, donation intake, volunteer scheduling and more.  She loves contributing to the cause of St. Clare Health Mission and seeing first-hand the positive impact the volunteers and staff make in the lives of so many.  In her free time, Ann enjoys attending her kids’ sporting events, reading, hiking and travel.

Judy Thornton has had 4 years experience as a Recovery Coach/Peer Support person with Coulee Council on Addiction. She worked the pilot program and continues to work for the State of Wisconsin 211 Warmline for mental health and recovery services. She is grateful to have the opportunity to become a CHW and work with the amazing team at St Clare Health Mission. She is very connected to her work with the homeless population in La Crosse and surrounding counties. In her free time, Judy enjoys her dog, being outdoors, camping, and gardening. 

Nelly Veliz has a dual position for SCHM and the Arcadia School District, Health and Health Department. She provides better health and wellness options to Trempealeau county communities. At  SCHM she found a family with whom she could share her passion for helping communities. She is bilingual and that allows her to feel the connection of the community in two languages.

Rob Schroeder is one of our community health workers with 5 years of experience in the field. He has worked at WTC doing community outreach, Independent Living Resources “RAVE” location doing peer support and was a Case Manager at The Family and Children’s Center. He also holds and actively uses his Human Services degree from Western Tech. As a CHW, he works primarily with high BP clients as well as chronically homeless clients. He provides additional help with our clinics on Tuesday and Thursdays. Rob expresses love being a member of SCHM’s team because of the meaningful work he is able to do daily. His strengths include being compassionate, empathetic, outgoing and always gives 100%. Rob is passionate about running, biking and hanging out with his wife and two kids.