OUR STAFF

Since 1991 Balance has recognized it is the relationship each person experiences everyday which determines success or disappointment. Direct Support Professionals are the ones who make all the difference in the critical services Balance provides. THEY are the ones who make each day special.

Each person we hire is screened, trained and supervised to provide the best service possible for our Participants. We provide ongoing training to ensure each staff member meet the needs for those we support. Balance’s mission is commitment to the balance between support and independence. It is the caring relationships staff develops which ensure the individuals we serve enjoy and attain all they are capable of achieving daily and throughout their lives.

With our growth over the last several years we continue to seek new individuals to join our team. For more information on Balance’s employment opportunities please contact us or  visit our Jobs page.

Jordan Luhr

Jordan Luhr

Executive Director

Jordan Luhr has over twenty years’ experience in non-profit human services driven by a passion to serve. Most recently Jordan was Executive Director at a social services agency for older adults, helping them maintain dignity and self-respect through enrichment programs, case management and day programming for those with dementia. He also served as Vice President of Development and Public Relations at an agency providing youth with serious emotional, mental and behavioral health challenges, residential treatment, education, and outpatient services. Prior to committing to the non-profit sector, he had an extensive career in the corporate healthcare sector working in sales, marketing, and general management. Jordan’s experience is complemented by a Bachelor degree from Marquette University, an MBA from the University of Maryland and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from North Park University. Jordan is married to Renee and has five children and four grandchildren.

Phone: 262-268-6811 ext 102

Direct Line: 262-822-3086

Email: jluhr@balanceinc.org

Kathy Dieringer

Kathy Dieringer

Director of Clinical Programs

Kathy has over 30 years experience as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She has worked with special needs children in schools and has worked for over 20 years with the frail elderly in both assisted living and skilled nursing. As the Director of Clinical Programs for Balance Kathy will ensure the agency has effective clinical systems and up to date policies and procedures. She manages the daily clinical outcomes of clients as well as educates staff in both formal inservices and hands-on training.

Kathy enjoys time with her family and friends and is active with outdoor activities especially hiking and biking.

Phone:262-268-6811 ext 105

Direct Line: 262-912-4276

Email: kdieringer@balanceinc.org

Kären Cohen

Kären Cohen

Director of Fund Development and Communication

Kären is honored and delighted to be part of the Balance family. As the mother of an adult son with a disability, this chapter of her life allows her to passionately support and push the envelope for a happy, healthy and more meaningful life for individuals with disabilities.

Her journey to Balance comes after a career in banking and finance and an incredibly rewarding 25 years of advocacy and life changing work within the human services world. In her personal life, Kären enjoys time with her family and friends and likes to stay active, have fun and make a difference in the world!

Phone: 262-268-6811 ext 104

Direct Line: 262-977-7589

Email: kcohen@balanceinc.org

Gene Baumann

Gene Baumann

Director of Day Programs

Gene Baumann is the Director of Day Programs. Gene has been with Balance since September 2012. During his time with Balance he has served as a direct support professional, an adult family coordinator, and as a coordinator of Balance day program. Gene graduated in 2009 from Concordia University with a Bachelor’s degree and a double major in business communications and public relations. He also earned a double minor in public relations and youth ministry. Gene is married and enjoys spending time with his kids. The Baumann family is also home to many pets including dogs and chickens. In his free time Gene likes to garden, snowmobile, spend time on the water, and explore flea markets.

Phone: 262-268-6811 ext 103

Direct Line: 262-977-4347

Email: ebaumann@balanceinc.org

Haley Robertson

Haley Robertson

Director of Human Resources

I’m very excited to be new to Balance!
I’m Haley Robertson, the new Director of Human Resources.
As of right now, I’m in pursuit of my MBA in Business Analytics from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. I graduated with my Bachelor’s in Business Administration- Human Resources from St. Norbert College in Green Bay, and I went to Cedarburg High School (#goDAWGS).

John Runions left BIG shoes to fill, so be patient with me as I acclimate 🙂 Some things I enjoy outside of work: I love to camp, hike, kayak and travel-- but most importantly, I love Out & Out Mac n Cheese and 90s Hip Hop/R&B.

Phone: 262-268-6811  ext 101

Direct Line: 262-977-4324

Email: hrobertson@balanceinc.org

Erin Petersen

Erin Petersen

Director of Adult Family Homes

Erin Petersen is the Director of Adult Family Homes. Erin has been with Balance since November of 2019.

Erin has been working with children and adults in all different sectors of the Health and Human Services for over twenty years, including working with individuals with intellectual and development disabilities in the Southeast Wisconsin school systems, in Special Education.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and Social Science from Concordia University.

Erin is the Southeast Branch Representative for the National Association of Social Workers Wisconsin Division and is a very active member of the Board of Directors with the NASW as an advocate and change agent at the State of Wisconsin.

Her professional background is working in mental health, addiction, special education, health and human services, homeless services and the Department of Corrections.

Outside of work, she is a mother, a writer, an artist, who loves hiking, traveling and loves to spend time with her family and friends.

Phone: (262) 268-6811 ext 108

Direct Line: 262-689-7941

Email: epetersen@balanceinc.org