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.
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
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
Gene Baumann is the Director of Day & Children’s Services. Gene has been with Balance for over 5 years and has served as a direct support professional, as an adult family coordinator, and as a coordinator of the Pace 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 he has two sons Ezekiel and Elijah. The Baumann family is also home to chickens and two dogs Bear and Moose. 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
Kaila is excited to be the newest member of the Balance team. She describes her background as “all about customer service” based on her love of working with people. Kaila managed a local coffee house for 12 years. After life changes, she moved back to Grafton, and eventually made her way into the Balance Leadership team.
Outside of work Kaila enjoys time with family and friends. They love to fish in the summer and hibernate in the winter. Kaila’s grandmother taught her how to crochet and she loves cooking and drawing. Her number one thing on her bucket list is to write a children’s book. Kaila is honored to be part of the Balance family.
Phone: (262) 268-6811 ext 100
Direct Line: 262-977-4327
John Runions, PHR
John started working with Individuals with Disabilities immediately after graduating college, since then he has applied his knowledge of the field in various roles in operations. John has a Bachelors Degree in Health Services Administration and a Masters Degree with a concentration in Human Resources. John is originally from Indiana and moved to Wisconsin in 2013. He enjoys spending time with his family, pets, and friends. His favorite past time is cooking for large gatherings where everyone can come together and share friendship. John is very excited to help the Balance team move forward to continue the mission of enriching the lives of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities.
Phone: 262-268-6811 ext 101
Direct Line: 262-977-4324
Erin Petersen has been working with individuals with disabilities for over twenty years. She has a Masters Degree in Social Work and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and Social Science from Concordia University. She also holds a Special Education Aide license to work within the school districts across southeastern Wisconsin.
Her professional background is working in mental health, addiction, special education, health and human services.
In her last position she was the Coordinated Entry Lead for Washington County working with the homeless population and also ran a homeless shelter for single men and women called Karl’s Place
Outside of work, she is a writer, artist, hiking, traveling and loves to spend time with her family and friends.
Erin is very excited to begin with Balance in her new role as AFH Manager.
Phone: (262) 268-6811