Meet the Team!
Annie Wetter, PC CAN President
Meet Annie! A founding member of Portage County Can, Annie is the current PC Can President. Annie is also a professor of nutrition at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. One of her favorite outdoor activities is biking, along with gardening and occasionally completing ultra-marathons. Biking to work is just one way she strives to help others see that our community offers many resources that support a healthy lifestyle. Her lifelong ambition is to positively impact people’s health and well-being.
Favorite Fruit: Apples
Kelly Hammond, Communication Officer
Meet Kelly! One of the newest members of the team, Kelly joined PC Can in 2016 as a graduate assistant through the Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems Master's program at UWSP. She also works as a nutrition educator for the UW-Extension Program, FoodWIse in Waupaca County. Kelly loves to spend her time walking or cycling the trails in Stevens Point, backpacking and traveling. Her biggest fitness accomplishment was a summer spent cycling across Europe with her now-husband on a self-supported bike tour that spanned 9 countries and 3,000 miles. On her approach to wellness and nutrition, Kelly says, "I believe the health and wellness should be accessible by everyone-- as the journey of wellness is one of progress, and not perfection."
Best veggie out there? Avocados in everything: salads, wraps and especially in smoothies. Yum!
Suzanne Oehlke, Executive Director
Meet Suzanne! Suzanne is the Executive Director of PC Can. She is also a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified breastfeeding educator. Suzanne’s favorite part of being active in Portage County is running or walking on the Green Circle trail. “When it comes to exercising, Suzanne says, “It clears a space in my mind where real solutions to my everyday issues and problems can surface. I’m not always excited for the start, but the end is exhilarating.” Suzanne also loves golf, tennis, gardening, skiing, and hiking.
Favorite Food: Anything with spinach! “It’s rich in many vitamins and minerals and offers a vast number of health benefits. I also think it’s delicious!”
Cara Adams, Treasurer
Meet Cara! Combining her talents and passions, Cara is the PC Can treasurer and graphic design expert. Cara is the mother of two young sons, who inspired her to become passionate about eating healthy and exercising. Having recently moved to Stevens Point, Cara fell in love with the running trails and recently completed her first half marathon-- she is currently training for a full marathon. “Crossing that finish line was one of the proudest moments of my life,” Cara said. Besides running, she loves cross-stitching, painting, and crocheting.
What’s cooking? “Currently, my favorite vegetable is any root veggie I can roast!”
Deanna Deising, Events Chairperson & leader of Activity Workgroup.
Meet Deanna! Events chairperson and leader of the Activity Workgroup, Deanna is behind the scenes for the big projects. Born in Charleston, SC, Deanna moved to Oshkosh and graduated from UW-Stevens Point with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science. Currently, she is the program manager for the School of Health Promotion and Human Development at UWSP. Deanna loves the Green Circle Trail. “You can find me either running, biking or walking my dog 4 to 6 days of the week on the Green Circle Trail,” Deanna said. In her spare time, Deanna likes working on anything creative, cooking healthy meals and being around friends and family.
Food obsession: Local veggies. “I love almost all vegetables and enjoy their seasonality.”
Laura Zelenak, PC CAN Turkey Trot Chairperson.
Meet Laura! Laura is the PC Can Turkey Trot Chairperson. With a masters in Nutrition from UWSP, Laura is a health educator for Marshfield Clinic where she works to promote and advance healthy lifestyle initiatives. Laura’s favorite thing about Portage County is the Wisconsin River and enjoys spending her outdoor time gardening, kayaking, walking, hiking, biking, and camping. During the winter months, you will find Laura at the gym, in a yoga class and occasionally skiing or snowshoeing. On her approach to wellness and nutrition, Laura says, “Take care of yourself, you’re worth it!”
Best one-pot dish? Ask Laura for her lentil bake recipe! Yum!
Ashley Chrisinger, Chairperson for the Fruit and Vegetable WORKS
Meet Ashley! Ashley is the chairperson for the Fruit and Vegetable WORKS workgroup with PC Can. Ashley is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, associate lecturer at UWSP and owner of Homegrown Nutrition LLC. You can find Ashley outside all year long with her husband and two young boys; building forts, enjoying long runs and coed softball. Her favorite part of Portage County is the energy of the community, especially the downtown Stevens Point area. On her love of beets, Ashley said, “What I especially love about beets is that you get two very different vegetable experiences: the sweet earthy flavor of the beet root, and the bitter greens on top that pair so well with bacon and gorgonzola! AND you can puree the beetroot and add it to baked goods! endless possibilities!
Favorite Vegetable: Beets
Derek Bell, Chairperson for (CWWWN)
Meet Derek! Derek is the chairperson of the PC Can work-group, the Central Wisconsin Worksite Wellness Network (CWWWN). As a Health Promotion and Wellness Consultant at Ministry Medical Group, Derek is the PC Can expert in worksite wellness programs. “Building a healthy culture doesn’t happen by accident,” said Derek, “It is planned nurtured and grown. I believe we can make a better future, by changing our culture today.”
Favorite vegetable: raw okra, freshly picked
Drew Dow, PC CAN Webmaster
Meet Drew! Combining his technical skills and his design background, Drew is the Web Developer for PcCan's website. In his free time, you can see Drew running around Stevens Point or at the gym working out for upcoming marathons. Currently Drew is a UWSP student that is majoring in Web and Digital Media Development and minoring in Computer Science. Besides running on his free time he enjoys going on hikes, fishing, coding, and disc golfing around the state.
Favorite Fruit: Oranges
Sierra Kelley, Digital Marketing Outreach Coordinator
Meet Sierra! What is your favorite thing about portage county? - their willingness to try new things in order to reach more people. How do you like to spend your time outdoors? - rollerblading, hiking, longboarding What is your favorite activity? - crocheting What is your degree/where did you go to school? - Business Administration - Marketing What is your current job or career? - promotions and marketing coordinator.
What is your favorite vegetable? - broccoli and potatoes (but not together).