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Meet Our Staff

Deacon Bryan
Director
Teamwork and communication will keep us going. Creative ideas will help us grow!

Deacon Bryan Hilts, Director, most recently served as regional director of Catholic Charities in Wausau. Many may also recognize Deacon Bryan from his work with the Wausau Police Department for nearly two decades and from his instrumental role in establishing and managing the Wausau Warming Center. He brings an extensive background in both for-profit and non-profit business management and marketing. Deacon Bryan lives on a small farm just south of Marathon with his wife Michelle. He has two adult daughters. He continues to serve as a deacon at St. Mary’s Parish in Marathon.

Sr. Jolynn Brehm, FSPA
Spiritual Leader

Jolynn Brehm, FSPA,  is a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration. Her background includes elementary and secondary educator, pastoral associate, co-founder and director of the Marywood Spirituality Center in Arbor Vitae. She has been a retreat director and spiritual director since 1989 and began offering preached retreats in 2005 at retreat centers and for communities of Sisters throughout the Midwest. She joined St. Anthony Spirituality Center as spiritual leader in July 2015.

Her special interests include delving into Scripture, all things Franciscan, and exploring the connections of nature and creation with our lives.

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Front Office

Susie Hubbard, Front Office Coordinator, has a diversified background, having worked for Catholic Charities for 20+ years and then as an Office and Account Manager in private industry for several years. Her education includes a degree in Accounting from NTC in Wausau.

Susie loves gardening and serves on the Finance Committee at Holy Rosary, her home parish in Medford.

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Communications
I’m learning every day never to try to put God in a box, because he’s always at work in the people who come through our doors. I’m just along for the ride!

Cheryl Mathis, OFS, Communications Coordinator, studied communications at UWSP and worked in the marketing department of a publishing company for several years in various capacities. Before coming to St. Anthony’s, she was a freelance graphic designer for many years in the Wausau area, including work with parish bulletins, newsletters and websites. She made her permanent profession as a Secular Franciscan in the spring of 2015. A Catholic convert from a Pentecostal upbringing, Cheryl joyfully serves her parish as a liturgical minister and cantor, also volunteering locally with her family and her fraternity. She lives in Wausau with her husband and two children, who are all frequent visitors at St. Anthony’s.

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Ministry Associates Coordinator
God has blessed me with so many amazing opportunities. To be a part of St. Anthony’s team shows the incredible journey God can take you on when your heart is open.

Mary Maly has served in Parish life as a Director of Religious Education, Youth Minister, Parish Secretary and volunteer; she has spent many hours at St. Anthony’s Spirituality Center for the Lay Formation Institute and spiritual retreats.  Mary lives in Ringle with her husband Jim, they have two adult daughters.

Mary enjoys Church and community volunteer opportunities, traveling, gardening, reading and motorcycle rides with her husband.

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Housekeeping
My favorite spot is the fireplace lounge balcony where I meditate each morning and the chapel loft which I adopted in memory of my son.

Jain Skaar, is our full-time housekeeping supervisor since 2008. Her background has brought her from administrative assistant, to a stay-at-home mom with her own family daycare and back to an office setting again. She loves her work here at St. Anthony’s because it is meditative.

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Food Services
Sandra Fischer, Food Services Supervisor:
“I was born on a beautiful spring day in may, to humble, poor, Polish parents. I was born on my due date, ‘cuz my daddy was home on leave from the army and I didn’t want him to miss me. My Mom says it was the only time I was on time. I am the 6th child of a family of 9.
I have been working with food (with the exception of a few odds and ends jobs) my adult life starting as a car hop for A&W in Mosinee when I was 16. No, not rollerblades. I thought it was fun. Through out my career, I advance to restaurant and banquet management as well as cooking. That was really fun. As I ventured through my life asking “why am I doing this?” I now know that it was to gain knowledge and experience to be here at St. Anthony.
“I very much enjoy the work that I do and the people that I meet everyday. All sorts of people. The world is a vegetable soup of people. I have not met a bad soul. God does great work.  And the learning! Oh my goodness, I have learned so much. I have been able to look differently at my personal life, and try to have a better understanding of others. Change the things I can, leave the rest to bigger hands. I don’t know why I am surprised, but I always am at how much the Holy Spirit works in this place. Only by the Grace of God.
Having come in contact with so many people, I have learned about a lot of dietary needs. A wise women told me that I feed the soul as well as the body. I like that. and think of it often as I am preparing a meal. People try my recipes and like them. I do home cooking, meaning not from a can or bag. Real meat, real gravy, real potatoes. I am very grateful to my group of volunteers that help with slicing and dicing, and make my job even more enjoyable. God has been good to us with the garden and fresh vegetables that I can serve with pride. I am truly blessed for being able to be a part of this group of vegetable soup people at St. Anthony.”
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Maintenance
I feel that I have more responsibility to the donor to use their money efficiently rather than to the Board as an employee.

Aaron Martin, Building and Grounds Supervisor, has worked jobs that include everything from industrial air compressors to plant operations. He’s a jack of all, master of none, but has plenty of common sense as well as an open-minded, cost-minded attitude that helps him bargain for the best deals for St. Anthony’s. Working with volunteers is invigorating for Aaron, because he feels that volunteers have a passion for the work, and that makes the job fun.

He loves the responsibility of maintaining such a large facility.

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Book Store

Sr. Dorothy Schneider, FSPA, book store co-manager and library director, is a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. She has been a teacher and administrator in the La Crosse Diocesan Schools and has also been a Pastoral Minister in several parishes in the La Crosse Diocese. Sr. Dorothy is a certified chaplain of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, having worked in hospitals in Eau Claire and Wausau. She retired in 2002 and volunteers at St. Anthony’s.

She likes working at St. Anthony Spirituality Center because of its rich Franciscan history.

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Book Store

Delores Schneider, Book Store Co-Manager, is an Affiliate of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, La Crosse. She received a Bachelors Degree at Viterbo University and a Masters Degree at St. Mary’s University in Winona. She was a teacher and administrator in Wisconsin and Iowa for 35 years. She then worked as pastoral administrator in two parishes. Upon retirement in 1995 she has volunteered at St. Anthony’s Book Store to the present day.

Delores likes working here because of the peaceful atmosphere of the book store and the quiet solitude of the natural surroundings.