Archive for December, 2012



New Board Chair and Executive Director to build on charity’s meaningful legacy

MINNEAPOLIS – Dec. 1, 2012 – Faith’s Lodge, a respite for those who have recently lost a child or have a child with a serious illness, made two major changes to the leadership of the organization. Founders Mark and Susan Lacek announced Jadin Bragg, an active board member since 2007, as the new Board Chair, and Kelly McDyre as the new Executive Director.

Bragg and McDyre are dedicated to taking Faith’s Lodge to another level. This includes raising regional awareness of the organization and embarking on a long-term capital campaign.

Bragg, a CPA and partner at Boulay, Heutmaker, Zibell & Co., assumes the Board Chair position from Mark Lacek and is scheduled to serve a term of three years.

“Jadin’s depth serving business clients with strategic business advice is important in leading Faith’s Lodge in the next phase of our development,” said Mark Lacek, who will now serve as vice-chair. “His commitment and passion through his years of service as a board member made him a clear choice to lead the organization. Faith’s Lodge remains close to our hearts; it was important to find the right person to own the leadership role.”


McDyre comes to Faith’s Lodge from a marketing and communications background and previously served as the Executive Director of the Harmon Killebrew Foundation.


“Kelly brings a wealth of non-profit experience, a meaningful connection to the organization and just the right balance of corporate experience,” said Bragg. “We feel fortunate to have her talents as we bring Faith’s Lodge into the future.”


Both Bragg and McDyre are graduates of the University of St. Thomas and will operate out of the Minneapolis area.


About Faith’s Lodge

Faith’s Lodge provides a place where parents and families facing the serious illness or death of a child can retreat to reflect on the past, renew strength for the present, and build hope for the future. The year-round retreat in Danbury, Wis., provides a peaceful escape for families from across the United States to refresh their minds and spirits while spending time with others who understand what they are experiencing. For programming schedule and more information, visit

You’re Invited to our Annual Holiday Tribute Ceremony

Faith’s Lodge invites you to attend our third annual Holiday Tribute Ceremony. This intimate event gives guests an opportunity to visit with other bereaved families while remembering their children. The afternoon features live music and a short program with a candle-lighting ceremony, during which families may say their child’s name, and share a holiday message.

All families are welcome–you need not be a previous guest of Faith’s Lodge, or have any previous relationship with the organization. If you know a family that could be helped by learning more about Faith’s Lodge, please share this invitation with them. There is no cost for families to attend this event.

Sunday, December 16th, 2012
3:00-5:00 PM

The Woman’s Club
410 Oak Grove Street
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Light refreshments will be served.

Additional Information: If you wish to have your child’s or a family photo included in the Holiday Tribute Ceremony, please send a photo (along with your child’s full name) to Prinna Boudreau:

Pantry and Craft Supply Drive: Please plan to bring non-perishable food donations or craft supplies such as acrylic paint, brushes, scrapbooking supplies, beads/jewelry making supplies, etc. These donations will go directly to Faith’s Lodge to support our families during their stay. Thank you!

RSVP: Please RSVP by December 11th to Joan if you plan to attend:

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