About Us

Our Story

Faith’s Lodge was established in 2007 to provide a place where those coping with the death or medically complex condition of a child can find hope and strength. Our founders, Mark and Susan Lacek, experienced a devastating loss when their unborn daughter suffered an umbilical cord accident two weeks before she was due. They named her Faith because they knew it would take truly deep faith to keep them going through their darkest hours. Mark and Susan felt strongly that their daughter’s brief time on this earth should have a legacy. That legacy is the creation of Faith’s Lodge, a place where hope grows. Faith’s name and memory live on in this special facility that can help parents and families through their own darkest hours.



         Susan Lacek               Mark Lacek         

Our Mission

Faith’s Lodge supports bereaved parents and their families in a peaceful environment to reflect on the past, renew strength for the present and build hope for the future.

Who We Are & What We Do

The tranquil setting of Faith’s Lodge provides a peaceful escape for families coping with the death of a child to refresh their minds and spirits while spending time with others who understand their experiences. Our long weekend retreats combine professional grief counseling, therapeutic experiences, and group activities that help families heal. As the first dedicated retreat facility of its kind, our goal is to connect families and give them tools for coping with grief and its challenges in a healthy way.

People Served

Since opening our doors in 2007


Faith’s Lodge serves guests nationwide

Grieving Parents

75,000 children die each year in the U.S. (CDC, 2013)


Faith’s Lodge is the only dedicated retreat facility of its kind in the U.S.

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Meet The Staff

Kelly honors the memory of her nephew, Carter, in her role as President + CEO of Faith’s Lodge. She leads the team towards the vision of hope for grieving parents for generations to come.

Kelly McDyre

President & CEO

Jenna’s personal experience of losing her son Noah drives her passion to develop impactful corporate + individual relationships. Starting at Faith’s Lodge in 2015, Jenna drives strategy + growth for the overall organization and it’s programs.

Jenna Rogers

Vice President

As the Lodge Manager, Alissia maintains an exceptional guest experience and perpetual smile for all who walk through the doors.

Alissia Knorr

Lodge Manager

As Assistant Lodge Manager, Miki assists with all things related to lodge and ground maintenance, guest stays, and – being a Webster native – community connections.

Michelle Messer

Assistant Lodge Manager

Deb brings her deep NPO finance experience to the Finance Manager role and handles all accounting and the occasional HR question.

Deb Abarr

Finance Administrator

As our Marketing + Social media guru, Sarah oversees marketing strategies that promote brand awareness and outreach to partner organizations. Sarah is also the one behind marketing all our fundraising events!  Her empathetic personality makes her a perfect fit for making sure everyone knows about Faith’s Lodge.

Sarah Bedsted

Marketing & Events Specialist

Shelly honors the memory of her daughter, Margaret Rose, in her role at Faith’s Lodge. Her main focus will be managing the Hope Works Here program and helping with other administrative tasks. Providing people hope and resources in their darkest days is one of her greatest life’s missions.

Shelly Kolwinska

Program & Administrative Assistant

Kate’s journey in the nonprofit sector has equipped her with the skills to forge lasting relationships with donors and spearhead fundraising initiatives. Her dedication to philanthropy goes beyond routine tasks; she views each endeavor as an opportunity to make a positive and lasting impact. She is a great addition to the Faith’s Lodge team.

Katelynne Shelley-williams

Development Manager

Board of Directors

“I serve Faith’s Lodge in memory of my niece, Sophia and to support the mission to help families find hope and strength for the future.”

Barnaby Allen


Board Chair

“I serve on Faith’s Lodge to support the noble mission of providing hope and healing for the community of grieving parents.”

Jason Villar

U of MN Medical School

Board Vice Chair

“I serve Faith’s Lodge to honor my son Brandon Elias as well as to bring hope and community to bereaved parents.”

Kari Elias

Be The Match


“I serve Faith’s Lodge to help those that are grieving the loss of a child and to honor my son Cole and my nephew Noah.”

Tim Blinkhorn

The Flying Locksmiths

“I serve Faith’s Lodge in honor of my brother Jason, the families that have lost a loved one, and to further the great work of those that have served before my tenure.”


Centra Companies

“I serve Faith’s Lodge to honor my nephew and help other grieving families find hope, connection and healing.”

Sarah Coe


“I serve Faith’s Lodge in honor of my daughter Ella Kate and to keep the lodge accessible and open to all who need a safe and welcoming place to grieve.”

Chris Gosse

Association One

“I serve Faith’s Lodge to honor my daughter Serene and because I believe in the mission and have seen families first hand find hope, reconnect and move forward during their darkest times.”


Allianz Life Insurance

“I serve Faiths Lodge in honor of my brother, Jack and to bring awareness and resources to families that have a loss.”

Michael Roane

Holmes Murphy

“I serve Faith’s Lodge to honor our son Jonathan and to support families who have experienced a similar loss.”

Andrew Vollmuth

ISD 721 New Prague Area Schools

Granting Organizations

Faith’s Lodge extends our sincere gratitude to our community of granting partners for their generous support. These financial contributions help support our programming, keep our guest rates low, and provide scholarships for those that need them.

Funded Referral Partners

Thank you to the following organizations that help cover the cost for guests to come to Faith’s Lodge.