Council of Advisors

Dr. Jessica Stefanski-Williams, DO

Dr. Williams graduated Cum Laude from Marquette University in Milwaukee with a BS in Biology, and attended medical school at Midwestern University in Chicago, where she would later stay to complete her internship and residency at Resurrection Medical Center in Family Practice. Jessica practiced in a group practice in the Chicago Suburbs for two years and then moved to the Lacrosse, WI area where she has lived for the past two years.

She was privileged to serve in Red Dirt Village, Thailand in spring 2010 alongside her husband, and was honored to return as the medical provider for Village 9 in spring 2011.

Jeff Stolz, Professor, Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI

Jeff has been on the faculty of Viterbo University since 1994, serving as a Professor to students, and as the Resident Costume Designer. He received his MFA from The University of WI at Madison.

His work has been seen in several theatres around the Midwest. He is proud to have designed the costumes for the Chicago premiere of A Klingon Christmas Carol which promises to become an annual tradition in the Chicago area. Jeff’s scholarly activities include researching the construction and history of Midwestern clothing and traditional leather mask-making techniques. Jeff lives in La Crosse with his wife Christine and their two children William and Catherine.

Shannon Asko-Danielson, BS, RN, PA

Shannon graduated from Francis Marion University in Florence, SC, with a BS in Biology, and from the Medical University of SC in Charleston, SC, with a BS in Physician Assistant Studies. She has been a physician assistant for almost eight years, working in the fields of internal medicine and hospital medicine.

At present, she works as a cardiac surgery physician assistant at INOVA Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, VA. Presently she resides with her husband, Nathan, in Fairfax, VA, and they welcomed their first child, Naomi, this past November (2011). Shannon loves to travel, crochet, read, and spend time with her family.

Barbara Klaszus

Barbara was made a member of Christ’s Body as an infant through baptism. She attended parochial grade school, parochial high school, Bethany Lutheran Junior College, and graduated with a BA from Milwaukee-Downer College. Barbara taught high school for eight years. For thirty years, she taught English at a technical institute in Alberta, Canada. During that time, she obtained her Masters degree in Education from the University of Alberta. After her retirement, she attended Concordia Lutheran Seminary, Edmonton, Alberta and obtained her Master of Theological Studies degree.

Presently, she is a volunteer at an ESL Christian center, primarily helping African Muslim women to learn English. Barbara is married and had six children, twelve grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Marlys O’Riordan RN, BSN, MHP

Marlys has been involved with international volunteerism since 1993 when she made the first of four trips to Russia with Center for Citizens Initiative. She has taught English in Mongolia, Ukraine, and mainland China. Her nursing history is long and varied but being a teacher and working in home health have been her passionate loves. She made her first trip to Thailand in 2010.  She is a lifelong WELS member and currently attends St. Marks Citrus Heights, CA.