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About Us

The Stand in the Light Memory Choir is led by a specifically trained music director and accompanist. It is a welcoming, inclusive, and accessible learning environment that helps provide a goal and a sense of accomplishment for each member. We provide music notebooks, sheet music, and a practice CD for each member. The choir has Dementia-aware volunteers to assist with the needs of the singers and care partners. 

Cathy Reitz, Artistic and Musical Director 

For over 40 years Cathy has taught choral and vocal music in the Midwest. She holds a Bachelor of Music from St. Norbert College, a Master of Education from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse and is a National Board Certified Teacher and Master Educator. Stand in the Light Memory Choir is one of the community choirs that Cathy directs in the Chippewa Valley. She believes in the power of music and of singing together.

"This choir is directed by Cathy Reitz, a singer herself who has the incredible ability to insist on quality while ensuring that people have a good time."                                                                                                               - Caregiver Choir Member

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Anne Kubiatowicz, Accompanist
Anne Kubiatowicz has a piano performance degree from UW-Eau Claire. She is a former home educator who now spends most of her time teaching a private studio of thirty piano students.  Anne enjoys collaborating with her colleagues and UWEC music students for their recitals. She is the pianist for the Chippewa Valley Community Chorus and area middle and high school choirs.  Anne has been blessed to be a part of her church music ministry over the years and is loves being part of the Stand in the Light Memory Choir. She and her husband Mike have 5 grown children and 3 grandchildren.

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Board of Directors

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Jessica Manthe has been part of the medical community since 2005. She is currently an Account Executive for St Croix Hospice throughout Northwest Wisconsin and manages a business consulting business, Creative Insights LLC.  Jessica is a servant leader and was drawn to the choir due to its exceptional mission, vision, and focus. She has also been personally impacted by memory loss in family members. In her “free time,” Jessica has a very active family that can be found biking, skiing, camping, and more…outdoors.  Jessica is a ballroom dancer and has been an instructor since 1999.

Jessica Manthe

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Lynn is an Occupational Therapist at HSHS Sacred Heart/St Joseph's Hospital for the past 30 years.  Lynn has attended Stand In the Light Memory Choir concerts for the past 3 years and witnessed the power of music.  She looks forward to serving the organization, its members and the community.  Lynn plays handbells and flute at Hope Lutheran Church.  

Lynn Weber

Vice President

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Lou is the Business Intelligence and Analytics Manager at Royal Credit Union in Eau Claire. She has been blessed to be the Music Director for Zion Lutheran Church of Cleghorn for many years. Lou has several family members affected by Alzheimer's and Dementia and believes in the power of music to engage memory. 

Lou Heimstead


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Rev. Diane House is the Director for Evangelical Mission for the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin of the ELCA. She grew up in Eau Claire and is happy to return home after serving as a rural parish pastor for the past sixteen years. Diane enjoys participating in theatre and music as a way to share her talents with the community. The Stand in the Light Memory Choir is an excellent organization that promotes this participating and sharing of talents for ALL people in the community and Diane is proud to be a part of this choir.

Diane House

Board Member

David is the pastor of Plymouth United Church of Christ in Eau Claire and has been with the choir since its beginning. He was immediately attracted to the idea of the choir because of the healing power of music, the importance of safe spaces and singing together, and social time for choir members and caregivers. 

Reverend David Huber 


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Lynn is a retired first grade teacher who now enjoys volunteering at her church and in our community. She loves to read, travel, do yoga and her daily walks. Having members on both sides of her family affected by Alzheimer’s, she is impressed with the joy and power of music with the Stand in the Light Choir. She is excited to serve on the Board of Directors.

Lynn Fering

Board Member

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Wanda Miller has admired the work of The Stand in the Light Memory Choir since its inception and is honored to be a part of making lives richer, through music, in the Chippewa Valley.  Wanda teaches music at Northwoods Elementary School in Eau Claire, where she loves making music with her students.  She has sung with Master Singers of Eau Claire and currently sings in a local duo, Wandarlie.  Wanda also enjoys playing French Horn and singing at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Eau Claire.

Wanda Miller
Board Member

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With a Bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education from UW-Eau Claire, Sharon was the band director for Fond du Lac School District where she also taught instrumental instruction, jazz studies, music theory, general music and marching band. Sharon has performed throughout the United States, Canada and parts of Europe with several orchestras, concert bands and wind ensembles. In Eau Claire, she substitute teaches music and art for area schools and also established the Seymour Studio for Winds where she taught private lessons. Sharon has been on the boards of the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association, the Fond du Lac Symphonic Band, and a founding member of the Wisconsin Youth Band Directors Association. Having had several family members with Alzheimer’s and Lewy Body dementia, Sharon is thrilled to have the opportunity to share her love of the arts to enrich the lives of those who live with dementia through Stand in the Light Memory Choir.

Sharon Seymour
Board Member

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A retired office manager, Jan has been a resident of Eau Claire since her time at UW-EC as a music major-oboe and education. She was a member of the Chippewa Valley Symphony for nearly 30 years and remains active in many choral and instrumental groups in the Valley including as a singing partner in the Stand in the Light Memory choir.

Jan Smith
Board Member

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Carolyn is a retired nurse who has always had music in her life whether it be singing in church, folk groups in college, singing in community groups or local musical theater.  She has been married to her husband Don for 49 years they and have three beautiful, talented daughters and three exceptionally brilliant grandchildren.  In Carolyn’s spare time (when she’s not involved in music) she loves to craft, sew, read, travel and volunteer.  Carolyn is excited to be serving on the Stand In The Light Memory Choir Board.

Carolyn Weibel
Board Member

Admininstrative and Support Staff

Lisa has been with the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County, WI for 17 years and has been in the aging/dementia field for more than 32 years.  Ms. Wells provides support for individuals with dementia and their caregivers, offers memory screenings, evidenced based-programs, assistance with care planning and connections to support and resources.  She assists in developing dementia friendly communities, civic awareness of dementia related issues, and trainings. 

Lisa Wells, MA,CDP

Dementia Care Specialist Liaison

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Kobi has been a professional performer the bulk of her life, with music being at the core for many years. She has also been a writer, a storyteller and a teaching artist among many other things. She currently works with her husband as the comedy juggling duo In Capable Hands, presenting their educational Circus Science Spectacular show throughout the country. Kobi has had multiple family members affected by Alzheimer’s and truly believes in the healing power of music.

Kobi Shaw

Administrative Assistant

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Barb coordinates the refreshments for social time for the choir, both weekly and at the concerts. Barb & her husband, Larry, own the Bed, Bath & Drapery in Eau Claire. She is retired from Premium Finance Corporation.

Barb Kleist
Volunteer Coordinator

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Singing Care Partners

Do you love to sing and help others? Some choir members may not have a care partner and could use a little help. A singing care partner is paired with a person living with memory loss and assists the member during rehearsals and performances. Training is provided before the start of each semester for singing care partners.

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Supporting The Choir

Stand in the Light Memory Choir is a 501 (c)(3) supported by generous donations from the community and many volunteers. Donations are tax deductible. Stand in the Light Memory Choir is a part of the Giving Voice Initiative (GVI) in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. GVI inspires and equips organizations around the world to build choruses for people with dementia and their care partners. For more information visit:

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