Our Mission

Embrace is committed to providing compassionate, dignified, and ethical care, ensuring peace of mind for seniors and their families. Our mission guides us to provide…

Founder's Message

The concept of aging with gratitude resonates with me. When we live with gratitude, we say “yes” to experiencing life as a gift and affirm that overall, life is good with facets that make it worth living. As a Social Worker who has spent my career working with aging adults, it is important to me that each client feel he/she is living a meaningful and fulfilling life.

At the same time, I understand that aging can be complex and perhaps even a bit scary for some. It is my belief that aging adults and their loved ones should not have to navigate this journey alone. This is why we provide a team of caring professionals to assist every step of the way… why we “embrace” aging… and why we take our mission seriously.

Mary Pitsch

Meet The Team

Mary Pitsch

Founder

John Pitsch

Founder

Wendy Prince

Director of Operations /
Care Manager

Anne Cullen

Care Manager

Patty Belitz

RN Care Manager

Heidi Carlson

Care Coordinator

Bethany Schueller

Assistant Care Coordinator

Jennifer McAlister

Dementia Coach

Ginny Nyhuis

Mary Pitsch

Founder

John Pitsch

Founder

Wendy Prince

Director of Operations/
Care Manager

Heidi Carlson

Care Coordinator

Julie Schleicher

RN Care manager

Kelly Lee

Care Manager

Sarah Payne

Assistant Care Manager

Jennifer McAlister

Dementia Coach

In-Home Caregivers
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All of our caregivers have one thing in common, a passion for caring for older adults and those with disabilities. Upon hire, each caregiver completes a thorough orientation. Our caregivers are provided with a detailed client care plan before going to a client’s home, as well as, client specific training. All of our employees go through background checks, and are insured and bonded.

Mary Pitsch

Founder

Mary is a Master Level Social Worker and a Care Manager Certified. Her passion for working with seniors and their families is evidenced by her more than 25 years working with this population. Mary’s commitment to doing what is right for the client is carried out each day through the Embrace team she has brought together.

Member Aging Life Care™ Association (formally Nat’l Assn of Professional Geriatric Care Managers)

2019 – Present  Vice President Dementia Innovations, Inc.

2013 Service Company of the Year (Sheboygan County Chamber)

2009 Entrepreneur of the Year & Young Professional of the Year (Sheb. Coastal Connections)

2008 Rotarian of the Year (Downtown Sheboygan Rotary Club)

Past UWM Adjunct Professor – Masters in Social Work Geriatrics

Spending time with family and friends is high on Mary’s list. She also loves traveling, boating and working out.

John Pitsch

Founder

John began the journey of founding Embrace with Mary while he was still employed full time as a printer.  John has now been working fulltime with Embrace for over 10 years.   John’s primary functions are related to the financial aspects of running the business.  John assists with variety of other tasks including helping clients with small household tasks.  John’s caring and patient attitude is always welcome.

In his spare time, John enjoys fishing, softball, golf and boating.  He also enjoys spending time with their extended families and their dog Carson.

 

Wendy Prince

Director of Operations/Care Manager

Wendy has worked for over 25 years in the senior field beginning as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). She earned her Bachelor’s in Social Work from the University of Milwaukee in 1993 and is a Certified Social Worker in the State of Wisconsin. Wendy’s work experience includes long term care facilities and hospice. Wendy is a past board member for Mental Health of America and co-chair for the Annual Sheboygan County Walk to End Alzheimers.

Wendy spends time with her family in her free time.  Together she and her husband enjoy camping and biking.

Anne Cullen

Care Manager

Anne is a state certified social worker with over 30 years of experience working as a care manager/social worker in several area counties.  She specializes in working with populations of fragile elders, mental health, developmental and physical disabilities, and specializing in the areas of dementia education and caregiver support.
Anne has been very fortunate to share her life with 3 daughters, 2 sons-in-law, and 4 grandchildren, all of whom make her very proud.
She currently has 3 dogs and has shared her home with numerous other animals throughout the years as her children grew.
 In Anne’s free time, she loves to read, travel, ride motorcycle and go to music concerts.

Coming soon

Heidi Carlson

Care Coordinator

Heidi, a Caregiving Coordinator, earned her undergraduate degree in Biology from Lakeland College. She has worked with the senior population for over 20 years.  Through her experience as the Associate Director of Resident Services at a local assist living facility, Heidi has extensive experience in dementia care.  Heidi’s compassion for seniors is evident daily in her efforts to match caregivers to clients with the hope of meeting client needs.

Heidi is an active sports enthusiast both as a spectator and as a player.   Heidi and her wife also enjoy spending time with their extended families and their three dogs.

Coming soon

Jennifer McAlister

Dementia Coach

Jennifer McAlister has a nearly 30-year career serving people living with irreversible neurocognitive diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, and their care partners/caregivers. Jennifer has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and has held leadership positions in assisted living communities, adult day care, brain health enhancement programs, and in-home care services. She is the 2011 recipient of the Outstanding Professional Award through the Alzheimer’s Association, Wisconsin Chapter.  In her free time, she enjoys hiking, singing, watching sunsets and spending time with her family and friends.

Ginny Nyhuis

Community Educator

Ginny has over 20 years of experience working with older adults, with a focus on dementia care and support.  She earned her Master’s in Social Work from the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. 
She is a Community Educator presenting topics related to dementia care and support, brain health, and overall healthy aging. 

In her free time, Ginny enjoys traveling, exploring the outdoors, kayaking, biking and spending time with family, friends, and her two cats.  

Julie Schleicher

RN Care manager

Julie has worked for over 15 years in the senior field. She began her career as a caregiver and then expanded her knowledge by becoming a Registered Nurse. Julie’s attention to detail, her compassion for seniors and her understanding of dementia makes Julie a great addition to the Embrace Team.

Julie is married with one daughter.   Julie loves horses and find as many opportunities to be around them as possible.  She and her husband enjoy camping and attending Brewer games.

Sarah Payne

Assistant Care Manager

Sarah, earned her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Lakeland University in 2019. She has worked as a CNA since 2015 in both nursing home and assisted living facilities which is where she found her passion for caring for the elderly.  After graduating college, she worked as a group home manager in Manitowoc. 

Outside of work Sarah enjoys traveling, kayaking, camping, hiking, and anything outdoors with her dog, Xena.