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Our Roots 

The first Kinship program began in 1954 as the Christian ministry of four students at Luther Seminary in the Twin Cities. These students befriended some boys in a tough Minneapolis neighborhood who needed a positive influence. They weren’t trying to evangelize or act as psychologists or counselors to these boys. They wanted to be their friend and make a difference in their lives.

In 2022, there are currently 19 affiliates throughout Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. Kinship Mentoring of Columbia County joined the other affiliates in 2020. Learn more about Kinship Inc. at Our vision is to transform communities by matching safe, nurturing adult mentors with area youth so they reach their full potential and become positive societal contributors. 

Board of Directors  


Vice President

Treasurer/Finance Committee Chair


Board Member


Board Member

Paul Kenas

Board Member


Board Member


Board Member


Board Member

Anchor 13

Lisa Cook

Community Committee Member

Margie Druce

Community Committee Member

Eric Shimpach

Community Committee Member

Program Coordinator

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Sara McChesney, MSW

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About Me:
I am a native of the area and live in Pardeeville. I married my high school sweetheart, and we have three fur children: I have worked with children and families for over 14 years. I earned a bachelor's degree in human services from UW-Oshkosh and graduated with a Master of Social Work from Winona State University, Minnesota
My passion has always been to serve others, bringing me to where I am today. As the Program Coordinator, I have the fantastic opportunity to work with youth and caring adults to form healthy and stable relationships in our communities. I know firsthand the impact that mentoring can make, and I hope you will join me in our movement. Together, we can transform our communities through the power of mentoring! 
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