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Whitney S. Adler
President and Camp Founder

Whitney S. Adler is both President and founder of Camp Love's Embrace, Inc. and serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors.  She graduated from Augustana College in 2009 with a B.A. in Pre Med/Biology and Masters Degree in Community Development in 2015 from South Dakota State University. Whitney is currently employed by New Horizon Farms, LLC as a Research Site Manager.  

Whitney has been featured nationally in "Familyworks" Magazine, "The Interpreter" Magazine, "Minnesota Women's Business" Magazine, and was interviewed by Ember Reichgott Junge for the syndicated "Voice America" live global internet radio and by Sherree Curry for "People" Magazine. Throughout the course of a year, Whitney is often the featured presenter at many venues speaking to the cycle of grief in children and promoting her camp experience for grieving children. Whitney has received numerous awards for her volunteerism including the renowned "Tradition of Caring Jefferson Award" from the National Institute of Public Service and the National Prudential Spirit of Community Award. In 2004, she was honored at the Minnesota Governor's Mansion by Minnesota's First Lady Mary Pawlenty when she named Whitney one of "Minnesota's Most Notable Women for 2004". In September of 2005, she was named one of the ten most caring young adults in our nation by the National Caring Institute. In January 2006, Whitney will be interviewed in New York City for the prestigious "Do Something - BRICK Award", termed by CNN "the Oscars of youth service awards."


 Kristin Peltola, MS, LMFT, LPC

Vice President

Kristin has been a licensed marriage and family therapist for the past 15 years, receiving her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and then her Master's degree in Counseling from South Dakota State University in 1995. After graduation Kristin worked in an outpatient community mental health center primarily working with families and children. Since 2004 she has worked within public school settings as a mental health professional providing individual and group counseling as well as post secondary guidance. She is currently employed in the Fulda Public School in Fulda, MN. Kristin lives in rural Currie, MN, with her husband and two children. Kristin has been a board member since 2004.


Janet Voges

Janet Voges, an Assistant Vice President at Minnwest Bank South, serves as Treasurer of Camp Loves Embrace. She has worked in the banking industry for 30 years and enjoys working with numbers and budgets. Being Treasurer is one way Janet can help children that are dealing with a difficult time in their lives. Janet is a Murray County native, mother of two adult children and lives in the Slayton area with her husband Jim.  Helping with scrapbooking, games, and snacks during the camp weekend has been a rewarding experience for Janet and Jim.

John Rickgarn

John Rickgarn grew up and graduated from Murray County Central in Slayton in 2001.  He continued his education at Southwest Minnesota State University with a Bachelors degree in Political Science and Public Administration, graduating in 2006.  After a short break, he then completed his MBA in Business Marketing at SMSU is 2010.  He currently works for Marco in Marshall MN as a territory sales representative.
When not working, John enjoys reading, weight lifting, fishing, video games and spending time with friends and family.  He lives in Marshall, MN with his wife, Heather, and their 3 pets.
Having lost both of his parents to cancer by age 16, he has wanted to help other young children deal with their loss.  He has helped with Camp Loves Embrace since its inception in 2003 and been on the board of directors since 2005.  Every year, John shares his story with the campers to let them know of his struggles and how he overcame them.

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