A Local Solution for a Global Problem

Our Team and Board are dedicated to coming alongside our Greater Waupaca Area Neighbors in times of need. Service is our passion and we are ready to connect you with the resources needed for success. Our 

Our Team

Wilma Akright

Executive Director

Wilma Akright joined Foundations for Living in May 2019 after a career in non-profit service that spanned oceans. During her time as Executive Director of FFL, the organization has thrived in spite of the turbulence caused by the Covid19 pandemic.

Jocely Barraza

Jocely joins us from Portage County Health and Human Services. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.


“In college I dreamed of working for a nonprofit. Now that I CAN, I commit to propel Foundations for Living forward and dream of a better tomorrow together.”

Jan Blohm

Client Services

Always willing to help, Jan may be the first person to greet you should you call or stop in at FFL.  Just give it a try and see.



“I was employed at Portage County Health and Human Services, where I assisted in serving Spanish-speaking populations. Everyday involved conversersing with individuals facing the pandemic directly. It was during these Spanish-speaking interviews that I realized my involvement with my community’s marginalized populations needed to be expanded.

Jocely Bazzara

Board of Directors

Bev Lewis

Board Chairperson

Bev began her time with FFL as a volunteer in the office and helped with fundraising before joining the Board of Directors.  Currently, she is the Board Chairperson and manages the Thrift Store.

My husband, Tim and I have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.  We lived in La Crosse for over 30 years before moving to Waupaca 8 years ago. 


Christine Machamer

Board Secretary

Chris became a board member for Foundations for Living (FFL) in December 2017.  She currently serves as the Board Secretary, as well as volunteering in the Thrift Store, the Warming Center, and at other various events and programs.


“I am involved with FFL because I believe in the work that is being done to help others who need a helping hand to get their lives on track.  I believe in the Christian faith on which it is founded.”

Richard Vanman

Board Member

Richard is a retired pastor with over 40 years of service in ministry. He is also an adjunct professor at North Cetral University.


“FFL has an outstanding impact in people’s lives. I’m honored to be able to come alongside individuals working to overcome their unique challenges.”

Deb Schmidt

Board Member

Deb joined the Board in
early 2020 Deb and after years of serving in our Warming Center, she continues to
volunteer at the shelter, in addition to Meals on Wheels, church, and CASA, Court Appointed
Special Advocates, for foster children. She is also active in a women’s Bible study, a prayer
group, and is certified in Advanced Care Planning

Jim McCarthy

Board Member

Jim owned and operated a residential construction business for seven years.  He is now in the commercial sector running a construction business erecting and selling commercial and agricultural buildings.

“My Hobbies are fishing, hunting, skiing, camping, and woodworking.”