Christina (Chris) Danz is a new member of the Samaritan Counseling Center Board of Directors. Her attachments to Samaritan are many: she is an active member of First Congregational United
Church of Christ, a founding institution of Samaritan more than 50 years ago and always a strong and steady support to our agency. Members of her family have experienced mental illness and have sought counseling at Samaritan in the past; and she recently retired from a distinguished 25-year career in women’s health as a nurse practitioner at Women’s Care of Wisconsin, about which she specifically noted, “Menopausal women have a specific set of mental health issues, and we need to work harder to acknowledge and help address them.”
Two years into her retirement, Chris and her husband Bruce live in a new, smaller home and shower attention on their miniature poodle puppy named Teddy. Together, they have four children: Brian, 38, who works in food service and lives with schizophrenia; Julie, 35, a family practice medical resident in Lansing, Michigan; Ethan, 25, an IT professional in Mequon who also manages production for a virtual church; and Carmen, 21, who will graduate from Hamline University in the spring with a degree in religious music and an eye toward seminary.
Bruce recently retired from his physician role at Kaukauna Clinic at the end of 2020. He is now freer to pursue his passion for outdoor photography and land conservancy—in fact, at press time, he was in northern Minnesota seeking images of great horned owls. Chris is a talented quilter and knitter. She plays piano for theatre productions and volunteers for both the Attic Theatre and the Appleton North theatre department. She loves to cook nutritious food and shares her talents with her 91-year-old parents, who live independently, yet sincerely need and appreciate her time and attention. Chris said, “I feel I have a calling to Samaritan, and I have good reasons to respond. It feels good to work alongside people who share a passion for mental health for people at all stages of life.” ■