Krista Bainbridge and her mother
Krista Bainbridge was just a young teen when her mother passed away. But even though their years together were short, Krista learned a lifelong lesson from her mom – the value of voluntarism. “My mom was a nurse at a number of nursing homes,” said Krista. “She worked with individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia. I spent time at the nursing home and these people literally became my grandparents. Additionally, my 93 year old great-grandmother also had Alzheimer’s disease. So when I grew up, I became interested in helping individuals with Alzheimer’s disease because of these personal experiences.”
Today, Krista is a Senior Disability Underwriting Specialist at Northwestern Mutual, where she has worked for the last ten years. Eight years ago, her boss, Dave Simbro, shared a volunteer opportunity with Krista that was a perfect fit. Simbro, a Board Member at the Alzheimer’s Association, was looking for a volunteer to roll up their sleeves and assist at the annual Mardi Gras Gala. “It was a wonderful way to channel my volunteer interests,” said Krista.
For several years, Krista was in charge of setting up decorations for the Gala. Later she joined the Gala planning committee, where she solicited items for both the voice and silent auctions. She has also served on the committee for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Milwaukee, in addition to being the team captain for the Northwestern Mutual Memory Walkers. 2014 will be Krista’s 9th year of involvement with the Walk. “We usually recruit 50 to 75 walkers from the company each year,” said Krista. In addition to recruiting walkers, Krista also recruits employees to staff the Promise Garden tent.
“Whatever Kendra Albers needs, I’m on it,” Krista said with a laugh. “I enjoy volunteering for the Alzheimer’s Association. It is a good sense of community. I like to make sure that people know about the help they can receive from the Alzheimer’s Association.”
Kendra Albers, Special Events Manager at the Alzheimer’s Association, feels blessed to work with such a passionate volunteer. “We are so lucky to have someone like Krista on our side,” said Kendra. “Not only does she sit on two committees, she volunteers her time, recruits others to join her, and raises funds for the Alzheimer's Association. Krista is the all around package; she personifies the ideal volunteer and Alzheimer's Champion!”