Stacey Loen – President
Stacey Loen, ACNP-BC, began working at St. Luke’s Burn Unit in 1999 as a registered nurse after graduating from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD. After 15 years in burn care, she returned to her roots in Sioux Falls, SD as a Nurse Practitioner with Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at Sanford USD Medical Center.
Throughout her career she has participated in various national committees. Her first committee appointment was to the Prevention Committee in 2002. As she continued her career, she became very passionate about the psychosocial effect a burn injury has on the burn burn survivor. Stacey was excited to participate in the creation of the American Burn Association’s & Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors Joint Aftercare and Reintegration Committee. She is also a Phoenix Society for Burn Survivor’s SOAR (Survivors Offering Assistance through Recovery) instructor.
Ms. Loen has served on the Board of St Florian since 2001 and in the role of President since 2009. She has been Co-Director for Miracle Burn Camp since 2002, helped establish the Young Adult Burn Survivors (YABS) Retreat in 2007 and continues to coordinate the program. In 2014, she helped organize the first annual Family Burn Camp.
President Loen’s vision for St. Florian is to grow the Board of Directors and committee involvement and continue to expand services throughout Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska. Her passions include aftercare and survivor support.
Stacey grew up in Wakonda and is proud to be back in South Dakota along with her husband, Tony, and daughter Ava Grace. To contact Stacey, please:
Derek Trobaugh – Vice President
Derek is lifelong Iowan and a full time firefighter with 12 years in the fire service; currently with the Sioux City Fire Department. He has fire service experience in both the volunteer and paid sectors. Derek has been involved with St. Florian since 2008, has a passion in promoting fire prevention and education, and has been a counselor for Miracle Burn Camp. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife and kids and rooting for the Hawkeyes. To contact Derek, please:
Amanda Hild – Secretary
Amanda Hild became involved with St. Florian Fire and Burn Foundation after her youngest son, Thomas went to Miracle Burn Camp for the first time after becoming a burn survivor in 2008, when he was just 15 months old. Shortly after Thomas arrived home from camp, Amanda and her family went to Family Burn Camp for the first time. Amanda and her boys, then began attending the burn survivor get togethers along with other St. Florian events and continue to do so. Amanda was elected to the St. Florian Board of Directors in 2018.
Amanda is a stay at home mom and wife to her three boys (Spenser, Leif, and Thomas) and to her husband (Erik). Amanda worked for roughly ten years helping the elderly and adults with disabilities, when she decided to become a stay at home mom in 2010 so she could devote more time to her husband and children.
Amanda lives in Waterloo, Iowa. She loves spending time with her family, traveling, and gardening. To contact Amanda, please Email Amanda
Tony Burke – Treasurer
Tony Burke, retired with almost 20 years in the fire service, 14 years as a career fire fighter in Coquitlam, British Columbia and 7 years as the Executive Director of the British Columbia Professional Firefighter’s Burn Fund. In November 2008, Mr. Burke was appointed to International Association of Fire Fighters’ Burn Foundation. Working on behalf of 297,000 career fire fighters in North America, he coordinated the IAFF Burn Foundation’s International Burn Camp, and worked on international initiatives dedicated to fire prevention and burn awareness education, advocacy, burn research and improving the quality of life for burn survivors.
Mr. Burke served with the American Red Cross in 2012, in Iowa as Chapter Support Officer, where he focused on Community Resiliency initiatives, the regional AmeriCorps Program and chapter development. From 2013 – 15, was promoted to Executive Director serving Eastern South Dakota. On November 23, 2013, a pilot project titled Growing Resilient – Sioux Falls was successfully rolled out under his leadership. On October 11, 2014, across the nation, the American Red Cross rolled out the National Home Fire Campaign with Mr. Burke’s assistance and modeled after the Growing Resilient initiative. On November 13, 2018, Mr. Burke joined Feeding South Dakota as the state-wide Operation Director in the fight to #eliminatehunger in South Dakota.
Mr. Burke serves on the Board of St. Florian since 2009 and served on the national non-profit Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors for 8 years. His passion is prevention and survivor support.
Tony grew up in the French Acadian fishing village in River Bourgeois, Nova Scotia, Canada and is proud to be in South Dakota. His wife, Stacey, a Nurse Practitioner at Sanford Health in the Trauma Unit, is originally from Wakonda, SD and they have a beautiful daughter Ava Grace. To contact Tony, please:
Andy has been in the fire service since 2004 and is currently a career Firefighter/EMT with Bettendorf Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services Department. Andy works the training shift where he is an instructor for our fire department as well as an Instructor for the Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau. He has been involved with the public education and fire prevention for the fire department. Andy first became involved with St. Florian Fire & Burn Foundation when he volunteered as a Miracle Burn Camp counselor in 2014, and was elected to the St. Florian Board of Directors in 2015. To contact Andy, please:
Bridget has been a nurse in the University of Iowa Burn Treatment Center since 1999 after graduating from nursing school at Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, IA. Throughout her career she developed a strong passion for Burn Care and its psychosocial affects on the burn survivor. She has dedicated her professional life to enhancing the lives of survivors with her expertise in burn care as well as her connections with survivors in various after-care activities. She has been volunteering with Miracle Burn Camp as a counselor and now Co-director since 2002, and her heart truly lives here throughout the year! She served as coordinator of the Safe Start: Burn Prevention with Puppet Outreach program for approximately 8 years. She assisted in establishing a school re-entry program at the University of Iowa and has completed several school re-entry programs for pediatric burn survivors in the state of Iowa. Lastly, Bridget helped establish the Young Adult Burn Survivor (YABS) Retreat in 2007. Bridget has worked closely with St. Florian for the past several years and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2015.
Bridget grew up in Marengo, IA, values her small town roots and cheering for the Iowa Hawkeyes. When Bridget is not working she likes to spend time with her two beautiful, smart and active children Chase and Emma Lea. To contact Bridget, please:
Since then, St. Florian Burn Foundation reached out to him when he was six years old (1996) not to long after they were founded and started to reach out to survivors.
Tag teaming with “Camp foster YMCA in Okoboji, IA” they built a foundation that made it possible for the first time ever, an ‘integrated burn camp” (burn survivors and non burn survivors) which Steven attended, much to the discomfort and fear most parents have for their children that are survivors.
“Away from my mom was very hard, I even cried because I was scared. I would like to think that is the same for every child. I will never forget my first day at MBC, I got a lot of looks and comments but it was one Firefighter, Steve Trobaugh that taught me that we really are the same.”
Steven went to camp until he was 18, but it didn’t stop there. Since then, he has been a counselor to young children and especially young burn survivors. Today, Steven volunteers at every St. Florian event he can make.
In his 21 years of passionately following survivors, he managed to work at a non profit organization that benefited young adolescents in his community. He then become a Nursing Assistant on the burn and trauma unit at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
“When you care about something passionately, it’s not just a job, it’s not just a way to make money. It’s a part of you that is special, we do it because we care about it. ”
-Steven Michael Hoff.
Steven Hoff was elected to the St. Florian Board of Directors in 2018. To contact Steven, please Email Steve
Josh began his time with the St. Florian Fire & Burn Foundation in 2012 by volunteering for Miracle Burn Camp and has been a consistent presence ever since. During the rest of the year, Josh is a full-time firefighter/paramedic with the City of West Des Moines and a part-time member of the Clive Fire Department, beginning in the volunteer ranks in 2004. During his time with St. Florian, he continues to be amazed and inspired by the survivors and their families and their journey. Josh was elected to the St. Florian Board of Directors in 2018.
During Josh’s spare time, he enjoys watching and playing sports and spending time with his wife and two boys. To contact Josh, please Email Josh
Mike became involved in St. Florian after his youngest son, Jesse, was burned in a kitchen accident in 2010. Burn Survivors Together and Family Burn Camp have been integral in his personal healing, as well as the healing of his family, after the burn injury. Mike was elected to the St. Florian Board of Directors in 2018.
Mike grew up on a family farm in eastern Iowa. After graduating from Iowa State University in 2002 with a MS in Agricultural Engineering, he joined John Deere as a design engineer for combine structures. Currently, Mike serves as a test & measurements engineer, designing sensors and analyzing test data for John Deere equipment.
Mike lives in Bettendorf, Iowa, with his wife Angie and three kids, Caleb, Grace, and Jesse. Keeping up with family schedules leaves limited free time, but when he gets a chance Mike enjoys rooting on the Cyclones and the Cubs, working with his hands doing home improvement, woodworking, or wood carving, or sometimes just sitting down to watch a Marvel movie with the whole family. To contact Mike, please Email Mike
Sarah has been a nurse in the University of Iowa Burn Treatment Center since 2012. Since starting her career as a nurse on the Burn Unit, she has developed a strong passion for outreach programs and support programs for burn survivors. She currently runs the Safe Start: Burn Prevention with Puppets Outreach Program on the Burn Unit, where the nursing staff go to a variety of elementary schools across Iowa to teach fire safety and burn prevention with the use of puppets. Sarah has also taken on planning the Burn Unit Service of Remembrance, where burn patients who have passed away are remembered by their family and friends. Sarah has been involved in St Florian through Miracle Burn Camp and also organized a dinner fundraiser at Big Grove in 2017. She has also taken over the planning of Iowa City’s Burn Survivors Together with Steven Hoff. Most recently, Sarah has stepped into the role of Interim Assistant Nurse Manager of the Burn Unit.
Sarah grew up in Woodstock, IL. She moved to Iowa City in 2003 to attend college at the University of Iowa and has made Iowa City her home. She is married to Iowa City Firefighter Collin Wellsandt and has a beautiful baby girl, Emmelia.
Sarah Wellsandt was elected to the St. Florian Board of Directors in 2019. To contact Sarah, please Email Sarah
Megan joined the fire service in 2011. She began her journey with the North Liberty Volunteer Fire Department. She’s still actively serving as a FF/EMT and was recently promoted to the Community Risk Reduction Lieutenants position. Megan’s full time job is with the Cedar Rapids Fire Department. She works as a FF/EMT and is very involved with extra programs both inside and outside the department. Megan first attended St. Florian Burn Camp in 2015. This week of camp has since become Megan’s favorite week of the entire summer!
“Reconnecting with the campers and watching them enjoy themselves all week is one of the many highlights.”-Megan
In her free time, Megan enjoys spending time with her family & friends, traveling, cooking/ baking, and the great outdoors.
Megan was elected to the St. Florian Board of Directors in 2019. To contact Megan, please Email Megan