Hello, I am Karen Luchtefeld candidate for Effingham County Board in District C. I am a fourth generation and lifelong resident of Effingham. My husband of 36 years is Charles Luchtefeld. He is a 30 year employee of St. Anthony Memorial Hospital as a staff pharmacist. We have two children: Jason, wife Vicky and Amanda, husband Tony Willenborg. We are proud grandparents of Sidney Willenborg. My parents are Patricia and John Kirby and my parents-in-law are Frances and Harry Luchtefeld. I graduated from Effingham High School in 1970 and from Lake Land College in 1972 with an associate degree in applied science with a specialty in Dental Hygiene.
I am currently employed by the Effingham Park District as an assistant manager at the Effingham Area Kluthe Memorial Pool. I also have my own seasonal swim lesson business and am certified as a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Trainer and Lifeguard Training Instructor.
As a community volunteer, I am an active member of Effingham County FISH Human Services Board, Rotary, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, P.E.O. Philanthropic Educational Organization, TREC-Trails Recreation Effingham County, United Way Board, STAR-Strategic Training and Restoration through the Effingham County Probation Department, Chamber of Commerce volunteer, Helen Matthes Library Board member, Effingham County Community Foundation Board and a 2008 recipient of the Jefferson Award for community service. I am a member of Centenary United Methodist Church, currently serving on the Church Council and Building Committee.
I was on the Effingham County Board from 1998-2002 and served on the Legislative and Tax and Finance Committees. I also served as the chairperson of the Health Committee. With my Effingham government experience I have knowledge of the budget process. I have experience in managing an office and employees. While on the County Board, I helped balance and maintain a business budget in a fiscally responsible manner.
I have spent my adult years committed to improving the quality of life for the citizens of Effingham County. I care about all people and believe that each person has the right to be treated in a respectful and professional manner. I am running for public office because I have the time to devote to board responsibilities. I know I can make a positive contribution to the operation of County Government.
My goal on the board is trustworthy, responsible budgeting, and management of County funds as well as cooperation with the citizens of District C and all the communities within our county. I care and am committed to the precincts I will serve.