Board of Directors






Yauo Yang

Executive Director


Yauo Yang was born in a refugee camp in Thailand called, Ban Vinai, in 1980. In 1987, his family was accepted to come to the US. He has grown up in Central Wisconsin for most of his entire life. In 2000, he graduated from high school and that same year got married to his wife, Mayla He went to college at UW-Stevens Point. A year later, the events of 9/11 happened and that really changed his life. In response to that event, in 2002, Yauo signed up for the Wisconsin Army National Guard as a combat infantry soldier. He did one tour of Iraq from 2004-05. After seeing one of his soldiers die, he recommitted his life to serving the Lord. He came back from the war and his family started to grow. In 2008, he graduated from college and became an educator. In 2012, he received his master’s degree in Educational Leadership. During January 2016, Yauo started a multiethnic, non-denominational church called, The Cross, where he is currently currently pastoring. In 2017, he received his second master’s degree in Christian Studies. In 2018, he gathered several community leaders and together they formed The Gospel TLC. He is the father of 6 active children, 4 boys and 2 girls. Yauo loves to spend time with his family doing outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing and camping.

Jack Hoogendyk



Jack Hoogendyk is executive director of Hope Life Center in Wausau. He has 14 years’ experience in the non-profit sector. Jack served six years in the Michigan legislature and spent 15 years in sales and marketing and sales management. He is currently on the executive committee of the Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce and is chair of the Wisconsin Family Council. Jack served on the Marathon County Board of Supervisors for two years in 2016 and 2017.


Jack and his wife, Erin have five children and 13 grandchildren.

Steve Lammers



Steve graduated from St. Ambrose University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. After beginning his career in public accounting, Steve joined Wausau Insurance in the Davenport, IA office in May 1985. In January 1987, he relocated to Wausau, WI and found his permanent home in the Internal Audit department at Wausau-Liberty Mutual. He retired from Liberty Mutual Insurance as an Internal Audit Manager in 2013. Steve joined Church Mutual Insurance Company in June 2015 and was named Director of Internal Audit in April 2017.

Kim Swenson








Lora Hintze


Lora Hintze has lived her adult life in Wausau, WI. After getting her Elementary Teaching Degree/Early Childhood Minor she taught a miulti-grade classroom for four years in Athens, WI and then went on to own and operate her Christian Day Care out of her home located in Rothschild WI. Her day care relocated to the Town of Easton after marrying Edward Hintze in 1996. She continued to run her own day care after her two boys were born which then transitioned easily into homeschooling them with a couple of those years teaching at Faith Christian Academy. She and her husband started attending The Cross Church after going through some tough times with a family member. Her heart was opened up to pain she had never felt before. God used this pain to have her look around to find others with this same pain caused by substance abuse and all that goes with it. She is now involved with the woman's jail ministry and reaching out to those who have brokenness in their lives who come to The Cross Church looking for hope. She realizes that many of these individuals need more than what she can do for them. They need an all-encompassing life change that can only occur in a long term, Christ-centered, residential program. A place where all their needs are met with loving support and hope in Jesus. She knows this is what The Gospel Transformational Living Center will do and is so excited to see it get up and running.

Pat Wallschlaeger


Patrick L. Wallschlaeger is the CEO, Chairman of the Board and co-founder of Midwest Professional Planners Ltd.
Pat has over 40 years of experience in the financial service industry. He has helped grow his financial planning firm to serve the needs of businesses and individuals in the States of Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota.

In addition to serving on the board of the company he founded, he has served as the President of the Board of the Samoset Council Boy Scouts of America, is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and has served on many Pastoral committees for his church.
For many years, Pat has written financial columns for his local newspaper and currently writes a column for the Christian Family News. He has hosted a weekly TV segment titled “Your Financial Future” for over 30 years.
Pat and his wife Jeanne have resided in Wausau Wisconsin for more than forty years, where they raised their three children. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2020 and totally enjoy their four grandchildren.

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Sam Scaffidi


Sam grew up in Stevens Point. He is the oldest of 7 children. As a youth, he enjoyed anything outdoors. He was guiding canoe trips when he was 18 years old. In 1981, he married his wife Linda. They soon moved to where they live now, north of Wausau. They have 3 wonderful children and 5 grandchildren. Family is very important to them. Sam enjoyed a long career in the automotive business and retired in 2018. He was a scout leader for many years and coached one group of 6 scouts from first grade to 12th who all achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He has served on the boards of Randlin House, Center for Human Development and the Good News Project. Recently, he has directed Fellowship of Christian Athlete’s Horse Camp. Linda and him are members of Highland Community Church. Sam joined The Gospel TLC because he has seen firsthand how addictions destroy families, businesses and our communities. Christ-centered long term programs have shown themselves to be more successful than the typical 28 day program.

Tammy Obermeier


Tammy Obermeier has been in the Human Services Field her entire career. Jump-starting her passion to serve the underserved was a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a job as a Social Worker for delinquent teens in a CBRF.

Her career crashed as her own struggles with alcoholism took its toll and nearly her life in 2011. At that time, she vowed to dedicate the rest of her life to helping people with drug and alcohol addictions with the help of the Lord. One year later, she became a Program Manager for an inpatient long-term recovery home in Wausau for the next 7 years. Obermeier continues her work in recovery becoming Certified as a State of WI Peer Specialist and Recovery Coach, facilitates Life Recovery Bible Studies, along with her husband, Russ, leads up the Local Care Team at their church Bethany Church in Weston. The highlight of Obermeier work in recovery is being on the board for the Gospel TLC. She has known and worked with Yauo on this mission since it was a mere thought.

Wally Binder


Wally Binder has a rich 40-year history of building design. He graduated with an Associates degree from Northcentral Technical Institute in 1971. His passion to create an esthetic that embodies the client's brand emboldened him to start his own business, Structural Systems of Wausau. In 1982, Binder became Chief Designer at Ghidorzi Companies. Since then, he is instrumental in setting a design standard in the communities where he works. However, passion for community doesn't stop with his career. Binder considers his role on the TLC board as another way he can use his innovative and visionary abilities towards transforming his community.