The 2016/2017 Festmaster & Frau
Joe and Barb Kruse are the Festmaster and Frau for 2016/17.
Joe Kruse has held numerous administrative positions at Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare since joining the organization in 1984, including Associate Administrator and Vice President for Specialty Care. He was named Chief Administrative Officer in 2012.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Theology from St. John’s University (MN) and a Master of Hospital and Health Care Administration from the University of Minnesota.
Joe is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the Greater La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce and is also a board member of the Franke Foundation, La Crosse County Historical Society and A Place of Grace Catholic Worker House. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a board member of the group’s Wisconsin Chapter.
Joe is a native of Davenport, Iowa and is the oldest of five children. Their family often enjoyed the Mississippi River and Joe recalls visiting La Crosse via a family trip on the river as a child.
He met his Frau, Barb, while at college when was a dietetics student at St. Benedicts. They married in 1979 and are the proud parents of four boys – Ben, Paul, Joey and Mark. Barb is currently employed at the Franciscan Spirituality Center.