Patty Metropulos, MPA
President and CEO
Dick Vogel opened Kathy’s House in 2001, one year after his daughter, Kathy Vogel Kuettner, passed away after battling a rare and aggressive form of lymphoma. This 18-room nonprofit hospitality house provides housing and assistance for patients and caregivers visiting Milwaukee-area hospitals.
Kathy’s House guests are often from populations that experience significant health disparities, and 39 percent of their guests have said that they would not have been able to access treatment without the facility’s support.
Patty Metropulos joined Kathy’s House as president and chief executive officer following Vogel’s retirement in 2012. At the time of her onboarding, annual revenues of this donor-supported organization averaged around $350,000, and occupancy averaged 50 percent.
Metropulos facilitated a strategic planning process, grew the team of volunteers and staff, recruited new board members, and instituted a formal survey for guests and physicians.
Her strategic planning efforts led to a new mission, vision and brand for the nonprofit, which resulted in increased awareness and support for the organization. In 2017, annual revenues totaled $700,000 and occupancy averaged more than 90 percent.
Last year, 1,500 guests stayed at Kathy’s House, but the need was larger than the house was able to accommodate. In response, Metropulos and the board have embarked on a new goal – to build a new 36-room, state-of-the-art facility.
Metropulos served on the executive steering committee for Rid Racism Milwaukee from 2015 to 2017 and received the 2017 Alumni Excellence Award from Elmbrook School District.