Christine S. Brown, MS
PO Box 501
Tomahawk, WI 54487
Phone: 715-437-0477
Fax: 715-453-7670

Christine Brown is the Executive Director of the National PKU Alliance.  She has led the organization since 2009.  Christine has more than 20 years of experience in building and leading non-profit organizations at the local, state, national and international level.   Her background includes working in health care policy, rural economic development, domestic violence, and human rights.  She has extensive experience in management, Board development and strategic planning, advocacy, fundraising, grassroots organizing and public relations.  Christine received her BA in Global Peace and Justice Studies from St. Norbert College in DePere, WI and her MS in Organizational Management and Leadership from Springfield College in Springfield, MA. 

Christine lives in Tomahawk, WI with her husband, Kevin and sons Keagan, Connor (PKU) and Kellen (PKU).  She enjoys bilking, camping, reading, and taking walks with her two golden retrievers. 

Michelle Pernsteiner
PO Box 501
Tomahawk, WI 54487
Phone: 414-704-7521

Michelle Pernsteiner is the Event and Development Assistant for the National PKU Alliance. She joined the team in October, 2014. Michelle graduated from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, majoring in Marketing. She brings with her over 10 years of experience in healthcare marketing, communications and event planning, working for a not-for-profit healthcare system and local skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. She has a strong background in fundraising and communications. Most recently, she worked as an Office Manager for an Insurance Agency and is licensed in Property & Casualty Insurance in Wisconsin.

Michelle has been very involved in community events throughout her career and has served on several committees and Boards of Directors for non-profit groups such as the American Cancer Society, Alzheimer’s Association, Northern Wisconsin Continuity of Care and Parent Resource Center.  She currently serves on the Board as the Treasurer/Secretary for the Medford Area Youth Hockey Association. 

Michelle lives in Medford, WI with her husband, Craig and two sons, Mike and Carter.  In addition to spending time with family and friends, she enjoys supporting her sons in hockey, scrapbooking, camping, fishing, walking and reading.











PO Box 501
Tomahawk, WI 54487
Phone: 715-437-0478


Katrina Swenson is the Project Assistant of the National PKU Alliance. She joined the team in February 28, 2014 which just so happened to be “Rare Disease Day”.  Katrina graduated from Metropolitan State College of Denver with a Bachelor of Arts and a Minor in Computer Graphics. Her first job after of college was for the software company Quark, Inc.  Four years later she transitioned into web design spending the next 11 years developing and maintaining websites for various companies. When she moved to Wisconsin with her family in 2009, she and her husband owned and operated a successful Non-Emergency Medical Transportation company. After the sale of their business she went on to substitute teach for elementary and middle schools in Tomahawk, WI. Katrina brings with her years of web and internet experience, as well as marketing, public relations, state health care procedures and office management experience. She is excited and eager to now be part of NPKUA and looks forward to contributing to the advocacy of PKU and doing everything she can to help make a difference.


Katrina lives in Tomahawk, WI with her husband, daughter and four English Springer Spaniels.  She enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors and activities such as fishing (from a boat or on the ice, depending on the weather), kayaking, hiking, camping, biking and snowboarding.