Brookfield Central Class of 1984
Patricia “Patty” Metropulos (Central ‘84) is making a profound impact on the lives of countless families undergoing medical hardships here in Milwaukee.
Patty is the Executive Director and CEO of Kathy’s House, a not for profit hospital guest house that provides patients with access to needed medical care and keeps families together through times of medical crises with a home-like residence. Equipped with a multi-family kitchen, dining area, living space, multi-media “Packer Room”, play area, and multiple cozy bedroom environments; Kathy’s House offers affordable lodging for patients and their families, primarily referred from Froedtert Hospital & the Medical College of Wisconsin. The organization has served more than 15,000 guests and 7,500 families since opening its doors in 2001.
Patty is a purpose-driven individual whose worldview and passion for helping others began taking shape during her time at Brookfield Central. “The quality of the teachers in Elmbrook is what’s truly outstanding,” Metropulos recalled. “The impact my instructors had on me sparked a love for the world around me; they took my scope outside of the Elmbrook area to discover the vast reality of the world.” During her time at Central, Metropulos was fueled by issues in racial inequality and segregation and this motivation would drive her to dedicate her life to fight for equality, fairness, and families.
Following graduation, she continued her education at Indiana University, earning a Bachelor’s in Public Affairs and then to the University of Washington for a Masters in Public Administration. After working in several school districts throughout the state of Washington, Patty moved to Portland for a position as the Director of Public Funding & Advocacy for Metropolitan Family Service.
In 2012, the position of CEO at Kathy’s House opened up and Patty’s close family connections to cancer drew her intently to the position. Said Metropulos, “it’s more than just a place to sleep, it’s a home.” The home is named after Kathy Vogel Kuettner, who passed away in 2000 at age 39 after battling a rare and aggressive form of lymphoma. Kathy’s final wish was to open a location that would help families to stay together as they underwent times of medical hardship; her mother and father opened the doors to their daughter’s legacy one year after her death.
“Here we consider our guests family,” said Metropulos. “Some guests stay here a week and others up to a year. They come from all different regions with different backgrounds, but no matter their differences, it’s wonderful to see how they always band together to support each other.” The home is currently looking for a new, larger location in order to serve more families in need of lodging.
Today, Patty is married to fellow Central classmate, Dan Baker (‘84). She currently serves on the Executive Steering Committee for Rid Racism Milwaukee, and she has been honored as a WA Business Journal “40 Under 40” nominee and a Washington Association of School Administrators Award of Merit winner. Patty has accomplished a great deal throughout her career, but her utmost gratitude lies in her upbringing. “My parents moved to Elm Grove specifically so that we could attend the School District of Elmbrook,” Metropulos stated. “They sacrificed a lot for our education in order for me to get to where I am today and it’s something I don’t take for granted.”
Kathy’s House is funded entirely through donations, discover more about its history and mission at kathys-house.org.