Lakeland Care Selects its Next Leader

Oshkosh Resident to Lead Local Family Care Company

Sara Muhlbauer

Lakeland Care Inc., a local Managed Care Organization providing Family Care services to more than 6,000 individuals in Northeastern and North Central Wisconsin and the Fox Valley, has selected Sara L. Muhlbauer of Oshkosh as its next Chief Executive Officer.


Muhlbauer has worked at Lakeland Care since 2009 in a variety of roles including Care Management Supervisor, Provider Network Manager and most recently, Chief Operations Officer.  Her background includes work experience at Lutheran Social Services in Appleton and human services work at Winnebago and Fond du Lac Counties.  An active member of her community, Muhlbauer volunteers with NAMI Oshkosh and the Oshkosh Housing Authority, and was an active member in the Oshkosh Inclusive Park Project.  She holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from St. Ambrose University in Iowa.


In selecting its next CEO Lakeland Care’s Board of Directors conducted a broad search to find the most qualified candidate to lead the organization.  “We were gratified to receive interest from several talented and well-qualified individuals,” noted Jim Brey, President of Lakeland Care’s Board of Directors.  “Throughout our search Sara’s passion for Lakeland Care’s mission and her dedication to supporting the independence of the people we serve, combined with her commitment to Lakeland Care and its employees, shone through and stood out.  Her unique combination of enthusiasm, experience, skills and accomplishments, made it clear that she is the right person to lead Lakeland Care.”


“I am truly inspired by the opportunity to lead Lakeland Care and support its dedication to helping people live their most independent life,” said Muhlbauer.  “I look forward to continuing Lakeland Care’s growth and evolution as a successful nonprofit company, long into the future.”


Muhlbauer lives in Oshkosh with her husband and two sons.  She will assume the CEO duties at Lakeland Care in October and succeeds Katie Mnuk, Lakeland Care’s current CEO, who has announced she will retire at the end of this year.


Lakeland Care operates Family Care, a Medicaid Managed Care program providing long-term supports and services to thousands of eligible frail seniors and adults with disabilities in the Fox Valley, Northeastern and North Central Wisconsin, helping them live more independently.  Lakeland Care offers Family Care in the following counties: Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Fond du Lac, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade, Lincoln, Manitowoc, Marathon, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Oneida, Outagamie, Portage, Shawano, Vilas, Waupaca, Winnebago, and Wood.