The Lake House
23500 Pare Street, Suite 1
St. Clair Shores, MI 48080
phone 586.777.7761

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 11:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 11:30 a.m until 6:00 p.m.
Closed on Fridays

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Madeline Bialecki

Executive Director

Madeline grew up on the east side of Detroit and is an Osborn High School graduate. She attended Villanova University where she earned both a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Honors Program (1982) and Master of Arts in Religious Studies (1993).

Her work experience includes being the executive director at three Philadelphia area nonprofits—Citizen Advocates, Cabrini Mission Corps and the Delaware County Literacy Council.

Cancer touched Madeline’s life in July, 2011, when her good friend Jim was diagnosed with a very aggressive brain cancer. She was his primary caregiver until his death in April, 2012.

She returned to Michigan in 2013 to be near her family and is thrilled to serve as the Executive Director of The Lake House where she can support others who have been touched by cancer.

Madeline lives in St. Clair Shores and is a member of St. Margaret of Scotland Church. She is active in the local Villanova alumni chapter, is an avid reader, writer, gardener and knitter. She has a personal blog and is a member of three blogging communities.


Kathie Diskin

Administrative Assistant

Kathie came to The Lake House by way of the Bereavement Group.  Her husband, Joel, died in March of 2014. Kathie became a member of The Lake House and started attending the grief group meetings at that time.  Shortly after, she also became a volunteer.

In March of 2017 Kathie became the Administrative Assistant. She says she feels very blessed and totally grateful to be part of an organization that supports, empowers and educates so many people.


Christina Lombardo

Program Coordinator

Christina Lombardo grew up on the east side of Detroit and currently lives in Harrison Township, MI. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from Wayne State University and worked for Hour Magazine and Automotive News, a publication of Crain’s Detroit Business.  She is the married mother of two and grandmother of two.

Cancer touched her life in 2015 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. During her treatment she came to The Lake House where she “found hope” while attending the Women’s Support Group and Make-It Monday craft sessions.

She is grateful for this opportunity to help support others during their cancer journeys.


Susanne Babcock

Volunteer Coordinator

Susanne is a longtime Grosse Pointe resident and a 5-year breast cancer survivor. She is married and a mother of 3 teenagers. She loves family, her dogs and giving back to the community. She has volunteered for a number of local organizations.

Susanne is excited to meet volunteers and members of The Lake House to hear your ideas for ways to further our mission.

Stop by to meet Susanne and share your ideas for spreading the word about The Lake House. Contact her at

Barbara Dyckson


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Jennifer Jereckos

Masters in Social Work Intern

Jennifer is the mother of two children and a wife for 14 years. A graduate of Michigan State University and Marygrove College, her first career of 12 years was teaching. Out of that experience came a love for helping others, which has lead her to pursue social work. Jennifer is attending online classes at Simmons College, located in Boston.

Jennifer recently moved back to Michigan from Massachusetts to be near her family and friends. In pursuit of her new degree, she began her internship at the Lake House.

Jennifer has experience with cancer, as she lost her mother, grandmother and dance teacher to different cancers. Through her personal experiences she hopes to bring comfort, guidance and empathy to the members of the Lake House.

email Jennifer at