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I am the daughter of Kathy and Joe Helfrich and the eldest of three children. I hold a degree in psychology and minor in business from Humboldt State University. During my tenure at HSU, I had the honor of playing softball. I have since been inducted to HSU’s Hall of Fame twice, as pitcher and as a player for the 1999 National Championship team. My husband, Tim, and I recently celebrated 15 years of marriage and we have two children, Zachary and Kallie. I am privileged to work for the University of California Office of the President where I manage a team of Event Planners.

Despite my successes, I was not protected from mental illness. Going undiagnosed for most of my life, I got the help I needed for my mood and anxiety disorder in 2009. Knowing I am not alone and that there is help has been life changing.

I want to help ensure that people in need have a place to go to recover from mental illness and that is why I am dancing for Putnam Clubhouse. I accepted this as a personal challenge to tackle head-on the fear and anxiety I struggle with daily. Additionally, this is a productive and exciting way to harness my competitive spirit to raise money and awareness for an amazing organization in my community.

My goal is to receive enough votes to enable 10 clubhouse members to receive services at the Putnam Clubhouse for one year. Each $10 vote makes a difference! Together we can help sweep away the stigma around mental illness and help members regain their lives - the same way I did.  Please be generous with your votes and vote for me!

My name is Bertus Stiehler, and I grew up in Witbank, South Africa, where I attended school at Klipfontein primary school, Reynopark high school, and Ngangala Further Education and Training College. After moving to the United States, I started my own business called Stiehler Dance Studios, where my 12 years of dance experience and instructional expertise spans many dance styles. My greatest passion is helping people learn that they actually can dance. It makes it worth all of the long hours when I can see them achieve their goals. At the World Dance Council Championships, I had the honor of being the winner in the Showdance Division. As far as being involved in my local community, I teach enrichment programs for children and have also been involved with feeding the homeless through a church program. I come from a loving family; my mom and dad have been married for 32 years. In addition to dancing, I like to play video games and love wildlife. I did have a relative who experienced mental health issues, so I'm participating in "So, Do You Think You Can Dance? Reach For The Stars!" in order to help generate awareness about Putnam Clubhouse and mental illness in general.

Bertus Stiehler Professional Dancer, Stiehler Dance


Putnam Clubhouse is affiliated with Clubhouse International and follows the Clubhouse Model. Clubhouse program components involve doing the tasks needed to run the Clubhouse (cooking, clerical, fundraising, etc.), structured employment and educational opportunities,social and recreational activities, community support, outreach to other members, and participation in Clubhouse governance.  Putnam Clubhouse is the first Clubhouse International-accredited program to open in Northern California.

Meet Barbara and Bertus! Learn more about them below. If they've earned your vote, click the blue button to make your donation in support of their quest to be crowned our 2019 Champions!

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Barbara Heilmann

Event Services Supervisor,

University of California Office of the President