2012-13 Prevea Health's Heroes Among Us

Courtesy: Green Bay Athletics
Release: November 10, 2012
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November 10 - Dan Gunn
Nominated by Syble Hopp School

As a retired fire fighter, Dan Gunn is dedicated to serving his community. Dan volunteers at Syble Hopp in DePere, a school for students with cognitive and other developmental disabilities. He assists in the classroom, work­ing with students on various sub­jects. Dan also goes on field trips to help keep children safe and assist with their everyday needs. The kids love having Dan in the class­room, and he has made a positive impact on many students' lives. Dan is more than a volunteer at Syble Hopp, he is a teacher, and the staff and kids treat him that way.

November 24 - April Huddleston & Rose Hogan
Nominated by Lincoln Elementary

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Lincoln Elementary School, students in second through fifth grade can get extra help with their homework after school. This is thanks to April Hudson and Rose Hogan, who, along with their co­workers at Schreiber Foods, come in to help students from 4 to 5 p.m. They are very patient with the stu­dents and it is obvious they truly care about their success. By giving so much time to kids that need a little bit of extra attention, April and Rose are committed to helping these students, whether it is aca­demically, socially or emotionally. Thank you, April and Rose, for all your help at Lincoln Elementary!  

December 15 - Mike Malchow
Nominated by Green Bay ReStore

There are few people as dedi­cated to a cause as Mike Malchow. Mike volunteers three days a week at Habitat for Humanity's ReStore. The Green Bay ReStore sells used building materials to raise proceeds for Green Bay Habitat for Human­ity. Mike runs the metal recycling department which generates prof­its to help build homes and keeps metal out of landfills. Because of Mike's hard work, Green Bay Re­store has seen $35,000 in profits and has kept more than 23 tons of metal out of landfills. Mike's dedi­cation has paid off in many ways, and helped countless families in the Green Bay area. Thanks for all your hard work Mike!

December 19 - Robyn Hallet
Nominated by Literacy Green Bay

Since 1999, Robyn Hallet has been a volunteer English language teacher at Literacy Green Bay. A UW-Green Bay alumna, she spends four hours per week teaching adult learners a variety of language skills that will help them conduct business, attend parent-teacher conferences and improve their employment status. Robyn has ac­cumulated more than 850 hours of teaching since she started volun­teering and has improved the lives of many families in the Green Bay area. Thanks for everything you do for the Green Bay area Robyn!

December 22 - Allison Paider
Nominated by CP Center

Most high school seniors spend their time preparing for college, hanging out with friends and en­joying the last months of high school life. Allison Paider, a senior at Green Bay Preble High school, has done these things but has also found time in her busy schedule to volunteer at the CP Center of Green Bay. Since June 2011, Allison has volunteered in the Adult Day Services Program. Every Tuesday afternoon, she assists instructors with the Wheelchair Dance Pro­gram providing companionship, conversation and encouragement to people in the class. Allison also raised more than $500 in the last CP Center Telethon to help meet the center's telethon goal!

January 9 - Rich Langan
Nominated by Green Bay Habitat for Humanity

Since 2011, Rich Langan has volunteered for the Greater Green Bay Habitat for Human­ity. Three days a week, Rich travels around Green Bay to visit and photograph Habitat build sites and improve Habi­tat's visibility in the community. His photos have improved Habi­tat's Facebook and Twitter pag­es. Rich also creates a scrap­book for new homeowners to remember the process and all the volunteers who assisted. Rich also assists with various building projects, and works on the Family Support Committee which guides new homeowners through the Habitat process.

January 12 - Kristy Maney
Nominated by Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin

As a member of the Board of Directors and the Fund Devel­opment Committee for Family Services of Northeast Wiscon­sin, Kristy Maney volunteers much of her time to children and families in need. She is also the chair of the Planning Com­mittee for the Green and Gold Gala-Family Services' largest fundraising event of the year. Kristy's outgoing personality, can-do attitude and willingness to always do more are just a few traits that make her invaluable to Family Services. Thank you Kristy for all you do for North­east Wisconsin.

January 17 - Wendy Vogeltanz
Nominated by Salvation Army

Wendy Vogeltanz makes a dif­ference in the lives of children at the Salvation Army and The Salvation Army Kroc Center. Wendy spends time with chil­dren in the art and creation room where she helps grow the creativity of her young students. She is always engaged with the children and provides instruc­tion on a variety of crafts as well as other important tasks. Wen­dy has been working with the Salvation Army since June 2012 and has already given 50 hours of her time to helping children. Thank you Wendy for all you do in our community!

January 19 - Gale and Jim Barshaw
Nominated by Freedom House

Gale and Jim Barshaw wanted to find a way to give back to the Green Bay community. Last sum­mer, they heard about Freedom House at their church and were impressed to learn how Freedom House supports homeless fami­lies. This led Gale to step up and volunteer to be Freedom House's receptionist. She greets guests, directs calls and assists house supervisors all with a warm and friendly personality. Jim has taken on a handyman role at Freedom House. He helps paint, organize, clean and any other needed odd jobs. Freedom House benefits greatly from having a volunteer who is so skilled and versatile.

February 7 - Alex Christon
Nominated by My Brother's Keeper

My Brother's Keeper is a non-profit organization that provides mentoring services to men and boys in the community. They help participants through hard times by supporting their motto: "Straight Talk - Sound Direction." Alex Christon has been volun­teering with My Brother's Keeper since its inception in 2003. He has been vital to the organization's mission of helping men live with integrity, respect and standards. He volunteers for many events and is always willing to lend a helping hand. Alex's involvement with My Brother's Keeper has positively impacted many lives in the Green Bay community.

February 9 - Cheng Thao
Nominated by Neville Public Museum

For many years the Neville Public Museum has helped edu­cate the community about the Hmong culture. Cheng Thao has been instrumental in making this happen by recruiting volunteers for events and assisting museum staff in finding speakers for the seminars and classes. Cheng has also conducted educational pro­grams himself. He even recruited a Queej (pronounced Gleng) player to demonstrate traditional Hmong music. Thank you Cheng for helping our community learn about the Hmong culture and for all you have done for the Neville Public Museum.

February 26 - Nicole Musial
Nominated by Phuture Phoenix

Nicole Musial is a devoted UW-Green Bay student and key component of the university's Phuture Phoenix program. The program gives local elementary and middle school students the opportunity to experience col­lege through tours, mentors and tutoring. As a "Phellow," Nicole works tirelessly to coordinate mentoring and tutoring at Edi­son Middle School in Green Bay. She pairs students with Phuture Phoenix tutors to provide aca­demic support. The tutors help the students work toward high school graduation and college enrollment. Phuture Phoenix is proud to benefit from Nicole's hard work!

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