Five outstanding young professionals will be recognized and celebrated as the recipients of the 2017 Future 5 Award, presented by the Young Professionals of Fond du Lac (YPF) – a division of Envision Greater Fond du Lac. Additionally, one of the recipients will be named the 2017 Young Professional of the Year. The recognition ceremony will take place during the YPF Annual Meeting on January 18, 2018 at the Holiday Inn in Fond du Lac.
In addition to celebrating accomplishments from the past year, attendees will be inspired by entrepreneur, author and inspirational speaker Craig Schiefelbein. Schiefelbein will inspire the crowd to take a chance in 2018 and see the greater purpose you serve in your position, both professionally and personally.
The Young Professionals of Fond du Lac (YPF) established the Future 5 Award in 2013 as a way to support and recognize upcoming leaders in the community. The 2017 Young Professional of the Year will be selected from the 2017 Future 5 award recipients. This award is presented to a professional who has emerged as a community leader, demonstrated excellence, creativity and initiative in her/his business or profession and has made a positive impact on our community.
Grace Bruins – New Media Marketing Officer, Horicon Bank
Grace Bruins, New Media Marketing Officer at Horicon Bank has continued to grow and excel in her career since joining the bank as a teller and customer service representative in 2010. Within a year of becoming a teller, she was asked to join the Marketing Department where she has grown into the role of New Media Marketing Officer.
Bruins has been responsible for projects including: complete overhaul and update to Horicon Bank’s external website, creation and implementation of a new internal website to increase company-wide communication, establishing and maintaining a brand presence across seven social media channels, organizing community fundraisers including ten 5K Run/Walk events, assisted in coordinating bi-yearly company-wide all employee training events and managed the survey process that helped Horicon Bank earn four “Top Workplace” awards from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Beyond her professional duties, Bruins is actively engaged in the greater Fond du Lac community. Over the past year, Bruins has served as the Junior Co-chair for Envision Greater Fond du Lac’s Communications Council. In addition, she began serving on Moraine Park Technical College’s Advisory Committee where she provides a professional prospective to the communication and digital media courses at the college. Lastly, Bruins is helping to bring awareness to Mahala’s Hope, a life-changing organization within our community, through her service on their Marketing Committee.
David Michalkiewicz – Athletic Director, Fond du Lac School District
As his nominator, Dr. James Sebert, Superintendent for the Fond du Lac School District stated, “David Michalkiewicz has been nothing but a breath of fresh, energetic air since arriving on scene in Fond du Lac. He brings an incredible amount of energy and passion to his role as the Athletic Director at Fond du Lac High School each and every day that he serves.”
In the past year, Michalkiewicz has distinguished himself as a community leader through his development of the Carol M. White Physical Education Grant yielding $1.25 million to be used for physical fitness and nutrition education within the Fond du Lac School District. In addition, he was directly involved with four major athletic facility improvements including: construction of a new tennis facility, installation of a new field house gym floor, renovation of high school baseball fields and improvement of the high school varsity softball field. Lastly, under his leadership the district has seen a 10% increase in student participation in high school athletics over last year; a testament to his leadership and passion for student engagement.
In addition to his career involvement, Michalkiewicz is a member of the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association, YMCA Board of Directors and YMCA Program and Membership Committee. Within the Fond du Lac School District, Michalkiewicz is a co-program manager of the Fond du Lac High School Physical Education Program Grant Team, member of the Fond du Lac Team Leaders Group and serves on the Fond du Lac High School Homeless Team.
Katie Reinke – Director of Inpatient Pharmacy, Agnesian HealthCare
Katie Reinke takes great pride in providing excellent clinical pharmacy services to patients within Agnesian HealthCare’s facilities in her role as Director of Inpatient Pharmacy with Agnesian HealthCare. In addition to obtaining her PharmD in 2003, she completed two years of optional post-graduate residency, further obtained certificates in anticoagulation therapy management and antimicrobial therapy. In 2014, she also became Board Certified prompting her role to change from Clinical Coordinator to Director of Pharmacy. While her current role has more of an administrative focus, Reinke has instilled a lasting commitment to personal growth and education on her team.
In the past year, Reinke began a two-year term on the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin Hospital Advisory Board where she reviews practices and topics relevant to the changing landscape of pharmacy practice and healthcare within Wisconsin and nationally.
Reinke’s heart for volunteerism is evident through her monthly community interactions. She has inspired her Inpatient Pharmacy Department at Agnesian HealthCare to adopt a different local non-profit organization each month to give back to. In addition to being a recent Leadership Fond du Lac graduate, Reinke has co-chaired a raffle for the Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac, and volunteered with Life Enforcement.
Joe Truesdale – Marketing Account Manager, wisnet.com
As one of his nominees stated, “To say that Joe is a young professional of the highest caliber in the Fond du Lac community is an understatement.” Joe Truesdale, Marketing Account Manager at wisnet.com approaches his daily life and career with a high level of passion, integrity and wisdom.
You’ll most likely recognize Truesdale as the face of all things “young professional” related. He’s been an advocate and volunteer for the Young Professionals of Fond du Lac (YPF) having served as President in 2016, is a current member of their executive committee, board of directors, marketing committee, and YPWeek committee, and volunteers for several events including IdeaCamp, Kickin’ for a Cause, Amazing Race and more. He has also represented YPF in the state-wide 72 initiative that seeks collaboration across all 72 counties in Wisconsin.
In addition to his involvement with YPF, Truesdale also gives his time as an organizer and emcee for TEDxFondduLac, organizer and volunteer for Pop-Up Fond du Lac, committee member of the Fond du Lac Redevelopment Authority and many other community initiatives. He was recognized as a 2016 Envision Greater Fond du Lac “Volunteer of the Year.”
Looking forward, Truesdale aspires to focus on “Helping others get involved and find their path of service. Finding opportunities to make intentional asks to help engage those who might believe they don’t have the skills or experience to make a difference.”
Sara Wild – Graphic Designer, Michels Corporation
In a remark from one of her nominations, “Sara’s commitment to our community through a number of efforts is truly inspiring.” Sara Wild, Graphic Designer for Michels Corporation has shown her commitment to the betterment of Fond du Lac through the giving of her time and talents.
Beyond her career responsibilities, Wild serves as a teacher for Fond du Lac’s Junior Achievement; board member, special events committee chair and marketing committee member for the Fond du Lac Area Women’s Fund; member and marketing committee co-chair for the Young Professionals of Fond du Lac; member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Wisconsin; member of In-Source (In-House Creative Leadership Organization) and more.
In the past year, Wild founded a “Ladies Wine and Design” chapter in Fond du Lac, providing a monthly forum for women in creative careers to discuss design thinking, business and more. Professionally, she created and sustained the Michels magazine and used a strategic approach to rebrand Michels’ benefit packet.
In her words, “Above all, I hope to make the most impact by inspiring others to give their time and talents to a cause they are passionate about. We live in a world where everyone is always ‘too busy’ but finding time to volunteer is not only incredibly rewarding and educational, it lays the foundation for the next generation and strengthens the community.”
The Young Professionals of Fond du Lac (YPF) is a program of Envision Greater Fond du Lac designed for professionals living or working in the Fond du Lac area who are 21 – 40 or those that are young at heart. Since its inception in 2004, Young Professionals of Fond du Lac has grown to over 500 members. For more information visit www.ypfdl.org or contact Envision Greater Fond du Lac at (920) 921-9500.