Leon Wollersheim is Honored with the Behind-the-Scenes Award!

Leon Wollersheim

Sherry Rezba and Leon Wollersheim

Leon Wollersheim has been a volunteer with the Red Cross for eight years. He is one of those people you can always depend on. For several years he regularly came in once a week to help with data entry. Having him help in the office was such a pleasure because we could always count on hearing a funny joke when he arrived.  He came in with a smile on his face and a positive “sure, I can do that for you” attitude. In addition to helping in the office he has continuously been a disaster action team member taking 24/7 calls throughout the years, responding to calls in Calumet and neighboring counties when called upon. He recently joined the Calumet/Manitowoc/Sheboygan Community Council becoming even more involved in the mission of the Red Cross. As a council member, he supports the Red Cross’s community outreach through various local and regional events and projects. He is a dedicated volunteer with a great sense of humor, a kind personality and he is a pleasure to be around.

Congratulations, Leon Wollersheim on your Behind-the-Scenes Award!

Nancy Stolz Mirhashemi is Honored with the 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award!

The Volunteer of the Year Award is awarded to Nancy Stolz Mirhashemi who has demonstrated long-term commitment to the American Red Cross. She gives time, talent and knowledge in ways that improve the quality of the programs and services of the organization.

She has been an active volunteer since September 2005. Since then she has donated hundreds of hours working with people affected by fires, floods, hurricanes and tornadoes. When she is not out on a fire call she is attending planning meetings.

She wears many hats and when asked to change jobs it is always done with great poise. “Red Cross work is all about being flexible” is one of her favorite sayings. She is trained and has experience in being an Operational Manager, a Supervisor in Damage Assessment, Mass Care, Client Casework and Shelter Management and is an instructor of basic Disaster Courses. She also is certified as an ERV –Emergency Response Vehicle Driver and is Captain of one of the Disaster Response Teams. However, we think her favorite title is Queen of the store room.

Nancy is an important part of the Disaster Response Leadership team. She provides a calm ship in the middle of serious situations. If something isn’t flowing right she has no problem in relooking at the problem and setting a new path. Nancy is well respected by all who work along with her. Fire Chiefs have called after a fire to say how great it was working with her—her professionalism, knowledge of procedure and caring of the disaster victims.

Nancy has managed to get most of her family into the Red Cross fold. Her daughter Katherine has been a youth volunteer for the past 6 years—kind of growing up in Red Cross. Her husband Hossein is called upon to help all the time—we need help taking down a shelter, or we need a fridge for the stock room, trucks to go pick up donations etc. Her parents are great financial supporters and now that her son Alex is back living in Green Bay we hope to see him in the stockroom helping.

Her commitment to the Red Cross role in our community is unswerving. Thank you for choosing Red Cross Disaster Services to share your time and talents with.

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(L-R: Husband Hossein Mirhashemi, Nancy Stolz Mirhashemi, and daughter Katherine Mirhashemi)

Congratulations, Nancy Stolz Mirhashemi on the 2013 Volunteer of the Year.

Dancing Star & Board Member, Todd Bierowski honored with the Mrs. Crane (Mary) Murphy Award!

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(L-R: Todd’s wife, Blake Bierowski, Todd Bierowski, and his mother Sharon Bierowski)

Todd Bierowski, honored with the Mrs. Crane (Mary) Murphy Award, is about to complete his first year as a member of our Northeast Wisconsin Chapter Board. During that time, he’s been a very active participant and contributor by serving on several board and special event planning committees including the Golf and Dancing with Our Stars events. He’s always working his large network of personal and professional connections to secure sponsorships and donors, which makes him an outstanding board member and ambassador for the American Red Cross.

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Blake & Todd Bierowski with his Mrs. Crane (Mary) Murphy Award.

His ability to raise funds was showcased during the most recent Dancing with Our Stars campaign as he brought in more than $41,000 through a variety of creative fundraising events, including a “Ransom Rally”, in which friends and family donated nearly $10,000 so he could dance come February 23rd. And when it came time to show off those ballroom dance moves, the former division three-college athlete did not disappoint. In fact, he performed despite suffering from two tears in his medial meniscus! We’re happy to report he is now recovered from that injury, and ready to lend a helping hand to the next group of star dancers as they begin the journey he once embarked on.

Congratulations, Todd!

Volunteer Driver, Paul Strom Honored with the 2013 Andrew Janssen Transportation Award!

Congratulations, Paul Strom.

This award is in remembrance of a man who truly enjoyed volunteering for the American Red Cross. He was a very caring, compassionate individual who went above and beyond each and every time he got behind the wheel of a Red Cross vehicle. These attributes are exactly why we chose Paul Strom for this year’s award. He became a volunteer driver in August 2009 after retiring from Schneider National. When asked what he was looking at doing, he stated he would like something that would allow him to be more active, and without a doubt he had come to the right place. Since starting he has volunteered 2-3 days per week, provided 5,184 rides and logged 2,592 volunteer hours. When he is not here helping those in need, he enjoys reading and spending time with his family at their cottage. Thank you for your dedication & time. Congrats, Paul Strom on your 2013 Andrew Janssen Transportation Award.

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(L-R: Jody Weyers, Paul Strom, Cathy Strom, and Tina DeGrave Whetung.)

Get a Behind-the-Scenes Read about Deb Harrington!

In the world of Disaster Response and planning things happen very quickly and our Disaster Response Volunteers need to be prepared to report to the scene and offer assistance. They need to have the correct paperwork in their bags and supplies—comfort kits, sweat suits, quilts in their vehicles.

We have a solid core of 50 Emergency Responders that cover the 10 Counties that make up the BIG 10 Area. Deb Harrington has developed processes and methods to keep all of us straight. She maintains casework files locally so help can continue being provided and makes sure that copies of financial records are sent to the Milwaukee office for payments. She has reorganized the files in the Disaster Office so the Team Captains can come in and restock with no problem. She accepted the position of co-lead of Mass Care and is Captain of a response team that is on call every 6 weeks from 6pm to 6am.

Deb has been very patient and kind no matter what is asked of her. She is a talented smart business woman who has put her skills to good use working behind the scenes. The whole team knows to go to Deb to find anything that is needed. This is such a vital role because once a call comes in everyone and everything is moving quickly and more times than not something changes. Deb is always there to support her fellow volunteers.

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Deb Harrington, third from right, with her Behind-the-Scenes Award. Also in the picture: Scott Vanidestine, Judy Irwin Gregory & Nancy Stolz Mirhashemi.

Congratulations Deb Harrington in being honored with the 2013
Behind-the-Scenes Volunteer Award.

Rookie of the Year Award: Jennifer Pederson

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Jody Weyers & Jennifer Pederson with her Rookie of the Year award!

The rookie of the year is awarded to Jennifer Pederson who has started in the past year for her exceptional work and dedication. She hit the ground running after being recruited by some of her friends to get involved with the UW-Green Bay Red Cross club.

She has attended every monthly meeting, assisted with setting up and staffing a Holiday Mail for Heroes card signing event on campus, assisted with recruitment of volunteers and promotion of campus blood drives, worked with a group to promote and organize our annual Red Cross Awareness Concert, supported chapter fundraising events such as Project Leap and Dancing with Our Stars. We are proud to have her as our Red Cross President for the next school year!

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(L-R: Jennifer Pederson, Mike Gallagher, & Jody Weyers)

For her dedication, leadership and commitment, we honor Jennifer Pederson with the Rookie of the Year Award.

Scott Vanidestine Receives the 2013’s Kerrie Forster Emergency Services Award

Scott Vanidestine, our second honoree seems to have been a DAT member forever. He actually started in 2007 but kind of stayed in the background working on projects. Now things have changed in his work life—retired and he is with us big time.  He is on a daytime team from 6am-6pm for 2 weeks in every month. He graciously covers shifts for other team members, attends meetings all over our region, and drives people being deployed to and from the airport and helps out wherever he can.

He presents a very caring attitude when working with our clients. He helps them see that this fire is a major bump in their lives but Red Cross is there to help them over that bump and into the future.

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(L-R: Scott Vanidestine, Judy Irwin Gregory, Debra Harrington, & Nancy Stolz Mirhashemi)

Congratulations, Scott! Thank you for your time & dedication.

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