Champions of Change

 Recognizing the everyday people doing extraordinary things in Washington County.

Meet our 2019 Champions of Change

Dr. Robert Gibson, Power of One

Dr. Gibson is a highly regarded physician with Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin’s St. Joseph’s Hospital. He’s volunteered with the Albrecht Free Clinic since 1997 – just one year after the Clinic opened its doors. Dr. Gibson has served in a leadership position as Medical Director for the past 13 years – leading the clinic through several moves and streamlining care for patients with chronic health concerns, regardless of their financial status. Most recently, he’s been at the front lines serving and addressing the needs of the uninsured suffering with opiate addictions.

Congratulations Dr. Gibson!
Award sponsored by the Prescott Family Foundation

Slinger High School Student Council, Ziegler Team Spirit

This group of incredible young do-ers invest their time, talents and kindness into their community. They meet and plan year round — not just during the school year — to host events like an annual fall yard clean up and holiday dinner for senior citizens. They’ve donated 5,500 items to the Slinger Food Pantry, 150 coats to the Salvation Army, toys for Children’s Hospital and supplies for Karl’s Place, among others.  Most importantly, they inspire Slinger staff and their fellow students to get involved, be charitable, and have fun while doing it!

Congratulations to the Slinger High School Student Council!
Award Sponsored by Sharon Ziegler

Peter Kapler, Emerging Leader

Peter serves on numerous boards and committees in and around West Bend — from the Washington County Caregiver Coalition to the West Bend Senior Center. Those that have the chance to work with him — through his career as a financial advisor with Thrivent Financial or one of his many volunteer roles —  know that Peter always goes above and beyond the task at hand. He’s a foster parent, a connector, and a true emerging leader.

Congratulations Peter!
Award Sponsored by Pick Heaters, Inc.

Heidi Anderson, SOAR 55

Heidi has been volunteering for Casa Guadalupe Education Center since 2015 and has been integral in improving the health of the Hispanic community in Washington County. She’s coordinated a variety of health education sessions around the topics of heart and breast health, diabetes prevention, mental wellness and more. With her guidance, Casa Guadalupe started its first Family Wellness Class in 2018, a 5-week class that empowers and motivates families to make healthy choices together. Heidi is an enthusiastic, positive volunteer that truly cares for the health and well being of our community.

Congratulations Heidi!
Award Sponsored by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Ashley Trapp, Rising Star

Ashley is an exceptional leader and is committed to serving others in her community. During her high school career, she has been involved in National Honor Society, Peers for Peers, Student Government, Freshmen Mentors, FFA … and the list goes on. Her volunteer resume is equally impressive. Ashley helps coordinate the Travis Trapp Memorial Foundation in honor of her brother. She makes our world a better place by  volunteering as an activities aide at the Samaritan Health Center, stock rotator at the Kewaskum Food Pantry, and mentoring a Youth Girls Basketball Team.

Congratulations Ashley!
Sponsored by the Kewaskum, Slinger & West Bend School Districts

HGA Architects and Engineers, Community Partner

Congratulations to our Community Partner award winner, HGA Architects and Engineers. Propelled by their employees’ commitment to civic engagement, HGA invests their time, resources, and expertise to create positive local impact. Their Community Action Team was instrumental in the engineering and design of The Hub – Social Good Brews. Together, they donated over 350 hours conceptualizing, designing, securing vendor donations, and working with city inspectors to make this community gathering space a reality. And when the doors of the coffee shop opened, they came back and asked what more they can do. Now that is the definition of a community partner!

Congratulations HGA!
Award Sponsored by Aurora Health Care

West Bend Crime Prevention Patrol, Real Hero

West Bend Crime Prevention Patrol provides support to the West Bend Police Department during community events like parades, Music on Main, the Downtown West Bend Concourse Bike Race and more. The group has 13 members that donate about 1,300 volunteer hours throughout the year. They take away time from their families during holidays to make sure that community events are safe for everyone — and they’re often the first to arrive and the last to leave.

Congratulations West Bend Crime Prevention Patrol
Award Sponsored by West Bend Mutual Insurance

Barseana Simond, Judges’ Choice

Barseana is a parent volunteer that recognized the need to celebrate the growing diversity at West Bend High School. She began the Multicultural Club to celebrate and learn about the strengths in our cultural, racial and ethnic differences. Her club has made phenomenal community connections with groups like Cedar Community’s Diversity Group, which is also bridging generational divides. Barseana co-founded West Bend High Schools’ Black History Month celebration. She is unafraid and unapologetic when it comes to doing good and uplifting children in our community. Thank you, Barseana, for inspiring everyone around you to be bold, vocal, present, and courageous.

Congratulations Barseana!
Award Sponsored by Delta Defense