McCaslin Krebs among list of those to be honored by YWCA

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Shelly Birkelo
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

JANESVILLE—Tammy McCaslin Krebs attended two fundraisers Saturday, March 11.

While she helped “a bit” with organizing before the Boys & Girls Club's annual Shamrock 'N Run for Kids, she also ran in the race. Later that day she attended Agrace's Sips, Sounds and Suds.

“Some weeks I will spend more time than others” volunteering for, participating in or attending events that benefit local nonprofit organizations, said McCaslin Krebs, who is among this year's YWCA Rock County Women of Distinction award recipients.

The 42nd annual event, “Her Night to Shine,” starts at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6, at the Holiday Inn Express and Janesville Conference Center, 3100 Wellington Place. Dannika Lewis, co-anchor of News 3 This Morning, Madison, will emcee the event.

McCaslin Krebs, 53, Milton, said she is honored and humbled by the recognition.

“When I think of the women who have been honored in the past, to be included in that same group is a huge honor,” she said.

The modest McCaslin Krebs, who shies away from the spotlight, attributed much of her community efforts to others.

“I don't do any of this myself. I have family, friends and co-workers who help at all the different events I've been involved with,” she said.

McCaslin Krebs said her parents, Robert McCaslin, Milton, and the late Betty McCaslin Alderson, influenced her volunteerism.

“They always told me how important it was, if you can, to give back, whether it's with time or funds, to help those who are in need,” said the director of membership development for Blackhawk Community Credit Union.

McCaslin Krebs has served on the board of directors for the American Heart Association, Boys & Girls Club of Janesville, Habitat for Humanity of Rock and Jefferson Counties, Cornerstone of Hope and Zonta International Club of Janesville.

She isn't serving on any boards at this time to avoid missing any of her daughter Karlee Krebs' senior sporting or school events.

“I wanted to put her first,” McCaslin Krebs said, explaining that's hard to do when she has other obligations.

“So I took a year off but still am helping and volunteering,” she said.

McCaslin Krebs is a member of Janesville Noon Rotary and St. Mary Catholic Church in Milton, and she continues to volunteer for Agrace Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, ECHO, the Janesville Police K9 Unit, SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital and Westgate Corridor.

Dan Wilcox wrote in his nomination letter that McCaslin Krebs needs no introduction because she's so visible in the community, where she devotes much of her personal time to nonprofit organizations.

“It's not rare to see Tammy at these events, where she either is on a planning committee or playing a major part in other ways. She does it joyously and effortlessly,” he said.

Wilcox said McCaslin Krebs also is a perfect role model for others.

“She is amazing, energetic and ambitious in helping our community and a very worthy representative of this wonderful event,” he said.

McCaslin Krebs said her biggest contribution was leading Habitat for Humanity's 5K/10K walk/run for four years.

“The fundraiser raised $60,000 and helped people with homeownership when that was something they never thought they could reach,” she said.

McCaslin Krebs explained her volunteer commitment.

“It's rewarding knowing you're helping others. If all of us could take a little part of a day, week or month and give back, the world would just be a better place,” she said.

McCaslin Krebs has no idea how much time she devotes to volunteering in her community but is quick to praise her employer and its management team that gives its employees the opportunity to volunteer.

“I really feel blessed to work for a company that truly believes giving back to the community is so important,” she said.


Joining McCaslin Krebs as YWCA Rock County Women of Distinction are:

--Jan Witt, Janesville, who is the wellness advocate at W.W. Grainger, Janesville, where she has been the health and wellness coordinator for 23 years.

She was Rock County's first recipient of the Healthcare Hero award presented by UW Rock County and Blackhawk Technical Foundation, was the Forward Janesville Goodwill Ambassador of the Year in 2005 and has been appointed to the Manchester Who's Who directory of Executives and Professionals.

Witt serves on the board of directors for HealthNet of Rock County, where she is a volunteer nurse at its medical clinic. She is also a Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin Women's Fund board member, and a member of the Dane County Medical Reserve Corps, the Wisconsin Emergency Assistance Volunteer Registry and the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses.

She recently joined the medical flight team with the Badger Honor Flight organization to help World War II, Korean War, Vietnam and terminally ill veterans on flights to Washington, D.C., where they have the opportunity to visit and pay respect to the memorials that have been erected in their honor. Her next flight is April 22.

--Amy Carey, Janesville, who is a marketing specialist in the marketing and public relations department at Mercyhealth.

She also works at Glen Erin Golf Club, where her self-appointed title is "director of fun."

Carey serves on the Community Action Board of Directors and was a YWCA Rock County board member for eight years.

Her volunteer efforts have included the Rock County Community Baby Shower, American Heart Association events, American Cancer Society Relay for Life and KANDU's Grapes & Hops. She was a YWCA CARE House Golf Committee member for a decade before becoming the chairperson of this year's June 3 fundraiser.

--Kelli Cameron, Janesville, who leads the provider recruitment efforts for Mercyhealth across Southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

She is active with Janesville Morning Rotary, the Women's Fund and GIFTS Men's Shelter.

--Sandi Molski, Janesville, owner of Flooring & Moore, Janesville.

She is a member of Janesville Noon Rotary, Rock River Chapter of Business Networking International, the South Central Wisconsin Builders Association and Janesville Noon Kiwanis.

Molski is a Forward Janesville Goodwill Ambassador and a volunteer at ECHO.

She has served on committees for Agrace Hospice Sips and Sounds, YWCA Walk a Mile, Parade of Homes and Kids Against Hunger Million Meals event.

As a local Kiwanian, she participates in the Terrific Kids Program that honors exceptional youth, delivers Meals on Wheels and adopts a family for the holiday through ECHO.

Molski also is a member of YWCA Rock County's board of directors.

--Jennifer Paepke, Janesville, who is director of student engagement for the Beloit School District.

She has played a role in the Vagina Monologues and works with equity-based initiatives in the school district, where she is working with a team to kick off the Grow Your Own Multicultural Teacher Scholarship.

Paepke mentors teens attending the Wisconsin National Guard Challenge Academy, facilitates groups in multiple schools and empowers girls to believe in themselves.

She is a Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity trainer and is committed to providing meaningful experiences in personal and professional development for the Beloit School District staff.

Young Woman of Distinction

--Ama Kyereme, who is a junior at Craig High School, Janesville.

She is a member of Circles of Support, a club that focuses on academic and social achievement of minority students and empowers students to foster change within the school.

Kyereme also advocates for her peers through her participation in the Excellence for All Stakeholder Committee, which works to shrink the achievement gap for minority students.

She is a member of the National Science Honor Society, Human Relations Club, International Club, Global Scholars and Feminist Club that she helped co-create.

Corporate Award of Merit

--Fetch Graphics: This 7-year-old Janesville company, 1312 Barberry Drive, draws clients from around the world and has established itself as the go-to firm for printing, branding and other marketing needs. Getting to this point has meant working long days seven days a week and flights across the country to meet clients. The company's young team has a passion for helping the community by getting involved in various nonprofit projects.

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