100 Extraordinary Women

Dr. Kay Gruling, Dr. Corrie Norrbom, Kue Her, Jennifer Auner and Rubi Jamison
Five “Extraordinary Women” were featured in a video that debuted at the 100 XW launch event in April 2017.  From left: Dr. Kay Gruling, Dr. Corrie Norrbom, Kue Her, Jennifer Auner and Rubi Jamison. View their video clips.

UWMC Foundation Announces Successful Fundraising Initiative

100 Extraordinary WomenThe UW-Marathon County Foundation Inc. has launched a successful new fundraising drive that has raised $125,000 for scholarships on the Wausau campus.

The 100 Extraordinary Women Campaign set a goal of attracting at least 100 donors to pledge $1,000 each, to be paid out for scholarships over a five-year period. With 125 donors pledged so far, the campaign will distribute at least $25,000 per year over the next five years for scholarships. The results of the new campaign were formally announced in April 2017.  A special 100 Extraordinary Women wall display was unveiled at a special reception on campus on April 26, 2018.

The 100 Extraordinary Women campaign has exceeded expectations, and will make a big difference for deserving women students on our campus.  These new dollars will supplement our broader scholarship program, which has funds available for all deserving students.

The UWMC Foundation distributes about $160,000 per year in scholarships, which are open to all student applicants on the Wausau campus.

Below is a summary of 2018 recipients of the 100 Extraordinary Women scholarships:

Nadia Bauman  Nadia graduated from Wausau East High School, where she participated in four years of tennis, student council and the Wausau Area Leadership Program. She plays the violin with the Wausau Area Youth Academy and Wausau Chamber Orchestra.  She volunteers in the community, teaches swimming and works as a summer lifeguard.  She has taken seven IB courses and has qualified for the National Honor Society.  Nadia plans to pursue a career in in the medical field after attending our Wausau campus for two years and then continuing at UW-Madison with a major in neurobiology.

Brenna Behreandt  Brenna is a graduate of Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School, where she was very involved with school organizations and in the community. She participated in Student Senate, National Honor Society, and Athletic Club, and competed in swimming and softball.  She has worked as a lifeguard, swimming instructor and coach.  Brenna has enjoyed working with children and is majoring in Elementary Education and minoring in science. After attending the Wausau campus, she plans to transfer to UW Stevens Point, and then become a teacher in a smaller school district where she “will be able to know all of my students.”

Emmaline Krebs Emmaline graduated from Abbotsford High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society and senior class president. Throughout high school, she participated in extracurricular activities, volunteered in church and the community, while being employed as a lifeguard and cashier. She intends to major in English with a minor in secondary education. She aspires to become a high school English teacher, complete a licensure of ministry to work with children and youth in the local church, as well as participate in mission travel to broaden her global perspective.

Lindsey Lampe  Lindsey attended Tomahawk High School where she participated in a variety of academic and extra-curricular activities.  She was involved in Forensics, Drama Club, Prom Committee, National Honor Society, Student Council, Class Officer, Fine Arts Club, and Science Club. She also volunteered at Kinship, a youth mentorship program and the Lincoln County Humane Society. She will pursue a biochemistry major. After attending our Wausau campus, she plans to transfer to UW-Madison to earn a PhD in Biochemistry, with a goal to become an oncologist or cancer scientist.

Olivia Lemke Olivia will graduated from Wausau West High School, where she participated in many clubs and activities, including band, tennis, National Honors Society, Science Olympiad, Link Crew, and Key Club. She also completed many challenging classes, earning a 4.0 GPA. She is not sure yet of her career goals, but after taking AP Psychology and Sociology, she may pursue something that includes helping and communicating with others. She was inspired by her service with AmeriCorps last summer, when she invested 300 hours in community service, mostly as a teacher assistant in the Wausau School District.

Deanta Saunders  Deanta attended Merrill High School where she ran on the cross country and the track and field teams. She participated in the spring musical her senior year and was in two vocal groups, Concert Choir and Vocal Jazz. She was a “big sister” in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Deanta is taking a full music major class load on the Wausau campus and hopes to be an elementary or middle school choir teacher. She also would like to get a bachelor's degree in English and become certified to teach English. Eventually, she'd like to go back and get her Master's in Psychology and become a school or drug abuse counselor.

Krystle Drees (VanLanen) Krystle graduated from D.C. Everest High School in 2004 and attended UWSP as a dance major for a short time. She moved to Orlando in 2005 where she worked professionally as a character performer at Walt Disney World. She currently oversees the staff and clients at the Judy Peterson Dance Studio and recently accepted a position as Patient Care Coordinator at Contour Clinic.  She intends to pursue an AAS in Communication Arts on our Wausau campus so she can pursue a fascinating range of positions in media, arts and marketing.

Thank You to Our Donors

  • Beverly Abbott
  • Ginger Alden
  • Margaret Anderson
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous honoring Estelle B. Wolff
  • Jennifer Auner
  • Cheryl Bahr
  • Elizabeth Barr
  • Cindy Baumann
  • Judy Beier
  • The Bollmann Family, Julie Bollmann
  • Ann Bradley
  • Children of John & Betty Bradley honoring Elizabeth M. Bradley
  • Karrye Schenzel Bradley
  • Christine Bremer-Muggli
  • Heather Brimacombe
  • Holly Briquelet-Miller
  • Carolyn Bronston
  • Julie Bunczak
  • Nina Clark
  • Mary Coates
  • Janet Cohodas
  • Cindy Creske-Schwartz
  • Gina Crispell
  • Rita Crooks
  • Brenda Davis
  • Nancy Dolenshek
  • Lisa Dodson
  • Lynn Drecktrah
  • Arzelee M.S. Drown
  • Kandace Elmergreen
  • Amy Fazendin Reif
  • Christine Fernandez
  • Renea Frederick
  • Claire Brick Flannery
  • Kathy Kelsey Foley honoring  Shirley Kelsey Levinson
  • Barbara Ann Force
  • Wendy Fox honoring Doris Sillick
  • Pamela Frary 
  • Mary Clare Freeman
  • Mary Jo Freeman
  • Christine Freiberg
  • Kathy Garvey
  • Eileen Goggins-Schultz
  • Joyce Griese
  • Linda Freeman Grilley
  • Kay Gruling
  • Sandy Greenheck Gumness
  • Linda Haney
  • Deborah Hale
  • Mary Hartwig
  • Sally Hattenhauer honoring Nancy Frawley
  • Anne Heggelund
  • Sheryl Hemp
  • Nancy Hessert
  • Sandy Heywood
  • Doug Hosler honoring Bellamy Hamilton
  • Pam Jackson
  • Mary Jo Johnson
  • Melissa Kampmann
  • Deborah Kane
  • Betsy Keefe
  • Karla Kieffer
  • Celine Kline
  • Bonnie Kraft
  • Sarah Krolicki
  • Susan Lang
  • Christine Liedtke
  • Joyce Porath Lohr honoring Grace Porath
  • Lisa Maahs
  • Lisa Macco
  • Tami Wurtinger McCann
  • Sarah Miller
  • Michele Montgomery
  • Sarah Napgezek
  • Camille Nicklaus
  • Betty Noel
  • Corrie Norrbom
  • Gretchen Nuckles
  • Judy Palmateer
  • Kalynn Pempek
  • Kris Peterson
  • Renee Peterson
  • Amy Plier
  • Sally A. Polzer
  • Sandra Pradt
  • Amy Prunuske
  • Kim Rantanen Day
  • Mary Nell Reif
  • Vickie Richmond-Hawkins
  • Mary Kate Riordan
  • Katie Rosenberg
  • Blythe Schaller and C. Ann Dietrich honoring Eleanor B. Frank
  • Mary Ellen Schill and Anita Seering honoring Ione Carpenter Vandehey
  • Char’s Fan Club: 9 faculty women honoring Charlene Schmidt
  • Ruth (Rudie) Schuette
  • Kathy Schuurman
  • Andrea Sczygelski
  • Connie Sexauer
  • Colleen Sickels
  • Karen Sislo
  • Jann Slayton
  • Beverley Smith
  • Kay Smith
  • Carolyn Sonnentag
  • Rebecca Sonnentag honoring  Elaine Sonnentag
  • Sharlene Soto
  • Kathryn Spencer
  • Tammy Stezenski
  • Carol Stilp
  • Elaine Strite
  • Kathy Strasser
  • Jenny Sweeney
  • Peg Tanner
  • Mary Thao
  • Jean Tehan
  • Linda Terwilliger
  • Joan Theurer
  • Lorri Wanserski
  • Linda Ware
  • Wendy Weden
  • Ann Werth
  • Lisa Westphal, Westphal Staffing Inc.
  • Theresa Wetzsteon
  • Peggy Williams
  • Laurie Wolf-Dahm
  • Margaret A. Wolff
  • The Zeyghami Family, Rita Zeyghami
  • Kim Zweck honoring Evelyn Klemm

Theresa Wetzsteon & Keith Montgomery
The keynote speaker at the 100 XW celebration event was Marathon County District Attorney Theresa Wetzsteon (center), a UWMC alumnus, who chats here with former UW Colleges North Region Dean & CEO Keith Montgomery and 100 XW member Sheryl Hemp.

100 Extraordinary Women Committee

  • Jennifer Auner
  • Cindy Baumann
  • Mary Jo Freeman
  • Linda Grilley
  • Kay Gruling
  • Nancy Hessert
  • Sarah Miller
  • Corrie Norrbom
  • Amy Plier
  • Mary Nell Reif
  • Jenny Sweeney
  • Linda Ware