Governor’s Service Awards

The Governor’s Service Awards honor outstanding volunteers, national service participants, and programs that have helped to address serious social needs in their communities. These honorees have made  significant contributions to Wisconsin through their service efforts. Their generous service is impacting the lives of countless Wisconsinites.

Governor Tony Evers recognized thirteen outstanding honorees at the 2019 Governor’s Service Awards ceremony for their service to Wisconsin citizens and communities in need on June 6, 2019 at the Monona Terrace in Madison. This year’s honorees have helped bridge the educational achievement gap, supported people through recovery from opioid addiction, honored veterans, provided transportation to our senior citizens, helped children and adults find housing and developed opportunities for all to serve and volunteer throughout the state.  Full Service Descriptions for Honorees


AmeriCorps Member of the Year — Alexis Dean, United Way of Dane County: Schools of Hope – Madison, WI

AmeriCorps Program of the Year — Marshfield Clinic Health System AmeriCorps Recovery Corps – AmeriCorps members serve in Oneida, Vilas, Price, Iron, and Forest Counties and Potawatomi, Lac Du Flambeau, Sokaogon Chippewa Tribal Nations

AmeriCorps VISTA Member of the Year — Marco Marquez, Milwaukee Succeeds – Milwaukee, WI

Senior Corps Volunteer of the Year — Richard Hoffman, RSVP of Dane County – Stoughton, WI

Senior Corps Volunteer of the Year — Mary Ann Steep, Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program Foster Grandparents Program – Argyle, WI

Senior Corps Program of the Year — RSVP Interfaith of Washington County – West Bend, WI

Veteran Volunteer of the Year Service — Steve Conto, Veterans of Foreign Wars – Menasha, WI

Volunteer Coordinator of the Year — Rachel Guenther, The Beacon – Madison, WI

AmeriCorps Alumni of the Year — Khong Meng Her – originally served with Marshfield Clinic Afterschool, currently working with Blugold Beginnings – Eau Claire, WI

AmeriCorps Alumni of the Year — Ashley Lee – originally served with Teach for America, currently the Executive Director of Public Allies Milwaukee – Milwaukee, WI

AmeriCorps Alumni of the Year — Adrienne Strelcheck – originally served with Wisconsin Association for Homeless and Runaway Services, currently working with Pathfinders Milwaukee -- Milwaukee, WI

AmeriCorps VISTA Alumni of the Year — Ellen Carlson – originally served with Schools of Hope Literacy Project, currently the Executive Director of Middleton Outreach Ministry – Middleton, WI

Marty Stein Friend of National Service Exemplary Supporter — Brian Blahnik, Marshfield Health Care System AmeriCorps Program – Appleton, WI