April 28, 2017
Each year, United Way's Emerging Leaders honor five community leaders and one Philanthropic Youth winner for their commitment to the community through the Philanthropic Five awards.
The Philanthropic Five awards recognize five community leaders in their 20s, 30s and 40s who give, advocate, and volunteer for change. The Philanthropic Youth award recognizes a youth community leader under 21 years old. Meet the 2017 Award Winners: Danielle Bergner, Craig Cerbins, Melissa Goins, Emma Paulson, Rebecca Stoner, and Kalan R. Haywood II.
Danielle Bergner, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
Danielle Bergner gives back to the community for one simple reason: she is grateful for what the community has given her. Danielle works to impact the issues of education, health, and community development through her work at Michael Best & Friedrich and with CORE El Centro, Inc. As Board President, Danielle has been instrumental in advancing CORE’s mission to improve lives through holistic health care and nutrition by supporting programs like Integrative Health, Acupuncture, and Thriving with Cancer. Danielle truly embraces community service, volunteerism, and philanthropy with a special hands-on passion and commitment.
Craig Cerbins, First Business Bank – Milwaukee
Craig Cerbins understands the potential for passionate young leaders to drive serious community impact. After moving to Milwaukee in 2011, Craig dived into the local nonprofit community as a United Way Loaned Executive. Soon after, Craig connected with Meta House and co-founded the Young Leaders Board, putting his passion for engaging young professionals around local causes into action. Recently, Craig became vice chair of this committee and co-chair of the Advancing Advocates Council for The Women’s Center. Additionally, Craig is proud to lend his professional skills to the finance committees for both Meta House and The Women’s Center.
Melissa Goins, Maures Development Group, LLC
Melissa Goins has earned a reputation in Milwaukee for being a real estate developer who successfully addresses the challenge of revitalizing blighted neighborhoods. As a business and non-profit leader, philanthropist, volunteer, and woman of color, Melissa serves as an exceptional model and mentor. She dedicates time, talent, and resources to many community organizations that help provide pathways of opportunities to children and families facing challenges, including CUPED Corporation and Penfield Children’s Center. Holding both an undergraduate and MBA degree from Marquette, Melissa is currently enrolled at Alverno College for her Master of Science in Community Psychology and Professional Counseling. She has received numerous recognitions for her leadership and impactful developments.
Emma Paulson, Emma Rose – A Patient Helping Patients
Emma Paulson was originally diagnosed with Leukemia at age 16. Shortly afterwards, in the middle of her battle, she started a Facebook-based foundation called Emma Rose- A Patient Helping Patients. She brings 50-70 care packages a month to the children fighting cancer at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Items in the care package include fuzzy socks, chapstick, pillow pets, and other comfort items. At 21, Emma was in nursing school studying to be a pediatric oncology nurse. Unfortunately, she and her family recently found out that Emma's cancer has returned. She is in for a much tougher fight this time: she will be having a bone marrow transplant this May, and her brother will be her donor. Despite everything, Emma continues to bring gifts for the cancer-fighting kids. Emma's motto is: "Life is tough, my darling, but so are you."
Rebecca “Becky” Stoner, ACTS Housing
Since Becky was old enough to know better, she has been actively recruiting her family and friends to donate and volunteer for a number of housing-related causes. This drive earned her a family nickname: "the passionate one," a nod to the fierceness with which she brings people into her mission. Becky currently serves as the Director of Development for ACTS Housing and will be the first to tell you her role is a vocation. She views homeownership as a crucial building block to a more equitable world. When she’s not working with ACTS she is active in St. Francis of Assisi Parish, where she co-directs the community garden with her husband. She also sits on the Executive Committee of the Milwaukee Global Shapers hub, a global platform of young people helping to shape their communities, and enjoys serving as a support person for the Milwaukee Jesuit Volunteer Corps community.
Philanthropic Youth: Kalan R. Haywood, II
President, City of Milwaukee Youth Council
6th Adlermanic Representative
Kalan Haywood is no ordinary 17-year-old. As President of the City of Milwaukee Youth Council, Kalan assesses, evaluates, and advocates for the needs of city youth, recommending changes in laws, policies, and practices to make our community a better place for young people. Kalan also serves as a youth leader with Urban Underground. A 12th grader at Rufus King, Kalan is actively involved as a student ambassador and member of the National Junior Honor Society. His hard work has not gone unnoticed: Kalan has been asked to share his vision for a great Milwaukee through interviews in the Journal Sentinel, Our Issues Milwaukee, Wisconsin Public Radio, and community-wide speaking engagements.
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