The award honors a woman from the Fox Cities, Heart of the Valley, New London, Oshkosh and surrounding areas who exemplifies these traits: strength of character, integrity, generosity, faith, courage, optimism, persistence and community service.
|Carolynn Brown-Schoening: She possesses “unbounding energy, very high moral and ethical standards and strong faith.” A teacher/counselor in the Neenah Joint School District for over three decades, Carolynn was described by her boss as the “most intuitive and effective counselor I’ve ever met.” She was part of the effort to develop the AODA program for Neenah High School. Carolynn lost her first husband when their boys were young. She remarried and became part of a blended family and helped to parent their ten children. When her second husband fell ill, she cared for him through a liver transplant and cancer. She lost her best friend and her home in the tornado of 1984. She stood firm in her faith through it all. She has been part of the Neenah Community Action Committee, the Fox Cities Victim Crisis Response Team (for 16 years), and as a mediator at the Winnebago County Conflict Resolution Center. She has specialized training in human sex trafficking and assisting addicts who want treatment. “She is a natural when it comes to communicating with people from all walks of life, treating everyone fairly and honestly.” Carolynn was nominated by Jeffrey Zdrale, Ph.D., Ann Cattau, and Len Hansen.|