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Nonprofit Board & Leadership Education Series

United Way Manitowoc County invites everyone to participate in our first ever

Curd Crawl fundraiser on Saturday, October 16!

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The Nonprofit Board & Leadership Education Series is designed for leadership and board members of local nonprofit organizations.


The Chamber of Manitowoc County

1515 Memorial Dr., Manitowoc WI 54220


15 reservations per session


$10/person per session to cover the cost of lunch


March 9, 2022


Marketing & Fundraising On a Small Budget


Presented by:

Renee Thompson, Development Officer, Felician Village

Candice Giesen, Director of Development, Roncalli Catholic Schools

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Renee Thompson

Development Officer

Felician Village


Candice Giesen

Director of Development

Roncalli Catholic Schools

Candice is Director of Development for Roncalli Catholic Schools in Manitowoc for the past seven years. In her position she is responsible for events including the Roncalli Pierside Auction and the International Food Fair along with cultivating and maintaining donor relations through efforts such as the One by One Campaign. She holds positions with various community organizations as well. Giesen is a member of the Capitol Civic Centre Foundation, the Rahr-West Charitable Foundation, Rahr-West Art Museum Board, and the Board for Froedtert Holy Family Memorial, an affiliate of Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin.

In her role as Development Officer, Renee raises awareness and funds to support programs and services which directly benefit the elderly. She has enjoyed several decades of development experience in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. She serves on the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors and is a founding Board of Directors member of Lakeshore PAW Pals. Renee understands the significance and necessity of raising money while using her heart to guide her personal approach to fundraising.


April 13, 2022


Your HR Questions Answered: A Panel Discussion


Presented by:

Kristin Kracaw, Senior Regional Staffing Specialist, ABR Employment Services

Joy Kautzer, Human Resources Administrator, Lakeside Foods

Laura Fielding, Chief Human Resources Officer, UnitedOne Credit Union


Kristin Kracaw

Sr. Regional Staffing Specialist

ABR Employment Services

Kristin is the Senior Regional Staffing Specialist of ABR Employment Services. She served on the board of both United Way Manitowoc County and The Chamber of Manitowoc County. She continues to serve on the Human Resources Committee for both organizations. Her community involvement includes the Lakeshore Area Human Resources Association of which she was past president. Kristin was named Lakeshore Area Human Resources Professional of the Year by the Lakeshore Area Human Resources Association in 2007.

Joy is a professional with 25+ years of human resource experience at Lakeside Foods Corporate Office. She has experience in staffing, federal and state law compliance, employee benefits, compensation and payroll, onboarding and offboarding, and is generally the first point of contact for employees with questions on HR-related issues.

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Joy Kautzer

Human Resources Administrator

Lakeside Foods


Laura Fielding

Chief Human Resources Officer

UnitedOne Credit Union

Laura has over 30 years of experience in the human resources field. She obtained a Master of Science degree in management and organizational behavior from Silver Lake College. Laura is also accredited in organizational culture inventory and organizational effectiveness inventory from Human Synergistics.


May 11, 2022


Nonprofit Accounting in the Board Room


Presented by:

Matt Neu, Senior Audit Manager, Hawkins Ash CPAs

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Matt Neu

Senior Audit Manager

Hawkins Ash CPAs


June 15, 2022


Setting Bold, Meaningful Goals that Drive Revenue & Impact


Presented by:

Ashley Bender, Executive Director, United Way Manitowoc County


Ashley Bender

Executive Director

United Way Manitowoc County

Ashley is a professional with 13+ years of nonprofit experience in the Manitowoc County area. She has experience organizing, developing and delivering on strategic plans at the organization level and for coalitions and committees. Ashley most recently led United Way through a successful rebranding process to help shape the organization’s 2021 – 2023 Strategic Plan, solidifying United Way’s new issue-focused business model.

Call us at (920) 682-8888

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