The Board of Directors of WLI proudly introduce the 2017 recipient of the Dr. Donna J. Streufert Leadership Award, Katelyn Schneider. The Streufert Award recognizes one or more female students at Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) and Concordia University Ann Arbor (CUAA) whom have demonstrated exceptional and/or unusual servant leadership as demonstrated by Jesus Christ. Miss Neumeyer was selected to receive the award for her exemplary leadership at CUW, which includes a $500 scholarship and plaque of recognition on the CUW campus.
Katelyn Schneider is a Wisconsin native and senior in the Bachelors of Nursing program at Concordia University Wisconsin. While attending CUW, Katelyn has been involved in multiple ministries and loves attending events that the various ministries hold. She regularly attends Haven, Street Team, Habitat for Humanity, occasional LIGHT events, evening services, the small group Bible study “R8”, daily chapel services and The Hiding Place. During her freshman year, she was heavily involved with Nursing Home Ministry and then served as a ministry co-leader for it during her sophomore year. During her junior year, she served as the Service to Milwaukee Branch Coordinator on the CMLT Coordinating Council and loved overseeing the four ministries in her branch. She has been elected as her senior year’s President of Campus Ministry.
Katelyn began leading nursing home ministry during her sophomore year at CUW. This leadership experience has taught Katelyn how to communicate better with others and plan events to meet multiple requests or suggestions. In addition, she has seen two homes built by Habitat for Humanity, homeless people fed on the streets of Milwaukee with Street Team, and the glow on audience members faces after performing touching music with the Wind Ensemble.
In addition to her other volunteer service positions, Katelyn was blessed to attend a spring service trip to Ensenada, Mexico through the CUW School of Nursing cultural immersion and global education courses. It was her first time attending a medical mission trip, and a formal mission trip in general. With her mission group, she set up clinics in various locations and were able to provide healthcare to individuals who have poor access to routine care.
Looking to the future, Katelyn intends to continue developing as a servant leader by first, being aware of what opportunities God calls her to while taking time to seek out those in need of hearing the Gospel message. She did not develop her current leadership skills overnight and knows that she still have a lot of growing to do. As she completes her studies at CUW and enters her career in nursing home ministry, she plans to continue participating in WLI workshops.
Congratulations Katelyn and God’s blessings on your leadership development and career in nursing home care!