Young professionals work to build relationships, help community


Carol Wagner Leader Correspondent

Photo by Carol Wagner The steering committee of the Shawano Area Young Professionals is, from left, front row, Tyler Marohl, Whitnee Carlson, John Stang, Karissa Kunschke and Brad Keuschel; back row, Katie Franke, Kendra Brusewitz, Sam Senzig, Chris Matson, and Rochelle Jahnke.

The Shawano Area Young Professionals have changed since their beginning in 2013 from Leadership Shawano County. They don’t have any dues and meetings are only for the steering committee.

“There’s something for everybody,” said Tyler Marohl, SAYPro president. “We offer so much. There’s a wide range of people you meet.”

The organization is for people ages 21-39 who want to network while contributing to the community. It is also an opportunity to give back to the community, grow leadership skills, and show enthusiasm for your current profession.

Steering committee member Karissa Kunschke said the group is growing.

“We’ve brought in speakers the last couple years,” she said. “We are doing more to give back to the community.”

That includes cooking meals for Shawano Area Matthew 25 and putting out Toys for Tots boxes around the county.

“We try to keep a full schedule every month,” said Rochelle Jahnke, program coordinator.

The group is county wide and they encourage anyone who is just out of college or anyone new to the community to join them.

Vice president Kendra Brusewitz has been in the group for two years after going to several of the events that the group has sponsored.

“Each person gets the opportunity to host an event,” she said.

Anyone can attend the public events. The next one is with special guest speaker, Ann Kerian, at the Shawano Lake Golf Course. She will be speaking about multiple generations in the workplace and to respect everyone, no matter their age or what they bring to the job.

The current project for SAYPro is collecting food for the Wee Care Food Packs at Zion Lutheran Church in Shawano. From March 1-9, items can be dropped off at CoVantage Credit Union. Needed are single serving sizes of items such as cereal, fruit snacks, fruit cups, breakfast bars, vegetable cups, and soup. The items must have an expiration date at least six months from the time you donate.

The steering committee meets the third Tuesday of the month at the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce.

To join, fill out an application with your name and contact information.

For information, contact program coordinator Rochelle Jahnke at 715-575-9392,, or visit their Facebook page.


WHAT: Ann Kerian, Generation XYZ

WHEN: 5:30-8 p.m. March 21

WHERE: Shawano Lake Golf Course, W5714 Lake Drive, Shawano

TICKETS: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Includes pasta and salad bar. Advance tickets available until March 9 at CoVantage Credit Union and Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce.