January 29, 2015

Our advisory board is evolving!

Farewell Rick, a big Thank you.

There is no one out there quite like Rick Chernick.  His energy is contagious and through his sense of humor you will find a big heart.


He was one of the first people we invited to serve on our Advisory Board when we established the board in 2003. Rick is also one of the first to step up and support our events and has brought a lot of insights throughout the years.   

After a decade of serving on the Advisory Board, he will be stepping down from the board but shared with us that he will continue to support Brian’s Foundation. 

Thanks for all the years… and all the smiles Rick!

We welcome…

Jen Mullhall and James F. Robinson 

Jen Mullhall knew Brian from the get-go.  If she could remember the week she was born, she’d remember meeting Brian, as they were cousins. Brian, Kim and Jen spent a lot of their childhood together.

Jen is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Primary Care at the VA Health Care Center in Green Bay.  She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy, and has worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs since 2006. She really enjoys working with veterans, and is proud to be able to help our servicemen and women through her work.  

Jen and her husband Chase live in De Pere with their three daughters, Lizzie, Mikayla and Emma.

James Robinson

James ‘Jim’ Robinson is currently the executive vice president and general manager - sales of Camera Corner Connecting Point in Green Bay, WI.  He recently served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Tufco Technologies, Inc., a $100MM contract manufacturer having operations in WI and NC. 

He also serves as a director on the board of Independent Printing Company, Inc., is the Chairman of the Board for the Transformation House, and is a member of the advisory boards of Bradford Equities Management.  Jim received a BA in Business Administration/Economics from Lakeland College, attended graduate school in Mexico, and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.  

He enjoys playing guitar, riding his motorcycle (WI weather permitting), and brewing specialty beers. 

January 23, 2015

Bellin Health remembers where it all began

January 23rd is a special day for our family and the Foundation. It is the day that Brian was brought into this world in 1977 at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Brian meeting his little sister, Kim for the first time.
Kim is the now the Executive Director of the Foundation.
On Brian's birthday we find it fitting to announce the Bellin College Scholarship, which will be awarded annually at Bellin College in Green Bay, Wisconsin. This scholarship will be awarded every May to a nursing student.

"Bellin Health is honored to continue our partnership with the Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation because of their commitment to provide opportunity, inspiration and support to students in our community.

We are pleased to award a scholarship to a Bellin College student that will help not only the student fulfill their dream but also help our health care community in the future."  George Kerwin, Bellin Health President

January 14, 2015

A true loss in this world

We lost a good friend and part of our Foundation family Monday.
Bob Nueske was a true gift to this world. 

He was a presence that was rarely forgotten. His quiet demeanor and calming presence remained through chaotic times and his big heart showed through his family, friends, employees and all his personal endeavors.  People strive to ‘be like Bob’ and we know they will continue to do so.

Bob served on Brian’s Foundation’s Board of Directors and Advisory Board.  He and his wife, Darlene, supported five annual scholarships (two in Poland, two in Wittenberg and one in honor of Rachel Bosveld in Waupun). He was a pivotal part in making the documentary, Return to Pilsen possible, which was the feature of our event on 11.12.13. 

He was a core supporter, motivator and ambassador of Brian's Foundation. He was a gift in this world, a genuine soul and truly cared about those he met.  

The service for Bob will take place this Saturday, the 17th . Because of the anticipated size of the crowd it will be held in the Wittenberg Birnamwood High School auditorium, which we find fitting, as Bob and Darlene established two scholarships there last year, the Nueske Family Scholarships of Excellence. 

Service Details:
Saturday, January 17th, 2015
Visitation starting at 9:00 am
Service at 2:00 pm
Wittenberg Birnamwood High School Auditorium
400 West Grand Ave, Wittenberg, WI 54499

January 5, 2015

Nikitha Murali is one of the over 635 individuals who have benefited from supporters like you.

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