Caitlin Brotz-McNitt believes children should grow up in a simple, joyful, and wholesome place – but she also recognizes that this is not the reality for many. She believes community leaders must help kids reach their highest potential, investing time and resources to build stronger futures.
Caitlin opened Olivü 426 in downtown Sheboygan in 2006. Now an internationally-recognized company, her natural beauty, skin, and home care products have been featured in swag bags at the Golden Globes, Oscars, and Emmy Awards. Recently, Caitlin and her husband Robert began Point Creek RV Rentals, with a vision of allowing families to connect and make lasting memories together.
Caitlin is involved with several organizations, including the Remember Nhu Foundation, which works to keep children out of the sex trade industry, and the World Food Program, which provides lifesaving food to those who need it most. She serves on the Board of Lakeland University, her alma mater, working to ensure that those who want an education can attain one, regardless of financial situation. Last year, she began Olivü 426’s “Benelip Balm program,” donating proceeds of the product to local charities such as the Shaw Family Playground, STARS Youth Program, and Nourish, while raising awareness about their work.
A Kohler native, when not running her businesses, Caitlin enjoys spending time with her family, including her husband and two children, Truman and Charlei. A bit of a country girl at heart, she loves to camp, fish, garden and raise bees and is always looking for her next adventure.
“First and foremost, I am extremely humbled to even be considered for this award. I have been blessed to grow up in Sheboygan County, where I have had such amazing leadership role models. I have watched those leaders sacrifice to help our community be strong and a beautiful place to raise a family. I want to be one of those leaders, to serve and help others where I can and to continue helping families in Sheboygan thrive.”
Mike and Pam Langan have spent nearly three decades impacting youth in Sheboygan. Dedicated supporters of the Boys & Girls Clubs, Mike served on the Board of Directors and was instrumental in building the Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament into a successful annual fundraiser. The Langans have volunteered extensively and given generously to local organizations that serve kids including the YMCA, First United Lutheran Church, the Sheboygan Service Club, Junior Achievement and Safe Harbor, to name a few.
Mike grew up in Illinois, surrounded by those who chose careers in service, including his mother who was a social worker, and his father who held a doctorate in Special Education. He spent the first eight years of his career at Northern Trust Company in Chicago, where he met Pam, followed by six years at Muth Company. After nearly 23 years at BMO Harris Bank, Mike retired as Managing Director of Commercial and Business banking on March 1st.
Pam grew up in the Sheboygan area where her parents, Mike and Jan Muth, demonstrated a strong commitment to the community. Her dad created the YMCA’s youth football program and co-founded the Workbound program for area high school students. Her mom was active in the Sheboygan Service Club. After marrying Mike and returning to Sheboygan in 1991, Pam worked for Security Travel, Century 21, and Junior Achievement.
Mike and Pam share their Sheboygan home with Ellie, a golden retriever. They have two sons, both of whom live in the Chicago area – David, who works at Northern Trust and will be married to his fiancé Amanda this summer, and Jonathan, a pediatric ICU nurse at Lurie Children’s Hospital, who just began a nurse anesthetist program. Fans of golf, biking, reading and watching sports, Mike and Pam look forward to more travel and time to spend with friends and family in retirement.
“It is very humbling to be given this award, particularly when considering the prior recipients. The people of Sheboygan County are incredibly generous with their time, treasures and talents, which is one of the reasons Sheboygan is such a wonderful place to live and raise a family!”
As Executive Director of Nourish, Heather Cleveland has spent nearly six years working on behalf of area kids. With a focus on wholesome food choices, Nourish works with the Sheboygan Area School District to provide good-food education, serve fresh, local foods, and build school gardens and greenhouses. Together with a dedicated staff, Heather is working to further increase Nourish’s impact, creating a model that extends throughout Sheboygan County and beyond.
Originally from Appleton, Heather first came to Sheboygan in 2005, after serving six years in the National Guard, including a year-long tour in Iraq. She holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s in urban planning from UW-Milwaukee. Passionate about food since early childhood, Heather recently took an unpaid sabbatical to attend a Farm-to-Table Cooking School in Ireland.
A lover of learning, Heather loves movies, books, traveling, gardening, and cooking. She serves as a lunch buddy with Big Brothers Big Sisters and has been active in Engineers Without Borders since 2009, traveling with them to Guatemala eight of the last ten years. Heather and her husband share their home and hearts with their pitbull, Fred and do all they can to advocate for the breed.
“I am humbled and honored that you chose me for this award. It validates the good work that we are doing at Nourish!”
Andi feels very strongly about leading by example in the workplace, and has organized several fundraising projects to involve her staff. They have collected and donated over 2,500 handmade blankets to Project Linus. They have started several programs to encourage their patients to give back to the community, through the No Cavity Club and Operation Gratitude.
Andi has a passion for volunteering in both the dental community and Sheboygan County. She volunteers at the LTC dental clinic and is the Wisconsin Clinical Director of a non-profit organization that donates dental care to underserved and low income children, called Team Smile. She volunteers her time teaching pediatric dental residents and pediatric dentists around the world. Andi is the current President of the Sheboygan Service Club. She has completed over 450 hours of volunteering and community service for several different non-profit organizations in Sheboygan County.
Andi is a Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist. She is a partner with her big sister, Dr. Jaime Marchi, at Just Kids Dental. They both were awarded “Top Young Professional” in Sheboygan County in 2012 through the Young Professional Network of Sheboygan County. in 2015 Just Kids Dental won “Service Industry of the Year” through the Sheboygan Chamber of Commerce.
Andi is married to Ben Igowsky. They have two daughters, Harper and Preslee.
Jaime Marchi leads a caring and giving staff at Just Kids Dental. They have collected and donated over 2,500 handmade blankets to Project Linus. They have started several programs to encourage their patients to give back to the community, through the No Cavity Club and Operation Gratitude.
Jaime volunteers at the LTC free dental clinic, Give Kids a Smile Day, Team Smiles, and the Mission of Mercy dental care program. She has served as assistant coach for a SAYSO youth soccer team, on the board for Above & Beyond Children's Museum and on the board for HeadStart. Her most recent community involvement is through the Sheboygan Service Club.
Jaime is a Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist. In 2002, Jaime opened her pediatric dental practice, Just Kids Dental. In 2010 she was joined by her sister, Andi Igowsky. They both were awarded “Top Young Professional” in Sheboygan County in 2012 through the Young Professional Network of Sheboygan County. in 2015 Just Kids Dental won “Service Industry of the Year” through the Sheboygan Chamber of Commerce.
Jaime and her husband, Matt Bistan, have two children, Aiden and Maya. She has introduced her children to volunteering, through opportunities such as pet therapy in a local nursing home and serving meals at Salvation Army.
In 2013, Kathleen volunteered for the Lunch Buddy Program through Big Brothers Big Sisters. Four years later, she continues to play a big part in her Little Sister’s life. In 2015, she set-up a “lunch and learn” at Kohler for the Lunch Buddy volunteer program, to recruit Kohler associates. She is passionate when it comes to spending time w/children of all ages. For 21 years, she has served as Chief Elf Organizer (CEO) for Kohler’s annual Kids Holiday Program. She taught Sunday school for 20+ years and music for seven.
Kathleen has held numerous secretarial roles for Kohler Co. executives during 39 years of service. In her current position, responsibilities vary in administrative support for the CIO & Vice President – Sustainability. She works with a passion and continues to look forward to day-to- day opportunities and challenges.
She has been married to Jim for 46 years. They have two sons – Jason and Jim (Michelle). Jim and Michelle have four daughters (Teaghan, Payton, Lauren, and Emery). Of course, she always looks forward to “special” Grandma Time.
Marty Crneckiy has a long history of contributing to the betterment of youth in Sheboygan County. He was instrumental in the renewal of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sheboygan County at a time when it was in danger of closing operations entirely.
He served on the board of the Boys & Girls Club from 2008 to 2016. He has also volunteered for boards of Meals on Wheels, UW-Sheboygan, the John Michael Kohler Art Center, and the Sheboygan Development Corporation.
During a 30-year career at The Vollrath Company, Marty served as a board member, shareholder and Executive Vice President. Marty currently serves on the advisory board of Glenn Reider, Inc., a Milwaukee-based company. His previous service includes time on the boards of Fresh Brands and several advisory boards.
Marty and his wife Jill live in Kohler, Wisconsin. They have three children and five grandchildren.