Photo: Stacey Nellen-Kolze

Stacey Nellen-Kolze

Grad year: ’98
Major: Technical Theatre
Award Year: 2017

Stacey Nellen-Kolze

With a background in theatre and cosmetology and a desire to help members of the community find comfort in the devastation of hair loss caused by medical necessity, Stacey Nellen-Kolze opened Nell’s Wigs in March of 2007. After a few years, she saw the need for an expansion of services to offer garments and prosthesis for those who have undergone breast-related surgeries. With help from Urban Hope’s E-Hub program and UW-Green Bay’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), she realized her dream, expanding to a new (Allouez) location with more services and a new name — Nell’s Wigs and Boutique. Among her many honors and recognitions, she received E-Hub’s Community Impact Award. In addition, her business was chosen as a “Top 100 Small Businesses” in Deluxe Corporation’s “Small Business Revolution” campaign. As she continues to invest in the community, she also navigates business challenges — such as becoming Medicare accredited — by turning to local resources such as E-Hub and the SBDC. The success of Nell’s continues to fuel her passion for serving members of the greater Green Bay community. She shares her theatrical insight with the Next Stage Productions family that brings together performers and crew members from high schools throughout Northeast Wisconsin in a collaborative learning environment. Since 2013, Nellen-Kolze has sat on the planning committee for Prevea’s Runway for Life, an event that celebrates cancer survivors. In 2016, she joined the board of directors for The Ribbon of Hope Foundation, a local breast cancer organization of which $.97 out of each $1 donated is granted back to help those diagnosed with breast cancer in Brown and Kewaunee counties. The proud theatre alumnus has also stayed close to her Phoenix theatrical family. She and her husband Dean Kolze ’97 and their son Joey, reside in Green Bay.

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