Shane Kohl, '96
Major / Minor: Communication Processes major/Human Development minor
Organization: Theda Clark Medical Center Foundation
Job Title: Regional Development Officer - Impact & Planned Gifts
Why did you choose to go into your program of study?
Like many students, I changed majors several times while an undergraduate. However, after taking the Fundamentals of Public Address course with Ms. Marcia Meyer, I was hooked. The Communication Processes major allowed me to strengthen my communication skills while integrating principles of critical thinking, group dynamics, constructive listening, organization and so much more. Faculty members - including Tim Meyer, Phil Clampitt and Cliff Abbott - were exceptional and I continue to rely on the lessons they shared in my work today.
When you began at UW-Green Bay, what did you expect for your future?
My primary goal was to graduate! As a first-generation college student, I understood the value of a college degree and the opportunities it would provide after graduation. I also knew that I would probably have to start at or near the bottom of whatever organization I joined and that my first job would probably not be my last job. My motivation then - as it is now - was to pursue a career that would allow me to be involved with organizations that focused on positive change.
Did you have a job/internship in your field while going to college that helped spark your interest?
I was fortunate to be involved in a multi-year internship with the intercollegiate athletics program while an undergraduate. The program involved everything from writing press releases to event management. It proved to be a wonderful learning experience and many of the individuals I worked with in athletics continue to serve as mentors and friends.
What were you involved in while a student at UW-Green Bay?
In addition to my internship in intercollegiate athletics, I was involved in far too many intermural activities.
Where are you currently employed? Please describe your position.
I currently serve as the Regional Development Officer for Impact & Planned Gifts with the ThedaCare Foundations. I'm fortunate to be able to work closely with members of the Foundation Team and ThedaCare leadership to identify, educate, solicit and steward individuals with the passion and capacity to ensure we are able to provide outstanding healthcare to our patients and their loved ones.
How do you keep in contact with other alumni?
Social media has proven to be a wonderful way to continue the many friendships that began at UW-Green Bay. In addition, I often find myself meeting and interacting with graduates who are doing amazing work here in the Appleton area. I'm fortunate that my favorite UW-Green Bay graduate is easy to stay connected with...my wife Sheila (Matson) Kohl is a proud graduate of both the undergraduate ('96) and graduate ('05) programs.
What advice would you have for a student wanting to enter your field?
For current students interested in pursuing a career in the non-profit sector, I would encourage them to seek out volunteer and internship opportunities with area organizations. Non-profits are always seeking engaged and hard-working individuals to help support their mission. By working with a number of different organizations, a student will be able to get a sense of the non-profit world as well as a better understanding of the areas that may be of interest to them (education, social services, healthcare, the arts, etc.).
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