Mary Gronnert volunteers her time in leadership roles at CASA of Brown County, or Court Appointed Special Advocates. She holds multiple leadership roles including Communications Chair and Board Secretary. Not only does she actively participate in these roles, but she also helped create CASA’s Communications and Public Relations Committee and the CASA Corporate board – both of which help raise funds and spread the CASA message. CASA of Brown County is a non-profit organization that recruits, screens, and trains everyday citizens from the community to be the voice of abused and neglected children in the courtroom, seeking to ensure them a safe and permanent home. Due to the confidential nature of the work CASA does, it has been difficult to promote and publicize the organization. But Mary has been instrumental in promoting the visibility of CASA. During her tenure, CASA of Brown County has nearly doubled in size and impact. Mary’s volunteer efforts do not stop with CASA. She also works extensively with Options for Independent Living, The Einstein Project, and The Meyer Theatre. Additionally, she raised $31,000 for the local Red Cross through her participation in Dancing with Our Stars, a program of the Red Cross. She dedicated her first of two dances to the CASA children. She was also recently awarded the runner-up of the Schneider Volunteer Leadership Award.
For Mary’s dedication to the needs of her community, she was awarded the March 2015 Wisconsin Heroes Award.