2013 WISCAP Annual Award Winners

May 9, 2013 – Madison, WI – The Wisconsin Community Action Program Association (WISCAP) announced the recipients of the 2013 WISCAP Annual Awards at its annual meeting, held in Madison on May 1, 2013.

Kim Cable, Housing and Community Services Department Director at Couleecap, Inc., received the Outstanding Advocate Award. Kim was recognized for her energetic and successful advocacy on behalf of low-income households and Community Action, particularly in service to those with disabilities and the homeless. Kim was responsible for developing and facilitating the Vernon County Housing Coalition; developing and chairing the La Crosse Homeless Coalition; developing and facilitating the Tenant Advocacy Group in La Crosse; and serving as an officer on the Wisconsin Coalition to End Homelessness.

The Outstanding Advocate Award was established as a tribute to Jackie Lawrence, former WISCAP Executive Director, in recognition of a person who has demonstrated remarkable achievement articulating the needs and concerns of the poor or exemplary leadership advancing the causes and principals of community action and service to low-income families. Kim was nominated by Couleecap, Inc. Located in Westby, Couleecap serves Crawford, La Crosse, Monroe and Vernon counties.  

Grace Jones, Executive Director of Couleecap, Inc. (right), presents the Outstanding Advocate Award to Kim Cable (left).
Grace Jones, Executive Director of Couleecap, Inc. (right), presents the Outstanding Advocate Award to Kim Cable (left).

 The Outstanding Friend of Community Action Award was presented to CAP Services’ volunteer Mary Berard. Mary was recognized for her tireless advocacy in securing community sponsorships for services provided by CAP Services’ Family Crisis Center. The Stevens Point resident has volunteered with the Family Crisis Center for many years and has co-chaired the Take A Step 5K, a community event benefiting domestic and sexual abuse victim services provided through CAP Services’ Family Crisis Center, since its inception in 2003. The event has raised more than $130,000 to help support victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault in Portage, Waupaca and Waushara counties.The Outstanding Friend of Community Action is awarded each year to an individual or organization for their actions that have promoted or enhanced the efforts and services of community action. CAP Services nominated Mary for the award. CAP Services is located in Stevens Point and serves Marquette, Outagamie, Portage, Waupaca and Waushara counties. 

Diane Hope of CAP Services’ Family Crisis Center (right) and Mary Patoka, CEO of CAP Services (center), present the Outstanding Friend of Community Action Award to Mary Berard (left).
Diane Hope of CAP Services’ Family Crisis Center (right) and Mary Patoka, CEO of CAP Services (center), present the Outstanding Friend of Community Action Award to Mary Berard (left).

Tony Beregszazi, Deputy Director of ADVOCAP, Inc., received the Exceptional Community Action Staff Member Award. Tony has dedicated his professional life to Community Action and was recognized for his profound influence on policy, programming and the lives of low-income families. Tony began his career at ADVOCAP in 1974, and in the following 38 years, headed the Personnel Department during the 1970s, became Director of Community Services in the 1980s, and was named Deputy Director in 1999. In addition to overseeing several departments within ADVOCAP and leading its grant writing efforts, Tony is a key player in several local coalitions working on poverty issues.

The Exceptional Community Action Staff Member Award was established as a tribute to Richard Strand, former Executive Director of Southwest CAP and long-time member of the WISCAP Board, in recognition of a Community Action employee who has demonstrated a “can-do” attitude and hard-work embodying the spirit of Community Action. Tony was nominated by ADVOCAP, Inc., which serves Fond du Lac, Green Lake and Winnebago counties. 

Tony Beregszazi, Deputy Director of ADVOCAP (left), displays his Exceptional Community Action Staff Member Award, with ADVOCAP Executive Director Mike Bonertz (right).
Tony Beregszazi, Deputy Director of ADVOCAP (left), displays his Exceptional Community Action Staff Member Award, with ADVOCAP Executive Director Mike Bonertz (right).

The recipient of WISCAP’s 2013 Self-Sufficiency Award is Susan Fabian. This award acknowledges the inspirational nature of Susan’s efforts toward achieving economic self-sufficiency. After overcoming a series of personal crises and economic hurdles, Susan recently graduated from UW-La Crosse and hopes to pursue a legal career.

The Self-Sufficiency Award recognizes an individual who, with the aid of their local Community Action Agency, has overcome poverty and achieved self-sufficiency. Couleecap, Inc. nominated Susan. 

Susan Fabian (right) poses with her Self-Sufficiency Award.  Kim Cable, Housing and Community Services Department Director at Couleecap, Inc. (left), presented the award.
Susan Fabian (right) poses with her Self-Sufficiency Award. Kim Cable, Housing and Community Services Department Director at Couleecap, Inc. (left), presented the award.

Each year, the President of the WISCAP Board of Directors selects the recipient of the WISCAP President’s Award. For 2013, this prestigious award was presented to Peter Kilde: West CAP Executive Director, WISCAP Board Member, Community Action Partnership Board Member, and State and National Advocate. Peter was selected in recognition of his unwavering dedication to the principles of Community Action and for his leadership, both in Wisconsin and nationally, particularly on sustainability issues. Peter serves as the Third Vice Chair of the national Community Action Partnership Board of Directors and serves as chair of the board’s Strategic Initiatives Task Force. Peter’s blog, Weekly New Reality Check,” appears on the Partnership web site.

West CAP, located in Glenwood City, serves Barron, Chippewa, Dunn, Pepin, Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties.

Peter Kilde, Executive Director of West CAP (right), is the recipient of the 2013 President’s Award.  Peter poses with Mike Bonertz, WISCAP President and ADVOCAP Executive Director (left).
Peter Kilde, Executive Director of West CAP (right), is the recipient of the 2013 President’s Award. Peter poses with Mike Bonertz, WISCAP President and ADVOCAP Executive Director (left).