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Yolanda Voigt

Yolanda VoigtAs director of volunteers at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Yolanda Voigt oversees almost 700 volunteers. Her department schedules and coordinates a wide variety of volunteer events and services, including providing end-of-life care through Comfort Care and Hospice Services.

The volunteers also install and test 900 Lifeline units in Marathon County, deliver 120 mobile meals a day, raise funds to purchase hospital equipment, and operate two on-site gift shops as well as a Starbucks in the hospital’s main lobby.

In addition, the department’s Volunteers for Scholarships program awards almost $13,000 a year in scholarships to graduating high school seniors and returning students to NTC.

How did Voigt come to be in charge of this important department? She earned an associate’s degree in supervisory management from NTC in 1996 and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Upper Iowa University in 2000.

Voigt, who was married and found a job right after high school, said NTC helped pave the way for her return to school. “NTC gave me the best options to accommodate my job and my family. I had two sons in school, and could work around their schedules by attending evening and daytime classes.

“I worked at Aspirus, which provided me with partial scholarship help and was very flexible with my work schedule so I could attend classes. I started working at Aspirus 28 years ago as a receptionist. Once I was in school I was promoted to employment assistant, then employee relations specialist, and now I’m the director of volunteers, so my education helped me quite a bit.”

Education continues to be a priority for Voigt. She is president of the Wisconsin Association of Directors of Volunteer Services (WADVS), which provides educational programming and informational resources for administrators of volunteer services within health care facilities.

In 2007, Voigt served as president of the Wisconsin Rural Leadership Program, a two-year program of the University of Madison Extension. Through the program, a group of approximately 30 people visits foreign countries to study health care education, tour hospitals and colleges, and meet with local officials. Voigt was part of a group who visited India in January 2008.

In 2001, she received the Friend of Education award for establishing the Health Career’s Youth Apprenticeship Program through the Wausau School District’s School to Work program. Also in 2001, she served as president of the Central Wisconsin Society of Human Resource Management (CWSHRM).

Voigt is a lifelong Wausau resident. She enjoys spending time “up north” and reading. Her husband is co-owner of Voigt Contracting.

 

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