Amy Kohnle, Executive Director of the United Way of Door County was honored as this year’s recipient of the Anne Kok Social Justice Award at HELP of Door County’s Annual Meeting. Paul Kok, Board Member for HELP, presented the award and shared that; “I can think of no one more deserving than Amy whose life’s work has mirrored the high ideals of social justice that Anne held so dearly.”
Amy has served as the Executive Director of the United Way of Door County since 1999 and has been instrumental in the success of numerous initiatives like the AODA Coalition, Healthy Door County, the Partnership for Children and Families and Cradle to Career. Amy currently sits on the Boards of NAMI and Door Tran and serves in a leadership role with Discuss Door County, the Collaboration Community Grant Committee and the United Way Midwest Regional Conference.
Anne Kok served as Executive Director of HELP of Door County from 1985 – 1989, working tirelessly to develop a number of programs still in place today. She also served on HELP’s Board of Directors and Program Committee until her death in 2008. The award honors those who carry on Anne’s legacy and are champions of social justice, change and domestic violence advocacy. Past recipients of the Anne Kok Social Justice Award include: Richard Egan, Karrie Anthony, Jane Stevenson, Shirley Senarighi and Sandy Brown.