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Twenty 3M employees honored for exceptional volunteerism

For 34 years, the 3Mgives Volunteer Award has celebrated 3M volunteers who go above and beyond to make their community a better place. We honored 20 employees from around the world for their volunteerism in 2020. From coaching robotics teams to being a wish granter for Make-a-Wish Foundation to serving as a volunteer paramedic, these individuals supported a wide variety of causes.

To recognize their outstanding service and positive impact on the lives of others, 3M Foundation is donating $3,000 to each awardee’s nonprofit of choice – totaling $60,000 in financial support for community organizations. Congratulations to our 2020 3Mgives Volunteer Awardees!

Kristy Arnold

Kristy Arnold, industrial sales representative in California, United States, was honored for mentoring college-age women through Alpha Phi International for the past 10 years. She serves as an advisor for several chapters, encourages community engagement, oversees the new member program and plays a pivotal role in the personal and professional development of her mentees.

Camille Chasteen

Camille Chasteen, marketing manager in Minnesota, United States, was honored for her work with the Tri Sigma Foundation. Through serving on the board, Camille empowers women through leadership development, scholarship and service opportunities, as well as philanthropy through events like the first annual Tri Sigma Giving Day. She is also a leader for the Twin Cities chapter, connecting grant funding to play therapy programs at local children’s hospitals and mentoring collegiate chapters throughout the grant process.

Sara Bruna Corradi

Sara Bruna Corradi, EHS operations admin in Italy, was honored for her 30 years of volunteer service as an emergency medical technician (EMT) with Fraternita Misericordia Segrate Association. In addition to providing emergency medical support to prepare patients for transportation to the hospital, Sara also offers guidance to new volunteers pursuing the EMT field.

Brian Drey

Brian Drey, product engineer in Minnesota, United States, was honored for his 830+ hours of volunteering for the Hutchinson High School and Hutchinson Middle School robotics teams. As a coach and mentor, he helps students develop skills related to STEM, professionalism and team communication. In response to the pandemic, Brian’s teams safely collaborated to 3D-print around 1,000 face shields that were donated to local health care providers.

Mary Jo Johnson

Mary Jo Johnson, program manager in Minnesota, United States, was honored for her 11,000+ hours of volunteer service over 35 years for the Girl Scouts. As a troop leader, she helps girls learn life skills and engages them in community service projects; as a service unit leader, she provides critical organizational support. In addition, she started the math team at St. Croix Catholic School and coached it for six years.

Shane Kuehl

Shane Kuehl, production supervisor in South Dakota, United States, was honored for being a wish granter for Make-a-Wish Foundation. In this role, he serves as a liaison between the child’s family and staff – helping with everything from paperwork to creative “wish enhancements.” In his eight years as a volunteer, Shane has helped grant 15 wishes for children and supported new wish granters through the process.

Jarell Kuney

Jarell Kuney, advanced information analyst in Minnesota, United States, was honored for her volunteerism with numerous organizations. She has driven a Meals on Wheels delivery route for around 25 years, served as a board trustee for the Friday Memorial Library, coordinated blood drives at 3M headquarters and adopted two highways that she is singlehandedly responsible for cleaning. As a Wisconsin Master Naturalist, Jarell has also contributed to activities at the Sally Manzara Interpretive Nature Center in Lake Elmo, Minnesota, and other area environmental programs, including 10 years of Earth Day celebrations in Hudson, Wisconsin.

Joanne Lipman

Joanne Lipman, EMEA channel marketer in the United Kingdom, was honored for her efforts to support the building and operations of a new community center that serves residents of all ages in an under-resourced area. Joanne’s involvement has spanned many aspects of the project, including leading fundraising efforts, overseeing construction, developing processes and procedures, recruiting employees and volunteers, helping manage a weekly group for babies and toddlers, and organizing a team of 3Mers to help paint the interior of the new building.

Wayne Lofts

Wayne Lofts, 3M retiree in Australia, was honored for his nearly 40 years of volunteerism with Saint Vincent de Paul Society. Along with serving as president of his local branch for 30 years, Wayne makes home visits to listen to community members’ financial and material needs and offer them assistance and support. In addition, he has volunteered for 36 years as a justice of the peace.

Alice Melton

Alice Melton, corporate strategy manager in Minnesota, United States, was honored for her support of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. Along with on-site volunteering locally and internationally, Alice serves on the campaign council and advocates for the organization by raising awareness and encouraging others to get engaged. She has worked to enhance the partnership between Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity and her 3M division, including an employee donation drive of lightly used appliances and furniture.

John Peterson

John Peterson, 3M retiree in Minnesota, United States, was honored for sparking interest in STEM, particularly among underserved and underrepresented students, through his volunteerism with FIRST Robotics. John has coached Eagan High School Team 2220 for more than 10 years and has mentored numerous other high school, middle school and elementary school robotics teams – including helping to increase engagement in struggling and fledging teams.

Cecilio Rangel Zamarripa

Cecilio Rangel Zamarripa, manufacturing engineer in Mexico, was honored for his 20 years of service as a volunteer paramedic with the Comision Nacional de Emergencia, responding to rescue and assistance requests and providing community education for emergency preparedness. In addition, Cecilio has helped coordinate numerous donation drives for food, clothes, toys and medical supplies to support children’s shelters, food shelves, nursing homes and other organizations.

Ken Sabota

Ken Sabota, global Lean value stream manager in Minnesota, United States, was honored for his nearly 20 years of service with Parkway Little League. He started out as the assistant coach and is now the longest-serving board member of the youth organization. Highlights of Ken’s tenure include building two new fields, strengthening Parkway’s financial security and ensuring local kids have the opportunity to play ball.

Sue Schlueter

Sue Schlueter, Lean coach in Minnesota, United States, was honored for her volunteerism as the head basketball coach for grades 3-8 of Immanuel Lutheran School. She has served as both coach and mentor, supporting the students and role-modeling respect, teamwork and perseverance over the past 14 years.

Maria Luise (Ise) Stockums

Maria Luise (Ise) Stockums, 3M retiree in Germany, was honored for founding Friends of Umoja, an NGO that supports the Umoja women’s village in Kenya; this village offers women and children protection from violence and abuse. Since 2015, Ise has led NGO operations and fundraising. She works closely with the residents of Umoja to identify and implement projects that will enhance living standards in the village, including education, women’s rights, access to water and electricity, health and hygiene, and more.

Jenna Waligorski

Jenna Waligorski, advanced division engineer in Minnesota, United States, was honored for her involvement with Minds Matter Twin Cities, a mentoring nonprofit that seeks to prepare high school students from low-income backgrounds for college and beyond. Along with volunteering as a mentor, Jenna is a member of the executive committee and manages the nonprofit’s communications.

Julie Wilkinson

Julie Wilkinson, customer service representative in Indiana, United States, was honored for her work engaging fellow 3Mers in various donation drives and volunteer activities. Highlights include conducting a cleaning supplies drive to create move-in kits for Family Promise, which helps families transition out of homelessness, and coordinating support for Coburn Place’s “Adopt-an-Apartment” program for families fleeing abuse.

Jung-Sheng (JS) Wu

Jung-Sheng (JS) Wu, advanced research specialist in Minnesota, United States, was honored for his involvement with the Twin Cities Chinese Language School since 2007. He has taken on numerous leadership roles and led the transition to distance learning in 2020. He also serves on the board of the Chinese American Association of Minnesota and volunteers with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum where he helps inspire students to pursue careers in STEM.

Caroline Ylitalo

Caroline Ylitalo, division scientist in Minnesota, United States, was honored for her dedication to helping girls and underrepresented students advance in STEM. She has volunteered with numerous science encouragement programs, including the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair and 3M Young Scientist Challenge, and many of her mentees have gone on to pursue STEM degrees in college. In addition, she is the president of the Minnesota chapter of the Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief.

Katie Young

Katie Young, sales account representative working in Florida, United States, was honored for serving on the board of directors of the Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville, which provides developmental services to individuals with Down syndrome and their families. As part of her responsibilities, Katie leads successful fundraisers, including galas, walks and golf events.

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