Distinguished Alumni 2009

2009 Distinguished Alum Cathy Dworak

Dworak will be honored during the annual NWTC Educational Foundation Donor Recognition and Scholarship Awards Banquet at the SC Grand in De Pere on 
August 6, 2009.

Dworak has been chosen for her involvement in community activities, her professional achievements, and her service contribution to NWTC. The 1988 graduate of the NWTC Marketing/Fashion Merchandising associate degree program is currently the manager of community relations with the Green Bay Packers.

With a passion for volunteering – and an endless supply of energy – Dworak touches the lives of thousands of individuals every year. She currently serves on several area working boards including the American Red Cross, Friends of Make-A-Wish, The Angel Fund-for Children with Cancer, the NEW Zoological Society, and St. Mary’s Hospital-A Woman’s Place Advisory Board. She also coordinates the Edgar Bennett Celebrity Bowl-A-Thon and volunteers for the Salvation Army.

“I absolutely love to volunteer,” said Dworak. “I enjoy seeing the smiles and satisfaction when people accomplish their non-profit goals. Being part of other organizations’ and individuals’ success, with a little extra help, is a great feeling of giving back.”

Dworak’s enthusiasm for serving the community spills over into her role at the Green Bay Packers. In her current position, Dworak connects the Packers with the public in a variety of ways – bringing smiles to the faces of countless fans. She oversees the organization’s community events, charitable contributions, youth football, and personal appearances by players and coaches.

Giving Back to NWTC

Since 2002, Dworak has been a member of the NWTC Educational Foundation Board, actively supporting the college and promoting NWTC’s scholarship program. She has served as the board’s secretary/treasurer for the last four years. According to Dworak, it’s her way of giving back to the college that has laid the groundwork for her career.

Dworak said her NWTC degree helped her gain a management position in retail, serve as a business manager at the Fort Howard Corporation, coordinate $66 million in bank stock, and ultimately bring her to the Green Bay Packers. Dworak considers NWTC to be a big stepping stone to furthering her education as well. 
She has gone on to earn a bachelor’s degree in management communications from Concordia University and a master’s degree in management from Cardinal Stritch University.

“NWTC motivated me to continue my education,” Dworak said. “It helped prepare 
me for the business world and gave me the tools to be a decision maker and 
problem solver.”

Dworak believes NWTC is rooted in the community, benefitting both students and industry. “NWTC students bring cutting-edge knowledge and skills into area businesses – it’s really a win-win for students and employers,” she said.

Dworak’s two teenage daughters, Sarah and Kayla, follow in their mother’s footsteps by volunteering over 200 hours a year. In her spare time, Dworak enjoys playing golf, spending time with family and friends and, of course, cheering on her favorite football team – the Green Bay Packers.