March 4, 2010
Diversey's Catherine Conaghan named Young Professional of the Year
Catherine Conaghan was given YPR's annual award for her professional success and local volunteering efforts. Conaghan works on an international auditing team for Diversey, formerly JohnsonDiversey, and serves on boards for Girls Inc. and YPR. She also volunteered at San Juan Diego, co-led a women in science and engineering group at JohnsonDiversey and graduated from Leadership Racine.
Conaghan is YPR's seventh Young Professional of the Year. Previous winners include: 2009 - Chris Antonneau (David Insurance); 2008 - Jeff McKeown ( Express Personnel Services); 2007 - Doug Nicholson (Ivanhoe Pub & Eatery); 2006 - Anne Stillman (CNH); 2005 - Jay Christie (Racine Zoological Society); 2004 - John Busey (Robert W. Baird).
Conaghan was one of four finalists for the 2010 award. Other finalists include: Gordan Bittner (Realtor), Janine Anderson (The Journal Times), and Russell Warren (SAFE Haven).
Other nominees for the 2010 Young Professional of the Year award include: Sara Luther Hagerman, interim director of QTI of Southeastern Wisconsin; Jim Moes, teacher at Jefferson Lighthouse Elementary; JJ McAuliffe, owner of McAuliffe's Pub; Bret Glembocki, staff scientist at JohnsonDiversey; Michael Fischer, staff scientist at JohnsonDiversey; Tracy Nielsen, vice president-marketing and resource development; Jane Kurylo, business services team lead, Workforce Development Center.