December 2015 YP of the Month: Kimberly Hoepfner
Name: Kimberly Hoepfner
Hometown: North Fond du Lac, WI
Education: Master’s Degree in Social Work from UW-Milwaukee, Bachelor’s Degree in Communicative Disorders from UW-Stevens Point & Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from UW-Oshkosh.
Where do you work, what is your current position and what do you like most about it?
I am currently a social worker with Generations Home Care and Hospice, Inc. in Fond du Lac, WI. I enjoy working with patients and their loved ones as they go through the end-of-life process. It can be a difficult process for many and I take great satisfaction in knowing that I may help bring comfort and reassurance to people at end-of-life. I also enjoy that every day at work is different than the last and, in the words of a co-worker, it is a field where you are, “rarely surprised but frequently amazed.”
What has YPF done for your personal and/or professional development?
I initially joined YPF as I wanted to improve my networking skills and gain confidence with reaching out to others. I also joined the Planning and Events Committee for these reasons. I believe that my involvement with this organization provided me with professional growth opportunities that I now anticipate and enjoy networking opportunities rather than avoid them.
Who or what is your source of professional inspiration?
The one key aspect I keep in the back of my mind when I’m out working in “the field” is, “if this patient was my loved one, would I be satisfied with this?”
What are some of the professional and volunteer groups you participate in?
In addition to YPF, I am also a member of the Wisconsin chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). I volunteered at the Fond du Lac Senior Center with the Senior Outreach Telephone Reassurance Program. I am also a member of the South Shore Chorale, the volunteer community choir located here in Fond du Lac.
What is your favorite thing to do in the Fond du Lac area?
I love traveling to various communities within the city and county to support the small businesses within them by either shopping and/or dining there.
Where do you see the Fond du Lac area in 5 years?
I see a collaboration between generations in both personal and professional aspects. A blend of traditional and innovative ideas and values that will hopefully help keep this community prospering well into the future.
What words of wisdom do you have for other young professionals working in Fond du Lac?
To take advantage of every professional or personal opportunity for growth that you can, whether it may be a work conference, networking, travel, volunteerism, etc. These opportunities evolve into experience. That experience will guide you to your life’s happiness; and life is too short to be anything but happy.
Kimberly Hoepfner represents Generations Home Care and Hospice, Inc. in Fond du Lac, WI.