Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients | Western Technical College

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

2019 – Mao Kong

2011 Nursing Graduate  

Mao Kong

Mao Kong is a registered nurse at Gundersen Health System and a prominent domestic violence advocate in La Crosse.

Kong, of Onalaska, is a 2011 graduate of the Nursing program. She moved to the United States from a refugee camp in Thailand at age 10. Following her time at Western, Kong received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Winona State in April of 2017. During this time, she worked at Gundersen, eventually becoming the clinical manager of the Urgent Care department.

In addition to her nursing career, Kong is a strong advocate for domestic violence survivors in the La Crosse area. She has served as the Multicultural Advocate on the Domestic Abuse Reduction Team, and partnered with La Crosse Police officers in providing services to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking. She has also served as Diversity Coordinator for UW-La Crosse, Viterbo University, and Western Technical College.


Previous Recipients

  • 2018 - Bernadine “Bernie” Hornby
  • 2017 - Robert Abraham
  • 2016 - Diane (Forde) Raaum
  • 2015 - Kyle Bakkum
  • 2014 - Jeff Wieser and Brian Wieser
  • 2013 - Mary Jo Klos
  • 2012 - Rose and Lester "Mike" Levendoski
  • 2011 - Joel Guberud
  • 2010 - Harold Coppernoll
  • 2009 - Lisa Thill
  • 2008 - Richard Westpfahl
  • 2007 - Debra Lash
  • 2005 - Richard Walz
  • 2003 - Terry Rydberg and Keith Steenlage
  • 2002 - Mike Sexauer and Kathy Foust
  • 2001 - Jeff Komay and Cinda Vingers
  • 2000 - Don Jobe and Lynn Smyrk
  • 1999 - Kevin Kobishop and Karen Long
  • 1998 - Karl "Butch" Halverson
  • 1997 - Jim Timm
  • 1996 - Dick Fox

If you would like more information about the past recipients visit https://community.westerntc.edu/DistinguishedAlumni or please contact the Alumni Association at alumni@westerntc.edu or 608-789-6083.