About Us

Our Mission: Kinship of Tomahawk, providing mentoring opportunities to youth and families in our community.

About Kinship Inc.

Kinship Inc. is a private nonprofit organization which believes in and promotes the concept of youth mentoring. The National Kinship office exists to serve as a resource for established and emerging local Kinship affiliates. Currently, the Kinship Affiliate Network is made up of 36 affiliates located in the upper Midwest, having established mentoring relationships for nearly 1,800 of today’s youth.

About Kinship of Tomahawk

Kinship of Tomahawk was established as a result of the community roundtable held by Tomahawk Together on February 14, 1997. At the end of the roundtable, a youth mentoring program and family resource center were the top two needs determined by the community.

  •  In the summer of 1997, the Tomahawk Together Board of Directors selected the Kinship Program as the new mentoring program for our community.
  • In August of 1997 the board of directors for Kinship of Tomahawk was selected and under the umbrella of Tomahawk Together, a mentor program began.
  • In December of 1997 Kinship of Tomahawk made their first match.
  • In May of 1999 Kinship of Tomahawk became incorporated.
  • In the Summer of 2011, the KinsKlub Program was added.
  • In September of 2013 moved into the Kinship House next to Crossbridge Community Bank.
  • In October of 2022 the Lunch Buddy Program officially started after Covid disrupted an earlier start.
  • In October of 2022 Kinship received an AT&T Foundation Grant to offer an afterschool tutoring session for Middle and High School Kinskids.

Staff:
Executive Director: Patti Hilgendorf
Activity Coordinator: Jenny Symonds

Match Coordinator: Michelle Werner
KinsKlub Coordinator: Kris Berg
KinsKlub Assistant: Margie Welke
KinsKlub Assistant: Pam Hosey

Officers:
President: Thersea Burzynski (retired Director of Curriculum)
Vice President: Chris Raasch (owner/realtor Woodland Lakes Realty)
Secretary: Aubrey Nycz (Tomahawk Elementary Teacher)
Treasurer:  Wendy Smith (Packaging Corporation of America)

Board of Directors:
Kathy Tobin (Retired Publisher/Editor Tomahawk Leader)
Luann Kiander (Aspirus Tomahawk Hospital)
Officer Brett Susa (Tomahawk Police Dept)
Grant Voermans (DNR/Hometown Chiropractic)
Cheryl Brickner (retired UWSP)
Paul Werner (Werner Construction)
Julie Sinkula (Pastor at Grace Lutheran Church)
Mark Zulliger (Crossbridge Community Bank)