Governor Tony Evers recognized thirteen outstanding honorees at the 2019 Governor’s Service Awards ceremony for their service to Wisconsin citizens and communities in need.
The Governor’s Service Awards honors outstanding volunteers, national service participants, programs, and AmeriCorps alumni that have helped to address serious social needs across Wisconsin.
Ellen Carlson was honored as AmeriCorps*Vista Alumni of the year for her ongoing service to the people of the state of Wisconsin since her AmeriCorps Service ended in 2001.
Ellen Carlson has been making a difference in the lives of the citizens of Dane County for the past twenty years. She originally came to Madison to study psychology at the University of Wisconsin with plans to pursue a career in medicine. Upon her graduation she decided to take a break from her studies and joined AmeriCorps VISTA. Ellen served from 1999-2001 with the Schools of Hope Literacy Project, helping address the achievement gap, specifically in the area of literacy. Since 2002, Ellen has worked for Middleton Outreach Ministry, a non-profit creating food and housing security in Dane County, and currently serves as Executive Director.