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SibNews is the newsletter for WisconSibs. It contains information about upcoming programs, highlights stories about siblings, opportunities to get involved as volunteers or donors and news updates relevant to siblings.

WisconSibs Welcomes New Executive Director and Adult Sibling Coordinator

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WisconSibs, Inc Welcomes Bill Grennell as New Executive Director

The WisconSibs Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Bill Grennell of Oshkosh, WI, has been chosen as the next Executive Director of WisconSibs, Inc. In this role, Bill will advance WisconSibs’ mission to foster a community of support for sisters
and brothers of individuals with disabilities and expand the organization’s reach to serve more siblings throughout Wisconsin.

Bill comes to the organization with many years of experience in nonprofit development, leadership, and growing teams that make
a difference.

Bill Grennell, Executive Director.“I am excited to have the opportunity to work with the talented and passionate WisconSibs staff, Board, and volunteers. I feel grateful for this chance to help make a difference across Wisconsin for youth and adult siblings and their families.” 

Grennell began his career with the Boy Scouts of America as a Camp Director, then Field Director in Minnesota, Missouri, and California. He then served as Chapter Development Director with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California. Later, he became Executive Director of The American Red Cross-Mountain Empire Chapter in Virginia. He found his way to back to his Midwest roots as Executive Director of The Literacy Council of Rockford, IL. Most recently, he was a major gifts officer with the Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh, WI.

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Introducing Emily Askri as WisconSibs Adult Sibling Program Coordinator

WisconSibs also welcomes Emily Askri as Adult Sibling Program Coordinator to develop and coordinate adult sibling programs, including workshops, conferences, social events, and communication with adults throughout Wisconsin who have siblings with disabilities.

For over fifteen years, Emily has been helping various non-profits, both local and national, develop programs to help people reach their fullest potential. In addition to working at WisconSibs, Emily also helps caregivers return to the workforce after taking a career break for caregiving responsibilities. Emily is a graduate of University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse.

Emily Askri, Adult Sibling Program Coordinator“I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of WisconSibs’ mission of fostering a community of support for siblings of individuals with special needs. While each person’s situation and life experiences are unique, I have seen how impactful community, and the support that comes from shared understanding, can have in people’s lives.”

When not working, you’ll find Emily with her family, enjoying hiking, biking and going “up north.”

SibNews April – June 2023

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Your SibNews for April-June 2023

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Featured in this issue:

  • Cover features photos of past 25 years.
  • National Siblings Day
  • Sibs Are My Peeps
  • Calendar of events for April to June 2023.
  • Recipe for Easy Fresh Spring Green Salad



SibNews – Nov-Dec 2022

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Your SibNews for November-December 2022

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Featured in this issue:

  • Sheri Ramsey tells her story about assuming her brother Mark’s care; how she found resources and tips for other siblings assuming the role of caregiver for their sibling with disabilities.
  • Mathilde Steeneporte, shares her experience as a WisconSibs Intern.
  • Calendar of events for November and December 2022.
  • November is Family Caregiver Month
  • Recipe for Holiday Fruit Crisp – Gluten Free!



SibNews – May-July 2022

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SibNews is here!

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This issue of SibNews includes:

  • The Givens sisters and the game Paige created to help people with disabilities learn how to manage money.
  • An article announcing leadership changes for WisconSibs as the Executive Director looks to retire
  • Recipe for “The World of PosSIBility Burgers”
  • WisconSibs Calendar
  • and more!


SibNews – Jan – March 2022

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SibNews Now Available

SibNews for Jan-March 2022January-March 2022 – Volume 20, Issue 1 contains:

  • Summer Camps Full of Outdoor Adventure
  • NEW!  Book Club for Adult Siblings – WisconSibs READ
  • A World of PosSIBility for You!
  • Annual Sibs Are My Peeps Contest Announced
  • PLUS – Calendar of events and opportunities…and MORE!



SibNews – Dec 2020-Feb 2021

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SIBNEWS COVER - DEC 2020Click to download your newest issue of SibNews


  • Young siblings use grateful to build resilience
  • Grandmother tells how she sees her sibling grandchildren
  • Allergy-friendly soup recipe
  • CALENDAR of 2021 events, including Sib Camps
  • Sibling Voices: Stories of Hope
  • More!

SibNews – September 2020

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  • Meet Cate Ellis, a senior at UW-Oshkosh, and learn her story of struggle and triumph as a sister.


  • Find out what Kelly of Waterford wishes she had known before her sister with a seizure disorder was hospitalized.


  • Enjoy photos from SibDays of Summer and Teen Sib Leadership activities this summer.

This issue was written and designed by our Sibling Summer Interns, Zoe and Randy. Get to know them, along with our new Youth Coordinator on page 4. CLICK TO READ NOW

NOTE: This issue does not contain our usual Calendar of Events. Continue to watch for website, Facebook, and email announcements to get the latest updates.


Special SAFER AT HOME SibNews for you

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This special issue of SibNews features WisconSibs locked down during “safer at home” orders. DOWNLOAD NOW


  • Hear Courtney, a teacher and a mother of 3 siblings, tell how her family has changed during the lock down.


  • Be inspired by Stephenie Mlodzik’s siblings revealing rainbows in the clouds.




  • High school and college WisconSibs tell it like it is in “What Siblings Would Like Parents to Know During This Pandemic”
  • Fresh Chive Soup recipe
  • MORE

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