Thiele Receives 2012 Sent Forth Award
May 04, 2012Joanna Thiele '97 is the recipient of the 2012 Sent Forth alumni award. The award is given to a young alumnus who exemplifies the living mission of the college.
Thiele is a registered nurse specializing in labor and delivery at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minn. She is the co-founder and former board member of the nonprofit Haiti Mission Project, which brings much-needed relief to the impoverished island nation.
Since 2005, Thiele was both missionary and fundraiser for the Haiti Mission Project. Her efforts have helped build an orphanage, medical clinic and food storage building, in addition to helping countless individuals. Her work in Haiti exemplifies her sharing of God’s hope and love with those who feel hopeless, all the while making enduring friendships. She is about to embark on her 15th volunteer trip there.
Thiele will share her story and words of advice with graduates during the Senior Farewell Banquet.
Her response to the call to serve is an inspiration to others who are moved by her vision for helping the people of Haiti. Because of her, many others have volunteered in Haiti and fallen in love with its people.
Thiele's volunteer work has included mentoring high school and college students, food packing at the Feed My Starving Children program, and hospice. In recognition of her volunteerism, she has received the Park Nicollet Health Services Community Service award and the Sarah Harrison Knight award.