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Steve J. Nooyen, BUS AD '88

Steve Nooyen was looking to meld his business savvy with a desire to serve his community. “I didn’t want there to be such separation between what I did at work and that tug to give back at the end of the work day,” he says.

So, in 1997, Steve founded We Care Senior Care Inc., the northeast Wisconsin franchise of Home Instead Senior Care, the world’s largest provider of comprehensive non-medical home care services for the elderly.

Steve’s company is the fifth largest of more than 400 Home Instead franchise groups worldwide.

Says Steve, “Marquette did a fantastic job of weaving a consistent set of values into my educational experience.” The continued importance of faith in his life is apparent. “A few years ago,” he says, “I replaced myself at the top of our organizational chart. Now you’ll find God’s name there.”

Even as Steve integrates his personal values with his professional aspirations, he also makes time to serve on the boards of a number of charities in his community while participating as a member of Marquette’s Golden Angels Network. He even manages to squeeze in some fishing, too -- often with a group of local senior citizens.

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