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2021 Community Pioneer

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Community Pioneer LogoDo you know somebody in your community serving and helping others? Nominate them as a Community Pioneer! These individuals are people who work or volunteer at a Idaho non-profit organization within our field of membership.

From community nominated individuals, Pioneer will select one winner every month and award them $1,000 for the organization they represent. Each winner will also be highlighted on our website and social media in order to spread awareness for their organization's cause.

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January Winner: Stephinee M. with SergioStrong Corporation

woman holding a large checkStephinee represents our first Community Pioneer winner for 2021 as the founder and CEO of SergioStrong Corporation. Stephinee grew up in Idaho and has lived here her whole life in Jerome. She is a mother of four, all who play and love soccer and has worked for Jerome Cheese the last 20 years. Stephinee's dream is to run SergioStrong Corporation full-time, a non-profit foundation that was created in honor of Sergio Sebastian Martinez. 

Sergio was raised in Jerome, Idaho, where he was a 2010 graduate of Jerome High School.  Sergio played soccer all throughout high school and attended Trinity Lutheran College on a soccer scholarship. In May 2014, Sergio graduated from Trinity Lutheran with a bachelor’s degree in business management. He proceeded to work in Seattle as an auditor and pursued his soccer dreams. He played semi-professional soccer for OSA Seattle, formally known as FC Tacoma. In addition, he coached high school soccer at Mountlake Terrace High School and college soccer at Shoreline Community College in Washington.  Unfortunately, in September 2015 Sergio was diagnosed with Leukemia, cancer in the blood. He underwent treatment for two years and had a double cord blood stem cell transplant on November 9, 2017. The transplant was not successful for Sergio and he passed away December 8, 2017.

Stephinee and her family want to keep Sergio's story alive and continue his dreams. Through SergioStrong Corporation, the team raises awareness for Leukemia and promotes the idea of “Be the Match”. They encourage others to register as blood donors so that others in the community do not experience what her and her family had to with Sergio’s leukemia. The organization also fundraises to provide scholarships to local Magic Valley high school students whose dreams too are to pursue soccer.