Michael Greenwald may have only lived in Keokuk for five years, but his impact on the community of about 10,000 can already be felt far and wide.

He helped create the veterinary practice manager position he currently holds at Krichel Animal Hospital, where he oversees a staff of 16. He also manages the finances at Schleier and Associates Family Dentistry, which he owns with his wife, Lacey Ebert Greenwald ’06.

He’s served three years on the Keokuk Concert Association and one year on the Keokuk Fine Arts Council. Along with their daughter Juliana, the family worships at First Lutheran Church, where he has served on the church council, helped integrate technology into the worship services, founded a men’s ministry group, and shared his musical gifts with the choir.

He challenges young learners by offering mock interview sessions, résumé training, and shadowing opportunities at the veterinary clinic and dentist’s office.

Greenwald also is working to better the community in which he lives. As president of the Keokuk Chamber of Commerce, he’s dedicated to raising the town’s profile in an effort to bring more young professionals to the community. He’s even a founding member of the Greater Keokuk Young Professionals, which connects them with local leadership and volunteer opportunities.

“Michael brings a fresh perspective on an old river town,” Dr. Michael Klauser, a veterinarian at Krichel Animal Hospital, wrote in his nomination letter. “His enthusiasm has encouraged other young professionals and nonprofessionals to become involved in making our community better for all. Michael has provided more service through leadership since he has been in Keokuk than most professionals provide in a lifetime.”