Profiles of area women: Breanna Speth
Proud to call Marshfield home
By Kris Rued-Clark
Born and raised in Marshfield, Breanna Speth represents a growing number of 20-somethings who are proud to call Marshfield home. She graduated from Marshfield High School in 2008 and completed her degree in Multimedia Technology and Digital Design through a combination of online classes and distance learning through Rasmussen College and the UW System — Marshfield and Stevens Point — while working part time at Marshfield Community Television (MCTV).
In 2010 she moved up to fulltime at MCTV, where she currently serves as acting director. “My job requires a lot of creativity and organization, which I absolutely love,” said Speth, who oversees all stages of show development, from planning to filming to editing.
“My grandpa always taught me to find a job I liked and I would never work a day in my life. I feel that way with the work I am doing at MCTV,” said Speth. With co-producer Brett Butler, she filmed a tour of Jurustic Park that won first place at the Wisconsin Community Media Best of the Midwest Videofest. “I am really proud of the work that MCTV is doing. We are known throughout the state as being one of the best, and we strive to continue to be a model for other community television stations,” Speth noted.
While in college, Speth experienced the joy of study abroad through a summer program at Oxford University in England.
“It was one of the coolest experiences of my life. Experiences like that are important, but it’s also important to appreciate where you are and explore how you can make a difference in your own community,” Speth said. Enthusiastic to learn more about her community, she has participated in Leadership Marshfield and the Citizens Fire Academy.
“I think Marshfield is a community with so much to offer. The passion of the citizens who live here never ceases to amaze me, Marshfield Area Pet Shelter, bear exhibit, library, etc. There is always something happening. I bought my first home last fall and couldn’t be happier to call Marshfield home,” said Speth.
A caretaker to two rescue cats, Tinker and Sylvester, and a rescue dog, Rosie, Speth also serves as a tireless volunteer for Marshfield Area Pet Shelter. She manages the Facebook page, handles much of the marketing and education, has helped with animal care, and assisted with painting and repairs in the temporary shelter on West 29th Street.
“The other volunteers are amazing, and I definitely encourage anyone reading this to consider donating or getting involved,” added Speth.
As if that does not keep her busy enough, Speth is an avid bicyclist, plays in the bell choir at her church, and enjoys reading, photography, and freelance writing. Her goals include helping to grow MCTV, getting a pet shelter built in Marshfield, and starting her own videography and multimedia design business.
When asked if there have been women who served as mentors to her, Speth replied, “I’ve been so blessed to have many strong women in my life, and my mom is definitely my biggest inspiration. She is the strongest person I know and the reason I am who I am today.”