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Richard A. Helmers, M.D., has been named regional vice president, Mayo Clinic Health System northwest Wisconsin. Helmers will be the physician leader for Mayo Clinic’s community practice in northwest Wisconsin, a region that includes five hospitals and 12 clinics. He succeeds Randall Linton, M.D., who has served in the role of president and CEO for the past 15 years. Linton will retire this spring after 36 years of service with Mayo Clinic Health System. In his new role, Helmers will provide organizational leadership, direction and be responsible for the overall performance of northwest Wisconsin operations, including outcomes, safety, service and financial performance.
Richard Yoon, M.D., recently joined the Occupational Medicine Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Yoon earned his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and liberal studies at the University of Delaware in Newark and completed medical school at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Yoon is completing his master’s degree in public health from Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey, where he previously completed an internal medicine residency and a fellowship in occupational and environmental medicine. Prior to joining Mayo Clinic Health System, Yoon worked as the medical director of RWJ Barnabas Health Corporate Care in Toms River, New Jersey.
The law firm of Weld Riley, S.C. is pleased to announce Attorney Jerilyn Jacobs has joined the firm as a shareholder. Prior to joining Weld Riley, S.C., Jerilyn practiced in the Milwaukee area for almost two decades. She specializes in litigation on behalf of employers in employment and labor-related matters, including claims of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, non-competition, and violations of collective bargaining agreements. She defends employers before the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, in Wisconsin state court, and in federal courts in multiple jurisdictions within the Seventh Circuit. She also defends plan administrators, insurers, and employers in ERISA federal court litigation. Jacobs received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California in 1992, where she majored in English and journalism and minored in political science. She was a staff writer for The Daily Trojan. She earned her juris doctorate from Cornell Law School in 1998, where she served as note editor of the Journal of Law and Public Policy.
Mechanical Design will be making a comeback at Chippewa Valley Technical College in August 2017 at both the Eau Claire and River Falls campuses after approval for the program came from the Wisconsin Technical College System Board at its Jan. 24 meeting. The board also approved Mold Making Apprentice and Maintenance Mechanic/Millwright Apprentice. With components of CVTC’s Machine Tooling Technics and Manufacturing Engineering Technology programs, Mechanical Design focuses on the design of parts used in production in a mechanical setting. Students will learn computer-assisted design (CAD) and programs widely used in industry like SolidWorks. Available jobs include mechanical drafting and commercial or industrial designer.
Prevea Health is welcomed Dr. Matthew Tomcik to its family of care in the Chippewa Valley. As a family medicine physician, Tomcik provides routine care for children and adults of all ages and in all stages of life. He sees patients at the Prevea Chippewa Falls Health Center. Tomcik is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He graduated from medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine and completed residency at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in Indiana.
Prevea Health also welcomed Kristin Rubenzer, APNP, FNP-BC, to provide family medicine care at the Prevea Menomonie Health Center. Rubenzer is board-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is a certified medical examiner from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. She earned a master of science in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Nohre & Company, S.C. announced that Andrew “Drew” J. Schulner has become a partner in the firm. Schulner serves as the firm’s audit and assurance (A&A) director and provides tax and A&A compliance services to clients. Schulner consults with businesses and their owners in a variety of areas including valuation, merger and acquisition representation, profitability, internal succession, financial management and corporate governance.
Katelyn Voss, a nurse practitioner, recently joined the Behavioral Health Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Voss earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2009. She went on to receive her master’s degree in nursing in the family nurse practitioner program from Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin, in 2013. Voss previously worked as a nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic Health System’s Emergency Department. She has seven years of emergency medicine experience as a registered nurse and nurse practitioner. She also has 14 years of health care experience with the Wisconsin Army National Guard.
For the third year, Mayo Clinic Health System is pleased to offer its Hometown Health Grant program to help improve the health of communities in northwest Wisconsin. The grant application is open to nonprofit organizations in Barron, Buffalo, Dunn, Chippewa, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix and Trempealeau counties. The Hometown Health Grant program supports innovative efforts that help to prevent and reduce obesity (with an emphasis on children), reduce and help manage chronic conditions, and impact mental health and well-being. Annually offered to recipients is a total of $25,000. Grant funding can be used to launch new projects or improve existing projects. For a complete list of application requirements, visit the Hometown Health Grant page at mayoclinichealthsystem.org.
Prevea Health, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UW SMPH) and the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), are pleased to announce a collaborative effort to keep the Eau Claire Family Medicine Residency Program (ECFMRP) in the Chippewa Valley. The ECFMRP, established by UW SMPH in 1975, is a three-year program that trains family medicine physicians at clinics in Eau Claire and Augusta. Its presence in the Chippewa Valley addresses the need for primary care physicians in rural communities throughout the region. Effective July 1, 2017, ECFMRP will be operated by Prevea Health and HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, in conjunction with UW SMPH (the long-time sponsor of the ECFMRP) and MCW. The four organizations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining a collaborative effort to transition the program from an academic program sponsored by UW SMPH to a community-based program sponsored by Prevea Health and HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital. As a result of the transition on July 1, 2017, the UW SMPH clinics in Augusta and Eau Claire will become Prevea health centers which will continue to host residents and provide family medicine services within each community. Eau Claire Family Medicine Residency Program residents will also continue to receive valuable training at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital.
Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) will begin a Library and Information Services associate degree program tarting in August 2017. The creation of the program at CVTC fills a void in higher education in Wisconsin, as there are currently no undergraduate programs in library science in the state. The program, delivered entirely online, will prepare people to work in public, academic, school, and corporate libraries for government, non-profits and private businesses. The program will provide opportunities for professional development for current library paraprofessionals, and prepare new people desiring a career in the library and information services field.
Stephanie Vobornik, an e-learning specialist and former business technology instructor for CVTC’s Business & Industry Services, was honored with the Paul and Karen Kohler Adjunct Instructor Excellence Award at the start of the Spring 2017 semester at CVTC. Adjunct instructors are not full-time faculty members, but qualified instructors who teach classes in their fields on a part-time basis. In 2012, Vobornik earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from Lakeland College and a master certificate in e-Learning and Online Teaching and a master’s degree in Career and Technical Education from UW-Stout. She has also worked as an adjunct instructor for Literacy Chippewa Valley and Lakeland College. The Kohler Awards, which come with a $1,500 stipend, were established through the CVTC Foundation by Paul and Karen Kohler. Karen taught as an adjunct instructor at CVTC for many years before becoming a full-time English and communications instructor. Paul is president and CEO of Charter Bank in Eau Claire.
Blugold Radio announced that Angela Flannery has been hired as sales manager, and Matt Selvig will be stepping onto the court with Blugold Athletics. They both bring unique skill-sets to the table and will be valuable assets to Blugold Radio’s mission of delivering professional radio produced by UWEC students and Chippewa Valley community members. Flannery will be using her extensive background in business to build new connections between Blugold Radio and businesses throughout the Chippewa Valley. Selvig brings extensive experience working with WOGO (WWIB’s sister station) doing sports broadcasting and six years announcing Eau Claire Express Baseball games.
Applications are being accepted for three positions on the Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) Board of Trustees. The open positions include one member who is an elected official and two additional members. Successful candidates will serve three-year terms beginning July 1, 2017. Applications are due by 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27. Send applications to Lauren Sullivan, Chippewa Valley Technical College, 620 W. Clairemont Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54701. There are a number of requirements all candidates must meet in order to be eligible for Wisconsin Technical College System district board membership. Candidates must be residents of the technical college district, must submit an application/affidavit with a completed questionnaire and at least two written references, and must attend a district board appointment committee public hearing in person to be interviewed. The hearing is scheduled for Monday, March 20, at 1 p.m. at the CVTC Business Education Center in Eau Claire.
Chippewa Valley Technical College students will have greater opportunities for paid internships thanks to a $107,476 grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation and Affiliates. The grant is part of a combined $2.1 million awarded to 16 two-year colleges across six states to create 1,000 paid internships. To fund creation of paid internships for low-income students, Great Lakes started the Career Ready Internship Grant in 2013, making grants available to four-year colleges. Great Lakes has now expanded the grant program to two-year colleges. Grant funds will cover internship wages and other related expenses. CVTC will partner with employers in its 11-county district to create over 100 internship positions and will also build an internal system to recruit students, match them with available internships and provide them the support they need to succeed. The new internship opportunities will begin as early as spring 2017, with full availability this summer.
Licensed clinical social worker Alicia Dean, recently joined Family Medicine as a psychotherapist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Dean holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Winona State University and a master’s degree in social work from Augsburg College in Minneapolis. For the past six years, she has served as a social worker in the Emergency Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Dean will provide behavioral and mental health treatment and support during a patient’s clinic appointment, if needed.
Nurse practitioner Dawn Mrozinski recently joined the Radiation Oncology Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. She earned her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. She completed her master’s degree in business administration from the Minnesota School of Business, Globe Education Network in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Mrozinski is a member of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association and the Oncology Nursing Society. She is certified by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation. Previously, Mrozinski served as the director of the Clinical Research Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.
Royal Credit Union (Royal) has named Jean Zimmer mortgage operations manager. In this role, she is responsible for planning, organizing, and overseeing all activities of the Home Loan Processing and Closing Department. She also ensures that all real estate processing and closing operations are in accordance with established policies and legal requirements. Zimmer has roughly 30 years of experience in mortgage lending, including the past 6 years with Royal. She started with Royal in June 2010 as a Home Loans Operation Coordinator, for which she was responsible for researching and implementing changes due to adjustments in compliance regulations.
Physical therapist Tanner Tryon recently joined the Rehabilitation Services Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Tryon earned his doctor of physical therapy degree from Des Moines University in Iowa. He received his bachelor’s degree in health promotion from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Tryon is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.
The American Cancer Society, the nation’s largest voluntary health organization, has announced that Douglas Hoffer, assistant city attorney for the City of Eau Claire, has been selected to its Wisconsin Leadership Board. In this role, Hoffer will join 22 other volunteer leaders in advancing the Society’s lifesaving mission in Wisconsin. The Society’s Wisconsin Leadership Board is a volunteer leadership group that works to increase the success of its efforts to save more lives from cancer. Board members serve as ambassadors in their communities, building relationships with key corporate partners, health systems, advocacy leaders, and other community stakeholders who can impact the Society’s fundraising and mission goals.
Prevea Urgent Care, located at the Prevea Chippewa Falls Health Center recently opened and will offer walk-in care for minor illnesses and injuries including cold or flu symptoms, earaches, sprains, minor fractures, cuts, infections, asthma and more. Prevea Urgent Care will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and holidays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. No appointments or referrals are necessary. Visitors also will be able to view wait-times at Prevea Urgent Care, at www.prevea.com/urgent. With the opening of Prevea Urgent Care on Jan. 9, urgent care services at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital will transition to Prevea Urgent Care, which is located just across the parking lot from the hospital.
For an eighth consecutive year Mercury Marine has presented Zacho Sports Center of Chippewa Falls its prestigious Service Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Award for 2016. Mercury Marine’s Service CSI Program measures the satisfaction of consumers after having service work done on their Mercury outboard or MerCruiser Sterndrive or inboard. Zacho Sports Center won the Service CSI Award for its ongoing commitment to providing exemplary customer service, based on the responses of customers who had warranty work performed at the dealership during the past year. A total of 144 out of 5000 North American dealers qualified for the Service CSI Award for 2016. Zacho Sports Center was the only dealer in northwest Wisconsin to receive the award and with a score of 98/100 ranks in the top one percent of all Mercury dealers. Zacho Sports Center is one of only 25 dealerships in the United States that has received this award 8 or more consecutive years. Zacho Sports Center is locally owned and operated by Damin Zacho and Mike Emberson.
Dana Cash, M.D., recently joined Family Medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Cash earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. She earned her medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Cash completed her residency in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Previously, Cash provided primary care medicine for 8,000 marines and sailors at Camp Lejeune. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Board of Family Medicine.
Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) has been named a Military Friendly School for 2017. This is the fourth consecutive year CVTC has earned the designation. The Military Friendly School designation by Victory Media is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students and ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. The list serves as a resource for service members and military families seeking education and has played a significant role over the past seven years in advancing best practices in supporting military students on campuses across the country.
Nine business and technology programs at Chippewa Valley Technical College have received accreditation, providing assurances of program quality and positive student outcomes. The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) recently announced full accreditation for CVTC associate degree programs in accounting, business management, administrative professional, human resources, marketing management and supervisory management, plus the information technology software developer, mobile developer and network specialist programs. To gain accreditation, a program must meet a set of rigorous standards and criteria, including leadership, strategic planning, measureable assessments and faculty and staff focus. A three-member team from ACBSP visited the CVTC campus in September for a three-day review of the programs. CVTC must provide quality assurance reports every two years and undergo a new review after 10 years to retain accreditation.
Charlie Johnson and Mike Botten both recently joined the Low Voltage Contractors (LVC) sales team. Johnson joins LVC with a diverse work background and a variety of unique personal interests including 30 years in the National Guard and property management of 13 rental units. An industry veteran, Botten joins LVC with a background rich in fire alarm and security sales. Most recently, Botten was with a company very similar to LVC and, as such he was familiar with the company through industry events and organizations.
Woita & Associates announced that David Hopkins, RICP® and principal of the firm, has obtained his Certified Financial Planner TM certification. Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP ®, Certified Financial Planner TM and CFP ® in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements. The certification is a standard of excellence based upon Education, Examination, Experience, and Ethics administered and regulated by the CFP Board. The CFP Board is a non-profit organization acting in the public interest by fostering professional standards in personal financial planning through its setting and enforcement of the requirements for CFP certification.
Royal Credit Union (Royal) recently received a 2016 Best Practices Award from the Credit Union Journal. Royal received the award for its project management initiative. Fourteen credit unions received the award for a variety of achievements including improving efficiency, cutting costs and enhancing member service. Royal’s project management initiative is run by a committee charged with providing a practical framework and prioritization of projects. The initiative has helped manage Royal’s resources and provides better communication for key stakeholders.
Royal Credit Union (Royal) has named Karlee Wallin small business lending officer. In this role, she will assist the vice president–business lending manager with overseeing and administering the small business lending program. She’ll also be responsible for developing and managing small business loans and services relationships for existing and new members. Wallin began with Royal in September 2006. She started in the Business Lending Department as a business loan representative; however, for the past six years Wallin has been a business loan analyst. Through her 15 years of experience in the banking industry, she has accumulated Shockproof Credit College certificates in Commercial Business C&I Credit Decisions and Commercial Real Estate Credit Decisions.
Physician assistant Erica Gyorfi recently joined the Orthodpedic Center at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Gyorfi earned her master’s degree in the physician assistant program from Barry University in Miami, Florida. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology at UW-La Crosse. Gyorfi is board-certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants. Gyorfi will see patients in Hand and Upper Extremity Services in the Orthopedics Center.
The Women’s Giving Circle, a fund of the Eau Claire Community Foundation, has announced its Circle Advisory Team. At the Annual Meeting of the Women’s Giving Circle, the members elected the following individuals for the 2017 leadership positions: Circle Advisory Team Chair Jill Prushiek, Circle Advisory Team Co-Chair Sarah Stokes, Circle Advisory Team Secretary Karen Eisenbarth, Education and Programs Team Chair Petey Ahneman, Education and Programs Team Co-Chair Jennifer Hanson-Bremer, Grants Team Chair Sherry Macaul, Grants Team Co-Chair Jeanne Peterson, Membership/Outreach Team Chair Pat Markin, Membership/Outreach Team Co-Chair Marianne Klinkhammer and Circle Advisory Team Past Chair Sue McIntyre. In order to join the Women’s Giving Circle, members contribute at least $250 a year. Part of their contribution supports grants to local nonprofit organizations that run programs benefiting women and/or children. The other portion of the contribution is used to build an endowment at the Eau Claire Community Foundation for future grants.
The Wisconsin Job Honor Awards, an initiative aimed at recognizing Wisconsinites who have overcome barriers to employment, has selected Larson Companies of Eau Claire as one of its top honorees for 2016. Nominations were judged by a panel of workforce experts and were presented during the Future Wisconsin Economic Summit recently hosted by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC). Larson Companies, an asset management company operating hotels and restaurants in the upper Midwest, partnered with Serryn Hawkins, her local representative from Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development – Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and created an in-house training program they dubbed the Hospitality Training Academy. Beginning with an eight-week training program for housekeepers, their success has motivated Larson Companies to expand the initiative to include cooks and eventually front desk representatives.
The obstetrical ultrasound practice at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire recently received reaccreditation by the Ultrasound Practice Council of the American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine (AIUM). Under AIUM’s review, the entire obstetrical ultrasound practice was examined, including personnel, physical facilities, documentation, storage and record keeping, policies and procedures and quality assurance methods. Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire’s obstetrical ultrasound program has been accredited since 1998. The latest accreditation is for three years. Participation in AIUM’s accreditation program is voluntary.
Occupational therapist Ellen Christensen recently joined the Rehabilitation Services Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Christensen earned her master of occupational therapy from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology at UW-Eau Claire. Christensen’s professional interests include adult and geriatric physical rehabilitation, particularly patient care involving orthopedic, surgical and multitrauma diagnoses in the acute care setting.
Cindy O’Brien, office administrator for Edina Realty Chippewa Valley and Spooner, WI. offices, was honored with the Edina Realty Emma L. Rovick Memorial Award, or “Emmy,” on Dec. 13 at a special luncheon for the award winners. Established to honor company founder Emma Rovick, the “Emmy” Award is given annually to two people: one employee and one real estate agent who exemplify Edina Realty’s core values of honesty, integrity and commitment. O’Brien joined Edina Realty in 2004, and is described as hard working and dedicated to the people in her offices. If she doesn't have an answer to a question, she works diligently until she finds it. She also sees to it that new agents get the training that they need to become successful in their careers.
CCFBank’s Regional President of Commercial Banking Tyler Tomesh announces the promotion of Justin Harings to Commercial Banker. Previously, Harings served as a personal banker, a mortgage loan officer and a commercial loan processor for CCFBank. His most current role has been Treasury Management Operations Supervisor, which he will leave to become a Commercial Banker. His role with CCFBank will be based out of the Fairfax Street office in Altoona, where he is very involved in the Altoona Lions Club. Harings is also an Eau Claire Chamber Ambassador, a Young Professionals member and community volunteer with both Junior Achievement and the Seymour Ball Club.
The YPCV Committee will be filling open spots on the YPCV Committee. The position will start April of 2017. If interested in applying to the committee, click here for the application.
Applications for the open seats are due by Friday, February 10 , 2017.
If you have submitted an application in the past, we have it on file and will review it. No need to submit another one.
Only one person from a business can serve on the committee in an effort to keep it diverse.
The YPCV committee has up to 22 members.
Our current committee members are:
Luke Benedict, Benedict Refrigeration
Thomas B Burton, Law Office of Thomas B. Burton
Nick Goeman, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP
Nicole Hecksel, Chippewa Falls Chamber of Commerce
Stephanie Herbert, Lasker Jewelers
Julie Kalpinski, Royal Credit Union, Chair
Vanessa Klemish, Klemish & Johnson, LLC
Ben Komro, RE/MAX Real Estate Group
Joe Larson, Boy Scouts of America, Chippewa Valley Council
Michelle Larson, Kristo Orthodontics
Liz Lemke, Silicon Graphics International (SGI)
Andy Neborak, Eau Claire Express Baseball
Emily Oman, Raymond James
Kaylynn Stahlbusch, Aging & Disability Resource Center
Eric Strobel, Strobel Insurance, Inc.
Daneille Strong, Weld, Riley S.C., Co-Chair
Ben Trachsel, B & B Electric, Inc.
Nick White, Live in Eau Claire, LLC
Melissa Wilson, Chippewa Valley Technical College
Justin Zoromski, Woita & Associates LLC
Spots are filled once a year in March. Committee spots are preferably given to Chamber member businesses (although non-Chamber member applications will be reviewed). To complete a committee application, click here. Only one person from each business can serve on the committee in an effort to keep it diverse.
The committee will consider the following when reviewing applications: length in YPCV, participation in YPCV events, business, why the person wishes to serve on the committee and what they will bring to the committee.
The committee meets on the second Thursday of each month from noon-1 pm at the Chamber office. Committee members are expected to attend 50% of the meetings and 6 YPCV events throughout the year. Please take this time commitment into consideration when applying.
The committee term limit will be 4 years and these terms will begin on April 1, 2017 for the new committee members. Applicants will be notified by March 11th.
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