The Chippewa Valley Museum (CVM) announced the appointment of Carrie Ronnander as director. Ronnander, who has served as interim director since May 2015, brings 19 years of museum experience, including 15 years as curator for the Chippewa Valley Museum. As curator she managed and developed the museum’s object collections and assisted in exhibit planning, research and development. She served as project manager for the recent Changing Currents exhibit and was a key team member for the award-winning exhibit Farm Life. Ronnander received her master’s degree in American history with a minor in museum studies from the University of Minnesota and her bachelor’s degree in history from Marquette University.
Holly Hedrington recently joined CCFBank as its new vice president of retail and mortgage banking. Hedrington has more than 20 years experience in retail and mortgage banking. Previously, she served as a regional vice president for a regional financial services company serving Northwest Wisconsin. Her role with CCFBank will be based out of the corporate office in Eau Claire.
Northwestern Bank announced it will be opening a new location off of HWY 53 in the River’s Edge Professional Office Development area. Hoeft Builders will be constructing a 6,000 square foot state of the art Bank scheduled to open sometime later this fall. The new location will replace the existing bank on 2901 Mall Drive and will be a full service bank. Construction is set to begin this spring and until the time of completion the Mall Drive location will remain open for business.
Northwestern Bank President Gerald Jacobson is slated to receive the inaugural JA Hero award at next month's JA Hero's Gala. Jacobson will be recognized for his long-term commitment in giving of his time, talent and as a long-standing advocate of Junior Achievement's mission. Other award winners include: Mark Orendorff, Great Northern Corporation -- JA Leadership Partner; Terry Sheridan, Community Volunteer -- JA Hero Volunteer (Posthumus); Rosemary Broeren, Parkview Elementary -- JA Hero Educator; Terri Hanson, Altoona Middle School -- JA Hero Educator; Chauncy Harris, Nestle USA -- JA Hero Volunteer; Lori Hass, Taylor Credit Union -- JA Hero Volunteer; Royal Credit Union -- JA Hero Volunteer Partner; WESTconsin Credit Union -- JA Hero Volunteer Partner; CCFBANK -- JA Hero Volunteer Partner; United Health Group -- JA Hero Volunteer Partner.The inaugural event is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate area heroes who champion the need to help area youth in the areas of financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Along with Jerry, the following heroes will be celebrated at Wild Ridge Golf Course clubhouse on Thursday February, 18.
Two colleagues from HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital recently earned advanced certification in their respective fields. Valerie Hofacker, registered nurse in the hospital’s inpatient rehabilitation department, recently earned her certified rehabilitation registered nurse (CRRN) accreditation. The CRRN accreditation is certified by the American Board of Nursing Specialties. It features an exam about ethical and legal issues, health patterns including assessments, physiology, and standards of care, the function of the rehabilitation team, and rehabilitation nursing models. Kelly Schmidt, registered polysomnographic technologist in the hospital’s sleep disorder center, recently earned her clinical sleep educator certification. Issued by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists, this program provides advanced training and education to enhance the care management of patients with sleep disorders — primarily sleep apnea.
Nurse practitioner Stacy Ayres recently rejoined Mayo Clinic Health System in Express Care at South Point Shopping Center in Eau Claire. Ayres earned her master’s degree as a family nurse practitioner and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from UW-Eau Claire. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is trained in advanced cardiac life support. Most recently, Ayres worked for Marshfield Clinic in Rice Lake and Eau Claire. Prior to that, she worked at Mayo Clinic Health System in Bloomer and Eau Claire.