HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals welcome Sommer Miller to the role of vice president of strategy development and improvement for both hospitals. Miller will join the hospitals April 11. Miller has more than nine years of health care experience in areas of strategic planning, resource management, business development, public speaking, health care operations, data analytics among others. Miller most recently served as manager of advisory services for Erdman, a health care solutions company, in Madison. Prior to that, she served as executive consultant for Adams Management Services, and regional strategic planner for SSM Healthcare-Wisconsin, both in Madison; and project manager for Hospital Sisters Health System in Springfield, Ill.
Michele Paquette has been named marketing manager for HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals. She has been a colleague of HSHS for more than 18 years in the role of marketing specialist. She joined HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in 2000. Paquette received her bachelor’s degree in health education management from University of West Florida in Pensacola and has worked in public relations and physician marketing for hospitals in Florida, Idaho and Wisconsin. She is a member of Wisconsin Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing Society, and Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development.
Travis Schroeder, AIA, an architect at Ayres Associates in Eau Claire, recently was awarded the Owen Ayres Good Citizen Award, named after the engineering/architecture firm’s late founder. The award celebrates employees who give back to their community through volunteer work. Ayres donates $500 toward charities of the recipient’s choice. Schroeder, who enjoys the company of his family at many of the activities he’s involved in, decided to split Ayres Associates’ $500 donation between the Miracle League of the Chippewa Valley and Bolton Refuge House.
Jeff Suillivan, dean of skilled trades and engineering at Chippewa Valley Technical College, has been honored as an Outstanding Career and Technical Education Leader by the Wisconsin Association of Career and Technical Education (WACTE). Sullivan was presented with the award for a person other than a classroom instructor who has made significant contributions to career and technical education. Sullivan’s nomination for the award came as a result of major accomplishments by CVTC faculty and staff that advanced career and technical education initiatives, particularly in connecting the technical college with area high schools.
Optometrist Logan Kiekhafer, O.D., recently joined the Eye Care Center at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Dr. Kiekhafer grew up in the Chippewa Valley. He received an optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and Wisconsin Optometric Association. Dr. Kiekhafer’s professional interests include fitting contact lenses and managing corneal disease and glaucoma.
Royal Credit Union was recently honored with a six Diamond Awards and one Category’s Best Award, which recognizes outstanding marketing and business development achievements in the credit union industry. The awards were presented by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Marketing & Business Development Council, a national network comprised of over 1,300 credit union marketing and business development professionals. Awards are given in each of 35 categories ranging from advertising to community events and beyond.
Royal won the following awards:
- Complete Campaign: Because You Can
- Direct Mail: Because You Can Direct Mailer
- Commercial Video - Single or Series: Because You Can Guacamole Television
- Outdoor: Because You Can Outdoor
- Brand Awareness: Branding Television Series
- Community Event: Community Give Back Day
- Segmented Marketing: Smart Connection, 18-25 year-old demographic