Feed My People Executive Director to Retire
Emily Moore, the Executive Director of Feed My People Food Bank in Eau Claire, will retire in spring 2020. The Board of Directors of Feed My People has launched a search for her successor and is committed to a smooth transition.
Emily was hired to lead Feed My People in 2004. Under her leadership, Feed My People has grown from a small program with 3 part-time staff to its current scale with 18 dedicated staff, 6 trucks, and a 45,000-square-foot warehouse. In partnership with over 200 programs, Feed My People rescues and distributes over 7 million pounds of food annually to nearly 70,000 people in west central WI.
“I am deeply grateful for the opportunity I was given to lead such a respected organization with an acutely meaningful mission”, said Moore. “It has been a privilege to work with exceptionally dedicated staff, volunteers, program partners and board members toward a common goal of ending hunger in west central Wisconsin.”
Since Moore started, a special focus has been placed on developing targeted initiatives to expand access to food for underserved populations including children, seniors, working families and those living in rural communities. Additionally, creation of the Fresh Food program has significantly improved the nutritional mix of food distributed to include substantially more fruit, vegetables, protein items and dairy.
“Emily is an outstanding leader who embodies the values of Feed My People: a commitment to leadership in ending hunger in our communities, and to harnessing the power of partnership and collaboration as the tools to get there,” said John Satre, President of the Feed My People Food Bank Board of Directors. “We are grateful for everything Emily has done for our organization and for our communities.”
Feed My People Food Bank has retained The QTI Group, a human resources services firm with a strong record of nonprofit leadership placement, to conduct the search for Feed My People Food Bank’s new Executive Director. “We look forward to a smooth transition and to strong new leadership of the organization,” said Board President John Satre.
Yeast Appointed Chief Technology Officer at Security Financial Bank
Paul Rudersdorf, president and CEO of Security Financial Bank (SFB), is pleased to announce that Randy Yeast has been appointed chief technology officer for the bank. With this promotion, Yeast will be responsible for the overall management and strategic vision of the bank’s information technology, systems and business intelligence data management.
“Randy is an asset to Security Financial Bank, and his knowledge and expertise in the technology field will be instrumental in leading SFB to a new level,” Rudersdorf said. “We congratulate him on this well-deserved promotion."
Yeast, who has been with the bank since 2015, has more than 16 years of experience in the IT field. He is a graduate of UW-Madison Graduate School of Banking and earned an associate's degree in computer information services from Chippewa Valley Technical College. In addition, Yeast holds several certificates including the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and the Six Sigma Lean Black Belt Professional (LBBP).
Vicki Hoehn Receives 2019 Positive Impact Award
Royal Credit Union Vice President of Community Engagement, Vicki Hoehn, was presented the Royal Credit Union (Royal) 2019 Positive Impact Award. Hoehn, a Royal team member since 1982, met the high criteria for this award by demonstrating exceptional commitment to Royal Members through her tireless efforts over the past year to fulfill Royal’s core purpose to positively impact the lives we touch. The Positive Impact Award is Royal’s highest team member recognition, and only one award, per year, is presented if a team member is determined to meet the standards.
Royal’s community engagement team creates and implements programs, campaigns, and initiatives to fulfill Royal’s core purpose and values. Hoehn leads the team to ensure Royal remains a valued partner in the communities it serves. In her role, she has gone above and beyond and has demonstrated exceptional commitment to serving the community. In 2019, Hoehn completed her term as the president of the Confluence Council Board of Directors and led the successful first full year of programming for the Pablo Center at the Confluence. In addition, she serves on the boards of the North Barstow/Medical Business Improvement District (BID), Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley, Clear Vision Eau Claire, and Downtown Eau Claire Inc. Hoehn is also a member of 100 Women Who Care and was honored with a Wisconsin Governor’s Financial Literacy Legacy Award for her work to create and inspire impactful financial education programs. Her contributions to the communities Royal serves have changed lives for the better and the positive impact will be felt for years to come.
“It’s hard to name a major community effort or a non-profit organization Vicki hasn’t touched in some way, and her accomplishments in 2019 far exceeded expectations,” said Brandon Riechers, Royal Credit Union President & CEO. “Vicki’s dedication to the communities Royal serves, and passion for making a difference in the lives of others is truly remarkable. Her work in financial education is exceptional, and I was proud to accompany her to Madison as she received a Governor’s Award last year. We are very proud to acknowledge her accomplishments in 2019 with Royal’s Positive Impact Award.”
In 2019, Hoehn served as a mentor to Royal team members, both formally through Royal’s Exploring Leadership program and informally as she is sought out for her experience, knowledge, and leadership. She is a champion of Royal’s core values and core purpose and continuously reinforces them as she helps others develop in their careers. All Royal team members are eligible to make nominations for the Positive Impact Award. The recipient is chosen by the executive team. The award was presented to Hoehn at Royal’s corporate headquarters in Eau Claire.
HSHS Hospitals offer breastfeeding classes Jan. 2
CHIPPEWA FALLS – Are you a mom-to-be who’s heard about the benefits of breastfeeding but wants to learn more? HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital’s Women and Infants Center and HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital’s Women and Infants Center are offering breastfeeding education classes Tuesday, Jan. 21. At HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, the class begins at 6 p.m. in the St. Francis Conference Room at the hospital, 2661 Co Hwy I, Chippewa Falls. At HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, the class begins at 6:30 p.m. in Bishop Treacy (lower level) at the hospital, 900 West Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire.
The classes will be taught by registered nurses who will share techniques and tips for successful breastfeeding. The classes are free, but registration is required online. For St. Joseph’s Hospital, register at www.stjoeschipfalls.org/Events-Classes. For Sacred Heart Hospital, register at www.sacredhearteauclaire.org/Events-Classes.
Attorney William Wallo Elected Managing Partner of Law Firm
The Eau Claire law firm of Weld Riley S.C. is pleased to announce William Wallo, a shareholder with the firm, has been elected to serve as Managing Partner.
The previous managing partner, Melissa Kirschner, is stepping down due to her desire to focus on her practice full time as the head of the Workers’ Compensation section.
“This is truly an honor, and I’m very excited to help manage this firm into the future. I’ll be only the firm’s 4th managing partner, following Kathryn J. Prenn, Christine A. Gimber, and Melissa A. Kirschner, so I’m in very distinguished company,” Attorney Wallo said.
Wallo will also continue to practice as a member of the firm’s business and litigation sections. His practice areas include business transactions, commercial litigation, financial restructuring, creditors rights, insolvency, and bankruptcy. Wallo works alongside other talented attorneys including Christine A. Gimber in the business section representing creditors in collection actions and in business disputes.
Wallo graduated summa cum laude from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor’s degree in English. He received his law degree with highest honors from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and spent 18 years as the law clerk for the Honorable Thomas S. Utschig, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Wisconsin before joining Weld Riley.
“Bill is such a talented attorney, and we’ll be well served to have his guidance as Managing Partner at the firm,” said firm President and attorney John Robert Behling.
Weld Riley, S.C. has offices in Eau Claire, Black River Falls, Wausau, and Menomonie and serves families, private sector businesses and public sector clients, including school districts, county governments, and many municipalities around western Wisconsin.
For more information on Weld Riley, log on to www.weldriley.com
Public meeting set for WIS 48, other municipal projects in Rice Lake
Meeting to focus on reconstruction of WIS 48 between West Avenue and Bear Paw Avenue and city projects on Douglas and Eau Claire streets and at the Farm & Fleet entrance
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is conducting a public involvement meeting to discuss the reconstruction of WIS 48 (Knapp Street) from West Avenue to Bear Paw Avenue in Rice Lake in Barron County. Construction will begin in spring 2020 and continue into November. In addition, Rice Lake representatives will present information about municipal projects planned for Douglas Street, Eau Claire Street and the Farm & Fleet entrance.
The meeting is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in the council chambers at Rice Lake City Hall, 30 E. Eau Claire St. A brief presentation will be made at 5:15 p.m., with information presented on the WIS 48 project, followed by more on the municipal work. The objective of the meeting is to familiarize the public with project plans, traffic impacts and construction staging.
The WIS 48 project involves the following:
The public is encouraged to attend the meeting, provide input and ask questions concerning this project. Citizens who are deaf or hard of hearing and require an interpreter may request one by contacting Christena T. O’Brien at least three working days prior to the meeting at 715-828-9471 or email@example.com.
For more information, contact:
Christena T. O’Brien, WisDOT Northwest Region Communications Manager
(715) 828-9471 or firstname.lastname@example.org
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library
Song Bath to Provide Comfort to Senior Citizen
When: Saturday, January 11, 2:00 p.m.
Where: Grace Lutheran Communities
Capernaum Community Center
206 N. Willson Dr.
Altoona, WI 54720
Interviews: Linda Holzhausen, Activities Director
Photos/Video: A cappella singing and reflection
Altoona, WI – Listening to music can reduce anxiety, blood pressure and pain as well as improve mood, mental alertness and memory, according to John Hopkins Medicine. A local senior living community is bringing this music benefit to its residents and the community this weekend.
Grace Lutheran Communities is hosting the Threshold Singers of the Chippewa Valley for a Song Bath in their Capernaum Community Center on January 11 at 2:00 p.m. A Song Bath is a time for quiet reflection with songs of comfort and peace.
The event is free and open for anyone to experience the beauty of a cappella voices conveying compassion and comfort.
“Our residents really enjoy and respond to the restful songs as a way of reflection and relaxation,” said Linda Holzhausen, Activities Director. “We’re excited to offer this to our friends and neighbors.”
Grace Lutheran Communities has been helping our friends and neighbors in communities all over the Chippewa Valley since 1960. The non-profit organization specializes in rehabilitation, assisted living, skilled nursing, memory care, child care, independent living, and adult day services.
For more information and to schedule an interview:
Press Contact: Taylor Pelissero
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Eau Claire Chamber
The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,200 members.