Attorney Matthew D. Rowe to Succeed Stewart L. Etten as President
WAUSAU, WI – March 1, 2021 – Ruder Ware announced today that, consistent with the firm’s succession planning efforts over the past several years, Stewart L. Etten will be stepping down as president of the firm effective April 1, 2021. Mr. Etten will continue as a full-time attorney and shareholder of the firm, with his practice focused on business transactional matters, including secured loan documentation, mergers and acquisitions, and bank regulatory issues. The firm announced that Matthew D. Rowe would succeed Mr. Etten as president. Mr. Etten indicated that, “Matt’s leadership capabilities and experience, as well as his lengthy tenure as a member of the firm’s board of directors, ideally position him to lead Ruder Ware going forward.”
Mr. Rowe, 49, joined Ruder Ware in 1997 and has focused his practice on corporate finance and securities, mergers and acquisitions, representation of bank and other financial institutions, and providing general corporate advice and counsel to a wide range of closely-held and family-owned businesses. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, where he was a managing editor of the Minnesota Law Review. Mr. Rowe will continue to provide legal services to clients in addition to serving as the sixth president in the 101-year history of the firm.
About Ruder Ware
Ruder Ware, with offices located in Wausau, Eau Claire, and Green Bay, has provided a wide range of legal services to bsuiness owners, managers, and individual clients and families since its founding in 1920. With more than 40 attorneys, the firm has established itself as one of Wisconsin’s largest and most successful law firms. Ruder Ware, Business Attorneys for Business Success. www.ruderware.com
Royal Credit Union Announces New VP - Business Lending Regional Manager
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Royal Credit Union (Royal) announces the promotion of Timm Sandstrom to Vice President of Business Lending Regional Manager in the Chippewa Valley. The role was created to enhance the business lending department which has shown immense growth over the past few years. Sandstrom leads a team of business loan officers in the Chippewa Valley and surrounding markets. Royal has the lending capacity to support businesses and real estate investors of all sizes and Sandstrom’s vision is to help Royal become the business lender of choice in the communities Royal serves.
Sandstrom started with Royal in December 2011 as VP – Business Lending Officer. During his tenure at Royal, Sandstrom completed Royal’s Exploring Leadership Program, participated in Rock the Riverfront activities and is a member of the Summit Planning committee. Sandstrom holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.
Sandstrom is active within his community and currently serves on the Dove Healthcare Foundation and Momentum West Boards. Prior to working at Royal, Sandstrom served as Board Chair for a local Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Program in Southern Wisconsin and actively participated in economic development projects. Outside of work, Sandstrom coached and served as treasurer and president for a variety of youth sports program and associations while his two sons participated.
About Royal Credit Union
Royal Credit Union is a federally insured credit union proudly serving over 230,000 Members in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Royal is driven by a core ideology built on a strong purpose and values. You can open an account or apply for a low-rate loan at Royal Credit Union if you live or work in 26 counties in western Wisconsin or 16 counties in Minnesota. Counties served in Wisconsin include Adams, Ashland, Bayfield, Barron, Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Lincoln, Marathon, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Portage, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Croix, Taylor, Trempealeau, Washburn, and Wood. Counties served in Minnesota include Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Goodhue, Hennepin, Isanti, Olmsted, Pine, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Wabasha, Washington, Winona and Wright. Realtors in the state of Wisconsin or Minnesota are also eligible to join the credit union. Visit rcu.org or call Royal Credit Union at 800-341-9911 for more information.
Gau Leaving a Legacy of Culture and Performance
ST. CLOUD, MINN., FEBRUARY 25, 2021 - Jeff Gau will retire as CEO of Marco on March 31 and become chairman of the board. Gau joined the company in 1984 as a sales representative. He earned a series of leadership positions before becoming president and then CEO in 2003.
During his time at the helm, Gau has taken Marco from a mid-sized business technology provider to the largest of its kind in the United States, and a company recognized for its performance and its people. He has been intentional about sustaining a fun workplace and being a good corporate citizen while growing the business.
Under his leadership, the company consistently achieved double-digit annual revenue growth and expanded from about 160 employees to nearly 1,200 at 54 locations from the Dakotas to the East Coast. Jeff has earned a series of awards over the years for his leadership in the industry and nationally.
Marco President Doug Albregts will become CEO on April 1. Albregts joined Marco in 2019 and brings leadership and industry experience as the former President and CEO of Sharp Electronics America and Group CEO of Scientific Games.
“I’ve known Doug for a long time and he’s absolutely the right leader at the right time for Marco,” Gau said. “He brings a valuable perspective from his prior roles and already has helped make us a better company. I am looking forward to how Marco will thrive under his leadership.”
Shayna Reichert Promoted to Director of Mortgage Banking
EAU CLAIRE – Paul Rudersdorf, CEO and president of Security Financial Bank (SFB), is pleased to announce that Shayna Reichert has been promoted to director of mortgage banking for SFB. She is responsible for leading and managing SFB’s mortgage lending program in order to provide the highest quality customer service to its mortgage loan clients.
Reichert, who has been with SFB for five years, previously served as mortgage banking manager. She has more than 13 years of banking experience including experience as a teller and personal banker before transitioning into mortgage lending.
“This promotion reflects the expertise and strong leadership Shayna provides our Mortgage Banking team,” stated Paul Rudersdorf, SFB’s CEO and president. “I have no doubt that she will continue to do great things for our organization, and we are pleased to have her join our Senior Management Team.”
Reichert earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She is active in the community serving as a director of the Realtors Association of Northwestern Wisconsin Foundation and a member of the Chippewa Valley Homebuilders Association.
About Security Financial Bank
Established in Durand in 1934, Security Financial Bank is a $625 million independent, community financial institution focused on business, agriculture and insurance agency lending with offices in Bloomer, Durand, Eau Claire, Ladysmith and River Falls. SFB strives to provide products and services that exceed its customers’ needs and guidance that enable them to succeed.
For more information on SFB, please visit www.sfbank.com or call 888-254-0615.
WESTconsin Credit Union Will Host Virtual Annual Meeting
WESTERN, WI--WESTconsin Credit Union will hold its 81st Annual Membership Meeting on March 30, 2021. Due to ongoing safety and logistical concerns with COVID-19, the meeting will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams. During the meeting, Board Chairperson Gerald Wolf will review the Board activities and highlights for 2020. Lora Benrud, Chief Executive Officer, will review the year’s financial statement and annual report.
Member owners of WESTconsin Credit Union who wish to vote in the director’s election must request a ballot between February 28 - March 20 at a WESTconsin office or by calling the service center at (800) 924-0022. To be counted in the election, ballots must be received by March 25. All members who request a ballot will also receive information on how to view the Virtual Annual Meeting and a meeting gift.
WESTconsin Credit Union has been serving members since 1939, and membership is open to anyone who lives or works in the Wisconsin counties of Barron, Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Rusk, St. Croix, Sawyer, Taylor, Trempealeau, and Washburn, or the Minnesota counties of Anoka, Chisago, Dakota, Goodhue, Isanti, Ramsey, Wabasha, and Washington, with a $5 minimum deposit in a Membership Savings Account. Credit unions are financial institutions owned by their accountholders, and member funds are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) up to at least $250,000.
COVID-19 vaccination appointments available Saturday, March 6 in Ladysmith
Ladysmith – Appointments for COVID-19 vaccination are available for this Saturday, March 6, at the Prevea Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at Prevea Ladysmith Health Center for community members eligible for vaccination under the vaccination prioritization guidelines set by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS).
Prevea began taking appointments for March 6 at the Prevea Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at Prevea Ladysmith Health Center the evening of Monday, March 1. As of today (Tuesday, March 2) at 10 a.m., 100 appointment slots remained open in Ladysmith. The Prevea Ladysmith Health Center is located at 1101 Lake Ave. W in Ladysmith.
How to make an appointment
The fastest way to get an appointment scheduled is with MyPrevea; all available appointments will be current in MyPrevea. Visit www.myprevea.com to set up an account at no cost. You do not have to be a Prevea patient to make an appointment or to sign up for a MyPrevea account. MyPrevea is also available as an app on any smartphone or other device. If you do not have access or are unable to use the internet, please call 1 (833) 344-4373.
Having trouble, or still have questions?
Visit www.prevea.com/vaccine for information on Prevea Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic locations, how to create a MyPrevea account, how to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination and more.
The Prevea Ladysmith Health Center will continue to provide other health care services as regularly scheduled, as it also hosts the community COVID-19 vaccination clinic.
Prevea Health also currently operates community COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Chippewa Falls at Jacob’s Well Church; in Green Bay at UW-Green Bay; in Sheboygan at UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus; at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls; and in Marinette at UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus Fieldhouse. Again, appointments are required at all locations and appointment availability is dependent on available vaccine supply provided by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
About Prevea Health
Founded in Green Bay, Wis. in 1996, Prevea Health is a health care organization that provides high-quality, primary and specialty health care in 80+ locations across Northern, Eastern and Western Wisconsin in clinic and hospital settings. It is partnered with six Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) hospitals across Wisconsin to provide patients a system of highly-coordinated care, close to home: HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay; HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan; HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls; HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire; and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls. For more information, visit www.prevea.com.
March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month: Get screened, reduce your risk and know the warning signs
National Dress in Blue Day is Friday, March 5
Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls, WI – Although colon cancer is a preventable and curable disease if caught early, it remains the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in men and women in the United States. It’s predicted that more than 149,000 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year.
The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons recommends people at an average risk of getting colon cancer receive a colonoscopy beginning at age 50; age 45 for African Americans. Increased risk patients may need earlier and more frequent screening depending upon recommendation by a health care provider.
HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals offer the following information to help in the screening, prevention and detection of colon cancer.
People at an increased risk for colon cancer include:
In addition to regular screening for colon cancer, you may also be able to lower your risk by:
Warning signs of colorectal cancer can include:
“The earlier we can spot any signs of colon cancer or polyps, which are growths on the wall of the intestine, before they become cancerous is critical in the successful prevention and treatment of this type of cancer,” said HSHS radiology registered nurse, Michael Lucore.
Those interested in recognizing Colon Cancer Awareness Month are encouraged to wear blue for National Dress in Blue Day on Friday, March 5. For more information about colon cancer screening, prevention and treatment, click here.
Imagineering & HOOPS Announce the Launch of a New Website
Eau Claire, Wis. — On Feb. 25, 2021, Imagineering & HOOPS announced the launch of a new co-branded website, imagineeringit.com. The new website was designed to be easier to navigate while featuring relevant content that is important to community organizations.
For over 25 years, Imagineering and HOOPS have provided a full range of hardware and software solutions to local businesses throughout the area. In 2007, those businesses merged, becoming family-owned partner businesses operating under the same roof. Now, Imagineering and HOOPS will be represented together on the same website.
Because of the wide variety of products and services they provide to local businesses, it is important they provide the most accurate, up-to-date information in the fields of Information Technology, Cybersecurity, as well as Accounting and Business Software.
The goal in having one co-branded website is to provide a streamlined experience, so users are able to easily learn how Imagineering and HOOPS work together to help local businesses grow. The new website gives better insight to who they are, the services they provide, upcoming events and blog articles, as well as forthcoming industry and partner pages. You can also sign up for their monthly newsletter for additional content sent directly to your inbox.
For any questions, suggestions, feedback or comments, please contact Imagineering.
Wendel Welcomes Architectural Practice Area Leader - Amber Holycross
BUFFALO, NEW YORK ─March 3, 2021 ─ Wendel, a nationally recognized architecture, engineering, energy efficiency and construction management firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Amber Holycross as Architecture Practice Area leader.
Amber Holycross, AIA has over 17 years of experience working in the fields of architecture and commercial real estate. Her experience includes project management, design, commercial real estate development and construction administration on projects in Boston, MA, Jacksonville, FL, and the Western New York region. Amber comes to Wendel from Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation where she was a Senior Development Manager.
As Architectural Practice Area Leader, Amber will be responsible for managing Wendel’s national architecture portfolio and team which includes over 85 architects, interior designers and landscape architects. She will lead the practice in the areas of corporate alignment, ethics, culture, client relations, business development, production and staff development. “We are very excited to welcome Amber to the Wendel team,” said Stewart C. Haney, president and CEO.
“Not only does she bring a wealth of knowledge and experience, but also a new perspective that will further enhance our architecture practice. Her passion, results-driven approach and team player philosophy fit well with the Wendel culture.”
"The West Side"
Equity And Inclusion Council On Wisconsin Public Radio’s “The West Side”
Eau Claire, Wis. - Two new groups dealing with issues of race – the Governor’s Advisory Council on Equity and Inclusion, and the Chippewa Valley Transformation Project – will be the focus of “The West Side” at 10 a.m. Friday, Mar. 5 on The Ideas Network stations of Wisconsin Public Radio: 88.3/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7/River Falls.
Hosts Dean Kallenbach and Robin Washington will welcome two local members of the Governor’s Council, which held its first meeting in February. They are Odawa White, dean of students at Lac Courtes Oreilles Ojibwe College in Hayward and Mai Xiong, president of the organization Hmong American Leadership and Economic Development and a member of the Eau Claire City Council. Also on the show will be the chair of the Governor’s Council Dawn Crim, secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services. In his announcement of the group on Feb. 1, Governor Tony Evers said that his Advisory Council on Equity and Inclusion “will provide strategic guidance...to promote and advance diversity, equity and inclusion practices across Wisconsin state government.”
Next, Kallenbach will talk to Berlye Middleton, co-chair of the Chippewa Valley Transformation Project, an anti-racism organization hoping to strengthen the community’s efforts in the areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Middleton is a program director at the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, vice president of the local organization Uniting Bridges, and a former Eau Claire City Council Member.
“The West Side” is broadcast each Friday at 10 a.m. on The Ideas Network stations 88.3/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7/River Falls and live streamed at wrfw887.com/listen-live.html. Listeners may call in with questions and comments during the program at (800) 228-5615, or email the show at firstname.lastname@example.org. Archives of “The West Side” are available at wpr.org/programs/west-side.
Acting Coach Susie Draeger On Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Spectrum West”
Eau Claire, Wis. - Eau Claire acting coach Susie Draeger will discuss her new class on Wisconsin accents, presented by the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild, on “Spectrum West” with Host Al Ross at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 4 on The Ideas Network stations 88.3/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7/River Falls.
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Dr. Doug Matthews will stop by to talk about a recent UWEC study on the effects of alcohol on aging brains. Matthews, a psychology professor, leads a group of undergrads in the research, which is supported by Mayo Clinic Health System.
Beaver Creek Photo Club President Ryan Zimmerman and photographer Rick Koziel will preview an exhibit at the Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls. The exhibit, “More than Just a Photo” runs through April 2.
Menomonie-based musician Jim Nelson will round out the program discussing the new collaborative album, “There’s Only One Bluegrass Song.”
“Spectrum West” is a weekly program exploring the music, arts and humanities in western Wisconsin. The show is broadcast at 10 a.m. Thursdays on The Ideas Network stations 88.3/Menomonie/Eau Claire and 88.7/River Falls and streamed live at wrfw887.com/listen-live. It’s also heard at 7 p.m. Fridays on NPR News & Music stations 89.7/Eau Claire and 90.7/Menomonie. Archives of “Spectrum West” are available at wpr.org/programs/spectrum-west-al-ross.
About Wisconsin Public Radio
For over 100 years, Wisconsin Public Radio has served the people of Wisconsin with quality news, music, talk and entertainment. On air, online and in the community - we work for Wisconsin. WPR is a service of the Educational Communications Board and University of Wisconsin-Madison. Listen, learn more and donate at www.wpr.org.
UWEC & CVTC News
Nursing alumna recognized for work in public health
Selfless and devoted individuals stepped forward in 2020 with heroic efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, serving as a continuous source of hope during such difficult times.
Among the devoted public servants was Blugold nursing alumna Jennifer Rombalski, who was honored as Person of the Year by the La Crosse Tribune for her work as the director of the La Crosse County Health Department.
The Tribune’s announcement in January cited Rombalski’s “drive, dedication and refusal to do anything less than her best” in leading the county through the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that her name brought in an overwhelming majority of nominations for the region’s annual recognition.
“I’m truly honored, and so grateful that people have recognized the hard work of our health department,” the 2001 nursing graduate said. “It’s not really me — I just happen to lead a unit of really hard-working, dedicated people.”
Rombalski’s leadership skills didn’t go unnoticed as she has since accepted a new position as the director of the Office of Policy and Practice Alignment at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ Division of Public Health. Among its many responsibilities, the office coordinates the State Health Plan and oversees the state’s five regional offices supporting local-level public health.
“With more than 17 years in local public health, I am excited to have the opportunity to bring my local experiences and a local voice to the senior leadership table in the state health department,” said Rombalski, who is keenly aware of the essential relationships between state and local agencies, especially in matters of public health.
“A strong connection between the state and local health departments is critical for maximum success in improving health for residents across Wisconsin.”
Rombalski, who earned a master’s degree in public health administration from the University of Minnesota in 2016, spent the last five years in La Crosse County, and 17 years total in public health.
Martin Mogensen Education Lecture to focus on Hmong racial and gender justice in the modern era
Kabzuag Vaj will share lessons learned from engaging in cross-racial solidarity with Black and Hmong people in her lecture “Organizing for Racial and Gender Justice in an Era of Trumpism through a Hmong Feminist Lens,” which will be presented as the 2021 Martin Mogensen Education Lecture in conjunction with the UW-Eau Claire Center for Racial and Restorative Justice “Racing Toward Justice” speaker series. The event will be livestreamed at 6 p.m. March 8.
Kabzuag Vaj has 20 years of experience in working toward gender justice, police-free schools and ending deportation within Hmong and Southeast Asian communities. Through open dialogue, critical reflection and an examination of the ongoing work of Freedom Inc., Vaj’s lecture will assist educators in exploring ways to work toward racial equity and cross-racial solidarity with students, families and communities of color.
The Mogensen Education Lecture is free and open to the public.
Continuing Education announces March program offerings
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Continuing Education/UW-Extended Campus connects people with possibilities by providing degrees and certificates for working adults, professional and workforce development, youth and community programs, and resources for business.
CVTC Offers Virtual Sessions on Safety, Inclusion
Lunch & Learn series start March 16
Eau Claire, WI - Chippewa Valley Technical College is offering business leaders and employees the opportunity to update their worker safety skills and learn more about increasing equity, diversity and inclusion during two monthly Lunch-and-Learn series.
The Lunch & Learn Safety series covers topics of Emergency Action Planning on March 16, Worker Compensation on April 22, Fall Protection on May 18 and Ergonomics in the Workplace on June 16. Each online session hosted on Microsoft Teams will be held from noon-1 p.m. Cost is $25 for all four sessions.
The event is designed for safety managers, human resource professionals, maintenance employees, front-line supervisors and any employee who is interested in updating their safety skills and knowledge. This safety series provides current information on the most relevant safety topics to revitalize approaches to safety management and will be taught by taught by CVTC’s experienced safety trainers.
For more on each session and to register, go to Virtual Lunch & Learn - Safety Series | CVTC.
CVTC named military-friendly school
Designation reflects efforts to recruit, serve military students
Eau Claire, WI – Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) has been named a Military Friendly School for 2021-22.
The Military Friendly School designation 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 in advancing best practices in supporting military students on campuses across the country.
Institutions earning the Military Friendly School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a survey completed by the school. CVTC earned the designation in the large technical colleges category.
“We serve approximately 175 veterans annually,” said Deb Ludwikowski, who works directly with veterans at CVTC. “This honor is based on the services we offer specifically for our student veterans.”
Eau Claire Chamber
The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,200 members.