Kyrah Klika at WESTconsin Credit Union has been recognized by CUNA’s Credit Union Magazine as one of its 2018 Credit Union Rock Stars. Klika is the vice president of the Chippewa Valley office for WESTconsin Credit Union. This year’s winners were all nominated by their colleagues and selected by the editorial staff of Credit Union Magazine. All told, 46 professionals representing 26 states are being honored as this year’s Credit Union Rock Stars. Klika and the other winners will each be profiled in the October issue of Credit Union Magazine, sponsored by Fiserv. For the full list of 2018 Credit Union Rock Stars, visit news.cuna.org/rockstar.
Paul Keprios recently joined Associated Bank. He is the second senior commercial relationship manager the bank has added to its team. He will office out of 1107 Regis Court on the second floor. Keprios has 13 years of commercial banking experience.
Nohre & Co. recently announced that Seyver Nohre has joined its team. Seyver earned his master’s degree in accounting from the University of St. Thomas and began his professional career in 2015 at a Big Four Firm in the Twin Cities with a focus on financial services including REITs, hedge funds and reinsurance companies. He also has experience in the areas of accounting, corporate and individual taxation, and attestation services. Seyver then continued his career with a high tech installation company as procurement that performed services in more than 10 states. Seyver will be part of the insurance and construction/real-estate teams within the Nohre & Co. organization. He will be providing tax, A&A, and consulting services to those industries.
Royal Credit Union (Royal) has named Melissa Wilson vice president of marketing and business development. She is responsible for overseeing branding and driving market strategy for Royal. Wilson will develop and lead the marketing and business development teams to create and implement programs, products, campaigns and initiatives to drive increased engagement with new and existing members. Wilson brings more than 10 years of experience in marketing and management roles. Most recently she served as marketing and communications manager at Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC). Prior to that role she was a marketing specialist at CVTC. She has provided marketing and branding management freelance services for many organizations over the past several years and is also the owner and creator of Melnaturel, a natural handmade skincare line based out of Eau Claire.
Larry Lutwick, M.D., F.A.C.P, recently joined Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire in Infectious Diseases. Lutwick received his medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical School, State University of New York in Brooklyn. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in infectious disease at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California. He served on the faculty of SUNY Downstate Medical School and Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine in Kalamazoo. He is a fellow and member of the American College of Physicians and Infectious Diseases Society of America. He also is a member of the International Society for Infectious Diseases. His professional research interests include the study of antimicrobials, emerging pathogens, hepatitis B virus and vaccines.
The Partners of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital received the American Hospital Association’s Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence (HAVE) by the Association for Health Care Volunteer Resource Professionals. The Partners received this national award for the group’s work to ensure local people in need have fresh food on their tables via the community garden at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, which is run entirely by volunteers. Already in 2018, growers have donated more than 2,700 pounds of fresh food to local pantries. In total since the program began in 2013, more than 5,000 pounds of fresh produce have been donated to food pantries.
The Partners of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital also were awarded the Wisconsin Hospital Association’s statewide Wisconsin Award for Volunteer Excellence (WAVE) under the category of Community Service. The award is in recognition of the babysitting clinics the Partners have organized for the past 45 years to help pre-teens learn the skills needed to take care of an infant or child. Approximately 1,500 adolescents have been trained in the Chippewa Falls community in safe babysitting skills over those 45 years. This is the third WAVE award the Partners has earned.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin along with more than 270 Big Brother Big Sisters affiliates across the country, unveiled a new, modern look and brand repositioning with a goal of recruiting more diverse volunteers. The organization is intentionally pivoting from messages of the importance of mentoring, to messages of the urgent need for the adults in the community to step up to defend the potential of every child. The mission will remain the same, as will the core model of building bridges in communities by connecting one adult with one child and supporting that match at every stage, but the organization will focus on a child’s potential, and our role as adults in helping children achieve their best possible futures. In the coming year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin will transition to a new, modern, nationwide technology system, participate in new training, and use the new positioning to refocus efforts on recruiting local volunteers.
Eau Claire Chamber
The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,200 members.