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Reach, Inc. Hires New CEO
The Reach, Inc. Board of Directors have hired a new CEO. Anne Woolever was named the new CEO for
Reach, Inc. and began her duties on September 16, 2021.
Anne has been with Reach for 19 years. Recently she has been serving as VP of Operations and
has worked as Director of Adult Programs for a number of years. She brings many years of
advocacy for individuals with disabilities to her new role.
On being hired to lead Reach, Inc., Ms. Woolever said, “These are challenging times for many
non-profit service providers. Reach’s impact on each person and families is amazing. I am very
excited to continue to grow the Reach programs to better meet the needs of the Chippewa
Ms. Woolever has her BS in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, She was a
participant in the Leadership Eau Claire program in 2019 and is an active member of Disability
Services Provider Network (DSPN. She also served on the Disaster Ready Chippewa Valley Board
of Directors from 2015 to 2018.
Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild presents Arsenic and Old Lace
Opening up the 40th Anniversary at The Grand is the entertaining comedy, Arsenic and Old Lace.
In the hilarious American Comedy Classic Arsenic and Old Lace, we meet two charming but not so innocent spinsters who have been poisoning lonely old men. Their brother thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt, their murderous nephew looks a bit like Boris Karloff and poor Mortimer is doing his very best to control his family’s antics just long enough to announce his engagement to the lovely Elaine. Great for fall, this dark comedy is a hoot!
The Grand Theatre
7:30 pm: November 4-6, 11-13
1:30 pm: November 7 & 14
Tickets available online at cvtg.org or call at 715-832-7529
Rick Vaplon Receives WNB Financial Community PRIDE Award
WNB Financial is pleased to announce Rick Vaplon, Community President in Wabasha and Kellogg, as the recipient of its 2021 third quarter Community PRIDE Award.
Community PRIDE Awards recognize WNB employees for exceptional volunteer service to programs, organizations, and initiatives that contribute to the strength and vitality of the communities served.
Vaplon is an executive board member for Great River Homes, a trustee and Parish Council member for St. Agnes Parish, and a long-time volunteer and past board member for the Wabasha-Kellogg Area Community Foundation, Wabasha-Kellogg Chamber of Commerce, and National Eagle Center. He also served as past-treasurer for the Kellogg Lions Club, and past president for the Wabasha Rotary.
As a Community PRIDE Award recipient, Vaplon received $100 to donate to the organization of his choice, which he chose to donate to the Wabasha-Kellogg Area Community Foundation. In addition, he received a certificate of recognition and a Bank logo shirt.
Chippewa Valley Innovation Center to host open house Oct. 19
In its 34-year history, the CVIC has supported more than 60 companies that have created more than 600 jobs and now continue to contribute to the strength of the area economy. The CVIC operates off revenue from the rental of its manufacturing and office space as well as financial support from area partners.
WESTconsin Credit Union's Sara Janssen Earns Diversity and Inclusion Certificate
WESTconsin Credit Union is pleased to announce Sara Janssen, Vice President of Member Engagement, has completed the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate program from Cornell ILR School. This program consists of 32 Professional Development Hours (3.2 CEUs), earned through the two-month long program. Participants of the certificate program take courses in counteracting unconscious bias, diversity and inclusion at work, and fostering an inclusive climate.
According to Janssen, “diversity and inclusion practices come naturally to credit unions. These practices are deeply rooted in our principals and our philosophy of ‘people helping people.’ I chose to attend the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program as an opportunity to look at our credit union through a new lens as we continue our focus on the changing needs of our members and employees.”
Upon completion of the program, Janssen is better educated in recognizing unconscious bias and how it affects the way that people perceive and react to others, understanding the dimensions of diversity that matter most in organizations, and assessing stereotypes and prejudices that may influence behavior in work groups and learn methods to improve the psychological safety of all employees. Additionally, Janssen has been provided with knowledge to examine strategies for implementing ethical standards.
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