The Epilepsy Foundation of Western Wisconsin announced Debbie Nichols as the new executive director. Nichols comes to the Foundation with more than 20 years experience with leadership, advocacy and outreach. Nichols will lead various key initiatives, programs and outreach in 22 counties in Western Wisconsin. She replaces Lou Kelsey who retired in August after many years of dedicated service. A lifelong resident of the Chippewa Valley, Nichols has a bachelor’s degree in vocational rehabilitation from UW-Stout and an associate’s degree in counseling. During her career, Nichols has been instrumental in leading positive change and sustainability for agencies that provide long-term care and advocacy for people with intellectual, physical and acquired disabilities in the Chippewa Valley.
Jordan Reed, D.O., recently joined the Emergency Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Barron and Eau Claire. Reed received his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree at Des Moines University in Iowa and completed a residency in emergency medicine from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. He is board-eligible in emergency medicine. He is certified in basic life support, advanced cardiac life support and advanced trauma life support. His professional interests include emergency medicine, point-of-care ultrasound and teaching.
The American Culinary Federation (ACF) has approved the Chippewa Valley Technical College Culinary Management program’s state-of-the-art teaching kitchen as a practical test site for ACF certification programs. The ACF certification program is the most comprehensive certification program for culinarians, offering 16 certification levels. Culinarians achieve certification based on education, experience, and successful completion of written and practical exams. To become a testing site, a facility must have a specific set of equipment and work space for each candidate tested, plus a staging area. The site must also have a specified number of qualified certification evaluators.