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Licensed clinical social worker Eric Strom recently joined Behavioral Health as a psychotherapist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Strom holds a master’s degree in social work from St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has worked as a clinical social worker for six years. He is level II certified in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) by the EMDR International Association. Strom’s professional interests include anxiety, attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, running anger management and men’s groups, and trauma. A U.S. Marine veteran and Minnesota National Guard member, Strom has a special passion for working with military personnel. He currently serves with the Minnesota Army National Guard’s 134th Brigade Support Battalion as a behavioral health officer.
Starting this fall semester, Lakeland University, Chippewa Valley Center will offer a Master of Science in Leadership & Organizational Development (MS-LOD) degree, designed for the working adult. The MS-LOD program provides a broad-based professional education consisting of coursework that integrates research, case studies, technology and other learning processes.
Stephanie Rasmussen was named the chief experience officer of WESTconsin Credit Union, working from the Menomonie – East Administration Office. Rasmussen’s key responsibilities include planning, organizing, directing and controlling the company’s overall member experience and marketing, while managing WESTconsin’s brand and end-to-end member experience through all delivery channels. Rasmussen has worked at WESTconsin since 2016 as vice president – member experience. Before this, she held the position of manager of electronic services with Royal Credit Union, where she was employed for 12 years.
Literacy Chippewa Valley (LCV) announced that this year's recipient of the Eric J. Wahl "Making a Difference" Award is Sister Diane Boehm. Sister Diane is an LCV tutor and received the award today at LCV’s Celebration of the Stars. The Eric J. Wahl “Making a Difference” Award was created in memory of the late Eric J. Wahl who understood the importance of literacy in the lives of adults and their families. The award recognizes an individual in our community who is passionate about literacy and has demonstrated a significant commitment to the mission of Literacy Chippewa Valley.
HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals recently presented the 2018 Nurse Exemplar Awards to two very deserving registered nurses. These peer-nominated awards are the two hospitals’ highest nursing honors and recognize extraordinary nurses who exhibit excellence in caring for patients and families, provide personalized patient care, and have a superior level of knowledge and skill. At Sacred Heart Hospital, the award was presented to Kristine “Kristy” Terry, RN, CCRN, who works in the hospital’s critical care unit as a charge nurse. At St. Joseph’s Hospital, the award was presented to Regina “Regi” Geissler, RN, who works in the hospital’s emergency department as a trauma coordinator.
Fries Financial Group announced that Timothy Fries, CFP ® financial advisor, has been named to the 2018 edition of the Financial Times 400 Top Financial Advisers. The list recognizes top financial advisers at national, independent, regional and bank broker-dealers from across the U.S. This is the sixth annual FT 400 list, produced independently by the Financial Times in collaboration with Ignites Research, a subsidiary of the FT that provides business intelligence on investment management. Financial advisers from across the brokerage industry applied for consideration, having met a set of minimum requirements. The applicants were then graded on six criteria: assets under management (AUM); AUM growth rate; experience; advanced industry credentials; online accessibility; and compliance records. The “average” adviser in this year’s FT 400 has 28 years’ experience and manages $1.4 billion in assets. The FT 400 advisers hail from 38 states and Washington, D.C.
To address the nationwide shortage of mental health care providers, the Mayo Clinic Psychiatry Residency Program in Rochester, Minnesota, will expand to include Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. The Psychiatry Residency Program is a part of Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, one of the largest and most established graduate medical education programs for residents and fellows in the nation. Up to two additional psychiatry residents per training year will be available to see patients in northwest Wisconsin due to the expansion of Mayo Clinic’s residency program. Within a few years, the program expansion could add as many as eight practicing clinicians to the Eau Claire practice at one time. A resident physician is one who has received a medical degree and is furthering his or her training in a specialty, such as psychiatry. He or she sees patients while under the guidance of experienced physician faculty members, providing unparalleled learning experiences to transform health care for patients. Psychiatry residents will begin training in Eau Claire in 2020.
Heidi Carter recently joined Obstetrics & Gynecology at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire as a certified nurse-midwife. Carter earned a master’s degree in the Certified Nurse-midwife Program at Frontier Nursing University in Hyden Kentucky. She has worked in nursing since 2006. She is a member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives and Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care. Carter’s professional interests include providing individualized health care to women, paying attention to their cultural, familial and social needs, with a particular interest in the LGBTQ population.
The Eau Claire Express Employment Professionals territory named Nicole Kauphusman as territory general manager. In this position, Kauphusman will partner with clients and business professionals to build relationships and help create and implement workforce solutions. Kauphusman is dedicated to providing excellent service and creative solutions in the Eau Claire Market. She previously managed the Winona, MN Express Employment Professionals office. Before joining Express, Kauphusman worked as a human resource business partner for Inland/In*Tech for a few years in La Crosse. She was in the staffing industry prior to working at Inland/In*Tech.
Prevea Health now offers midwifery care in four locations throughout Western Wisconsin: HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls, the Prevea Hamilton Health Center in Eau Claire, the Prevea Mondovi Health Center in Mondovi, and now, the Prevea Menomonie Health Center in Menomonie. Prevea Midwifery Care is provided by certified nurse-midwives, Annie Bailey and Karen Johnson, who joined Prevea Health in April.
At the recently held 54th Annual Meeting of Royal Credit Union, two board members were re-elected to three-year terms— Bill Blackburn and John Sackett. Blackburn has served on the board since 2005 and also serves on the Finance Committee and Credit Oversight Committee.Sackett, a Certified Credit Union volunteer, has served on the board since 1984 in the positions of chairman and, most recently, treasurer. Sackett also serves on the Audit Committee, Political Action Committee and is creating the Board Advisory Committee. At the reorganization meeting, Doug Olson was elected chairman; Stuart Schaefer was elected vice chairman; Tom Huffcutt was elected treasurer; and Jennifer McDonough was elected secretary. Sackett, Nancy Beltz and Blackburn serve as directors.
Judy Pielhop, a registered nurse in the cardiac cath lab at Sacred Heart Hospital, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Father Klimek Healing Presence Award. Mona Klinger, a radiologic technologist in the radiology department at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, has been named the 2018 recipient of the St. Joseph’s Keeper of the Tradition Award. Pielhop has worked at Sacred Heart Hospital for 35 years and Klinger has worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital for 26 years. Their awards are the highest honor a colleague can receive at the two hospitals. Each award recognizes a long-term colleague who has dedicated his or her life to being a humble servant of the sick.
Mark Hofer, M.D., has been named Sacred Heart Hospital’s Physician of the Year for 2018, and Jill Hasenberg, D.O., has been named St. Joseph’s Hospital’s Physician of the Year for 2018. These awards are the highest clinical honor a physician can receive at the two hospitals. Hofer joined HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in July 1989, and is affiliated with Pathology Service Corporation.
Hofer received his medical degree at the University of South Dakota and completed residency training at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison. Hofer currently chairs the credentials committee and both Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s practitioner health committees. He serves as the department chair for pathology, serves as the laboratory medical director and is a member of the medical executive committee. Hofer is a member of the hospital’s bylaws committee and previously served as chief of staff for Sacred Heart Hospital.
Hasenberg joined HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in April 2006, and is affiliated with OakLeaf Clinics Eau Claire Medical Clinic – Chippewa Falls and provides medical coverage for St. Joseph’s Hospital’s L.E. Phillips-Libertas Treatment Center. She received her degree in osteopathic medicine from Des Moines University and completed her family practice residency at the University of Wisconsin Medical School – Fox Valley Family Practice Program in Appleton. Hasenberg currently serves as the medical staff vice president, the chair of the peer review committee, and was just recently voted in as the chair of the St. Joseph’s Hospital internal medicine/family medicine department.
Prevea Health announced six new physicians who will be joining the Prevea Health Family Medicine Residency Program as residents in June 2018. As part of this program, the residents will receive specialized, family medicine training for three years at the program sites in Eau Claire and Augusta. They will work under the supervision of experienced faculty physicians and community preceptors to provide direct medical care to patients. Incoming resident physicians include:
Prevea Health partners with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire to operate the Prevea Health Family Medicine Residency Program.
Security Sales & Integration (SSI) presented Per Mar Security Services (permarsecurity.com) the SAMMY Award for Best Website Design at the 23rd Annual SAMMY Awards ceremony. The award ceremony kicked off the electronic security industry’s International Security Conference & Exposition (ISC West). The SAMMY Awards recognize installing security integrators, dealers and monitoring providers for their marketing, installation and overall business excellence. A panel of industry experts judged the nearly 130 entries.
The Northwestern Bank Board of Directors announced the recent promotions of Melissa ‘Missy’ Grill and Cindy Boggess. Both employees were promoted to officers of the bank, with Grill being added to the Senior Management Team and title of vice president and Boggess to assistant vice president. Grill earned degrees in both accounting and business administration from Chippewa Valley Technical College and Lakeland College. Boggess has been employed within a variety of roles within the banking industry for the past 13 years after graduating from UW-River Falls where she studied marketing communications.
Library volunteer Karen Overhulser was recognized for her outstanding service to the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library at the recent Friends of the Library annual meeting on Saturday, April 14. Overhulser received the library’s Distinguished Service Award, which honors generosity of time and spirit and extraordinary contributions to a library-related issue. She has served with distinction as a library volunteer for over five years. She has worked to secure significant grant support for the “Give a Kid a Book” program, which distributes books to children in the community who might not otherwise have books to call their own.
Adam Mohr, CRPC®, APMA®, CLTC®, a private wealth advisor with Ameriprise Financial in Altoona, was named to the list of top 30 “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” published by Forbes Magazine. The list recognizes financial advisors who have demonstrated high levels of ethical standards, professionalism, and success in the business. The rankings are based on data provided by over 11,000 of the nation’s most productive advisors. Mohr was nominated by the executive leadership team at the Ameriprise Financial headquarters in Minneapolis and chosen based on assets under management, industry experience, regulatory and compliance record, and revenue produced over a three-year period. Mohr is part of River Prairie Wealth Partners, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Mohr graduated from UW—Eau Claire with a degree in finance.
At WESTconsin Credit Union recent 78th Annual Membership Meeting, Dave Maves and Rita Lunderville were re-elected to the Board for another three-year term. The following individuals have been elected as Board Officers: Chairperson – Dave Maves; Vice Chairperson – Jerry Wolf; Secretary – Colleen Mensing and Treasurer – Rita Lunderville. Additional Board members include Lynn Brantner, Dale Dahlke, and Todd Leipnitz.
Mike Krach has joined The Alliance® as business development manager. The Alliance is an employer-owned not-for-profit cooperative of more than 240 self-funded employers and not-for-profit insurance trusts. In this role, Krach will be responsible for bringing new employer members into The Alliance by managing the distribution channel and through direct sales efforts. Krach comes to The Alliance from Valley Health Services in Davenport, Iowa where he was the chief operations officer and senior vice president of sales and marketing. In this role, he developed and led the execution of business development, sales and marketing strategies to support the growth of the areas health plans. Earlier he served as the vice president of business development for Hutchinson Regional Medical Center in Hutchinson, Kansas. Krach holds his MBA from St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa and a masters in counseling from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.
Kurt Schauss has joined the Woita & Associates team as an independent financial advisor and serves clients from the Altoona office. He is a recent graduate of Chippewa Valley Technical College with an associate degree in business management. Schauss is licensed in life, health, property and casualty insurance and has passed the securities exams to become an independent financial advisor. During college, he started a small business, Silver Eagle Financial, that provided a blog and eBooks for young adults to provide education on personal finance.
Internationally known Mayo Clinic physician-scientist and UW-Eau Claire alumnus, Timothy J. Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., has been named the director of Research and Innovation for Mayo Clinic Health System in northwest Wisconsin. The newly created position will support collaboration between Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and Mayo Clinic Health System.
Nelson’s role of director of Research and Innovation will be multifaceted. He will be charged with developing a cutting-edge research program for the northwest Wisconsin region of Mayo Clinic Health System, focused on expanding clinical trials and research and fostering greater research opportunities for UW-Eau Claire students and faculty. Nelson, a native of Osseo, is renowned for his pioneering research involving cardiovascular regeneration using bioengineered stem cells. Nelson is board-certified in internal medicine. He serves as director of the Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, is the medical director of the Regenerative Medicine Consult Service of the William J. von Liebig Transplant Center and is an associate professor of medicine and pharmacology for the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science in Rochester. He also serves as a grant application reviewer for the National Institutes of Health.
HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital’s Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine recently received the Center of Distinction award and the Robert A. Warriner III Center of Excellence award for 2017 from Healogics, the nation’s largest wound care management company. The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine in Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire received recognition for outstanding clinical outcomes for 12 consecutive months, including patient satisfaction higher than 92 percent, and a wound healing rate of at least 91 percent within 30 median days to heal. The hospital’s centers offer highly specialized wound care to patients suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections and other chronic wounds that have not healed in a reasonable amount of time. Advanced treatments include hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, biological and biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies.
WESTconsin Credit Union recently announced Erika Schorbahn Bronder as office vice president of the company’s Eau Claire and Altoona offices. Schorbahn Bronder has spent the past 15 years in a management capacity within the financial services industry advancing throughout this timeframe. Most recently, she was the vice president – regional retail banking manager for Bank Mutual. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science Degree from UW-Stout in marketing education with a minor in business administration.
HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals welcome Sommer Miller to the role of vice president of strategy development and improvement for both hospitals. Miller will join the hospitals April 11. Miller has more than nine years of health care experience in areas of strategic planning, resource management, business development, public speaking, health care operations, data analytics among others. Miller most recently served as manager of advisory services for Erdman, a health care solutions company, in Madison. Prior to that, she served as executive consultant for Adams Management Services, and regional strategic planner for SSM Healthcare-Wisconsin, both in Madison; and project manager for Hospital Sisters Health System in Springfield, Ill.
Michele Paquette has been named marketing manager for HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals. She has been a colleague of HSHS for more than 18 years in the role of marketing specialist. She joined HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in 2000. Paquette received her bachelor’s degree in health education management from University of West Florida in Pensacola and has worked in public relations and physician marketing for hospitals in Florida, Idaho and Wisconsin. She is a member of Wisconsin Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing Society, and Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development.
Travis Schroeder, AIA, an architect at Ayres Associates in Eau Claire, recently was awarded the Owen Ayres Good Citizen Award, named after the engineering/architecture firm’s late founder. The award celebrates employees who give back to their community through volunteer work. Ayres donates $500 toward charities of the recipient’s choice. Schroeder, who enjoys the company of his family at many of the activities he’s involved in, decided to split Ayres Associates’ $500 donation between the Miracle League of the Chippewa Valley and Bolton Refuge House.
Jeff Suillivan, dean of skilled trades and engineering at Chippewa Valley Technical College, has been honored as an Outstanding Career and Technical Education Leader by the Wisconsin Association of Career and Technical Education (WACTE). Sullivan was presented with the award for a person other than a classroom instructor who has made significant contributions to career and technical education. Sullivan’s nomination for the award came as a result of major accomplishments by CVTC faculty and staff that advanced career and technical education initiatives, particularly in connecting the technical college with area high schools.
Optometrist Logan Kiekhafer, O.D., recently joined the Eye Care Center at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Dr. Kiekhafer grew up in the Chippewa Valley. He received an optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and Wisconsin Optometric Association. Dr. Kiekhafer’s professional interests include fitting contact lenses and managing corneal disease and glaucoma.
Royal Credit Union was recently honored with a six Diamond Awards and one Category’s Best Award, which recognizes outstanding marketing and business development achievements in the credit union industry. The awards were presented by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Marketing & Business Development Council, a national network comprised of over 1,300 credit union marketing and business development professionals. Awards are given in each of 35 categories ranging from advertising to community events and beyond.
Royal won the following awards:
Per Mar Security Services, a leading provider of total security solutions for residential and commercial clients based in Davenport, IA, announced the promotion of Justin McAuliffe to district operations manager for its Bemidji, Duluth and Eau Claire branches. As the district operations manager, McAuliffe will oversee branch operations and will be responsible for the productivity and efficiency of installation and service to ensure customer satisfaction. McAuliffe started working for Per Mar 18 years ago as a technician and throughout the years he has held various positions such as operations manager and senior operations manager.
EO Johnson Business Technologies and Office Enterprises, Inc. (OEI)/Cornerstone Technology announced the sale of OEI’s copier/printer division and Cornerstone Technology’s IT services business to EO Johnson (Cornerstone’s Digital Media is transitioning to OEI). The sale was completed March 9, 2018, and since that date both companies have focused on notifying customers and transitioning the business. EO Johnson welcomes OEI’s service and administrative employees and the Duluth sales employee to its Imaging division. Cornerstone Technologies support, engineering, and administrative employees join Locknet® Managed IT Services, EO Johnson’s IT division. Total new employees transitioning to EO Johnson/Locknet are 22.
Two registered nurses in the Women and Infants department at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital have recently earned advanced certifications. Katie Jelinek recently earned her certification in inpatient obstetrics nursing (RNC-OB). This certification recognizes the applied and theoretical knowledge these nurses possess in the obstetric specialty. To be eligible, a candidate must currently be a licensed registered nurse in the United States or Canada with two years of work experience in labor and delivery and at least 2,000 hours in the specialty. Amy Lokken recently earned her certification in electronic fetal monitoring (C-EFM). Electronic fetal heart monitoring is done during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. It keeps track of the heart rate of a baby. It also checks the duration of the contractions during labor. Having this certification promotes effective communication and collaboration amongst the different roles team members in a hospital’s obstetrics department may have.
The Women's Giving Circle, a fund of the Eau Claire Community Foundation, will once again be offering grants of up to $6000 to Eau Claire area nonprofits that work to enhance the well-being of local women and/or children. The window for submitting grant applications opens on April 1, and the deadline is July 1, 2018. Any nonprofits that are interested in applying can call the Eau Claire Community Foundation or visit the “Women’s Giving Circle Grant Cycle” page at www.eccommunityfoundation.org for more information.
LVC Companies of Minneapolis has received the honor of being named an ANSUL “Double Diamond” Distributor as part of the ANSUL Alliance Rewards Program. This level of distinction is a testament to the hard work put forth by the organization over the past year. Diamond Distributor distinction is based on achieving measurable goals established by Johnson Controls, Inc. At this time, less than 20 percent of ANSUL distributors have achieved Diamond status. Companies that meet this milestone must earn that partnership each year through sales performance.
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