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Rommel, Larsen named to St. Croix Valley Foundation board

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The Board of Directors of the St. Croix Valley Foundation elected two new board members at their annual meeting on Sept. 13. Elected were Katrina Larsen, director of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Outreach/Continuing Education Office; and Rod Rommel, a retired agricultural lender, also from River Falls.

Larsen has been at UW-River Falls since 1985. Her duties have included program management, community relations and teaching a semester-long international program in Europe. Most recently, Larsen has taken on management of the UW-River Falls Hudson Center.

Larsen grew up in Rice Lake and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in agricultural education. She lives with her husband in Hudson.

Rod Rommel is a current board member of the Wisconsin Lions Foundation, a $10 million foundation that funds the State of Wisconsin Lions Camp, where 1,400 cognitively disabled, hearing and sight impaired and diabetic children enjoy a free camping experience annually. He is also also the chair of Camp Operations, Resource Development and Public Relations Committees. He is also a current board member of the Wisconsin Lions Pride Campaign, a foundation raising monies for permanent endowment of the Wisconsin Lions Camp - trustee for $6 million in investments.

Rommel is also on the boards of the Twin Cities Shrine Children's Hospital, the Pierce County Board of Supervisors, and past board member of the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation. He also helped with the new construction fundraising for the River Falls Area Hospital and public library.

Rod lives in River Falls with his wife, Judy.Rommel will serve on the Donor Services Committee and Larsen will serve on the Marketing Committee.

Other new committee members named, included Joe Gallick of Woodbury to the Finance and Investment Committee; Paul Moe of River Falls, to the Community Partnership Committee and Bill Sukup of Wealth Enhancement Group in Oakdale.