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St. Croix Valley Community Foundation elects new officers

The Board of Directors of the St. Croix Valley Community Foundation held its annual meeting Sept. 9 and elected new officers.

Board Chair Gretchen M. Stein, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Sand Creek Group in Stillwater, passed the gavel to Dr. David J. Wettergren, former superintendent of Stillwater Area School District. Other board officers elected include:

--Steve Wilcox, President of Resultants for Business, Hudson, will be vice chair and secretary of the board

--Chris Galvin, of Woodbury, a vice-president of Andersen Windows, will be treasurer

--Gretchen M. Stein, immediate past chair, will head up the Board Affairs Committee

--William E. Campbell, Ph.D., Director of Grants and Research at UW-River Falls, will chair the Community Partnership Committee. Martha Harding, of St. Croix Falls, and director of training and consultation for Hazelden Publishing, will co-chair the committee.

--Chuck Arnason, an attorney from Marine on St. Croix, will chair the Donor Services Committee. James Lutiger, an investment advisor with RBC Dain, and a Hudson resident, will co-chair the committee.

--Chris Galvin will chair the Finance and Investment Committee.

--Patty Draxler, of Amery and Executive Director of the Family Resource Center of the St. Croix Valley in Baldwin, will chair the Audit and Oversight Committee. Jim Gillespie, resident of North Hudson and a banker, will co-chair the committee.

--Kathryn Tunheim, from Stillwater and president and CEO of Tunheim Partners, will lead the Branding Task Force.

At the same meeting two Board members of long standing, Karen Ciegler Hansen and Erv Neff of Stillwater, left the Foundation board.

The St. Croix Valley Community Foundation was established in 1995 by a group of Valley residents to provide an effective means for people who care about this unique region to be part of shaping its future. The Foundation has assets of approximately $16 million, and is active in grantmaking in five counties that border the St. Croix River - three in Wisconsin and two in Minnesota.

Its outreach in the region includes the affiliates of the Hudson Community Fund, the River Falls Community Fund, the Dresser Community Fund, the Chisago Lakes area Community Foundation and the Amery Community Foundation.