Toni Simonson joined HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals as director of L.E. Phillips-Libertas Treatment Center and Behavioral Health Services.

Chris Klay was named division director of rehabilitation services for both St. Joseph’s and Sacred Heart.

Justin Utpadel has been promoted to director of operations for Heartland Contractors’ commercial building division based in Chippewa Falls.

The Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association has named McKayla LaVick as its new membership and communications director.

Attorney Rita A. Raihle has joined Nodolf Flory, a nine-attorney firm based in Eau Claire, as a partner.

Rita Sullivan was named vice president-operations for Mayo Clinic Health System – Chippewa Valley. Her responsibilities also include Mayo Clinic Health System – Northland and Emergency Medicine for the organization’s hospitals in Barron, Bloomer, Eau Claire, Menomonie and Osseo. Michele Eberle was appointed assistant vice president-operations for Mayo Clinic Health System.

HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals have hired Dr. Erik Dickson as chief physician executive.

Neal Wellner, manager of Connell’s Supper Club in Chippewa Falls, was honored as Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year by the West Wisconsin chapter of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association.

Gerald Jacobson, president of Northwestern Bank, received the inaugural Hero award at the Junior Achievement Hero’s Gala. He was recognized for his long-term commitment in giving of his time, talent and as a long-standing advocate of the organization’s mission.

Patricia (Patti) Darley, Jeff Halloin and Peter Mannix were appointed to the Boards of Directors for HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals.

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Wisconsin has announced that Ayres Associates’ Wisconsin Regional Orthophotography Consortium project won a Best of State Award in the ACEC WI 2016 Engineering Excellence Awards program.

Edina Realty named Mary Jo Bowe the new sales office manager of its Chippewa Valley, Spooner and Hayward offices. Bowe served on the board of the Realtors Association of Northwestern Wisconsin, and was named ‘VIP Woman of the Year’ by the National Association of Professional Women in 2015.

The Public Relations Society of America is presenting Barbara Arnold with the Paul M. Lund Public Service Award. Arnold serves as a mentor and volunteer Professional Adviser of the Public Relations Student Society of America chapter at UW-Eau Claire.

U.S. Bank in Eau Claire has named Jane Gobler private banking relationship manager for northwest Wisconsin. She is responsible for coordinating banking needs for affluent and high net worth clients.

Citizens Community Bancorp, Inc., headquartered in Eau Claire, is acquiring Community Bank of Northern Wisconsin, headquartered in Rice Lake. The combined company will have a 22 branches in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan, with 11 branches in northwest Wisconsin.

Bank Mutual has named Erika Schorbahn Bronder vice president and Northwest regional retail banking manager.

Marieke Gouda, a Thorp-based producer of specialty cheeses, earned five awards at the World Championship Cheese Contest.

After 25 years, law firm, Weld Riley Prenn & Ricci, S.C. changed its name, and its look, to Weld Riley, S.C.

— THE HERALD

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