(2/28/14) Three residents from Black River Falls have joined the Black River Falls Educational Enrichment Fund (BRFEEF) as Trustees.
They are: Nehomah Thundercloud, Bill Waughtal, Jr. and Amy Yaeger. Thundercloud, Waughtal and Yaeger replace John Lund, Dave Lund and Ann Pederson, who ignited the beginnings of the BRFEEF.
Amy Yaeger is the Marketing and Business Development Manager for the Black River Memorial Hospital. Ms. Yaeger views her role at the hospital as aligning with her EEF involvement in recruiting employees and medical staff to the area just as a good school district helps to attract caliber candidates. As a former teacher, she knows the importance of the EEF in supplementing the work of the BRF staff in educating the students. As a mother of two BRF students, she is happy to serve on the EEF to benefit their education, too.
Bill Waughtal, Jr. and his wife, Annette, own and operate CARQUEST auto parts purchased in the early 1990's. Prior to this, Waughtal worked in the family business, East Side Auto Supply, Inc., opened by his parents. Mr. Waughtal is a past BRF School Board member and can relate to the needs of students and educators which are above and beyond the means of current budgets. He is the father of three children, with the youngest a BRF sophomore who may give him insight. He states he is excited and honored to be a part of the EEF's efforts to provide for BRF schools.
Nehomah Thundercloud is the Director of the School-Commmunity Relations of the Ho-Chunk Nation's Education Department. Ms. Thundercloud was born, raised and graduated from the Black River Falls High School Class of 1993 and received degrees from both Dartmouth College and UW-Stout, citing her participation with the International Rotary Youth Exchange Program as a notable educational opportunity for her during her junior year of high school. As a trustee of the EEF, she states "it is very important to support students by giving the teachers and educators resources they need to make lessons exciting and relevant to the students."
These three will be joining the other EEF Trustees. Mary Jo Radcliffe is a former BRF teacher and presently serves on the BRF School Board. Mary Hansen is a former BRF elementary teacher of 32 years and belongs to many community organizations. Jim Bible is an alumus of BRF schools, the owner of cranberry marshes and is the head football coach of the BRF Tigers. Marilyn Hagen, a BRF graduate, is a former teacher and administrator of WI schools. Bill Moe is the owner of Moe's Hardware in downtown BRF and a graduate of BRF. Paul Millis, an attorney in BRF, is also an alumus and provides legal assistance. Tess Johnson is the present treasurer of the EEF and initiated the successful Tiger Fun Run/Tiger Cub Run this year during Homecoming. Barb Brower is the Executive Director of the local Chamber of Commerce and has been and will continue to be an essential Trustee in providing her expertise of the workings and background of the EEF. Al Lahmayer, Trustee Emeritus, a long-time resident of BRF, originally donated monies to initiate the origin of the EEF which began a fundraising campaign targeted at alumni and the community.
For further information about the BRFEEF, contact Mary Jo Radcliffe at 715-284-9896 or Marilyn Hagen at 715-210-0073 or any of the Trustees.