Who’s Who at the Museum
Carrie Ronnander | Director & Curator
Carrie has long looked to the past to help understand the present. Her early exposure to history included trips to cemeteries and historic sites, visits with her great-great aunt who was born in 1878 in the Dakota Territory, and many grade school books about Abraham Lincoln and the U.S. Civil War. Carrie began working at the Chippewa Valley Museum in 2000 as Curator. She came with a BA in History from Marquette University and a MA in History from the University of Minnesota. As the Executive Director and Curator, Carrie works to make the Chippewa Valley Museum a welcome place for all, where many stories are told and remembered.
Kathie Roy | Assistant curator
After several years of volunteering at the museum, Kathie began full-time as Assistant Curator in 2001. She has a BA in English from the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire. Kathie enjoys caring for and sharing the Chippewa Valley Museum’s collection of historic objects, everything from farm machinery to hatpins.
Liz Reuter | Archivist
Liz Reuter came to the Chippewa Valley Museum in 2008 as Public Programs Coordinator with a BA in History with an emphasis in Public History from the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire. Currently managing the library and archives, Liz enjoys connecting researchers to the past through historic photographs and archival collections.
Karen Jacobson | Educator
Karen was an elementary school teacher in Chippewa Falls for six years prior to filling the Museum Educator position in 2003. She jokes that her classroom has changed sizes from an average of 20 students to now over 4,000! Karen relies upon the talents of many volunteer Docents and other museum ambassadors to provide a wide variety of learning experiences for visitors, ages PreK-Adult.
Angela Allred | Program Coordinator
Angela actively nurtures a life-long love of education and community service. Some of her past efforts have included volunteering for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and fulfilling two terms as an AmeriCorps Tutor in Dubuque, IA. Her involvement in Eau Claire has included substituting in Eau Claire and Altoona schools and performing with the Chippewa Valley Theater Guild. Angela holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Utah and has been the Program Coordinator at the Chippewa Valley Museum since February 2018.
Dorie Boetcher | Finance Manager
Dorie came to the Chippewa Valley Museum in 2000 after volunteering in the CVM Craft Group for a few months. She has used her prior accounting experience and Comprehensive Accounting degree from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in varying positions over the years, from Retail Manager to Operations Manager to Business Manager to Finance Manager. She feels fortunate to have worked with very dedicated co-workers and volunteers.
Jill York | Operations Manager
Jill came to the Chippewa Valley Museum in 2009 as the Operations Assistant. She has a BA in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a MA in History with a focus on Public History from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. In 2011 she became the Volunteer Coordinator and currently is the Operations Manager. Jill has always enjoyed history and loves to be able to work in an environment where she can be a part of the community and local history of the Chippewa Valley.
Dondi Hayden | Facilities Manager
Dondi started at the Chippewa Valley Museum in 1988 as an aide to the exhibit designer. Along the way she found she enjoyed working on exhibits, and especially making mounts for artifacts. This lead to becoming an exhibit technician. With the expansion of the museum in 2002 she became Facilities Manager. Dondi truly enjoys creating new exhibits, and working the volunteers and great staff who make it all possible.
Olaf Lind | Communications Specialist
Trained as a classical musician, Olaf has spent most of his professional life in communications and marketing for small, privately owned businesses to mid-size corporations. With a BA in Philosophy from University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, Olaf often entertains questions like “What is history” while walking through the museum. Working to connect people with the stories of the Chippewa Valley gives him a chance to be a part of communicating and understanding the acts, ideas, and events that shape our region.
Jeanne Nyre | Contract Exhibit Designer
From small cases to displays that cover thousands of square feet, Jeanne loves the challenge of exhibit design. After receiving a BFA in Advertising and Design from University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire in 1984 she spent time working in design in Minneapolis. In 1986 she became Exhibit Designer at Chippewa Valley Museum. Jeanne tries to see things through the visitor’s eyes and take them on a journey to provoke memories or to experience something new.
Chippewa Valley Museum Board
Pieter Graaskamp, president
Melissa Jones, treasurer
Retired, Peoples Bank Midwest
Heather Ann Moody, Ed.D.
UW-Eau Claire American Indian Studies
Director of Academic Services
Eau Claire Area School District
Program and Administrative Services Director
Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce
Jerry Shea, vice-president
Market and Johnson
Human Resource Director
Commonweal Development Corp.
Shannon Young, secretary
Chippewa Valley Museum Foundation Board
John Frank, Retired, Chippewa Valley Technical College
Craig Falkner, Veracity Capital Management
Monica Frederick, Royal Construction
Douglas Hoffer, City of Eau Claire, president
Kent Martinson, Charter Bank Investment Services
Julie Thoney, Xcel Energy, vice president
Debbie Gough, Retired, UW-Eau Claire
Hannah Walsh, Bernicke Wealth Management, Ltd.
Mark Willer, WESTconsin Credit Union, secretary-treasurer