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.

  • 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.

  • steve montana | maintenance coordinator


    Steve came to the museum after many years working in property management. He spent twenty years in Minneapolis (and worked for a bit at Prince's Paisley Park!) before relocating back to Eau Claire where he lived as a youngster. Despite his Eau Claire roots, he is proud to call himself a Fall Creek Cricket.

  • 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

John Bast IV
Ever-Green Services

Jenny Blaeser
Social Worker

Samantha Forehand
Marketing Manager

Pieter Graaskamp, president

Melissa Jones, treasurer
Credit Analyst

AJ Liedl
Marketing Coordinator
Royal Credit Union

Chuck Lindvig

Donella Magadance
Retired, Peoples Bank Midwest

Heather Ann Moody, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor
UW-Eau Claire American Indian Studies

David Oldenberg
Director of Academic Services
Eau Claire Area School District

Travis Schroeder
Ayres Associates
Project Architect

Becky Seelen
Marketing Director
Security Financial Bank

Jerry Shea, vice-president
Market and Johnson

Jeff Stevens
Chestnut Consulting

Karen Tomesh
Commonweal Development Corp.
Asset Manager

Chippewa Valley Museum Foundation Board

Becky Adamski Krische, Century21
Ryan Balts, Royal Credit Union
Craig Falkner, Veracity Capital Management
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, CliftonLarsonAllen Wealth, LLC
Mark Willer, WESTconsin Credit Union, secretary-treasurer