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.
Jodi Kiffmeyer | Archivist
Among Jodi’s earliest memories are hours spent sitting on her grandmother’s lap begging to hear stories from her family’s past. That interest in family history naturally expanded to include the Chippewa Valley, where her family has lived for six generations. Jodi holds an MA in Library and Information Studies from UW-Madison’s iSchool and comes to the Chippewa Valley Museum with a background in public libraries. Her experience also includes work in the archives of Barron County’s Pioneer Village Museum. She loves to ask and answer questions, which means it’s her pleasure to help researchers access the stories and images 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.
diana Peterson | curator of collections
Diana grew up surrounded by history in central Pennsylvania. Her children and grandchildren also developed a love of the past, and museums are part of every vacation itinerary. Graduating from UW-Eau Claire with a BA in English, most of her career was spent as a free-lance editor. From 2005-2018, she was the executive director at the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum, CVM’s next-door neighbor. She is honored to care for the artifacts that tell both the joy-filled and heart-rending stories of the Chippewa Valley residents whose lives they represent.
Rachel Meyer | Development Manager
Rachel’s long-standing love and appreciation of the Chippewa Valley comes from growing up in Chippewa Falls. After spending 7 years as a 5th grade teacher, and a middle school science teacher, on the eastern side of Wisconsin, she went back to school for a master’s degree in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Mary’s University in Winona, MN. Rachel is happy to be back in the Chippewa Valley, and she’s excited to create new relationships and revenues to support the cultural and community programs the museum provides. Halfmoon Lake and Carson Park provide inspiration, as Rachel loves to be surrounded by water.
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.
Frank Barby | facilities engineer/Finance Manager
Frank comes to us from a 58-bed hospital in Madison, where he was the Director of Plant Operations. Before that he worked as the Facilities Engineer at a local 85-room hotel. With a generous amount of experience in the trades, most of Frank’s professional career was in the Medical Industry. He worked as an Executive Director of Radiology for three separate hospital corporations, purchasing and installing CTs, MRIs, and radiographic machines. Lastly, as a 23-year veteran of the US Navy, Frank spent 10 years in the Submarine Service. Among his many duties, he served as an Independent Duty Hospital Corpsman, Medical Service Corps Officer (specializing in radiation physics), and a submarine repair and docking officer.
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.
Angela Allred | Program Manager
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 Manager at the Chippewa Valley Museum since February 2018.
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
Visit Eau Claire
Weld Riley, S.C.
Herrick & Hart, S.C.
Market & Johnson
Pieter Graaskamp, Treasurer
Cheryl Jimenez Frei, Ph.D.
UW-Eau Claire History
Sheila Kohls, Secretary
AVP - Marketing Officer
Creative & Brand Manager
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Donella Magadance, President
Heather Ann Moody, Ed.D.
UW-Eau Claire American Indian Studies
Young Professionals and Educational Director
Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce
Jeff Stevens, Vice-President
Chippewa Valley Museum Foundation Board
Becky Adamski Krische, Century21, Vice President
Ryan Balts, Royal Credit Union, President
Douglas Hoffer, City of Eau Claire
Julie Thoney, Xcel Energy
Debbie Gough, Retired, UW-Eau Claire
Shelly Rihn, Great Northern Corporation, Treasurer
Allen Worthey, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management