Voting Qualifications and 2019 Nominees
Posted: February 25, 2019
WESTconsin Credit Union 2019 Annual Meeting
The by-laws of WESTconsin Credit Union provide that a member with at least one share ($5.00) must be 16 years of age to vote and must have been a member for two months prior to the annual meeting.
Qualifications for director candidates: The board shall consist of seven members, all of whom shall be members of the credit union, eligible to vote at credit union meetings and on the date of election shall be a member in good standing. An employee, officer, director, or any committee member or appointed person removed or terminated for cause is not to be considered a member in good standing. Directors are elected for a three-year term.
Nominees for director to succeed Lynn Brantner.
Karen Flug was born and raised in Menomonie. After graduating from Menomonie High School in 1988, she attended UW-Eau Claire and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting in 1992. She received her MBA from UW-Eau Claire in 2000.
As a senior healthcare executive with over 27 year’s leadership, general management and P&L experience, Karen has a successful track record of growing businesses and building relationships.
Karen currently is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Forefront Dermatology and is responsible for the daily operations of 134+ dermatology clinics and 220 providers throughout 16 states. She also oversees Human Resources and is key in nurturing physician relationships, establishing company culture and driving employee retention. Since joining the organization in 2015, Karen has helped the company grow exponentially through acquisitions and start ups and is proud to be part of the second largest and most respected dermatology support organization in the country.
Prior to joining Forefront Dermatology, Karen served as the COO for Midwest Dental. Over the course of her 11 years there, she helped grow the company from 30 locations in the state of Wisconsin to over 130 locations in 12 states. Prior to Midwest Dental she was the Chief Financial Officer at Realityworks, in addition to holding various leadership positions at The Turkey Store and Hormel Foods.
Karen previously served on local advisory boards including the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Finance and Accounting Department Advisory Board and the Sacred Heart Hospital Advisory Board.
Karen and her husband, Matt, are proud parents of two high school age girls. She and her husband volunteer locally by coaching youth athletics.
Karen is member of Menomonie’s First Congregational United Church of Christ, where she served on past advisory boards and committees.
Karen has been a member of WESTconsin Credit Union since 1997.
Karen (Hatfield) McCalla
Karen was raised in Menomonie, WI. She graduated as the valedictorian of her class from Menomonie High School. After high school Karen went to UW-Stout where she played volleyball and graduated with honors earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Immediately after college Karen went to William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota where she earned her Juris Doctor degree in 2002.
After graduating from law school, Karen was hired by a law firm that had offices in Menomonie and St. Paul. Within five years of practicing law, Karen was offered partnership by her former firm. After becoming a partner in her former firm, Karen and her family moved back to Menomonie. Then in 2013, Karen and one of her law partners, Tim Eiden, left their former practice to start Eiden & Hatfield, LLC, a law firm based in Menomonie with offices also in Lake Elmo and Duluth, Minnesota.
Karen and her husband Jeff have two children, Lauren (9) and Connor (6).
Along with raising her family and running her business, Karen is also the president of Mind Over Matter (M.O.M.), Inc., a non-profit organization Karen started in 2010 after her mother passed away from cancer. M.O.M. offers students and families thousands of dollars in scholarships and camperships throughout the western Wisconsin area. As part of her duties as president of M.O.M., Karen is also the race director for the Get It Dunn Run, a 5k and half marathon, held each May in Menomonie. The funds from the Get It Dunn Run fuels M.O.M.s giving efforts each year.
In her free time, Karen enjoys running marathons (including the Boston Marathon three times), skiing and traveling with her family.
Karen has been a member of the WESTconsin Credit Union since 1995.
Nominees for director to succeed Colleen Mensing.
Colleen was born and raised in Menomonie. After graduating from Menomonie High School, she attended Chippewa Valley Technical College and received an associate degree in accounting.
Colleen and her husband, Jeff, farmed on the east side of Menomonie until 1998. She retired from the United States Department of Agriculture this last year after 35 years of serving the producers of Dunn County. She has received Certificates of Merit from USDA for contributing substantially to Wisconsin agriculture and continued delivery of services to the producers of Dunn County.
Colleen is a member of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association.
Colleen’s husband, Jeff, is a self-employed carpenter for whom she helps with the business. Since retirement, she enjoys volunteering at school for her grandchildren and has played a more active role in the care of her elderly family members.
Colleen and Jeff have been married for 36 years, have two grown children and three grandchildren. Together they enjoy gardening, hunting, four wheeling and most of all, spending time with family.
Colleen has been a member of WESTconsin Credit Union since 1980. She has served on the Board of Directors since 2008.
Sarah (Jasper) Noreen
Sarah was born and raised in Menomonie, Wisconsin. She had the opportunity to study in Orebro, Sweden, through the Rotary International Exchange Program prior to attending the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire, where she received a double major in English and Spanish. Sarah received her Master’s Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ.
Sarah was the Assistant Director of the Learning Enhancement Center at Coconino Community College in Flagstaff for several years prior to returning to Wisconsin with her husband, Mike, and their two children in 2007. This is Sarah’s eleventh year as a Communication Skills Instructor at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in New Richmond, WI. She and her family live in River Falls, WI.
Sarah is active in the River Falls community, volunteering for Sporting World (a used sports equipment and clothing store which benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin) and for her church (First Congregational United Church of Christ, River Falls). Sarah and Mike have also hosted Rotary exchange students from Spain and Denmark.
Sarah has been a member of WESTconsin Credit Union since (1985) the time that fresh milk, both white and chocolate, was free in the lobby and transactions were recorded in a paper booklet (way before the Internet!).