Education Advisory Council



View Introductory Plan for Successful Children's Network


As part of United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley’s community impact model, the Education Advisory Council is a volunteer council made up of professionals from the academic, healthcare and human services fields. Under the facilitation of United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley, they have developed a strategic plan utilizing existing networks and services to create the Successful Children's Network, the goal of which is to help ensure that all children enter school ready to succeed.


Arlene Wright (Chair)
Independent Education Consultant

Brook Berg (Vice-Chair)
Family Living Educator
UW-Extension Eau Claire County

Christina Anderson- RN
   Chippewa County Department of Public Health

Laurie Haus
Pre/K-12 Academic Services Coordinator
Eau Claire Area School District

Dotty Lillo
Director, Child Care Partnership
Western Dairyland Economic Development Center

Joe Luginbill
President, Eau Claire School Board
   President, Luginbill Children's Foundation

Kitty Rahl, M.S., R.N.
Community Member

Dana Sommerfeld
Director of State and Federal Programs/BB4C
Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District

Barb Stevens
Operations Manager
Marshfield Clinic

Kari Stroede
Director, Successful Children's Network
United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley

Julie Thoney (UWGCV Boad Liaison)
   Community Services and Economic Development Manager
   Xcel Energy

Therese Wetherington
   Director of Curriculum, Assessment and BB4C
   Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District

Denise Wirth
Nursing Supervisor
Eau Claire City-County Health Department