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About Us

    SCVEA Mission

    Inspiring and engaging the St. Croix Valley employer community through human capital development and strategic partnerships.

    SCVEA Vision

    Building a better employer community in the St. Croix Valley.

    The St. Croix Valley Employers Association (SCVEA) was formed in 1979 by a small group of business leaders. The first meeting was held in February, 1980, and was attended by 42 representatives from 28 firms.  SCVEA is an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). 

    The origin of the SCVEA grew out of a perceived need to develop a collection vehicle for salary information, data that would help inform local employers with regard to prevailing wage rates for a variety of job classifications. That remains a key focus for many Members. For others, the networking opportunities and/or the training on human resource-related issues are of greater appeal. Regardless, our Members share the common philosophy that the existence of the Association provides a tangible benefit regarding the HR side of businesses in the St. Croix valley.

    SCVEA hosts programs which address HR-related issues identified by members as deserving attention. Topics include such areas of interest as:

    • Labor law
    • Employment interviewing
    • New supervisor training
    • Customer service
    • Labor force projections and related solutions
    • Employee retention 


    Meet Our Officers



    Jill Gorres, REBC, RHU, SHRM-SCP
    JA Counter
    New Richmond, WI


    Nicki O'Connell

    Russ Davis Wholesale

    Hammond, WI



    Secretary and SHRM Foundation Director
    Trish Norman

    Menomonee Falls, WI
    262-783-6080 x105


    Kathy Vande Berg
    Pillar Bank
    Baldwin, WI


    Meet Our Board of Directors


    Program Chair
    Nicole Butz 
    River Falls, WI
    715-426-9505 ext.158


    Marketing Director

    Katelyn Ziegler

    Specialty Coating Systems

    Clear Lake, WI



    Marketing Director

    Kaydi Sobottka

    First National Bank of River Falls

    River Falls, WI



    Marketing Director

    Seri Liggett

    Anchor Paper Co.

    River Falls, WI



    Membership Director
    Bryan Symes

    vonBriesen & Roper, S.C.

    Eau Claire, WI


    Membership Director

    Nathan Schoone

    Westfields Hospital & Clinic

    New Richmond, WI



    Membership Director
    Nathan Schoone

    Westfields Hospital & Clinic
    New Richmond, WI  54017

    Membership Director

    Abby Klatt

    OEM Fabricators

    Woodville, WI



    Certification Director 

    Kristen Novak
    Hudson Hospital & Clinic

    College Relations Director
    Liz Pizzi
    Northwood Technical College

    New Richmond, WI
    715-246-6561 x4376


    Diversity Director
    Mary Johnson

    Total Tool Supply, Inc

    St. Paul, MN