KNOW YOUR BACC DIRECTOR: KAREN SMITS
I'm fortunate to be a lifelong Brown County resident and raised my family here. My husband Jeff and I live in Green Bay, have five children between us, nine grandkids (I expect that number to increase) and two dachshunds. We enjoy the outdoors, all four seasons: golf, snowshoeing, hiking and camping.
I'm a Wisconsin Badger, undergrad degree from UW-Madison. Then I earned an MBA from Lakeland University as a returning adult. I am recently retired after 26 years from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, where I served a variety of roles: Student Services Manager, Grants and Development Director, and Vice President of College Advancement. Prior to NWTC, I had positions in healthcare, both acute care and community health, and at a non-profit.
I learned a lot at NWTC, thanks to the great leadership at the college. That experience helped me define my guiding principles:
assume good intent and
all means all. Those principles cause me to intentionally model behaviors that will open opportunities for every segment of Brown County's population, every demographic and every person regardless of their previous experiences. I’m excited to have joined the Bay Area Community Council in January 2020. BACC's focus is on the future of Brown County's economy and our neighbors' quality of life. Our region’s potential depends on intentionally looking toward a future that includes all.
SUMMARY OF FEBRUARY 13 BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Directors elected Damian LaCroix to the Board of Directors and acknowledged the retirement of Tom Hinz from the Board. New Board member Karen Smits and communication consultant Lynn Gerlach were warmly welcomed. Interim treasurer Tom Schumacher presented a financial report that demonstrated solid financial footing.
The Board discussed its undertaking to update its stakeholder list in preparation for a commuhity survey of BACC stakeholders. Board member Jamie Lynch, Strategic Research Institute, St. Norbert College, will oversee the survey.
Laura Hieb, Chief Nursing Officer, Bellin Health Systems, described how she and Bellin have applied what Laura learned as a member of the 2018 foresight analysis training cohort group.
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Congratulations to BACC Board member
. She is featured in the American Association of University Women's
Women of Northeast Wisconsin: Dreamers and Doers, Volume II.
The printed volume is available by completing and submitting
Devon's inclusion is noted on the
"A Conversation with Michael Beschloss & Doris Kearns Goodwin"
6 pm, March 9, 2020
Weidner Center, University of Wisconsin Green Bay
April 28-29, 2020
Radisson Hotel and Conference Center; 2040 Airport Drive; Green Bay, WI 54313
Conference will connect individuals and organizations from multiple sectors across Wisconsin to address the most persistent barriers to inclusion, what is working, and what is promising on the horizon.