Eau Claire, WI –Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Inc, Northwest District is pleased to announce two new members joining its Board of Directors.
Patrick Erickson, a manger with CliftonLarsonAllen LLC will bring his diverse taxation, audit and customer service expertise to the JA board. Placing the client’s best interest first, Erickson has become a reliable and primary financial resource for a wide variety of clients ranging from individuals to large corporations. Erickson graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and later earned his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation. Active in the community, Erickson is an active member of the Young Professionals of the Chippewa Valley, serves on the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake planning committee, volunteers at the United Way’s Day of Caring as well as the Community Table, and at his church, Saving Grace Lutheran. “I have a passion for being involved in the community and helping out. The opportunity to help children only enhances that passion. I believe in JA’s message of empowering young people to start thinking about their future financial well-being and getting ready for entering the ‘real world.” said Erickson. “The more young people that we can get that message across to, the better suited they will be when it’s time to make those difficult life decisions and in turn, the community will be better off as a whole. I can’t wait to get started!” Erickson and his wife, Megan, live in Eau Claire. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and traveling.
Kathy Otto, an Operations Manager with Phillips-Medisize Medical Assembly is also joining the JA Board of Directors. She is a Southern Oregon University graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry and also earned a Masters of Science in Technology Management from the University of Wisconsin- Stout. She also received a Lean Certificate from Chippewa Valley Technical College. Otto began her career as a chemist and process engineer and after receiving her master’s degree, she transitioned into operations management. She has used her management and leadership skills while sitting on the Eau Claire Area Economic Development Board of Directors and currently active with the Dunn County Economic Development Board of Directors. Otto’s diverse educational and career background has allowed her to thrive in leading multiple departments, efficiently schedule and plan multiple product designs and new project launches while effectively incorporating Lean initiatives to improve her team. Looking forward to sharing her expertise with JA, Otto said, “My passion continues to be the development of talent and growing an effective future workplace for our communities. I am excited to be a part of Junior Achievement, an organization that is key to ensuring that we have a solid foundation built around work readiness and financial confidence.”
About Junior Achievement Junior Achievement (JA) is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to educating 2nd-12th students about entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work-readiness through experiential hands-on programs. District staff collaborates with more than 690 volunteers and 670 teachers, educating more than 16,600 students throughout northwestern Wisconsin last school year. For more information visit us at http://wisconsin.ja.org/northwest-district or call 715-835-5566