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New Rochester Area Foundation hires new president

After an extensive regional search, the Rochester Area Foundation has hired JoAnn Stormer as its new president, its board announced.

Stormer is currently the executive director of Leadership Wisconsin, a nonprofit organization working in partnership with the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension to design and deliver leadership training programs.


Stormer succeeds retiring executive director Steve Thornton, who has led the organization for 20 years as it grew from $3.7 million in 1991 to more than $40 million currently. Under Thornton, the foundation created the First Homes Initiative, "which has created over 900 homes for working families" and many other local efforts.

Stormer takes the lead on Feb. 1, 2012.


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