Junior Achievement names local board leadership

JON GROSSHUESCH JON GROSSHUESCH The Junior Achievement East Central District, headquartered in Sheboygan, has named Oostburg State Bank President Jon Grosshuesch chairman of the organization’s board of directors, succeeding outgoing chair Steve Heun, chief financial officer at Vollrath Company. As part of the transition, Melissa Winter, vice president of business consulting at Acuity, was named vice chair/chair elect.

Grosshuesch, as chairman of the 20-member JA ECD board of directors, will oversee Junior Achievement’s economic edu- cation programs taught by local business volunteers in schools throughout Sheboygan County and portions of Manitowoc and Calumet counties.

“I have been a classroom volunteer and board member with Junior Achievement for more than 30 years, I enjoy connecting with students of all ages, and I’m honored to lead the board in growing our impact in Sheboygan area schools,” said Grosshuesch.

STEVE HEUN STEVE HEUN During the 2015-16 school year, when Heun served as board chair, the JA ECD reached more than 7,400 students in 58 area schools. The organization also hosted the JA Business Challenge, where student teams worked with business mentors to run a simulated business. A team from Kohler High School dominated the field of 24 teams and took home the JA State Business Challenge Championship.

In June, Heun received a leadership award from Junior Achievement USA for his commitment to the organization’s mission and helping the local affiliate exceed all of its program and fundraising goals.

“Supporting Junior Achievement as a volunteer and donor has allowed me to make an impact on young people in the Sheboygan area, helping to prepare them for success after graduation,” said Heun. “My involvement has given me a sense of accomplishment beyond my professional career in corporate finance.”

Junior Achievement offers classes for Sheboygan area students in Kindergarten through12th grade and teaches entrepreneurship, financial literacy and workplace readiness, with a goal of preparing students to succeed in a global economy. Local business professionals serve as classroom volunteers, and programs are funded by area businesses, individuals, and foundations.

To volunteer in a school in Sheboygan County, contact Jennifer at jstone@jawis.com.

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school essential experience and skills in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Last school year more than 160,000 students at 1,122 public and private schools in Wisconsin participated in Junior Achievement. For more informaJanette tion visit juniorachievement.org.

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