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Holmen community center picks first director

Holmen community center picks first director

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New director in Holmen

Holmen Area Community Center President Mary Lin Wershofen introduces Jacob Hart as the HACC’s new executive director. The announcement was held in front of the welcome sign on the new traffic circle at Gaarder Road and Main Street.

With the Holmen Area Community Center set to open in September, the center has announced Jacob Hart will head its operations.

“We are thrilled to have Jacob join us as our first executive director,” HACC president Mary Lin Wershofen said. “His passion for building relationships and fostering a caring community aligns perfectly to the mission of the Holmen Area Community Center.

“We believe Jacob will provide outstanding leadership for the community center and that he will embrace the opportunity to work collaboratively with the Holmen Area Boys and Girls Club and the School District of Holmen in our shared partnerships,” she said.

Hart was introduced to the media and stakeholders last week at the new roundabout at the intersection of Gaarder Road and Main Street, Holmen.

The newly finished traffic circle expresses the sentiments of the community through its “Welcome to Holmen” message.

“I’m anxious to get started,” Hart said, “and I’m most excited to continue to build the community. This center will be able to provide ways for the community to come together.”

Hart, a native of Marengo, Illinois, attended Viterbo University majoring in business as an undergraduate and servant leadership as a graduate student.

He was the assistant of student engagement at Viterbo, and more recently, the director of community engagement at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.

The Holmen Area Community Center will lease space in the Holmen Area Boys & Girls Club facility for its multi-generational programming.

The School District of Holmen will also share space in the remodeled former Festival Foods store. The Boys & Girls Club introduced Brett Gullicksrud as its director last week.

The partners are looking at a soft opening in September, offering virtual programming initially. The partners hope to hold an official opening when it is safe for people to gather.

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