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Ask the Expert – What are your Workforce Needs

Ask the Expert – What are your Workforce Needs

March 14
7:30 am
- 9:00 am


The Mount Horeb Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Ask the Expert – a business workshop series.  This series is member-taught by successful, knowledgeable community business owners and professionals who are eager to pass on their knowledge to business people and entrepreneurs in Mount Horeb Area communities.  This event is free,  please RSVP to the Chamber 437-5914 or due to limited space.  Main presentation—approximately 35 minutes with 10 minute Q&A, but this ATE takes a different format.  Plans for four workshops in 2017.

Topic: “What are your Workforce Needs”
Date: Tuesday, March 14
Time: 7:30-7:45am Check-in. Presentation begins promptly at 7:45am
Location:  State Bank of Cross Plains, upstairs, 1740 Springdale Street, Mount Horeb

Solving the workforce skills gap has become a central issue at the local, state and national level—spurring countless programs and collaborations.  Mount Horeb wants to build a workforce–ready pipeline in our community.  This interactive session will help you better understand the reality of our workforce, the needs of our current education program, and current opportunities available to nurture Mount Horeb’s workforce so they have the competitive advantages. RSVP to, or 437-5914.

Marla Rybowiak, The Employer Group, Director of Operations | 608.497.4492 |
Angela Heim, The Employer Group, President & Owner | 608.437.4492 |
Steve Grundahl, Midwest Prototyping,
President & Owner |608.437.1400 |
Kristin Vike-Steinich,
Vike-Steinich Chiropractic, President & Owner | 608.437.2222 |
Dr. Steve Salerno,
Mount Horeb Area School District, Superintendent |608.437.2400 x 1211 |
Sarah Straka, Mount Horeb Area School District, Director of Instruction|608.437.2400×1211|
Dr. Tim Onsager, Stoughton Area School District,  Superintendent  |608.877.5002 |

Sponsors:  Mount Horeb Area Chamber of Commerce & Mount Horeb Area Economic Development Corporation

Steve Grundahl, Founder & President of Midwest Prototyping.  Midwest Prototyping is one of largest privately held providers of 3D printing and Additive Manufacturing services in the US; today Midwest Prototyping occupies 24,000 square feet in two state of the art facilities, has 30 employees and produces both prototype and production items for companies across the country. Steve is a graduate of Mt. Horeb High School, MATC, the Milwaukee School of Engineering and is currently pursuing his MBA at Edgewood College. He serves on the NWTC (Green Bay) Prototype & Design Program Advisory Board, MATC Mechanical Design Program Advisory Board, the Mt. Horeb Area Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors and the State Bank of Cross Plains Board of directors.

Kristin M. Vike-Steinich, D.C. –Vike-Steinich Chiropractic. Born and raised on a dairy farm in Stoughton, Wisconsin.  Graduated in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.  Received Doctorate of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa 2006.  Opened her own clinic Vike-Steinich Chiropractic after working for the Gonstead Clinic for 8 years.    She is active in the Mt. Horeb Area Chamber, Optimist club, church, and the coach for Mt. Horeb 6th and 8th grade girl’s basketball.  She has been helping teach chiropractic with the Gonstead Seminars around the Midwest for 9 years.  She has served on MHACC Board of Directors for 8 years.  In her 8 years of serving on the Member Services and Business Education Partnership committees she chaired both committees for several years.  She also heads up the School Makes a Difference Program.  Lives in Mt. Horeb with her husband Bob, 11 year old daughter, Katrina, 8 year old daughter Addison, 5 year old son Easton and Jaxson 3 years.

Dr. Salerno is new to the Mount Horeb community. Since starting as Mount Horeb School District’s Superintendent in April 2016, he has spent time learning about the District’s many strengths. He believes the students and staff of this District are poised for breakthrough levels and is working with community leaders in order to share the current status of our District’s aging facilities. He believes April 4, 2017’s referendum is an opportunity for the community to seize on the momentum already growing in our village. Recently, Steve noted, “With the passage of our referendum, our District would be even better positioned to turn out students who are career and/or college ready. With improved facilities we can better implement an evolving science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics curriculum while meeting the need for career ready graduates to serve in the growing Mount Horeb region.  Dr. Salerno holds a bachelor’s degree in teaching (Winona State University, Minnesota), masters degrees in curriculum and instruction and Educational Leadership (St. Leo University, Florida) and a doctorate (Edgewood College, Madison). He has served as a classroom teacher, department chair, associate principal (middle and high), principal (middle and high), human resources director, and associate superintendent in both Florida (Pasco County) and Wisconsin (Janesville and La Crosse). He and his wife of twenty-years, Rene, have two children: Nick, a sophomore at Mount Horeb High School, and Kyra at sophomore attending school at Western Technical College in La Crosse.

Sarah Straka is the Director of Instruction position for Mount Horeb Area School District and also held the Director of Early Learning for MHASD the year before.  Prior to coming to Mount Horeb, Sarah was the Elementary Principal and Curriculum Coordinator for Pecatonica Area Schools for four years.  Sarah began her teaching career as a high school English teacher and taught English 10, 11, and 12 for six years.