Evans elected to Merchants board: Business briefs – Republican Eagle

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Elected to a three-year term was Gregory Evans, president and CEO of Merchants Financial Group. Re-elected to three-year terms were: Kenneth Mogren, retired president of Winona Agency, Inc., and Richard Lommen Jr., president/owner of Courtesy Corp.

Rodney Nelson, who retired in January and was succeeded by Evans, was also recognized for his long service.

“One of the reasons we were able to experience a second consecutive record year has been the leadership of the MFGI Board of Directors and the leadership Rod exhibited as MFGI president and CEO,” said Evans, who previously led Merchants locations in Goodhue County.

He reported MFGI’s 2016 record year of $14,154,891 in net income, surpassing 2015’s record year if $13,454,698. Loan growth increased 6.8 percent over 2015. Deposits increased by 9.1 percent and MFGI’s share price grew 27.25 percent in 2016, ending 2016 at $54.50 per share. Total assets ended 2016 at $1.623 billion.

MFGI owns 21 Merchants Bank locations, including Cannon Falls, Red Wing, Hastings and Rosemount.

Kim Feller has joined the ProAct management staff as vice president of programs and services. Feller leads programs and services, with an emphasis on skills training, employment, community inclusion and effective business engagement.

“She has proven leadership in creating bold, new efforts,” said ProAct President and CEO Steven Ditschler.

Her background includes 25 years with RESOURCE Inc. in Minneapolis, where she last served as vice president of employment services and career education. During her tenure with RESOURCE, she provided leadership for a growing number of employment programs serving a broad base of participants with multiple barriers to self-sufficiency. This included assessment and employment programming for individuals with disabilities.

She lives in Eagan, where ProAct has its headquarters. The company also has operations in Red Wing, Zumbrota and Hudson, Wis. Its mission is to provide person-centered services that enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities in the areas of employment, life skills and community inclusion.

Thomas J. Burke Jr. of Red Wing, a Modern Woodmen of America representative, has attained the Fraternal Insurance Counselor designation. The FIC title comes after a representative devotes more than one year to meet the examination and career development criteria set by the Fraternal Field Managers Association. Founded in 1883, Modern Woodmen of America offers financial products and fraternal member benefits to individuals and families throughout the United States.

Rocklon B. “Rocky” Chapin will retire as president/CEO of Benedictine Health System in January 2018. Chapin, 65, has held the position in 2013. The Benedictine Health System is a nationally recognized Catholic, mission-directed, values-based health care system providing a full spectrum of health and housing services to aging adults.

The board is working through its succession plan.

BHS owns and manages skilled nursing, assisted living and independent living communities across the upper Midwest including in Red Wing and offers services in areas such as therapy, rehabilitation, memory care, home health care, adult day and transitional care.

The system consists of approximately 35 campuses in five states and serves about 5,000 aging adults on a daily basis. BHS generates approximately $350 million in annual revenues, employs over 4,000 individuals and is sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth, Minn.