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Aurora Health Foundation names new executive director

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

The Aurora Health Foundation in North and Central Wisconsin, the philanthropic arm of Aurora Health Care, has named Jeanne Kobuszewski the new Executive Director.

The Aurora Health Foundation raises and receives funds to promote wellness and healthy lifestyles by supporting the needs and health initiatives of local Aurora and community programs throughout Northeastern Wisconsin.

Kobuszewski assumes responsibility for the overall leadership and performance of the Foundation. She will focus her attention on increasing the Foundation's presence in the area it serves and implementing and directing the philanthropy program under the direction of the Board of Directors.

"It is a tremendous privilege to work in such a quality-focused, collegial environment.

"The commitment to vision is sharply focused on the patients served," said Kobuszewski. "Here the talk is walked. And the pace of the walk is brisk! The warm Wisconsin hospitality is evident everywhere I travel in this beautiful state. I feel blessed to have a team of gifted and hardworking colleagues and to have the opportunity to work with highly respected board members representing various communities across the region. Meeting Aurora supporters and hearing their wonderful stories of gratitude continue to be heartwarming. I look forward to leading the Aurora Health Foundation into a very bright future."

Kobuszewski has more than 25 years of supervising and leading programs relating to annual funds, major gifts, planned giving, capital and endowment campaigns, foundation relations and many other facets of philanthropic endeavors. She hails from Atchison, KS where she was VP of institutional advancement at Benedictine College for three years. Prior to that, she spent 12 years at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY working as VP of institutional advancement. She received her BA from Marymount College of Kansas (Salina, KS) and her MA from Central Michigan University (Mt. Pleasant, MI). Both degrees are in speech and/or theatre.

"She brings to her new position a valuable combination of energy, experience and expertise," said Wally Waldhart, President, Aurora Health Foundation Board of Directors. "We are fortunate to have such a well-qualified professional step into this key role to help develop new strategies to shape the Aurora Health Foundation's future. Working together we will move the Foundation forward -living out its mission of improving the health and wellness of the communities we serve."

In her spare time, she enjoys the cultural arts, foreign films, sporting events, salmon fishing, politics and gardening. Maintaining close ties with family and indulging her twelve nieces and nephews are a top priority.

The Aurora Health Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Aurora Health Care. Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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Contact: Mark Kantola (920-451-5351)

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