River Bend Nature Center Board of Directors approved the hiring of Breanna Wheeler of Northfield as the new executive director.

The public is invited to meet Wheeler at an open house on Monday, March 21, from 4-6PM at River Bend Nature Center’s Interpretive Center.

In a news release, Interim Director Catherine McBride said, “Breanna brings a wealth of nonprofit experience to River Bend. Her educational background and skill set perfectly complement the outstanding team we have, and as we approach our 40-year anniversary, we look forward to her leadership and strategic thinking to set the foundation and direction for the next 40 years. On behalf of the Board, we welcome Breanna and are excited to add such a talented person to our team.”

Wheeler said, "I'm looking forward to bringing my collaborative leadership and engagement experience to build on past successes. I hope to engage a wide breadth of people and organizations from Faribault and surrounding communities -- members, nonmembers, those who are involved and those who are not currently involved -- along with the talents and commitment of the staff and Board of Directors to guide us.”

Wheeler has a master of public affairs from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a bachelor of science in sociology and environmental science from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She has served as an active Minnesota Master Naturalist since 2006 and has volunteered with Nerstrand Big Woods State Park and the Prairie Partners Chapter of Wild Ones. In addition, she remains active with several local, state, and national aging and quality of life initiatives and serves on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Gerontological Society and the Vital Aging Network.

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