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Benedictine system names Chapin CEO

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The Benedictine Health System Board of Directors named Rocklon B. “Rocky” Chapin as president/CEO effective Jan. 1.

He replaces Dale Thompson, who announced his retirement in March.

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Chapin is currently senior vice president, business development and strategic planning.

“Rocky brings a balance of skills and experiences that will move BHS forward,” Brian Lassiter, chair of the BHS Board of Directors, said. “He is the right leader at the right time for our system, building on our strengths, history and culture but bringing fresh ideas and energy from outside long-term care.”

The Benedictine Health System is the parent organization of St. Crispin Living Community in Red Wing.

“I am honored and humbled by the trust placed in me by the BHS Board and our sponsors, the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery,” Chapin said. “The Benedictine Health System is poised to lead the transformation of senior care to the creation of communities in which health, independence and choice come to life. This vision for the future is shared by the 6,000 employees who work with our residents, patients and guests every day, and it is their commitment to those we serve that gives me confidence we will, indeed, make a difference in their lives.”

• River Valley Power and Sport received the White Diamond, High Output CSI award from Yamaha Motor Corp.

Yamaha recognized River Valley Power and Sport for its dedication to retail sales, customer service and representation of Yamaha Boats and WaveRunners in a first-class manner, Yamaha said.

“We are now the largest Yamaha jet boat dealer in the world two years in a row,” owner John Wooden said.

River Valley has locations in Red Wing, Rochester and Lake Minnetonka.

• The Professional Picture Framing Association awarded Valerie Becker of Red Wing Framing and Fine Art Printing the Vivian C. Kistler MCPF Scholarship.

The scholarship is presented to one framer per year. It provides financial assistance to individuals to take the Master Certified Picture Framing exam, the most advanced framing certification level available.

•Kevin Johnson, director of building and grounds/technology coordinator for Red Wing School District, completed the MASMS Facility Manager Certification Program offered by the Minnesota Educational Facilities Management Professionals Association.

The program’s goal is to provide a knowledge base for building and ground/facility leaders to provide safe and healthy educational facilities.

To be certified, applicants must complete 52 hours of curriculum. According to MASMS.

•Michelle Hove of Goodhue was awarded the Certified Fraud Examiner credential this month. She had to meet a stringent set of criteria and pass an exam administered by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Hove currently is global expense examiner for IBM in Rochester.

CFEs investigate criminal and civil fraud and have the ability to examine data and records, interview suspects, write investigation reports, advise client, testify at trial, understand the law related to fraud and investigations and identify underlying factors that motivate people to commit fraud.

•Morgan Allen of Kenyon won the Excellence in Agriculture contest in the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers & Ranchers competition.

Allen is a dairy ruminant nutritionist for Big Gain feeds, according to the organization. She also owns and runs Haycreek Farm, a 40-goat milking herd, with her husband, Keith, and their son.

• The Arc Southeastern Minnesota recently named its 2014 officers of the board of directors, including Joan Bucher of Zumbrota who will be treasurer. Newly elected members of the board include <B>Vince Thoreson<B> of Zumbrota.

The Arc Southeastern Minnesota provides advocacy, support and education for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, according to the organization.

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Danielle Killey
Danielle Killey is the city reporter for the Republican Eagle, where she has worked since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.
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