I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Brian Jacobson and I am very excited to be coming on board as the new Executive Director of Green Valley Enterprises, Inc. (GVE). I have spent the last 24 years in a director capacity at ADVOCAP, Inc. a large not for profit agency with a mission to eliminate poverty in Fond du Lac, Winnebago and Green Lake Counties. The bulk of my career has focused on directing a broad variety of employment and education programs for people with barriers to employment. In my early years I worked at Hodan Community Services as their first Employment Specialist and later at the Madison Opportunity Center as a Work Floor Supervisor. More recently, my staff and I had been cited the governor’s award for providing superior services to area refugees and received this year’s award for operating a nationally recognized Fatherhood Program.
My wife Jessica and I moved to the Beaver Dam area about two years ago, after she accepted a Marketing Manager position at Apache Stainless Equipment Corp. Jessica spends much of her free time volunteering her talents to help out area not for profits and promoting community causes. Jessica and I have really enjoyed living in Beaver Dam. I am an avid fisherman and spend much of my free time on Beaver Dam Lake.
Jacky Jacobson, my mother also recently moved to Beaver Dam. Jacky spent 33 years working at Hodan Community Services, a rehabilitation center for special needs individuals located in Mineral Point, Wisconsin where she retired as Deputy Director two years ago. Jacky proudly states that her son is carrying on a family tradition! My father worked for 50 years as a Lutheran Minister and passed away 2 years ago, I am sure he would view my new position as a great opportunity to serve the community.
Change can be a bit unsettling. I am aware that policies that could affect service providers like Green Valley are in flux. One thing that will not change is Green Valley’s commitment to serving individuals with special needs and their families. Green Valley has a long tradition of service, a dedicated board, a strong leadership team, and a vital mission. I believe with change often comes new opportunities.
In closing, I would like to extend a special note of thanks to Jack Hankes, who has been a great help to me during this transition. Jack developed great systems and a dedicated team at GVE. I look forward to meeting our program participants and their families, and learning about and collaborating with other community organizations.