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Foundation Hires New Leader

As the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend celebrates its 50th anniversary, it's also welcoming a new leader. This week, Sherry Ristau officially started work as president and CEO. 
Ristau comes from the Quad Cities after more than 20 years as president and CEO of the Southwest Initiative Foundation, a foundation that served southwestern Minnesota. It administerred 100 funds with assets of about 80 million dollars. In her new job, she will manage more than 900 funds, totalling 120 million dollars.
As she begins her new job, Ristau says her first priority will be to get to know her staff and board members, then, meet donors and community leaders.  

One of the main differences between her previous foundation and the Community Foundation here is the number of restricted funds. 

She hopes the foundation will have more unrestricted funds in the future.

Ristau replaces Susan Skora, who is retiring after 10 years, leading the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.