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Alumnus takes over as Positive Alternatives director

July 24, 2012

A University of Wisconsin-Stout alumnus is the new executive director of a local nonprofit organization, Positive Alternatives.

Kevin Mannel began his duties in June. Positive Alternatives serves at-risk youth through intervention, prevention and residential care services.

Mannel graduated from UW-Stout with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 1979 and 1980 in vocational rehabilitation. He has 27 years of management experience in county health and social services in California and Wisconsin. He oversaw programs in Lassen County, Calif., that received three awards from the National Association of County Organizations and the national Center for Disease Control.

He and his wife are excited to return to Wisconsin to be closer to family. “I’m impressed by the staff qualities and look forward to enhancing our vital services,” Mannel said.

Michael Fairchild, president of the Board of Directors of Positive Alternatives, said Mannel “will provide the organizational experience and strength to help Positive Alternatives expand current services and initiate new programs in a cost-effective manner.”

Positive Alternatives board Vice President Susie Eberhard is chair of the UW-Stout department of rehabilitation and counseling. UW-Stout students regularly volunteer with Positive Alternatives. “Kevin’s expertise and innovative approach will expose students to best practices in service delivery,” she said.

Positive Alternatives, founded in 1974, has offices in Menomonie and River Falls. It is a member of the United Way of Dunn County. For more information go to www.positive-alternatives.org.

UW-Stout offers undergraduate and graduate programs in vocational rehabilitation.

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