Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) -  The Rochester Area Foundation Board of Trustees has announced that JoAnn Stormer has resigned as President of the foundation.

The board has also announced Karel Weigel will serve as interim president. The board says Stormer stepped down to return to her family and home in Wisconsin. She had been the foundation’s president since 2012.

“The Board and staff of the Rochester Area Foundation are so appreciative of the leadership provided by Ms. Stormer since she arrived in Rochester in 2012, and we wish her the best as she returns to Wisconsin,” said Wendy Shannon, Chair of Rochester Area Foundation’s Board of Trustees. “Karel Weigel is a tremendous leader, and I am confident her management experience and passion for philanthropy will serve the foundation well during this transition.”

Weigel has extensive leadership and community experience both as Mayo Clinic’s former Administrator for Community Relations and as the founding chair of the Rochester Area Foundation’s First Homes Board of Directors.

“I am honored to serve as Interim President for this organization that I have worked with for a number of years. The Rochester Area Foundation has a long history of providing impactful and flexible giving opportunities for donors, funding for nonprofits through grant making, and providing leadership on key community issues, and I intend to further those missions during my time in this position,” said Weigel.

The foundation hopes to hire a new president by the end of the year.


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