IMG_9198 2.jpgDarian Blattner
Executive Director

A 27-year professional in the health and wellness industry, Darian Blattner is the 1st Executive Director of the Centre.  His career started in 1993 at the Eau Claire YMCA as a part-time youth sports and building supervisor while attending college at UW-Eau Claire.  In January 1994 he accepted a full-time position as the Youth, Sports, Fitness and Camp Director with the Chippewa Valley Family YMCA in Chippewa Falls.  During his time he started Camp Chip-a-Y-a day camp which is still in operation today.  In January 1997 an opportunity to move to Hudson to join the St. Paul YMCA system came about through the Youth, Teen and Child Care Director position.  Over a 12 year career with the St. Paul YMCA, Darian moved up the organization first as a Senior Program Director in 2000 to an Executive Director in 2003.  He worked with starting up the River Falls YMCA before coming to New Richmond in 2004.  He also had responsibility over the Osceola YMCA branch for a number of years.  When the YMCA left New Richmond in December 2003, Darian was hired to stay on as the Executive Director of the Centre.  Darian earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from UW-Eau Claire while also playing on the baseball team for four years. 

Colleen.JPGColleen Davis
Member Development Director

Colleen Davis has been with the Centre since April 2013, beginning as a part time staff member at the Welcome Center.  Seven months later, the Communications Coordinator position opened up and she knew that was the job for her.  With a BS in Graphic Design from UW-Eau Claire, she would be able to put her degree and passion to work again.  Eleven month into the Communications Coordinator position, she jumped at the chance to be a full time Communications Manager and landing currently as the Member Development Director.  She has enjoyed working with program staff to create marketing collateral, developing communications to members, and designing promotions.  Flyers, fundraising campaign materials, promotional offers, PSAs, bulk mailings, newsletters, social media, and the website are all tucked in her back pocket.  Prior to working at the Centre, Colleen worked for 10 years at KRM, a professional webinar event management company, while in college and after graduation.  Those 10 years were broken up by a short period of time working at The Hartford before being asked to work again for KRM.  However, between then and now, she was a stay at home mom.

Dave Rummel.jpgDave Rummel
Properties Manager

Dave is looking forward to the challenge of managing the facility because “it’s a vital hub of life in New Richmond”.  He said this job will give him “an opportunity to work in my hometown and be a part of the community.”  Being that New Richmond is Dave’s hometown, he is eager for the chance to connect with new residents he has not yet had the opportunity to meet.

Dave and his wife, Roxanne, have lived in New Richmond most of their lives and worked in and around St Croix county most of his life.  Dave brings 40 years carpentry experience and 10 years home inspection experience to the Centre.

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Member Experience Manager

Connie grew up in New Richmond and, after having a full-time job with the New Richmond School District for over 20 years, joined the Centre part-time in June of 2014. Working and building relationships with the members is one of the things she enjoys most about her job, and she is happy to be one of the smiling faces that greets you at the Welcome Center. In 2021, Connie was asked to help out in the business department and has been enjoying that as well, and when the opportunity arose to become the Membership Experience Manager, she couldn't pass up the chance. It was like a dream come true, and she realized that the Centre is home. She loves the Centre like she loves her hometown, and she sees the Centre as a vital component to New Richmond’s physical and social well-being. When Connie isn't at the Centre she enjoys going to church, spending time with her two grown sons, and her time spent with friends.  

Sarah (3).JPGSarah Reas
Business Manager

The Centre journey began for Sarah Reas when she first joined as a member in 2009 when she introduced her daughter to the pool, sharing her passion for being in the water. In 2012, Sarah joined the Welcome Center team, working part time during a life transition and while going back to college. She absolutely loved greeting and helping folks as they entered the Centre, striving for excellent customer service and finding mutually positive solutions when needed. "People who come to the Centre want to be here to better themselves, have fun, socialize, and find connections. It is always a great day at the Centre!"

Sarah has always appreciated the community ties and friendly atmosphere the Centre offers. She worked at the Welcome Center for 6 years while attending WITC, now Northwood Technical College, to obtain her Associates Degree in Accounting and then obtaining her Bachelors Degree in Accounting in 2018 from UW-River Falls. She was active at the campuses, participating in clubs, Student Senate, and tutoring others for several business courses. She is most proud of how she achieved her degrees while raising her two young daughters.

In 2022, Sarah rejoined the Centre as the Business Manager. From her past experience, Sarah has a strong business and banking industry background. Community and connections are important to her and she strives to be involved. In her free time, she likes to read, sketch, help others, spend time with family and friends, and cheer on her kids during their sports. Sarah and her family, including their dog Bailey, enjoy camping, hiking, volleyball, and swimming together.

Patsy.JPGPatsy Taylor
Aquatics Programs Manager

Patsy Taylor has been an active member of the Centre since 2019. In 2022, she came on staff as a part time lifeguard. When she saw the Aquatics Programs Manager position open up she jumped at the chance to come on board.

Patsy has previously worked in the world of management in sales, hotels, banks, and the USPS. Patsy has been active in many sports while in high school and college and took on various coaching roles as well. While at University of Wisconsin Stout, she majored in Hospitality & Tourism and Art. When not in class, she ran for the cross country team. For many years she was an avid runner and participated in many races until a knee injury surrendered her to the pool. She became an avid swimmer, lifeguard, and swim instructor at the Bloomer Aquatic Center.

Patsy believes the Centre is a vital part of the New Richmond Community. She is a proud mother of a USAF Airman and when she is not at the Centre she loves spending time with her 4 kids.


Facility Hours:

  May - September October - April
Monday - Friday 4:45 AM - 8:00 PM 4:45 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday - Sunday      6:00 AM - 6:00 PM      6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Program areas close 15 minutes prior to the Centre closing.


Contact Us:

425 E 5th St
New Richmond WI 54017


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