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Ben Groboski, Sr. Marketing Specialist, Habitat and Thrivent Partnership
Karen Lepisto, VP – Human Resources and Community Relations, Sargento
Renee Torzala, Community Relations Manager, Faith Technologies
Ben Groboski works as a Senior Marketing Specialist and is officed out of the Appleton, WI office. His current work focuses on development, refinement, and promotion of national volunteer programs through the Habitat and Thrivent Partnership. During his 13 year career, Ben has been involved in sales, business development, research, coaching, financial analysis, and most recently volunteer engagement. During the 5 years he has spent with the Habitat and Thrivent partnership he has developed a deep appreciation for the need for decent shelter and the challenges and triumphs involved in tackling the issue. Ben believes that by combining expertise and passion communities can identify, address, and solve any issues they face. By partnering with employers in target communities, greater awareness and impact can be achieved by leveraging the collective power of the workforce. Ben is a 2001 graduate of UW – Stevens Point majoring in Business Administration and Economics. In 2014 he graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin with an MBA.
Karen Lepisto is the Vice President of Human Resources and Community Relations at Sargento Foods Inc. In this position, Karen manages employee relations, corporate communications, and community relations. During her more than 20 years at Sargento, Karen has held a number of Human Resources roles including Director of Human Resources, Senior Manager Human Resources, and Recruiter. Karen’s experience also includes manufacturing roles including Production Supervisor, Technical Training and Safety Administrator, and Production Personnel Scheduler. As a leader, she prides herself on being genuine, transparent and honest, which contributes to her ultimate goal to ensure a positive experience for all Sargento stakeholders, including members of the Sargento Family and the communities in which they live. Karen received both a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management and a master’s in Management and Organizational Development from Silver Lake College.
Renee Torzala is the Community Relations Manager at Faith Technologies, and oversees the Community Involvement program for the company. This includes managing and evaluating sponsorship and volunteer activities to align with Faith's values, culture and philanthropic goals. She works closely with the learning and development, marketing and leadership teams to identify new ways to connect our employees to the communities in which they live and work. Her role allows her to illuminate the important role between community involvement and company morale, helping to build a collaborative and inspiring work culture. Renee joined Faith Technologies in 2017 and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a degree in Journalism.