Former M&I president takes over United Way
The organization’s board of directors said Ochs took office Wednesday. He takes over as the top administrator of the organization six months after the resignation of former President Gail Graham in November 2010.
Janine Peterson has acted as interim president of United Way. She will resume her former role as vice president in the near future, the organization said Thursday in a news release.
Ochs said he is excited about the appointment.
“The United Way is an organization that’s vital to our community with the work it does,” he said. “I think it will be a fun time to work with this group and do some good.”
Ochs, a rural Janesville resident, said he brings a banker’s approach toward collaboration and efficiency to the United Way, which works with other area organizations.
He said his immediate goal is to be an “active and aggressive listener” in dealing with local agencies and local donors to make sure that the group is meeting local needs.
Ochs is active in several other local organizations, including G.I.F.T.S. Men’s Shelter and Rock County 5.0. Ochs also serves as president of the Janesville Foundation, and he said he plans to continue doing so.
“You’ve only got so many hours in a day, but at the same time, I feel strongly about being involved in community projects,” Ochs said.
Ochs compared the United Way of North Rock to other organizations in which he’s involved, saying they’re all cornerstones in developing the local economy.
“It all really ties together,” he said.