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Published on November 30, 2018

Robyn Tanke retires after 26 years at the Foundation

Robyn Tanke

There are some people at Gundersen who are such an integral part of the organization that it's easy to imagine they will be here forever. One such person is Robyn Tanke, CFRE, senior director of development, Gundersen Medical Foundation. But alas she is retiring at the end of the year, after more than 30 years of service to Gundersen Health System and the Foundation.

Robyn first worked at Gundersen after high school, as a receptionist. She left for more education and other career opportunities, but later returned to work for the Lutheran Hospital Foundation. Through a merger, name change, leadership changes, exponential growth, several major capital campaigns and a variety of positions, here Robyn remained for 26 years.

On arriving in 1992, one of her first challenges was to put together the biennial fundraiser Rhythm's musical variety show (formerly known as Pills a Poppin'). She apparently did well because she oversaw many, helping to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for various departments and initiatives at Gundersen.

When Lutheran Hospital merged with Gundersen Clinic in 1997, Robyn became director of development for the new Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation. In this position she played a major role in many notable campaigns such as Home for Hope for the new Cancer Center, Campus Renewall, and Endowing Our Excellence to secure endowments for medical education.

Robyn later became senior director of Development, serving as the Foundation's chief development officer, overseeing a team of more than 20 people. "It's been an enormous pleasure and honor working with all these amazing people. I'm going to miss them so much," admits Robyn.

Robyn says she will also miss all the wonderful people who support the Foundation. "I am touched most by the simple generosity of others. Also, by the joy it brings them to give and be part of something. These are most often grateful patients thankful for the care they have received. People often thank me for the opportunity to give back—it helps in the healing process."

Robyn is understandably proud of her many accomplishments including helping organize Steppin' Out in Pink which has raised millions for breast cancer research and care, and her involvement—and creative performances—in the annual Heritage Society Recognition Event.

On the eve of her retirement, Robyn says she looks forward to "simple things like reading the paper with a morning cup of coffee, travelling, golfing more, playing pickleball, visiting her grandkids and spending winters in Arizona."

Mandy Nogle named the Foundation's new director of Development

Mandy Nogle

Although Robyn Tanke is retiring soon, she is leaving her position in good hands with Mandy Nogle, currently manager of Major and Planned Gifts. While Mandy has big shoes to fill, she is eager for the challenges and rewards of serving as the new director of Development.

Mandy came to Gundersen Medical Foundation in 2011 as program specialist for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. In the ensuing years, she's assumed many roles. For example, Mandy helped develop e-philanthropy for the Foundation and sees an opportunity to further adopt technology and digital media to help donors have better experiences.

Mandy then moved into Major and Planned Gifts, and in 2017 became manager. In this role and continuing with her new position, Mandy wants employees to understand that they play such a significant role in inspiring giving. "Philanthropy starts with great care," she says. "Employees should know that their compassion and service to patients and families inspire gratitude which, in turn, inspires giving."

On her transition into her new role as director, Mandy explains, "We have a wonderful team in place. I'm excited to work with this incredible team and help grow our areas of expertise. I'm also looking forward to continuing to build relationships with the Foundation staff of our regional partners. We can work together to provide better service to all of our communities with a common vision to 'Enrich Every Life.'"

"It's all about the team," emphasizes Mandy. "We have a strong foundation, a strong tradition and a strong team. It will be a privilege to serve in this capacity."

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