News Release
Release No.STELPRD4022548
ContactKevin Tuttle715-701-2589
Stevens Point, Dec 02, 2013 --


    Kevin Tuttle, 715-701-2589

    Barron Resident Retires From Federal Service

    Stevens Point, WI – Dec 2, 2013 --- USDA Rural Development lost one of its longest-tenured employees with her retirement at the end of November. Lori Wells, a fixture in the Barron community, retired after more than 36 years with the agency. Her last title was Assistant State Director, but she held several positions of authority throughout her decades-long service.

    Wells brought a keen understanding and knowledge of the Rural Development mission area, its programs, and activities. She served as the senior advisor to the State Director, which plans, manages, executes, and evaluates the full range of Rural Development administrative programs and operations. Wells also provided excellent leadership, direction and guidance not only to the administrative program staff in the Wisconsin State Office, but also to all Rural Development employees throughout the state and agency.

    Wells started with Rural Development in August of 1976, then Farmers Home Administration, as a temporary Emergency Loan Clerk. Then she moved into a County Office Clerk position, County Office Assistant, and Program Review Assistant. Prior to becoming Administrative Programs Director, Wells was the Management Controls Officer and held collateral positions of Equal Employment Opportunity Counselor and Federal Women’s Program Manager.

    “She is an exemplary and talented employee. Her work ethic, leadership, and passion for the Rural Development mission has been an inspiration to her colleagues in federal service and an asset to the people of rural Wisconsin.  I am quite confident, given her skills and energy, she’ll find new ways to serve her community beyond this transition,” said Stan Gruszynski, USDA Rural Development State Director.

    Wells resides in Barron with her husband Kris. She has two daughters and four grandchildren, “who happen to have Grandma Lori wrapped around their little finger,” according to Wells.


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