MEET OUR STAFF
Sarah Kocken - Executive Director
Sarah Kocken graduated from UWEC in December 2007 with a BA in history and English literature. After graduating, she pursued a career in banking. She married in July of 2009 and moved a week later with her husband, Greg, to Wyoming where she continued to work in banking and insurance.
In 2011, Sarah and Greg were able to move back to Eau Claire for Greg's work. Since being back in Eau Claire, Sarah has worked for Royal Credit Union and UW-Eau Claire. She is extremely excited to be with the CVSO, working to build connections and grow the region's passion for music and local musicians.
Sarah resides in Eau Claire with her husband Greg, one-year-old daughter Helen and two Siberian Huskies - Tiberius and Olivia. In her free time she enjoys knitting, listening to records, reading and spending time with family.
Contact her at: sarah@cvsymphony.org

James Forer - Finance Director
Jim is a performing member (viola) of the CVSO since moving to Eau Claire area in 1985, and has been active in management of Symphony since 1988. He has been the past president, treasurer, and is currently the Finance Director and Orchestra Personnel Manager for the CVSO. Jim and his wife Kathleen often assist, the Friends of the Symphony group to help promote the CVSO, and frequently bring their grandchildren (Allyson and Jaren Meyer) to concerts.
Contact him at: jim@cvsymphony.org
Jenn Newman - Operations and Marketing Director
Jenn Newman was born on the west coast and has lived in the Chippewa Valley since 2010. She obtained a degree in Theatre Arts with a specialty in Management and Design as well as a degree in History. Before joining the CVSO she spent years working in children's theatre. She currently resides in Eau Claire with her husband, Karl and their three boys. In her free time she enjoys volunteering at her son's school, gardening, crocheting, and baking.
Contact her at: jenn@cvsymphony.org

Kathy Forer - Accounts Receivable Manager
Kathy has been involved in the CVSO for 20 years as a season ticket holder, Friends of the Symphony and wife of Finance Director, JIm Forer. She is an Eau Claire native and has worked in the area as an accountant for many years.  She is semi-retired but is still working at several positions on her own time. Retirement allows her time with her daughter and her family. Kathy's Grandchildren, Allyson & Jaren are the light of her life.
Contact her at: kathy@cvsymphony.org