The Board of Directors of the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic announces the retirement of Executive Director Maribeth Woodford, effective June 30, 2024.


Woodford joined the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic in March of 2011. During her tenure, she helped the Clinic navigate four different relocations, ultimately spearheading the capital campaign to pay for the clinic’s new “forever” medical home and current location at 1030 Oak Ridge Drive in Eau Claire. In addition, she worked with the organization’s Board of Directors to develop new service areas to support the Clinic and ensure the Clinic’s ability to provide continuous care for patients.


Under Woodford’s leadership, the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic has grown and added additional services including an oral health/dental clinic, a women’s health clinic focusing on breast and cervical cancer screening, and a colon cancer screening program as well as increased their outreach on routine adult vaccinations.


“As I reflect on my time here at the Clinic, I’m so proud of everything that has been accomplished in the last 13 years. I’m deeply grateful for the staff and the many volunteers and community members who have stepped forward, sometimes in tough times, to ensure that all people, regardless of their financial situation, have access to health care. The Chippewa Valley area cares about its underserved, vulnerable population, and I am so very honored to have been a part of the programs and services that are part of the solution to offer a hand up to those in need,” said Woodford.


The Board of Directors has hired Wendy Andre, a native of Eau Claire, to succeed Woodford as Executive Director. Andre will begin her new position on July 1.