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WRC Announces Interim Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Religious Collaborative is pleased to announce the appointment of Sister Julie Tydrich FSPA as the Interim Executive Director. She begins her service on July 1, 2021.

Sister Julie will replace Lynelle Korte, who resigned as Executive Director effective May 14th. Sister Julie will serve while the Board of Directors conducts a search for the permanent replacement of the Executive Director.

Sister Julie brings many years of experience as a leader in her community including twenty-one years a treasurer and four years as a member on the leadership team of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration of La Crosse WI.

Sister Julie was a member of the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Religious Collaborative in 2018 while she was on the FSPA leadership team. Most recently she has served as an NRRO consultant.

In the coming months, Sister Julie will focus her work on continuing the planning for programs and services of highest priority for members of the WRC. The Board is grateful for Sister Julie’s generosity in assisting during this time of transition.

WRC: Better Together

The Wisconsin Religious Collaborative is a membership organization designed to enable religious institutes to collaborate and assist each other with management and resource needs, ultimately allowing leadership to focus on mission and ministry. 

WRC member organizations may assist each other in providing needed internal management services through collaboration, sharing of personnel or programs, or through seeking and/or sharing the services of outside vendors. This is the first such organization in the United States. The collaboration will be needs-driven and designed to free leadership and members of religious institutes to focus on mission and ministry. 

The Collaborative envisions designing and collaborating on such services as assessing management needs, being a clearing house for available resources, sharing management resources, identifying potential resources to meet needs including outsourcing beyond member institutes, and initiating new collaborative ventures. 

After many months of exploration and research, WRC was formed in early 2018, and was accepted in the Official Catholic Directory via the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in June 2018. Executive Director Lyn Korte, CAE, was hired in January 2019. 

The first six months of 2019 focused on establishing an infrastructure for the organization and completing in-depth research and discovery into each member organization's needs and strengths. Several programs and projects were identified to meet the biggest needs and leverage strengths across all the communities. The second half of 2019 focused on developing those programs and continuing to talk to non-member religious institutes to better understand opportunities for expanded collaboration, support, and partnership throughout the region. 

Anyone who is interested in learning more about the WRC is invited to reach out to Julie Tydrich:

​Julie Tydrich FSPA
Executive Director