The La Crosse Central Faculty and Alumni Association announce the 2014
Inductees into the Hall of Excellence: Sandra Brekke and Robert Frise.
They will be honored at a reception on Friday, May 23, at the La Crosse
Center prior to the commencement of 2014 graduates.
Sandra Brekke, a 1985 Central graduate, is the director of St. Clare
Health Mission where she coordinates nearly 350 volunteers, including 70
doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners; 60 nurses, nursing
students and nursing educators, 25 intake and social workers and various
pharmacists, lab technicians, physical therapists and receptionists. She
earned her nursing degree from UW-Madison and has worked as a critical
care nurse. She currently is a member of the La Crosse Community Foundation, and in
the past she has served as a member of the La Crosse Public Education
Foundation. She has been involved in the organization and administration
of the La Crosse Fitness Festival and the Got Energy Triathlon. She is
married to Eric, a surgeon, and has three children: Andrew, Hannah, and
Robert Frise graduated from Central High School in 1952 and from
UW-Madison with a degree in business. From 1956 to 1959 he served as a
pilot in the United States Air Force earning the rank of Lieutenant.
Following his military career he joined the family business, La Crosse
Concrete Company. He has served as president of the Wisconsin Concrete
Pipe Association, the Wisconsin Ready Mix Association, the La Crosse Area
Chamber of Commerce, the La Crosse Builders Exchange and the Lutheran
Hospital Board of Directors. He served on the Board of Directors of
Norwest Bank (now Wells Fargo) for 27 years. He owns several concrete
businesses in the area, the La Crosse Truck Center, and River States Truck
and Trailer, Inc. He is co-owner of the Radisson Hotel in La Crosse.
Through his hard work and efforts working with other community leaders,
several projects were completed such as the redevelopment of the La Crosse
He has been involved in charitable causes in the La Crosse community: He
was a founding member of Chileda and has given extensively to the La
Crosse YMCA - North, English Lutheran Church, the Boys and Girls Club, the
United Way, the Humane Society, UW-La Crosse stadium, and Sigma Chi
Fraternity in Madison. In 1957 he married Ruth Smevog (a Central
graduate), and they have three children.