financial goals is something I’m passionate about. Adding Kate and additional support staff will allow me to continue to provide a high level of service and solutions to members.” She said she is also looking for an additional securities licensed individual to join her team.

To accommodate the additional team members, her current Thrivent Financial office at 539 N. Madison St. in Chilton recently expanded. An open house is planned for Friday, May 31. Members and their guests will enjoy refreshments, tour the office, meet the employees and learn about the products and services offered. Van Grinsven said she also plans to convert a large room in the rear of the office building into a comfortable classroom setting for the seminars she has been leading, often at a local restaurant. The seminars will be designed around topics including economic updates, retirement planning, college planning, Medicare, healthcare, long-term care and Social Security.

Helping people plan and be smart with their money is something Van Grinsven has been doing since she first started working at the company in 1977. With 36 years in the business, she said she appreciates the solid company she works for and obviously likes what she does. She also continues to excel at it, as witnessed by being honored by the senior management team at Thrivent’s prestigious Pinnacle Award Conference recently and she will be honored at Thrivent’s Peak Performers ceremony this month.

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But what she said she really enjoys about working for a faith-based organization such as Thrivent Financial is how it helps and gives back to the community. The Fortune 500 financial services membership organization has 2.5 million members. As a not-for-profit organization, Thrivent Financial joins with its members to create and support local and national outreach programs and activities which help congregations, schools, charitable organizations and individuals in need.

Van Grinsven pointed out that people do not need to be Lutheran to be a member of Thrivent Financial, nor do only Lutheran-based organizations benefit from the charitable giving back of Thriven to the community. In fact, the Calumet Humane Association, Good Shepherd Catholic Parish, Chilton Area Catholic School and St. Martin Heritage Park are some of the organizations which have been helped locally in recent months.

There is something of a snowball effect at Thrivent Financial which Van Grinsven has aided by being successful in attracting new members—the more members, the better Thrivent Financial can do for its local communities. “More and more organizations are going to benefit from local members,” she said.

Van Grinsven serves Thrivent Financial members in Calumet, Outagamie and Manitowoc counties. She offers a broad range of financial products and services to individuals, families and businesses.