Western Alumni Association Announces 2018 Distinguished Alumnus

Western Technical College’s Alumni Association awarded this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award to Bernadine “Bernie” Hornby, president and chairperson of Vernon Electric Cooperative.

Hornby, of Viroqua, is a 1980 graduate of the Interior Design program. Until 1986, she held interior design positions at A&C Johnson Co. and the Viroqua Home Center. From 1988-2001, she formed her own business, Wedding Day Bridal Services, which designed and coordinated rental products for wedding ceremonies.

In addition to her interior design career, Hornby has served on a number of community organizations. From 1992-2012, she served as Treasurer for the Town of Franklin in Vernon County. In 2001, she was elected to the Vernon Electric Cooperative Board, serving as Treasurer until 2012, and from 2012-present, as president. She is also active in her local church and Viroqua FFA alumni groups.

“Through her work within her community and her career, Bernadine represents the values of Western,” said Sally Emerson, alumni manager at Western. “She serves as an excellent role model for all students and alumni.”

Hornby will be the keynote speaker at Western’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, April 21, and a special reception will be held in her honor prior to the ceremony.

Western’s Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes dedicated service to the community or nation, leadership, personal growth and achievement, professional achievement, and contributions to the Western district.

For more information on Western’s Alumni Association or to submit a nomination for the Distinguished Alumni Award, call 608.789.6083.