Dave Dunn is the general manager at SWI Industrial Solutions (SWI).Valerie Gustin is now executive director of Springfield Workshop Foundation. The two nonprofits work together to support individuals with disabilities.

Dunn was executive director of Springfield Workshop Foundation for seven years. “His attention to promoting SWI, fundraising, securing sponsorships and keeping the mission of SWI front and center makes him the right person at the right time to lead SWI,” says Gary Bishop, SWI board chairman.


Gustin, employee advocate and vocational specialist at SWI, will use her expertise in development to continue the fundraising activities of the foundation. According to Tim Midyett, foundation board chair, “Valerie is perfect, having the right mix of experience in development and advocating for SWI employees.”

SWI supports individuals with a variety of disabilities with meaningful and dignified employment, and provides area manufacturers with a reliable expansion of their workforces. The foundation assists with finding the resources needed and not funded by governmental sources to improve the quality of lives of individuals with disabilities.

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