Lynne Rilling
Lynne Rilling

Decorah native Lynne Rilling is the new deputy director-administration at Seed Savers Exchange.

This is a new position created by the Board of Directors to respond to the growth the organization has achieved over the last few years.

A Certified Public Accountant, Rilling received her B.A. at Upper Iowa University. She has extensive business and management experience, having served as controller/general manager of Hotel Winneshiek as well as an accountant with Hacker Nelson & Co.

Hired by Seed Savers Exchange in October 2011 as the chief financial officer, serving both as corporate treasurer and chief accountant, Rilling's additional responsibilities will include management of human resources and the operation of the Lillian Goldman Visitor Center.

"Lynne's skills, hard work and professional demeanor are a perfect match for our growing organization," said SSE's Executive Director John Torgrimson.

"She is a delight to work with and is highly regarded by her colleagues and peers."

While at Hacker Nelson & Co., Rilling was assigned to handle the accounting contract at Seed Savers Exchange.

"I always thought if there was an opening that was a fit for me [at Seed Savers Exchange] I would take it. I love the mission, vision and values of the organization. It's a fantastic place to work," Rilling commented.

"Rilling also has an interesting connection with SSE's Heritage Farm, located six miles north of Decorah," said Torgrimson.

The land where the iconic barn and Lillian Goldman Visitor's Center now sits was once owned by Phillip and Clara Halse in the late 1800's - they are Rilling's great-great grandparents on her father, Earl's, side of the family.

Rilling was born and raised in rural Decorah and is a graduate of North Winneshiek High School. She is active in the community, serving as a board member on the Decorah Chamber's Downtown Decorah Betterment Association. Rillling and her husband, Donald, have three grown children: Justin, Jesse and Morgan.