On the Move – February

Posted on Feb 1, 2010 :: People and Business on the Move
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PEOPLE | The Karma Group in Green Bay has hired Debbie Daanen as account services personnel. In her new role, Daanen will provide support to the account services department on all aspects of account management, including administration and coordination, as well as broaden client relationships. Daanen brings with her close to 20 years of hands-on corporate and agency experience.

Timothy Loch has been named senior vice president and chief operating officer for Affinity Medical Group. Loch brings more than 20 years of financial, health care management and physician practice management experience. In his new role, Loch will be responsible for the leadership and administrative direction of Affinity Medical Group. Most recently, Loch served as vice president of professional practices for Medcenter One Health Systems/Q & R Clinic in Bismarck, N.D.

St. Norbert College has appointed Todd Danen as its director of alumni and parent relations. Danen attended St. Norbert College from 1974 through 1977. He later received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Previously, Danen worked at Rawhide Boy’s Ranch as development manager.

Ledgeview Partners in Appleton has hired Greg Dove as vice president of business services. He brings 11 years of experience to his role, including serving as a program director at Alta Resources.

BrightStar Healthcare has hired Denise Winek as RN Nursing Coordinator. She will be responsible for planning, development, and implementation for all home services and staffing at facilities. Winek comes with 30 years of experience in every aspect of nursing, including sales and marketing. BrightStar has also promoted Barb Packey to office manager. She has been with the company for over a year and has more than 32 years experience in the healthcare industry.

Amy St. Laurent has been tapped as the new director of Bellin Health’s Family Programs and Services Department. St. Laurent previously was a quality project leader for Bellin’s Kress Birthing Center and a former patient care manager at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Neenah.

Deb Bartel, Citizens Bank-Winneconne branch manager, has received the company’s prestigious Business Owner Banking Certificate. The certificate, which takes up to a year to earn, requires successful completion of a series of educational classes combined with hands on training while working with business owners.

Robert Buckingham is the new executive director of Future Neenah Inc. Buckingham retired from his role as director of community development and assessment for the city to take the role vacated when Karen Harkness left for an economic development position with the city of Appleton. Buckingham worked for the City of Neenah for 31 years.

RENEW Wisconsin has elected Lakeshore Technical College instructor Jennifer Heinzen to be president of its board of directors. RENEW is a Madison-based nonprofit that promotes clean energy strategies for powering the state’s economy.

Clifton Gunderson in Oshkosh has announced that Don Raine IV and Stefanie Peterson recently earned the Certified Public Accountant designation. Raine is an assurance associate and Peterson is an assurance senior associate in the Oshkosh office.

Dr. Margaret Christensen, director of professional learning for the Green Bay Area Public School District, has graduated from the National Staff Development Council Academy for Staff Developers, aimed at improving the quality of teaching and learning in schools.

Ric Schultz recently joined his wife, Tara Schultz, in the family business and became co-owner of the new Schultz Agency of Allstate in Oshkosh. Ric Schultz previously worked in the Oshkosh market for 10 years, most recently as vice president and shareholder at Northern Telephone and Data. Tara Schultz has been in the insurance industry for 11 years, having purchased an Allstate Agency in Kimberly three years ago.

Smet Construction Services vice president Paul Belschner and project manager Steve Smet recently attended the United States Green Building Council International convention in Boston.

Bank of Luxemburg president John Slatky and vice president Dave Luebbers were recently presented with Bronze Eagles by a group of local veterans in honor of the bank providing a location for five military monuments.

Michael F. Sturdivant, executive vice president of Tweet/Garot Mechanical, is the recipient of the “Contractor of the Year” Award for 2008 from the Mechanical Contractors Association of North Central Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Fox Valley Sheet Metal Contractors Association.

ImproMed Inc. of Oshkosh has added Jonathan Sewall as a customer support center technician. Sewall, an IT network specialist from Fox Valley Technical College, will be responsible for providing telephone support for ImproMed DOS and Infinity software users.

Pam Berth has joined Ingenuity First, a division of ThedaCare, as an account manager. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin and has more than 15 years experience consulting with local business. She was the business development manager with Business Technology Systems.

First Business Bank – Northeast, part of First Business Financial Services Inc., has added Ron Jankowski, president of Valley Express, to its board of directors.

Clifton Gunderson has promoted Alyce L. Sauer to manager in the entrepreneurial business services department. Sauer joined Clifton Gunderson in 1989 and transferred to the Oshkosh office last May. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Cardinal Stritch University and currently resides in Appleton.

Two staff members at the Weis Earth Science Museum, located on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, have been named award winners by organizations within the earth sciences and geology communities. Gary Richards, WESM educator and mineralogist, was named a recipient of the 2008 Charles A. Salotti Earth Science Education Award. Dr. Joanne Kluessendorf, director of the WESM, has been elected to Fellowship in the Geological Society of America (GSA).

James Zimmer, Pioneer Credit Union’s Chairman of the Board, has been named Credit Union Conferences’ 2008 Director of the Year. He was selected for the honor because he has not only helped lead Pioneer’s marketplace growth, but he has gone above and beyond the requirements of his role as chairman to help other credit unions.

Cheryl Darrow, business and technology instructor at Lakeshore Technical College, has been included in the 2008 edition of Madison Who’s Who of Executives and Professionals. Darrow has taught in the Judicial Reporting program at LTC since August 2000.

Lisa Hagenow has joined Felician Village, Manitowoc, as the new brain health coordinator.

The American Cancer Society has honored Colleen Froelich for her dedication and compassion. Froelich, a beautician with Appleton Medical Center, received the Sunrise Award. She began volunteering at AMC in 1972.

Dr. Gil Burgstede, who previously practiced medicine in Waupaca, has joined ThedaCare Physicians-Waupaca as an urgent care physician. Dr. Burgstede received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and completed his family practice residency at the University of Illinois-Rockford Medical College.

Legato Marketing & Communications in Green Bay has added Cheri Larson as director of client services. She brings more than 25 years experience in marketing, advertising and business management to her new role.

The National Adult Day Services Association has given the Ruth Von Behren Award to Diana Brown, vice president of programs and services for N.E.W. Curative Rehabilitation. This is the highest national honor that can be bestowed upon an individual for recognition of their personal achievements and commitment in the field of Adult Day Services.

Schenck Business Solutions has announced the following promotions: Joel Blair has been promoted to retirement plan consultant for Schenck Retirement Plan Solutions in the Appleton office; Michelle Meyer has been promoted to corporate communications manager at the Appleton office; Hannah Miller has been promoted to senior accountant in the Appleton office; Jason Nachtwey has been promoted to senior accountant in the Appleton office; Jesse Nelson has been promoted to investment manager for Schenck Investment Solutions in Appleton; Jeff Servais has been promoted to supervisor at the Appleton office; Rebecca Stanonik has been promoted to supervisor of the Human Resources Department in the Appleton office; Mike Stevens has been promoted to supervisor in the Appleton office.

Sarah Schneider has joined Schenck Business Solutions as a business development specialist. Her responsibilities will include coordinating marketing initiatives for the Appleton market. Kristin Kapfhamer has also joined Schenck in its Green Bay office as a senior accountant, to provide monthly accounting services to clients.

Jessica Merkel has been promoted to senior accountant in Schenck’s Fond du Lac office; Brian Blaney has been promoted to senior accountant in the Green Bay office; Krista Brassfield has been promoted to senior accountant in the Green Bay office; Tracy De Ruyter has been promoted to senior accountant in the Green Bay office; Wendy Mallo was promoted to supervisor in the Green Bay office; Jesse Marler has been promoted to senior accountant in the Green Bay office; Amy Mercure has been promoted to senior accountant in the Green Bay office; Adam Mleziva has been promoted to senior accountant; Aaron Pluger has been promoted to senior accountant in the government and not-for-profit services department in Green Bay; Melinda Propson has been promoted to supervisor in Green Bay; Melissa Rozum has been promoted to manager in the Green Bay office; Heather Ryczek has been promoted to senior accountant in the Green Bay office; Stephen Ryskoski has been promoted to manager in the Green Bay office; Kelli Sleger has been promoted to senior accountant in the Green Bay office; Scott Sternhagen has been promoted to senior in the government and not-for-profit services department in Green Bay.

Bridget Van Laanen has been promoted to senior in the government and not-for-profit services department at Schenck in Green Bay; Sheri Wanhala has been promoted to Administrative Assistant II in the Green Bay office; Daniel Winske has been promoted to Manager in the Green Bay office; Kelly Block has been promoted to tax manager in the Manitowoc office; Brent T. Engelsma has been promoted to audit manager in the Sheboygan office; Sherri Hayes has been promoted to senior accountant in the Sheboygan office; and Daniel R. Schulz has been promoted to senior accountant in the Sheboygan office.

Citizens Bank has appointed Mark Fleshner as the Citizens Bank – Regional President for Wisconsin, Iowa and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Based in Green Bay, he replaces Randy Peterson, who retired in December. In his new position, Fleshner is responsible for delivery of products, services and financial performance for all lines of business at the 63 Citizens branches in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan and the 11 F&M branches in Iowa. Fleshner has been with Citizens Bank since 1986, most recently as regional president of the Central Michigan region.


C.D. Smith Construction was recently awarded an industry-leading four Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin 2008 BUILD Wisconsin Awards. These awards represent projects that were completed in 2007 and include: Holy Family Catholic Church, Fond du Lac for the new construction, design/build category; Kondex Manufacturing, Lomira for new construction, manufacturing; J. F. Ahern Co.’s Fond du Lac expansion for general construction, renovation; and UW-Madison’s Microbial Sciences Building for general construction, new construction. Each project represents the builder’s skill, integrity, hard work, ingenuity and commitment.

The AGC of Wisconsin utilized an independent panel of industry professionals in selecting the top outstanding construction projects to receive BUILD Wisconsin Awards. C.D. Smith was officially recognized at a special Build Wisconsin Awards Dinner in addition to having each project featured in Wisconsin Builder magazine.

Rural America IT of Two Rivers has been awarded a contract by UMU Limited, located in the United Kingdom, for comparative testing of UMU’s Scan product for mobile devices. Rural America IT will test UMU’s anti-virus software against comparative variables.

Women in Management – Fox Cities Chapter is seeking entries for the Woman Manager of the Year Award. All woman managers working in the Fox Cities are eligible for this award, which honors a woman who has made exemplary contributions to her company, employees and community. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 20. Contact Mandy Soland at [email protected]

Appleton-based ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value has announced the names of the 11 founding members of its board of directors. They include: Paul O’Neill, who served as Secretary of the United States Treasury from 2001 to 2002; James Womack, Ph.D., founder and chairman of the Lean Enterprise Institute; Dr. Arnold Milstein, who serves as the chief physician at Mercer Health & Benefits and as the medical director of the Pacific Business Group; Dr. Randall Linton, who serves as president/CEO of the Luther Midelfort-Mayo Health System in west-central Wisconsin; Maureen Bisognano, who serves as executive vice president, chief operating officer for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement; George Koenigsaecker, who serves as president of Lean Investment; Walter Rugland, who serves as non-executive Chairman of the ThedaCare Board of Directors; Michael Sachs, who serves as chairman/CEO of Sg2, an international healthcare intelligence company that analyzes the impact of changes in the business and technology of healthcare; John Torinus, who serves as chairman of Serigraph, a global provider of innovative printed decorating solutions; and Dr. Dean Gruner, who serves as president/CEO of ThedaCare.

Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin and Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity have received a $53,120 grant to begin a new program called “Almost Home,” which is designed to address the needs of Habitat applicants who have been declined because of a lack of sufficient employment or financial stability. The program will also serve existing Habitat homeowners who are having difficulty making their mortgage payments.

St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton now offers a state-of-the-art treatment to prevent esophageal cancer. Known as Barrx procedure, this safe treatment targets those with the pre-cancerous Barrett’s esophagus condition, a complication of chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease. Dr. Timothy Edison, a gastroenterologist specializing in the treatment of disorders of the esophagus, stomach and gastrointestinal tract, was instrumental in bringing the Barrx procedure to St. Elizabeth Hospital.

Faith Technologies, operating as Town & Country Electric throughout Wisconsin – a full-service electrical and specialty systems contractor – has moved its Green Bay office to a 7,000-square-foot Bellevue facility at 1674 Deerfield Ave. The company said the move allows for more growth opportunities.

Elmstar Electric Corp. of Kaukauna has been awarded the TEGG SERVICE franchise and now offers preventative maintenance services. This new expanded service line will help Elmstar minimize or eliminate unexpected electrical outages, reduce business interruption costs, greatly reduce repair costs and electrical fires, extend equipment life, minimize electrical utility costs and life/safety risk and maximize power quality for all of their customers.

Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland recently held its first Jail Academy. During a four-week session, correction officers gain experience in the areas of behavior control, hostage response, fire safety and correctional law.

The Opportunity Finance Network & The First Nations Oweesta Corp. has presented its Visionary Leader Award to John Smith, executive director of Nii Jii Capital Partners Inc. The award recognizes a person who embodies a long-term contribution to the Native community development financial institution (CDFI) industry. Smith, a resident of Shawano, was honored for his work with Nii Jii Capital Partners, a partnership of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin and the Sokaogon Chippewa Community of Mole Lake.