PEOPLE | Dr. C. Charles Onunkwo has joined ThedaCare Physicians-Infectious Diseases. He received his medical degree from the University of Nigeria-College of Medicine and completed his residency in internal medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Jersey City, N.J. He has a diploma in tropical medicine from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and completed a fellowship in infectious disease at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.
Theresa Pichelmeyer has been named president and chief executive officer of Valley VNA Health System. For the past two years, she has been the chief operating officer/administrator for Valley VNA. Before joining Valley VNA, she was at ThedaCare for many years and held several nursing and manager positions, including vice president/chief nursing officer.
Dr. Amber Post has joined the medical staff at Theda Clark Medical Center. She is an obstetrician and gynecologist at Women’s Care of Wisconsin. She sees patients at the clinic’s Neenah and Oshkosh offices. She completed her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and received her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. She completed her OB/GYN residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals in Milwaukee.
Ledgeview Partners of Appleton has hired Weldon Amaral as an account manager in business development services and Keven Sprehe as a CRM application consultant.
Amy Putzer has been named executive director of Appleton’s Thompson Community Center, a program of Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. She previously worked for the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region as the vice president of grants and community initiatives and spent nine years at UW-Oshkosh developing consulting, training, and student internship services for organizations throughout Northeast Wisconsin.
Dr. Peter M. Fischer has joined ThedaCare Behavioral Health as a psychiatrist. He sees adult patients at Theda Clark Medical Center. He earned his bachelor’s degree from UW and his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He completed his residency at the Indiana University Medical Center and is licensed by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has 16 years experience in outpatient, inpatient, and consultation liaison psychiatry.
Dr. Michael J. McAvoy has joined the medical staff at Appleton Medical Center. He is a provider with Ear, Nose & Throat Surgical Associates. A UW graduate, McAvoy received his medical degree from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Mo. He completed his residency at Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals-Warren Campus in Clinton, Mich., where he was chief resident in otolaryngology/facial plastic surgery.
Orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Jeffrey A. Jacob of Holy Family Memorial’s Lakeshore Orthopedics has passed his board certification exam and become the first and only board certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon in Manitowoc County.
Grant Thornton Wisconsin has announced several promotions in its Appleton office: Eric Cross, Kristen Schmitz and Vicki Xiong were promoted to senior associate in the audit practice while Natalie Heinan was promoted from senior associate to manager and Kara Tullberg and Barb Van Groll were named senior associates in the tax practice.
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause has announced several promotions. Deb Loomis of the construction and real estate team has been named manager. Mary Voss of the retail team has been named manager. Kelly Wedge of the commercial team has been promoted to senior accountant. Ricardo Sevilla and Christopher Skrobutanas were promoted to senior accountants within the manufacturing/distribution team.
Joan Kinzel has been named human resources manager at Lakeside Foods’ Manitowoc Distribution Center. She received her bachelor’s degree in human resources and business management from Silver Lake College. Prior to joining Lakeside, she worked at Federal Mogul.
Christopher Hartrich has joined Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company as vice president of the human resources and organizational development department. He has held executive roles in human resources, administration and organizational development for several companies. He is a certified public accountant and has a master’s degree in business administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
WFRV-TV Channel 5 meteorologist Justin Steinbrinck has been awarded the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval in recognition of the quality of his weather broadcasts.
Dr. Jeri Wiedmeyer has joined Holy Family Memorial’s Lakeside Family Medicine in Manitowoc as a family practitioner. She received her bachelor’s degree in medical microbiology and medical degree from the UW. She completed her residency at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
Michael Liebman has joined Ayres Associates as a senior civil engineer, bringing 32 years of experience in municipal and storm water management engineering throughout the Midwest. Liebman is based in Ayres Associates’ Green Bay area office and works with clients throughout Wisconsin.
Leibold Associates Inc., a strategic marketing and packaging design firm in Neenah, has hired Dan Gara as director of visualization services. He has more than 10 years of experience in producing digital 3-D models, renderings, visualizations and virtual environments.
Nurse practitioner Sara Hartman has joined Affinity Medical Group. She provides personalized primary care to adults and children, including wellness visits and managing acute and chronic conditions. Hartman earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Marquette University and her master’s degree in nursing from UW-Milwaukee.
Todd Ostendorf has joined Directions, a marketing communications and packaging agency in Neenah, as a creative director. He will lead and direct creative development for marketing planning, brand development, creative strategy and positioning for the agency’s clients.
Paul Vidmar of Oshkosh has been named Dale Carnegie and Associates Global Trainer of the Year. The award is presented to the trainer who earned the highest ranking in exceeding program participants’ expectations. Vidmar has been a trainer with Dale Carnegie since 1984.
BayCare Clinic Cardiology has added Dr. Ashok Koul, an electrophysiologist. He is fellowship trained in both cardiology and in cardiac electrophysiology and is also board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and clinical cardiac electrophysiology.
Jenny Urbanek and Ruth Smith have joined Integrity Mutual Insurance Co. Urbanek is Integrity’s new commercial field underwriter in Iowa. She will focus on developing and underwriting new business submissions for an Iowa territory. Smith has joined Integrity as a commercial lines underwriter.
Dr. Hind Gautam has joined BayCare Clinic as an interventional pain management physician. She completed her fellowship in pain medicine at Harvard Medical School through the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital in Boston. She completed her residency in anesthesiology at the Jackson Memorial Hospital and received her medical degree from the University of Mumbai.
Stacy Bouche has been promoted to mortgage sales manager at Baylake Bank. She has more than 20 years experience in banking and is based at Baylake’s Luxemburg Financial Center.
Tina Braun, a Fox Valley Technical College Criminal Justice instructor, has been named 2009 Woman Officer of the Year by the Wisconsin Association of Women Police. Braun, a 1994 graduate of FVTC’s Law Enforcement Recruit Academy, teaches Defense and Arrest Tactics training. She is a lieutenant with the Fond du Lac Police Department.
Michelle Rabe has been named vice president of Bank First National. Rabe has been with the bank since 2002 and previously held the title of assistant vice president. She will continue her lending responsibilities as well as serve as branch manager of the bank’s Kiel office.
Hospital Sisters Health System, which includes St. Mary’s and St. Vincent’s hospitals in Green Bay and St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan, has reorganized its senior leadership. The two Green Bay chief operating officers, Tom Bayer at St. Vincent and Larry Connors at St. Mary, continue in their roles, but will assume the duties of lead administrative contacts for service line leaders at the three hospitals. Larry Matthews, formerly assistant administrator at St. Vincent, has been named vice president of administration. Tanya Townsend has been named chief information officer for the division. Roger Breitrick, who previously served as compliance officer at St. Vincent, has been named compliance officer for the Eastern Wisconsin Division.
Menasha Corp. has named William F. Ash president of ORBIS Corp., the company’s second largest operating division. Ash has been vice president of finance at ORBIS since 2004.
First Business Bank – Northeast has added Terry Tessier as vice president of business development. He has more than 35 years of banking experience, most recently with JPMorgan Chase Bank in Appleton and Neenah.
Teresa (Terry) J. Rasmussen, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, has been elected chair of the National Fraternal Congress of America Board of Directors.
Ashley Leatherberry has joined Legato Marketing & Communications in Green Bay as a marketing and communications coordinator.
Stuart Ralsky has joined Orion Energy Systems Inc. in Manitowoc as senior vice president of human resources. He will oversee human resources operations for Orion including recruitment, selection, leadership and team development and performance management.
The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation has announced its 2010 Board of Directors. New board members are Betsy Mitchell, Green Bay Packers; Mark Kasper, Amerhart Ltd.; Mike Simmer, M&I Bank; Gail McNutt, Schneider National; and Adrian Ulatowski, Davis and Kuelthau. Re-elected members are Cindy Jones; Mark McMullen, Associated Banc-Corp.; and Steve Taylor, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. Officers are Wes Garner of Great Lakes Calcium, president; Nancy Armbrust, vice chairperson; Julie Van Straten of UnitedHealthcare as secretary; and Mike Meeuwsen as treasurer.
BUSINESS | The American Foundation of Counseling Services in Green Bay honored two local businesses and one individual with its 2009 Ethics in Business Awards. Innovative Services Inc., a non-profit organization committed to flexible, accessible and family-centered supports and service, was honored in the non-profit category. Nsight/Cellcom, a wireless phone company, was honored in the business category. Connie Greenawald, the development and communications director at The Einstein Project in Green Bay, was honored as an individual.
Wisconsin Builder magazine has named the Boldt Co. of Appleton as Builder of the Year. To be recognized with this award, firms must first be nominated by readers of the trade publication which include architects, engineers, subcontractors and suppliers. Members of the magazine’s editorial board make the final selection. Boldt also earned top honors for projects recently completed from Midwest Construction magazine and three awards from the Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin.
The Dominion Foundation has donated $4,500 to the Chamber of Manitowoc County’s Junior Leadership Manitowoc County. The objective of the program is to identify promising students from Manitowoc County and provide them with information and education about the community’s opportunities and challenges all while building a network between students and an understanding of each other’s circumstances and concerns.
SECURA Insurance, headquartered in Appleton, tied for the ninth spot nationally among property and casualty carriers in Deep Customer Connections Inc.’s seventh annual survey. For the 2009 survey, more than 8,600 independent agents and brokers assessed the performance of over 250 property and casualty carriers.
The Tetra Tech Fox River Sediment Processing Facility, which was built by Miron Construction Co. of Neenah, was Environmental Project of the Year by Midwest Construction magazine. The sediment processing facility houses equipment used to treat sediment dredged out of the lower Fox River in order to remove polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other contaminants that will ultimately be placed in area landfills.
Bellin Health has earned recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s “Get with the Guidelines” stroke program for providing superior service in the treatment of stroke patients.
Virtualtech Website Design Promotion has been selected for the 2009 Best of Appleton Award in the Online Service Providers category by the U.S. Commerce Association. The “Best of Local Business” award recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category.
J.F. Ahern of Fond du Lac received a 2009 Build Wisconsin Award from the Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin. Ahern won as a specialty contractor for the plumbing work performed at the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research in Madison.
Quick Signs of Green Bay and Prevea Health have received the 2009 Families in Good Company Award from the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. Quick Signs, which has built thousands of indoor and outdoor signs for businesses statewide, employs an internal policy of “family first.” Prevea Health creates a sense of family in the workplace with its mission, which reads to “take care of people with passion, pride and respect.”
The N.E.W. Curative Rehabilitation Center in Green Bay has been renamed the Dr. William Nystrom Center in honor of Nystrom, who served as Curative’s president from 1960 to 1993.
Toyota Material Handling U.S.A. Inc. selected Conger Toyotalift of Green Bay to offer the company’s line-up of Aichi, a Toyota Industries Company, aerial work platforms to the U.S. market. Aichi’s product line, including scissor lifts, crawler and wheeled-boom lifts, is designed specifically to meet a wide range of indoor and outdoor needs.
MEGTEC of De Pere has been selected a Hewlett Packard Graphics Solutions Partner, supplying customized drying solutions developed specifically for use on the HP T300 Color Inkjet Web Press.
Miron Construction Co. Inc. received four 2009 Build Wisconsin Awards from Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin. Miron was recognized in the design build-new construction; municipal utility/underground – new construction; utility/underground – renovation; and heavy/industrial/warehouse construction – new construction categories.
Orion Energy Systems Inc. of Manitowoc ranks No. 241 on the Technology Fast 500 — Deloitte LLP’s ranking of 500 of the fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America. Rankings are based on percentage of fiscal year revenue growth during the five-year period from 2004 to 2008.
Enzymatic Therapy Inc. received the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Business Award.
Thilmany Papers has selected WOW Logistics of Appleton as its finished good distribution partner. As a strategic supply chain partner, WOW will manage the majority of Thilmany’s finished goods distribution from its Little Chute facility.
401K Plan Advisors has joined the Advance Business Center in Green Bay. Owned by Anthony Krance, 401K Plan Advisors is a registered investment advisory firm that acts as a fiduciary to plan sponsors by providing expert advice to owners regarding their companies’ retirement plans.
Denmark State Bank is renovating its Maribel location. A.C.E. Building Service of Manitowoc will renovate the existing business to combine the current drive thru area with a relocated walk up teller area and new main entrance for the bank. The renovation project will additionally create approximately 2,800 square feet of office space that the bank will lease out.
Two local health insurance benefits providers, Chris Hanson of Hanson Benefits and Pamela Utpadel of Universal Insurance Advisors, have created WorkPlace Wellness Partners “Your Life in Your Hands,” to help small businesses address employee health. WorkPlace Wellness Partners will provide seminars and educational resources to more than their 200 small businesses served from their agencies.
The new ThedaStar helicopter featuring the latest collision avoidance technology is now in service. Based at the Level II Trauma Center at Theda Clark Medical Center, ThedaStar responds directly to accident/trauma scenes and also transports patients between facilities 24 hours a day, seven days a week. ThedaCare is leasing the a $6 million twin-engine Eurocopter E-135 from PHI Inc., a Lafayette, La., company that supplies the pilots and mechanics who work on ThedaStar.
The papermaker Appleton has received a Governor Worksite Gold Wellness Award. The award, designed by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Health, recognizes employers who promote a work environment that encourages and enables their employees to improve their health and well-being. The cities of Appleton and Green Bay each received a Silver Wellness Award.
Legato Marketing and Communications was named as a winner in three separate categories in the 2009 Communications Review by the Wisconsin Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing Society. The Communications Review is recognized by health care professionals in Wisconsin as a program dedicated to honoring excellence and superior accomplishment in the practice of healthcare public relations and marketing.