PEOPLE | Thrivent Financial for Lutherans’ board of directors has named Brad Hewitt as the organization’s new president and chief executive officer. Hewitt currently serves as Thrivent’s chief operating officer and succeeds retiring chairman, president and CEO Bruce Nicholson. Hewitt will also join the Thrivent Financial Board of Directors. Hewitt brings more than 27 years of experience to Thrivent Financial. He joined the organization in 2003 as senior vice president of Fraternal Operations and has also served as president of the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation. In November 2008, he was promoted to chief operating officer. Thrivent also announced a new corporate governance structure, naming Kurt M. Senske, current vice chair, lead director, and chair of the Governance Committee of the board as chair of the board.
Vicki Updike is the new president of the Miles Kimball Company in Oshkosh. Since joining the company in 2002 as marketing manager, Updike received several promotions and increased responsibilities over brand management and merchandising. She will report to Stan Krangel, who is president of the catalog and Internet group. Krangel has also been named president of Boca Java, an Internet-based premium roasted-to-order gourmet coffee company.
Dr. Daniel C. Condit has joined ThedaCare Behavioral Health at its Midway Road clinic in Menasha. A clinical neuropsychologist, Dr. Condit specializes in treating adults with a wide range of neurological, medical and psychiatric conditions. He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Colorado State University and his master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Texas. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and completed his post-doctoral residency in clinical neuropsychology at Evanston-Northwestern Healthcare in Evanston, Ill.
Dr. Paul Koch received the 2009 Unity Guardian Angel Award for his contributions to Unity, a hospice and palliative care organization in Green Bay. Koch, a retired oncologist, volunteers as a physician with Unity.
Red Shoes PR, a public relations agency in Appleton, has added Rachel Wollersheim as account coordinator and Dian Johnson as office manager. A graduate of St. Norbert College, Wollersheim assists the team with ongoing client needs. With her background in customer service, communication and administrative tasks, Johnson is in charge of all office duties.
Renee Hedsand has been named manager at Fox Valley CPA’s, an Appleton-based firm providing tax, accounting and related business decision guidance and support to small businesses. She brings more than 21 years of experience as a small business accountant and tax specialist for public accounting firms.
Lauren Klemm has joined Affinity Health System as an American Cancer Society patient navigator at Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh and St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton. Affinity is the only health system in the area that currently partners with the American Cancer Society on the patient navigator program.
General surgeon Derek B. Johnson is now seeing patients at ThedaCare Physicians-Clintonville. Dr. Johnson also sees patients at ThedaCare Physicians-Shawano. He received his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and studied medicine at the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in Mexico. He received a degree from the New York Medical College and completed his residency in general surgery at the Berkshire Medical Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Pittsfield, Mass.
Tanessa Klug has joined Cerebral Palsy Inc. in Green Bay as manager of development.
The Hospice Organization and Palliative Experts of Wisconsin recently honored Kaukauna resident Franny Kilgas for her volunteer work with ThedaCare At Home Hospice. She has helped hundreds of families over the past 15 years.
Michelle Devine Giese has been promoted to president of STEP Industries in Neenah. Previously, she was vice president and chief operating officer for the company, which provides contract packaging and assembly services specializing in inspection/quality control, parts assembly, customized packaging and labeling. The non-profit organization provides transitional employment to men and women who are recovering from alcoholism or other drug addiction. STEP’s previous CEO, Hugh Holly, joined Nova Counseling Services in Neenah as executive director. Nova provides inpatient and residential services for people seeking treatment for alcoholism and other drug dependencies.
Dr. Dean Smith has joined the behavioral health department at Affinity Medical Group in Appleton. He provides personalized psychiatric care to children and adolescents. Smith attended the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis and completed his residency in psychiatry and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Dr. Rami Kaldas, an obstetrician and gynecologist with Women’s Care in Neenah, was recognized by the AAGL Global Congress of Minimally Invasive Gynecology for his contributions to innovations in laparoscopic surgeries.
Donna Schwantes has been promoted IT director of project management at Plexus Corp. in Neenah.
Dr. Mark Hermans has been named vice president of medical affairs for Appleton Medical Center and Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah. He previously was a hospitalist at both facilities and worked as an internal medicine physician in Neenah.
Rick Griesser, vice president of marketing for Automated Records Management Systems Inc. in De Pere, has been awarded the Diamond Individual Performance Award from the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP). Griesser is the fifth person to receive this level of distinction in the Northeast Wisconsin Chapter of AITP.
Steve Smet, a project manager for Smet Construction Services, completed the American Society for Healthcare Engineering HealthCare Construction Certificate Program.
Andrea Jeruzal has been named electronic health record operations director for Affinity Medical Group. In this role, Jeruzal will be responsible for operational implementation of the EHR product. She previously served as director of clinic operations at Affinity Medical Group clinics in Oshkosh, Winneconne and Ripon.
Sandy Campbell has been named wellness coordinator at Affinity Health System. She has been with Affinity for five years as a wellness specialist.
Karen Smits of Green Bay, director of planning and development at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, received the 2009 Campus Impact Award in the Outstanding Grants Professional category from the Council for Resource Development, a professional organization focused on fundraising for two-year colleges.
Laura Rowe, marketing officer at the Stephenson National Bank & Trust, received the 2009 Mary L. Staudenmaier WINGS (Worthy Individual Noted for Generous Service) Award. The award celebrates an employee’s outstanding commitment to community service.
Dr. Paul Sletten has joined ThedaCare Physicians-Waupaca as a family practitioner. A board-certified family practitioner, Dr. Sletten received his bachelor’s and medical degrees from the University of Missouri. He completed an internship at Fairview-St. Mary’s Hospital in Minneapolis and completed his residency in family and community medicine at the University of Minnesota. Before joining ThedaCare, Dr. Sletten worked for several years as a staff physician at Osceola Medical Center in western Wisconsin.
Nan Thomae of Clifton Gunderson, a certified public accounting and consulting firm in Oshkosh, has earned her senior professional in human resources (SPHR) designation. She is responsible for providing human resource support to Clifton Gunderson’s Oshkosh, Sheboygan, Stevens Point and Marshfield offices.
Dr. Patricia E. Sias has joined Prevea Health as an internal medicine physician. She has a master’s degree in psychology from Purdue University and a master’s degree in biology from the University of California-Santa Cruz. She received her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit Mich., and completed her residency at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee.
Jim Tyrone has joined Appleton as senior vice president of the thermal paper business unit and will have oversight over the papermaker’s manufacturing operations. Tyrone comes to Appleton with 28 years of management experience, including his most recent role at NewPage Corp. Appleton also announced that Sarah MacDonald will now serve as vice president of the carbonless business unit. Previously, she had served as the company’s vice president of global sales and general manager of international.
Susan Stockton, president of the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, has been elected to serve as chair of the International Society for the Performing Arts.
Dr. Colette A. Salm-Schmid has joined the medical staff at Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah. The owner of Breast Surgery Experts of Northeast Wisconsin LLC, Dr. Salm-Schmid treats women with breast care needs including surgery after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin has hired Deanna Tappy as the new program coordinator for Harmony Café-Green Bay.
UW-Green Bay professor Regan A. R. Gurung was named the 2009 Wisconsin Professor of the Year from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Gurung teaches courses in human development and psychology.
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers has added Cameron Wengrzyn as a production manager and marketing assistant and Ryan Cunniff as corporate sales manager.
Scott Lemmens has joined the Investment Center at Citizens Bank as a financial consultant. He sees clients at braches in De Pere, Suamico, Marinette, Oconto, Sturgeon Bay and Algoma. Lemmens has been in the financial consulting business for the past 22 years.
Dr. William Nelson of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons BayCare Clinic is a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons’ 2009-2010 Board of Trustees.
Mary Walch has been named branch manager at the Citizens Bank-Suamico branch. She has more than 18 years experience in the banking industry.
Brady C. Williamson and Timothy F. Nixon of the Godfrey & Kahn office in Green Bay have been named among the top 50 Super Lawyers in Wisconsin by Law & Politics. Sherry D. Colley of the Green Bay office was named a Rising Star by Law & Politics. Rising Stars are lawyers who are age 40 or under and have been practicing for less than 10 years.
The Wolf River Area Healthcare Foundation has selected Ken Renning as its interim director. Renning, who served on the New London Family Medical Center board for more than 20 years, was instrumental in the WRAHF’s founding and has been on its board of directors since 2003. He is the former superintendent for New London Schools.
Karen Christel has been named the director of managed care for St. Mary’s, St. Vincent and St. Nicholas hospitals and Prevea Health. Christel previously worked for Arise Health Plan (originally Prevea Health Plan) in the areas of provider contracting and network development.
Michael Last, a physical therapist at Orthopedic and Spine Therapy, has supplemented his most recent course of “Visceral Manipulation 1” with “Visceral Manipulation 2” at the Barrall Institute.
Brad Gegare has joined DMInteractive as a new business account executive. He brings 15 years of marketing/media development experience with large and small businesses to his role.
SECURA Insurance of Appleton has appointed financial professional Mary Louise Casey to its board of directors. A finance and investment expert, Casey has a 30-year career of managing several multi-billion dollar corporate investment portfolios.
Cheryl Beier and Mindy Brezsko have received Awards of Excellence from the Stephenson National Bank & Trust. Recipients are nominated by their co-workers for demonstrating excellence in customer service, reliability, responsiveness to customers’ and bank employees’ needs, superior job knowledge, professionalism, motivation and productivity.
Chris Weber has joined Goodwill North Central Wisconsin as the organizational learning leader. Before joining Goodwill, he was with Schneider National Transportation and Logistics in Green Bay and School Specialty in Appleton. Nathan Kramer has joined Harmony Café in Appleton as assistant café team leader.
The Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Educational Foundation has announced its officers for 2009-10: president – George Semenak, operations manager at Georgia-Pacific, Green Bay; vice president – Lee Hoffmann, vice president and general manager at Feeco International, Green Bay; and secretary/treasurer – Cathy Dworak, manager of community relations with the Green Bay Packers. Newly elected to the board are Jim Strohschein, a developer with Management Enterprises in Green Bay, and volunteer Nancy Armbrust.
Micoley & Company Realtors has added real estate consultants Robin Rose and Shelly Wunder in Green Bay and Rob Moxon in Door County.
China Wi-Max Communications has named Stephen Heins as director of communication. Previously, Heins served as corporate communications officer for Orion Energy Systems, and before that director of communication for NorthNet, a Wisconsin-based Internet service provider.
BUSINESS | Alta Resources has acquired Beantree Inc., creator of Beanbasket, an e-commerce platform that helps businesses quickly, easily and securely sell products and services online. Beantree employees relocated from their Appleton offices to Alta’s headquarters in Neenah.
Orion Energy Systems Inc. of Manitowoc has been named to the Investors’ Circle 20, a list recognizing companies that achieve environmental, social and financial success. Orion ranked No. 3 on the list.
Holy Family Memorial’s Lifeline program in Manitowoc is now At-Home Alert. Holy Family has partnered with a new vendor, Critical Signal Technologies to provide at-home emergency medical alert systems.
The American Red Cross of East Central Wisconsin-Greater Waupaca County has been approved by the State of Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services to offer a certified nursing assistant training program.
ThedaCare At Work has moved its occupational health clinic on Memorial Drive in Appleton to the former ThedaCare Physicians-Appleton North clinic at 2809 N. Park Drive Lane, just off Northland Avenue. In October, that office moved into Encircle Health, A Partnership With ThedaCare. The move allows ThedaCare At Work to expand its space for physical therapy and create a new drug screening area that allows more privacy for patients.
Riesterer & Schnell Inc. has renovated and built a 22,000-square-foot addition to its Chilton maintenance facility. The move allows for a better service facility to meet customers’ growing needs, offer a wider selection of equipment, and cater to a broader customer range yet still have a reduced environmental impact.
The City of Neenah Community Development Authority has received a $700,000 Blight Elimination and Brownfield Redevelopment grant from the Department of Commerce to help redevelop an unoccupied and underutilized property.
Joe and Danica Kiedinger, co-owners of Prophit Marketing and About Me International, have purchased the building at 154 N. Broadway in downtown Green Bay.
Kaukauna Utilities’ newly expanded and renovated office facility has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The LEED rating system is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance, green buildings.
WOW Logistics of Appleton has been named to the Food Logistics Magazine’s Top 100 list.
PMI Entertainment Group of Green Bay is now managing the historic Val Air Ballroom in West Des Moines, Iowa.
Prevea Health opened an Urgent Care clinic at its Howard health center on Lineville Road. Urgent Care is Prevea Health’s walk-in care service to meet the needs of patients who may have urgent, but non life-threatening, medical needs.
Outlook Group Corp. of Neenah has signed a five-year agreement with TekPackaging LLC to provide a medical packaging solution for the Thermoscan ear-thermometer probe-cover business. Outlook Group will produce and print folding cartons and complete the packaging process on more than 600 million units per year.
The laboratories at Bellin Hospital’s Heart and Vascular Center and The Cancer Team at Bellin Health were recently accredited by a national group dedicated to the provision of quality nuclear medicine diagnostic evaluations. The Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories accredited Bellin’s nuclear medicine labs for “commitment to high quality patient care and its provision of quality diagnostic testing.”
The papermaker Appleton has completed the sale of C&H Packaging to InterFlex Group based in Wilkesboro, N.C. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. C&H Packaging is located in Merrill.
Valley VNA In-Home Care has added a new companion service to provide one-on-one socialization and life enriching activities to people in their homes and when out and about.
U.S. Bank has donated $10,000 to Lakeshore Technical College to benefit job retraining for dislocated workers. The donation will be used to support programming directed toward the dislocated worker population.
The Green Bay-based software consulting division of Anderson, Tackman & Company has been awarded a contract by Microsoft Corp. to implement accounting, payroll and HR systems for Albemarle County, Va. The award was partially due to ATCO’s custom development of software to meet school district needs. ATCO is also assisting school districts in Minnesota and North Dakota.
Heartland Business Systems of Little Chute has purchased Green Bay-based Computer Services NEWi. Former owner Bob Boyea will join Heartland. He is an expert in point-of-sale applications and brings more than 25 years of experience in POS hardware, software and services.
Riverside Medical Center in Waupaca has a new 64-slice CT scanner that takes detailed, three-dimensional pictures of the body, offering higher quality images to help doctors better diagnose disease. The scanner captures precise images of the body in as little as 10 seconds.
The Financial Information and Service Center (FISC) in Menasha received a $60,000 grant from the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation. The funds are designated for general operating support for FISC.
The ThedaCare Behavioral Health Clinic, 1095 Midway Road in Menasha, has been remodeled to accommodate the transfer of psychiatry, neuropsychology and Alzheimer’s Center for Excellence from a clinic on Westhill Boulevard in Grand Chute and the mental health day treatment center at Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah.
Greenwoods Fuels, a Green Bay converter of waste products into fuel pellets, has joined the coalition for Clean, Responsible Energy for Wisconsin’s Economy.
Holy Family Memorial’s Lakeshore Medical Specialist physicians are now seeing patients in Kewaunee. Medical specialists seeing patients in Kewaunee include nurse practitioner Annette Kaminsky, Dr. Giora Katz, Dr. Rodney Halvorsen, Dr. Matthew Campbell and Dr. Alan Sbar. Transportation can be arranged to and from Holy Family Memorial Medical Center in Manitowoc when surgery is needed.
All About Packaging, an Appleton-based design and packaging manufacturer received an American Graphic Design award for its packaging of Quaker Bakery Golden Home premium bread products. The design was chosen from more than 1,500 entries in the competition.