PEOPLE | Thomas Steitz, a 1962 graduate of Lawrence University, received the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with two other researchers. Steitz, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at Yale University, is the first Lawrence graduate ever to win a Nobel Prize. He was recognized for his research on the structure and function of the ribosome.
BayCare Clinic has added Dr. Thomas McCann as an emergency room physician. He received his medical degree from Des Moines University, Iowa, and completed his residency in emergency medicine at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Warren, Mich. BayCare Clinic’s emergency room physicians practice in the emergency departments at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay, Aurora Medical Centers in Oshkosh and Two Rivers, Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center and at Aurora BayCare Health Center’s urgent care center in Green Bay.
Kelly Eells, a board certified family nurse practitioner, has joined Neurology Consultants of Northeast Wisconsin in Green Bay, a Bellin Health partner. She is a graduate of Bellin College in Green Bay. She earned a master’s degree in family practice from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She also holds a master’s degree in Nursing Education from the UW-Oshkosh.
Hearthstone Historic House Museum in Appleton has hired Tricia Adams as executive director. Adams received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee and her master’s degree in history and museum studies at Middle Tennessee State and the University of Alabama. She worked in museums in Alabama and Tennessee before joining Hearthstone.
Dr. Joseph T. Bergmann has joined BayCare’s Green Bay Eye Clinic as a glaucoma specialist Dr. Bergmann received his medical degree from Loyola University in Chicago and completed his residency in ophthalmology and performed his fellowship training in glaucoma at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
Dr. Vickie Marie Cloutier has joined ThedaCare Physicians-Shawano as a family practitioner. Dr. Cloutier received bachelor degrees in biology and psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and received her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She completed her residency in family medicine at UW-Eau Claire Family Medicine.
Sign Elements, a division of the TJWels Company in Greenville, has hired Nina Sundquist as a marketing communications and design specialist. Sundquist is responsible for developing on-brand digital and traditional marketing communications that aid in acquiring and retaining customers in the architectural and donor recognition signage markets.
Nurse practitioner Jamie DeWitt has joined Affinity Medical Home in Kaukauna. She earned her master’s degree in nursing from UW-Oshkosh.
Attorneys Andrew Steimle and Michelle Birschbach have opened a new law firm in Manitowoc — Steimle Birschbach, LLC. The firm will concentrate its legal services on business, trusts and estates and real estate law. Both Steimle and Birschbach are graduates of Marquette Law School.
Lisa Bieri of Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group Inc. in Egg Harbor has earned the Certified Distressed Property Expert designation.
Patrick Weier has opened a new business, PDJ Cutting and Fabricating, located inside the Plant 3 Mirro building in Manitowoc. The company specializes in providing custom CNC plasma metal cutting.
Mark Krause, a sales associate with Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group Inc., has received the Most Valuable Player Award from the United Way Fox Cities for his volunteer efforts.
Barbara O’Brien, an animal photographer and animal talent agent, is the new spokeswoman for Omega Fields of Newton and its line of animal nutrition products. She is the owner of The Animal Connection and Barbara O’Brien Photography.
Gary Baranowski has joined the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce as vice president of finance and administration. He brings 22 years of accounting and finance experience with large and small businesses to his role with the chamber.
Rick Jelinski has joined N.E.W. Curative Rehabilitation Inc. as vice president of human resources. He has more than 20 years experience with manufacturing in multi-plant facilities. Danielle DeJardin has also joined N.E.W. Curative Rehabilitation as an adult day treatment program specialist while Renee Estel has joined ProSolutions, the firm’s professional contract manufacturing and packaging division, as an administrative aide.
Servant Insurance has added Sonja Macho as an agent. She has more than 27 years of experience.
The Steinert Printing Company has named Mark Steinert the vice president of production operations and Jim Robeson as sales manager.
Dr. Gunmeet Kaleka has joined ThedaCare Physicians-Menasha as a family practitioner. Dr. Kaleka received her medical degree from MS University of Baroda Medical College in Gujarat, India, and completed her residency at the Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program in Marquette, Mich., where she earned resident of the year honors and served as chief resident.
Directions, a marketing communications and packaging agency in Neenah, has hired Aaron Graff as art director and Patti Nelson as director of sales and marketing. Graff brings six years of experience in design and photography to his new position. Nelson comes to Directions from Resource One International in Little Chute where she was director of customer support and materials management.
Orthopedic and Spine Therapy has added several therapists in northeast Wisconsin: Curt Riley, who has a doctorate in physical therapy, sees patients in Green Bay and Clintonville; Todd Loehrke, who has a doctorate in physical therapy, sees patients in Appleton; and physical therapist Emily Ladd sees patients in Menasha. Michelle Landsverk, who has a doctorate in physical therapy and specializes in women’s physical health care, has received certification in Urogynecologic Visceral Mobilization. In addition to working for Orthopedic and Spine Therapy, she is contracted with Women’s Care of Appleton.
Dr. Wendy Schroeder has joined Affinity Health System’s Greenville-Park View Drive Clinic as a family medicine physician. She earned her doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Des Moines University in Iowa and completed her residency at the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine.
The Society of Hospital Medicine has announced that Dr. Carl Rasmussen of Affinity Medical Group has earned the fellow in hospital medicine designation. Dr. Rasmussen is a hospitalist at St. Elizabeth and is one of only 500 hospitalists across the country to receive this honor.
John Oates and Matthew Schachtner have been appointed to the Somerville Inc. Board of Directors. Both are vice president/senior product architects with the firm.
Four members of Unity’s nursing staff have received national certification from the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses: certified nursing assistants Jane Petri and Amanda Polaczyk; Anne Curtis, a licensed practical nurse; and registered nurse Pam Rojas. Registered nurse Lynn Nier earned recertification.
The Rotary Club of Downtown Green Bay has elected its officers for 2009-10: Barbie Patterson, president; Peter Mader, president-elect; David Yeghianian, past president; Steve Handrick, treasurer; and Nancy Thompson, secretary.
Cheryl Wilch has joined Place Perfect Realty as a residential sales specialist.
The Rotary Club of Appleton West has elected its new officers for 2009-10: president – Don Burich; president-elect – Cody Mares; vice president – Jeanne Beckley; secretary – Jason Druxman; treasurer – Steve Predayna; and past president – Dave Murphy.
Tony Kromanaker has been elected a partner in the Wipfli LLP office in Appleton.
The Academy for Leadership Training and Development has recognized four employees of Fox Valley Technical College for graduating from the Wisconsin Leadership Development Institute: Kim Horejs, early childhood education instructor; Kaye Krueger, applied engineering technology instructor; Therese Nemec, social science instructor; and Marge Rubin, director of articulated programs and manager of FVTC-Neenah.
Five attorneys from Davis & Kuelthau, S.C. offices in Northeast Wisconsin have been named to the 2010 edition of “Best Lawyers:” Robert W. Burns and Geoffrey Lacy from the Green Bay office; Catherine M. Priebe from the Sheboygan office; and James R. Macy and Edward J. Williams from the Oshkosh office.
Sarah Schmidt has joined the McClone Insurance Group.
Nicole Curran, executive director of Unity in Green Bay, has been named to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Governance Committee and to the position of president-elect for the Hospice Organization and Palliative Experts of Wisconsin.
Craig A. Johnson is the new chief executive officer for HC Miller Co., a Green Bay organizational product manufacturing firm. Johnson brings several years of senior management experience to his new role, most recently serving as the chief financial officer for American Finishing Services in Chilton.
George E. Bureau has been named vice president of sales and marketing for the Outlook Group Corp. in Neenah. Bureau previously worked at P.H. Glatfelter Company, Appleton Papers and J.J. Keller and Associates.
Wanezek & Jaekels of Green Bay has added attorney Greg J. Babcock. He specializes in family law, civil litigation, and general practice.
Jerry Smith, chairman of First Business Financial Services, received his certificate of director education from the National Association for Corporate Directors.
Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin has added several employees to its staff. Avi Stern is the new director of donations and community relations. He comes to Goodwill from the Fond du Lac Reporter where he was executive editor. Wayne Knutson has joined Financial Information and Service Center as a financial counselor while Tina Pahl is the new accounting assistant for Goodwill’s Payment Partner program. Todd Vandenberg has joined Harmony Café in Appleton as the new assistant café team leader and Lori Schmidt has been hired as an operations support assistant with the Shiner Center’s administration team.
AFFINITY EARNS TWO NATIONAL HONORS
Affinity Health System of Menasha has received a 2009 VIP Award from McKesson Technology Solutions for its use of information technology to achieve outstanding results in the delivery of health care to the community. Affinity was recognized for its use of IT as part of an initiative to reduce community tobacco use through its Call it Quits program. Affinity Health System has also been named one of the nation’s top 50 health systems based on clinical performance according to Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care.
IN OTHER NEWS …
The Boldt Company is the “Builder of The Year” in a ranking done by Wisconsin Builder magazine. Boldt also earned three 2009 Build Wisconsin awards from the trade group, Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin.
Parallel 44 Vineyard and Winery of Kewaunee is selling three wines at Sendik’s Food Markets in the greater Milwaukee area.
Cottingham & Butler Inc. has purchased Wisconsin-based Baker Tilly Employee Benefits LLC. The company specializes in providing employee benefits consulting services, including compliance, strategic planning, human resources and wellness strategies. Sue Chemerow and Ben Butler, formerly principals of Baker Tilly, will head up the new business.
Holy Family Memorial Health Network in Manitowoc has achieved Stage 6 on the Health Information Management Systems Society Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model scale.
Thrivent Financial Bank is now offering FinanceWorks, a new financial management program that will give Thrivent bank clients an easy and convenient way to budget and maintain control over all of their financial information.
Midwest Business Interiors of Oshkosh has received certification as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise through the Wisconsin Department of Commerce. The firm is owned by Joyce Anderson.
AZCO Inc. of Appleton has reached 5 million work hours without a lost time incident.
The Friends of Hearthstone have been awarded a $23,450 grant by the National Trust for Historic Preservation from the Wisconsin Projects Fund to help support the creation of a historic structures report for Hearthstone Historic House Museum in Appleton.
Autumn Hill Creative LLC of Kimberly has created a new division – ¡Viva el Verde! – Long Live Green, which provides valuable resources and information on eco-awareness and sustainable alternatives for promotional products and apparel for businesses, organizations and institutions.
The Appleton facility of Great Northern Corp. has achieved certification to the independent Sustainable Forestry Initiative chain-of-custody standard. This will allow Great Northern and its customers to better service the increasing market demand for forest products that come from responsible sources.
A.I. McDermott Co. of Oshkosh has introduced the McDermott Sanitizer Plus water conditioning system for private water supplies. The McDermott Sanitizer Plus was developed in partnership with Water-Right Inc. of Appleton.
Circles of Support in Menasha has received $22,000 in re-entry funds from the Wisconsin Department of Corrections to support its work in helping men and women make a successful transition from incarceration to life back in the community.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, has awarded a $906,275 contract modification to update the automation on gates at six Fox River dams to the AH West Group of Appleton.
River Crest Elementary School in Hudson, which was designed and built by Hoffman LLC of Appleton, has achieved the designation of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold. River Crest is the first elementary school in Wisconsin and only the second in the country to receive this recognition.
UW-Green Bay has been named one of the top “military friendly” schools in the nation by G.I. Jobs Magazine.
Deborah Page and Rodney Ingram have purchased Premier Fitness, located at 2408 Nordale Drive, Appleton.
WOW Logistics of Appleton has been recognized by Food Logistics Magazine as a Top 70 3PL provider servicing the food industry for the fourth consecutive year.
The Neuroscience Group of Northeast Wisconsin has received a three-year term of accreditation in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) from the American College of Radiology.
Lawrence University is Wisconsin’s top-ranked liberal arts institution and 59th overall among 249 national colleges and universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 “America’s Best Colleges” report.
Adolph Vandertie, Grand Duke of the Hobos, spent his life crafting art from scraps of wood. Now, Arketype, an advertising and design firm in Green Bay, has crafted a full-length documentary film of Vandertie’s life and his artistic obsession called “Westbound.” Arketype plans to submit the film to the Sundance Film Festival for consideration.
The Green Bay and De Pere facilities of the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District have received a 2008 National Association of Clean Water Agencies Peak Performance Award.
The Healthy Lifestyles Cooperative has selected Humana Inc. as its insurer/health benefits provider for the fourth insurance pool of co-op members for 2010-12.
Orion Energy Systems Inc. in Manitowoc received a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark office for the energy management company’s energy efficient modular lighting platform. The patent was awarded for the modular features of the system, which make initial installation, and the integration of additional energy saving technologies, easy and affordable.
Baylake Bank has added mobile banking to its list of convenience based services, which also includes telephone and online banking. Baylake’s mBanc allows customers to check account balances, view recent transactions, and transfer funds in real time via a web-based application for banking services that works on most handheld devices with a browser.
Green Bay Packaging Inc.’s Folding Carton Division has received the Sustainable Forestry Initiative certification and is authorized to use SFI Certified Fiber Sourcing product labels on its manufactured folding cartons and paperboard packaging.
The National Science Foundation has awarded $899,968 from the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program to UW-Oshkosh for a project called “Alternative Careers in Teaching for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Professionals.” The project encourages talented degreed science, technology, engineering and math professionals to become K-12 mathematics or science teachers committed to teaching in school districts. The Noyce Teacher stipend will award $10,000 to 75 qualified students over the next five years to help to defray students’ costs as the program expands to UW-Waukesha, UW-Baraboo-Sauk County and UW-Richland Center. UW- Fond du Lac, UW-Fox Valley, UW-Manitowoc, UW-Marinette and UW-Sheboygan already offer the program.
WOW Logistics has completed a temperature conversion and racking installation within a 37,000 square foot cooler area in its Little Chute distribution center.
Menasha Packaging Co. has received one of Kimberly-Clark Corporation’s Top Supplier awards for 2008. Menasha designs and manufactures corrugated packaging and displays for K-C and was the only North American packaging company chosen for the prestigious award.
ThedaCare has launched a website – www.thedacarenow.org – to provide a one-stop community health resource where people can find information about major public health concerns, including the current H1N1 influenza pandemic.
SYCARA IV, a 46-meter-long fantail motor yacht built by the Burger Boat Co. in Manitowoc, received the Best Design Trophy for Custom Yachts Under 50 Meters at the 2009 World Yachts Trophies competition.
23 NEW NORTH FIRMS AMONG STATE’S LARGEST
Twenty-three companies from the New North were named to Deloitte’s 2009 Wisconsin 75 list, which ranks the largest privately held companies in the state by revenue. Of the companies named to the list, 13 of the top 25 were based in Northeast Wisconsin.
Companies named to the list include: 2 – Kohler Co. of Kohler; 3 – Schneider National Inc. of Green Bay; 8 – U.S. Oil Co. Inc. of Combined Locks; 11 – Appleton of Appleton; 12 – Menasha Corp. of Neenah; 13 – Green Bay Packaging Inc. of Green Bay; 14 – Sargento Foods Inc. of Plymouth; 15 – ACUITY of Sheboygan; 16 – The Boldt Co. of Miron Construction Co. of Neenah; 23 – Bergstrom Automotive of Neenah; 25 – Masters Gallery Foods Inc. of Plymouth; 28 – Lakeside Foods Inc. of Manitowoc; 30 – Rockline Industries Inc. of Sheboygan; 32 – W.S. Packaging Group of Green Bay; 33 – Windway Capital Corp. of Sheboygan; 44 – Quality State Oil Co. Inc. of Sheboygan; 46 – J.F. Ahern Co. of Fond du Lac; 49 – Werner Electric Supply Co. of Neenah; 66 – Miller-St. Nazianz Inc. of St. Nazianz; and 74 – Eggers Industries of Two Rivers.
“The fact that Northeast Wisconsin represents only one-fifth of the state’s population, yet has almost one-third of the state’s largest companies speaks volumes about our region,” says Jerry Murphy, executive director of the New North, Inc.