On the move: People

Posted on Mar 30, 2020 :: People on the Move
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer


Matthew Schachtner was named president of Somerville Architects and Engineers following the retirement of previous president Michael Kadow.

Schachtner began his career at Somerville in 1998 as a designer and rose through the ranks as a senior project architect and director of design, serving on Somerville’s board of directors and being named to the executive committee in 2014. In addition to Schachtner’s promotion, Jay Vincent was promoted to executive vice president, and Matthew Honold was promoted to project architect. Mark Robbins joined the firm as senior project architect.

New hires

Tim Riebau was promoted to president and CEO of Valley Packaging Industries. He replaces Pat Buckley, who retired at the end of March. VPI also hired Timm Kaminski, vice president of operations, and Adam Melka, account manager.

Joe Lemerond, formerly senior vice president of transportation, was promoted to CEO of RGL Logistics. He replaces Bob Johnson, who will now serve as chairman of the board of directors.

Marc Belanger was named chief information officer for St. Norbert College.

Gov. Tony Evers appointed Héctor Colón to the UW Board of Regents.

Kay Smith was named executive director of the Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce.

Fortifi Bank appointed Ben Gibson market president for its northeast Wisconsin region.

KI promoted Bryan Tischer to vice president of sales.

Erik Shelton was promoted to vice president of operations at O’Neil & Associates.

Paul Eggers was named vice president for enrollment management at Marian University.

Robert Weklar was named senior manager of operations for Voith Paper, leading its manufacturing operations at its Ballard Road site in Appleton.

Tonya Dittman joined Performa as director of engagement.

Grace Petry joined the Appleton Group as private client adviser and adviser to employer plans, and Alexander Hunt was promoted to senior private client adviser and adviser to employer-sponsored plans.

Tracy Qualmann joined Envision Greater Fond du Lac as director of marketing and communications.

Abe Babler joined KerberRose as information assurance manager.

Moraine Park Technical College, in partnership with Envision Greater Fond du Lac, hired Elle Moore as a research specialist. She’ll split her time between the two organizations.

Jamie Fisher joined Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative as farmer-led conservation group coordinator.

Element hired Katie Sharratt, public relations, and Parker Dennis, web developer.

Isaiah Wells joined Weidert Group as video director.

Lizz Redman was named project manager of the Oshkosh Food Co-op.

Elena Kowalkowski was named marketing and advertising strategist at Skyline Exhibit Resource.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sheboygan County hired Niki Zohrab, director of community development and recruiting; and Allyson Oliver, senior advancement officer.

Expert Real Estate Partners hired eight new agents: Nan Brennan, Greg Koehler, Young Elson, Cathy Diermeier, Samantha Fitzhugh, Vicki Myers, Jana Peters and Amy Weyenberg.

Sr. Nancy Conway joined Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction as facilitation and engagement specialist.

Orthopedic surgeons Shawn Hennigan and Blake Hildahl joined Hand to Shoulder Center of Wisconsin.

Prevea Health hired optometrist Brent Schoppe.

Psychologist Ashley Sheeter joined Bellin Psychiatric Center in Marinette.

Lucas Weber, carpentry craftsman, joined Keller Inc.


Fortifi Bank promoted Michelle Oliver to vice president of retail banking.

The Experimental Aircraft Association promoted Jim Busha to vice president of publications, marketing and membership for the organization.

Tom Fisk, Elizabeth Ringgold and Greg Landwehr were named shareholders of Pfefferle Companies Inc.

Bank First promoted Shannon Klahn to executive assistant officer and Scott Tuma to enterprise risk manager.

The Stephenson National Bank & Trust promoted Lorissa Klema to branch manager of its Menominee office and Perry Carlson to assistant vice president, retail loan officer. It also named Diane St. Martin branch manager of its Oconto office.

Marian University granted tenure and promoted the following to associate professor: Sean Fitzpatrick, exercise and sports science; Sarah Garvey, chemistry/physical science; Alan Johnson, criminal justice; Jessica Little, marketing; and Cooper Wakefield, communication. Other promotions and distinctions awarded included: Amy Hennings, psychology, tenure; Jennifer Schultz, psychology, promoted to assistant professor; John Morris, chemistry/physical science, promoted to associate professor; James Gray, sports and recreation management, and Christine Laurent, nursing, promoted to professor; and Shane Boeder, Ron LaBorde, Patricia O’Connor, Jeffrey Reed and Michael Doherty, professor emeritus.

St. Norbert College announced tenure and promotions: Debbie Kupinsky, associate professor of art; Carrie Larson, associate professor of history; Michelle Schoenleber, associate professor of psychology; Erica Southworth, associate professor of education; and Abby Trollinger, associate professor of history. The following received emeritus status: Stuart Korshavn, associate professor of psychology; Susan Landt, associate professor of education; Jim Neuliep, professor of communication and media studies; Dave Pankratz, associate professor of computer science; and Larry Thorsen, associate professor of mathematics.


Lakeland University is searching for a new president to succeed current president David Black, who plans to retire.


Michelle Langenfeld, superintendent of the Green Bay Area Public School District, received the Nancy Armbrust Impact Award from the Women’s Fund of Greater Green Bay.

David Cuene, president of Broadway Automotive, was named one of four regional finalists for the 2020 TIME Dealer of the Year award.

Dave Skogen, Festival Foods, was named to the Junior Achievement Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame.

Milk Source founders James Ostrom, John Vosters and Todd Willer were named the World Dairy Expo’s 2020 Dairy Producers of the Year.

Ken Horkan, who owns Culver’s locations on Taylor Drive, Highway 42 and Washington Avenue in Sheboygan, received the 2020 GM Culver Award at the company’s annual conference.

Courtney Hollander, an attorney with vonBriesen & Roper, s.c., received the Investment Adviser Certified Compliance Professional designation.

Freedom High School teacher Paul Larson received the Fox Cities Educator of the Year Award at the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education Shining Star Awards.

The Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region announced recipients of its Celebrating Volunteers awards: Chad Kazel, Janet Berry Volunteer of the Year; Walter Zerrenner, Paul & Elaine Groth Mentoring Award; Betsy Rachubinski, Health Care Volunteer of the Year; Mary Beth Nienhaus, Walter L. Rugland Community Service Award; and Justice Moore, Youth Scholarship Award.

For the sixth consecutive year, Wells Fargo Advisors designated Premier Advisor status to Michael P. Hamilton, managing director – investment officer with Wells Fargo Advisors in Appleton.

Place Perfect Realty celebrated its annual awards: Salina Hernandez and Judy Behling, outstanding sales performance; and Autumn Shier, Lori Frank, Amy Bretl, Rena Lukowski, Janet Woods, Kelley Balzola and Taylor Hansen, multimillion-dollar sales awards. Office sales leaders were Woods, Menominee; Balzola, Marinette; and Hansen, Green Bay. Hansen also received the top companywide salesperson of the year award.

ThedaCare nurse practitioner Bonnie Nickasch received the 2020 American Association of Nurse Practitioners Wisconsin State Award for Nurse Practitioner Excellence.

Board Appointments

John Reinke, chairman of the board of directors for The Stephenson National Bank and Trust, was appointed as chairman of the board of directors for the Federal Home Loan Bank, Chicago.

Joel Hansen of Pomp’s Tire Service and Bill Frank of Humana were named to the Greater Green Bay Chamber board of directors.

Amanda Ecker, Johnsonville Sausage, and Winter Kohler, Great Marriages, joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sheboygan County board.