Ministry Health Care named Daniel Neufelder as the senior vice president of hospital operations for Ministry’s 15 hospitals in Wisconsin, including St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton, Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh and Calumet Medical Center in Chilton. Neufelder joined Affinity Health System as CEO and president in 2006. In 2012, Ministry took over Affinity. Ministry also named William Calhoun as the eastern region vice president in addition to his current role of president at Mercy Medical Center.
Network Health of Menasha promoted Penny Ransom to chief administrative officer. She joined Network two years ago as vice president of marketing. She later became vice president of strategic planning and brand management. In the past year, Ransom assumed responsibilities in the areas of human resources, organization development and culture. Prior to joining Network Health, Ransom served as director of communications at Health Alliance Medical Plans in Urbana, Ill.
ThedaCare promoted Shana Herzfeldt and Patsy Engel to directors of operations for its Fox Cities hospitals and transitions of care divisions. Herzfeldt and Engel will create models and teams to improve and spread accomplishments with the Fox Cities hospital division, which includes Appleton Medical Center and Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah. Since joining ThedaCare 11 years ago, Engel held several roles including coordinating disease management programs at Touchpoint Health Plan. Herzfeldt joined ThedaCare nine years ago as a registered nurse at Appleton Medical Center. During the past year, she also took a leadership role in ThedaCare’s Collaborative Care Spread and the Inpatient Value Stream.
Dr. Ashok Rai, president and chief executive officer of Prevea Health Services in Green Bay, was named to the American Medical Group Association’s Board of Directors.
Colleen Merrill is the new director of the UW-Oshkosh Small Business Development Center. She received both her undergraduate and master of business degrees from UW-Oshkosh.
Moraine Park Technical College Civil Engineering/Structural instructor Jim Olson received the Revit Architecture 2013 Certified Professional certification.
Pam Serrill, a certified public accountant, joined Hjortness & Associates CPAs in Menasha. She has more than 20 years of experience in individual, estate and business taxation.
Morna Foy is the new president of the Wisconsin Technical College System. She has been executive assistant and vice president of policy and government relations for the WTCS since 2005.
Cooperative Resources International (CRI), an agricultural holding cooperative in Shawano, has updated its structure, creating a new senior management team. Pete Giacomini, who served as chief operating officer of CRI subsidiary AgSource Cooperative, will lead CRI’s new business development division; Larry Romuald will add overseeing information technology to his current role as CRI chief financial officer and vice president of finance; and Ron Schmalz will oversee the new human resources division.
The Rotary Foundation of Green Bay Inc. recently named its officers for 2013: president – Tom Hamilton; vice president – May Kay Orr; secretary – Mary Dennisen; and treasurer – Steve Batterman.
Melissa Mislinski was promoted to trust administrator with Fiduciary Partners of Appleton. She has been with the company for four years. Fiduciary Partners also hired Danielle Picard as vice president. She brings 12 years of legal experience to her new position, including six years in trust administration.
The National Association of Professional Women elected Cherie Lindberg, owner of Get Connected Counseling LLC in Appleton, as its woman of the year.
Jennifer Breining and Amber Hamilton joined The Paper Discovery Center in Appleton as staff educators. Breining has a degree in chemistry and did graduate work in paper science at the Institute of Paper Chemistry. She also worked in the research department at Kimberly-Clark Corp. Hamilton has a degree in environmental education and worked as an educator at Brillion Nature Center and Mosquito Hill Nature Center in New London before joining The Paper Discovery Center.
ASPIRO in Green Bay added Brian Brzinski, director of operations and maintenance programs at Schreiber Foods, and Ross Early, a sales representative and shareholder with Techmaster Inc., to its board of directors. ASPIRO’s board also elected its officers for 2013: president, Mary Beth Jossart; vice president, Jerry Hanson; treasurer, Dave Loritz; and secretary, Christopher Elfner.
Karen Besiada-Hansen joined Johnson Insurance Services in Green Bay as an employee benefits producer. She has more than 25 years of experience in the health care industry and founded Besiada Health Innovators.
Linda Her is the new coordinator of the TRIO program for the Menasha Joint School District. The program is funded by a federal grant and is run out of UW-Fox Valley. She will work with students at Menasha’s Maplewood Middle School and Menasha High School as well as students enrolled at UW-Fox Valley.
Allan Degner is the new general manager of Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of the Fox Valley. In his new role, he oversees staff in emergency services for residential and commercial properties, project management, estimating, contents cleaning and operations, including disaster restoration and remodeling.
Tom Olejniczak, managing partner with at Liebmann, Conway, Olejniczak & Jerry S.C. in Green Bay, received the Wisconsin Business Development’s Darwin Nelson Award for his efforts to assist small business and community programs.
Four Green Bay attorneys have joined forces to open a new law firm: Lin.Liebmann.Wied LLC. The founding partners of the Allouez-based firm are Evan Lin, Jason Wied, Herbert (Bret) Liebmann IV and Herbert (Bert) Liebmann III. Herbert Liebmann III was a founder of Liebmann, Conway, Olejniczak & Jerry; Wied was general counsel with the Green Bay Packers until January 2012; Lin was a managing shareholder with Stellpflug Law in De Pere and also worked for the Deloitte consulting and accounting firm; and Liebmann IV was a special prosecutor for the Brown County District Attorney’s Office and a small-business owner.
Catalpa Health, a newly launched pediatric mental health organization in the Fox Valley, added three members to its management team. Gregory Blume is Catalpa’s clinical manager and will focus on program development, community outreach and clinical best practices. He was most recently a manager at ThedaCare Behavioral Health. Justin Dlugolenski is the manager of finance and operations at Catalpa and will oversee the clinic’s daily operations. He most recently was the manager of clinical operations for Affinity Medical Group. Dr. Mark Rovick is Catalpa’s medical director and specializes in post-traumatic stress disorder, autism spectrum disorders, psychiatric diagnosis and assessment and medication management. He previously was medical director with the Fox Valley Children’s Mental Health Center.
Dr. Elizabeth Menzel is now a faculty physician with the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley Family Medicine Residency Program with privileges at Appleton Medical Center. She is a member of the staff at the UW Health Fox Valley Family Medicine clinic. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin and earned her medical degree from the Mayo Medical School in Minnesota. Menzel completed her residency through the UW-Fox Valley Family Medicine Residency program.
Drs. Patricia Neuman and Kafi Wilson of Unity hospice and palliative care received the Certificate of Added Qualifications in Hospice & Palliative Medicine from the American Board of Medical Specialties.
Jarod Husman is the new director of therapy for the Hospital Sisters Health System – East Wisconsin Division, including St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center and St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, St. Nicolas Hospital in Sheboygan and Prevea Health. He most recently served as director of rehab services/sports medicine/cardiac-pulmonary rehab/massage at Aurora Medical Center in Manitowoc.
Attorney Ralph J. Tease Jr., shareholder and managing partner of Habush Habush & Rottier’s Green Bay and Appleton offices, was chosen as a “Leader in the Law” by the Wisconsin Law Journal based on his expertise and demonstrated leadership in the field.
John Kakuk, assistant vice president and consumer loan officer for Stephenson National Bank & Trust, received the 2012 Mary L. Staudenmaier Worthy Individual Noted for Generous Service (WINGS) Award, which honors a bank employee’s commitment to community service. Kakuk is active in many organizations, including Marinette Lions Club, Carney Evangelical Free Church, Roubal Care & Rehabilitation, Power of One Youth Conference and Greenfield Children’s Home.
Wenda Roycraft, senior vice president of First National Bank-Fox Valley, and Steve Shellman, a manager at Schenck SC in Manitowoc, were recently elected to the Wisconsin Business Development Board of Directors.
Mark Cyrulik, Jacob Emerick, David Kryzaniak, Bethany Lerch and Ann Timms-Schlichting have all joined Blue Door Consulting in Oshkosh.
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers has hired Jenny Smith as a banquet facilities manager to oversee the new year-round banquet facility at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute. She previously was the general manager of the Marriott Residence Inn. Rebecca Sievers joined the team as a group sales representative while Tim Hansen was hired as the team’s executive chef, overseeing food preparation in the new banquet facility and VIP suites. He previously was the executive chef at Waterfront Banquets.
Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin in Menasha promoted Nathan Wielgosh to SharePoint administrator and Jay Rechek to help desk technician. Goodwill also hired Kristy Schafer as a talent development specialist and Jaclyn Banda as a financial wellness coach with Goodwill’s Circles of Care team.
Melissa Bachmann is the new manager of guest services at RCG Salon and Spa in Manitowoc.
Dr. Robert Santa Cruz joined Agnesian HealthCare’s Fond du Lac Regional Clinic. He earned his medical degree from the University of Miami and completed his residency in urology at Duke University Medical Center. He also completed a fellowship in urologic oncology and laparoscopy at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Janelle Klubertanz, a nurse with BayCare Clinic Plastic Surgery in Green Bay, has become the first certified plastic surgical nurse in Northeast Wisconsin. There are only seven certified plastic surgery nurses in Wisconsin.
Patti Martens, a registered nurse with Unity in De Pere, was recently recertified as a hospice and palliative nurse. Patti Lawton, a nursing assistant with Unity in Kewaunee, earned her recertification as a hospice and palliative nursing assistant.
Megan Mudge is the new events coordinator for UW-Fox Valley’s Communication Arts Center. She is responsible for scheduling and coordinating campus and community events in that facility, as well as promoting the use of the various venues in the center to community organizations and businesses. Prior to joining the UWFox staff, Mudge was a cruise director for the Carnival Cruise Lines, where she was responsible for the creation, coordination, promotion and host for all major activities “on board” for more than 4,000 guests per cruise.