People on the move

Posted on Oct 29, 2019 :: People on the Move
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer


Jessie Stauffacher was named president and CEO of Ameriprise Auto & Home in De Pere, which was acquired by American Family Insurance for $1.1 billion. She succeeds Tom Ealy, who retired from Ameriprise, but will stay on in a consulting capacity through the end of the year.

Stauffacher had been chief operating officer at American Family since 2017. Sharena Ali also joined Ameriprise Auto & Home in the newly created position of chief operating officer. She previously was senior vice president of partner distribution at Homesite, an American Family subsidiary that sells property insurance through partners.

New hires

Mark Cockley was named chief clinical officer and president of the Clinically Integrated Network for ThedaCare.

Dan Defnet was named president of Johnson Bank, which is a part of Johnson Financial Group.

Christina Leicht joined UnitedOne Credit Union as branch manager of its Superior Avenue, Sheboygan location.

Performa announced new hires: Stephanie Wetzel, interior designer; Cole Sladky, architect; and James Frelich, BIM specialist.

Phillip Knisely joined Appleton Group as a private client adviser and adviser to employer plans.

Jenny Krikava joined the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region as community engagement manager.

Andrea Fietzer joined the Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Corp. as communications and research manager.

Werner Electric announced new hires: Randy Johnson, lighting solutions manager; Sarah Lasecki, project assistant; and Jennifer Thiel, lighting designer.

Michael Garsow joined Creative Business Services/CBS Global as business development manager.

Kristin Kenowski joined Writing by Design as associate marketing manager.

Mark Salzer joined Lakeside Packaging Plus as business development coordinator.

Ledgeview Partners announced new hires: Vandi Anand, Kenny Callaway and Jade Parker, .NET developers, and Therese Bartz, project manager.

Consolidated Construction hired Jim Olson as director of business development for southern Wisconsin.

Laparoendoscopic surgeon Peter Janu joined Fox Valley Surgical Associates.

General surgeon Jordan Makela joined HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan.

Obstetrician/gynecologist Stephanie Grosvenor joined St. Gianna Clinic.

Orthopedic surgeon John Awowole joined Orthopedics & Sports Medicine BayCare Clinic.

Prevea Health announced new hires: pediatric orthopedic surgeon Brian Bye, neurosurgeon Joseph Chabot, surgical oncologist Lorena Suarez-Kelly, and physiatrist Jeff Kleiner.

Agnesian HealthCare hired cardiology nurse practitioner Kimberly Hornes.

Licensed professional counselor Robert Kurth joined Lutheran Counseling and Family Services of Wisconsin.

Paul Wildenberg joined Wisconsin Plastics Inc. as vice president of sales for the PROvider line of dispensing equipment.

Gov. Tony Evers appointed Beau Liegeois to the Brown County Circuit Court.

Keller Inc. hired Logan Vander Linden, Anthony Feldkamp and Noah Gauthier, building craftsmen; Paul Pacheco, concrete footing/wall craftsman; and Logan McClellan, steel shop craftsman.

H.J. Martin and Son announced new hires: Dave Dohms and April Vander Velden, project coordinators, and Danny Carlton, material handler.


Ryan Moede was promoted from Fond du Lac Dock Spiders general manager to Wisconsin Timber Rattlers vice president – tickets and vice president of the Dock Spiders, and Chris Ward was promoted to general manager of the Dock Spiders.

Aimee Massie was promoted to chief financial officer at O’Connor Connective.

The Stephenson National Bank & Trust announced promotions: Lynn Lowis, assistant vice president, deposit operations; Marria Valitchka, eServices officer; and Justin Wroblewski, senior management team.

Red Shoes Inc. promoted Danielle León to account executive.


C3 Corp. Co-Owner and Vice President Marv Wall announced his retirement.


Robyn Davis, president and CEO of the Brown County United Way Inc., received the Greater Green Bay Chamber’s 2019 Athena Award. Nancy Steffel, Seroogy’s Chocolates, was honored as the chamber’s Ambassador of the Year.

Dick Resch, KI’s executive chairman of the board, received the Ignite Award from the Wellness Council of Wisconsin. He was recognized for his leadership in building a strong wellness culture at the Green Bay-based contract furniture manufacturer.

The CUNA Operations & Member Experience Council honored Kristin Steede, vice president of learning and development at Verve, a Credit Union, with its Professional of the Year award.

Foundations Health & Wholeness presented Ethics Awards to Laura Mossakowski, individual category, and Jimena Sanchez Hernandez, youth category.

Current Young Professionals of the Greater Green Bay Chamber presented its Spirit of Current Awards to four recipients: Eric Nelson, Baird; Molly Carey, Mosaic Arts Inc.; Jackie Leifker, The Automobile Gallery; and Josh Kohnhorst, Nicolet National Bank.

Greg Simia, chief financial officer of HSHS – Eastern Wisconsin Division, received St. Gianna Clinic’s Faith in Action award.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Association recognized Roger Nacker as the 2019 Frederick C. Pearce Award winner.

John Frausto, an associate financial adviser at KCU Investment & Retirement Services located at Kohler Credit Union, received the Fast Start Award from the credit union’s broker-dealer, CUNA Brokerage Services Inc.

Leah Schapiro and Jeremy Schapiro at Fleet Feet Fox Valley were individually honored with ESGR Patriot Awards in recognition of their extraordinary support of their employee, Captain Missy Winterfeldt, who serves with the 641st HHD, Madison.

Three caregivers at Valley VNA Senior Care earned their Certified Dementia Practitioner certification from the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners: Joelin Mueller, life enrichment team lead; Gwen Van Handel, RN; and Christy Feuersthaler, music coordinator.

Denny Christoff Jr., a University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration student, took first place in the Fall 2019 UWGB-Student Business Idea Pitch Contest held in October. Christoff’s “Dennys-Overland” buys Willys military Jeeps and civilian versions to get them in working order. Second place went to Nick Blasczyk, and Tyrone Powell took third. Other finalists included Nicole Shutt, Marissa Dyess, Seng Raw and Mitchell Bell.

Board appointments

Diane Schwartz, Nsight’s director of information security, risk and compliance, was appointed by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection to serve on its newly created Data Privacy and Security Advisory Committee.

The Fox Valley Workforce Development Board elected new officers: Jason Hendricks, J.F. Ahern, chair; Brian Kaminske, Waupaca Foundry, vice chair; Laura Biehn, Sargento Foods Inc., secretary; and Dale Walker, Fox Valley Technical College, treasurer.

Melissa Luedtke, Marian University’s director of TRIO-Student Support Service, was named president-elect for the Wisconsin Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel.

Ron Pace was named president of the Road America board of directors.

Joe Kobussen and Lee Vogel joined the First Business Bank Northeast Wisconsin Market Advisory board of directors.

Cheryl Muskus was named chapter chair of Fox Cities SCORE.

Paul Cooney, Edna Ferber Elementary School; Aaron Kabat, Cobblestone Creek Dining and Banquet; and Tammy Koehler, IT Dept. LLC, joined the Brillion Area Family of Funds board.