People on the move

Posted on Dec 2, 2019 :: People on the Move
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer


Chad Janowski  was named executive director of the Einstein Project, a nonprofit that partners with schools and communities to provide support for STEM education. After spending 18 years in the classroom as a high school biology and environmental science instructor, he joined the Einstein Project in early 2017 with the goal of making a broader impact in science and STEM education. A recognized leader in STEM education, Janowski has received both state and national teaching awards.

“Today’s students need rich learning experiences that allow them to make sense of their world. Our new curriculum is asking students to use evidence from their own investigations to solve real issues like providing energy to our homes or fresh water to those in need,” Janowski said. “Rather than feeding kids information, we must give them opportunities to discover it and then apply it in our community.”

New hires

Oliver Zornow was named executive director of the Building for Kids Children’s Museum. Former executive director Jarrad Bittner left the post to become a continuous improvement engineer for The Boldt Co.

Brad Quade joined First Business Financial Services as deputy chief credit officer.

Shawn Fisher was named executive director of the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation and The Foundation for Ripon Medical Center.

Renee Funk joined Johnson Financial Group as assistant vice president, loss control engineer.

Investors Community Bank announced new hires: Elsa Condon, vice president of ag banking; Anne Denissen, vice president of treasury management; and Kristina Dewitt, vice president of consumer and mortgage banking.

Carlyn Haas joined the Greater Green Bay Chamber as a workforce development specialist.

WHEDA announced new hires: Ana Simpson, director of business and community engagement, and Jennifer Sereno, public affairs program manager. Melissa Goins, Maures Development Group, joined WHEDA’s board of directors.

Marketing executive and content specialist Keith Fenimore joined Sun Graphics Media.

Adam Ligocki joined the Community First Champion Center as sports and tournament coordinator.

Jack Marx joined Roberts, Ritschke & Tyczkowski as a staff accountant.

Dawn Shefchik joined PortSide Builders as a home selection designer.

Nicole Virant joined Leonard & Finco Public Relations as a social media specialist.

Pathmakers Inc. announced new hires: Beth Mendoza, executive leadership coach, and Theresa Schroeder, vice president of business administration.

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

Pieper Automation announced new hires: Steven Lamers, automation engineer, and Ken Bultman, applications engineer.

Brian Butch joined the Big Ten Network as a game and studio analyst.

Jess Lisbeth and Jo Phillip joined Writing By Design as account managers.

Sam Rikkers joined the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. as deputy secretary and chief operating officer.

Mary Christopherson joined the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes as a video and digital media specialist.

Neuroscience Group added two new physician shareholders to its board of directors: Jonathan Hall, interventional pain management specialist, and Benjamin Siebert, pain management and rehabilitation specialist.

Prevea announced new hires: hospitalist Miguel Reyes, HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital; family medicine physician Janeen Hudzinski, Ashwaubenon Health Center; and endocrinologist Gayle Kasdorf, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls and Prevea Health at Door County Medical Center.

Keller Inc. announced new hires: Florentino Quinonez Jr., concrete craftsman; Clayton Keltesch, building craftsman; and Pete Koeck, carpentry craftsman.


KerberRose announced promotions: Zach Linsmeyer, senior manager, Shawano office; Andy Mathes, senior manager, Oshkosh office; Melanie Stellmacher, senior manager, Oshkosh office; and Dayna Conradt, manager, Clintonville office.

Door County Economic Development Corp. promoted Thomas Strong to business development specialist.

The Stephenson National Bank & Trust promoted Julie Beyer to assistant vice president, risk management officer.

Hurckman Mechanical announced promotions: Bonnie DeChamps, secretary of the board of directors and executive vice president; Bob Leonowicz, vice president of industrial operations; and Dave Demmin, supervisor of the building information modeling department. In addition, Chief Financial Officer Mike Terrien took over responsibility for these additional departments: project management, estimating and insulation.


University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross announced his retirement. He will stay in the role until the Board of Regents names a successor.

Cecilia Harry is leaving her role as president and CEO of Envision Greater Fond du Lac effective Dec. 4 to take a position in Colorado. Jim Cleveland, director of outreach and client services for Envision Greater Fond du Lac, will serve as interim president and CEO.

Tom Blaze, president and CEO of the Oshkosh Community YMCA, announced his retirement.


Oshkosh Corp. President and CEO Wilson Jones received the 2019 Technical Education Champion award. Nominated
by Fox Valley Technical College, Jones received the award at a Wisconsin Technical College District Boards Association meeting.

The Chamber of Manitowoc County named Future 15 award recipients: Rachele Bakic, UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus; Rachel Beck, Waterfront Wine Bar; Sean Bukowski, Nash, Spindler Grimstad & McCracken; Amber Daugs, Grow It Forward; Belinda Esquinas-Gilbert, The Crossing of Manitowoc County; Theresa Falvey, State of Grace; Tyler Kiel, Manitowoc Fire Department; Courtney Pelot, United Way of Manitowoc County; Sara Petska, Fox Communities Credit Union; Amanda Pribek, Two Rivers Public School District; Steve Thiele, St. Francis of Assisi Middle School; Lindsay Wiesner, Investors Community Bank; Kelly Wilfert, Investors Community Bank; Kevin Wilke, Manitowoc Fire Department; and Katie Wilsmann, Two Rivers Public School District.

The Fox Cities Chamber announced its 2019 Pinnacle Award recipients: Denny Lamers, McMahon Associates, and Rollie Stephenson, Faith Technologies, hall of fame inductees; Heather Schimmers, Ascension Wisconsin, Athena Leadership Award; Beth Davis, Community First Credit Union, and Sharon Hulce, Employment Resource Group, Champion of the Chamber Award; Susan May, Fox Valley Technical College, Gus A. Zuehlke Distinguished Service Award; Sherry Coley, Davis & Kuethau, s.c., Joyce Bytof Exceptional Mentor Award; and Lindsay Fenlon, Young Professional of the Year Award.

Therese Pandl, president and CEO of Hospital Sisters Health System – Eastern Wisconsin Division, received the 2019 Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes senior executives who have made an exemplary commitment to the Wisconsin Hospital Association and the communities it serves.

The Mid-Day Women’s Alliance named Mary Beth Nienhaus the winner of its 14th annual Woman of Distinction award.

Golden House recognized Bridget Krage O’Connor as a Women of Strength Award recipient.

Mike Balistrieri, a chef instructor at Fox Valley Technical College, received a 2019 College Educator Award from the Wisconsin Restaurant Association. He was recognized for exemplary instructional leadership in culinary arts education and farm-to-table cooking practices.

Marian University awarded its 2019 Business & Industry Awards to Louis J. Andrew, George Becker Business Spirit Award; Aaron Sadoff, Special Achievement Award; and Eric Kurtev, Entrepreneur of the Year.

Samantha Smiley received the 2019 Mary L. Staudenmaier WINGS (Worthy Individual Noted for Generous Service) Award from The Stephenson National Bank & Trust.

Board appointments

Menasha Corp. appointed Michael K. Waite to its board of directors. Waite retired from Menasha Corp. last December following a 37-year career with the company, including 15 years as president of Menasha Packaging Co.

Peter Augustine, president of Fabio Perini North America, joined the Greater Green Bay Chamber board of directors.

Nicole Polarek, chief operating officer for Nature’s Way, joined the Green Bay Botanical Garden board of directors.