People on the move

Posted on May 11, 2020 :: People on the Move
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer


Michael Alexander, provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, was named the university’s seventh chancellor. He begins his new role May 1.

“While my position as chancellor may be new at the university, my passion and dedication for the people of this community are stronger than ever, and my family is proud to call Green Bay our home,” Alexander said. “With a growing academic portfolio, deep connections to the community and presence in the region, UW-Green Bay will continue to expand its impact on the population it serves.”

Alexander has served as provost and vice chancellor, the university’s second-highest administrative role, at UW-Green Bay since July 2019. Prior to his role at UW-Green Bay, Alexander was director of the School of Music at the University of Northern Colorado. He succeeds Gary L. Miller, who left the university last September to serve as president at the University of Akron.

Alexander has appointed Kathleen Burns, associate dean, as the interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.


Peter Thillman was named chief economic development officer at Shawano County Economic Progress Inc. He replaces Dennis Heling, who retired.

Prior to his role with SCEPI, Thillman served as vice president of economic development for the Fox Cities Regional Partnership, vice president of workforce and economic development for Lakeshore Technical College, and director of economic development for the City of Green Bay.

New hires

Sadie Parafiniuk was named president and CEO of Envision Greater Fond du Lac.

Jackie Erdman was named executive director of Above & Beyond Children’s Museum.

Bruce Kehler joined Great Northern Corp. as vice president, sales development.

Tara Perre was named race director for the Community First Fox Cities Marathon Presented by Miron Construction.

Shopko Optical announced new hires: Susan Buckna, general counsel, and Roberta Hengel, director of managed vision care.

Tricia Rathermel joined the Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Corp. as director of economic development. Audra Hoy transitioned to a part-time role with the organization managing the Greater Oshkosh Revolving Loan Fund and Capital Catalyst program.

Attorney Joshua J. Hermes joined Strang, Patteson, Renning, Lewis & Lacy, s.c. He will represent both public and private sector clients in school and higher education law, labor and employment law, municipal law, creditor rights and litigation.

Ledgeview Partners announced new hires: Brian Defferding, inside sales representative, and Lauren Poad and Tom Gioielli, business analysts.

UA 400 Pipe Trades announced new hires: Trevor Martin, business manager/financial secretary-treasurer; Doug Dokey, assistant business manager; Rob Kosky, business agent; Travis Martin, business agent; and Ashley Thompson, training department office professional.

Spine surgeon Richard Manos joined HFM Lakeshore Orthopedics.

Keller Inc. announced new hires: Devon Schneider, footing/wall craftsman, and Lance Schuck, building craftsman.

BayCare Clinic announced new hires: Mackenzie Zuleger, nurse practitioner seeing patients at BayCare Clinic Ear, Nose & Throat and Aurora BayCare Medical Center, and Caitlin Romenesko, joining the care team at Plastic Surgery & Skin Specialists by BayCare Clinic.


Andrew Manion, who has served as president of Marian University since 2016, resigned from the university to pursue other professional opportunities. Former dean Michelle Majewski was named acting president.


Ashwani Bhatia, chief medical officer with BayCare Clinic, earned the credential of certified physician executive.

The Sheboygan Falls Chamber-Main Street honored its volunteers and business members: David Horner, Meadowland Credit Union, Volunteer of the Year; Paul Kuplic, Oostburg State Bank, Board Member of the Year; Sam Kohlhagen, Frontier Craftsmen, Outgoing President; Stephen Klescewski, Falls Firehouse Pizza, and Dan and Patty Abts, Abts Storage, New Owner Award; Vicky LeMahieu and Kathryn Hillstrom, K Lorraine Salon, and Deb Edgerle, Salon 511, Business Growth Award; Mark McCabe, McClone, Board Member Lifetime Service Award; and Jean Born, Sheboygan Falls School District, Board Member Service Award.

Barry Martzahl, managing director – wealth management, institutional consulting director in Morgan Stanley’s Green Bay Wealth Management office, was named to Barron’s 2020 list of Top 1,200 Financial Advisors: State-by-State.