People on the move

Posted on Jan 30, 2019 :: People on the Move
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Road America promoted Michael Kertscher to president and general manager. He replaces former President and General Manager George Bruggenthies, who will transition into a senior consulting position for Elkhart Lake’s Road America Inc.

Kertscher, who joined Road America in 2007, began as programs manager overseeing the development of its group adventure programs, plus many successful motorcycle and driving school programs. He was promoted to director of business development in 2014 and vice president of business development in 2017. Kertscher moved into a senior vice president role in 2018, overseeing all operations of the facility under the guidance and direction of Bruggenthies as part of the overall transition process.



Brian Charlier was named president and CEO of HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital in Green Bay. He formerly served as chief operating officer for HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center as well as Prevea Health. He will continue to serve as chief operating officer of Prevea. Charlier grew up in Green Bay and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Therese Pandl will continue her role as president and CEO of the entire HSHS Eastern Wisconsin Division, which includes HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay, HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan and HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls.


New hires

Julie Keller was named executive director of the Women’s Fund for the Fox Valley Region.

Jeff Pierce will become CEO of Wipfli Financial Advisors, LLC effective Feb. 11.

Bruce Ommen was named president of Ayres Associates.

Sandy Rochon was named chief clinical integration officer for NOVO Health.

Fox Valley Technical College announced new hires: Becky Boulanger, executive director of the FVTC Foundation and Community and Legislative Relations, and Jennifer Lanter, dean of general studies.

Johannah Wenig was named director of the HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital Foundation.

Scott Herron joined Wolf River Community Bank as vice president of commercial lending.

Reagan Russell joined Lakeside Foods as vice president of foodservice sales. In addition, Mark Leibham was named to the newly created role of vice president of chain and industrial sales.

O’Neil & Associates Inc. hired John Tackis as senior business development executive.

Technical Prospects announced new hires: Steve Green, vice president of sales; Matt Baumann, inside sales rep; and Daniel Gracia, inside sales rep. It also promoted Kevin Brinkman to senior director of engineering.

Suzanne Wittman was named director of talent and K-16 relations for the Fox Cities Regional Partnership.

Performa announced new hires: Tyler Mancl, director of engineering, and Tim Schuettpelz, electrical engineer.

Haley Madson joined the Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership Inc. as director of communications and special events.

Brehanna Skaletski joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin as director of development.

Thomas Strong was named operations coordinator for the Door County Economic Development Corp.

C3 hired Roman Sanders as an account manager servicing the western United States.

Werner Electric Supply announced new hires: Kendra Van Camp, marketing events coordinator; Tony Verhoeven, Drives and Motor Control Centers product specialist; Zach Albrecht, network solutions support technician; and Jordan Sell, electrical supplies and custom assemblies product specialist.

Bridgette Morley and Sidney Kleinschmidt joined Expert Real Estate Partners as agents.

Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists of Wisconsin hired two new doctors: Gregory Swanson and Todd A. Meyer.

Internal medicine physician Karen Alexander joined Prevea Sheboygan Health Center.

Optometrist Michael Gorz joined Lakeshore Vision Center.

Dentist Ruth A. Marx joined Wihlm Dental.


KI promoted Bryan Tischer and Chris Griffin to regional sales vice president for its western and eastern regions, respectively.

Miron Construction Co. Inc. promoted Brian Athey to director of construction innovation. It also announced new hires: Adam Beranek, industrial project manager, and Stefan Palches, warehouse operations laborer.

Godfrey & Kahn S.C. elected John Smies, a member of the Litigation Practice Group in the Green Bay office, to shareholder status.


Kelly Norton, president of St. Mary’s Springs Academy, stepped down to pursue an opportunity with Grande Cheese Co. Stacey Akey, vice president of advancement at Marian University, will serve as interim president.


PR News named Lisa Cruz, owner and president of Red Shoes Inc., a 2018 Top Woman in PR. Just 99 women nationwide were selected for the honor.

RLH Corp. named Linda Garvey, general manager of Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley, General Manager of the Year.

Northeast Wisconsin leaders were recognized on Madison 365’s Black Power 2018: Wisconsin’s Most Influential Black Leaders list: Dr. Sylvia Carey-Butler, associate vice chancellor for academic support of inclusive excellence, UW-Oshkosh; Robyn Davis, president and CEO of Brown County United Way; Natasha Banks, owner of The Cozzy Corner, Appleton; Rashad Cobb, community engagement program officer for the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation; Dr. Kimberly Barrett, vice president for diversity inclusion and associate dean of faculty, Lawrence University; Chris Hess, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin; Robin Nicole Tinnon, prevention coordinator for the Black Youth Alliance-WI, Green Bay; and Daisy Frazier, president of Ebony Vision, Fond du Lac.

Michael Rust, executive director of the Winnebago Conflict Resolution Center and co-organizer of TEDxOshkosh, was elected president of the international Association for Conflict Resolution.

Lynn Lowis, deposit operations officer at The Stephenson National Bank & Trust, graduated from Deposit Compliance School.

Emily Rendall-Araujo, executive director of Above & Beyond Children’s Museum of Sheboygan, achieved the Certified Fund Raising Executive designation from CFRE International.

Katie Herald of ARMS earned the Certified Secure Destruction Specialist accreditation from the National Association of Information Destruction.

Chef Robert Phillips of Green Bay’s Chefusion was nominated for the 2019 James Beard Award, Best Chef Midwest.

Janelle Klubertanz of Plastic Surgery & Skin Specialists by BayCare Clinic earned her Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist credential from the Plastic Surgical Nursing Certification Board.

Board Appointments

New North Inc. announced the following new members of its board of directors: Fabio Bordignon, Fincantieri Marine Group; Angela Creel, Thrivent Financial; Coreen Dicus-Johnson, Network Health; Chris Hess, Goodwill NCW; Maggie Lund, ThedaCare; and Ken Zacharias, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP.

The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center announced the first class of the Fox Cities PAC Northeast Wisconsin Professional Advisory Committee: Christopher Betow, Fox Valley Fitness; Brad Cebulski, BConnected; Sheena Conners, Bemis Co.; Josh Dukelow, Woodward Radio Group; Alison Fiebig, U.S. Venture; Tom Klister, Fore Development and Investment; Nathan Litt, Horseshoe Beverage Co.; Kelsey McElrath, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group; Beckie Overholt, Thrivent Financial; Lynn Schemm, Appleton Downtown Inc.; Lindsey Schmidt, Tundraland; and Jenny Swanson, MDA Leadership Consulting. Ryan Downs of GLK Foods will lead the group. Nicholas Reising, director of development, will serve as a staff representative, and Ruthellyn Musil will represent the board of directors.

Chris Woleske, president and CEO of Bellin Health, joined the KI board of directors.

The Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Corp. elected new board leadership: Brad Baumann, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, chairman; Ken Arneson, Evergreen Retirement Community, vice chair; Stan Leedle, Choice Bank, treasurer; and Tom Castle, CastlePierce, immediate past chair. It also named new board of director members: Casey Niemuth of Plain Old DevOps and Chris Golem of Dynamic Drinkware.

The Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau announced its 2019 board of directors executive committee members: Chuck Gifford, Comfort Suites Appleton, chair; Jim March, Town of Grand Chute, vice chair; John Burgland, Fox River Mall, treasurer; Amanda Hedtke, Residence Inn by Marriott Appleton, secretary; James Fenlon, Village of Little Chute, past chair; Deb Johnson, Copperleaf Boutique Hotel & Spa; Karen Harkness, City of Appleton; Chris Haese, City of Neenah; and Matt Carpenter, History Museum at the Castle. Other board members include: Dana Reader, Reader Restaurant Group; Jan Smith, Bergstrom Mahler Museum of Glass; Ryan Batley, Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel; Norb Karner, Village of Kimberly; Randy Kliment, Hampton Inn Appleton; and Abe Weber, Appleton International Airport.

Stephanie Moore of Camera Corner/Connecting Point joined the ASPIRO board of directors.