People on the move

Posted on Mar 28, 2019 :: People on the Move
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer


Fox Cities Champion Center hired Ken Weinaug as general manager. He will work for Sports Facilities Management, the sports tourism and recreation management firm headquartered in Clearwater, Fla., that will manage the Champion Center.

After retiring with 21 years of active duty with the U.S. Navy in 2003, Weinaug, a Wisconsin native, served in numerous leadership capacities with federal, tribal and local government recreation organizations, including Jack Link’s Aquatic & Activity Center in Minong and the Salvation Army of Brown County in Green Bay during the construction of the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center. He also was involved in two major building renovations as director of operations with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sheboygan County.



Executive Agenda has appointed Kerry Arent to lead an Executive Agenda group in Northeast Wisconsin.

Arent has 33 years of experience in human resources management, including six years of executive-level experience as senior vice president of human resources at Appvion. She is familiar with change management, lean leadership, employee stock ownership plans, health care cost management and acquisitions. She also has experience with both union and non-union sectors.

As an Executive Agenda chair, Arent serves as a seasoned executive mentor for the group members. In addition, she facilitates confidential, quarterly meetings and conducts one-on-one sessions with members to surface issues, solve problems, and foster accountability in achieving their goals.



Johnsonville Sausage announced that a new family member will succeed Ralph C. Stayer as board chair. Stayer’s wife and co-owner, Shelly Stayer, was appointed as chairwoman and will lead the company’s board of directors and growth strategy. She becomes just the third leader in the company’s 74 years to serve in this role, behind co-founder Ralph F. Stayer and his son, Ralph C. Stayer.

During her two decades at Johnsonville, Shelly Stayer has led several new product introductions, including a branded mustard line and the indoor Sizzling Sausage Grill. She also led Johnsonville’s multiyear marketing sponsorship efforts with the Tailgate Village at Lambeau Field starting in 2017 and the Milwaukee Brewers sponsorship that began last year.


New hires

Megan Manahan joined ThedaCare as chief brand officer, and cardiologist Simone Fearon joined ThedaCare Cardiovascular Care as medical director and physician leader.

Catalpa Health announced new hires: Scott Radtke, chief clinical officer; Brian Zaletel, chief financial officer; and Kenneth Miller, human resources manager.

Jill Grambow was named executive director of the Fox Valley Memory Project.

Scott Knapp was named vice president of operations for Voith Paper Appleton.

Ethan Bagley joined J. J. Keller & Associates as director of innovation.

Mike Farley was named marketing director at UnitedOne Credit Union.

Fortifi Bank announced new hires: Megan Heintzkill, director of financial planning; Amy Zellner, investment services operations manager; and Jennifer Moen, client services associate.

McMahon announced new hires: Don Hietpas, K-12 administration specialist; Kyle Besaw, civil and municipal design engineer; Jill FitzSimons, electrical engineer; and David Johnson, land survey technician.

Cameron Wengrzyn joined Stellar Blue Technologies as a project manager.

Red Shoes Inc. announced new hires: Tracy Qualmann, account executive, and Nikki Knight, agency assistant.

Holly Hurst joined Writing by Design as associate marketing manager.

Woodward Radio Group announced new hires: Jonathan Krause, brand manager for talk stations; Brian Butch, co-host of BJ and the Bear on The Score; and sales executives Jennifer Valeri and Jason Davis. Jennifer Ball became business manager in training.

Katie Olsen joined Biebel’s Catering & Rental as general manager.

Mike McGraw joined Packerland Websites as a WordPress web developer.

Michael Harrigan joined the Wisconsin Economic Development Association as project recruiter for the Community Reinvestment Act Network of Wisconsin.

Delanie Breuer joined the Wisconsin Paper Council as vice president of environment and regulatory relations.

Mike Calamita joined Ledgeview Partners as support consultant.

Anthony Craig joined Keller Inc. as building craftsman.

Family medicine physician Hilary Lash joined Prevea Luxemburg Health Center.

Agnesian HealthCare announced new hires: gynecologist Theodore Miller, Ripon Medical Center Clinic, and gastroenterologist and hepatologist Veron Browne, Fond du Lac Regional Clinic.

Nurse practitioner Lisa Turner joined Holy Family Memorial Primary Care.

Ashwani Bhatia joined BayCare Clinic as chief medical officer.

Performa Inc. announced new hires: Kevin Gagnon, MEP drafter; Kim Meldahl, project manager; Folly Teko-Ahatefou, electrical engineer; and Casey Helmrath, architectural designer.

Jane Frantz joined Samaritan Counseling Center as development and communications director.



H.J. Martin and Son announced promotions: Brice Triphan, project coordinator, national retail solutions division; and Matt Kaczmarek, assistant project manager, walls and ceilings division.

Marian University announced promotions and tenures: Leslie Jaber-Wilson, associate professor of social work, awarded tenure and promoted to professor; Christina Kubasta, associate professor of English, awarded tenure; David Leichter, assistant professor of philosophy, awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor; Cheryl Passel, assistant professor of nursing, promoted to associate professor; and John Walser, associate professor of English, promoted to professor.

Attorney Nicholas J. Linz became a partner in the firm of Hager, Dewick & Zuengler, S.C.

Bob Nicholson moved to Appleton to take over the role of sales manager for Gordon Flesch Co.



Sharon Hulce, president and CEO of Employment Resource Group Inc., received the Walter L. Rugland Award for Lifetime Volunteer Leadership.

Dr. Brookh Lyons received the Nancy Armbrust Impact Award from the Women’s Fund of Greater Green Bay and Greater Green Bay Community Foundation.

The Brown County United Way honored Laurie Radke, president and CEO of the Greater Green Bay Chamber, with the W. Heraly MacDonald Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the community and the United Way.

The Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce presented its Inspiring Business Person of the Year award to Clay Eiting, owner of Ghost Town Fitness in Kaukauna.

Kyle Deavers, manufacturing engineer at Wisconsin Plastics Inc., achieved RJG’s Master Molder II certification.

Steve Klessig, vice president of architecture and engineering for Keller Inc., received the Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin Beam Club Hall of Fame award.

The Daily Reporter named Kyle Pieters, project manager at Miron Construction Co. Inc., to its Rising Young Professionals of Construction list.

The Greater Green Bay Chamber of Commerce announced the recipients of its Golden Apple awards: Teri Deavers, Bay View Middle School; Marisol Evans, Washington Middle School; Jeffrey Gosse, Pulaski High School; Linda Hart, Green Bay Early Learning Center; Mallory Lichen, Pulaski High School; Lindsey Przybylski, Pulaski Community Middle School; Mary B. Swinford, Bay View Middle School; and Ann Brennenstuhl, Deb Patterson, Stacie Schabow and Sheryl Stathas, Valley View Elementary School literacy team.

The Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership Inc. presented its Friend of the Downtown award to Alan Hathaway, owner of BrownBoots Interactive, and its Volunteer of the Year award to Pete Doll and Deb Doll.

Lakeshore Technical College career coach Tanya Boettcher was selected as the Wisconsin ACT College and Career Readiness Postsecondary Champion by ACT, a national nonprofit organization known for its college and career readiness assessments.

Susie Patterson, owner of Al & Al’s Stein Haus of Sheboygan, was named Restaurateur of the Year by the Wisconsin Restaurant Association.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fox Valley Region honored volunteers at its 2018 Bigs of the Year and Community Partners Awards: Rebecca Bollant, Big Sister of the Year; Jake Bergstrom, Big Brother of the Year; and Matt and Mackenzie Klusendorf, Big Couple of the Year. Those receiving Community Partner of the Year awards included: Jim Smock, Appleton and Oshkosh Domino’s locations; Mark Schroeder, BlockIron; and Renee Luniak, school counselor at Badger Elementary School in Appleton.


Board Appointments

Sam Statz, president and majority owner of Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction Inc., was named to the board of directors for the Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin.

Brian Jenny, Sargento Foods, was named board president of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sheboygan County. Ryan Pociask, Johnsonville Sausage, and Jim Renzelmann, Sheboygan Area School District, also joined the board.

Ann Thielman of Keller Williams Fox Cities was named Fox Cities Chamber Ambassador president for 2019.