Andrew J. Leavitt became the 11th chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Nov. 1. As vice president for university advancement at the University of North Georgia, he successfully led fundraising operations for two universities and completed a $44 million capital campaign. He led a strategic planning process and chaired a university committee developing ways to make higher education both accessible and affordable. Additionally, he merged two philanthropic foundations into a single foundation with more than $55 million in assets. Outside the university, Leavitt is active in the arts and health care. He is also is an avid amateur musician, playing the saxophone in a variety of university jazz and classical ensembles.
Scott Murphy will succeed Darwin Copeman as president and CEO of Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company in Neenah. Copeman, who has served as president and CEO of Jewelers Mutual since 2009, will retire in 2015. Murphy was formerly an executive partner and principal in the insurance industry consulting group Triad Analytic Solutions and chief operating officer at GMAC Insurance in North Carolina. Murphy will begin his new role in January.
Rose Kilsdonk, digital marketing specialist at Fox Valley Technical College, received the Rising Star award from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations.
FVTC named Aaron Tomlinson dean of the college’s Public Safety division. Tomlinson will oversee academic programs and specialized training related to FVTC’s public safety offerings, including the new 75-acre Public Safety Training Center at the Outagamie County Regional Airport, as well as services delivered through the college’s National Criminal Justice Training Center.
Faith Technologies in Menasha promoted Greg Vanevenhoven to vice president of preconstruction-industrial. Vanevenhoven joined Faith Technologies in 2010. Mike Schmaling, operating manager for Faith Technologies, was recognized with the 2014 Air Force Association George W. Bush Award during the AFA’s 2014 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition.
Breakthrough Fuel in Green Bay promoted Andrew Kundinger to director-decision support. Kundinger joined Breakthrough Fuel in 2013 and previously served as senior manager for analysis.
James E. Feiertag joined Bemis Manufacturing Co. in Sheboygan Falls as president and CEO. Feiertag assumes the role held by Richard A. Bemis, interim CEO since October 2013 following the death of Peter F. Bemis. Feiertag comes from Racine-based Twin Disc Inc., where he served as executive vice president with responsibility for European/Asian operations and global sourcing.
Kohler Co.’s Power Group promoted Brian Melka to president of its engines division-Americas. Melka joined Kohler in 2013 as vice president. Previously, he served as vice president-global mining and product management at Rexnord Corp. of Milwaukee.
School Specialty, Inc. in Greenville appointed Ryan M. Bohr as executive vice president and chief financial officer. Bohr replaces Kevin Baehler, who has served as interim CFO since January. Baehler will remain with the company as senior vice president and chief accounting officer. Bohr is a senior executive with 20 years of operations and finance leadership experience, primarily within private equity-owned businesses.
Chad Van Handel and Jerimiah Janssen joined First Business Bank’s Northeast Wisconsin business banking team, Van Handel as vice president-business development and Janssen as assistant vice president-business development.
The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley in Menasha appointed Christina Zitka as director of outreach and continuing education and Mary Beth Leopold as executive director of the UW-Fox Valley Foundation.
Dean Hunt was named business development manager of Bayland Buildings, Inc., in Green Bay. Hunt has more than 20 years of sales and marketing experiences in the Fox Valley.
Steve Myers was appointed to operations lead-strategic initiatives for Expera Specialty Solutions in De Pere. Lee Hammen has assumed the role of Thilmany Mill Manager in Kaukauna. Chris Williams has been named Nicolet Mill Manager for Expera’s De Pere facility.
Senior Sales Manager Anna Anderson of the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton received the MPI Supplier of the Year Award presented annually by the Meeting Professionals International – Wisconsin Chapter.
Schenck, S.C. promoted the following employees in the Fox Cities: Benjamin Baker and Nicholas Vargosko to supervisor; Jonathon Brandt, Jaclyn Cropp, Katherine Fisher, Collin Hayes, Chad Janke, Jason Londo, Laura Osgood and Justin Schmitt to senior accountant; Kayla Krueger to associate accountant 4; Alicia Cross to associate accountant 2; and Nicole Hoerning to medical billing supervisor. In Schenck’s Fond du Lac office, promotions include: Tiffany Piper to manager; Ryan Kaufman and Nathaniel Logan to senior accountant; Cathleen Griese to associate accountant 4; Emma Jung to associate accountant 3; Krista Resch to associate accountant 2; Kelly Koenigs to department executive administrative assistant; and Kelsey Guth to administrative assistant 2. In Green Bay, Schenck’s promotions include: Krista Brassfield, Ryan Elliott, Melissa Enderby and Adam Mleziva to manager; Andrew Branam and Andrea Kuss to supervisor; Tyler Ninneman, Elizabeth Kallies, David Schneider and Brittany Schuh to senior accountant; Lois Ullmer to associate accountant 4; and J. Abram Babler to information technology senior business consultant. In the government and not-for-profit services department, Wendy Mallo and Greg Pitel were promoted to manager; Rebecca Meyer to supervisor; Katie Paplham, Kyle Pockat and Deedra Wesenberg to senior accountant. In the Manitowoc office, Scott Stuckmann was promoted to senior accountant. In the Sheboygan office, Joshua TeBeest was promoted to supervisor and Todd Nelson was promoted to senior accountant.
Patina Solutions expanded to Green Bay and the Fox Valley and added Jason Muenster as managing director. Muenster comes from Cornerstone Business Services, where he was an advisor in mergers and acquisitions.
Soua Yang joined Goodwill Industries of Northcentral Wisconsin’s Grand Chute retail store and training center as an area team leader. Giles La Rock joined the Goodwill NCW marketing team as the leader of creative services.
ThedaCare welcomes Dr. Vijay Chaudhary, a board-certified hematologist and oncologist, at Appleton Medical Center and Theda Clark Medical Center. Dr. Chaudhary has special interest in the field of immuno-oncology and how the immune system can work to fight cancer.
Conway, Olejniczak & Jerry, S.C. in Green Bay hired attorney Molly Berkery. Berkery advises clients on health care regulatory and compliance matters and previously worked as a postdoctoral legal fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.
Hometown Bank of Wautoma hired Jody Jansen as senior vice president-commercial lending. Jansen is a Wild Rose resident with more than 24 years of banking experience.
Hopp Neumann Humke LLP in Sheboygan hired Oliver M. Bauer as a new associate. Bauer will be a member of the firm’s litigation team, representing local government and individual clients in municipal and general civil litigation.
LPL Financial Advisor Alison Walker joined the Baylake Investment Services team at Baylake Bank in Sheboygan.
Nick Mooren, a commercial flooring installer at Green Bay-based H.J. Martin & Son since 2003, is one of five national recipients of the first Floor Covering Installer magazine awards. Mooren’s efforts on the Children’s Reading Room at the Madison Central Public Library were recognized by FCI in the Commercial Resilient category.
Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group hired new employees to its corporate office in Appleton: Ellie Henry, director of first impressions; Laurie Koehnke, marketing coordinator; Laura Pynenberg, accountant; Julie Elmer, outgoing relocation director; and Matthew Franck, IT help desk.
John F. Hager of Hager, Dewick & Zuengler, S.C., Green Bay, was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
Candeo Creative in Oshkosh hired Leah Mann as a multimedia specialist. Mann graduated from UW-Stout with a graphic design and interactive media degree.
The Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce added four members to its board of directors: Gary L. Miller, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay; Mark Graul, owner of Arena Strategy Group, LLC; Tom Kunst, vice president of key accounts sales and account management, UnitedHealthcare of Wisconsin; and Rich Otradovec, RODAC Development Construction LLC.
John Dye of De Pere has been named one of 38 national Purpose Prize fellows, an award presented by Encore.org honoring social innovators over 60 who are dedicated to finding solutions to challenging social problems. Dye, 63, was selected for his work on behalf of Live54218, the obesity prevention non-profit serving the Greater Green Bay Area.
Jaime Kriewaldt, director of youth development services and the Out of School Time Partnership for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley, received the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Midwest Region Tom Burt Pacesetter Award.
Joanne Moehr was promoted to compliance officer at Calumet County Bank’s Brillion location. Moehr joined Calumet County Bank a year ago as a mortgage lender.
CMD Corporation of Appleton hired Christie Sweeney, human resources specialist; Jeff Kraus, buyer; and Wayne Gigot, controller. Scott Wesenick was promoted to mechanical assembler lead on third shift; Dawn Kovaks was promoted to buyer; and Bandid Thavornthon was transferred to the position of international service engineer.
BriMark Builders, LLC in Oshkosh hired Stu Sell as a project manager. Sell owned a finish carpentry business for six years before joining the team at BriMark Builders.
Angela Brumm, public and community relations manager with Ministry Health Care in Appleton, successfully completed the Examination for Accreditation in Public Relations, entitling her to use the APR professional designation.
UW-Green Bay senior Robyn Nielsen is the university’s first-ever recipient of a Greater Research Opportunities Fellowship from the Environmental Protection Agency.
GBA Fitness of Appleton added Peggy Brinkmann to its team of instructors.