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Last updated on May 13th, 2019 at 02:40 pm

Laura Richard Consulting LLC
Laura Richard launched Laura Richard Consulting LLC, located at 2748A N. Weil St., Milwaukee. Laura Richard Consulting specializes in event planning, fundraising, marketing and promotion. More information can be found at the company’s Web site,

Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C.
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C., Milwaukee, promoted Jerome Janzer to president and chief executive officer. Janzer succeeds Rick Graber, who was recently appointed the United States Ambassador to the Czech Republic by President George W. Bush. Janzer has been with the firm for 24 years and served on the firm’s board of directors for seven years. He specializes in business, real estate and finance law.

R.A. Smith & Associates, Inc.
Richard Smith, president of R.A. Smith & Associates, Inc., Brookfield, received a 2006 distinguished service award from the Wisconsin Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Award criteria included service to the community, professional reputation, contribution to the advancement of the engineering profession and service to professional engineering societies, including ASCE.

Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Workforce Alliance
The Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Workforce Alliance, Milwaukee, received a $110,000 Growing Regional Opportunities in Wisconsin (GROW) Grant from the Department of Workforce Development. The funds are available through the State Council on Workforce Investment and are administered by DWD. GROW funding will support efforts including the establishment of a regional business services team; the development of a regional workforce development strategic plan; the completion of a region-wide “state of the workforce” report; underwriting for a comprehensive analysis of funding sources for workforce development; the support of efforts to increase career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields and the development of connections to the regional 21st Century Learning Initiative in K-12 education.

Jewish Family Services

Jewish Family Services, Milwaukee, received a $20,000 grant from the Daniel M. Soref Charitable Trust for its Keshet Program. Keshet is a Jewish educational program established to serve children with social, emotional, cognitive and developmental disabilities. The program provides individualized service in nursery schools, Milwaukee Jewish day schools and all Milwaukee-area synagogues to accommodate exceptional needs children. The services provided to Keshet students include individual curriculum plans, educational aides both in regular classrooms and in resource rooms, assistance in synagogue Sunday schools and in the B’nai Mitzvah program. 

Patti Genko Communications

Patti Genko Communications, Brookfield, will produce four videos for Heritage Quality Printing, Brookfield. The videos will showcase four different services that Heritage Quality Printing offers and will be used at trade shows, given to customers and streamed on the company’s Web site,

Vernal Management Consultants LLC

Karen Vernal of Vernal Management Consultants LLC, Milwaukee, will design and facilitate a communication and teambuilding workshop for the annual retreat of the legal department of Rockwell Automation Inc., Milwaukee. Karen Vernal and Cheryl Juech facilitated a World Café for the Securities Industry Association (SIA) Diversity and Human Resources Management Conference, which focused on recruitment, retention and inclusion. The company also announced that Karen Vernal and Paul Borawski of the American Society for Quality will serve as Theme Weavers for the St. Joseph Health System, Orange, Calif., annual retreat. The theme for the retreat is Prophetic Leadership in Challenging Times.

Medical Associates Health Centers
Dr. Charles Holmburg, a physician with Medical Associates Health Centers, Menomonee Falls, received the Distinguished Internist of the Year award from the Wisconsin Chapter of the American College of Physicians. The award recognized Holmburg for his high standard of patient care and advocacy at the state level. Holmburg joined Medical Associates Health Centers in 1972 and currently serves as medical staff president for Community Memorial Hospital, Menomonee Falls. He serves as an assistant clinical professor with the Medical College of Wisconsin, Wauwatosa. Holmburg is past president of the Waukesha County Medical Society, served nine years on the Wisconsin Medical Society’s board of directors and continues to serve on its continuing education council.

Medical College of Wisconsin
The Medical College of Wisconsin, Wauwatosa, underwent successful community consultation to move forward with research to study the effectiveness of a new resuscitation fluid used during the care of patients suffering from traumatic injury in Milwaukee County. The Medical College of Wisconsin is one of 10 centers in the country participating in the study. The Food and Drug Administration requires community consultation because informed consent cannot be obtained from a patient suffering a traumatic injury. The goal of the study is to compare the effectiveness of standard crystalloid IV solution to hypertonic saline with and without dextran IV solution. The function and quality of life outcomes and survivors of severe brain injury will be compared in the different groups. Patients 18 and over will be seen at Froedtert Hospital, Wauwatosa and children 15 to 17 will be seen at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Wauwatosa, Level 1 Trauma Center.

Association for Women Lawyers
The Association for Women Lawyers, Milwaukee, recognized four local lawyers and awarded four female law school students with scholarships at its annual meeting. Molly Zillig and Noleta Jansen of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Milwaukee, received the Pro Bono Award for work with Children’s Hospital of Milwaukee. Gwen Connolly of the Law Office of Gwendolyn G. Connolly, Milwaukee, received the Mentoring Award and The Honorable Janine Geske of Marquette University Law School received the Community Involvement Award. The Association for Women Lawyers annually awards four $2,500 scholarships to female law school students through the Virginia A. Pomeroy Memorial Scholarships. The 2006 recipients included Krisstina Ebner and Anne Jaspers of Marquette University Law School and Kelly Noyes and Elyce Wos of University of Wisconsin Law School.

Lakeside Development Co. Inc.

Marie Kaysen, vice president of business development for Lakeside Development Co. Inc., Mequon, will serve as president of the Ozaukee Realtors Association. Kaysen recently received the Realtor of the Year award from the association. Kaysen has been a member of the Ozaukee Realtors Association for 17 years and has been with Lakeside Development Co. for 16 years.

Prom Krog Altstiel Inc.
Prom Krog Altstiel Inc. (PKA), Mequon, will provide marketing communications services to Castrol Industrial North America Inc., Naperville, Ill., a business unit of BP plc., United Kingdom. PKA will offer services including branding, positioning strategy, direct marketing and public relations on behalf of Castrol Industrial and its distributors.

Milwaukee Area Technical College
Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) received a $446,400 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to implement online skills testing for manufacturing production employees. In 2005, the labor department funded an MATC pilot project to develop an online testing system. The $446,400 grant is intended to underwrite the cost of putting the system into practice in Wisconsin factories. This fall the Wisconsin Performance and Assessment of Skill Standards (WisPASS) program will implement the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) production technician certification initiative statewide. MATC is the lead agency for the program. Eight institutions will also offer testing, including the University of Wisconsin-Stout and seven Wisconsin technical colleges, including: Moraine Park, Gateway, Waukesha County, Chippewa Valley, Northeast, Mid-State and North Central. The MSSC system awards production technician certification to new and incumbent workers who pass four manufacturing related modules, including: manufacturing processes and production; quality assurance; maintenance awareness and safety.

Prescription Advocacy and Referral Service Inc.
Prescription Advocacy and Referral Service Inc., Milwaukee, received a three-year $60,000 grant from the Helen Bader Foundation, Milwaukee. The grant will allow Prescription Advocacy and Referral Service to expand its services that help low-income seniors obtain no-cost and low-cost prescription medications. Prescription Advocacy and Referral Service assists seniors who earn less than $16,000 for a single individual and $25,000 for a married couple per year. The program guides seniors through the application process and advocates for a specific individual to the pharmaceutical companies. The goal of the project is to secure medications for 300 individuals.

Moy Creative

Lisa Moy of Moy Creative, Milwaukee, received a 2006 Gold Ink Award for her work on a brochure for Capri Communities, Waukesha. The brochure was a marketing piece designed to interest seniors in Capri’s new Gables of Germany campus being developed in Germantown.

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