Personnel File

Advertising & Public Relations

Jacobson Rost has added Nathan Chow, production artist; Ryann Flynn, associate copywriter; and Matthew Overton and Lexi Wachs, associate art directors; to the firm’s Milwaukee office.


Plunkett Raysich Architects, Milwaukee, has named new partners to the firm. They include: Michael Brush, Martin Choren, D. Scott Davis, Gregg Golden, John Holz, Jeffrey Holzhauer and Steven Kieckhafer.

Arts & Entertainment

The Milwaukee Art Museum has named William Keyse Rudolph its new curator of American art and decorative arts. Rudolph comes to Milwaukee from the Worcester Art Museum where he was curator of American art since 2009. Prior to that, he was the associate curator of American art at the Dallas Museum of Art, and associate/research coordinator in European decorative arts after 1700 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Banking & Finance

Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network has designated Kurt Rozman, president of Rozman Wealth Management, Brookfield, a member of the firm’s “Premier Advisors Program.” To qualify for the program at Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, advisors must demonstrate a high level of production and a commitment to professional service.

Waukesha Investments, a Waukesha State Bank program, has promoted Harry Mewes to executive financial advisor. Mewes joined Waukesha Investments in 2000 as an investment representative, with more than a decade of experience in financial planning.

Darrin Englebert a financial advisor of Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, The Schwertfeger Group, Glendale, was recently honored for his outstanding accomplishments in 2010. He has also earned the Pacesetter 40 and Bronze Central Region awards. Chris Fugman and Darrin Englebert financial representatives with The Schwertfeger Group, have qualified for membership in the Million Dollar Roundtable, an international, independent association of nearly 19,000 leading life insurance producers.

First Bank Financial Centre, Oconomowoc, has added Brian Groth to its team as commercial lender, vice president. He has more than 24 years experience in business banking and commercial relationships.

Building & Construction

Black Diamond Group, Oak Creek, has promoted Dan Duffey to chief operating officer. Duffey and Deb Teglia, president and owner, continue to head the executive leadership team for the company.


Concordia University Wisconsin has added professor Wendy Crary to the faculty as the new director of traditional undergraduate nursing. Crary joined CUW in January and her duties will include working with faculty, maintaining and developing the curriculum for the program, and mentoring the students as they enter into the nursing profession after graduation.

Government Organizations

The Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation has hired Dane Checolinski as its new community development & research specialist. He previously served as the Economic Development Coordinator for the City of Marengo, Ill.

Health Care

Community Memorial Hospital has added four doctors to the staff at the Medical College of Wisconsin. They include: Dr. Bryan Hunt, pathology; Dr. David Milia, eICU Telemedicine and general surgery; Dr. Jacquelyn Paykel, OB/GYN and Dr. David Poetker.

The Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation has selected six health professionals, including three from the metro Milwaukee area, to receive its Champion in Women’s Health Award. The Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation created the Champion in Women’s Health Awards to honor individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in women’s health. Winners were nominated by their peers. Dr. Alonzo Walker, director of Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Breast Cancer Program and chief of division of general surgery at The Medical College of Wisconsin was selected for excellence in the area of cancer. Dr. Carol Meils, retired former chief of cardiovascular services at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-All Saints in Racine was selected for excellence in the area of cardiovascular disease. Mary Lou Ballweg, founder and president of Endometriosis Association in Milwaukee was selected for excellence in general women’s health.

Hospitality & Entertainment

The Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee has named Omar Naimi its new director of operations. He has more than 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, and has served in many roles, including various management and director positions. For the past 12 years, he worked for Marriott International.

Dana Jones has been named director of finance and administration at VISIT Milwaukee. Jones joined VISIT Milwaukee as an accounting assistant in 1996 and most recently served as the organization’s finance manager. Jones’ background also includes accounting positions with Roundy’s Inc. and Spirit of Milwaukee.


Jay Fulkerson has joined Milwaukee-based Health Payment Systems as executive vice president. He has nearly 20 years of health care and management experience and previously worked as CEO of United Healthcare’s central region, and prior to that he was CEO of Touchpoint Health Plan.

Legal Services

Attorney Joseph Newbold has joined the litigation practice at the downtown Milwaukee law firm of O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C.

The law firm of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Milwaukee, has added Michelle Jacobs, a former United States attorney, as a partner. Jacobs will handle complex litigation matters and appellate work with an emphasis on cases before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Foley & Lardner LLP has named new partners in its Milwaukee office. They include: Heidi Furlong and Tanya O’Neill in the business law practice, and Elizabeth Hanigan, in the regulated industries practice.

Ricky Benjamin has been added as an attorney in the litigation-Tort practice group of the Milwaukee office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek. He has more than 20 years experience providing legal and business advice to clients as general counsel, senior trial counsel, assistant vice president and managing attorney.


DUECO Inc., Waukesha, has added Paul Dybro as marketing coordinator. He previously worked as communications coordinator at Snap-on Tools and Ruud Lighting, and has supported many clients, including CNH in Racine, with a broad array of marketing and technical communications. Dybro is also a former construction industry trade publication editor.

Gauthier Biomedical, Grafton, has promoted Rebecca Krieser to customer service representative. Krieser previously held the position of document control in the quality department. She has been with Gauthier Biomedical for three years.

AnnMarie Kraszewski has been hired food technologist at Wixon, St. Francis. Kraszewski’s responsibilities include developing new product formulations and supporting customers in Wixon’s Industrial Ingredients group, with a focus on snacks. She previously served as a food scientist for Kerry Ingredients & Flavours.

Dean Rennicke has been hired as the vice president of marketing for Kapco Inc., Grafton.


Anthony Arbucias has been named general sales manager at WISN-TV Channel 12 in Milwaukee. Arbucias comes to WISN from sister station WBAL-TV in Baltimore, where he is the local sales manager. He previously worked at Hearst’s WCVB-TV, the ABC affiliate in Boston, where he was an account executive before his promotion to national sales manager.

Aaron Zakowski, has been promoted to production manager at Video Wisconsin, Brookfield. Zakowski has worked at Video Wisconsin for two years while completing his studies.


Theodore Grange, regional director of catering for Milwaukee-based Marcus Hotels and Resorts, has been elected to the board of directors of St. Aemilian-Lakeside.

Timothy Herman, a consulting actuary in the Milwaukee office of Milliman Inc., a firm specializing in employee benefits, insurance, investing and financial services, has been elected to the board of directors of Integrated Family Services, a subsidiary of St. Aemilian-Lakeside that supports the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare.

The Wisconsin Parkinson Association has added three new board members. They include: Alan Katz, vice president of sales and marketing for Performance Marketing Inc., Pamela Schultz, program manager II and clinical assistant professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Katie Swartz, vice president in treasury management at Associated Bank.

Trenni Kusnierek recently joined the Milwaukee Wave of Hope on a part-time basis as a director. Kusnierek will be responsible for the Wave of Hope’s signature events: A Reason for Hope Gala, Wave of Hope Golf Outing and Fashion Show. She is also a sports reporter and radio host on 540 ESPN in Milwaukee on both the D-List and Broad Side.

Public Policy Forum recently appointed Susan Hatch chairperson of its board of trustees. Hatch is the owner of Hatch Staffing Services in Milwaukee. Hatch will succeed real estate broker James T. Barry III after he served a two-year term. Hatch is the first woman to chair the 98-year-old organization.

Professional Athletics

Kory Schooley was promoted to vice president of sales at the Milwaukee Wave. Schooley will oversee the Wave’s corporate and ticket sales. He has experience in every aspect of sales at the Wave during more than four years with the organization.

Staffing & Recruiting

Brookfield-based Patina Solutions, has named Patrick O’Brien as chairman of the board. O’Brien spent 29 years working within the S.C. Johnson family of companies, most recently serving as president of S.C. Johnson, where he had responsibility for all of the business operations, marketing, sales and consumer insights for North America and Europe. He also spent four years as president and chief operating officer of Johnson Outdoors.

Utility Services

Milwaukee-based Wisconsin Energy Corp. chairman, president and chief executive officer Gale Klappa and executive vice president and chief financial officer Allen Leverett have been named to Institutional Investor magazine’s All-American Executive Team for 2011. Each year the magazine conducts an extensive survey of analysts and money managers from across the U.S. and abroad to determine the top performing executives in virtually every industry sector – ranging from airlines to utilities. In this year’s study, Leverett was tied for first among chief financial officers of electric utilities. Klappa was ranked second among chief executives in the electric utility industry and first among chief executives of regulated utilities. More than 1,200 analysts and portfolio managers participated in the study.

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