Personnel File

Advertising & Public Relations

Scheibel Halaska, Milwaukee, has added Nick Abadie as senior art director. He has nearly 10 years of experience. Prior to joining Scheibel Halaska, Abadie was an art director for Walzak Marketing Communications.

Milwaukee-based Gravity Marketing has added Barb Esser as senior account manager and Dustin Wales to its team of researchers. Esser joins Gravity after serving as director of marketing for The Rauser Agency and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Bader Rutter & Associates, Brookfield, has promoted Claire Keyes to team leader in the agency’s public relations department. She previously served as a senior account executive at the firm. Melissa Kintop was also promoted to team leader in the account management department, where she previously served as a senior account executive, and Griffin Bungener has been promoted to the position of team leader in the account management department.

Waukesha-based Brown & Martin Inc. named Leslie Bonk its new president. Bonk succeeds Dale Brown, who will move into a new role as chairman and chief executive officer of the marketing, public relations and IT solutions firm. Bonk joined Brown & Martin in 1986 and held several positions in the company before being promoted to senior vice president in 1994.

Mueller Communications Inc., Milwaukee, has promoted Phill Trewyn to senior account executive. His responsibilities will include managing client teams and execution of communications plans as well as assisting with business development initiatives. Prior to joining Mueller Communications, Trewyn worked in the newspaper industry for 15 years in a number of different reporting and editing positions.

Milwaukee-based 7Summits agency has added three new executives to its firm. They include: Chris Taylor, business development manager; Roguen Keller, project lead and senior developer and Jason Kobs, senior designer.

Vollrath Associates Inc., Milwaukee, has promoted Jessica Vollrath to vice president. Vollrath joined the firm in 2005. Prior to joining Vollrath Associates, Vollrath handled media planning for several consumer clients at a Chicago advertising agency.

Banking & Finance

Ashwaubenon-based Associated Banc-Corp’s has added four new leaders to its commercial banking division in the Milwaukee area. They include: John Slominski, senior vice president and director of residential lending credit/default management; Jim Larcheid, senior mortgage loan officer; Douglas Gray, assistant vice president and residential loan officer; and John Buresh, who has been promoted to vice president, relationship manager in Associated’s Commercial Real Estate Group.

Dan Defnet has been named chief credit officer of Johnson Financial Group and Johnson Bank in Racine. Defnet has more than 25 years of banking experience, and most recently served as a senior commercial credit officer at M&I Bank.

Three employees at Oostburg State Bank received Lifetime Service Awards from the Community Bankers of Wisconsin. This year’s award honored a total of 31 individuals who have dedicated more than 30 years to serving their banks, their customers and their community. Recipients were chosen based on their commitment to the industry and service to their customers and community as well as their positive attitude and personality. Winners from Oostburg State bank included: Terri Mentink, Sandy Schmit and Terry Katsma.

Paul Jackson has been named branch manager of the Mequon office of Wells Fargo Advisors. In his previous position as senior vice president productivity manager with Wells Fargo Advisors, Jackson played a key role in uniting nine traditional offices and 125 financial advisors to help form the Greater Milwaukee Market.

Racine-based Johnson Financial Group and Johnson Bank have hired Daniel Kaminski as executive vice president of strategic projects for the company. Kaminski has more than 26 years of financial experience with M&I Bank. His accomplishments there include creating the Special Assets Division and serving as CFO of the Wealth Management division as well as managing major corporate projects.

Associated Banc-Corp has hired four new leaders of its commercial banking division in the Milwaukee area. John Verthein has been promoted to senior vice president, senior relationship manager. He has been with Associated since September 2004. T.J. Gannon has been promoted to vice president, portfolio manager. He joined Associated in 2008 as an assistant vice president. Casey Wendt has been promoted to vice president, portfolio manager middle market banking division in commercial banking. He has more than 10 years of banking experience. Stephen Szpak has joined Associated as vice president, portfolio manager. He comes to Associated from Aurora Health Care where he was a senior financial analyst.

Nate Parrish has joined First Citizens State Bank, Whitewater, as executive vice-president. Parrish has more than 15 years of banking experience, most recently as senior lender with Farmers & Merchants Bank in Tomah.

Building & Construction

Mortenson Construction has promoted Mel Langlais to safety director of Mortenson’s Wisconsin operations, based in Brookfield. Langlais has more than 18 years of construction industry experience and most recently served as Mortenson’s safety manager on the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago project. Scott Heberlein was also promoted to director of operations for Mortenson’s Wisconsin operations. He is a 14-year construction industry veteran.

Chambers of Commerce and Visitors Bureaus

The Butler Area Chamber of Commerce recently named its new executive committee. The committee includes: Terry Schultz, EFCO Finishing Corp., president; Gary Mutz of Asset Advisors, asvice president; Jim Parks of Berghammer Construction Corp., secretary, and Jeana Pennings of M&I BMO Financial Group, treasurer. Paul Megal of Megal Development Corp. will serve as past president.

Former Lt. Gov. Margaret Farrow has received the Don Richards Leadership Award from the Waukesha County Business Alliance. The Don Richards Award celebrates the life of the late Don Richards, who was the publisher of The Business Journal and chairman of the board of the Waukesha Area Chamber of Commerce.


Daniel Horton has been appointed dean of Alverno College’s School of Business. Horton has 33 years of business experience. He comes to Alverno from Racine-based S.C. Johnson & Son Inc. where he was the senior vice president and chief administrative officer.

Rhonda Matthews Ware has been named executive director of the Alverno College Research Center for Women and Girls. Ware comes to Alverno from the law firm of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., where she was an attorney on the litigation team. While there, she was involved in the firm’s diversity and pro bono efforts including founding and coordinating their Domestic Abuse Injunction Advocacy Team, which received the 2009 Pro Bono Organization Award from the Wisconsin Bar Association. Prior to that, she worked for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, the United States Attorney’s Office and the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance.


Milwaukee-based GRAEF hired Ronald Van Straten as an economic development specialist. He has more than 25 years of experience and in recent years has directly assisted in securing over $20 million in grant and loan funding for clients.

R.A. Smith National, Brookfield, has named Richard Schluge, Pat Hawley and Doug Senso as new associates in the firm.

Health Care

Dr. Sam Pappas, assistant professor of surgical oncology, has been named the first Sharon K. Wadina Chair in Sarcoma Research at The Medical College of Wisconsin in Wauwatosa.

Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group, Glendale, has added Dr. Kip Mentzer, Dr. Jeffrey Kowalski and Dr. Mike Oulashian. All three completed their residency training in family medicine through the St. Joseph Family Medicine Residency Program/Family Care Center in conjunction with The Medical College of Wisconsin.

Dr. Marcio Malogolowkin, has been appointed professor of pediatrics, chief of hematology, oncology and bone marrow transplant in the department of Pediatrics, and director of the MACC Fund Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He will also serve as medical director of hematology, oncology and bone marrow transplant at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin – including the MACC Fund Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, and associate director of pediatric oncology at the Medical College Cancer Center.

Dr. Daniel DeBehnke, professor of emergency medicine and associate chief medical officer of the Medical College Physicians Group, has been named the chief clinical integration officer at The Medical College of Wisconsin, Wauwatosa. The chief clinical integration officer will be instrumental in shaping relationships among Medical College, Froedtert Health and other eastern Wisconsin health system partners to develop a regional integrated health care delivery model.

Dohmen, Milwaukee, has hired Kimberly Kane as vice president of community relations and government affairs. Before joining Dohmen, Kane served as director of client solutions at The Novo Group, a Milwaukee-based search firm. She spent 14 years in television news, where she reported on health issues and anchored the weekend news. DDN, a division of Dohmen based in Menomonee Falls, has hired Andy Gauger as vice president, business solutions. Gauger previously was director of IT for GENCO Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Solutions and held leadership roles at Children’s Hospital and Health System and Carroll University.

Froedtert Health has promoted Timothy Brown to director of revenue integrity. Brown has been with Froedtert Health for 10 years, holding finance and business management positions. Jennifer Underly was promoted to director of Patient Financial Services for Froedtert Health. She was previously manager of Patient Financial Services for Froedtert Health for seven years. Jon Neikirk was promoted to assistant vice president of revenue cycle. Neikirk came to Froedtert Hospital in 1999 and served as director of patient financial services for Froedtert Health since 2002. Mike Malzewski was recently named assistant vice president of finance for the health system. Malzewski came to Froedtert Health in 2008 when Froedtert Health and Synergy Health became affiliated.

Dr. Haley Schultz, recently joined Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group and family practitioners Dr. Xuan Thy Tran and Dr. Lori Wisnefski at their practice in Pewaukee. Schultz received her medical training from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Penn. She recently completed a residency program in family medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Jamie Durner, owner of Ayurveda Wellness in Pewaukee, has earned certification as an Ayurvedic Practitioner. She has nearly two decades of holistic health experience.

Advanced Pain Management, Greenfield, has promoted Diana Gonzales to the position of nurse practitioner. Gonzales is a board certified family nurse practitioner. She currently serves as a nurse.

Extendicare Health Services Inc., Milwaukee, has hired Erica Cervantes as an insurance billing analyst in the firm’s Accounts Receivable department. In addition, Edward Nwagbaraocha, operations analyst; Muhammad Humayun, security engineer; and Meghan Rath, project coordinator, have joined Virtual Care Provider Inc. a subsidiary of Extendicare Health Services.

Hospitality & Entertainment

Kristina Potrykus has been named marketing director at Potawatomi Bingo Casino, Milwaukee. Potrykus has worked in the gaming industry for 14 years, with eight years of marketing experience. She joins Potawatomi Bingo Casino after serving most recently as marketing director of Grand Traverse Resort and Casinos in Peshawbestown, Mich.

Legal Services

Davis & Kuelthau S.C., Milwaukee, has named Patrick Bergin and Geoffrey Trotier as shareholders of the firm. Bergin, a registered patent attorney, assists clients with intellectual property issues with an emphasis on domestic and international intellectual property procurement.

Godfrey & Kahn, S.C., has added Paul Heaton to its Litigation Practice Group in the firm’s Milwaukee office. Prior to joining Godfrey & Kahn, Heaton was a founding partner and managing member of Gass Weber Mullins LLC in Milwaukee.


Sussex-based Cardiac Advancements LLC has named Thomas Gazzana chief operating officer and acting chief executive officer of the company. Gazzana also serves as a director of the company. He recently retired from Children’s Hospital and Health System where his 15-year year tenure included various roles, and he was the interim president of Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin. Prior to joining Children’s Hospital, Gazzana was president and CEO of Coordinated Care Corp., a Medicaid HMO which is now publicly traded as Centene Corp.


Chad Linzy has joined Children’s Hospital and Health System Foundation as vice president of major gifts. Prior to joining Children’s Hospital and Health System Foundation, Linzy served as vice president of advancement at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in West Terre Haute, Ind. Linzy also has held executive management positions with philanthropy consulting company, Jerold Panas, Linzy and Partners Inc., in Chicago, and with educational institutions including Butler University in Indianapolis and University of Missouri, Kansas City, Mo.

Will Janisch has joined the Greater Milwaukee Foundation as senior signature funds officer. Prior to joining the Foundation, he served as director of development for the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin.

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