Personnel File


Jay Czarapata has joined Baker Tilly Investment Advisors LLC as a senior investment advisor representative in the firm’s individual wealth management practice. He is located in the firm’s Milwaukee office and has more than 10 years of experience in financial services and investment advisory work. Laura Barry has been promoted to managing director of Baker Tilly Investment Advisors’ Milwaukee practice. Laura has been with the firm since 2004 and has more than 20 years of financial and investment advisory experience.


Advertising & Public Relations

Gravity Marketing, Milwaukee, promoted Barb Esser to vice president. Esser has experience in marketing, strategic planning and project and staff management.

Mueller Communications Inc., Milwaukee, promoted Natalie Emmer to assistant account executive and Megan Durbin to account coordinator. Prior to joining Mueller as a full-time team member, Emmer interned for the firm. She also worked as an intern with the Milwaukee Press Club.


Banking & Finance

Andrew Lehman has joined Racine-based Johnson Bank as vice president, commercial banking. Lehman has more than 10 years of banking experience. He is responsible for new business development and working directly with customers to help them achieve financial success.


Building & Construction

Allan Degner was promoted to director of marketing for Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Southeast Wisconsin. Degner is a long-time Paul Davis staff member and has served as a marketing representative and trainer. He also held the position of marketing manager for the former owners of the Paul Davis office in the Fox Valley and Central Wisconsin. Degner has been employed with Paul Davis since 2007 and started his work at the Milwaukee office in 2009.



New Resources Consulting, Milwaukee, has added Jim Kurtz to the firm as vice president of account management. He most recently held senior management positions with Stratagem Inc. in Milwaukee. Prior to that, he served as the managing director and director of device delivery for Keane Inc.’s Wisconsin branch. 



Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD) recently added two new members to its board of trustees. Robert Schwartz, general manager of global design and user experience at GE Healthcare and a fellow of the Industrial Designers Society of America, and Deanna Tillisch, president of the United Performing Arts Fund, have been elected to serve on the board. Shawn Simmons, formerly of Kent State University, also joined MIAD as a communication design professor. 

Several new members have joined Milwaukee-based Mount Mary College’s Corporate Board. Sister Mary Anne Owens, president of the School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province, has been named president of the Corporate Board. Other new members include: Sister Mary Kay Brooks, Sister Barbara Brumleve, Sister Joan DiProspere, Sister Helen Jane Jaeb, Sister Caroline Jakubowski, Sister Susan Jordan, and Sister Dianne Perry.


Government Organizations

County Executive Chris Abele has named longtime corporate HR director Kerry Mitchell to lead the county’s personnel operations as head of its newly created Human Resources Department. Mitchell worked in a number of senior-level human resources positions over 19 years for U.S. Bank and its predecessor companies.


Health Care

Extendicare Health Services Inc., Milwaukee, has added Corey Bowe as a collections analyst and Susie Thomas as a Medicaid billing coordinator in the Accounts Receivable department. Nikolo Villanueva has also joined Virtual Care Provider, Inc., a subsidiary of Extendicare Health Services, Inc., as a software product engineering manager.

Brett Norell has been named operations and project director at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Wauwatosa. Norell has held a variety of roles at Children’s Hospital including administrative fellow, operations manager for surgical specialties and pulmonary services, ambulatory manager, and most recently business manager for surgical services.



Jay Fulkerson has been named chief executive officer of Milwaukee-based Health Payment Systems. Fulkerson succeeds Eric Butlein as CEO, who retired and will remain on the board of directors.

Christian Lie has joined Diversified Insurance Services, Brookfield, as president of the company’s Risk Services Group. Lie will be a shareholder and will lead all of the company’s risk management, commercial property and casualty, and personal lines activities. He has more than 36 years experience and most recently served as president and CEO of Johnson Insurance Services.            


Legal Services

Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C., Milwaukee has added Matthew S. Vanderpool as an associate in the firm’s health care practice. Prior to joining Reinhart, Vanderpool worked for a consulting firm in New York, where he specialized in compliance consulting, auditing and fair market value analysis in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry.

Tim Trecek, a managing partner at both the Milwaukee and West Bend offices of the law firm Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., was recently selected as the recipient of the Robert L. Habush Trial Lawyer of the Year award by the Wisconsin Association of Justice. The annual award is presented to an attorney who demonstrates professional excellence, as well as a commitment to advocating for injured consumers. Trecek has been named the recipient of this award after achieving several major victories for clients. Most recently, in February of 2011, Trecek obtained a $16 million award on behalf of eight injured workers involved in a dust explosion at the We Energies Oak Creek power plant.

Quarles & Brady LLP, has named Daniel Radler as chair of the firm’s national intellectual property practice. Radler, a partner in the firm’s Milwaukee office, focuses his practice on all aspects of patent procurement and licensing in a variety of disciplines, including material handling equipment, heavy machinery, manufacturing and molding processes, fluid dynamics, printing technology, hydraulics, and general mechanical and electro-mechanical devices.



Metal-Era Inc., Waukesha, has added Khary Penebaker as Roof Edge Solutions product manager. Penebaker has more than 15 years experience in the roofing industry, including owning and operating The Penebaker Enterprises LLC Roofing and Sheet Metal in Milwaukee, where he completed a high-profile roofing project for the Milwaukee City Hall restoration project.

Butler-based MRPC has added Madeline Dudek as a customer service/sales administrative assistant. Prior to joining MRPC, Dudek worked at CapTel Inc., where she managed, supported and trained a team of telephone conversation captioning assistants.



Stillwaters Cancer Support Services, Waukesha, has promoted Carrie Ripp to program director. Ripp is a social worker with 15 years of experience.


Professional Organizations

Tim Keane, director of the Golden Angels Network and outgoing director of the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship at Marquette University, will become chairman of the Wisconsin Angel Network advisory committee. Keane, who recently announced his resignation as director of Marquette entrepreneurship after a 10-year run, continues to manage the 65-member Golden Angels Network – one of the largest investor networks in terms of members in Wisconsin. The Golden Angels are a founding member of the Wisconsin Angel Network, which was created in 2005 to serve as a source of deals for Wisconsin investors, to assist with creating angel networks in Wisconsin, and to provide education and networking opportunities for angel investors.

The Wisconsin Historical Society named Matt Blessing, head of special collections and archives at Marquette University in Milwaukee, as the director of the historical society’s Library-Archives Division. Blessing, who formerly worked as an archivist at the historical society from 1991-99, will begin his new duties on Jan. 17. Blessing has worked as an archivist for Marquette since 1999, overseeing some of the university’s most widely used collections, including the original manuscripts of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” as well as manuscript collections documenting Catholic social justice movements such as Dorothy Day’s Catholic Worker Movement. Part of his role has been to digitize significant amounts of material in the university’s archival collections for Internet access, something that is also a priority at the historical society.

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