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Orion Lighting and Energy Services of Plymouth has named Stephen Heins to the newly created position of director of marketing and communications. He had earlier been marketing director for NorthNet, an Internet service provider from Oshkosh. Heins is a member of the Governor’s Telecommunications Taskforce for Wisconsin.
Nancy Deptolla has been named to the newly created position of director of public relations at Charleston
Orwig, Inc., in Hartland. Deptolla was vice president of public relations at Milwaukee agency Hoffman York before joining Charleston
Orwig. She has also managed public relations for the power systems and plumbing product lines of Kohler Company and was manager of employee communications at Allis-Chalmers.
Patricia Schroeder, Covenant Healthcare’s senior vice president of clinical performance, has been named chief nursing officer for Covenant Healthcare. She has published six books on nursing and health care quality, the last of which was translated into German, Dutch and Korean. For the past 16 years she has served as editor of the Journal of Nursing Care Quality, by Aspen Publishers. She has also practiced for 10 years as a nursing and health-care quality consultant in the United States, Canada and Europe. Schroeder received her bachelor of science in nursing and her master of science in nursing from the Marquette University College of Nursing, and her master of business administration from the Marquette University College of Business.
Heather M. Barrie has been hired as director of marketing at the Milwaukee law firm of Godfrey & Kahn. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Ripon College and an MBA from UW-Milwaukee. She had earlier been director of client development and communications at the law firm of Quarles & Brady.
Beth McCleery has been named director of provider relations at St. Francis Hospital in Milwaukee. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver.
Ken Evason has joined Jacobus Wealth Management of Wauwatosa as president and CEO. He had earlier been with Clarica U.S., Inc. (formerly Mutual Group U.S.). Concurrent with Evason’s assignment, Nicholas C. Wilson, who had served as president for the past five years, was appointed vice chairman.
John Donahue has been named a shareholder in the Milwaukee law firm of Quarles & Brady, working in the Employee Benefits Group. He had earlier been with Weiss Berzowski Brady & Donahue.
Mike Germain has been named vice president, Midwest, for Franchise Foodservice of Oak Creek. He will be based at the chain restaurant distributor’s Columbus, Ohio, facility.
Paul Roller has assumed the newly created position of chairman of Miller Brands in Wauwatosa, as part of the implementation of a management succession plan for the beverage distributor. Roller, majority owner of the firm, had been serving as chief executive officer. Steve Johnson, who has been serving as vice president for sales, has become president and chief executive officer. Mike Gallagher, formerly vice president for operations, is now executive vice president. Dave Neville, formerly division sales manager, has succeeded Johnson as vice president for sales. Roller will maintain a small portion of ownership in the business. Johnson and Gallagher’s current ownership will increase, while Neville has acquired an equity investment in the company. In addition, Miller Brewing Co. has purchased an equity position of approximately 5% in Miller Brands, at 1400 N. 113th St. Roller began his tenure as CEO in 1994 when a similar management succession plan was implemented involving previous majority owner Kirby Lewis. Johnson has 17 years of experience with Miller Brands. He has a bachelor of science degree in marketing from Arizona State University and is currently chairman of the Wisconsin Wholesale Beer Distributors Association. Gallagher has been with Miller Brands for 20 years and holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master of business degree from Marquette University. Neville has been with Miller Brands for 13 years where, as the on-premise division manager, he has managed sales to taverns, restaurants and clubs. He holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Marquette University.
Jeri McClenaghan-Ihde has joined the Milwaukee-based architectural and interior design firm of Eppstein-Uhen Architects as senior project manager. The firm also announced that Bret Tushaus has been named director of information technology and a principal in the firm. He has been with the firm since 1995, having obtained a master’s degree in architecture from UW-Milwaukee.
Four Points by Sheraton Milwaukee Airport has named Susan Kainz as sales manager. She had previously been with the Radisson hotels.
Maysteel of Menomonee Falls has announced that Doug Parentice has joined the company as marketing manager while Bill Hurst has joined as engineering manager of the Electric Utility Products & Enclosures Group. Parentice had been with Leeson Electric, where he was marketing manager. Parentice earned his B.A. degree at Denison University and an MBA at Wake Forest University. Most recently, he was product development manager for switchgear products at Cooper Power Systems, where he had worked for 20 years. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from the University of South Carolina.
John L. Stearns has been named president of Ideal Financial Services. He joined the firm in 1993 as a loan officer. In 1996 he was promoted to the position of manager and vice president.
Marie Crockett will lead New School Development Consulting, a newly created consulting service providing support to charter school developers. The operation has been created by YW Community Education Center, a subsidiary of YWCA of Greater Milwaukee.
July 20, 2001 Small Business Times, Milwaukee

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