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Accounting

Vrakas CPAs + Advisors has added Dan Kelm and Michelle Pollack as staff accountants.

Architecture

Carmen Eskra has joined Eppstein Uhen Architects as an interior designer in the Workplace Studio. She has been involved in multiple project types, including inpatient and outpatient health care, hospitality, financial/retail and manufacturing, but she specializes in projects in the corporate sector. Eskra has programming and master planning expertise. Rita Nelson, a recent graduate of Iowa State University with a BFA in Interior Design, has also joined Eppstein Uhen Architects’ workplace studio as project assistant with an interiors focus. While at Iowa State, Rita was employed by the university in a number of student-facing roles, and was a summer intern at HGA’s Milwaukee office.

Building & Construction

VJS Construction Services, a general contracting, construction management, and design build firm located in Pewaukee, has hired Dawn Lowrey as an executive assistant/project coordinator, Abby Markle as a project coordinator, Von VanDreel as a superintendent and Tracy Renner as a project administrator.

Education

Notre Dame School of Milwaukee has named Steve Hasbrook its new president. Hasbrook joins the school with leadership experience in both nonprofits and for-profit companies. He previously served as program director of The Kern Family Foundation, a Waukesha-based grantmaking foundation with a heavy focus on supporting youth development opportunities. At the foundation, Hasbrook ran a program team working to create an entrepreneurial engineering strategy that would revamp undergraduate engineering education across the country. His career has also included close to 25 years with Milwaukee-based Brady Corp.

Engineering

Maureen McBroom recently joined Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. as an environmental coordinator. McBroom will be responsible for formulating, analyzing and implementing green infrastructure and sustainability initiatives. Known for her years of experience with the state Department of Natural Resources as a storm water specialist, McBroom will be heavily involved with outreach to municipalities regarding water quality initiatives, watershed management and TMDL implementation. McBroom will be based out of the Waukesha location.

Government Organizations

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. announced that Brian Nowicki is taking over the role of chief financial officer. Nowicki previously worked as controller at Madison College. He joined the college in 2014, having spent the previous 15 years at the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority in roles including financial officer, controller and senior economic development manager. In his final position with WHEDA, he oversaw its Economic Development Division. Nowicki succeeds Brandon Duck, who left the WEDC in early November after about six months to take a senior leadership position with an international development nonprofit organization near Washington, D.C.

Interior Design

Creative Business Interiors’ Milwaukee office recently hired Mai Xiong as a furniture project manager. Xiong has 13 years of experience in the industry. The company also recently hired Matthew Drews as a new senior interior designer. Drews has more than 15 years of experience in the industry.

Logistics and Supply Chain

C.H. Coakley & Company has named Wendy Lapp business development manager for its Commercial Moving division.

Manufacturing

American Roller Company LLC, of Union Grove, has named David Turbiville chief financial officer. Turbiville spent the last five years working as executive vice president and CFO of related entities Odyne Systems and Dueco/UELC. He previously spent a decade at Trudell Trailers in Green Bay, serving as president for eight years after two years working as CFO.

Brady Corp., of Milwaukee, recently elected its board of directors. Members are: Patrick Allender, executive vice president and chief financial officer (retired), Danaher Corp.; Gary Balkema, president (retired), Worldwide Consumer Care Division, Bayer AG; Elizabeth Bruno, Ph.D., president, Brady Education Foundation, research associate professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Nancy Lee Gioia, director, Global Connectivity, Electrical and User Experience (retired), Ford Motor Co.; Conrad Goodkind, partner (retired) in the law firm of Quarles and Brady LLP; Frank Harris, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer, Akron Polymer Systems; Bradley Richardson, executive vice president and chief financial officer, PolyOne Corp.; Hal Sirkin, senior partner and managing director, Boston Consulting Group; and J. Michael Nauman, president and chief executive officer, Brady Corp. Each director will serve a one-year term.

Marketing

GMR Marketing, based in Milwaukee, has named Heidi Olson vice president, client management. Olson has 20 years of leadership in the marketing industry. Prior to joining GMR Marketing, she worked as general manager of Moss Inc. In her new role, she will manage integrated marketing programs for clients such as Nissan, Polaris, Johnsonville, Best Buy and Weber.

Media

WISN 12, a media partner of BizTimes Milwaukee, has promoted Matt Seigel to national sales manager. Seigel previously served as local account executive. He has worked for WISN 12 since May and first joined Hearst Television at KETV in Omaha in November 2011. He has also worked at a handful of other stations across the country.

Nonprofit

Tom Martin, former president and chief executive officer of Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin in Green Bay, has been appointed interim president and CEO of Jewish Family Services, effective Jan. 1. Martin will fill in for current JFS president and CEO Sylvan Leabman, who is retiring at the end of December. Martin retired from FSNEW in March 2014 after serving the agency for 27 years as executive director. Prior to FSNEW, Martin served as president and CEO of Boys and Girls Home and Family Service Inc., in Sioux City, Iowa, for more than 12 years.

The Lutheran Home and Harwood Place, of Wauwatosa, has appointed Lindsey Kriete vice president, human resources, and Dr. Kashif Saeed staff physiatrist. Kriete has more than 14 years of experience in business management, employee development and executive recruitment. She was a member of the Lutheran Home Foundation board from 2014-’15. In her new role, she will handle personnel and budget management and compliance with facility policies and human resource procedures. Saeed, who also is an associate physician for Integrated Rehab Consultants, completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He was chief resident during his last year of residency. At Lutheran Home and Harwood Place, he will diagnose and treat orthopedic, neurologic and musculoskeletal conditions. He will also tend to rehab and pain issues.

Retail

Menomonee Falls-based Kohl’s Corp. has named Sona Chawla its first chief operating officer. The leadership position will place Chawla over the company’s omnichannel operations as she manages store operations, logistics and supply chain network, information and digital technology, e-commerce strategy, planning and operations, and store construction and design. Chawla comes to Kohl’s from Walgreens, where she worked in senior leadership roles over seven years, including president of e-commerce. She most recently was president of digital and chief marketing officer. Her career has also included the role of vice president of global online business for Dell Inc. and executive roles at Wells Fargo’s Internet Services Group. Additionally, she has worked at Andersen Consulting and Mitchell Madison Group. She assumed her new position in November.

Technology

Skyline Technologies, of Pewaukee, has added Andy Klarkowski as a project manager. In this role, Klarkowski will oversee a variety of projects with attention to estimating, scheduling, coordinating, assigning resources and making sure funding is set.

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