Joe Yanda, current chief operating officer, will become CEO of Lakeside Foods effective May 1, when current CEO Glen Tellock will retire. 

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead this organization that my great-grandfather invested in 100 years ago. Glen and his predecessors have laid a strong foundation for us to build on,” Yanda said. “We have an incredible team, and I look forward to building on our momentum as we continue to grow the business.”

Tellock, who joined the company in 2016 after a 24-year career with The Manitowoc Co., will stay on until June 1 to assist in the transition.

New hire

Michael Bergmann joined Ascension Wisconsin as Fox Valley Hospital president overseeing Ascension NE Wisconsin – St. Elizabeth Campus, Ascension NE Wisconsin – Mercy Campus and Ascension Calumet Hospital.

Community First Credit Union announced new hires: Cyrene Wilke, chief strategy and innovation officer; Rochelle Blindauer, vice president of human resources. Community First also announced promotions: Angela Gargo, vice president of talent management; Lynn Miller, Cindy Nadke, Mike Ryan and Kevin Schmidt, senior mortgage lenders; and Doug Kroll, universal mortgage underwriter.

Renita Robinson joined Prevea as vice president of diversity and inclusion.

The Greater Green Bay Chamber announced new hires: Rick Sense, vice president of development and government affairs, and Eric DeKorne, business retention and expansion manager.

Gov. Tony Evers appointed Amy Pechacek as the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development secretary-designee.

Steve Marshall joined First Business Bank as vice president, commercial banking.

Mykel Wedig joined Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative’s government affairs team.

Todd Proctor joined O’Connor Connective as web developer and digital strategist.

Ella Karrels joined Quill Creative as marketing manager.

Three new marketing consultants joined Blue Door Consulting: Lacey Reichwald, Jessica Heintz and Terrance Mintner.

Hans Bauss joined Sure Controls as systems integration engineer.

Mike Bennett joined the real estate firm of Beiser Realty, LLC.

Cardiologist Laura Beacher joined Bellin Health Cardiology Associates.


Jamie Hess was named chief operating officer at WOW Logistics.

Festival Foods announced promotions: Randy Munns, chief operating officer; Frank Abnet, senior vice president of operations; Sean Sanders, vice president of center store; and Joe Zink, vice president of center store merchandising. 

Somerville announced promotions: Melanie Parma, vice president of client relations; Sam Graner, vice president of engineering; Adam Drefcinski, production manager; Neil Yunk, project architect; and Tamarine Wessing, senior architectural designer. Josh Bernhardt joined the firm’s business development team.

KerberRose announced new shareholders: Stacey Donovan, Zachary Linsmeyer, Kristin Tyczkowski, Brian Wild and Daniel Wotruba. Dan Lightfuss was named senior manager.

Kelly Business Advisors promoted Kiely Kelly to junior mergers and acquisitions adviser.


New North leaders were among those named to Madison 365’s Black Power 2020: Wisconsin’s 51 Most Influential Black Leaders list: Cordero Barkley, TitletownTech; Corey King, UW-Green Bay; Ingrid Parker-Hill, Green Bay Area Public School District; and Mohammed Bey, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

Performa architect Erin Peters passed her final NCIDQ exam and is now a licensed interior designer as well as a licensed architect.

Meredith Baciak, wellness coordinator for Miron Construction Co. Inc., was named to the Wellness Council of Wisconsin’s 2020 Leaderboard: Champions of Employee Wellbeing.

Envision Greater Fond du Lac announced the recipients of its Future 5 awards: Megan Schueller, National Exchange Bank & Trust; Alicia Hans, Catalpa Health; Alison Faris Helleberg, United Manufacturers Inc./Faris Gourmet Popcorn; Liz Morell, The Arc Fond du Lac; and Maeghan Greeno, National Exchange Bank & Trust.

Aurora Medical Center President John Newman received the UW-Oshkosh Chancellor’s Medallion of Honor at the school’s winter commencement ceremony.

Ed Harding, president of Aurora Medical Center – Bay Area, received the Community Leadership Award from The Stephenson National Bank & Trust. 

Sunrise on Main owner Joan Johnson received the Nancy A. Felhofer Leadership Award from Management Women, a professional women’s organization in Green Bay.

Julie Nowakowski, who works for the Oshkosh/Appleton Home Care Assistance office, received the Home Care Assistance Worldwide Caregiver of the Year award for 2020.

Plymouth entrepreneur and national speaker Bill Marklein will release his second book “Limitless Rise: Elevating Emotional Intelligence to Achieve Excellence” on March 22.

Board Appointments

The Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau named its board officers: Amanda Hedtke, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Appleton, chair; Chris Haese, City of Neenah, vice chair; Ryan Batley, Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center, secretary; and Dale Youngquist, Village of Fox Crossing, treasurer. Jeffrey Igel, Fox Valley Technical College, also joined the board.

The NEW Digital Alliance named Pat Rothe, Plexus Corp., as chair of the executive committee, and Scott Steinfort, Community First Credit Union, as vice chair.

The Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Corp. elected board leadership: Ken Arnesen, Evergreen Retirement Home, chair; John Newman, Aurora Medical Center, vice chair; and Jeff Liddicoat, Horicon Bank, treasurer.

Katie Halbach, Gold Cross Ambulance Services, joined the Fox Cities Marathon board of directors.

CollegeReady announced board officers and appointments: Mark Fischer, Associated Bank, president; Susan Schoenberger, Schneider, vice president; Benjamin Hayes, Wipfli Financial Advisors, treasurer; and Heather Seaborn, Green Bay East High School, secretary. Jennifer Jones, UW-Green Bay, also joined the board. 

ASPIRO announced board appointments: Richard Zuehlke, Zuehlke Karcz Financial Group, and Dan McKenna, Mulva Cultural Center.