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Christopher Allen, formerly chief lending officer, was named CEO of Fox Communities Credit Union. He will take over for Greg Hilbert, who will retire at the end of April.

As chief lending officer at Fox Communities, Allen was responsible for the credit union’s lending programs. In addition to his role as chief lending officer, Allen served as vice president of Business Services, where he managed all business lending at the credit union and was responsible for implementing a growth plan that grew the credit union’s commercial loan portfolio from $222 million to almost $400 million in three years.

“We know Chris is committed and dedicated to serving all of us well. We are confident he will continue the legacy of success and member service Fox Communities is known for,” said Bill Panella, chairman of the Fox Communities board of directors.

New hires

Joaquín Altoro was named executive director of the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority.

Rich Wise was named CEO of Valley Cooperative Association following the retirement of Mark Munroe.

Oliver Buechse was named executive in residence for the Cofrin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Nicci Sprangers was named executive director of the Heart of the Valley Chamber.

Jerry Rieder of De Pere was named chief operating officer of New Jersey-based FranServe Inc.

Chris Skrobutanas joined Omni Glass & Paint as vice president of finance.

John Bushmaker joined ERC Counselors & Consultants as director of business development.

Nancy Pagel joined Menasha Corp. as learning and development director.

Robin Lutz joined Hawkins Ash CPAs as senior tax manager.

EDCi hired Andrew Bronstad, senior solutions architect.

Nick Olsen joined Cornerstone International Alliance as managing director.

Attorney Bryant M. Dorsey joined the Law Firm of Conway, Ojecniczak & Jerry, S.C.

Kailee Vander Loop joined East Wisconsin Savings Bank as HR director.

Trevor Ramseier joined Performa as a business development representative.

Jan Graunke was named compliance officer/Title IX coordinator at Marian University.

John Huhn was named director of development at Community Living Solutions.

Sara Huisman joined Oostburg State Bank as marketing manager.

Former Green Bay Packers player Ahman Green was named coach for Lakeland University’s new eSports program.

Kayla Schumacherjoined the Fond du Lac Area Foundation as donor relations manager.

Element announced new hires: Chelsey Barnes, public relations coordinator; Jon Mueller, content marketing strategist; and Katie Lloyd, front desk coordinator and office manager.

Kelly Tanck joined the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region as controller for the nonprofit’s finance team.

Ledgeview Partners announced new hires: Brian Defferding, inside sales representative, and Andrew Lawson, account executive.

Brandon Elrick joined Keller Inc. as job site foreman.

Amy Vetrone joined Panoramic Financial Solutions, an affiliate of Ameriprise Financial, as an associate financial adviser.

Stephanie Carlin joined Oshkosh Healthy Neighborhoods as community outreach coordinator.

Rheumatologist Dana Trotter joined Bellin Health Rheumatology.

Physician Mark Kroll joined BayCare Clinic Emergency Physicians.

Prevea Health hired three colon and rectal surgeons: Peter Falk, Marc Grodsky and Scott Ruggles.

Hospitalist Desirae Budi joined St. Agnes Hospital, and physiatrist Kris Homb joined Fond du Lac Regional Clinic.

Holy Family Memorial hired nurse practitioner Kimberly Williams, who practices at HFM Pain Clinic.

Desiree Moeller-Springborn joined Plastic Surgery & Skin Specialists by BayCare Clinic. She’ll provide specialized permanent makeup services to patients. In addition, Pamela Geocaris earned her Certified Plastic Surgical Nurse credential from the Plastic Surgical Nursing Certification Board.

Steve Jenkins was named executive director of the Door County Economic Development Corp. From 2012 to 2017, Jenkins led the Economic Development Corp. in Fond du Lac, where he led the implementation of an award-winning program focused on attraction, helping existing businesses and entrepreneurial development.


Andrew Bagnall was named president and CEO of Hospital Sisters Health System Wisconsin.

BLC Bank announced promotions: Vicki Running, vice president and chief operating officer; Linda Blom, vice president and chief risk officer; Lukas Van Lankvelt, vice president and chief credit officer; Mel Hietpas, assistant vice president and private banking officer; and Holly DeMain, branch manager.

Ryan Day was promoted to plant manager at BPM Inc.

Jon Fischer was named partner at McCarty Law LLP.

Integrity Insurance promoted Lisa Messerschmidt to commercial lines underwriting manager.

Dave Stubbs was promoted to regional manager of Fox Valley sales for Keller Inc.

The following were named to the Conger Industries executive team: Seth Kabat, director of finance and administration; Ryan Weyers, director of marketing; Mike Olson, director of sales; Dan Rueckl, director of remarketing and IT; and Jeremiah Reffke, director of aftermarket. Eric Brunner also joined the company as IT systems administrator.


Festival Foods President and CEO Mark Skogen received the 2020 Robert B. Wegman Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, presented by FMI – The Food Industry Association. The award honors innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and imagination in the food industry.

Paul Carlsen, president of Lakeshore Technical College, was selected by the Aspen Institute to join the 2020-21 inaugural class of the Aspen New Presidents Fellowship, an initiative designed to support community college presidents in the early years of their tenure to accelerate transformational change on behalf of students.

The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce announced the recipients of its inaugural Fox Cities Excellence in Education Shining Star Awards: Mike Slowinski, Menasha High School, K-12 Education; Jenny Hollis, Fox Valley Technical College, Early Childhood Education; Brian Borchardt, Neenah High School, Student Services; Kate Manthey, UW-Oshkosh, Higher Education; Monica Allaback, Valley Packaging Industries, Special Education; Jason Fridley, Horace Mann Middle School, Inclusive Education; and Cyndi Pavelski, Appleton North High School, Career & Technical Education. Educator of the Year finalists include; Teri Fechter, Richmond Elementary School: Monica Jones, Xavier High School; and Paul Larson, Freedom High School. The Educator of the Year will be announced at the March 5 event.

The Chamber of Manitowoc presented its Awards of Distinction to individuals: Amber Daugs, Grow it Forward Inc., Young Professional of the Year Award; Bonnie Proszenyak, Manitowoc Public School District, Education Impact Award; Kathleen A. Zucchi, Athena Award; John Ashenbrener, Sign Me Up Outdoor Advertising, Volunteer of the Year Award; and Glen Tellock, Lakeside Foods, Joseph P. Schmitt “Speak Up” Award.

Kim Bassett, president and CEO of Bassett Mechanical, was named one of 2020’s “CEOs Who Get It” by the National Safety Council’s Safety + Health Magazine.

Barry Martzahl, managing director-wealth management and institutional consulting director for Graystone Consulting, was named to Forbes magazine’s 2020 list of Best-in-State Wealth Advisors.

Fox Valley Technical College instructor Gaylen Haas earned certification to teach Demand Driven Material Requirements Planning, a competency in supply chain and materials management. Only 10 professionals in North America share this instructional credential in the field.

Board appointments

Two Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau staff members were named to committees for the Governor’s Council on Tourism. Pam Seidl, executive director, will serve on the Meetings and Conventions Committee, and Matt Ten Haken, director of sports marketing, will serve on the Sports Marketing Committee.

Becky Bartoszek, president and CEO of the Fox Cities Chamber, was named to the New North Inc. board of directors.

Stephen D. Newlin was named independent chairman of the board for Oshkosh Corp. Newlin has been on the board since 2013 and replaces Craig Omtvedt, who was elected chairman in 2017. Omtvedt will continue to be a board member.

The Greater Green Bay YMCA named new members to its board of directors: Brookh Lyons, Lyons Health; Jeff Mirkes, Downtown Green Bay Inc.; and Jason Wilke, Associated Bank.