Kevin Hahn joined Becher-Hoppe Associates in Wausau as a staff engineer and Ken Smith joined the company as a surveyor. Hahn previously interned with Becher Hoppe assisting on airport construction projects. He will be part of the team working on airport planning, design, and construction projects. Smith previously worked as a surveyor for several companies in the central Wisconsin area. He also has experience working as a production assistant for remediating sensitive riverine environments. He will be part of the survey team working on highway and airport surveying projects.


General surgeon Clint Semrau is seeing patients and performing minor procedures at Aspirus Phillips Clinic. A member of the Aspirus medical staff since the summer of 2018, he also provides general surgery at Aspirus Medford Hospital and minor procedures at Aspirus Medford Clinic. Semrau has 10 years of experience as a surgeon. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons.


Gamber-Johnson, a supplier of mounting systems for fleet vehicles, public safety vehicles, forklifts, and other mobility applications, hired Mani Remi Chandan as APAC sales manager. Chandan has more than 14 years of experience in the field of rugged technology and deployments. He will be responsible for overseeing all of Gamber-Johnson’s core markets including enterprise, emergency services, military, material handling, logistics and transportation in the entire Asian Pacific region.

Linetec in Wausau promoted Paul Bratz to quality assurance manager and Brandon Slowiak has been named to Bratz’s previous role as paint-operations manager. With Linetec since 2002, Bratz started in the quality department specializing in paint. He was promoted to anodize-plant manager before moving to paint operations manager. As Linetec’s paint-operations manager, Slowiak is responsible for all aspects of the architectural coatings facility including receiving, staging, pre treatment, applications, packaging and shipping. Prior to this position, he served as the continuous improvement manager. Before joining Linetec in 2018, he worked as a value-stream manager at Parker Hannifin Corporation. Certified as a high-performance team coach, Slowiak has led Lean manufacturing training programs.

New officers/Board members

The Aspirus Medford Foundation recently added two directors to its board: Sue Ackerman and Roxy Robida. Ackerman is the vice president and branch manager for AbbyBank in Medford. Robida is a retired elementary-school teacher. Since her retirement, she has been working at the library and volunteering in the community. Other directors of the Aspirus Medford Foundation board include Randy Juedes, chair and MMA ex-officio member; Luke Dixon, vice chair; Vicky Brost, secretary; Pat Krause, treasurer; Kris O’Leary, member-atlarge; Brent Arndt; Jill Dassow; Jane DeStaercke; Janie Grunwald; Ann Harris; Kaci Klemm; Joe Mitchell and Cheryl Steliga. 


Nicole Harrison was named CAP Services’ chief program office. Harrison is based at CAP’s Hoover Road ofice in Stevens Point and is responsible for oversight of the agency’s programmatic operations including human development, early childhood development, lending and weatherization. Harrison has been with the agency since 2001, most recently as vice president of CAP’s human development department. She is a certified family development specialist from University of Iowa School of Social Work, and holds a Certificate of Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from University of Wisconsin-Extension. Harrison received the Wisconsin Community Action Program Association’s Richard Strand Exceptional Community Action Staff Member Award in 2008. Rich Rasmussen was promoted from human-resource generalist II to director of talent. Rasmussen is based at CAP’s Hoover Road office in Stevens Point and is responsible for oversight of the agency’s human resources and talent development functions. Rasmussen came to CAP in August of 2018. His work experience includes 25 years in human resource roles. He has served on the Fox Valley Technical College Workforce Advisory Board, Trinity Lutheran Church Personnel Committee, and the Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce Business Development Committee and HR Network.

The Boys & Girls Club of the Wausau Area added three employees. Sheila Cover is the new grants and outcomes director where she will help secure funding for programs. Prior to the Club, she worked at a technical college for six-and-a-half years developing and supporting grants. Other previous roles included a grants role at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities and a communications role at a community foundation. Cassandra Ambrosius was hired as events and marketing director – a new position for the club. She previously worked at WAOW TV-9 as content manager. She has also worked at Eastbay in the marketing department. Alexis Radloff is the D.C. Everest site director, coming to the Club after three years of teaching 4th and 5th graders in the area in both the Wausau School District and the D.C. Everest School District. She will be planning programming at the Greenheck site and at D.C. Everest Middle School


Jed Mattmiller of Becher-Hoppe Associates in Wausau passed the Principles and Practices of Engineering Examination and is now a registered professional engineer in the State of Wisconsin. Mattmiller specializes in engineering design for airports, primarily working on Wisconsin DOT-Bureau of Aeronautics projects.

Kristy Eder passed the Society of Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) certification exam. Eder was a human resources assistant and was promoted to human resources specialist at D.C. Everest Area School District.

Mid-State Technical College accounting instructor Susan Strautmann was appointed to the Wisconsin Accounting Examining Board, filling a vacant accountant member seat until July 1, 2020. As an Instructor on Mid-State's Wisconsin Rapids Campus, Strautmann shares her accounting expertise and relevant work experience with her students. She is also a member of the Wisconsin Institute of CPAs (WICPA) and is an accredited business accountant.

Jessica Perry, operations supervisor at Peoples State Bank’s Stewart Avenue branch in Wausau has earned the National Check Professional (NCP) certification from the Electronic Check Clearing House Organization. The designation recognizes professionals who have successfully proven a level of understanding of the current check-payments landscape. Perry also is an Accredited Automated Clearing House (ACH) Professional, recognized for electronic payment expertise.