Darryl Barton, a radiation oncologist, joined Radiation Oncology Specialists at the James Beck Cancer Center at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander. Barton is board-certified in radiation oncology by the American Board of Radiology and specializes in the treatment of all radiation-sensitive cancers. Barton earned his medical degree from the University of South Carolina and completed his radiation oncology residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City. He also completed a radiation oncology fellowship in breast cancer at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. 

Nathania Adu, a family-nurse practitioner, is now seeing patients at Aspirus Medford Clinic. She is a family medicine specialist providing primary healthcare services to people of all ages. A nurse since 2014, Adu became a nurse practitioner in 2018. Adu earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville and her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. She is currently working toward a doctor of nursing practice degree. She is certified in basic life support and advanced cardiac life support. 

Aspirus Medford Hospital added Jerry Jurecic, a certified registered-nurse anesthetist (CRNA) to its anesthesia team. As a CRNA, he administers anesthetics in a variety of practice settings and for a variety of surgeries and procedures. Jurecic has more than 14 years of healthcare experience. He’s provided anesthesia services at Marquette General Hospital in Michigan since 2013. He also has experience providing registered nursing care in intensive and critical care environments. A board-certified CRNA, Jurecic is also certified in basic life support, advanced cardiac life support, pediatric advanced life support and the neonatal resuscitation program. He has a master’s degree in nurse anesthesia from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. 

Michael Thielman, an ear, nose and throat specialist, joined Ascension Medical Group in Stevens Point. Board certified in otolaryngology, Thielman previously practiced with Ascension Medical Group in Stevens Point from 2004-2016. He specializes in disorders that affect nasal breathing, snoring, sinus and respiratory infections as well as speech, swallowing, voice and ear problems. Thielman will see patients in Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids. He earned his medical degree from Creighton University in Omaha. He completed a general surgery internship at Gunderson Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse, and an otolaryngology head and neck residency at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison. 

Public safety 

Eric Trempe was hired as a fire-fighter and paramedic by the Merrill Fire Department. Upon graduation from Wausau West High School in 2010, Trempe enlisted with the United States Army. He has spent time in multiple different countries across the world for missions as a combat engineer. His military unit is also part of a special search and extrication group that can be used in any disaster situation. Eric continues to serve in the U.S. Army National Guard. In 2015, Trempe joined the Maine Fire Department and started his emergency services education. Most of his training was completed at Northcentral Technical College and Mid- State Technical College. In 2016, Eric also started working as a firefighter/ EMT at South Area Fire & Emergency Response District. Last month, he completed his EMT-Paramedic training and is now licensed in the State of Wisconsin. The Merrill Fire Department also promoted Jon Leiskau to the position of battalion chief-operations. He supervises six fire-fighter/paramedics on a daily basis and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the fire department. Additionally, he will handle lead coordination of the fire department’s pub-lic education/relations and facility maintenance. During the 18 years Leiskau has been with the department, he has completed numerous training courses such as ice and swiftwater rescue, confined space rescue, hazardous mate-rials, incident command courses, and fire investigations. He also holds the state certifications/license of firefighter I & II, EMT-para-medic, driver/operator-pumper and aerial, fire inspector, emergency services instructor and fire officer. 


Darrin Hoffmann has been hired as a senior buyer in the purchasing department at Linetec, an architectural aluminum finishing services provider in Wausau. Hoffmann has more than 30 years of experience in management and purchasing. For the majority of his career, he worked in Shopko Stores corporate offices in Green Bay. His most recent role was as a category manager leading the team responsible for buying and promoting merchandise within more than 360 stores. A graduate of Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids, Hoffmann also is proficient in Lean principles and a proponent of continuous improvement. 

Awards/ Achievement 

Melissa Piette, district-wide assistive and instructional technology integration specialist, received a Resolution of Commendation by the Wausau School District Board of Education for being named an Apple Distinguished Educator — Class of 2019 — by Apple. She is one of three in the state of Wisconsin to receive this distinction and joins 550 other educators from around the world in the class of 2019. Sara Goldberg, Thomas Jefferson Elementary teacher, also received the Resolution of Commendation by the board of education for being named a 2019 Kohl Fellow through the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation. 

Austin Solomon from Coldwell Banker Action in Schofield was named to the Coldwell Banker 30 Under 30 list for the second consecutive year and was honored as being ranked as the No 5 agent for units sold in Coldwell Banker Worldwide. Solomon, 22, was honored for completing 200 transactions in 2018, totaling more than $33.3 million in home-sales volume. Solomon has been recognized locally as being the Salesperson of the Year for Coldwell Banker Action in Schofield for 2017 and 2018. Solomon’s journey began when he started a lawn-care business at the age of 15. He quickly grew the business during high school and into his college years. After his first semester of college, Solomon decided to start a new venture as a Realtor. 

Will Hsu, Wausau East Class of 1994, who was inducted into the Wausau School District Alumni Hall of Fame. Hsu is president of Hsu’s Ginseng Enterprises in Wausau, the largest ginseng company in the United States. The company delivers Wisconsin-grown products to more than one million Asian-American households annually. 

Merrill firefighter/paramedic Bryson Cruise recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a bachelor’s degree in fire and emergency response management. Cruise has been with the Merrill Fire Department since 2015 and holds multiple fire and EMS certifications including critical care paramedic. His journey to earn his degrees started even earlier. Bryson decided in the fall of 2013 to finish his associate degree in fire science from the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill. In order to complete that degree, he took general education courses online through the University of Wisconsin system. In 2015, Cruise transferred into UW-Oshkosh where he went on to complete 18 courses including an applied research project. He finished Oshkosh with a 3.816 GPA and earned college honors at graduation.