REI Engineering, Wausau, added three employees. Benjamin Degner joined the company as a hydrogeologist. He is trained in hazardous waste operations and emergency response and as a tank-system site assessor Christopher Fieri was hired as a professional land surveyor and has 15 years of experience in land surveying. Melissa Stick, a land-surveying technician, is experienced in survey-related projects and computer-aided design and drafting (CADD).


Wolf River Community Bank, Hortonville, promoted Joe Ackerman to senior commercial lender and hired Joe Lautenschlager as commercial lender. Lautenschlager has prior experience as both a credit analyst and financial adviser.

Peoples State Bank has promoted Seth Wage to commercial banker. He will be based at the bank’s Stewart Avenue branch in Wausau. Wage spent a summer as a customer service representative intern for Peoples in 2016. He was hired as a personal banker in the retail banking line later that year. In 2017, Wage moved into the credit department to learn the technical aspects of commercial loan underwriting.


Marshfield Clinic Health System named Jacquelyn Frombach as regional chief nursing officer for the new Marshfield Medical CenterMinocqua hospital, currently under construction on the Minocqua Center campus. Frombach has extensive experience serving in healthcare administrative leadership roles in central and northern Wisconsin. In addition to Minocqua, Frombach will provide nursing leadership at Marshfield Clinic centers in Wausau, Weston, Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids.

General surgeon Stephen VanWylen joined Aspirus Medford Hospital & Clinics. He provides general surgery at Aspirus Medford Hospital and minor procedures and office appointments at Aspirus Clinics in Medford and Phillips. He has 30 years of experience as a general and thoracic surgeon. For most of his career, he was a surgeon in Holland, Mich., at a surgical practice he founded in 1988.

Pediatrician Lynnette Valentijn joined Ascension Medical Group at Weston on the campus of St. Clare’s Hospital. Valentijn has 30 years of experience in providing preventive and acute pediatric care to infants, children and teenagers with an interest in helping special needs patients.

General Surgeon Eric Anderson joined Ascension Medical Group in Stevens Point. He will perform surgeries at Ascension St. Michael’s Hospital. In addition to general surgery for all ages, Anderson specializes in minimally invasive surgery, complex hernia repair, and surgical oncology. He earned his doctor of osteopathy from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his surgical residency at Marshfield Clinic.

Heather Struensee, a family nurse practitioner, is now seeing patients at Aspirus Medford Clinic. A nurse since 2011, Struensee became a nurse practitioner in 2018. She is certified in basic, advanced cardiac and advanced-burn life support.

General surgeon Noah Wride joined the medical staffs of St. Clare’s Hospital, Weston and Good Samaritan Hospital, Merrill. Wride provides specialized surgical and vascular care for the entire body. He earned his medical degree from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and completed his surgical residency at Marshfield Medical Center, Marshfield.

Neurologist Mark Szmanda will be providing neurology services for Ascension Medical Group in Rhinelander at St. Mary's Hospital. After earning his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Des Moines University-College of Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines, Iowa, Szmanda completed an internal medicine and neurology residency at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison.

Human resources

Whitney Hoffmann, a recent University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate, joined Westphal Staffing, Wausau, as a recruitment specialist and Miranda Richards has transitioned into the position of executive assistant. She has a bachelor's degree in international business administration.


Andrew Koehl was named vice president for Compass Insurance Services. Previously, Koehl was director of sales and business development for Aspirus Arise Health Plan, a 2015 start-up in Northcentral Wisconsin. The company has offices in Kronenwetter, Wausau and Stevens Point.

New officers/Board members

The Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce named its 2019-2020 board of directors.

Officers are Darrell Lentz, Aspirus, chairperson; Michael Loy, North Central Health Care, chairperson elect; Nicole Williams, QPS Employment Group, treasurer/secretary; Jeannie Worden, Northcentral Technical College, immediate past chairperson; David Eckmann, Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce, president and CEO; Robin Hegg, River Valley Bank, director at large; and Jack Hoogendyk, Hope Life Center, director at large. Directors are Dawn Bernatz, Church Mutual Insurance Company; Keri Anne Connaughty, Schenck SC; JoAnn Draeger, Nicolet National Bank; Thomas Felch, J & D Tube Benders; Ted Fox, Ameriprise Financial – Cornerstone Advisors; Tom Frank, Greenheck; Rebecca Frisch, Marathon County Conservation, Planning & Zoning; Bill Gleason, honorary member; Cory Heckendorf, Wisconsin Kenworth; Keith Hilts, Wausau School District; Al Lancaster, WSAW – NewsChannel 7; Paul LaPree, Miron Construction Co; Yengyee Lor, Faithful Consulting LLC; Craig Timm, Domtar Paper Co LLC; and Cory Tomczyk, IROW Shredding Recycling & Consulting.


Kayla Rombalski, director of talent development at Portage County Business Council, has been selected by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) to participate in a 10 professional development program designed to assist them in improving education and talent development outcomes in their communities. The Fellowship for Education & Talent Development is an executive development program that provides chamber of commerce professionals the ability to interact with peers, ACCE staff and national experts. Throughout the program, participants will focus on addressing specific education attainment or workforce development issues in their communities.