Biz people

Dutrac Community Credut Union Board of Directors

ACHIEVEMENTS: Daniel Deutmeyer, Scott Neyens and Nicholas Specht were each re-elected to three-year terms to the board of directors.

Officers were elected: Neyens, chairman; Deutmeyer, vice chairman; John Vail, chief financial officer and treasurer; and Kevin Mueller, secretary.

Mueller also was appointed credit committee chair and will serve with Deutmeyer, Neyens, Harlan Pedretti and Vail.

Linda MacDonald was appointed audit committee chair and will serve with David Eggers, Specht and Michael Ready.

Specht was appointed nominating committee chair and will serve with Deutmeyer, Mueller, and Michael Ready.

Mentor Dubuque

ACHIEVEMENT: Ann Butzier, owner of Namaste Athleisure Wear, has mentored youth for seven years.

ACHIEVEMENT: Sherri Sheckel, of Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation, has mentored a youth for five years.

Dupaco Community Credit Union

HIRED: Brittany Beesecker as a relationship development representative at the Pennsylvania Avenue location.

APPOINTED: Tom Draus III as consumer lending representative at the Hillcrest Road location.

HIRED: Nikki Nelson as an indirect lending specialist at the Pennsylvania Avenue location.

HIRED: Britt Volquardsen as a member service representative at the Hillcrest Road location.

APPOINTED: Libby Donovan as mortgage post closing specialist at the Saratoga Road location in Asbury, Iowa.

HIRED: Natalie Blasen as a member service representative at the Hillcrest Road location.

HIRED: Hannah Brehm as a member service representative at the Hillcrest Road location.

APPOINTED: Melissa Even as mortgage servicer/closing representative at the Saratoga Road location in Asbury.

APPOINTED: Rachel Kluck as member experience development supervisor at the Hillcrest Road location.

APPOINTED: Amber Lee as mortgage funding representative at the Saratoga Road location in Asbury.

APPOINTED: Marie Pillard as senior mortgage closer at the Saratoga Road location in Asbury.

APPOINTED: Spencer Smith as member service/lending consultant/operations assistant at the Sycamore Street location in Dubuque.

HIRED: Ryan Soedt as a treasury financial manager at the Pennsylvania Avenue location in Dubuque.

APPOINTED: Julie Thompson as mortgage servicer/closing representative at the Saratoga Road location in Asbury.

APPOINTED: Jon Voss as consumer lending representative at the Hillcrest Road location in Asbury.

APPOINTED: Tammy Wood as member engagement supervisor at the Pennsylvania Avenue location in Dubuque.


APPOINTED: Mitch Bradley as the company’s senior vice president of sales and marketing. Bradley will drive new growth and strengthen client relationships by evolving the company’s sales, marketing and partnership strategies. Bradley brings more than 20 years of government operations, sales cycle and technology implementation experience.

Medical Associates

HIRED: Ronald Danis, MD, to the retina service of the department of ophthalmology. Danis is board certified in ophthalmology.

Heartland Financial USA

HIRED: Luke Anderson as an ERISA investment specialist.

PROMOTED: Rachel Steiner, to senior vice president, credit administration officer.

PROMOTED: James Wacker to asset-liability analyst.

PROMOTED: Tyler Cuchna to customer care center manager.

Crescent Electric Supply

APPOINTED: Derek Schmidt to senior vice president and chief financial officer. Schmidt will direct and oversee the financial activities of the company. He comes to the company from HNI (formerly known as HON Industries) where he served as vice president and general manager, transactional business. His previous roles span more than 20 years of finance, chief financial officer and senior management positions with global companies.

Linwood Cemetery Association Officers

Elected to serve for 2018-2019: President, Bradley Chalmers; vice-president/treasurer, Dennis Avenarius; secretary, Kenneth Miller.

Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools

APPOINTED: Amy Unmacht as executive director. Unmacht taught in the Dubuque Community School District. She will succeed Jennifer Klinkhammer, who has served as director since February 2014.

City of Dubuque

APPOINTED: Dave Johnson as building services manager. Johnson had served as acting building services manager since January following the departure of the former manager, Todd Carr, in July. Johnson will manage the enforcement of city building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical and property maintenance codes and ordinances, as well as supervise the city custodial staff. The 12-member department is also responsible for the review and inspection of building construction projects within the city.

Telegraph Herald

PROMOTED: Thomas J. Barton to senior reporter. He covers the City of Dubuque, as well as state and federal lawmakers. He has garnered multiple statewide reporting awards, including for his coverage of local government and politics. He has been with the company since 2014.

PROMOTED: Jeff Montgomery to senior reporter. He covers the local business beat, including writing recurring features such as Biz Buzz and Made in the Tri-States. He also has received multiple statewide reporting awards. He joined the company in 2013.

PROMOTED: Steve Ortman to senior sports reporter. His primary beats include prep football, girls basketball, tennis, golf and small-college sports. He joined the TH sports department as a part-time clerk in 2007. For the past two years, Ortman has been the host of More than the Score, the sports department’s weekly online show.

PROMOTED: Alicia Yager to senior reporter. She covers local law enforcement and courts, as well as the Dubuque County government. She has garnered multiple statewide reporting honors as well, including the Jay P. Wagner Prize for Young Journalists. She has been with the company since 2013.

HK Payroll Services

HIRED: Ashley Childers as an administrative assistant. She has five years of experience.

HIRED: Lara Wells as a payroll tax lead. She has 10 years of experience.

University of Dubuque

ACHIEVEMENT: Chris Peterson, associate director of admission, was named the Iowa ACT College and Career Readiness Postsecondary Champion. The initiative recognizes individuals across the country who support ACT’s mission of education and workplace success.

Cottingham & Butler

HIRED: Katie Jordan as enrollment processor, Self Insured Services Company.

HIRED: David Jackman as application engineer, information technology department.

HIRED: Kelsey Streinz as claims advocate, risk management department.

HIRED: Tessa Spitzack as claims assistant, claims services department.

HIRED: Kaci Myers as graphic design, marketing department.

HIRED: Kayla Meehan as client services representative, National Specialized Transportation Division.

HIRED: William McDonald as IT support analyst I, information technology department.

HIRED: Derek Mizaur as sales executive, risk management department.

HIRED: William Krantz as IT application developer III, information technology department.

HIRED: Jessica McGovern as account administrator, National Specialized Transportation Division.

HIRED: Samantha Schumacher as claims representative, Self Insured Services Company.

HIRED: David Scott as marketer, risk management department.

HIRED: Katherine Armbrecht as casualty claims representative, claims services department.

HIRED: DeAnna Dausener as account administration, National Specialized Transportation Division.

HIRED: Jennifer Medina as casualty claims representative, claims services department.

Boyd Gaming Creative Services

HIRED: Melissa Link as an account manager.

HK Financial Services

HIRED: Taylor Herbst as a client development specialist. He has five years of experience.

HIRED: Nicholas Bishop as a trade specialist. He has three years of experience.

HIRED: Shavonne Wyatt as a retirement services technical specialist.

PROMOTED: Nick Kruse to investment services representative. He has been with the firm since 2017.

Fuerste, Carew, Juergens & Sudmeier

ACHIEVEMENT: Edward F. Henry has become a shareholder member of the firm.


ACHIEVEMENT: Cody Austin, civil engineer, graduated from the American Council of Engineering Companies Wisconsin Leadership Institute. The program is tailored to assist professionals to develop successful project management and leadership skills. Austin is the first professional from IIW to complete this training. He has been designing roadway and site plan projects for more than 15 years.

ACHIEVEMENT: Anthony Maginity, civil design engineer, completed the training requirements to become an Iowa Certified SWPPP Designer through the Iowa Stormwater Education Partnership. The certification program covers all facets of Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans design. He is experienced in civil site design and land development including site layouts; grading and design of utilities associated with residential subdivisions, commercial, and industrial developments; and site improvements.

AIA Iowa honors

Four local architects and design professionals were recognized for their service to the community.

ACHIEVEMENT: Benjamin Beard, of Straka Johnson Architects in Dubuque, serves as assistant chairman for Building Code Board of Appeals. He provides guidance and insight to conversation regarding alleged building code violations.

ACHIEVEMENT: Kevin Eipperle, of FEH DESIGN in Dubuque, serves as governance and nominations committee chairman and board member for the Foundation for Dubuque’s Public Schools. The foundation identifies and gathers funding for efforts outside of the public-school district’s regular budget.

ACHIEVEMENT: Emily Hilgendorf, of FEH DESIGN in Dubuque, was appointed chairman for the City of Dubuque Historic Preservation Commission. The commission educates the public about the benefits and process of preserving historic properties, making recommendations to the City Council for design compliance with the adopted guidelines, as well as recognizing property owners for their high achieving design and care for their historic structures.

ACHIEVEMENT: Christina Monk, of FEH DESIGN in Dubuque, was appointed to the City of Dubuque Historic Preservation Commission as the architect member. The commission conducts education programming on historic properties within its jurisdiction.

McCullough Creative

HIRED: Dustin Kilburg as production artist. Kilburg will aid in the development, fabrication, and installation of custom products for museum exhibits, displays and corporate environments. He previously worked as a Graphic Design Specialist at Cabela’s.

PROMOTED: Jason Schwass to art director, UX and Web Design. Schwass will help map custom-acquisition strategies, build integrated marketing funnels and develop design solutions, He has 14 years experience.

Eagle Point Software

HIRED: Dustin Hale as a programmer.

HIRED: Mary Forbes as an implementation manager.

HIRED: Tara Verdia as an implementation manager.


APPOINTED: Nicole Hutchison as owner and chief executive officer. She leads a team of providers includes physicians, nurse practitioners, chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists, mental health providers, physical therapists, personal trainers, health coaches, life coaches and nutrition counselors.

HIRED: Lawrence Hutchison, MD, as family physician. His experience includes holistic health care, health optimization, nutrition, age management, sports medicine, pediatric/adolescent and family care.

HIRED: Megan Gross as a certified nurse-midwife. She is trained in women’s health care and attended births at multiple clinical sites in Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota.

HIRED: Ashley Oberbroeckling as an acupuncturist and a specialist in the treatment of women’s health, gastrointestinal issues and pain.

HIRED: Lynn M. Randall as a chiropractor. She has a doctor of chiropractic degree from Palmer College.

HIRED: Candice Chaloupka as a licensed mental health counselor. She uses an integrative approach and traditional counseling techniques, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.

HIRED: Karin Anderson as a licensed mental health counselor with more than 18 years experience providing counseling services.

HIRED: Leslie Kremer as a physical therapist. Kremer has more than 15 years of experience. She has training in women’s health, pregnancy and post partum care.

HIRED: Lindsey Topping as a physical therapist with training in neurodevelopmental treatment and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation.

HIRED: Eli Licht as health and wellness coach. Licht has years of teaching and school administration experience helping families overcome lifestyle barriers and find success.

HIRED: Garrett Joseph as a health coach, with a focus on nutrition, exercise,and lifestyle coaching for disease prevention.

HIRED: Julie Haufe as a massage therapist. She is a 2006 graduate of Massage Therapy at Capri College, Dubuque. She has extensive continuing educations in a number of therapies.

HIRED: Shelley Bardon Till as life wellness coach and fitness instructor. She is an accredited life and wellness coach.

HIRED: Malia Ridgway as pilates instructor. Her pilates specialties include mat, reformer, cadillac, barrels and stability chair, and has completed the injuries and special populations coursework.

HIRED: Susan Chapman as marketing director. She has more than 15 years experience in health care and education advertising, marketing, public relations, communications and design.

HIRED: Martha Leigh as event coordinator. She has 25 years experience in management, advertising and sales.

Opening Doors

HIRED: Laura Schuman as a full-time program assistant. She formerly worked as a case manager for Delaware County (Iowa) Community Services for 20 years.

APPOINTED: Former executive director Michelle Brown has transitioned to a part-time role as volunteer coordinator. She has been with the organization since it was founded in 2000.

Tri-State Occupational Health

ACHIEVEMENT: Mandy Wolbers, RN, COHN, has passed the American Board of Occupational Health Nurse certification exam. She has been with Tri-State Occupational Health for more than six years and recently was promoted to clinical supervisor.

Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque

APPOINTED: Paul Duster as director of Community Initiatives. Duster formerly worked at Lands’ End Business Outfitters as a national accounts program manager.

Westmark Enterprises

PROMOTED: Susan Kern to vice president and controller.

Registered Yoga Teacher

ACHIEVEMENT: Meghan Hermsen is a Yoga Alliance 200-hour registered yoga teacher, who has been teaching classes since 2014.

Iowa Automobile Dealers Association

ACHIEVEMENT: Jeff Haun, of Riley Mazda Subaru Mitsubishi in Dubuque, was elected chairman at the association’s annual meeting. Haun previously served as vice chairman in 2017, secretary in 2016 and District One Director from 2014-2016. He will be chairman until the annual meeting in 2019.

Steve Hiatt Insurance

HIRED: Brad Klein as an insurance producer/agent. He formerly worked for Mi-T-M Corp.

Women’s Leadership Network Awards

ACHIEVEMENTS: The 11th annual Women of Achievement Awards winners were:

Achievement in Her Field: Kim Beck, Cottingham & Butler Insurance, and Lisa Moldenhauer, Dubuque Community School District, Marshall Elementary School.

Organizational Impact: Kelly Wenzelman, Cottingham & Butler Insurance, and Liza Johnson, University of Dubuque,

Service and Support of Nonprofit Work: Angie Hohmann, Live Like Jack, and Vicki MacFarlane, Colts Drum & Bugle Corps.

Growth and Accomplishments in Personal Life: Jacki Clasen, Dupaco Community Credit Union, and Megan Egan, DuTrac Community Credit Union.

Unsung Champion: Sandy Stelken, Cottingham & Butler Insurance, and Lori Klein, Express Employment Professionals.

Up-and-Coming Leader: Sarah Schneider, Lutheran Services in Iowa, and Erin Dragotto, National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.

Big Apple Bagels

APPOINTMENT: Emily Joos as manager.

Iowa Mortgage Association

ACHIEVEMENTS: Three American Trust mortgage lenders were recognized for their work in making loans for homes. Second vice president Joseph McKenna earned top honors as the No. 1 mortgage lender, lending 24 percent more in dollar volume than any other lender. Both he and senior vice president Gary Keleher were recognized as President’s Club winners. Second vice president Kathy Kahle was named to the Winner’s Circle in recognition of her home loan efforts.