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Unity Hospice Welcomes Dr. Brian Burnette to Management Committee

dr burnetteDE PERE, Wis. – Unity is proud to announce and welcome Brian L. Burnette, M.D., Green Bay Oncology Hematologist and Oncologist, as the newest addition to its Management Committee. Unity’s Management Committee functions as its Board of Directors with representatives from Unity’s three owner hospital partners, Bellin Health, HSHS St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center and HSHS St. Vincent Hospital. They provide guidance, leadership and support to Unity’s Northeast Wisconsin 13-county service area.

Dr. Burnette joins 2015 chair Larry Connors (HSHS St. Vincent Hospital) and members Tom Bayer (HSHS St. Vincent Hospital), Amy James, MD (Bellin Health), Sally Luehring (HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center), Helen Wellens, NP (Bellin Health), Jody Wilment (Bellin Health), John Rocheleau (Bellin Health) and Paul M. Pritchard, MD (Prevea Health)

“It is an honor to have Dr. Burnette join our leadership team. His knowledge and passion for patient care is a perfect fit with Unity’s mission and vision,” said Alisa Gerke, Unity’s Executive Director.

Dr. Burnette is Board Certified in Hematology, Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. A native of Upper Michigan, Dr. Burnette completed his internship, residency and fellowship at Mayo Clinic after graduating at the top of his class from Michigan State. Most recently, he served as Instructor of Medicine at Mayo. He is well published and lectures internationally on cancer-related topics. Dr. Burnette resides in Green Bay with his wife, Anna, and daughter, Iris. He enjoys baseball, sailing, fishing and hunting.

About Unity
Unity is a nonprofit provider of hospice care, palliative care and grief support throughout 13 counties in Northeast Wisconsin with community offices in De Pere, Sturgeon Bay, Marinette and Shawano. A
continuation of Bellin Hospice, founded in 1977, Unity was the first hospice in Wisconsin and remains the largest in our region. Patients and loved ones are served by more than 240 paid employees and nearly 300 volunteers who live the mission to bring the best end-of-life experience to our communities by delivering unwavering strength, compassion and support. Unity is a caring, nonprofit partnership of Bellin Health, HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center and HSHS St. Vincent Hospital.

UW-Marinette Celebrates 50 Years of Higher EducationUW

The public is invited to UW-Marinette’s annual Fall Convocation, co-sponsored by Stephenson National Bank & Trust, this year celebrating 50 years of academic excellence at the campus on the bay. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 in the Herbert L. Williams Theatre on the campus of UW-Marinette. Dr. Dan Kallgren will give the keynote address. A campus re-dedication ceremony featuring current Dean Paula Langteau, former Dean Sid Bremer, and UW-Marinette’s first Dean Lon Weber will take place in the circle following the convocation. A BBQ-style luncheon will be served on the promenade outside of the Fine Arts Building following the re-dedication. Bay Cities Radio will be broadcasting live from the campus during the celebration hours.

Later on that same evening, UW-Marinette and Stephenson National Bank & Trust will co-host a Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event in the Main Building from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Chamber members and university alumni, faculty, staff and students are invited to an evening of networking and celebration. Refreshments provided by UW-Marinette alumni partners Forgotten Fire Winery, The Landing, and Night Owl Bakery will be served.

The UW-Marinette campus will be open for self-guided tours during the day. A special 50th Anniversary exhibit is on display in the gallery of the Fine Arts Building and current and former faculty, staff and students will be in attendance during the celebration.

UW-Marinette is celebrating 50 years of providing quality educational opportunities and industry-specific training for students and local businesses in the greater Marinette and Menominee areas. We’re proud of our legacy and are looking towards the future to continue providing excellence in education for many years to come. For more information on UW-Marinette’s 50th Anniversary and upcoming events, please visit




Stauss and Durow Promoted to Vice President

timstaussTim Stauss and Beth Durow have both been promoted to the position of Vice President at The Stephenson National Bank & Trust (SNBT).
“We are honored to have Tim and Beth as part of our team,” said Daniel J. Peterson, SNBT President & CEO. “Together they possess an impressive track record of hard work and dedication to the Stephenson National Bank and Trust, each is very deserving of this promotion.”
Stauss joined SNBT in 2011. He holds two Bachelor’s Degrees from Northern Michigan University, Business Administration and Secondary Business Education. Tim is also a graduate of the Wisconsin Bankers Association Commercial Lending School.

He is responsible for commercial lending including: commercial real estate loans, equipment loans, lines of credit, SBA loans, analyzing and interpreting financial reports, and preforming cash flow analysis. Additionally, Tim is a 2014 winner of the WINGS award (Worthy Individual noted for Generous Service); this award recognizes the exceptional individual community service efforts of a bank employee.bethdurow

Durow earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from UW Green Bay, and attended Moore School of Business Investment program. Beth also participated in the Dale Carnegie High Impact Presentations trainings and attended the WBA Bank Executives conference. Prior to her current position as Controller, Beth has held numerous roles throughout the company such as Customer Service Representative, Operations Specialist, and Accounting Officer.
Her duties include but aren’t limited to managing the accounting department, developing and maintaining policies and procedures, setting up the bank’s financial reporting systems, coordinating and producing the annual Bank budget, creating the financials for the annual report and is responsible for shareholder records. In addition, Beth is an active member of the Clothes Vault and a volunteer for Relay for Life.

The Stephenson National Bank & Trust is a 140-year old independent community bank with over $1 billion in Bank, Mortgage, and Trust & Investment assets under management. Offices are located in Marinette, Wausaukee, Crivitz, Pembine, and Oconto, Wis. and Menominee, Mich. with a Trust & Investment Office in Marquette, Mich. For more information about The Stephenson National Bank & Trust visit



The Chamber is focused on advancing the economic and social environments of the area through the strengthening of our business community. The Board of Directors, the governing body of the Chamber, determines policies and procedures of the organization to accomplish this mission. Currently we are seeking candidates to fill open Board positions beginning on October 1st, 2015.

Each candidate must be an active member in good standing, be able to represent their company in a decision-making capacity, and agree to accept the responsibilities of a directorship. The Board meets once a month on the third Thursday of the month at 12:00 Noon (with the exception of May and December) at the Chamber office. Meetings are approximately 1 hour long. In addition to monthly meetings, Board members are expected to contribute to and participate in Board and Chamber activities as schedules allow.

From the nominee submissions, the Chamber Board Nominating Committee will select a slate of candidates for election to a three-year term of office on the Board of Directors. If you are interested in being included in this year's candidate pool, please send your name, title, company name, phone number, and e-mail address to by Wednesday, July 1st, 2015.

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