David Gallianetti
Director of External Relations
Lakeland University

Addressing the human trafficking crisis will be the focus of the annual Lakeland University Founders' Day Lecture.

Joan Dawber, founder of LifeWay Network, will deliver a talk entitled “A Modern Response to Modern Day Slavery” on Tuesday, March 26, at 11 a.m. in Lakeland’s Bradley Theatre. Her talk is free and open to all.

Dawber will present the story of LifeWay Network, an organization working to abolish human trafficking and help every survivor be strong, connected and free.

She will discuss human trafficking globally and in the United States, who it impacts, tactics used by traffickers and red flags people can watch for to prevent, recognize and report trafficking.

Attendees will leave knowing the importance of community and the power of collaboration in this work against the second largest criminal industry in the world.

Dawber has been engaged full time in working to abolish human trafficking for more than a decade. Since she founded LifeWay Network in 2007, her focus as the executive director has been establishing safe housing for human trafficking survivors in the New York area and educating the general public on the important issues regarding modern day slavery.

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January 18, 2019

For more information contact:
                        Tami Christian
                        Senior Vice President, Human Resources
                        National Exchange Bank & Trust
                        (920) 924-2267

Denise Bangart Joins National Exchange Bank & Trust

National Exchange Bank & Trust is pleased to welcome Denise Bangart to the lending team as a Mortgage Loan Officer. She will continue to provide community members in the Chilton and Marytown area with mortgage services and other personal, consumer loan products. Her office will be at the Marytown location until February 26, at which time she will return to Chilton after the acquisition of the Wisconsin Bank & Trust Office by National Exchange Bank & Trust.

Bangart brings more than 30 years of experience in financial services with her. She holds a Wisconsin Credit Insurance License, has completed a number of courses with the Wisconsin Bankers Association, and holds certificates in management and banking. Bangart is involved in the community through Mid-Shores Home Builders Association.

Bangart grew up in Chilton and graduated from Chilton High School. She currently lives in Hilbert with her family.

National Exchange Bank & Trust is an independent bank with convenient locations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. For more information, please visit our website at

January 22, 2019

Lakeland University and Lakeshore Technical College are partnering again this year to help collect tax refunds for area residents who need it the most.

Students in the accounting program from each institution will provide free tax preparation and electronic filing for low income tax filers. This service is available through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), which is designed to help low-to-moderate income people file their tax returns. CliftonLarsonAllen is sponsoring the VITA program this year.

The service is available through Lakeland at the Sheboygan Salvation Army, 710 Pennsylvania Ave., and through LTC at LTC’s Cleveland campus. Reservations are required for the tax service.
  • Sheboygan Salvation Army: Tax preparation will be open on Thursdays from 5-9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. starting Feb. 2 and ending April 11. To reserve a spot at the Salvation Army, call 920-565-1000 ext. 2290. Phone calls are accepted between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Reservations will be accepted beginning January 28.
  • LTC’s Cleveland campus: Tax prep is available on Tuesday nights from 5:45-8:30 p.m. starting Feb. 5 and ending April 2. To reserve a spot at LTC, call 920-693-1398. Phone calls for the LTC site are accepted starting on Jan. 21 between 12 p.m.-3 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Last year, Lakeland and LTC students prepared and filed approximately 500 returns that helped local taxpayers collect more than $1 million in refunds.

People interested in taking advantage of this free service must have income under $54,000 a year. Applicants must bring:
·         A photo ID
·         Social security cards for themselves, their spouse and dependents
·         W-2 forms
·         1099 forms
·         Rent certificate or 2018 property tax bill
·         A copy of their 2017 tax return.

Returns cannot be done for those taxpayers having income from outside Wisconsin sources, those having complex tax returns, those having rental income, those who are non-US residents and those who are married filing separately.

Road America Promotes Kertscher to President and General Manager

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ELKHART LAKE, Wis., January 8, 2019 - Road America today announced it has promoted Michael Kertscher to President and General Manager. Kertscher will replace current President and General Manager, George Bruggenthies, who will transition into a senior consulting position for Elkhart Lake's Road America, Inc.

"I am honored and humbled to accept this new role and build upon the momentum this exceptional group of people have established," Kertscher said. "Road America is a revered facility and through George's leadership it has grown and evolved into the premiere road course in North America. Our staff has tremendous passion for enhancing the fan experience and we will continue fueling that passion while showcasing incredible events and experiences at America's National Park of Speed."

Kertscher, who joined Road America in 2007, began as Programs Manager overseeing the development of its group adventure programs, plus many successful motorcycle and driving school programs. Kertscher was promoted to Director of Business Development in 2014 and Vice President of Business Development in 2017, where he took on added responsibility by overseeing track rentals and hospitality functions while driving partnership development to support Road America's core event management initiatives. Kertscher moved into a Senior Vice President role in 2018 overseeing all operations of the facility under the guidance and direction of Bruggenthies as part of the overall transition process.

"Mike has worked tirelessly to become one of the top professionals in our industry," Bruggenthies said, "His contributions extend well beyond directing our programs and business development units. His vision, perspective and work ethic have allowed him to earn a senior leadership position as part of an overall leadership team that has us well positioned for the future."

Bruggenthies has accepted a new position as Senior Consultant, taking a leadership role in sponsorship relations and facility development at Elkhart Lake's Road America Inc. Bruggenthies has been with Elkhart Lake's Road America Inc., for more than 20 years both as a leader and vintage competitor. Under his stewardship the track has seen massive infrastructure improvements, with many new buildings, features, and track and safety improvements. The track's profits are consistently reinvested, and every year fans can see many visible major improvements. As such, the track continues to prosper as America's National Park of Speed.

Road America season passes and 2019 event tickets are now available. Reservations are also being accepted for Road America's new on site cabins allowing fans to stay and play at America's National Park of Speed. To purchase season passes, tickets, reserve cabins or learn more about upcoming events at Road America, please visit Road America online at or call 800-365-RACE (7223).

About Road America: Established in 1955, Road America is located midway between Milwaukee and Green Bay in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The world's best racers have competed at this legendary four-mile, 14-turn road circuit for over 60 years. The 640-acre, park-like grounds offer amazing viewing opportunities, fantastic concessions and high-speed excitement to hundreds of thousands of spectators each year. In addition to public race weekends, Road America offers a variety of group event programs, the CTECH Manufacturing Motorplex for karting and supermoto, and the Road America Motorcycle and Advanced Driving Schools. For more information, visit Follow Road America on and on Twitter: @roadamerica or call 800-365-7223.