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Elizabeth Snodgrass Chosen as New Wisconsin Union Theater Director

Contact Information: Shauna Breneman, Communications Director
Office: (608) 262-8862


MADISON – Elizabeth Snodgrass will join the Wisconsin Union Theater team as the Theater’s director.

In this position, Snodgrass will lead the Wisconsin Union Theater in its efforts to present, promote and cultivate a lifelong appreciation of the performing arts, especially among University of Wisconsin-Madison students. She will also partner with the student-led Wisconsin Union Directorate Performing Arts Committee, UW-Madison departments and local arts organizations to present quality programming that provides diverse experiences for the community.

“We are thrilled to have Beth join the Wisconsin Union staff as director of the Wisconsin Union Theater,” Wisconsin Union Deputy Director Susan Dibbell said. “The Union Theater has a long history of presenting world-class artists, and Beth brings an ability to blend tradition with relevant and cutting-edge performances. She is thoughtful and inclusive, which will serve her well in this position.”

Snodgrass succeeds longtime Theater Director Ralph Russo, who served in this position for 15 years. She will begin serving in the director role Sept. 3.

Snodgrass brings more than 20 years of experience in designing, producing and programming concerts, creative projects, and cultural initiatives with a focus on social justice, music education, and community engagement.

She most recently held the position of Summer Music Clinic director at UW-Madison’s Division of Continuing Studies. Her past positions include director, family programs and manager, community programs at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.

Snodgrass earned a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music and a master’s degree in piano performance from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.

“I am thrilled to join the committed leadership and programming team at this world-class arts institution. I am eager to work with the inspiring student-led Directorate to continue to bring diverse, exceptional voices to our storied Wisconsin Union Theater. Arts ground a community and give it shape and form. They also help to show us where we’ve been and where we’re going,” Snodgrass said. “I am honored to serve in this role that has been held by visionary leaders like Fan Taylor and Ralph Russo, and I can’t wait to get started.”

For more than 75 years, the Wisconsin Union Theater has served as a center for cultural activity on the UW-Madison campus. The Theater has multiple performance spaces in which the Theater team presents a season with more than three dozen events, including classical, jazz, world and other music, dance, theater and more. Wisconsin Union Theater audiences have enjoyed performances by thousands of renowned artists, including Louis Armstrong, Yo-Yo Ma, Ella Fitzgerald, and Lizzo.

The Theater is part of the Wisconsin Union, which was founded in 1907 and is one of the oldest college unions in the United States. More than 500 student leaders help produce thousands of events, such as the Theater’s performances, each year.

For more information about the Wisconsin Union Theater, visit


About the Wisconsin Union Theater

For more than 75 years, the Wisconsin Union Theater has served as a center for cultural activity in the heart of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. The Theater hosts performances in multiple locations, including Memorial Union, and has an expansive history of remarkable performances. The Wisconsin Union Theater is part of the Wisconsin Union, a membership organization that blends study and leisure to create unique out-of-classroom opportunities. Learn more about the Theater:

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Mike Odden Joins State Bank of Cross Plains as VP-Mortgage Lending Manager

August 6, 2019, MADISON, Wisconsin— Mike Odden brings nearly 30 years of diverse banking experience in the Madison area to State Bank of Cross Plains (SBCP) as the new Vice President-Mortgage Lending Manager. In this role, Odden will mentor the bank’s mortgage loan officers, as well as help design new mortgage lending programs and products to match the specific needs of customers throughout South Central Wisconsin.

“Mike has spent his entire career helping people in and around the Madison market,” shares Scott Ducke, SBCP Chief Lending Officer. “He has a way of recognizing opportunities to serve his customers with innovative loan programs or simply suggesting we create something new to better fit what people are looking for in our local communities.”

Odden holds a degree in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Mortgage Bankers Association at both the local and state chapter levels. In addition, he has mortgage lending experience on both the operational side and working directly with customers to provide a well-rounded perspective to this leadership position.

For more information about how a mortgage from State Bank of Cross Plains might help you secure the home of your dreams – or the business or rental unit you’ve been working toward – contact the SBCP Mortgage Lender in your community at (608) 497-4640.

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New Leadership for Iconica

After 25 years sharing leadership duties for the first full service design-build architecture and construction company in the area, CEO and President, Jim Pientka announces a new executive team. Going forward, Jim will serve as President, CEO, and sole owner of Iconica along with Susan Sowatzke as Chief Financial Officer, Kathy Pientka as Chief Operating Officer, Mike Walters as Vice President, and Matt Wellenkotter as Vice President Field Operations. Their focus will continue to be taking the stress out of building projects by providing full-service architecture, engineering and construction in whatever quantities are needed. Iconica will continue to help commercial clients grow their businesses by solving their space needs.

Jim thanks his brother Tom for having faith 25 years ago to go into business together, and the belief in his abilities to continue operating and growing Iconica successfully for the years ahead. Tom will lead Tukka Properties as CEO, and President. The development firm develops senior housing throughout Wisconsin offering quality care and facilities for seniors seeking independent living, assisted living and memory care.


Iconica provides clients with the best spaces possible for their businesses. Architects, engineers, superintendents, project managers work together to give clients everything they need in one place, cutting down on stressful experiences, and freeing up time for their own business needs. Iconica can build, remodel, design any commercial space you need. Based in Madison, WI, the company employs 90 associates and has worked on thousands of projects since inception and over millions of SF across the Midwest.

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Mark Koehl Elected to Capitol Bank’s Board of Directors

Madison, WI: Ken Thompson, President and CEO of Capitol Bank, is pleased to announce the election of Mark Koehl to the Board of Directors at Capitol Bank. Mark accepted the position in June and will serve a three-year term. Mark retired from Wipfli LLP on May 31, 2019, after 39 years of service, 28 of which he was a partner of the firm. During his career, he specialized in working with community banks in various Wisconsin markets. Mark has been involved on many community boards throughout his career, including his current position on the United Way of Dane County Board of Directors. He is a graduate of UW – Stevens Point and has been a CPA since 1980.

“Mark’s strong knowledge of the banking industry will be a valuable asset as our Board continues to navigate future strategic initiatives,” said Thompson.

Mark is a native of Stevens Point and currently lives in the Madison area. He has been married to his wife, Jean, for 40 years. They have three children and three grandchildren.

About Capitol Bank: Capitol Bank, locally owned and operated, is committed to serving the communities in which we live, work and do business. We are proud of the partnerships we have established with organizations, businesses and individuals in the Dane County area. Our philosophy of community support is demonstrated at the corporate level, as well as in the time and energy our employees devote to our community each year. Capitol Bank is Member FDIC.

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DeWitt Welcomes Two Attorneys to the Firm

Michelle M. Friedman
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MADISON | MILWAUKEE | MINNEAPOLIS – DeWitt LLP announced today that Kierre Elvington and Kimberly Ripp joined the firm.  Elvington, an associate in the litigation and business practice groups, will practice from the firm’s Brookfield office.  Ripp, a family law partner, will practice from the firm’s Madison office.

Kierre Elvington – Elvington is a first-year associate.  He previously was a law clerk with DeWitt last summer.  His experience includes an internship at Zendesk and clerking at Church Mutual Insurance Company.  He earned his J.D., from the University of Wisconsin Law School and his B.A., in political science and government, from Georgia State University.

Kimberly Ripp – Ripp joins the firm with more than 24 years of experience in the family law arena.  In particular, she is well versed in collaborative divorce and interdisciplinary divorce mediation.  She serves clients throughout the Madison, Sun Prairie and surrounding areas in all matters related to divorce, custody, support, paternity, post decree issues, marital property agreements and more.  Additionally, she offers estate planning advice in relation to wills and powers of attorney.  Ripp earned her J.D., from the University of Wisconsin Law School, and a B.A., with distinction, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is an active member of many family law organizations in and around Dane County including the Board of Directors for the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin, Dane County Collaborative Group, Dane County Family Law Group, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. She is also actively involved in the Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce and a recipient of the “Best Attorney” award from the Sun Prairie Star.

About DeWitt

DeWitt LLP is one of the ten largest law firms based in Wisconsin, with an additional presence in Minnesota.  It has nearly 140 attorneys practicing in Madison and Metropolitan Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Minneapolis, Minnesota, in a variety of legal areas and has the experience to service clients of all scopes and sizes.  The firm is known for its work in several areas, including intellectual property, patents, trademarks and copyright law, civil rights litigation, construction litigation, corporate law, employment, environmental, employee benefits, estate planning, family law, government relations, health care, litigation, real estate, and tax law.  More information is available at