De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce Presents State of De Pere Luncheon, November 12th.

For Immediate Release


De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce Presents State of De Pere Luncheon, November 12th.


De Pere, WI (November 6, 2019) – The De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce and Community First Credit Union welcome you to join us for the second annual State of De Pere Luncheon on Tuesday, November 12thfrom 11am-1pm. The program will begin at 12:00 noon, as we will hear from Brian Bruess, President, St. Norbert College, Mike Walsh, Mayor, City of De Pere, Tina Quigley, Executive Director, Definitely De Pere and Amber Thiel, President/CEO, De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce.


State of De Pere Luncheon will be held at Michel’s Commons on St. Norbert Campus, Riverview Ave, De Pere. We look forward to hearing from local leaders about important updates, relevant statistics, and future projects during this collaborative event that brings together St. Norbert College, city of De Pere, Definitely De Pere and the De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce.


This event is made possible by support from Community First Credit Union– Presenting SponsorSt. Norbert College, the City of De Pere, Definitely De Pere – partners, and Seroogy’s– donations.


The De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)(6) non-profit. We are a member-owned organization built up of staff, interns, and volunteers. Our Mission is to advance the interests of member businesses through business development and community involvement to stimulate economic growth in the De Pere area. Our Vision is to make De Pere a destination for living, travel, and business.


Media Contact:

Amber Thiel, President |

441 Main Ave

De Pere WI 54115




Unity Hospice Creates Video for National Hospice & Palliative Care Month

In recognition of of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, Unity Hospice has created a video to raise awareness about the benefits of hospice and palliative care.  Please visit their Facebook page to share the video and add your story.

Click on the photo to watch their amazing video!


For Immediate Release: Contact:

November 1, 2019

Christy Brozak, Unity Hospice Marketing Director 920-339-6772

Raising Awareness of the Benefits of Hospice and Palliative Care


Unity Hospice Celebrates November as National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

(De Pere, Wisconsin) –Unity Hospice is joining organizations across the nation to raise awareness about the benefits of hospice and palliative care in recognition of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.

For more than 40 years, hospice has helped provide comfort and dignity to millions of people, allowing them to spend their final months at home, surrounded by their loved ones. Hospices ensure that pain management, therapies, and treatments all support a plan of care that is centered on the person’s goals. This care also provides emotional support and advice to help family members become confident caregivers and adjust to the future with grief support for up to a year.

“It is essential that people understand that hospice and palliative care is not giving up, it is not the abandonment of care, and it is not reserved for the imminently dying,” said Edo Banach, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. “Hospice is a successful model of person- centered care that brings hope, dignity and compassion when they are most needed. This is one reason that the national My Hospice Campaign was launched in 2018.”

Every year, nearly 1.5 million Medicare beneficiaries receive care from hospices in this country, reports NHPCO. Hospice is unique in that it offers an interdisciplinary team approach to treatment. Caring for the whole person allows the team to address each patient’s unique needs and challenges.

“Hospice adds life to days when you can’t add days to life”, said Alisa Gerke, Unity’s Executive Director. “In addition to helping a patient have the best day possible, hospice is about making a caregiver’s day more manageable, a grieving spouse’s day a little easier and a volunteer’s day more purposeful.”

Hospices are also some of the best providers of community-based palliative care. Palliative care delivers expertise to improve quality of life and relief from pain. It can be provided at any time during an illness – during and after treatment, from diagnosis on.

More information about hospice, palliative care, and advance care planning is available by contacting Unity Hospice at 920-338-111/ or from NHPCO’s

About Unity
Unity Hospice is a nonprofit provider of hospice care, palliative care and grief support throughout 13 counties in Northeast Wisconsin. A continuation of Bellin Hospice, founded in 1977, Unity was the first hospice in Wisconsin and the third in the nation. Patients and families are served by more than 225 paid employees and over 350 volunteers living the mission of bringing the best end-of-life experience 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. For more information, visit

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Performa Welcomes New Employees

De Pere, WI

October 11, 2019


Please join us in welcoming these new Performa team members!

Stephanie A. Wetzel

Stephanie joins Performa as an interior designer. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.  Stephanie brings her experience from HJ Martin and Sons as well as KI to Performa. Stephanie has a gift for applying creativity to design highly appealing, interesting yet functional designs that engage emotion within clients.


Cole M. Sladky, AIA

Cole Sladky is a professionally licensed architect with experience in architectural design, field engineering and drafting. Cole is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Urban planning.  Cole believes in balancing creative design with technical skills and customer service focus.


Jeffrey James Frelich, Jr.

James Frelich joined Performa as a BIM Specialist.  James is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a Business Administration Degree. He has experience working with electrical engineers in both 2D and 3D modeling.


Performa, Inc. was founded in 1995 as a privately owned service corporation. . Performa inspires potential with integrated architecture, engineering and design. Giving purpose the space to thrive™.


 For more information, news and perspectives from Performa visit or contact Jennifer Kalies, Vice President of Marketing and Communications. jenniferk@performainc.com920-347-3145. Performa, Inc., 124 N. Broadway, De Pere, WI 54115



Real Men Wear Pink



“October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I am supporting the fight against breast cancer as one of the Real Men Wear Pink candidates. This fight is personal to me. My wife is a breast cancer survivor and it is through ongoing efforts like this that help fund research, that my wife is still with me today. As a symbol of our joint struggle through cancer, I created an imagine called Courage Heart. This imagine symbolizes the fight that so many go through with cancer.

Today I am selling apparel online using the Courage Heart symbol. $5 from each item sold will be donated to the American Cancer Society to support their fight against breast cancer. Not only do you get some really cool apparel to wear, you are also helping to fight breast cancer. To learn more about the Courage Heart story go to”

–Dean Raasch


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De Pere Historical Society Celebrates 50th Anniversary

50th Anniversary Dinner Tickets

50 years old, and setting up to have a new building to boot! Come be part of the 50th anniversary dinner and photo show on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 for the De Pere Historical Society. Think of how much fun it will be for the next set to look back on us in another fifty! Doors open at 5pm and dinner starts at 5:45pm. Joe and McKim will give a special photo show full of laughter and memories.

Can’t make it to dinner but want to make a donation to the event? Choose the “Secret Supporter” ticket option, and we will count your ticket, but will know not to add you to the dinner count.

Click here to order tickets.

Want to order via mail or drop off at our museum office? Download the form here.

    O’Connor Connective Promotes Aimee Massie

    O’Connor Connective promotes Aimee Massie to CFO



    For Immediate Release: October 2, 2019


    Contact: Todd McMahon,, 920-288-2980


    Note: Photo of Aimee Massie provided.




    With extensive expertise in accounting and financial management, Aimee Massie is named Chief Financial Officer at the strategic marketing communications consultancy in De Pere.


    DE PERE, Wis. — As an accomplished accountant and administrative office leader, O’Connor Connective is excited to announce the promotion of Aimee Massie to Chief Financial Officer (CFO).


    Massie started her new role this week after more than 3 ½ years as the Office Manager at O’Connor Connective, a strategic marketing communications consultancy in the heart of Wisconsin’s New North region.


    “Our team gets done what it needs to because of Aimee. She is our glue — and is at the heart of every facet of our company — from accounting to human resources to client transactions to information technology to community relations,” says Bridget O’Connor, owner and principal of O’Connor Connective. “This promotion allows us to more fully realize Aimee’s capacity to strategically guide our business decisions as OCC’s first Chief Financial Officer.”


    In her new position, Massie is responsible for the strategic management of accounting and financial functions at O’Connor Connective as well its social enterprise, The Connective: A Place for Women in Business, also located in downtown De Pere. Massie is overseeing the day-to-day accounting, finance, human resources (HR), information technology (IT), and operations for both businesses and affiliated properties.


    Massie has worked in the areas of accounting and/or financial management for 15 years, all in the Green Bay, Wisconsin, area. Before joining O’Connor Connective in 2016, Massie was the CFO at C&C Kegs+ LLC, a North American keg supplier she owned with her husband Cory for three years in De Pere. Aimee, a native of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula who has college degrees in accounting and industrial chemistry technology, also was an accountant at KerberRose and, before that, worked at Humana and Associated Bank.


    About O’Connor Connective

    O’Connor Connective advises CEOs, presidents and senior leaders to communicate their vision to engage, retain and recruit customers, employees and supporters. The company does that by integrating strategy, marketing, public relations, and creative to achieve organizational goals.


    Based in De Pere, Wisconsin, O’Connor Connective, founded in 2013 by Bridget Krage O’Connor, is a certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE). Clients include privately held and service-based companies and nonprofits. The firm’s social enterprise, The Connective: A Place for Women in Business, offers a unique blend of co-working, networking and professional development for women business leaders and their organizations. For more information on the consultative services of O’Connor Connective, visit




    Keller, Inc. to Build for Ken’s Sports, Inc.


     Keller, Inc. to Build for Ken’s Sports, Inc.

     Keller, Inc. has been chosen as the general contractor on a new motor sports facility for Ken’s Sports,Inc.located in Suamico, Wisconsin.

    Keller, Inc. is 100% employee-owned and has offices in the Fox Cities, Madison, Milwaukee and Wausau. They are leaders in the industry specializing in new construction, remodel, retrofit, and reroof projects. They have the staff and expertise to take projects from the early phases of design through the construction process to ensure that the project is completed on time and within budget.

    For more information on Keller, Inc., Top Metal Builder in the Nation as reported by “Metal Construction News” visit

    Greg Douglas, AIA Rejoins Performa as the VP of Innovation

    De Pere, WI

    August 14, 2019

    Greg Douglas Rejoins Performa

    Greg Douglas, AIA rejoins Performa as the VP of Innovation.  Greg’s career path in the a/e/c industry has provided experience in all facets of the profession including planning, architecture, construction, technology, and teaching. Early in his career, Greg was a principal with Performa until 2000 before moving to a leadership role at a construction company where he spent nearly 19 years.

    Greg is a registered Architect and LEED AP BD+C accredited. Heis an alumnus of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC), where he is now an adjunct instructor in the architectural technology program.  Greg is also on the advisory board for architectural program at NWTC.

    Performa, Inc. was founded in 1995 as a privately owned service corporation. Performa inspires potential with integrated architecture, engineering and design. Giving purpose the space to thrive™.

    For more information, news and perspectives from Performa visitwww.performainc.comor contact Jennifer Kalies, Vice President of Marketing and Communications. jenniferk@performainc.com920-347-3145. Performa, Inc., 124 N. Broadway, De Pere, WI 54115

    Food Trucks Gather Downtown De Pere: Sunday, August 11 from 4 pm – 8 pm


    For Immediate Release

    Food Trucks Gather Downtown De PereSunday, August 11 from 4 pm – 8 pm

    De Pere, WI (August 5, 2019) – Food Trucks will gather in the heart of downtown De Pere this Sunday for an evening of good food and wholesome family fun! Definitely De Pere is excited to announce the third downtown De Pere Food Truck Rally happening this Sunday, August 11, from 4:00 – 8:00 pm at George Street Plaza (George Street between Broadway and Wisconsin Street).

    The rally features a variety of food trucks. Guests can enjoy favorite bites, ethnic specialties, sweet treats, and craft beer. The family friendly event will include live music from local musicians, outdoor games including life size Connect Four, Jenga, Tic-Tac-Toe, and Corn Hole Toss as well as other activities for all to enjoy. There will be face painting, henna, balloon animals, and fun for the kids.

    Located just steps from the Fox River Trail, the De Pere Food Truck Rally is a special place to be this Sunday evening!

    Food Trucks

    Caribbean Cruiser – Jerk chicken plate, cuban sandwich, pulled pork sandwich, Caribbean tacos.
    Green Bay Ice Clouds – Shaved ice.
    Gourmet Corn – Gourmet corn, ceviche, guacamole, Yucatan style tacos.

    Taqueria Maldonados – Tortas, burritos, tacos, quesadillas.
    Monkey Tails – Real Wisconsin ice cream, frozen yogurt, chocolate covered bananas, and fresh squeezed lemonade.
    Philly’s & York – Philly sandwiches, burgers, wraps, French fries, salads.
    Taste of Ethiopia – Street tacos, shredded pork sandwich, pepper steak sandwich, loaded fries, loaded nachos, grilled cheese.
    The Dough Shop – Variety of gourmet, edible cookie dough.
    Weasel’s Mini Donuts & More – Mini donuts, nachos, pulled pork, sloppy Joes, hot dogs, freshly squeezed lemonade.
    445 Bistro – Pizza, Italian hoagie, pesto meatballs, pesto fries, chicken wings, cheese curds.

    131 N Broadway, Ste D | De Pere WI 54115 | 920.403.0337

    Definitely De Pere is a 501(c)(3) non-profit nationally accredited Main Street Program and a Business Improvement District. The purpose of the organization is to improve quality of life through assisting in the revitalization of the downtown. Definitely De Pere does this through economic development, promotions, special events, design and beautification.

    Media Contact:

    Tina Quigley, Executive Director (920) 403-0337