Wisconsin Central Time NEWS brings you articles, updates, and events related to Marathon County government.
Each month, our Editorial Board compiles insightful articles and timely information about the issues being discussed and the goals being achieved by Marathon County government.
In addition, we share stories highlighting the network of dedicated people serving our community: Real people stepping in—and stepping up—charged with the mission to make Marathon County a great place to work, play, live, and do business.
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Previous issues (2014-2016) of the Marathon County newsletter can be found here.
Brad Karger is the Marathon County Administrator. In this role, he leads an organization with 700+ employees and an annual budget of more than $170 million. Brad has been in leadership positions with Marathon County for the past 29 years. He is known statewide for generating innovative ideas and solutions to problems, openness and transparency, and a commitment to community service that extends well beyond the normal workday. Email Brad Karger.
Lance Leonhard began his career in Marathon County government in the Office of Corporation Counsel and currently serves as the Marathon County Deputy Administrator. Lance’s career in public service has spanned more than a decade, having worked for the federal government as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and for the state of Wisconsin as an Assistant District Attorney. Outside of work, you’re likely to find Lance spending time with his family, traveling, teeing off on a local golf course, or sitting around a campfire with friends. Email Lance Leonhard.
Chad Dally is a Library Specialist with the Marathon County Public Library, where he has worked since 2012. He has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in journalism, divides his time at the library between reference and programming, and generally prefers nonfiction over fiction. He’s heard that chickens are smart, but the small brood he and his wife keep at home provides evidence to the contrary. Email Chad Dally.
Katie Rosenberg is a Marathon County Board Supervisor representing District 1. She is passionate about engaging the community and is active on social media and in organizing neighborhood constituent meetings with her Wausau City Council counterpart, Alderperson Pat Peckham. In her free time, you can find Katie enjoying the outdoors with her husband on bike, on roller skates, and in trail shoes. She also enjoys attending all manner of political events, traveling the world, and cooking up a mean vegetarian soup. Email Katie Rosenberg.
Karyn Powers joined the Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department in 1991. Prior to settling in Marathon County, she spent 5 years working for the Department of Defense in Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Services for the U.S. Navy in Iceland and the U.S. Army in South Korea. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Park and Recreation Administration and a master’s degree in Education. In addition to being the city/county Recreation Superintendent, she is a published poet and author. Karyn fell in love with Marathon County as a college senior when she interned here in 1979, then traveled halfway around the world to get back here as soon as was possible. Email Karyn Powers.
Jessica Meadows is the Communications and Marketing Coordinator at North Central Health Care (NCHC). She is passionate about being able to use her creative talent to connect people to healthcare, resources, and networking that will impact their life in a positive way. Prior to joining NCHC, she was a Creative Director and leader at a marketing agency in the Stevens Point area. With almost 20 years’ experience in print, web, social media, video, radio, and public relations, it was important for her to connect back to her roots here in the Wausau area, where she and her husband raise their two young children. When she’s not busy at an event or volunteering, she enjoys playing sports, coaching, biking, traveling, and exploring the outdoors. Email Jessica Meadows.
Nick O’Brien is a community engagement consultant/speaker with a focus on connecting “people to people, people to place, and people to purpose.” Nick uses the practice of “social architecture” to improve the communities, businesses, and organizations he works with. He is heavily involved in the community, sitting on several organizational boards in the Wausau area, including Wausau River District and Healthy Marathon County. After his move to Marathon County from Illinois in 2012, Nick worked with WAOW-TV 9 as a sports anchor/reporter and managed a young professionals initiative for the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce. In 2016, he went on to lead a community engagement department for MCDEVCO, Inc. When he’s not promoting community resources, people, and organizations, Nick loves traveling, seeing live music concerts, and playing sports. Email Nick O’Brien.