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 PDF issues (2014-2016) of the Marathon County newsletter can be found here.
Lance Leonhard began his career in Marathon County government in the Office of Corporation Counsel and currently serves as the Marathon County Administrator. In this role, he leads an organization with 700+ employees and an annual budget of more than $199 million. 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.
Jessica Meadows is the Communications and Marketing Director 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.
Dr. Kelly Kapitz has been involved in rural education for over 30 years. She began her career as a school psychologist and later entered administration as a Director of Special Education and Pupil Services for the Marathon County Special Education Department. She received her PhD in Education Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her dissertation and particular area of interest is transition services to students with disabilities. She has served on several state and local taskforces related to providing high-quality educational services to rural students. Dr. Kapitz serves on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services. She and her husband have three children and enjoy tending their apple orchard and traveling. Email Dr. Kelly Kapitz.
Mark Dorow joined the Wausau & Marathon County Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department as the Recreation Superintendent in March 2021. He graduated from UW- LaCrosse majoring in Recreation Management in 2009. He spent his first 8 years of his career in Colorado working as a Recreation Coordinator running youth and adult sports followed by a job as an Aquatics Coordinator. He moved to Wausau in 2018 when he took a job as the Aquatics Manager for the Grand Lodge Waterpark and Resort in Rothschild When not at work, you will most likely find Mark working around his hobby farm with his wife and son, fishing with his dad, or hunting birds with his dog Ruby. Email Mark Dorow.
Craig Christians has served as a Facilities Planner within the Marathon County Facilities & Capital Management Department for the past three years. He graduated from Northcentral Technical College with a degree in Residential Design and has worked in the construction industry for over 25 years in a variety of roles including concrete, carpentry, estimation and project management. In his spare time, he stays busy with many hobbies including hunting, fishing, camping, making maple syrup, restoring cars and tractors, logging, and spending time with his wife and daughter. Email Craig Christians.
Ben Krombholz is a member of the Library Services team and an IT Technician at the Marathon County Public Library, where he has worked since 2007 in a variety of roles, including web and graphic design, reference desk, and technology classes. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point with a degree in English Education, and from Northcentral Technical College with a degree in Web & Digital Media Development. In his free time, Ben enjoys working on indoor/outdoor projects with his family, reading, gardening, and raising chickens, ducks and pheasants. Email Ben Krombholz.