Milwaukee Area
Compensation Association

Milwaukee Area Compensation Association (MACA) is a professional organization of compensation and human resources specialists from the greater Milwaukee area. MACA provides members the opportunity to obtain and exchange information on plan design and industry trends on topics such as base pay, variable compensation, employee benefits, and policy deployment.

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About Us

What We Do

  • Obtain and encourage the professional interchange of ideas encompassing phases of compensation, including wages, salaries, incentives, bonuses, deferred compensation, benefits and other related forms of employee remuneration.
  • Conduct research into the latest compensation and benefits ideas, innovations, and practices and to inform the membership.
  • Actively foster the development and improvement of compensation and benefits policies, procedures and practices.
  • Encourage and support the continued professional development of the membership.

The MACA Board of Directors is elected by the members and consists of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, the immediate Past President and three elected Directors.  The control and management of MACA and its property is the responsibility of the Board of Directors.  In addition, the Board is responsible for maintaining the continuity of MACA and the furthering of its long-range purposes and benefits to members.

MACA Officers - 2015-2016

President - Valerie Zalewski Past President - Lori Merkle Vice President -Wanda Austin Secretary - Andrew Dunn
Treasurer - Brian Scott Director - Michael Mans Director - Larry Kramer Director - Rick Chiapete

 

President

 

Valerie Zalewski
Contact
: Valerie.Zalewski@millercoors.com

Bio: Valerie currently works at MillerCoors as a Senior HR Programs/Compensation Analyst focused on compensation, relocation and employee recognition. She has over a decade of human resources experience, with a primary focus in compensation for the past 10 years.  Valerie holds a BBA degree in Human Resource Management with an emphasis in Legal Studies from the University of WI-Oshkosh. In addition to being a member of MACA since 2006, she is also a member of WERC, WorldatWork and is currently pursuing her CCP.

 



Past President

 

Lori Merkle
Contact: lori.merkle@aurora.org

Bio: Lori is currently a Compensation Director at Aurora Health Care.  Prior to joining Aurora, Lori was a member of the Compensation department at Kohl's where she focused on designing, implementing, and administering corporate compensation programs.  Lori has over 14 years of human resources experience with a focus on compensation, benefits, and performance management at companies such as La Macchia Enterprises and DRS Technologies.  Lori holds a BBA in Human Resources and Management from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She received her PHR certification in March 2004 and her CCP in October 2014.  In addition to being a member of MACA, Lori is also a member of World at Work and previously a member of SHRM. 

 



Vice President

 

Wanda Austin
Contact:
wanda.d1.austin@jci.com

Bio: Wanda is the Compensation & Benefits Manager, for the Americas region at Johnson Controls.  Prior to joining Johnson Controls, Wanda was the Senior Compensation Analyst at Fiserv. Wanda has over 15 years of human resources experience, with a primary focus on compensation since 2009. Wanda holds a BA degree in Management and Communications and an MBA with an emphasis in Human Resource Management from Concordia University. Wanda is a member of World at Work and is currently pursuing her CCP.

 



Secretary

 

Andrew Dunn
Contact: andrewpdunn@northwesternmutual.com

Bio: Andy has over 15 years of accounting and finance experience in the manufacturing, financial services, and healthcare industries.  Andy is an Assistant Director, Field Rewards with Northwestern Mutual.  He is responsible for product development, focusing on compensation and recognition design.  Andy holds a BS in Accounting and Finance from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and an MBA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame.  He received his CPA certification and is currently pursuing his CCP.  In addition to being a member of MACA, Andy is a member of the Chicago Compensation Association (CCA) and serves as Treasurer of the Notre Dame Club of Milwaukee.

 



Treasurer

 

Brian Scott
Contact: brian.scott@kohls.com

Bio: Brian recently joined Kohl’s as a Senior Compensation Analyst.  Prior to Kohl’s, Brian was a Senior Compensation Analyst at Brookdale Senior Living providing guidance on compensation policies, advising on pay decisions, pay structure analysis and design, and stock plan administration.  Brian has close to 10 years of compensation experience and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and is a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP).  In addition to being a member of MACA, he is also a member of MMSRHM (Co Chair of the Total Rewards SIG), World at Work and SHRM.

 



Director (Technology Committee)

 

Michael Mans
Contact: michael.mans@aurora.org

Bio: Michael is currently a Senior HRIS Analyst at Aurora Health Care.  Before that, he was a Senior Compensation Project Analyst at Aurora Health Care.  Prior to re-joining Aurora Health Care in 2011, Michael was the Manager of Compensation at Froedtert Health from 2008-2011, a Senior Compensation Analyst at Aurora Health Care from 2005 to 2008, and a Compensation Analyst for Wheaton Franciscan Health Care from 2000 to 2005.  Michael has over 18 years of experience in human resources with a primary focus on compensation for 13 of that.  Michael holds a BS degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.  He was the President of MACA for the 2010/2011 program year and has previously been an active member of the MACA technology committee.

 



Director (Program Committee)

 

Larry Kramer
Contact: larry.b.kramer@jci.com

Bio: Larry currently works at Johnson Controls, Inc. as a Lead Consultant of Global Incentives.  Prior to joining JCI, Larry has held compensation positions at Sealed Air and GE Healthcare. Larry has over 15 years of compensation experience with a focus on incentives. Larry holds a Bachelor’s degree in Cartography from University of Wisconsin – Madison, an MBA from University of Chicago-Booth and is a Certified Sales Compensation Professional (CSCP).  He currently holds memberships at MACA, World at Work and is Chairman of the SE Wisconsin Chicago-Booth Alumni organization.

 



Director (Marketing Committee)

 

Rick Chiapete
Contact: richardchiapete@northwesternmutual.com

Bio: Rick is the Lead Compensation Consultant at Northwestern Mutual.  His previous employers include Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP, Rockwell Automation, Johnson Financial Group.  Rick has over 17 years of human resources experience primarily in compensation, benefits and HRIS.  He holds a BA in Business Management from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater and a MBA in Finance from Marquette University.  Rick has previously served 4 years as MACA’s director of the communications and technology committee and is currently pursuing his CCP.