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, Finance & Administration Officer, 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 - 2018-2019

President - Rena Somersan Past President - Wanda Austin Vice President - Sarah Wolak Finance & Administration Officer - Brian Scott
Director - Michael Mans Director - Larry Kramer Director - Nancy Maniaci  



Rena Somersan


Bio: Rena is currently the Managing Principal of the Compensation Consulting team at Newport Group. She has over twenty years of consulting and industry experience assisting clients in executing their strategic compensation initiatives in both the workforce and executive compensation arenas. Rena joined McGladrey’s Human Capital team in 2008, then that group was sold to Verisight, and then acquired Newport Group. Prior to returning to the States, Rena co-founded IMA Consulting, a management consulting company which served more than 200 firms in Istanbul, Turkey.  In that role she represented the Hay Group in the Istanbul marketplace. Prior to IMA, Rena served on the corporate side of Human Resources in the International Trade Group of a major Turkish conglomerate with offices in 15 countries and revenues of US $1B+.  Rena has an MBA and was on the Board of Metro Milwaukee SHRM for 8 years including the executive committee and President for the 2014-2015 term.


Past President

Wanda Austin

Bio: Wanda Austin, MBA, is the Associate Director, Total Rewards, for the Americas region at Johnson Controls. Wanda has over 17 years of human resources experience, with a primary focus on compensation since 2009.  Throughout her career, Wanda has worked with mid- to large-scale employers to develop and drive innovative total rewards programs that attract and retain high quality talent.

Wanda received her Master of Business Administration with a major in Human Resources from Concordia University and a bachelor’s degree in Management and Communications from Concordia University as well. She is an active member of several professional organizations such as WorldatWork, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and the Milwaukee Area Compensation Association (MACA).


Vice President

Sarah Wolak


Bio: Sarah is currently a Compensation Analyst at Briggs & Stratton and has been with the company for just over 3 years.  Sarah has an extensive background in recruiting which she did for 8 years before entering the compensation field.  She been working in compensation a little over a year and has quickly learned the field, leading large projects within her currently company.  She recently earned her World at Work CCP in just under a year. She currently holds memberships to MACA, CCA and World at Work.  Sarah holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University.


Finance & Administration Officer

Brian Scott


Bio: Brian is currently a Senior Compensation Analyst at Kohl’s. 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, World at Work and SHRM.



Director (Technology Committee)

Michael Mans


Bio: Michael was the Compensation Program Manager at Aurora Health Care.  Before that, he was a Senior HRIS Analyst and 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 20 years of experience in human resources with a primary focus on compensation for over 13 years 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

Bio: Larry currently works at Johnson Controls, Inc. as a Senior Manager of Global Incentives. Prior to joining JCI, Larry has held compensation positions at Sealed Air and GE Healthcare. Larry has over 20 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)

Nancy Maniaci


Bio: Nancy is currently a Compensation Specialist at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino. Prior to joining Potawatomi, Nancy was the Compensation and Benefits Analyst for Corix Utilities and the Compensation Manager at Extendicare. She has also worked in compensation at Aurora Health Care and Fiserv. Nancy has over 15 years of compensation experience and hold a Bachelors of Business Administration Degree from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and earned her CCP in October 2014.