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 - 2017-2018

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




Wanda Austin

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.


Past President


Valerie Zalewski

Bio: Valerie currently works at MillerCoors as a Senior Rewards 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 11 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. 


Vice President


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.


Finance & Administration Officer


Brian Scott

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

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

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)


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.