Administrative Team

lisa-braddy

Lisa Braddy | Director of Human Resources

Email Lisa | LinkedIn

Accomplishments:
I received my Bachelor’s degree from DePaul University and I did this while working full time and traveling for work.  Getting my degree was a huge personal goal for me.  I have spoken at different conferences on the topic of workman’s compensation.  I have taught a few Human Resources classes.

Extracurricular:
I enjoy charity work and for several years lead a fundraising team for the Hunger Walk supporting the Greater Chicago Food Depository.  I have also participated in different charity events for breast cancer and homeless shelters.

Off the Clock:
I am Mommy to my two dogs and Auntie to my four nephews.  I love going to my nephews’ school and sporting events, as well as just hanging out with them.  I enjoy working out, hiking, reading, cooking, traveling and I am always up for a new adventure.  I am a huge Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs fan (even in the dark years).  I love old black and white movies and Charlie Chan is one of my favorites.

Secret Life:
I am obsessed with cookbooks and kitchen gadgets; I cannot get enough.  Many people don’t know of my secret life as a bat and racoon wrangler… stop by and ask me…

Lindsay_Baker

Lindsay Baker | Human Resources Manager

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Accomplishments:
About 2 years ago now, I achieved my PHR (Professional in Human Resources) certificate.  Now to maintain the certification and test for my SPHR.

Extracurricular:
I belong to the Blackhawk Human Resources Association of Rock County.  I am a National SHRM member and have been for 8 years.  Active volunteer at the local animal shelter in Janesville.

Off the Clock:
When I’m not at work, I enjoy running, spending time with my family, taking bike rides with my daughter and volunteering time with her at the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin.  Anything that involves being outdoors, I’m game!  Camping, fishing, hiking, four wheeling, you name it, I’m there.  I also enjoy reading.  My favorite author is John Grisham.

Secret Life:
I’m going grey faster than my two oldest siblings and I’m the baby in the family!

Ann-Frey

Ann Frey | Vice President of Finance

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Accomplishments
My wonderful husband Mark and beautiful daughter Daphne.  My career has given me great satisfaction.  I worked while completing my education, obtaining my MBA later, after being married and starting a family.

Off the Clock
Spending time in Colorado with my daughter and enjoying the mountains is top on my list.  I come from a large family, so spending time with all of them ranks very high on my priorities.  Otherwise, I enjoy movies, country music – Rascall Flatts is my favorite – and finding the time to relax.

Steve-Kirkpatrick

Steve Kirkpatrick | CFO/Secretary

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Accomplishments:
When I came to Mid-States over 20 years ago, we were hand-typing customer invoices.  I helped to bring us into the computer age.

Off the Clock:
Every holiday season our family helps pack and deliver groceries to needy families.  I play as much golf as allowed, play with my two grandsons and watch way too many sporting events on TV.  Of course, I am a Badger fan.  During high school I worked in a Marina in northern MN pumping gas.  My two famous customers were Charlie Munger of Berkshire Hathaway fame and Dr. A.O. Nier who was on the Manhattan Project team during WWII.

Ben_Smerud

Ben Smerud | Plant Accountant

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Accomplishments:
I am happily married and we are lucky enough to have three kids.  I achieved a bachelor’s degree in Finance and an MBA in Accounting.  Something interesting about me is that I worked on a foundation crew in Whittier, Alaska building a 25 room hotel.  I also completed a 12-mile, 17-obstacle Tough Mudder event in 2015.

Off the Clock:
I enjoy camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, hanging out on the pontoon and all the outdoor activities that are available.  Unplugging from the world and listening to nature!

Secret Life:
I am a big comic book fan, both DC and Marvel.  My favorite characters are Superman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Karen_Wright

Karen Wright | Accounts Receivable Specialist

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Accomplishments:
At the top of my list of accomplishments is receiving my Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.  Going to college was a dream for many years and in November 2015 my dream became a reality (at the age of 47!).

Off the Clock:
When I am not working, I love to spend time with my friends and family, mostly my grandchildren.  I have a passion for crafting, mostly taking items most people would not look at twice and bringing them back to life and finding a forever home.

Secret Life:
My life is often an open book, however most people do not know that I have an uncle (my dad’s brother), who has a hospital dedicated in his honor: Womack Army Medical Center, at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

“Womack Army Medical Center is dedicated to Medal of Honor recipient PFC Bryant Homer Womack, a courageous medic who gave his life tending to the wounds of his fellow soldiers, even though he, himself, had sustained mortal wounds during a surprise enemy attack in Korea in 1952.”

Deanna_Harvey

 Deanna Harvey | Accounts Payable Specialist

Accomplishments:
I completed my associate’s degree in accounting from Gateway Tech and plan to start working toward my bachelor’s degree in the fall of 2016.

Off the Clock:
In my off time, I do a lot of babysitting for my grandchildren. We love camping, grilling out and good movies.  But, nothing beats my two hours on Sunday nights I get to spend with a good read.

Mike-McNett

Michael McNett | Information Technology Manager

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Accomplishments:
I started programming using GW-Basic, which came on a cartridge on a PC Jr.  I graduated from high school in 3 years and then passed my exams in 1999 to attain my MCSE.  I met my wife on the internet back when that wasn’t a thing.  We’ve been married for 13 years and have a wonderful son and daughter.

Off the Clock:
I enjoy going on adventures with my family, camping, listening to podcasts, tennis and golf.  I also enjoy history, economics, board games, cards and some good folk music.

Matt McNett

Matt McNett | Information Technology Analyst

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Accomplishments:
I have over 15 years of experience in the information technology field including 12 years of web design and development skills.   I live in Janesville with my girlfriend of ten years and my two stubborn dachshunds.

Off the Clock:
My hobbies include playing video games such as League of Legends and the coin-op classics like PAC-MAN and Joust.  On the weekends I will be watching my favorite movies like War Games, Office Space and Airplane, while slow smoking my soon-to-be-famous BBQ pulled pork or jerky.

Secret Life:
I have a Star Wars bobble head and antique board game collection worth over $10K.

Kristin_Wells

Kristin Wells | Receptionist

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Accomplishments:
My best accomplishment is being a mom.  My children are my whole world.

Extracurricular:
I enjoy volunteering at my church when they are doing different projects to help the community.

Off the Clock:
My favorite hobbies are reading, going to the movies and listening to music.  I also really enjoy exploring new towns that I have never been to before and thrift shopping.

Secret Life:
I have always wanted to write a book.