Features Region: Midwest

Thomas Lynch – Fortive

He’s always looking for broader responsibilities. Not necessarily with a larger company, just one involved in healthcare, for which Thomas Lynch feels the most personal connection. One of eight children born to a doctor father and a nurse mother, he and the others all pursued careers with some connection to healthcare. Lynch’s wife once a […]

Andrea Lockridge – Cameron Mutual Insurance

There’s a lot of risk in running a farm. With large animals and heavy machinery, the possibility of an employee getting hurt or equipment breaking is high. If an owner doesn’t have good insurance and there’s an accident, they could lose everything. Andrea Lockridge says she doesn’t want any farmer to go through that. The […]

John Zieser – Meredith

John Zieser has never been interested in being “just a lawyer.” In fact, he couldn’t imagine only reviewing contracts or managing litigation. For him, the goal has always been bigger. As the chief development officer and general counsel at Meredith, Zieser says he leads major initiatives. In his 21 years there, he’s transformed the media […]

R. Lee Allen – BRANDT Inc.

You might say R. Lee Allen has gone back to his roots as legal head of a go-to company for agricultural plant nutrition and plant protection operations worldwide. In some respects, he’s always been tied to the land, helping farmers in feeding the world or just passing their acreage on to the next generation. A […]

Kristina Schaefer – Fishback Financial Corporation – First Bank and Trust

For Kristina Schaefer, being a lawyer is about protecting those most vulnerable. In the financial industry, this often means addressing, and trying to prevent, scams targeting the elderly. According to the FBI, millions of seniors are victims of financial fraud every year with more than $3 billion stolen. At Fishback Financial Corporation – First Bank […]

James Gallegos – Alliant Energy

It’s an ambitious goal shared by the state of Wisconsin and an investor-owned public utility: Generate only carbon-free electricity by 2050; gradually move from coal-fired power plants in favor of wind, solar and other renewable sources; and electrify public transit while giving residents plug-in points for electric vehicles. For all this to happen, a creative […]

Rick Donovan – Lake City Bank

Though it’s not quite post-pandemic at Lake City Bank, each day brings promise of more normalcy to one of Indiana’s oldest state-chartered financial institutions and the largest that’s solely invested in the Hoosier State. It’s taken teamwork, explains Rick Donovan, who joined the bank in late 2019 after years of being its outside counsel. How […]

Sophie Zerbib – Cummins Inc.

One thing that can be said about Sophie Zerbib is she’s done a lot during her career. In a lot of languages, too. Zerbib, the director of legal business operations and chief of staff to the general counsel for Cummins Inc., came to her legal role at the maker of engines and power systems after […]

Steven Worth – OneSpan

He can be a philosophical sort, one who would have been right at home among the ancient Greeks who praised the ideals of sound mind and body. Steven Worth is passionate about both—to the benefit of several mid-sized companies he’s counseled in-house, and allowing him to stand out in pursuits of physical endurance. A blend […]

Kate Mahan – United Federal Credit Union

Her employer having four focuses, Kate Mahan is immersed in all, with something called process excellence at the top of the list. It being a most general focus, process excellence can be anything and everything, but whatever it is on a given day, it’s likely to involve Mahan collaborating with other departments at United Federal […]

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– Wade Poulson, General Counsel, Bob Baker Enterprises Inc.
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