Waukesha County Business Alliance has chosen eight
Emerging Leaders of Waukesha County, highlighting young
professionals work in their careers and community. From
left are Rick Verthein, financial advisor for Baird —
The BV Group; Sarah Butz, director of community benefit
for Pro-Health Care; Dr. Amy Romashko, medical director
for children's urgent care for Children's Hospital of
Wisconsin; Amy Fouts, regional director of operations
for Capri Senior Communities; Eric Neuman, senior
manager for Chortek LLP; and Matt Neumann, CEO of
Neumann Companies. Also earning the award were Jeremy
Josetti, general manager and co-owner of AQ Matic Valve
& Controls, and James Ober, senior project manager for
Photo courtesy of Waukesha
County Business Alliance
WAUKESHA — The Waukesha County Business Alliance has
announced the eight winners of its Emerging Leaders of
Waukesha County awards program, which celebrates young
professionals who have shown personal initiative,
determination and commitment to their careers and their
alliance received many nominations for the awards,
according to a news release, and an independent judging
panel reviewed nominees based on five criteria:
community service involvement; leadership traits; being
a team player; professional achievement; and personal
and professional development.
Emerging Leaders of Waukesha County are:
Sarah Butz, director of community benefit, ProHealth
Butz spearheads ProHealth Care’s community benefit
initiatives including community education, charitable
contributions, community health initiatives, safety net
partnerships and leadership volunteerism. Her community
service includes the Oconomowoc Chamber of Commerce,
Thriving Waukesha County Alliance, Kettle Moraine’s High
School of Health Sciences, Lake Area Free Clinic and the
Waukesha County Business Alliance’s Health Care
committee. She helps lead the Nutrition and Physical
Activity Community Health Action Team for the Waukesha
County CHIPP and recently completed a stint as the
president of the Oconomowoc Rotary Club.
Amy Fouts, regional director of operations, Capri Senior
Fouts is responsible for over 900 units of independent
living, assisted living and memory care for Capri Senior
Communities, including as many as 12 individual health
care licenses. Fouts is focused on responding to her
team’s needs and reduced staff turnover from 60 percent
to 33 percent in a single year. Amy has been honored as
an Argentum Senior Living “Leader Under 40” and is
active in her local and professional community via
organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association, the
Wisconsin Assisted Living Association and the Milwaukee
Waukesha Aging Consortium.
Jeremy Josetti, general manager and co-owner, AQ Matic
Valve & Controls.
Josetti helped start AQ Matic Valve & Controls in 2016.
In his current role, Josetti has developed a team of
30-plus employees who passionately serve worldwide
markets for water treatment and air movement
applications. He maintains broad knowledge of the water
treatment industry with experience in valve, membrane
and ionexchange system design through experience with
companies like Osmonics, GE and Pentair.
Eric Neuman, senior manager, Chortek LLP.
Neuman is a senior manager at Chortek LLP, a certified
public accounting and business advisory firm. Neuman’s
passion for relationship and community building is the
foundation of his career with Chortek LLP. Throughout
the year, he volunteers with organizations that make
southeastern Wisconsin a better place to live and work:
Wisconsin Special Olympics, Meta House, The Journey
House, Junior Achievement – Finance Park, FaB Wisconsin,
Waukesha County Business Alliance, East Tosa Business
Alliance and the American Lung Association.
Matt Neumann, CEO, Neumann Companies.
Neumann has been working in real estate development,
home building and solar development for 14 years.
Neumann is a second-generation family business owner of
Neumann Companies, which has become a family of
companies that includes Tim O’Brien Homes, Sun-Vest
Solar, Harbor Homes and more. His philosophy is that
investing in people and the communities in which we work
is the best way to run a sustainable business. He is
active in his church and other charities, and remains
committed to living, working and investing in
James Ober, senior project manager, Hydro-
For the past two years, Ober has worked as a senior
project manager at Hydro-Thermal Corporation. Ober has
tackled several challenging projects including reviewing
Hydro-Thermal’s entire production process and helping to
organize and refocus the company’s mid-level management
team. He is the vice president of on ice operations and
the high school head coach for the Milwaukee Blaze
Hockey program and has also organized fundraising
opportunities to give local, low-income children a
chance to play hockey.
Dr. Amy Romashko, MD, medical director for Children’s
Urgent Care, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
Romashko oversees seven urgent care sites and 120 team
members, and she spearheads best practices that have led
to national recognition. She is also a trained
facilitator for the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Language of Caring Program, which helps to foster
patient centered care and communication across the
system. Romashko is also a Fellow of the American
Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP) and helps set standards for
pediatric care delivery across the country as a board
member for the Society for Pediatric Urgent Care (SPUC).
Rick Verthein, financial advisor, Baird — The BV Group.
Verthein’s focus has been on developing the investment
strategies and financial plans at Baird that give
clients the flexibility to focus on the important
aspects of their life. He was named to Forbes/Shook Top
Next-Generation Wealth Advisor in 2017 and 2018. Outside
of work, Verthein serves on the advisory board of the
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Milwaukee Chapter as well as
various committees. He is the board president for
Adaptive Community Approach Program in Waukesha and is
an active member of the Waukesha Rotary Club.
eight winners received their awards during YPWeek at the
Emerging Leaders of Waukesha County awards luncheon on