Board Biographies

RICHARD A. GURESKI (President)

Richard Gureski is the Manager of Central File for Godfrey & Kahn, S.C..  He joined the firm in 2007 and is responsible for managing the daily Audit Response, Conflicts, Docketing, New Business Intake and Records Management operations for the firm’s five Wisconsin locations.  As a member of the firm’s Ethics and Loss Prevention Committee, Richard helped design the firm’s conflict report and automate systems for Docketing and Intake.

Richard has over 17 years of experience in Records and Information Management spanning both the Accounting and Legal industries.  During his career he has helped author and implement policies and procedures governing Intake, File Transfers, Legal Holds, Paperless Office and Record Retention.

A member of ARMA-Milwaukee going back to 1998, Richard has presented on topics including, “The Paperless Office” and “RIM Professionals and Their Relations with other Professionals.”  He is currently serving as President of the ARMA-Milwaukee Board.

Education
Associate of Arts – Business, University of Phoenix 2007
Retention Program Development Certificate – ARMA-International 2015

Awards
Mayor Tom Barrett Earn & Learn Youth Beacon Award 2011, 2012
Wisconsin Law Journal, Unsung Heroes Award Recipient 2014

Contact Information
414-287-9257 rgureski@gklaw.com

CHRISTINE MATTHIES (Special Advisor)

 Christine is the Records Manager for West Bend Mutual Insurance Company in West Bend, WI. She is a Certified Records & Information Management Specialist and has her AIIM ERM Master certification. She works in the corporate legal department and has been in records management for thirteen years.  She previously was a senior paralegal at West Bend.

Chris is responsible for working with all divisions of her company to assist with management of hard copy and electronic records and is working with record owners to begin to automate management of records in a new content management system. She oversees the record retention schedule and is in charge of the Records Management Advisory Committee to ensure records across the organization are managed in accordance with various laws and regulations and the record retention schedule and is also a member of the Content Governance Committee.  She also supervises the claims legal support staff.

She has been a member of ARMA since 2005 and has served on the ARMA Milwaukee Board the last three years as member at large and vice president.  Chris was a co-host at the 2017 ARMA International Insurance Industry Roundtable and regularly co-hosts the Insurance Industry Records and Information Management roundtable calls.  She presents records topics at various local organization meetings. Her direct number is 262-334-6448 and her e-mail address is cmatthies@wbmi.com.

Emily Herda (Programs)

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Emily Herda is a Records and Information Management Technician for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD). She joined the District in 2015 as a member of the Records Management team. The District’s Records Center maintains records for various engineering and sustainability initiatives, projects for the District including over 27,000 boxes off-site, performs historical research of the District’s facilities, manages the District’s retention policies, and, as a public agency, complies with local, state, and federal statutory requirements. Emily’s responsibilities include managing Freedom of Information Act requests, document management and research for construction and sustainability projects, as well as assisting with the transition to greater digital document management for the organization.

Emily has earned her Master’s of Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2017. She has been an ARMA member since 2015 and is currently working towards her CRA certification.

 

MIKE KAYE (Vice President)

Mike Kaye is the Assistant Vice President for CH Coakley’s Document Management division. Mike started with CH Coakley in 1998 in the warehouse and now manages both the document scanning division, as well as maintaining custody of over 1 million record cartons for 300+ clients across Southeastern Wisconsin.

Mike’s first ARMA meeting was back in 1999, where he would provide technical support to ARMA. This is Mike’s second year serving on the ARMA board.

Mike can be reached at (414) 228-9916 or via his email mike.kaye@chcoakley.com

Rita Krause (Membership)

RitaRita is the Administrative Specialist with NEW Water, the brand of the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District.  Rita has been at NEW Water for over eight years, with the last four years dealing with Records Management.  Her other experience includes public affairs and education, lean government, and local government administration.

Rita has been working with a team at NEW Water revitalizing and formalizing its Records Management Program.  Rita helps administer both electronic and paper record systems, as well as Records Management policy requirements and procedures.

Rita has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay in Public Administration, with emphasis in public management and policy, and holds a minor in Political Science.  She also is a certified notary public and currently studying to obtain her certified records analyst (CRA) certification.  Rita has been a member of ARMA for two years.

Rita can be reached at (920) 438-1055, rkrause@newwater.us, or via her LinkedIn profile.

Liz Vera (Secretary)

Liz VeraElizabeth Vera is a Records Manager with CH Coakley.  Elizabeth started with CH Coakley in 1999 as a Records Associate and now manages the Records Department for one of CH Coakley’s biggest client (Johnson Controls).   Elizabeth first ARMA meeting was back in 2005 and has served in the ARMA Milwaukee Board as Secretary and Member at Large in the past.  Elizabeth has over 20 years of experience in the Records field.  Elizabeth has an Associate Degree from the University of Puerto Rico, in Records and Office Systems and a Technical Certificate in Records & Information Management Specialist from Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Clair.  Elizabeth is currently studying to obtain her Certified Records Analyst (CRA) certification and Certified Records Management (CRM) certificate.   If you wish to contact Elizabeth you can email her at elizabeth.vera@chcoakley.com

D. Alexander Kopitzke (Treasurer)

Alec Kopitzke is the Records Manager for Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, s.c.  He joined the firm’s Intake Department in 1999, moving up to become its manager.  He served in that role for almost a decade before transitioning to his current role as Records Department Manager in 2012.  He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the firm’s Records Management operations.  As a member of Reinhart’s Records Management Steering Committee, Alec helped to draft the firm’s comprehensive Records Retention Policy.

Alec joined ARMA in 2012 and the Milwaukee chapter a short time later.  He had been considering ways of getting more involved when he was asked to run for a position on the ARMA-Milwaukee Board, and is now serving as the Board’s Treasurer.

Education
Bachelor of Arts – History, Seattle University, 1993
Principles of Management Certificate, MRA-Institute of Management, 2012

Contact Information
414-298-8583 akopitzke@reinhartlaw.com

 

 

Brian McCann (Member-At-Large)

Brian McCann Brian McCann is the Director of Sales for Tab Products for the Eastern Half of the United States. He has direct sales reps that report to him in various cities in the East and also has direct sales responsibilities in Wisconsin & Northern Illinois.

He has been in the industry since 1985 helping clients with their records and information management needs. Tab’s presence in this industry is known throughout North America and we work in many vertical markets helping clients reach their goals by utilizing many products and services.

This experience is invaluable as different industries have different needs while working towards the same goal of information and governance compliance.

Brian is an Arma Member for both the Chicago and the Milwaukee chapters and was a graduate of Western Illinois University. He is a first time Board Member in 2019. You can lean more from Linkedin http://www.linkedin.com/in/brian-mccann-a9018610

Lisa Glick (Member-At-Large)

Lisa Glick currently holds the Senior Records Analyst position at Briggs & Stratton.  She became a Records Management Analyst with Harley-Davidson Motor Company in January 2015 after working as a computer help-desk analyst for 15 years, a licensed life insurance agent for 2 years, and a licensed real estate associate broker for 8 years.  Each of these disciplines required exceptional record keeping and regulatory compliance which yielded a natural career transition into Records Management.  Lisa joined the Briggs & Stratton team as their Senior Records Analyst in August 2018. Lisa’s responsibilities include advanced planning, development, and implementation of records management policies and procedures, planning and implementing records retention programs, managing electronic repositories and providing training and support.

Lisa has been a member of ARMA International and ARMA Milwaukee Chapter since January 2015. She enthusiastically participated in the ARMA International Mentorship Program as a mentee in 2017 to further expand her records management knowledge and professional network.

Education: Graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree.