Press Releases

Bank Awards Portage Scholarships

July 2020

 Pictured from left, Ben Brancel, Katelyn Zajicek, Gabrielle Garrigan and Anastasia Kinney.

The Community Bank of Portage’s Outstanding Citizen Scholarship committee awarded its 2020 recipients. Portage High School graduates, Gabrielle Garrigan and Katelyn Zajicek, were each presented their own $2,500 scholarship. This scholarship is awarded each year to two Portage High School seniors who demonstrate a strong commitment to improving the quality of life for people in his or her school and community.

Bank Continues Support for Easterseals Wisconsin

July 2020

 Pictured from left, Jon Bernander, Scott Rockwell and Easterseals' Rachel Reichhoff

Bank of Wisconsin Dells demonstrated its continued support for Easterseals Wisconsin by presenting a $5,000 donation toward providing children with disabilities in financial need the opportunity to attend Camp Wawbeek, located in Wisconsin Dells. The bank has been a long-time partner of Easterseals Wisconsin, helping to ensure the organization continues to meet the ever-increasing need for campers, promoting independence and offering challenge as well as fun.

Bank Announces Wegner Promotion
July 2020


Bank of Wisconsin Dells is pleased to announce the promotion of Brandon Wegner as Chief Lending Officer. Brandon joined the Bank of Wisconsin Dells in 2016 as Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer and has over 17 years of lending experience. He was promoted to Senior Vice President in January of this year.





Bank Announces Schaller Retirement

July 2020

Bank of Wisconsin Dells announced the retirement of Senior Vice President (SVP) and Chief Lending Officer, Paul Schaller, for July 10th, 2020. Schaller joined the Bank of Wisconsin Dells in 2008 with over 25 years of prior lending experience in the South Central Wisconsin market.

“We appreciate the leadership and energy Paul has brought to the bank. His devotion to our team has been instrumental in the growth and success of our bank,” says bank President, Scott Rockwell. “We will certainly miss Paul as a part of our team, but wish him and his family the very best throughout his retirement years.”

In reflecting on his time with the bank, Paul had this to say:

Spending the last 12 years of my 40-plus-year banking career with the Bank of Wisconsin Dells has been very rewarding. The community banking model is alive and well at the bank. With community member ownership, local decision-making and a commitment to the communities we serve; ending my career with the Bank of Wisconsin Dells has been a joy. My focus has always been the customer and that is the overall focus of the bank. The growth of the bank in my 12-year tenure is a testament to that customer focus.

I want to thank all my customers and business associates for making my time at the Bank of Wisconsin Dells so enjoyable. As a stockholder of the bank, I will enjoy watching the continued success and the commitment from all the employees to serve our communities well. Thank you to all those who have made my career fun. Again, especially my customers!

Bank Awards Scholarship to Schulz
June 2020
Bank President, Scott Rockewell, presenting 2020 Educations Scholarship to Paul (Pablito) Schultz Jr. 
Bank of Wisconsin Dells recently awarded its 2020 Educational Scholarship to Wisconsin Dells High School Valedictorian, Paul (Pablito) Schulz Jr. Schulz is the first Educational Scholarship recipient to receive a total of $10,000 toward his first two years of college. In previous years, the bank awarded the Wisconsin Dells High School Valedictorian with a $5,000 scholarship toward their first year of college. The Bank of Wisconsin Dells Educational Scholarship is given out in perpetuity through an endowment scholarship program with the Wisconsin Dells Education Foundation.


Bank Announces Promotions
January 2020
Bank of Wisconsin Dells is please to announce the following staff promotions: 
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Brandon Wegner
Senior VP | Commercial Loan Officer
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Stephen Timm
Assistant VP | Commercial Loan Officer
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Tracy Stowell
AVP of Information Technology
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Rachel Deering
CSR Manager

Bank Continues Support for Education Foundation
January 2020
Education Foundation 2020 Donation
Pictured: Bank of Wisconsin Dells presents donation to Wisconsin Dells Education Foundation's Board
Bank of Wisconsin Dells demonstrates its continued support for Wisconsin Dells Education Foundation by paying out an additional $5,000 for the Valedictorian's second year of college. Each year, the bank awards the Valedictorian of Wisconsin Dells High School with one $5,000 scholarship. With this donation, the bank has grown its endowment large enough to support the Valedictorian's second year as well. The scholarship will be given out in perpetuity.

Rockwell Named President of Bank of Wisconsin Dells
January 2020

S. RockwellBank of Wisconsin Dells announces the promotion of Scott Rockwell as President. Scott joined the bank in 1995 as a Vault Attendant and Customer Service Representative. In 1999, he became a Consumer/Residential Lender, and shortly thereafter was promoted to VP/Commercial Loan Officer. Scott was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2018. He assumes the presidency from Jon Bernander who will continue in his role as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

“Scott has been a loyal employee of the bank since his teenage years, starting in the vault rolling coin,” says CEO, Jon Bernander. “He’s worked his way up through the ranks over the past 24 years. Along with furthering his educational goals of attaining his Bachelor’s and MBA degrees, Scott is a recent alumnus of the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking. The Board of Directors are fully supportive of this transition and are very confident in Scott’s leadership abilities.”


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Bank Donates $100,000 to Dells School District
December 2019
SDWD Donation Presentation
Bank of Wisconsin Dells presented the School District of Wisconsin Dells with a $100,000 donation. This donation kicks off a recent fundraising campaign to further enhance the high school project, scheduled to open its doors on September 1, 2020. In return, the bank will be given naming rights of the school library.

“Our bank and staff remain committed to the communities we serve, not only through monetary support, but also volunteer and leadership participation,” says bank president, Jon Bernander. “We’re excited for the benefits this new school will bring to future generations.”

Bank Supports St. Clare Foundation's Initiative 
December 2019
SSM Foundtion Donation
Pictured (left to right): Julia Randles, Brent Gasser, Merije Ajvazi, Matt Schaefer, Laura Walczak,
Mary Dressen, Scott Rockwell and Brandon Wegner.
Bank of Wisconsin Dells recently donated $5,000 to support the St. Clare Foundation's initiative to raise $108,000 for new stereotactic breast biopsy equipment. This system is less invasive than surgical biopsy, leaves little to no scarring and can be an excellent way to evaluate calcium deposits or tiny masses that are not visible on ultrasound. Bank of Wisconsin Dells has been a strong supporter of local health care technology and a long-standing partner on Foundation initiatives. 

Bank Announces Miller Promotion
December 2019
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Bank of Wisconsin Dells is pleased to announce the promotion of Rodnie Miller as Deposit Operations Supervisor. Rodnie previously held the title of Customer Service Representative (CSR) Supervisor at the Community Bank of Portage. She will be working at the main bank in her new role. 

Bank Welcomes Schwartzer
November 2019
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Bank of Wisconsin Dells is pleased to announce the hiring of Brett Schwartzer as Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer.  Brett, a native of Wisconsin Dells, graduated from Cardinal Stritch University with a Bachelor's degree in Business Management. He begun his financial career after serving in the Marine Corps from 2005 to 2009.  Brett has 10 years of commercial lending experience.
In his role at the Lake Delton Branch, Brett will be working with commercial customers, assisting them in attaining their financial goals. 

Bank Announces Promotions
October  2019
Bank of Wisconsin Dells is pleased to announce recent staff promotions of Anastasia Kinney as Business Development Officer, and Amanda Garwood as Controller.
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As a corporate officer of the bank, Anastasia's role expands in the commercial lending field.  Anastasia has done a wonderful job of promoting Bank of Wisconsin Dells and Community Bank of Portage in surrounding communities, while developing relationships and deposit accounts for the bank.  
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As Controller, Amanda oversees accounting and finance functions, working alongside the bank's CFO.  Amanda has excelled as a Credit Analyst for the bank and has considerable background and experience in accounting. 

Bank Supports Fight Against Breast Cancer
October 2019
Bank of Wisconsin Dells and Community Bank of Portage donate $2800 to Divine Savior Healthcare's Cancer Fund to support the fight against breast cancer.  
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Maki Celebrates 25 Years
September 2019

Bank of Wisconsin Dells would like to congratulate Senior Vice President and COO, Tammy Maki, on 25 years with the bank.

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Tammy began her career with the bank in 1994 as a part-time Customer Service Representative, and shortly thereafter transitioned to a full-time member of the IT department. In 2005, Tammy was promoted to Electronic Banking Officer, advancing to VP of Operations in 2017, then to Senior VP/Chief Operations Officer the following year.

“I have been very fortunate to be a part of a great organization like BWD for the past 25 years,” says Tammy. “They have afforded me opportunities to grow in my career, as well as understanding the importance of family life and the balance between them both.”

Bank of Wisconsin Dells is beyond grateful for the time and effort Tammy has committed throughout these 25 years. Congratulations and thank you, Tammy!

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Bank Awards Youth Apprenticeship Students
September 2019

Bank of Wisconsin Dells (BWD) announced its Youth Apprentice (YA) Scholarship Program recipients. Wisconsin Dells High School graduates, Allison Anderson, Aspen Eide, Shayla Stefan, and recent Madison College graduate, Brooke Albers, were each awarded one scholarship from the bank’s Executive Vice President, Scott Rockwell. These students are the first group to receive the bank’s YA scholarship.

“We are pleased to be able to work with such talented students, and wanted to highlight the great partnership between BWD and the local school districts’ youth apprentice program,” says bank President/CEO, Jon Bernander. “Congratulations to our young scholars!”

YA scholarsPictured from left, Allison Anderson, Scott Rockwell, Brooke Albers and Aspen Eide. Shayla Stefan not pictured.

BWD’s YA students are selected through Wisconsin's YA program, a statewide school-to-work initiative. Cooperative Educational Service Agency #5 (CESA 5) coordinates the YA program for 35 Wisconsin schools districts. It is designed for high school students who want hands-on learning in an occupational area at a work site along with classroom instruction. Upon completion of a program, students receive a certificate of occupational proficiency from the State of Wisconsin.

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Bank Supports Baraboo Children's Museum
August 2019
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Bank of Wisconsin Dells' Jon Bernander and Brandon Wegner present a $3,000 donation to Baraboo Children's Museums' founders, Jed and Traci Crouse. Pictured, from front left, Andrew Crouse; back row, Brandon Wegner, Jed Crouse, Traci Crouse and Jon Bernander.

Bank Recognized in Top 200 Healthiest Banks in America
Bank of Wisconsin Dells was recognized as one of the Top 200 Healthiest Banks in America for 2019, with an overall A+ health rating by This places the bank at #72 out of 5,267 FDIC insured United States banks analyzed by the DepositAccounts team.
“It’s an honor to be recognized as one of the top 200 healthiest banks in the country,” stated Jon Bernander, bank President/CEO. “We strive to be one of the top financial institutions for our customers and our shareholders, so being named the top 2 percent in America is a testament to all of the hard work that has been put forth by our team.”

Bank of Wisconsin Dells was also recognized in 2015 by DepositAccounts’ list of Top 200 Healthiest Banks in America, placing 118th. Each year, evaluates over 5,000 federally insured banks within the United States on their financial health. Ratings are graded on a number of factors – including capitalization, deposit growth, loan quality and loan reserve ratios – in order to determine a comprehensive health score.

Bank Awards Multiple Scholarships
May 2019
Bank of Wisconsin Dells and Community Bank of Portage awarded three 2019 scholarship recipients. Wisconsin Dells High School senior, Tess Jissa, was presented one $5,000 Bank of Wisconsin Dells’ Educational Scholarship by bank Executive Vice President, Scott Rockwell. Portage High School seniors, Travis Miller and Elise Kilde, were each awarded one $2,500 Community Bank of Portage Outstanding Citizen(s) Scholarship, presented by bank director, Ben Brancel.

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The Bank of Wisconsin Dells Educational Scholarship is given through an endowment scholarship program with the Wisconsin Dells Education Foundation. The Community Bank of Portage Outstanding Citizen Scholarship is given to high school seniors who have demonstrated social responsibility and a strong commitment to improving the quality of life for people in his or her school and/or community through community service involvement and personal integrity.

Bank Announces Retirement of Connie Suemnicht
May 2019
Connie Suemnicht, Bank of Wisconsin Dells’ Vice President and Commercial Lender, announced her retirement for May 17th, 2019.
Connie joined Bank of Wisconsin Dells (BWD) in March of 2011, with 42-years of prior banking experience and a purpose to strengthen the bank’s relationships in both the Reedsburg and Baraboo markets. Coming from a corporate institution, Connie was thrilled to return to community banking and pass on all the benefits that follow to her customers.
“We are so appreciative of Connie’s contributions to the growth and success of our bank,” says bank President, Jon Bernander. “Her incredible abilities to bring the ideas of commercial customers to fruition have literally ‘made dreams come true’ for so many. We are truly going to miss Connie being a part of our team; and yet wish her and husband, Dale, the very best in their retirement years ahead.”
In reflecting on her time with the bank, Connie had this to say:
“The last eight years with Bank of Wisconsin Dells has been an incredible experience, mainly because my customers were an important part of my history here. My career goal has always been to make a difference in whatever I do; a difference for my customer and also my employer. It is my hope that in our business relationship, each customer has found that working with BWD has made a difference in their life...Thank you all for the confidence you have shown, the support you have given me and for your continued relationship with BWD.”

Bank Wears Blue to Raise Awareness  of Child Abuse 

April 2019

Bank of Wisconsin Dells and its branches joined Columbia County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in wearing blue on April 17th, 2019, in support of “I am for the Child Day”.

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Wisconsinites were encouraged by CASA to wear blue and call attention to the issue of child abuse and the need for advocates. The bank held an internal fundraiser, pledging a $5 contribution to CASA for every bank employee wearing blue. Between its three branches, Bank of Wisconsin Dells was able to raise $350. Contributions will be used to empower CASA volunteers serving children in Columbia County.

For more information regarding CASA, visit: 

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Bank Announces Promotions
January 2019
Bank of Wisconsin Dells is pleased to announce recent staff promotions. We invite you to join in congratulating the following employees on their well-deserved promotions.

 Scott Rockwell   Scott Rockwell | Executive Vice President
Sean Brennan  Sean Brennan | VP/Commercial Loan Officer/Security Officer
 Keara Brecka  Keara Brecka | Consumer & Residential Mortgage Loan officer
 Theresa Hoppmann headshot  Theresa Hoppmann | AVP/Personal Banker
Additional promotions: 
Tammy Maki | SVP/Chief Operations Officer
Tracy Stowell | AVP/BSA/Compliance Officer
Kathy Mackesey | AVP/Personal Banker

Quilts of Valor on Display at BWD
 January 2019
Quilts of Valor, a national group that aims to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing quilts, has displayed two quilts in the lobby of Bank of Wisconsin Dells’ main branch in an effort to promote National Sewing Day. The group invites you to join in their National Sewing Day on February 2nd, 2019, at the Kilbourn Public Library from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The organization hopes to attract volunteers, raise funds and collect as much fabric and quilt-making items as possible leading up to the event. Since its founding in 2003, the organization has donated more than 119,000 quilts to veterans and those touched by war.
Quilts of Valor lobby display
Quilts of Valor members, Barbara Sigmund and Joanne Van Wie, joined the bank’s Executive Vice President, Scott Rockwell, to kick off their effort in promoting National Sewing Day.

The deadline for registering for the event is Jan. 31st, 2019, and registration forms are available in the Bank of Wisconsin Dells' main branch lobby.
For more information, please call Joanne (608) 393-0354, Barb (608) 254-2658, or visit