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Waukesha State Bank Promotion, New Hire

Melissa Gramza

Waukesha State Bank has hired Melissa Gramza as controller.

“Melissa’s strong financial and accounting experience makes her uniquely qualified to build on our foundation of success, and we are proud to welcome her to the Waukesha State Bank team,” stated Ann Pascavis, Waukesha State Bank senior vice president – chief financial officer.

Gramza has eight years of financial experience and holds a bachelor of business administration degree in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Most recently, she worked as a controller for Community State Bank in Union Grove, Wis. In her new role as controller for Waukesha State Bank, Gramza will be responsible for directing the staff and day-to-day operations of the finance department, which includes analyzing and reporting the bank’s financial information on a periodic basis.

Gramza is actively involved in the community coaching 5th–8th grade girls’ volleyball and basketball at St. Roman Parish in Milwaukee.

Tyler Kern

Additionally, Tyler Kern has been promoted to assistant vice president – investment officer.

“Tyler plays an essential role at Waukesha State Bank, and we are proud to recognize his talent,” stated Pascavis. “We look forward to his continuing contributions to the growth of Waukesha State Bank.”

Kern joined Waukesha State Bank in 2018 as a commercial banking credit analyst – portfolio manager. He holds a bachelor of business administration degree in finance, investment and banking, and risk management and insurance from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He was promoted to investment officer in December of 2021, and in his new role as assistant vice president – investment officer, Kern will continue to be responsible for managing the bank’s investment portfolio. In addition, he will continue to monitor and manage the bank’s liquidity and sensitivity to interest rate and market risk.