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Welcome new controller Patrice Michaels

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    Patrice Michaels
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November 14, 2017

Carthage announces the hire of Patrice Michaels as controller. She brings 18 years of leadership experience in financial operations.

She will report to Randy Barfield, chief financial officer and vice president for business. The controller oversees the College’s day-to-day financial and payroll operations.

“Patrice Michaels is an extremely valuable addition to the Business Office,” Mr. Barfield said. “A true team player, she balances a people-first approach with a deep understanding of systems. I’m excited to have an individual of her caliber joining our team.”

Ms. Michaels joins Carthage after nine years with AptarGroup, a global manufacturer and distributor of dispensing packaging systems with locations in 18 countries. While the company is based in Crystal Lake, Illinois, she worked out of its plant in Mukwonago, Wisconsin, about an hour northwest of campus.

She grew up in Kenosha, graduating from Tremper High School.

”I am excited to be joining the Carthage College team, working at such a beautiful campus, and to be returning to Kenosha,” Ms. Michaels said.

Most recently, she was AptarGroup’s commercial finance controller for North America. Ms. Michaels managed a team of five finance professionals, supporting two segments of the company that total more than $620 million in annual sales. Before that, she was the controller for three plants in Wisconsin, Illinois, and North Carolina.

A certified public accountant, she also has 16 years of experience at a Milwaukee accounting firm that became part of CliftonLarsonAllen. Ms. Michaels graduated magna cum laude with a Master of Science in business (accounting) and a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing and finance, both from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

She succeeds Janet McKnight, who left Carthage earlier this month to become the controller for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee.

Ms. Michaels will begin her duties Nov. 27.