Karen Altekruse

MBA, Ph.D.
Development and Training Manager
P: 920-996-1187


  • Leadership training & development
  • Group facilitation
  • Executive coaching
  • Business & strategic planning

Karen is a skilled leader and educator who has a passion for coaching executives and emerging leaders in organizations of all sizes. She helps develop and coach individuals and teams to leverage their talents, identify gaps and achieve positive performance as they navigate the various stages of their professional journey.

As development and training manager at Schenck, Karen guides the talent management programs designed to develop and grow the firm’s team members. She and her team work to foster an environment that supports individuals and creates high performing teams. Karen also oversees the creation and delivery of Schenck University’s content to ensure team members reach their desired career goals.

Prior to joining the firm, Karen served as director of small business & entrepreneurship and as a faculty member at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. She also has nearly 15 years of experience as president & CEO of the marketing communications firm she founded and grew into a second-stage enterprise.


  • Cardinal Stritch University, Ph.D., Leadership Studies
  • Bellevue University, MBA, Certification in Executive Coaching


  • Mentor Coach Certification
  • Licensed PeerSpectives® roundtable facilitator and Advanced Facilitator Training from the Edward Lowe Foundation
  • Certified to administer and coach Gallup’s Builder Profile 10 Assessment
  • Licensed One Page Business Plan Consultant

Professional memberships

  • International Coach Federation
  • The U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • The Association for Talent Development
  • The National Speakers Association
  • Toastmasters International – Mid-Day Women Appleton Chapter

Community involvement

  • Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Green Bay
  • Mid-Day Women’s Alliance
  • National Association of Women Business Owners

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What our clients say

“It is nice to work with a regional accounting firm that is focused on companies our size. We are treated like an 'A' client. Our audit committee is impressed with Schenck’s candid feedback and the strategic direction they provide. The leaders on the job are consistent and take the time to understand our business and our goals.” - Bob Kamphuis, CEO, President, Chairman of the Board, Mayville Engineering Company, Inc.
“Schenck has provided invaluable service and advice to me, to Johnsonville Sausage, and to the entire Stayer family for the past 11 years. I have found the Schenck team to be extremely proactive in strategy and their client service is second to none. They are more than an accounting firm; they are true partners in our success.” - Ralph Stayer, CEO, Johnsonville Sausage, LLC
“Schenck has served as a key player in FEECO’s success over the years. Our business has grown and expanded to serve new markets, and Schenck has the depth of personnel to continue to meet our increasingly complex accounting and tax needs. I appreciate their timely and responsive service throughout the year.” - Dan Madigan, President, FEECO International