MILWAUKEE – January 29, 2014 – Kirstin Jorgenson has been hired as senior project manager with Associated Bank. She leads multiple technology initiatives within the enterprise with a primary focus on online banking projects for the retail line of business.

Jorgenson comes to Associated Bank from Kohl’s Department Store where she served as program manager and senior project manager. She spent the last seven years working on store initiatives including a store dashboard, point of sale functionality, implementing a merchandise location system and was responsible for the coordination and planning effort to open all 1150 stores at midnight. Most recently, she was responsible for the mobile program where she led a team of project managers and was responsible for implementing new mobile technology in the stores.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Jorgenson earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in information systems management from Devry University. She is licensed as a certified public accountant and holds a project management professional certification. Her office is located at 330 E. Kilbourn Ave.

Chandra Rodgers joins Associated Bank as vice president, processing manager, where she manages the title, flood and appraisal underwriting, and document preparation for the consumer lending division. Her primary role is administering the document preparation methods and title, flood, and appraisal underwriting for loan processing.

With 14 years in the banking industry, Rodgers was formerly assistant vice president, documentation manager with BMO Harris Bank and disclosure supervisor with Marshall & Ilsley Bank. She is a graduate of Cardinal Stritch University having earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in management and finance and holds a certification in human resource management.

In the community Rodgers serves as a volunteer advocate with the Sexual Assault Treatment Center. Her office located at 3935 W. Mitchell St.

Mary Jo Szydel-Laeuger has joined Associated Bank’s Operations & Technology division as vice president, senior project manager. In this role she manages and delivers projects focused on efficiency and adding value to the bank’s diverse products and services.

With over 30 years in the technology industry, Szydel-Laeuger spent twelve of those years specifically working in the financial industry. Prior to joining Associated Bank, she served as senior project manager with Kohl’s Department Stores where she led and managed global program and project teams to enhance the company’s website. Szydel-Laeuger was primarily responsible for upgrading the entire online retail site and rolling out the first mobile web/native application solution for Kohl’s.

Szydel-Laeuger is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee earning a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a Master’s in Business Administration degree from the University of Houston – Clear Lake. She holds a project management professional certification and is a member of the Project Management Institute. Her office is located at 330 E. Kilbourn Ave.