Meet Our Team

Rebecca Eckes: Rebecca joined the firm in 2014. She currently works in the family law section as a paralegal to Attorney Stacy J. Schlemmer. Rebecca graduated from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College with an associate degree in paralegal studies. Rebecca enjoys cooking and spending time with her family and friends.


Jeanie Feavel: Jeanie has over 25 years of experience in personal injury litigation and joined Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C., as a personal injury paralegal for attorney Avi Berk in June 2004. She graduated from UW-Stevens Point with a degree in communications. She is currently a member of the Wisconsin Association for Justice and attends its annual seminars. In her free time, Jeanie enjoys reading, traveling and baking treats for the office.


Julie Kaepernick: Julie is the senior employee in the firm having started as a legal secretary in 1981. She is a graduate of Fox Valley Lutheran High School and attended the secretarial science program at Fox Valley Technical Institute. Over her tenure with the firm, she has worked in virtually all areas of trial law. For many years, Julie has served as the office manager. She also coordinates the activities of the personal injury section in all our offices. Julie enjoys reading, traveling and working on her house.


Meghan Petters: Meghan has been with the family law section of the firm since 2004. She has served as the paralegal for several attorneys, and currently assists Attorney Stacy J. Schlemmer. She is a University of Wisconsin-Green Bay graduate with a major in Communication Processes. In addition to her paralegal duties, Meghan serves as the social media coordinator for the firm and manages all of the firm's social media pages. Meghan currently resides in the Appleton area with her husband and daughters. Outside of work Meghan enjoys music, movies, baking, traveling, writing and spending time with family and friends.


Heather Pluger: Heather joined the firm as a family law paralegal to Adam Bernander in 2016. She graduated from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College with an associate degree in Paralegal Studies and has been an active member of the Bay Area Association of Legal Professionals since 2008. Formerly from the Appleton area, Heather currently resides in Green Bay with her husband. During her free time she enjoys reading, quilting and has a love of animals and nature.


Molly Steiner: Molly joined the firm in February of 2017 as a paralegal intern. After graduating from Fox Valley Technical College with a Paralegal associate degree, she was hired in July 2017 as a paralegal to Attorney Emily Lonergan. Molly works in the criminal defense and personal injury sections. Molly grew up in Marinette County and enjoys all things outdoors, including helping her dad on their farm, snowmobiling, hunting and fishing. When she is not outdoors, Molly is reading books, watching movies, painting and watching the Badgers, Brewers and Packers. While in school, Molly was involved in DECA, the Paralegal Student Organization and student government. As an alumna, she volunteers her time to DECA and the paralegal program.


Kathleen Welhouse: Kathleen joined the firm as a paralegal to attorney Amy Risseeuw in 2005. She grew up in Kaukauna on a dairy farm and, after graduating from St. Norbert College with a degree in art education, taught art in Kimberly for many years. She then moved to Nebraska and Missouri before returning to the Fox Cities in 2003. She earned her paralegal certificate at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay. She lives in Appleton and spends her free time reading and gardening. Kathleen has a son who lives and works in Chicago.


Heidi Widi: Heidi has been attorney John Peterson's paralegal since 2000. Heidi joined the firm within a week of her graduation from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh where her major was criminal justice. She has continued to supplement her education by attending various seminars on topics such as federal court procedure and trial preparation. Heidi is a member of the Wisconsin Association for Justice. Outside of work, Heidi enjoys being active and is an avid runner. Heidi has two young sons and loves being a mom.