Dean's Advisory Board
Wisconsin Naming Partners
Innovation Fund
Wisconsin Business Alumni Board
Diversity Advisory Board
Knowledge Center Boards

Dean's Advisory Board

The Dean's Advisory Board provides guidance, advice, and support to help the Wisconsin School of Business achieve its strategic objectives. Board members represent a variety of large and small, local and international companies. Each member serves a four-year term. 

Laurie BensonCEOInacomBiography
Carey BongardExecutive VP, Human Resources & Org DevelopmentAssurant, Inc.Biography
Ericson ChanCIO, Hong Kong and Greater ChinaStandard Chartered BankBiography
Viveca ChanChairman and CEOWE Marketing GroupBiography
Susan E. Chapman-HughesSenior Vice President, Global Real Estate and Workplace Enablement American ExpressBiography
Sean ClearyPresidentCleary Building CorpBiography
Mike ConnellyPresident and CEOCatholic Health PartnersBiography
Tim DanielsCEO-Asia, Middle East, and AfricaLaureate EducationBiography
Tom FormoloPartnerNew Harbor CapitalBiography
Cindy IhlenfeldArtist and Community LeaderBiography
Dan KellyChief Financial Officer/Treasurer American Family InsuranceBiography
Raymond LoOwnerCIC Capital ManagementBiography
Michael MurrayManaging DirectorAltar Advisors LLCBiography
John NeisManaging DirectorVenture Investors of Wisc.Biography
Patrick O'BrienCEOParis PresentsBiography
Gregg A. OstranderRetired Chairman, President, and CEO of Michael FoodsMichael FoodsBiography
Linda Procci, Ph.D.Vice President, OperationsCedars-Sinai Medical CenterBiography
Gary Rappeport(Dean's Advisory Board Chairman)
Retired CEO
Donlen CorporationBiography
Bill RauwerdinkFounder and Managing MemberBAM Investments LLCBiography
Rick SearerFormer President, Kraft North AmericaKraft FoodsBiography
Suzanne ShainOwnerBrandFirst MarketingBiography
Toni SikesCEOCODAworxBiography
Tom StevensChairman and CEOLos Angeles Capital ManagementBiography
Tom TefftSenior Vice President and President, NeuromodulationMedtronicBiography
Colin S.A. WelchPresident and Chief Operating OfficerFinancoBiography

Wisconsin Naming Partners

In 2007, the Wisconsin School of Business received an unprecedented gift totaling $85 million from a group of 13 alumni who formed the “Wisconsin Naming Partnership” to support the school’s mission. The gift has since grown to $95.4 million and includes two more naming partners. Two naming partners remain anonymous.

The Wisconsin naming gift is the first of its kind received by a U.S. business school. Conventional business school naming gifts adopt the name of a single donor in perpetuity. By preserving the Wisconsin name for 20 years, this gift leaves open the option of future naming gifts. During that time, the school will not be named for a single donor or entity. This unprecedented naming partnership will uphold tradition and greatly enhance the value of the school to students, the campus, and the state.

The Wisconsin Naming Partnership will provide strategic advice to the Wisconsin School of Business, including future naming opportunities. The partnership includes:

Paul CollinsCitigroupBiography
Wade Fetzer IIIBiography
Pete FrechettePatterson CompaniesBiography
Jon Hammes1974ChairmanHammes CompanyBiography
Ted D. KellnerFiduciary ManagementBiography
Mike KnetterUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonBiography
Paul LeffPerry Partners, Ltd.Biography
Sheldon B. LubarLubar & Co., Inc.Biography
John MorgridgeCisco Systems, Inc.Biography
Albert "Ab" NicholasChairman, CEO, and Portfolio ManagerNicholas CompanyBiography
John J. OrosManaging DirectorJC Flowers & Co., LLCBiography
H. Signe OstbySoftware Publishing CorporationBiography

Innovation Fund

Andrew BoszhardtManaging Partner and CIOGreat Oaks Venture CapitalBiography
Jeffrey HammesPartnerKirkland & EllisBiography
John HatherlyManaging PartnerBiography
Cindy IhlenfeldArtist and Community LeaderBiography
Bill JohnsonRetired ChairmanJohansen Capital Associates, Inc.Biography
Peter LeidelFounder and MemberYorktown PartnersBiography
Milo PinkertonPresident and FounderMSP Real Estate, Inc.Biography
Robert PollockPresident and CEOAssurant, Inc.Biography
Gary RappeportRetired CEODonlen CorporationBiography
Ricky SandlerManaging Member and Senior Portfolio ManagerEminence Capital LLCBiography
Tom StevensChairman and CEOLos Angeles Capital ManagementBiography
Glen TellockCEOManitowoc Company, Inc.Biography
Patrick ThieleFormer President and CEOPartnerRe, Ltd.Biography
William (Truk) & Joan TrukenbrodRetired Executive Vice PresidentThe Northern Trust CompanyBiography
Gary WendtExecutive Managing PartnerGlobal Opportunity AdvisorsBiography
Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni AssociationWREAABiography

Wisconsin Business Alumni Board

Peter Brodd
Associate
Stewart Capital Partners LLC
BBA '06

Kelley Burnett
District of Sales, Minnesota
American Family Insurance
BBA '03

Cynthia Bush
Brand Director
Wisconsin School of Business
BBA '05

Corey Chisnell
BBA '91

Ryan Fuhrmann
President
Fuhrmann Capital
BBA '96

Tim Hotchandani 
Vice President
Deutsche Bank
BBA '04

Kurt Johnson
Sr. Finance Manager
General Mills, Inc.
BBA '98

Mike Lisle
Controller
KleenMark
BBA '01

Scott Machut
President, North America's Reinsurance Division
Munich Health
BBA '89

Matt Martinek
Portfolio Manager
Reinhart Partners
BBA '05

Travis Mattson
Senior Manager
KPMG
BBA '99 & MAC '00

Derek Matzke
CPA/Assurance Senior Manager
BDO
BA '01, MAC '02

Emmett McCann
Managing Director
Highstar Capital
BBA '97

Marisa Menzel
Financial Advisor
Wisconsin Financial Group, Inc.
BBA '00

B.J. Miller
Senior Director, Performance and Planning
Park Nicollet Health Services
BBA '87

Tonia Nelson
Chief Risk Management Officer
Harrison Street Real Estate Company
BBA '96, MS '03

Amy Nigrelli
Vice President, Marketing Communications
CUNA
EMBA '10

Erika O'Donohoe
Director of Client Services and Support
Propeller Health
MBA '09

Tim O'Mara
N&S America Sales Manager
Fuji Silysia Chemical SA
EMBA '10

Max Peek
Senior Vice President
Waterton Associates LLC
BBA '03

Nathan Plumb
Portfolio Manager
SVA Plumb Wealth Management LLC
EMBA '10

Suzy Pursell
Senior Product Manager, Credit Insurance
CUNA Mutual Group
BBA '00, MBA '08

Mike Sanders
General Manager
Netech
BBA '89

Neil Shapiro
Managing Director
GF Capital Management & Advisors LLC
BBA '92

Ion Skillrud
Sr. Manager
Deloitte Consulting
BBA '04

Kristina Winterfeldt
Area President
Arthur J Gallagher and Co.
BBA '02

Diversity Advisory Board

Darrell BazzellVice Chancellor for Administration and FinanceUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonBiography
Malcolm BrettDirector of Broadcasting and Media InnovationsUW Extension
Stan DavisAdjunct Professor and Former Regent/Chief Legal Counsel for Governor DoyleUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison Law School
Kristina EngesethHuman Resources ManagerJohnson & Johnson
David GayPartner, Assurance ServicesErnst & YoungBiography
Pam KermischIntegrated Communications DirectorGeneral Mills
Dwayne MaddoxRegional Media ManagerAmerican Family InsuranceBiography
Ann RobersonDirector of Human Resources
Nestlé Pizza Division
Nestlé
Ann SchwisterVice President, Global Oral CareProcter & GambleBiography
Helen TaylorDiversity and Inclusion ConsultantAmerican Family Insurance
Thomas WestrickGlobal Controller and Chief Risk OfficerGE HealthcareBiography
Ray WilsonPartner, AssurancePricewaterhouseCoopers

Knowledge Center Boards

Knowledge center boards and the companies they represent are a crucial source of the real-world learning emphasized at the Wisconsin School of Business. Board members serve at the highest levels in leading businesses around the world—many of them are alumni of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. All of them commit to helping our students begin successful careers in their chosen fields.