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 BensonLaurie BensonBiographyCorporate Executive & Board DirectorNurses on Boards Coalition
Carey BongardCarey BongardBiographyExecutive VP, Human Resources & Org DevelopmentAssurant, Inc.Dean's Advisory Board Chair
Ericson ChanEricson ChanBiographyChief Executive OfficerPing An Technology
Viveca ChanViveca ChanBiographyChairman and CEOWE Marketing Group
Sean ClearySean ClearyBiographyPresidentCleary Building Corp
Mike ConnellyMike ConnellyBiographyPresident and CEOCatholic Health Partners
Roger ErvinRoger ErvinBiographyPresident and CEOBlumont, Inc.
Jeffrey HammesJeffrey HammesBiographyChairmanKirkland & Ellis
Photo of Deborah KellerDeborah KellerBiographyPrincipalBlack Frame Advisors, LLCRetired CEOCovance Drug Development
Dan KellyDan KellyBiographyChief Financial Officer/Treasurer American Family Insurance
Marsha LindsayMarsha LindsayBiographyChair & Chief Strategist for Client Growth, Branding & InnovationLindsay, Stone & Briggs
Mike MurrayMichael MurrayBiographyManaging DirectorAltair Advisers LLC
Dale NitschkeDale NitschkeBiographyFounder and CEOOvative Group
Patrick O'brienPatrick O'BrienBiographyCEOParis Presents
Linda ProcciLinda Procci, Ph.D.BiographyRetired VP, OperationsCedars-Sinai Medical Center
Bill RauwerdinkBill RauwerdinkBiographyFounder and Managing MemberBAM Investments LLC
Ann SchwisterAnn SchwisterBiographyPrincipalAnn M. Schwister Associates, LLCFormer Vice President and North America CFOProcter & Gamble
Alison Sparks JohnsonAlison Sparks JohnsonBiographyLeadership Development Consultant/Executive CoachRightFit Strategies, LLC
Steve SwainSteve SwainBiographyExecutive Vice President and Chief Financial OfficerBrookdale Senior Living
tom TefftTom TefftBiographyFormer Senior Vice President and President, NeuromodulationMedtronic, Inc.
Harsha TipirneniHarsha TipirneniBiographyManaging PartnerAryabhatta Ventures
Colin WelchColin S.A. WelchBiographyPartner and Managing DirectorTSG Consumer Partners

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 $110 million and a total of 17 naming partners. Three 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 CollinsPaul CollinsBiographyCitigroup
Wade FetzerWade Fetzer IIIBiographyGoldman Sachs
Pete FrenchettePete FrechetteBiographyPatterson Companies
Jon HammesJon D. HammesBiographyHammes Company
Ted KellnerTed D. KellnerBiographyFiduciary Management, Inc.
Mike KnetterMike KnetterBiographyUniversity of Wisconsin Foundation
Paul LeffPaul LeffBiographyWarbasse67
Sheldon LubarSheldon B. LubarBiographyLubar & Co., Inc.
John MorgridgeJohn MorgridgeBiographyCisco
Ab NicholasAlbert "Ab" NicholasBiographyNicholas Company
John OrosJohn J. OrosBiographyJ.C. Flowers & Co.
Signe OstbyH. Signe OstbyBiographySoftware Publishing Corporation
fred-petriFred PetriBiographyPetrone, Petri & Co
Mike ShannonMichael S. ShannonBiographyKSL Capital Partners, LLC

Innovation Fund

Andrew BoszhardtAndrew BoszhardtBiographyManaging Partner and CIOGreat Oaks Venture Capital
Jeffery HammesJeffrey HammesBiographyPartnerKirkland & Ellis
John HatherlyJohn HatherlyBiographyManaging PartnerWynnchurch Capital
Cindy IhlenfeldCindy IhlenfeldBiographyArtist and Community Leader
Bill JohnsonBill JohnsonBiographyRetired ChairmanJohansen Capital Associates, Inc.
Peter LeidelPeter LeidelBiographyFounder and MemberYorktown Partners
Milo PinkertonMilo PinkertonBiographyPresident and FounderMSP Real Estate, Inc.
Robert PollockRobert PollockBiographyRetired CEOAssurant, Inc.
Gary RappeportGary RappeportBiographyRetired CEODonlen Corporation
Ricky SandlerRicky SandlerBiographyManaging Member and Senior Portfolio ManagerEminence Capital LLC
Tom StevensTom StevensBiographyChairman and CEOLos Angeles Capital Management
Glen TellockGlen TellockBiographyCEOLakeside Foods
Patrick ThielePatrick ThieleBiographyFormer President and CEOPartnerRe, Ltd.
Bill & Joan TrukenbroadWilliam (Truk) & Joan TrukenbrodBiographyRetired Executive Vice PresidentThe Northern Trust Company
Dr. M. Keith and Barbara WeikelDr. M. Keith and Barbara WeikelBiographyRetired, DirectorHCR ManorCare
Gary WendtGary WendtBiographyExecutive Managing PartnerGlobal Opportunity Advisors
Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni AssociationWisconsin Real Estate Alumni AssociationBiographyWREAA

Wisconsin Business Alumni Board

Dylan Abruscato
Brand Strategist
BBA ’12

Jenna Atkinson
Jenna Atkinson Consulting
BBA ’10

Keri Bernstein
Account Director
Thrillist Media Group
BA ’03

Matt Billings
Senior Sourcing Manager
MBA ’13

Danielle Boyke
Senior Project Manager
AMS Planning & Research
MBA ’12

Connor Braun
Financial Analyst
BBA ’16

Michelle Breunig
Wealth Advisor
Goldman Sachs
BBA ’08, MAcc ’09

Brian Chambers
Pamlico Capital
BBA ’01

Jennifer Egan Winding
Executive Recruiter
The QTI Group
BA ’88

Kevin Femal
General Manager
Cintas Corporation
BBA ’04

Nathan Fett
Product Marketing Manager
Samsung Electronics America
BBA ’06

Punkaj Gupta
Business Manager
BBA ’01

Lisa Harris
Founder, Poet, & Creative Director
Fashion Meets Poetry
BBA ’97

Nezih Hasanoglu
Vice President, Business Development
M3 Insurance
MBA ’13

Marni Hirschfield
Vice President, Private Banking
BS ’03

Alfred Johnson
Product Portfolio Director
W.W. Grainger, Inc.
BBA ’06

Sarah Louko Jones
Property Product Leader
CAN Insurance
BBA ’02

Brian Kline
Sr. Program & Fiscal Admin. Specialist
UW Environmental Resources Center
EMBA ’14

Jonathan Kuether
Case Team Leader
Bain & Company
BBA ’08

Jennifer Levenhagen
Success Director
BBA ’95

Kristin Lynes
Roger CPA Review
BBA ’06

Jason Makowski
Office Director
Associated Bank
EMBA ’18

Brian Miller
BBA ’02

Rachel Nielsen
Global Finance Manager
Rockwell Automation
BS ’98, MBA ’06

Arash Rassouli
Senior Manager, Banking & Capitol Markets Advisory
BBA ’02

Matthew Reese
President, CEO
J&A Real Estate Appraisals, Inc.
MBA ’07

Adam Spector
Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
BBA ’06

Liezl Tolentino
HR Vice President
BA ’04

Reena Vokoun
Passion Fit, LLC
BBA ’98

Shira Weiner
Director of Human Resources
Gamma Phi Beta Sorority
BBA ’09

Steve Zamansky
Vice President, Enterprise Risk Services
Kohl’s Corporation
BBA ’95

Diversity Advisory Board

Darrell BazzellDarrell BazzellBiographyVice Chancellor for Administration and FinanceUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison
Malcolm BrettMalcolm BrettDirector of Broadcasting and Media InnovationsUW Extension
Stan DavisStan DavisAdjunct Professor and Former Regent/Chief Legal Counsel for Governor DoyleUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison Law School
Kristina EngesethKristina EngesethHuman Resources ManagerJohnson & Johnson
David GayDavid GayBiographyPartner, Assurance ServicesErnst & Young
Pam KermishPam KermischIntegrated Communications DirectorGeneral Mills, Inc.
Dwayne MaddoxDwayne MaddoxBiographyRegional Media ManagerAmerican Family Insurance
Ann RobersonAnn RobersonDirector of Human Resources
Nestlé Pizza Division
Ann SchwisterAnn SchwisterBiographyPrincipalAnn M. Schwister Associates, LLCFormer Vice President and North America CFOProcter & Gamble
Helen TaylorHelen TaylorDiversity and Inclusion ConsultantAmerican Family Insurance
Thomas WestrickThomas WestrickBiographyGlobal Controller and Chief Risk OfficerGE Healthcare
Raymond WilsonRay 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.