WSB External Advisory Board
Wisconsin Naming Partners
Innovation Fund
Wisconsin Business Alumni Board
Diversity Advisory Board
Knowledge Center Boards

WSB External Advisory Board

The WSB External Advisory Board is a diverse set of alumni and business leaders who have attained leadership and prominence in their field. Board members serve as advisors, advocates, and ambassadors to WSB leadership, working to enhance the reach and reputation of WSB.

Pat AckermanPat AckermanBiographySenior VP, Investor Relations, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability and TreasurerA.O. Smith Corp
PlaceholderNízida ArriagaBiographyManager of Fixed IncomeWespath
Ericson ChanEricson ChanBiographyChief Executive OfficerPing An Technology
Mike CulhaneMike CulhaneBiographyChief Financial OfficerUline Inc.
Gayle FuguittGayle FuguittBiographyFounder and Chief Executive OfficerTempus Futures
Michelle GileMichelle GileBiographyVice President, National AccountsCleo
PlaceholderLynn GirottoChief Marketing OfficerAmperity
Sean JacobsohnSean JacobsohnBiographyPartnerNorwest Venture Partners
Tom KalinskeTom KalinskeBiographyExecutive ChairmanMixed Dimensions
Dan KellyDan KellyBiographyChief Financial OfficerAmerican Family Insurance
Dale NitschkeDale NitschkeBiographyChief Executive OfficerOvative Group
John PeirsonJohn PeirsonBiographyChief Executive OfficerDeloitte Risk and Financial Advisory
Angela RussellAngela RussellBiographyVice President of Diversity, Equity and InclusionCUNA Mutual Group
Robert SchmitzRobert SchmitzBiographyManaging PartnerFulcrum Advisory Asia Pte Ltd
Cheryl StallworthCheryl StallworthBiographyCo-FounderShedlight.org
PlaceholderAdam TaetleSenior Managing DirectorEvercore Group LLC
Colin WelchColin S.A. WelchBiographyPartner and Managing DirectorTSG Consumer Partners
Tom WestrickThomas WestrickBiographyVice President, Chief Quality Officer & Head of Regulatory AffairsGE Healthcare
Jim WuthrichJim WuthrichBiographyPresident, Worldwide Home Entertainment and GamesWarner Brothers Home Entertainment

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

Kristin Lynes (Chair)
Chief Operating Officer
Roger CPA Review-UWorld
BBA ’06

Jason Makowski (Vice Chair)
SVP, Business Solutions Director
Associated Bank
MBA '18

Jenna Atkinson
Founder
P5
BBA '10

Matt Billings
Senior Sourcing Engineer
Microsoft
MBA ’13

Danielle Boyke
Preconstruction Coordinator
C.D. Smith Construction
MBA ’12

Tim Bratland
VP, Integrated Business Planning
Post Consumer Brands
BBA ’89

Connor Braun
Financial Analyst
Kohl's
BBA ’16

Michelle Breunig
VP, Private Wealth Advisor
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
BBA ’08, MAcc '09

Brian F. Chambers
Partner
Pamlico Capital
BBA '01

Kevin Femal
President & CEO
EMS Industrial, Inc.
BBA ’04

Nathan Fett
Director of Sales
Innocor Inc.
BBA ’06

Jake Gotta
Analyst
Balyasny Asset Management
BBA ’08

Punkaj Gupta
Territory Business Manager
Alkermes
BBA ’01

Angela Hamilton
Senior Client Partner
Korn Ferry
BBA '95

Marni Hirschfield Gomez
Senior Vice President
Citibank
BS ’03

Al Johnson
Director of Supplier Management
Grainger
BBA ’06

Keri Keiter
VP, Media & Partnerships
Collab
BA '03

Brian Kline
Sr. Program & Fiscal Admin. Specialist
UW Natural Resources Institute
MBA ’14

Jon Kuether
Manager
Bain & Company
BBA ’08

Jennifer Levenhagen
Account Partner Director
Salesforce
BBA ’95

Sarah Louko Jones
Property Assistant VP
CNA Insurance
BBA ’02

Brian Miller
Digital Innovation Partner
BDO USA
BBA '02

Rachel Nielsen
Director, Finance & Operations
Urban Ecology Center
BS '98, MBA '06

Lisa Paradowski
Managing Director
Deloitte & Touche
BBA '00, MAcc '01

Jeffrey Powers
Vice President
Outfront Media
BBA ’92

Taura Prosek 
Director, Business Development
Stewart Leadership
BBA '93

Andrew Quinn
Portfolio Manager & Researcher
AQR Capital Management
BBA ’11

Arash Rassouli
Director, Operations Strategy
Zillow Group
BBA '02

Matthew Reese
President & CEO
James & Associates Real Estate Appraisals, Inc.
MBA '07

Adam Spector
Senior Associate
DLA Piper LLP (U.S.)
BBA ’06

Liezl Tolentino
VP, Human Resources
Enlivant (TPG Capital)
BA '04

Reena Vokoun
Founder
Passion Fit, LLC
BBA '98

Shira Weiner
Director, Human Resources
Gamma Phi Beta
BBA '09

Steve Zamansky
VP, Enterprise Risk Services
Kohl's
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
Nestlé
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.