New Employees

Welcome Lisa Schmelzer

SchmelzerLisaLisa started as a University Services Program Associate in TRiO/Upward Bound in December 2014.  She was previously employed at the Greater Green Bay Chamber for over seven years.  Lisa is currently a part-time student at NWTC, and is from Appleton.  She has three children – a son, Alex (26), and daughters, Andie (16) and Hunter (16).  Welcome Lisa!

Welcome Dana Mallett

MallettDanaDana started as a Program Assistant for the Center for the Advancement for Teaching and Learning (CATL) in December 2014.  She previously worked for Greek Life at Illinois College for two years.  Dana earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and her Master of Science degree in Human and Community Resources at UW-Stevens Point.  She is from Boulder Junction, Wisconsin.  Dana and her husband, Justin, have two children – Jayden (8) and Maya (3).  Welcome Dana!

Welcome Aaron Maternowski

MaternowskiAaronAaron started in December 2014 as a Database Administrator.  He previously worked for Cellcom for over two years, and WS Packaging for 11 years.  Aaron enjoys being an Assistant Instructor at Herb Blue’s Total Self Defense, and is from DePere.  Aaron and his wife, Christine, their daughter, Jaina (9) and son, Rand (5), live in New Franken.  Welcome Aaron!

Welcome Meagan Strehlow

Meagan started on October 27, 2014, as the Coordinator of College Credit in High School and Education Outreach in the division of Outreach and Adult Access.  Prior to starting at UW-Green Bay, she was a fifth grade teacher for 10 years at the Luxemburg-Casco School District.  Meagan earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary/Early Childhood Education from St. Norbert College.  She enjoys coaching volleyball, and is from Kohler, Wisconsin.  Meagan and her husband, Shawn have two children, Owen, 5 and Sydney, 3.

Welcome Rick Karius

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Rick Karius is in his second season with the Green Bay men’s basketball staff and his first as the Director of Basketball Operations. Karius joined the staff in 2013-14 as the video coordinator and helped the Phoenix win the Horizon League regular season championship.

A 2009 graduate of UW-La Crosse, Karius spent two seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater (2011-13). He also spent the 2010-11 season as an assistant coach at UW-Superior and the 2009-10 season at Southwest Minnesota State.

A native of Chilton, Wis., Karius was a four-year letterwinner at UW-La Crosse and served as a team captain. He was named to the WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll and All-Sportsmanship Team.

Welcome Beth Spoehr

SpoehrBethaBeth Spoehr took over the reins of the Phoenix softball program in July 2014, becoming the fifth head coach in program history.

A native of Appleton and a standout player at Appleton East, Spoehr went on to play collegiately at the University of Maine where she earned All-Rookie America East honors and All-Academic America East accolades three times. Over four seasons, Spoehr posted a 3.77 ERA in 95 appearances with 54 starts, striking out 208 over 360.1 innings of work.

After exhausting four years of eligibility, Spoehr spent a summer in Enköping, Sweden where she served as a pitcher and coach for the Enköping Softball Club. She also had the opportunity to travel as a volunteer assistant coach for the Sweden National Team at the European Softball Championships in Prague.

Following the summer season, Spoehr returned to Maine where she served as an assistant for the softball program while completing her degree in Kinesiology and physical and health education.

Spoehr is no stranger to the Green Bay softball program, as she has assisted at the team’s annual winter pitching clinics. She also has ties to the local softball community, working as a pitching coach for area athletes in addition to working with the Menasha Blue Jays and Appleton Rockers softball organizations.

Welcome Joey Daniels

DanielsJoeyJoey started on August 1, 2014, as the Assistant Director of Communications. Most recently, Daniels worked for two years as the Sports Information Coordinator at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where he worked with the Chargers’ Division I men’s hockey program. A 2011 graduate of UW-Stevens Point, Daniels has also worked previously at North Georgia College & State University and the Atlanta Silverbacks.

 

In his role at Green Bay, will be the primary media contact for men’s and women’s soccer, women’s basketball and softball. He is the department’s lead graphic designer and assists with social media strategy and execution. Daniels provides assistance for video services, website maintenance and supervision of student and gameday staff.   Daniels, a native of Wild Rose, Wisconsin.  Welcome Joey!

Welcome Christine Cox

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Christine started on August 11, 2014, as University Services Program Associate in Career Services.  She previously worked as an office manager for Bobcat Plus in De Pere for 18 years.  Originally from McHenry, Illinois, she has a bachelor’s degree in Education from Northern Illinois University.  Welcome Christine!

 

Welcome Brendan Gildea

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Brendan started on August 4, 2014, as the Assistant Athletics Director for Internal Affairs.  Brendan comes to Green Bay after two years with the University of California Golden Bears athletics program in Berkeley as a financial reporting analyst.  He holds a bachelor’s in Sports Management from Valparaiso University and a bachelor’s in Accounting from Colorado Technical University.  He is originally from Arlington Heights, Illinois.  Welcome Brendan!

 

Welcome Briana Hagany

HaganyBrianaBriana started on August 12, 2014, as the ESL Program Coordinator.  She has more than a decade of experience in English as a second language, including teaching and developing curriculum from K-12 through adult education.  A native of the Fox Valley, she completed her bachelor’s at Bethel University in Minnesota and a master’s in linguistics and cognitive science at the University of Delaware.  More recently, she was and adjunct ESL instructor for Fox Valley technical College.  Welcome Briana!