Presentation of Future 15& Young Professional Awards

Future 15 Recipients & Event Information    
hyatt KI


Event Basics
When: Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Registration, networking and silent auction
6 p.m. Dinner served
9 p.m. Conclusion
Where: Hyatt on Main/KI Convention Center
333 Main St
Green Bay, WI
Fee: $45 Individual$500 Corporate Table of 10
Menu: A Kentucky Derby inspired entrée of bourbon glazed chicken with mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables and biscuits with honey butter.
Registration: Register OnlineReserve a Corporate TableThere is a 96-hour cancellation policy for this event.


Event Overview
Emcees Max and Emily Deem will provide an evening full of entertainment as we recognize the accomplishments of area young professionals in Current’s annual Future 15 & Young Professional Awards show. In addition to profiling each of our Future 15 recipients in an interactive and entertaining format, recipients for Next Generation Best Place to Work, Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Young Professional of the Year will be announced.This is Current’s signature event of the year that you don’t want to miss!Kentucky Derby-themed event. Derby attire encouraged (but not required).

Morning Host
Emily Deem
Weekend Anchor/Reporter, “Good Day Wisconsin”
WLUK Fox 11 / WCWF CW14


Future 15 Recipients
Garritt R. Bader
GB Real Estate Investments
Melinda Morella
Assistant Director
James Ledvina
Law Firm of Conway, Olejniczak & Jerry, S.C.
Jessica Diederich
Director of Partnerships & Business Development
Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau
William Kocken
Staff Sergeant
Wisconsin Army National Guard
Rebecca Pruess
Compliance Analyst
Matt Brault
Team Leader, Information Services
Schreiber Foods
Monica Moe
Development Director
YWCA of Green Bay
Michael Schwartz-Oscar
Executive Director
The Volunteer Center of Brown County
Laura Mossakowski, CFP®
Certified Financial Planner™
Laura Mossakowski, LLC – Financial Planning For Women And Their Families
Rashad J. Cobb
Education & Career Development Coordinator
Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay
Robyn Gruner
Director External Affairs
Mark Becker
Business Manager
Dorsch Ford Kia
Shannon Goerke
Leonardo da Vinci School for Gifted Learners
Green Bay Area Public School District
Dean Leisgang
Executive Director
Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin


Young Professional of the Year

Young Professional of the Year is selected from the pool of Future 15 recipients. This honor is presented to an individual with a demonstrated commitment to Brown County through civic and business involvement, especially during the past year. He/She possesses values consistent with those of Current including an unwavering responsibility to the community through involvement with local organizations that elevate the overall quality of life in Brown County and our ability to attract and retain young talent.


Young Entrepreneur of the Year

This award is presented to a local business owner who exemplifies and holds true a commitment to Brown County through his/her demonstrated business entrepreneurial accomplishments. Consideration includes but goes beyond financial success by evaluating the individual’s positive impact on the community as an entrepreneur. In addition, evaluating business success compared to defined goals will be considered.

Finalists for this award include:

  • Quinn Kalies, owner, QuiCK Transport
  • Aaron and Adam Wolf, owners, Holiday Inn Express and Suites
  • Jennifer Berres, owner, Jenstar Yoga & Dance, LLC
  • Matt Lutsey, owner/manager, Waseda Farms Market Store


Next Generation Best Place to Work

This award is presented to a business that demonstrates a commitment to the development of young professionals, adapts work-life friendly policies, values generational differences and institutes attraction and retention initiatives for young talent.

Finalists for this award include:

  • Skyline Technologies
  • Paper Transport, Inc.
  • Nsight
  • Wipfli, LLP
  • Element
  • On-Site Studios
  • Humana, Inc.
  • Elevate97

Wellness Newsletter and Upcoming Events

View the February Newsletter!


The UW-Green Bay Wellness Committee Presents:

What: Wellness Lunch and Learn
Heart Healthy Living

When: Thursday, February 19, 2015
12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Where: Alumni Rooms A/B, University Union

February is Heart Health month. In interest of heart health, this months’ Lunch and Learn is focused on what it means to have a healthy heart and how we can keep it that way. Alex Stenner, student intern with the Kress Events Center, will present on building action steps into everyday habits for the promotion of healthy heart function- not running away from heart disease. Attendees can expect to examine lifestyles, habit, behavior, and immediate options that promote heart health.

Check out the attached newsletter for more on heart health, or visit the American Heart Association website for more news about the heart.

CURRENT-Tipoff with Green Bay Phoenix & Upcoming Events

Discover Tipoff with Green Bay Phoenix    
Event Basics
When: Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
5:30 p.m. Doors open at Green Bay Distillery (pizza buffet and cash bar)
6 p.m. Welcome and Pep Talk by UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary Miller and Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie
7 p.m. Tipoff for Green Bay Men’s Basketball vs Detroit at the Resch Center
9:30 p.m. Conclusion (est.)
Where: Green Bay Distillery
835 Potts Ave
Green Bay, WI  54304The game will be hosted at the Resch Center.
Fee: $15 Members of Current$20 Nonmembers of CurrentFree with 2015 All-Inclusive Events Package – Learn MoreNote: If you are not a member of Current but you are a UWGB alumnus, you can purchase your ticket through UWGB at the $15 rate here:
Menu: Pizza buffet and cash bar.
Register: Register OnlineTo ensure proper membership pricing for Current or an events package enrollment, please use the email address we have on file for you when registering online. There is a 96-hour cancellation policy.
Event Overview
Tipoff with the Green Bay PhoenixThis is a joint event with the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay Alumni Association.We’ll pregame at the Green Bay Distillery with a complimentary pizza buffet and cash bar. UWGB Chancellor Gary Miller and Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie will provide a pep talk to get you in the spirit for UWGB athletics.Game tickets will be distributed at Green Bay Distillery. If you can’t attend the reception but would like to attend the game with other members, tickets can be placed at the will-call window. The ticket block is located in Section 210 at the Resch Center.Link to map – Park free at the Green Bay Distillery; take walkway to the Resch Center to get to the game.

Gary L. Miller
University of Wisconsin – Green Bay
Mary Ellen Gillespie
Director of Athletics
University of Wisconsin – Green Bay


Upcoming Events
Rube’s Rules for Leadership Lunch n’ Learn
Presented by Dennis Rubin, fire chief, City of De Pere
Heritage Hill State Historical Park
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.Tipoff with the Green Bay Phoenix
Green Bay Distillery/Resch Center
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015; 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.Presentation of Future 15 & Young Professional Awards
Hyatt on Main/KI Convention Center
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015; 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.After 5 at Anduzzi’s Sports Club – East
Thursday, March 5, 2015; 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

UPS – Additional Operational Policy Feedback Requested

Several additional UW System Operational Policies are now available for your review.

This round of Operational Policies includes:

Please review these Operational Policies and complete the survey to submit your feedback no later than February 13, 2015.  You may also review the campus University Personnel System (UPS) Development website for more information and the latest news in the development of the new personnel system. Human Resources will continue to provide additional information to the campus community as we move towards the implementation date of July 1, 2015.

To view the Operational Policies that have been posted for feedback prior to this survey, please visit UW Systems University Personnel Systems development website.

Thank you.

CURRENT-Rube’s Rules for Leadership presented by Chief Dennis Rubin

 Rube Lunch n Learn
Rube’s Rules for Leadership presented by Chief Dennis Rubin    
Event Basics
When: Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015
11 a.m. Registration & Networking
11:30 a.m. Lunch Served
12 p.m. Presentation
1 p.m. Conclusion
Where: Heritage Hill State Historical Park
2640 S Webster Ave
Green Bay, WI  54301
Fee: $15 Members of Current$25 Nonmembers of CurrentFree with 2015 Lunch n’ Learn or All-Inclusive Events Package – Learn More
Menu: Assorted tortilla wraps (including vegetarian), Italian pasta salad, tossed salad, assorted dessert bars, lemonade, raspberry iced tea and water.
Register: Register OnlineTo ensure proper membership pricing for Current or an events package enrollment, please use the eamil address we have on file for you when registering online. There is a 96-hour cancellation policy.


Event Overview
Rube’s Rules for LeadershipDe Pere Fire Chief Dennis Rubin has developed a list of “rules to live and lead by” over the past three decades as a fire fighter. Rubin will share four of his 13 “Mission Critical” rules in an open, honest and sometimes humorous way. Chief Rubin will engage the audience in a discussion as to how these rules can be adopted and implemented into the attendees’ own leadership styles in any walk of life.Chief Rubin has served in a few of America’s largest fire & rescue departments prior to coming to De Pere. Remember that success is “Always About Leadership”: this brief presentation will reinforce this sound life’s principle.
About the Speaker
 Dennis L. Rubin Dennis L. Rubin
Fire Chief
City of De Pere Fire DepartmentDennis L. Rubin is the fire chief of the City of De Pere, Wis., and was appointed by the City’s Police & Fire Commission in December 2014. The department serves the citizens and visitors from two fire-rescue station locations.Chief Rubin’s experience in fire and rescue service spans more than 35 years. He has served as a company officer, command level officer and fire chief in several major U.S. cities. In 1994, Rubin served as the president of the State Fire Chiefs Association of Virginia. Rubin was the host fire chief for the 1999 Southeastern Fire Chiefs Association conference held in Dothan, Ala. He served on several committees with the International Association of Fire Chiefs, including a two-year term as the health and safety committee chair. Chief Rubin was the host fire chief for the “Wingspread IV and V” conferences held in 1996 and 2006.Chief Rubin’s educational accomplishments include a bachelor of science degree in fire administration from the University of Maryland and associate degree in applied science in fire science management from the Northern Virginia Community College. Chief Rubin is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officers Program (EFOP) and the Naval Post Graduate School’s Executive Leadership Course in Homeland Security. Rubin is a certified emergency manager (CEM) and a certified incident safety officer and has obtained the chief fire officer designation (CFOD) and chief medical officer designation (CMOD) bestowed by the Center for Public Safety Excellence.Rubin has been an adjunct faculty member at several state fire-rescue training agencies and the National Fire Academy. Rubin is a popular speaker and lecturer at the local, state, national and international levels.Rubin is the author of several emergency service textbooks. His first release is entitled “Rube’s Rules for Survival.” This book is a collection of case studies dealing with the important topic of fire fighter safety. He also authored “Rube’s Rules for Leadership.” The chief discusses his 13 core values and describes how each one  can be applied to improve one’s personal leadership capabilities. Chief Rubin’s third book, “D.C. FIRE,” was released at the 2013 Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) by Fire Engineering Books. Finally, Chief Rubin is nearing completion of his fourth textbook, “Surviving the Legal System”; watch for it to appear sometime in 2016. Chief Rubin contributes to several fire-rescue service publications and has written more than 200 technical articles relating to fire department operations, administration, training and safety.Chief Rubin lives in De Pere. He has three grown children and one grandson. Rubin is an avid sports fan supporting all of his hometown professional teams.


ETF Learning Opportunity Update-February Webinars

Attention Employees covered under the Wisconsin Retirement System

See below for the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) information regarding their upcoming webinars during the month of February.


Webinars   Live Webinars Scheduled for February ETF is offering a series of 30-minute, live, interactive webinars designed to increase your understanding of Wisconsin Retirement System benefits. Individuals can also ask questions at the end of these sessions. Visit our webinar page to learn more about any of the following sessions. Here is what others have said about our webinars:

“My participation in the webinar was a first for me, and I just want to compliment you on how easy it was to connect, follow along, and provide questions or requests. Excellent job!”

“Thanks for having these valuable webinars.  The professional but conversational style helped me to understand the presentation as easily as an “in office” meeting. Really appreciate that the presenter fully understands the subject. Wonderful job.”


5 Basic Steps to Your Retirement

Consider this webinar your quick reference guide to starting the retirement process within the next 12 months. We’ll review: choosing a termination date, how to request a retirement estimate – and how to read and understand it. We’ll also cover how to schedule a retirement appointment and – drum roll here — how to submit the retirement application


Feb 11th, 2015 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Feb 16th, 2015 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Feb 19th, 2015 11:30 – 12:00 p.m. Feb 26th, 2015 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Beneficiary Designations Do you have a beneficiary designation on file with ETF and does it reflect how you’d want your WRS death benefits paid? This webinar reviews the importance of having a beneficiary designation on file and keeping it updated as life events occur. We’ll also review the process of how to correctly complete a designation form, what it means if you do not have one on file with ETF, and how to request a copy of your current form.

Feb 10th, 2015 11:30 – 12:00 p.m. Feb 20th, 2015 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Feb 24th, 2015 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Additional Contributions Find out how making additional contributions to your WRS account can potentially increase your retirement. This webinar also provides examples of how contributions grow over time with interest, how to pay additional contributions (payroll deduction or direct pay), etc.

Feb 13th, 2015 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Feb 17th, 2015 11:30 – 12:00 p.m. Feb 26th, 2015 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.

How to Read the Statement of Sick Leave Account (State and University Retirees) This webinar will cover the annual Statements of Sick Leave Accounts for State and University retirees, including: -If you are using your sick leave. -If you are currently covered under another, non-state/university plan. -If you are currently covered under another state/university plan

Feb 25th, 2015 11:30 – 12:00 p.m.


Register for a webinar

Leadership Green Bay Informational Brown Bag Session

2015-2016 Leadership Green Bay Program Information

Each year, the University sponsors up to two employees to participate in the Leadership Green Bay program.  This program was established in 1983 by the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and offers select individuals the unique opportunity to develop leadership skills while enhancing the well-being of the Green Bay area. Program goals include enhancing the participant’s knowledge of the Green Bay community; obtaining a greater awareness of issues that face the Green Bay area; enhancing leadership skills; and making an impact on the Green Bay Community.

Participants meet one day per month, October through May, following a two-day overnight retreat in September. Programs focus on Green Bay’s local economy, education, local history and heritage, diversity and cultural awareness, human services, government, and environment. In addition, small groups work on projects designed to enhance awareness of community problems, identify systems and methods to effect change, and develop their project management, team, and presentation skills. The groups meet on their own time outside Leadership Green Bay sessions.

To learn more about Leadership Green Bay, please consider attending the following session, which will feature an informational presentation by Tom Lyga, Director of Education and Leadership for the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce, as well as a panel of UW-Green Bay employees who have graduated from the Leadership Green Bay program:


Leadership Green Bay Informational Brown Bag Session

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

1965 Room, University Union

Click here to register

All UW-Green Bay employees are eligible to express interest in being considered.  Supervisors are also encouraged to nominate employees for participation in this program. If you are nominating someone, be sure to contact the people you are nominating to determine if they are willing to participate if selected.  After the deadline, two employees will be selected by the Position Review Committee, and will asked to complete the nomination materials representing UW-Green Bay.

In order to express interest in participation, or to nominate an employee, please complete the Leadership Green Bay Interest Form.  This form should be filled out and signed by the employee, their supervisor, and the Dean/Division Head (if applicable).  Completed forms must be received in the Human Resources office by Friday, February 27th for full consideration.


You are also welcome to visit for more information about this program.


If you have questions, please feel free to contact Human Resources at (920) 465-2390 or

CURRENT-After 5 at Black & Tan Lounge

After 5 at Black & Tan Lounge    
Event Basics
When: Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Open house format.
Where: Black & Tan Lounge
Bellin Building
130 E Walnut St
Green Bay, WI  54301
Fee: FREECash bar.
Register: Registration appreciated for planning purposes and nametags. Register online. (Be sure to use the email we have on file for you when registering.)
Event OverviewB&T
Since 1998, the Black & Tan Grille has worked diligently to establish a reputation as a premier dining location in Northeastern Wisconsin. In 2009 the Black & Tan Grille moved from its De Pere location on Fort Howard Avenue to the Historic Bellin Building in downtown Green Bay.The Black & Tan Grille has a first-floor lounge and bar area that offers an extensive wine and martini list. Their dining room, located on the second floor, offers elegant and contemporary dining with endless window seating and beautiful views of the Fox River and downtown Green Bay.
Upcoming Events
After 5 at Black & Tan Lounge
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015; 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.Lunch n’ Learn
Presented by Dennis Rubin, fire chief, City of De Pere
Heritage Hill State Historical Park
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.Tipoff with the Green Bay Phoenix
Green Bay Distillery/Resch Center
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015; 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.Presentation of Future 15 & Young Professional Awards
Hyatt on Main/KI Convention Center
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015; 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.After 5 at Anduzzi’s Sports Club – East
Thursday, March 5, 2015; 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.


Welcome Jamie Tyrrell!

Jamie TyrrellJamie started as an Advisor and Student Teaching Coordinator in January of 2015. She was previously employed at Green Bay Public Schools for over 5 years as a Bilingual Elementary Teacher at Anne Sullivan Elementary. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science in Education, and a Masters in Applied Leadership in Education, both from UW-Green Bay. Jamie is from Howards Grove, Wisconsin. Jamie and her husband recently started their own landscaping business. Welcome Jamie!