In Memoriam, Deceased Alumni 2020


Marjorie Olson ‘16 integrative leadership studies
July 28, 1963 – January 2, 2020

Josef Stubler ’83 business administration
March 26, 1950 – January 17, 2020

Audrey Olson ’83 Master’s of environmental sciences
April 26, 1928 – January 19, 2020


Dennis Schmocker ’15, economics
June 15, 1976 – February 21, 2020

Class Notes 2020



Ralph Ibsen ’73 urban analysis, retired from the Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Show Low, AZ.


Gary Banta ’83 science and environmental change, is head of department for University of Southern Denmark in Odense, Denmark.


Russell Tillmann ’03 public administration, is an assistant principal for Whitnall High School and the president of Tillmann Properties, a property investment and rental management company in Wauwatosa, WI.

Corey Bins ’09 history, is a head cross country coach and associate track and field coach for Ripon College in Ripon, WI.

Jaurdon Wood ’09 human development and psychology, is a certified child life specialist for Marshfield Children’s Hospital in Marshfield, WI.

Angela Thomsen ’11 psychology, is a doctor of chiropractic for Fall Creek Chiropractic in Fall Creek, WI.

Mai Chong Vang ’11 business administration, is a student finance counselor at University of Minnesota Twin Cities in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN

Tricia Frederickson ’12 communication, is the director of marketing for Valley Eye Associates in Oshkosh, WI.

Amanda Nadas ’14 business administration and accounting, is a Sr. financial analyst for UW Health in Middleton, WI.

Lara Carrier ’15 human biology, is an inpatient pharmacy technician for Bellin Health in Green Bay.

Bryan Boeck ’16 accounting and economy, is a senior retirement plan analyst for Boulay Partners PLLP in Eden Prairie, MN.

Alyvia Winters ’18 psychology, is a research coordinator for Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI.



Matthew Krol ’97 communication processes, is the vice president/executive producer for Kroenke Sports & Entertainment in Denver, CO and is also a 2-time Emmy Award winner.

Melissa (Greil) Palfery ’98 public administration, is a registered nurse for Piedmont Healthcare in Jasper, GA.


Timi Wojcik ’03 human development, is a material handler for Fleet Wholesale Supply Co. in Appleton, WI.

Stephanie Killoy ’16 nursing, is a neurology nurse practitioner for University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison, WI.

Jazmine Drebenstedt ’19 human development and psychology, is a comprehensive community services (CCS) facilitator for Dodge County Human Services and Health Department in Juneau, WI.

Class Notes 2019



Bruce Schaepe ’77 regional analysis, is a senior engineer for Braun Intertec in Minneapolis, MN.


Patrick Clusman ’81 business administration, is the chief operating officer for Innovationedge, LLC, in Neenah, WI.

Karen Joski ’81 science and environmental change, is a senior site reliability engineer for Humana, Inc., in Green Bay.

Mary Rondou ’85 regional analysis, was awarded the Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) Volunteer of the Year award.

Craig Hulce ’88 psychology, is a finance instructor for UW-Milwaukee in Milwaukee, WI.

Rochelle Powers ’89 art, is the ONCOA coordinator for the Oneida Nation in Oneida, WI.


Denise Grancorvitz ’90 business administration, is a director of commercial operations for Grande Cheese Company in Fond du Lac, WI.

Barbara Syndergaard ’91 business administration and managerial accounting, is a director of finance for Sanimax in Green Bay,

Mark Hunkel ’94 communication processes, has been in Japan for 7 years now teaching English. Currently works full time for a dispatch company called Borderlink Corporation in Saitama prefecture, and also as an assistant language teacher for Meiwa Junior High at Meiwa, Japan, Gunma Prefecture.

Cheryl Andres ’95 women and gender studies and English, is a senior administrative program specialist for UW-Milwaukee in Milwaukee, WI.

Michael Hartkopf ’96 psychology, is a regional manager for the Pacific Dental Services in Spring Hill, TN.

Jody Weyers ’96 communication processes, is the development director for Operation Fresh Start in Madison, WI.

Chad Jacobson ’97 business administration, is a marketing and communications manager for Johnson Controls in Marinette, WI.

Jason Haack ’98 art, is the director of golf and membership for Fox Valley Golf Club in Kaukauna, WI.

Jean Harbort ’99 business administration, is an IT audit manager for American Family Insurance in Madison, Wis.

Veronica Brieno Rankin ’99 earth science, is an environmental compliance and restoration team leader for the U.S. Coast Guard in JB Andrews, Maryland.

Susan Zellner ’99 communication and the arts, is an individual giving director for Make-A-Wish Illinois in Chicago, IL.


Joe Chaltry ’00 business administration, is a logistics sourcing supervisor for FedEx in Green Bay.

Paul LeCalsey ’00 business administration, is a field project leader for Aramark in Andover, MN

Bruce Rudolph ’01 business administration, is a director and credit products manager for Regions Bank in Charlotte, NC.

Christina Moubarak ’02, interdisciplinary studies, is a program manager for Western Governors University in Salt Lake, UT

Christopher Hagerty ’03 communication processes, is a special education and middle school football coach for Unified School District of Antigo in Antigo, WI.

Matthew Jorgenson ’03 communication and the arts, is a realtor for Keller Williams in Green Bay.

Justin Zastrow ’03 English, is an insurance consultant for 5 Star Insurance Group in Appleton, WI.

Robin Baker ’04 business administration, was recently promoted to a vice president of development and support at St. Coletta of Wisconsin in Jefferson, WI

Kimberly Wozniak ’04 elementary education, is a 5th grade teacher for St. Thomas Aquinas Academy in Peshtigo, WI. She is also a technology coordinator of the school’s New Blended Learning Teaching Model, and is involved as Elementary Student Council Advisor.

James Boeck ’05 computer science, is a senior staff software engineer for Lockheed Martin in Grand Prairie, TX

Lisa Dontje ’05 art, is a graphic artist for Global Recognition in Green Bay.

Andrew Kettlewell ’05 business administration and Spanish, was promoted to a Vice President of Inventory and Analytics for Walgreens in Deerfield, IL.

Kerstin Westcott ’05 elementary education, is a reading teacher for Manitowoc Public Schools in Manitowoc, WI.

Sarah Chojnacki ’06 human biology, is a medical assistant/office instructor and program director for Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac, WI.

Andrew Fondow ’06 business administration, is the Vice President for Aon in St. Louis, MO

Katrina Hansen ’06 communication and the arts, is a financial advisor for UW Stevens Point in Stevens Point, WI.

Alan Ingram ’06 communication, is a technical support analyst for Northwestern Mutual in Milwaukee, WI.

Megan Klein ’06 human development, is an operations specialist II for Direct Supply in Milwaukee, WI.

Megan Bruckschen ’07 business administration, is a membership program manager for Felician Village in Manitowoc, WI.

Megan Kautzer ’07 psychology, is a school counselor for Kiel Middle School in Kiel, WI.

Melissa McWethy ’07 human biology, is a global food and safety quality certificate specialist for Tate & Lyle in Hoffman Estates, IL.

Erin Sigler ’07 English, is a technical business associate for Exact Sciences Laboratories in Madison, WI

Shanna Casperson ’08 art, is an assistant dean of students for UW-Platteville in Platteville, WI.

Molly Jaster ’08 communication, is a marketing and communication manager for Fond du Lac Area Foundation in Fond du Lac, WI.

Neil Montour ’08 theatre, is the director of automation for Atlanta Rigging System in Atlanta, GA.

RoseAnn Sanchez ’08 accounting, has been named a COCPA 2019 Women to Watch Emerging Leader

Joseph Weber ’08 art, is the director of art and design for Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO

Brian Bar ’09 psychology, is an assistant director of career development for George Mason University in Arlington, VA.

Joyce Jentges ’09 interdisciplinary studies, is a patient service representative for Aurora Healthcare in Green Bay.

Parker Nadeau ’09 English and history, is a technology support specialist for UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus in Manitowoc, WI.

Courtney Seipel ’09 business administration, is a buyer of toys, sporting goods and Kohl’s cares for Kohl’s Department Stores in Menomonee Falls, WI.

Mary Buhr ’10 public administration, is a buyer/planner III for Everi in Cedar Park, TX.

Justin Young ’10 business administration, is a manager of digital marketing for Starkey Hearing Technologies in Eden Prairie, MN.

Anna Heart ’11 art, is a user interface artist for Iron Galaxy Studios LLC in Orlando, FL

Kerry Winkler ’11 humanistic studies, is a program coordinator at UW-Green Bay.

Brian Beyer ’12 elementary education, is a middle school math teacher for All Saints Catholic School in Antigo, WI

Jentzen Balza ’13 design, is a senior business systems specialist for UnitedHealthcare in Green Bay

Karl Brunner ’13 interdisciplinary studies, is a division president for Core Mark International in Glenwillow, OH.

Chloe Dechow ’13 communication, is an account director for C. Blohm & Associates in Monona, WI, and has received 2019 Alchemy Award of Excellence- awards in the public relations and marketing fields.

Stephan Green ’13 human biology, is a resident physician in family medicine for MCWAH in Milwaukee, WI

Jeff Huebner ’13 political science and public administration, is an integrity analyst for Sportradar U.S. in Minneapolis, MN

Andrew Thyes ’13 interdisciplinary studies, is the founder of Thyes Financial Coaching, which helps people eliminate financial stress by identifying their goals and creating a plan to eliminate debt and set the foundation framework for financial peace.

Katelyn Werner ’13 environmental policy and planning and public administration, is a nutrient management planner for Country Visions Cooperative in Plymouth, WI.

Laura Carrier ’15 human biology, is a certified pharmacy technician for Aurora Baycare Medical Center in Green Bay.

Brooke Fitzgerald ’15 public administration, is an assistant regional director of operations for ThedaCare in Appleton, WI

Jenna Jacobson ’15 communication, is in marketing and communications for Dental Arts Associates in Green Bay.

Sarah Wanek ’15 business administration, is a student success coach for Catawba College in Salisbury, NC

Nicole Brumm ’16 communication, is a social media specialist for Alta Resources in Green Bay.

Melissa Jagodinsky ’16, human development, is a community engagement coordinator for Volunteer Center of Brown County in Green Bay.

Logan Krueger ’16 health information management and technology, is a security analyst for Hospital Sisters Health System Springfield, IL.

Benjamin Malcore ’16 integrated leadership studies, is the lead realtor for Malcore Premier Group – Keller Williams Green Bay (2019 Best of the Bay GB Area Real Estate Agent) in De Pere, WI.

Roxann Pazdera ’16 MSW, is the director of social services for Rennes Group Inc. in Peshtigo, WI.

Dante Pizzuti ’16 history, is an associate director of network office supervision for Northwestern Mutual in West Hartford, CT

Kayla Hokenstad ’17 elementary education, is a middle school ELA teacher for the Shawano School District in Shawano, WI

Kendall Sherman ’15&’17 communication and history, is a talent acquisition specialist for Capri Senior Communities in Waukesha, WI.

Chi-Lun Wu, ‘15&’17 economics and M.S. in management, is the vice president of Asia operations for InSideOut International LLC in Green Bay

Txhees Xiong ’17 human development, is a Title III Pathway advisor for St. Paul College in St. Paul, MN.

Amanda Rice ’18 communication, is an associate marketing manager for UW-Oshkosh in Oshkosh, WI.

Maggie Tischauser ’07 ’18, M.S. in sustainable management, human biology and human development, is a senior hazardous waste specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in Wausau, Wis.

Princess Vele ’18 nursing, is a float registered nurse for Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay.

Sarah Boyea ’19, Master’s in social work, is a residential/outpatient therapist for Rawhide in Shiocton, WI

Jazmine Drebenstedt ’19 psychology and human development, is an employment specialist for Green Valley Enterprises Inc. in Beaver Dam, WI.

Emily Drown ’19 biology, is a land management intern for Baird Creek Preservation Foundation in Green Bay.

Courtney Gersek ’19 business administration, is a human resource assistant for Human Resources Consulting in Green Bay.

Madeline Jensen ’19, democracy and justice studies, is a high school social studies teacher in Milwaukee, WI.

Brigitta Kaiser ’19, French, is an assistant language teacher for JET Programme in Ikusaka, Japan

Nicholas Krueger ’19 business administration, is a financial analyst for Nicolet National Bank in Green Bay.

Mackenzie May ’19, communication, is an evening digital producer for WLUK FOX 11 news in Green Bay.

Bailey Schmid ’19 communication, is an AmeriCorps VISTA Continuous Improvement Coordinator for Achieve Brown County in Green Bay.

Erin Schmitt ’19 elementary education, is a specialties estimator for LaForce, Inc. in Green Bay.

Amy Sturz ’19 Master’s in environmental science, is a park ranger for the National Park Service in St. Paul, MN.

Erin Van Lyssel ’19 art management, is a guest lead for the Green Bay Botanical Garden in Green Bay.

Sadie Ventimiglia ’19 communication, is an administrative assistant for MJ Electric in Oconto, WI.

Tremon White ’19 is a senior manager of software development for the Los Angeles County Public Health in Los Angeles, CA

Over 30 new programs at UW-Green Bay!

Did you know that UW-Green Bay has launched more than 30 new programs since fall 2016? That is more new programs launched for our students recently than any other UW System university! UW-Green Bay is a growing institute – just look at our record enrollment this fall! In addition to giving our students more options, new programs aim to fill some of the state’s employee shortages in fields such as engineering and nursing. New programs include:

  • Supply Chain Management (Emphasis, B.B.A.)
  • HUS – Digital and Public Humanities (Emphasis, B.A.)
  • Art – Pre-Art Therapy (Emphasis, B.A.)
  • IS – Game Studies (Emphasis, B.S.)
  • IS – Information Technology (B.S.)
  • IS – Data Science (B.S.)
  • Communication – Health Communication (B.S.)
  • Health and Wellness Management (M.S.)
  • Nursing 1-2-1 (B.S.N.)
  • Psychology Online (B.S.)
  • Human Development Online (B.S.)
  • Environmental Science and Policy (updated, B.S.)
  • Emergency Management Online (B.S./Certificate)
  • Entrepreneurship (Emphasis B.B.A.)
  • Entrepreneurship (Certificate)
  • School Social Work (Emphasis W.S.W./Certificate)
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (Emphasis B.S.W)
  • Mechanical Engineering (B.S.)
  • EdD in First Nations Education (Ed.D.)
  • Athletic Training (M.S.)
  • Actuarial Science (Emphasis B.S.)
  • Water Science (B.S.)
  • Creative and Applied Writing (B.F.A.)
  • Traditional Nursing (B.S.N.)
  • Healthcare Management Online, HIMT Emphasis (B.S./Certificate)
  • Applied Biotechnology (M.S.)
  • Supply Chain Management Online (Certificate)
  • Healthcare Management Online (B.S./Certificate)
  • Pharmacy 3+4 with Concordia University (B.S./Pharm. D)
  • Business Administration (M.B.A.)
  • Exercise and Performance Psychology (M.S.)

To view curriculums and for more information on the programs, visit


Design the 2020 Homecoming T-shirt!

UW-Green Bay Homecoming t-shirts are epic, coveted, and worn into perpetuity following the event! Each of the 3,000 people who attend UW-Green Bay’s selected Homecoming game and festivities—Krash the Kress—receives this iconic Homecoming t-shirt.

Be part of this tradition by submitting a t-shirt design for Homecoming 2020 (#UWGBHOCO). You don’t have to have a graphics background to submit but vector artwork is needed for submission. Have an idea? We want to see it. The design will be selected by an internal UW-Green Bay committee and the winning designer receives recognition on each of the 3,000 plus Homecoming t-shirts, four tickets to any and all 2020 UW-Green Bay Homecoming events, $100 cash and plenty of recognition as the 2020 Homecoming t-shirt graphic designer!

Here are the design parameters:

  •  Vector art submission required
  • Up to three colors (white can be one of the colors)
  • 10” by 10” front design
  • Priority given to designs that utilize UW-Green Bay colors (see style guide)
  • UW-Green Bay emblem (Phoenix only) welcome but not require (see logos and emblem)

Submit vector artwork by November 22, 2019 to Questions should also be sent to

Terms and Conditions:

Contest is open to UW-Green Bay alumni, students, employees and Phoenix Fans. The designer agrees that UW-Green Bay has ownership and full use of the winning design for the purposes of promoting UW-Green Bay and its Homecoming events.

Save the Date: UWGB Alumni Central European choir trip, June 16-30, 2020


Central Europe has blossomed into a vibrant and fascinating place to visit in the post-communist era. Please join Dr. Sarah Meredith, UW-Green Bay professor of Music/Mezzosoprano and international traveler, on a once in a lifetime trip to visit and perform in an alumni choir in 3 unique European cities. Each of them depict different cultures and ways of life; charming Bydgoszcz in Poland, spa village, Karlovy Vary in Czech Republic, and historical, magnificent Prague in Czech Republic from June 16-June 30, 2020. Everyone is welcome (including spouses and partners) but the requirements to perform in the choir are either a live audition with Prof. Meredith OR a 3-4 minute recording of your singing, at least 1 year of previous choral experience (ability to read music), and ability to commit to, and prepare the selected musical selections before rehearsals. The choir will be conducted by UWGB music alumni Dr. Dean Luethi ’98, accompanied by pianist Janet Osterberg Anderson ’94 & ’07.

Day 1: Overnight Flight
Day 2: Prague, Czech Republic – Tour Begins
Days 3-7: Prague
Days 8-10: Karlovy Vary (Bayreuth, Germany)
Day 11: Wroclaw – Bydgoszcz
Days 12-15: Bydgoszcz

This event is sponsored by the UWGB Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement and the Alumni Relations. Cost of $5,336 includes 20 meals, flights (and baggage), ground transportation, tours, and all taxes and service charges. Watch a video of Dr. Luethi talking about trip details and why you should join the adventure. More information available at (920) 465-2862 or by emailing Teri Zuege-Halvorsen at or Prof. Meredith at Trip is not available for credit.

Nominations sought for Outstanding and Distinguished Alumni Awards









In February 2020, the UW-Green Bay Alumni Relations will present the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards and the Outstanding Recent Alumni Awards. These awards recognize the professional accomplishments of UW-Green Bay Alumni.

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes graduates who have distinguished themselves in their professional field and are widely recognized for their career accomplishments. Civic and/or humanitarian activities for the benefit of others is also taken into consideration. If you know of a UW-Green Bay alumnus who meets the award’s criteria, please complete the online nomination form by August 31 so he or she can be considered for a 2020 award.

The Outstanding Recent Alumni Award recognizes those who have graduated from a UW-Green Bay undergraduate or graduate program within the past 15 years. Selection is based on professional accomplishments and future potential in their selected field of study and/or contributions to their community through civic or humanitarian involvement or both. To nominate a UWGB alumni for this award, please complete the online nomination form by August 31, 2019.