Alumni Spotlight: April Hansen ’05

As Executive Vice President of Workforce Solutions and Clinical Services at Aya Healthcare, AprilApril Hansen ’05 (Nursing), RN, MSN, is responsible for the clinical and quality outcomes of more than 4,500 clinicians on assignment through Aya across the United States — including safe, effective and positive patient care. Under her leadership, we have achieved a more highly educated (70%+ BSN-Prepared), competent and diverse nursing workforce than any of our competitors in the travel nurse industry to date.

April is a nurse and an entrepreneur. She successfully co-founded a clinical management technology to ease the administrative burden of healthcare student clinical placements in 2012, and achieved a successful exit when the technology was acquired in 2016. In addition, she co-founded a mobile application for nursing engagement and achieved support through a nationally-ranked start-up accelerator in partnership with Microsoft in 2017. April currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Organization of Nurse Executives, serves as co-chair of the Membership Committee with WONE and in the past served as an elected member of the Wisconsin Nurses Association Public Policy Committee. She recently published her first scholarly article, Disruption Ahead: Navigating and Leading the Future of Nursing, for Nursing Administration Quarterly. April was named the 2019 Nurse Leader of the Year by the Wisconsin Organization of Nurse Leaders, and is also named to the Staffing Industry Analysts 40 under 40 this year. April was named to Becker’s Rising Stars list in 2018.

Seeking performers for Wednesday Night Farmers Market


The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, in collaboration with On Broadway, Inc., is looking to create a roster of community musicians, singers and performers of all kinds (musicians, jugglers, dancers etc.) that would like to perform at the Wednesday Night Farmers Market in Downtown Green Bay, and at other events this summer.

​Performers will be stationed at the Weidner Center/UW-Green Bay tent, located at the south entrance to the market. There is no compensation. Performers may collect and retain all tips. A power outlet will be provided upon request. There will be no additional sound system or technical support provided.

​The Farmers Market runs on Wednesday evenings starting May 29 through September 25.

​From May 29 – August 25 there are two 2-hour performance slots each Wed evening from 4pm – 6pm and 6pm – 8pm.

​​Beginning September 4 – 25 there are two 2-hour performance slots from 3pm – 5pm and 5pm – 7pm.

To apply please complete this short sign-up form.


Alumni volunteer opportunities – help needed!


39th Annual Scholarship Golf Outing
We are seeking volunteers to help set up, tear down and sell raffle tickets throughout the day.

Time:  Any time between 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Date: June 14

Register to volunteer for Golf Outing by emailing Kari Moody at

Freshman Move In Day
Help welcome new students as they move to campus and take one of their first steps towards completing their education. Our Phoenix families have been very appreciative and relieved to arrive on campus to find conveniently located information tables, staff directing traffic and others awaiting to help tote boxes and bags into the buildings.

On the contact page where it asks for campus email address, please list your email address and under department mailing address, please list “Alumni Relations.”

Time: 8 a.m. – noon
Date: September 1

Register to volunteer for Freshman Move In Day.

‘Pick Your Trip:’ You don’t want to miss this raffle!

Screen Shot 2019-01-08 at 11.26.09 AMGet ready to pick your trip! The Alumni Association is raising money for scholarships at UW-Green Bay through the UW-Green Bay Alumni “Pick your Trip” Raffle. Tickets are $20/ticket and only 1,000 tickets will be sold! The raffle prize winner will pick a concert, theatre event or regular season sporting event within the United States to attend. Winner receives round-trip transportation to the event, two nights hotel accommodations and two tickets to the event of his/her choice. The drawing will occur Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 1 p.m. One winner will be drawn at the end of the Green Bay Women’s basketball game played against UW-Milwaukee at the Kress Events Center. Need not be present to win. To purchase a ticket, contact an Alumni Association Board of Directors member or visit the UW-Green bay Advancement Office (Cofrin Library 805, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI 54311) during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). Questions may be directed to Director of Alumni Relations Kari Moody at

UW-Green Bay Alumni “Pick your Trip” Raffle rules:

Total prize maximum is $5,000 (prize excludes championships and playoff games). UW-Green Bay Alumni Association will secure round-trip transportation, hotel accommodations and event tickets and will deliver tickets in person or via mail to the winner. At least six weeks must be provided to the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association to purchase tickets and arrange trip. The Association will make its best effort to purchase winner’s preferred event tickets but is not responsible if tickets sell out. Prize must be redeemed within one year of winning (February 2, 2020). Lic. #R0012949A 

In Memoriam, Deceased Alumni 2018-2019

April – June 2018

Kurt Dally ’73 and ’91, human adaptability and environmental arts and sciences.
Alumni Association Board Member 1982-85.
June 12, 1950 – April 17, 2018

Robert Tomcheck ’04, Masters in Administrative Science
October 12, 1951 – May 1, 2018

Ann Strah ’90, psychology
June 17, 1961 – May 10, 2018

Sandra (Frisque) Wyand, ’81, social change and development
January 4, 1943 – May 12, 2018

Mary (Coakley) Krabbe ’72, humanism and cultural change
August 20, 1931 – June 13, 2018

Sandra Scott ’79, bachelor of general studies
August 18, 1944 – June 17, 2018

William Scheller ’72, humanism and cultural change
September 22, 1948 – June 21, 2018

Caroljean (Kores) Rodesch ‘79, Master of environmental arts & sciences
September 4, 1938 – June 24, 2018

July – September 2018

Jennifer Pfannerstill ’96, biology
December 24, 1972 – July 2, 2018

Jennifer (Wenzel) Schmidt ‘96, business administration
August 16, 1973 – July 10, 2018

Karen Dalke ’92, Master in community human services
March 17, 1964 – July 13, 2018

Kristine (Ziemer) Bastian ’78, growth and development
July 8, 1956 – July 14, 2018

Katharine Olski ’77 and ’79, Master of environmental arts & sciences
December 19, 1930 – August 1, 2018.
Katharine is the former director of UW-Green Bay’s Extended Degree (Adult Degree/Continuing Education) program.

Michael Edwards ’09, interdisciplinary studies
June 20, 1963 – August 7, 2018

Sheila Koons ’72, humanism and cultural change
April 2, 1946 – August 23, 2018

Raymond Stueber ’79, humanistic studies
October 4, 1933 – September 3, 2018

Mary (Stepniak) Van Acker ’88, social work
June 19, 1942 – September 13, 2018

Christopher Severson ’98, business administration
December 9, 1974 – September 15, 2018

Valerie (Schoen) Schaefer ’88, business administration and communication processes
April 21, 1965 – September 30, 2018

October – December 2018

James Landon ’88, business administration
August 2, 1965 – October 10, 2018

Elizabeth Westrich ’93, art
December 11, 1940 – October 19, 2018

Willard Hager ’89, business administration
June 9, 1940 – October 22, 2018

Alan Glickman ’87, associate of arts
May 6, 1929 – October 30, 2018

Sandra Kraft ’93, bachelor of general studies
April 29, 1947 – November 5, 2018

Paul Francar ’87, psychology
December 1, 1952 – December 27, 2018

Daniel Green ’03 , interdisciplinary studies
November 24, 1955 – December 30, 2018

Berdella Stephenson ’86, human development
July 14, 1940 – December 30, 2018

January – March 2019

John Piron ’73, growth and development
September 2, 1946 – January 11, 2019

Ellen Burr ’01, human development & psychology
June 25, 1969 -February 3, 2019

Thea Ahrenholtz ’16, integrated leadership studies
September 27, 1963 – February 20, 2019

Steven Kugel ’01, business administration
August 20, 1965 – February 25, 2019

Mary Jean Barrett-Terry ’84, social work
May 17, 1934 – March 1, 2019

Catherine Guyette ’86, social change and development
June 4, 1951 – March 3, 2019

Robert Schwaderer ’75, population dynamics
February 12, 1942 – March 22, 2019

Louise Sweney ’77, humanism and cultural change
October 14, 1933 – March 22, 2019

Seth Herrscher ’15, public administration
October 31, 1991 – March 25, 2019

Joan Rosenow ’87, human development
May 26, 1941 – March 28, 2019

Daniel Cannon ’79, regional analysis
February 2, 1953 – March 29, 2019

April – June 2019

Thomas Senn ’83, communication and the arts
June 1, 1956 – April 1, 2019

Lisa Pryes ’17, master’s in social work
March 6, 1977 – April 2, 2019

John Burns ’83, public administration
June 11, 1951 – April 24, 2019

Joan Klinkner ’78, growth and development
December 22, 1954 – April 26, 2019

Ellen Baran ’72, humanism and cultural change
February 11, 1950 – April 27, 2019

Robert Henderson ’84, business administration
January 25, 1959 – May 2, 2019

Madeline Rueden ’78, humanism and cultural change
July 19, 1941 – May 2, 2019

William Guffey ’93, business administration
July 25, 1939 – May 3, 2019

Michel Hansen ’73, regional analysis
May 25, 1951 – May 23, 2019

Chad Naenwehtaw Waukechon ’95, urban and regional studies and environmental science
December 29, 1969 – May 26, 2019

James Madigan ’80, social change and development
May 15, 1955 – June 6, 2019

Paul DeCaster ’78, business administration
January 18, 1956 – June 7, 2019

Patricia Finder-Stone ’73, growth and development
January 27, 1929 – June 10, 2019

Kathryn Staude ’79, human development
February 16, 1938 – June 11, 2019

July –  December 2019

Susan Daniels 14, Master’s in Applied Leadership
February 26, 1953 – August 2, 2019

Rebecca Hiller ’05, history and social change and development
April 10, 1971 – October 30, 2019

August is Make a Will Month

Greg BabcockAugust is “Make a Will” month, so we asked an expert for some advice to share. Alumnus, Greg Babcock ’03 an attorney with Wanezek, Jaekels, Daul & Babcock, S.C. provided the following article and it’s definitely worth the read!

“I talk to people nearly every week who tell me that they have wanted to get a will and other estate documents completed for a long time, but for whatever reason they have continued to put it off.  I explain to these people the risks of dying without a will or becoming incompetent while they are alive without power of attorneys.  When they hear what could happen if they don’t have a will or power of attorneys in place, that is usually all the motivation that a person needs to get these documents completed today. Usually most people want and need a basic estate plan with a will and health care/financial power of attorneys.  Your Will may address issues such as who the beneficiaries of your estate will be, who will administer the estate should you pass away (i.e. the personal representative), and who will be guardian for your children.  In your will, you may also provide charitable giving to individuals and/or organizations.  This is a great opportunity for people to give back to those people or organizations that had a large impact on their lives. Sometimes people may want or need a revocable or irrevocable trust depending on their circumstances.  If you die without a will, you risk that your estate will pass to your heirs according to state law.  You might not like that outcome.  You also risk that the state will appoint a guardian for your minor children, a person you might not have chosen or wanted as guardian for your children.  If you do not have a power of attorney for your health and finances, should you become incompetent, you can not have a person act on your behalf without a court order usually obtained through a guardianship proceeding.   A guardianship proceeding can be time intensive, costly, and you are at the mercy of the court’s decision as to who is appointed your guardian.”

Greg Babcock ’03 is an attorney for Wanezek, Jaekels, Daul & Babcock in Green Bay.


Freshman Move-in Day – Volunteers Needed


It’s never too early to start planning for how you can be a part of welcoming our freshmen to UWGB this coming fall! First-year students will move in to campus housing on Sunday, September 2, 8:30 a.m. to Noon. Volunteers should arrive to the Community Center/Office of Residence Life by 8:00 a.m. This year we will also have the assistance of student leaders on move-in day.

Traditionally, faculty, staff and alumni have been on site to assist our new students as they move to campus and take one of their first steps towards completing their education. As you know, this is can be a stressful time for both the student and family/friends who may be assisting them. In the past, our Phoenix families have been very appreciative and relieved to arrive on campus to find conveniently located information tables, staff directing traffic and others awaiting to help tote boxes and bags into the buildings.

The Office of Residence Life is asking that you be one of the volunteers who will both welcome and assist our students with their physical move into student housing. This small gift of your time and energy could have a significant impact on our students’ engagement and retention. If interested, please complete this short Qualtrics form.

On the contact page where it asks for UWGB email address, please list your email address and under the University Address, please list Alumni Relations.

Thank you, in advance, for putting Phoenix first!