New UW-Green Bay Director of Alumni Relations

Brian Rammer recently became the new Director of Alumni Relations at UW-Green Bay. Since graduating from his alma mater with a degree in Elementary Education, Brian has worked in education and non-profit work, focusing on building relationships, meeting the needs of members, staff and community and fulfilling the mission of the organizations in which he has served. In his role here at UW-Green Bay, he will strive to provide alumni with meaningful opportunities to connect and give back and to offer events and programs to assist graduates in their personal and professional journey.

Brian previously served as Executive Director at the Fox West YMCA. He also held various roles within the YMCA of the Fox Cities for more than 30 years and has been active in various community and professional organizations. After graduating from UW-Green Bay, he taught science and social studies at Stockbridge Middle School. He also holds a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Marian University.
Brian can be reached at  

April Class Notes


Matthew Andres ’00 Public Administration major. Supervisor of GP Computer Operations for Georgia-Pacific.

Valerie Mann ’03 Environmental Science major. Valerie recently began a new position as Raptor Educator with Open Door Bird Sanctuary.

Brian Bar ’09 Psychology major with a minor in Human Development. Associate Director of Career Development and Alumni Relations at George Mason University.


Emily Vogels ’13 Human Development and Psychology major with a minor in English. Research Associate for Pew Research Center.

Chuenhua Ho ’15 Human Development major. Training Specialist for Little Kickers Swim School.

Megan Leonard-Bisenius ’15 Arts Management major with a minor in History. Megan recently began a new position as Assistant Director of Administration & Operations with UW-Green Bay Housing & Residential Education.


Mackenzie Morey ’21 Communications major. Mackenzie recently started her own wedding beauty service business, 715Beautify.

UW-Green Bay New Finance Labs Grand Opening

It’s finally time to celebrate! After years of planning and months of construction, UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin School of Business invites you to the public grand opening of the Willie Davis Finance & Investment Laboratory and the Charles Schwab Foundation Center for Personal Financial Planning on Thursday, May 5th.

  • Tour both new spaces as well as our remodeled Small Business Development Center.
  • Hear from faculty on how these spaces will enhance student-community interactions.
  • Chat with current students.
  • Network with campus board members, community leaders and industry professionals.

Completion of each of these new spaces was made possible with the help of partners with a shared vision including the Green Bay Packers, the Charles Schwab Foundation, Nicolet National Bank, Mersberger Financial Group and many more.

These spaces will connect students with experts, giving them the opportunity to discover what’s next in finance, investing and wealth management.

Thursday, May 5, 2022
4:30 to 5:30 p.m. | Tour
5:30 to 6 p.m. | Program
6 to 7 p.m. | Tour

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI
Rosewood Cafe | Wood Hall

RSVP here.

Meet Your Faculty Guides

The Cofrin School of Business is working to advance the economic prosperity and entrepreneurial spirit of our region by aligning programs with area needs and providing transformative undergraduate and graduate education. A special thank you to our network of community advisors who help guide program offering and build partnerships among students, faculty, staff, and businesses.

Alumni General Education Survey

Thank you for choosing UW-Green Bay as your university! We hope that you look back on your time at UW-Green Bay fondly and feel that UWGB gave you an exceptional educational experience. At UW-Green Bay, we work tirelessly to give our students the skillsets that they need to meet the various challenges that they will face in their careers and beyond. We care about you as individuals and want you to have the best experience possible. General Education is a big part of that. It has been eight years since UWGB has revised its General Education Program, and in that time, we have gone through a merger and had a revision of our mission, so we want to ensure our General Education Program continues to prepare our students to be successful global citizens inside and outside of the university.

Last year, our academic programs underwent Comprehensive Program Review, which resulted in the recommendation that we realign our General Education Program to meet the challenges of a post-COVID world. The Provost then put together a committee to do this work, of which I am the chair, and we were given a timeline of the “realigned” version of our General Education Program to debut in fall of 2024.

That is where you come in! We have created a survey that solicits your feedback on your General Education Program experience at UW-Green Bay. What General Education courses did you find most helpful? Least helpful? Which ones best prepared you for your major? Which ones best prepared you for your future career? Which ones hindered your progress? You are our most important resource for this , so we ask that you complete this Qualtrics survey.

It should only take about ten minutes, and the feedback that you provide to us will be used to strengthen our General Education Program.

Students are at the heart of everything we do, and the feedback that we receive from this survey will help us ensure that we continue to provide students with the General Education Program foundation that they need to continue to be leaders in the global community.

Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey. We ask that you complete it by May 31. Please contact Dr. Valerie Murrenus Pilmaier with any questions that you may have about the survey or about the General Education Realignment process.

Open Access Campus and GPS

Individuals speaking to studentsWhen students apply to UW-Green Bay, many factors are taken into consideration. Test scores and transcripts are important, but they do not tell a student’s whole story. Personal statements provide admissions with a better understanding of an applicant’s experience as many write about their challenges and struggles with adversity.

As the Phoenix family grows larger with the expansion to Manitowoc, Marinette, and Sheboygan campuses and general enrollment increases, UW-Green Bay reevaluated the correlation between admission policies and student success. This inspired UW-Green Bay to become an open-access institution, allowing every applicant to find their path to success.

To provide these new students with essential, additional support, UW-Green Bay developed Gateways to Phoenix Success (GPS). This program is conducted through a first year seminar that provides students with learning opportunities to develop and sharpen the skills needed to be successful in college. Students are also introduced to a real-world issue they and their classmates wrestle with throughout the year. A peer mentor is there to help students get connected on campus, making sure everyone feels at home, and an alumni mentor helps students stay on course and headed toward their educational goals.

GPS is made possible through the support of dedicated faculty who teach the first year seminars and peer and alumni mentors. Students in the program have the opportunity to learn from graduates with strong professional experience, ask questions pertaining to their success, and foster a connection. If interested in being a GPS alumni mentor, please email

As the UW-Green Bay community continues to rise as one, GPS ensures that no one is left behind.

Learn more about the GPS program here.

March Class Notes 2022


Julie Grutzner ’95 Communication Processes major with a minor in Humanistic Studies. Julie recently began a new position as the Head Women’s Soccer Coach at UW-Green Bay.


Anne Mandich ’09 Economics major with a minor in International Business. Julie recently founded her own company, Onu, and is now their CEO.

January Class Notes 2022


Bruce Mommaerts ’77 Regional Analysis major. Owner of Granite Development Resources. Bruce has been awarded the Frederick C. Pierce Award by the Wisconsin Economic Development Association and the Conservation Service Award by Wisconsin Ducks Unlimited. He is also a member of the Legislative Committee of the Wisconsin Economic Development Association.

Catherine Ledvina ’79 Human Development major. Retired School Speech/Language Pathologist. Catherine volunteers with the Elmbrook Humane Society.


Robert Rzepka ’84 Urban Studies major. Robert recently began a new position as the Vice President of Growth Enablement at FWG Solutions.


Brenda Krainik ’93 Communication and the Arts major with a minor in Art. Brenda recently began a new position as the Advisor Marketing Specialist at Thrivent.


Megan Kautzer ’07 Psychology major with minors in German and Human Development. School Counselor at Kiel Middle School.

Deb Rose ’07 Master of Science in Applied Leadership for Teaching & Learning. She is involved with the National CASA/GAL Volunteer Council from 2022-24.


Natasha Freeman ’11 Economics major with a minor in Business Administration. Natasha recently began a new position as a Teller with Fortera Credit Union.

Brandon Selissen ’12 Associate of Arts and Sciences. Area Field Manager with U-Haul.

Tessah Dolata ’19 Democracy and Justice Studies major with a minor in Public Administration. Tessah recently began a new position as the Events & Promotions Manager at Lyric Room. She is also a member of the Oconto Area Human Society Board of Directors.