UW-Green Bay Foundation names new board members

Cheney, Karcz, Mueller and Reinke join board

Green Bay, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Foundation has announced the addition of four members to its Foundation Board, two of whom are UW-Green Bay alumni. The Foundation Board manages more than $50,000,000 in assets and distributes more than $3 million each year to help make higher education accessible. The newest members:

Jeff Cheney

Jeff Cheney

Jeff Cheney ’79 (Business Administration and Accounting), is the retired chief financial officer of Kohler Corporation. As chief financial officer, his reporting lines encompassed financial vice presidents, controllers and business/accounting staffers, more than 500 in all, companywide. In his role, he tracked profitability for divisions as diverse as Kohler’s signature kitchen-and-bath-product lines, engine and generator manufacturing, and the rising resort and recreation business. He retired in 2013 after 34 years at Kohler.

Heather Karcz

Heather Karcz

Heather Karcz, ‘94 (Economics and Regional Analysis), is president of the Zuehlke Karcz (ZK) Financial Group and an investment executive with Raymond James Financial. Since 1998, she has successfully guided small business owners and families toward sustainable financial well-being. She and her partner, Richard Zuehlke, established ZK Financial Group and together they began a relationship with Raymond James in 2015. In 2016, she was recognized by You Magazine as one of its 10 “Women to Know.”

Ross Mueller

Ross Mueller

Ross Mueller is a graduate of UW-Manitowoc and parent of a UW-Manitowoc graduate. Mueller is a wealth advisor and founder of Mueller Wealth — a wealth management company. He has more than 20 years of experience in the field, beginning his practice in 1994 with Edward Jones. He went on to spearhead the creation of CitizensFirst Wealth Management Division in 1996, until opening his own office in April of 2018.

John Reinke

John Reinke

John K. Reinke has been at the Stephenson National Bank & Trust since 1974, and is currently its Chair of its Board of Directors. He served as its president from 2000 to 2013. He is a graduate of UW-Marinette and UW-Madison’s Graduate School of Banking. He is active with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago and the Wisconsin Bankers Association.

Foundation Board of Directors

Matthew (Matt) Mueller, Chair VP, Finance, CFO, Schreiber Foods
Robert (Rob) Cera, Vice Chair Vice Chairman, Greenwoods Financial Group
Gerald (Cort) Condon, Secretary Attorney, Condon & Herald
Diane Ford, Treasurer Retired VP & Controller, Integrys Energy Group
Cordero Barkley VP Senior Client Advisory, Associated Bank
Jeffrey Cheney Retired CFO, Kohler Corporation
Heather Karcz President, Zuehlke Karcz Financial Group
Ross Mueller Founder & Advisor, Mueller Wealth
Paul Northway Executive VP, American National Bank Fox Cities
John Reinke Chairman, Stephenson National Bank

Ex Officio

Louis (Lou) LeCalsey, Past Chair, Retired President & CEO, Tufco Technologies, Inc.
Gary L. Miller, Chancellor
Tony Werner, Vice Chancellor for Advancement/Foundation President

About the UW-Green Bay Foundation

The UW-Green Bay Foundation furthers the mission of UW-Green Bay, a public university, by developing and increasing opportunities for students primarily in the areas other than those in which the State of Wisconsin ordinarily makes appropriations. The Foundation attracts, manages, and distributes private resources, donated by friends of the University, that: fund student scholarships; renovate or construct academic or recreational facilities; fund endowed faculty positions; support research; and fund educational activities to enhance learning environments. The Foundation Board manages more than $50,000,000 in assets and distributes more than $3 million each year to help make higher education accessible.

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