Congratulations to Susan Finco of the UW-Green Bay Foundation Board of Directors and Chancellor’s Council of Trustees. The public relations executive has been nominated to become the first female member of the Green Bay Packers Executive Committee. The move becomes official at the team shareholders meeting on July 28. ESPN.com has more.
Congratulations to Susan Finco, owner and president of Leonard & Finco Public Relations and a longtime member of the UW-Green Bay Council of Trustees and Foundation Board. Named this week as the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Free Enterprise Award presented by the Rotary Club of Green Bay, she is the first female recipient in the award’s 34-year history. Honorees are presidents, CEOs or owners of organizations who have helped grow the local economy and serve the community. Finco provides PR counsel to some of the region’s largest employers. (She was nominated for the award by, among others, her friends at UW-Green Bay.) The Press-Gazette has a full story.
Class of 1978 graduate Steve Maricque is the new president of the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association. He succeeds outgoing president Donna Sheedy ’94. Maricque, a Business Administration grad, is president of the Bellin Health Foundation. The full list of Alumni Association executive committee members and directors for 2014-15 is as follows:
Steve Maricque ’78, President
Paula Fleurant ’75 & ’86, Vice President
Cheryl Paul ’85, Vice President
Sarah Olson ’10, Secretary
Crystal Pollack ’05, Treasurer
Steve Dill ’88, At Large
Lisa Pritzl ’98, At Large
Board of Directors
Chad Bianchi ’12
Jennifer Degener ’03
Ken Eggen ’00 & ’08
Ben Elsner ’05
Karen Faulkner ’93
Nicole Hoffmann ’99
Mark Klotzbuecher ’09
Patrick Madden ’71
Paul Nickel ’92
Mike Powers ’00
Dan Terrien ’99
Matt Vanden Avond ’01
Vanessa Vanderveren-Marin ’86
Nate Vandervest ’03
Jo Wiebel ’97 & ’04
Paul Willems ’75
Mark King has been promoted from CEO of TaylorMade-Adidas Golf to president of Adidas Group North America, the company announced Thursday. King, a Green Bay native, 1981 graduate of UW-Green Bay’s Business Administration program and member of the Council of Trustees/Foundation Board of Directors, will begin his new assignment June 1. In his new role, King will be in charge of all Adidas and Reebok operations in the North American market. Read more.
The Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team at UW-Green Bay contributed to the success of the sixth annual Ethics in Business Awards luncheon Thursday (Nov. 14) at the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay. The event shines a spotlight on Northeastern Wisconsin individuals and organizations notable for their ethical business practices. Adviser John Stoll, professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, says the UW-Green Bay students dedicate countless hours annually to conducting personal interviews with nominees and references in preparing a report for the selection committee.
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New name is Enactus — The UW-Green Bay student club SIFE is transitioning to a new name, Enactus, after action by the national board last year. The name was chosen to suggest “entrepreneurial action.” The goals of the UW-Green Bay chapter involve community service and learning skills to become socially responsible business leaders.
Ethics honorees Faulkner, Skogen have UW-Green Bay ties
Prof. John Stoll, the aforementioned SIFE/Enactus students, Chancellor Tom Harden and a table of UW-Green Bay representatives including several members of the Council of Trustees were in attendance Thursday at the community Ethics in Business Awards luncheon. The event doubles as a fundraiser for the American Foundation of Counseling Services. Organizations with UW-Green Bay ties won honors in both the non-profit and business categories:
• Not–for-Profit — Golden House, Inc. and Executive Director Karen Faulkner, a 1993 Psychology graduate of UW-Green Bay who teaches part time as an associate lecturer in Human Development
• Business — Festival Foods and CEO Mark Skogen, a strong supporter of the University who is a member of the UW-Green Bay Foundation Board of Directors and Chancellor’s Council of Trustees
The University’s oldest philanthropic and advocacy group, The Founders Association (founded in 1973), had its first board meeting of the year this week on campus. The group heard remarks by Board President Rob Cera ’84, UW-Green Bay Chancellor Thomas Harden and Assistant Chancellor for University Advancement Bev Carmichael. The agenda included updates on the state budget, University initiatives, the revitalization of the Weidner Center and the success of Phoenix athletics, along with a report on the “360° of Learning” campaign.
– Photos by Kimberly Vlies, web/graphic designer, Office of Marketing and University Communication
Mark Murphy, president and CEO of the Green Bay Packers, is also a University trustee and member of the board of directors of the UW-Green Bay Foundation Inc. It was in this latter role that he clicked the link to our Friday photo of the football field-sized “GO PACK GO” message stamped in the snow outside the Cofrin Library. His response to an 8th-floor colleague, “I love the photo.” If you missed it the first time, take another look outside, or online.
The fall 2012 meeting of the Board of Directors of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Foundation, Inc., drew more than two dozen distinguished UW-Green Bay supporters to the University Union’s 1965 Room last week. Directors heard favorable reports on the University and its prospects from Foundation President Lou LeCalsey (center, in photo above) and Chancellor Tom Harden (second from left).
Members of the Foundation board enjoy dual appointment as members of the UW-Green Bay Chancellor’s Council of Trustees, which has an advisory and advocacy mission. Accepting new appointment to the board were Dr. Mokenge Malafa,(pictured below, with the Chancellor), who is a 1982 UW-Green Bay grad and leading researcher with the Moffitt Cancer Center at the University of South Florida; and Scott Wochos, senior vice president of Green Bay Packaging and longtime advocate and advisory board member for UW-Green Bay. For more on those appointments, and complete membership list for the blue-ribbon board, see our news release.
Two individuals — an award-winning UW-Green Bay alumnus regarded as one of America’s leading cancer researchers, and a well-known Green Bay business and civic leader — have accepted invitations to serve on the Board of Directors of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Foundation, Inc.
Accepting appointment to the board were Dr. Mokenge Malafa, a 1982 UW-Green Bay graduate who currently resides in the Tampa, Florida area and is affiliated with the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute at the University of South Florida; and Scott Wochos, senior vice president of Green Bay Packaging and longtime advocate and advisory board member for UW-Green Bay.
They began their appointments with the September board meeting on campus. Members of the Foundation board enjoy dual appointment as members of the UW-Green Bay Chancellor’s Council of Trustees, which has an advisory and advocacy mission.
Malafa is a nationally prominent surgeon and researcher in the fight against gastrointestinal cancer. He grew up in a small village in the African nation of Cameroon and moved to boarding school in Paris as a teen, where a mentor told him to investigate the excellence of the UW System and its Green Bay campus for studies in pre-med. Malafa is chair of the Department of Gastrointestinal Oncology at the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute at the University of South Florida, located in Tampa. He specializes in surgical oncology, often with patients battling pancreatic cancer. He has been named to the “Best Doctors in America” list of specialists most often named by other doctors as the ones they’d choose to see.
Malafa earned his UW-Green Bay bachelor’s in Human Adaptability and went on to attend medical school at UW-Madison with surgical residency at the Medical College of Ohio, Toledo. He received fellowship training in surgical oncology at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, Calif., and the center’s Beckman Research Institute.
For Wochos, his participation on the board represents a continuation of service although in a slightly different capacity. As president since 2010 of the University’s Founders Association — a broad-based community organization offering friend- and fund-raising support to UW-Green Bay — he was the Founders’ ex officio representative to the Foundation board of directors. He now joins the Foundation board as an at-large member.
Wochos is senior vice president and general counsel for Green Bay Packaging. The locally based company is one of America’s largest privately held manufacturers of corrugated containers, containerboards, linerboards, folding cartons and coated label products. A native of San Luis Obispo, Calif., he relocated to Green Bay with his family at a young age, attended school here, and then pursued his undergraduate degree at Duke University and earned his doctor of jurisprudence from Harvard Law School. He practiced law in the Milwaukee area before returning to Green Bay.
The UW-Green Bay Foundation, Inc., was established as an independent 501(c)3 organization in April 2011 when the University filed articles of incorporation and the Chancellor’s Council of Trustees approved bylaws. The creation of the Foundation gives the University greater flexibility in managing gifts and assets and in being proactive in its private fundraising.
For more information regarding the UW-Green Bay Foundation, contact Assistant Chancellor for University Advancement Bev Carmichael, 920-465-5025.
Board of Directors of the UW-Green Bay Foundation, Inc.
Chancellor’s Council of Trustees
• Chair, Louis (Lou) LeCalsey, former President and CEO, Tufco Technologies, Green Bay
• Vice Chair, Virginia (Ginny) Riopelle, UW-Green Bay class of ’70, Civic Leader, Green Bay
• Secretary, Robert Bush, Chair Emeritus, Schreiber Foods, Green Bay
• Treasurer, Diane Ford, ’75, former Vice President and Controller, Integrys Energy Group, Green Bay
• Cliff Abbott*, Secretary of the Faculty and Academic Staff; Professor of Information and Computing Science, UW-Green Bay
• Paul Anderson, ’82, President, M2 Logistics, Inc., Green Bay
• Dean Basten, ’89, Secretary/Treasurer, Miron Construction, Neenah
• Richard (Rick) Beverstein, Vice President, AON Risk Services, Green Bay
• Beverly Carmichael*, Assistant Chancellor for University Advancement, UW-Green Bay
• Robert Cera* ’84, President of the UW-Green Bay Founders Association; CEO, Baylake Bank
• Gerald (Cort) Condon, Attorney, Condon & Herald, Green Bay
• Robert (Bob) DeVos, ’73, Senior Vice President-Business Development, GENCO Inc., Green Bay
• Craig Dickman, ’82, Founder and CEO, Breakthrough Fuel, Green Bay
• Susan Finco, President, Leonard & Finco Public Relations, Green Bay
• Philip B. Flynn, President and CEO, Associated Banc-Corp, Green Bay
• Beth Gochnauer, Chairperson, Gochnauer Family Foundation, Winnetka, Ill.
• Donald Harden, Retired President, Bellin Foundation, Green Bay
• Thomas K. Harden*, Chancellor, UW-Green Bay
• Donsia Strong Hill, Attorney, Tyson Strong Hill Connor, LLP, Green Bay
• Michael Jackson, ’76, Retired President and COO, SuperValu Stores, Inc., Celebration, Fla.
• Dr. Mokenge Malafa, ’82, Associate Professor, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Fla.
• Mark King, ’81, President and CEO, TaylorMade-adidas Golf, Carlsbad, Calif.
• Kate Meeuwsen, ’76, Civic Leader, New Franken
• Mark Murphy, President and CEO, Green Bay Packers, Green Bay
• Thomas Olson, Retired President, Sonoco-U.S. Paper Mills Inc., Green Bay
• David Pamperin, ’74, President and CEO, Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, Green Bay
• Kramer Rock, President, Temployment, Inc., Green Bay
• Donna Sheedy* ’94, President of the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association; Manager of Investor Relations for Integrys Energy Group, Inc.
• Mark Skogen, President and CEO, Skogen’s Festival Foods, Green Bay
• Sahil Tak, Vice President, ST Paper LLC, Oconto Falls
• James (Jim) Wochinske, ’74, President and Owner, Pomp’s Tire and Auto Service, Inc., Green Bay
• Scott Wochos, Past President of the UW-Green Bay Founders Association; Senior Vice President for Green Bay Packaging, Inc.
* indicates ex-officio members
Trustee Emeriti are Judith Crain, Green Bay; Jerome Gallagher, Sister Bay; Elizabeth Hendrickson, Green Bay
It was a great day to celebrate being a member of the UW-Green Bay Founders Association Board on Wednesday. Assistant Chancellor Bev Carmichael shared outstanding news about the University. Just recently, the David A. Cofrin Library was named best in the state and UW-Green Bay graduate JoAnn Miller was named Wisconsin’s top teacher. Carmichael also reminded the group that the Phoenix women’s basketball team had the best team GPA, 3.6, in the country.
It was also a celebration for outgoing Founders President Scott Wochos. The senior vice president of Green Bay Packaging served on the Founders board of directors since 2004, the last two years as its president. Rob Cera, president of Baylake Bank and a 1984 UW-Green Bay graduate, takes over as president of the board and presented Wochos with an appreciation gift for his dedication to, and advocacy on behalf, of the University. Cera noted Wochos’ passion for UW-Green Bay and public higher education and his leadership in the community to raise the level of awareness of the importance of UW-Green Bay to the community.
“This is a world-class University, Wochos often tells community members. “And before we had it, we were a very nice mid-size city with a world-class football team. Now we’re a world-class city because of the University. This University gives us a good source of young people that we need involved in this community. These students and graduates are critical to the successes of area business and we tap this resource frequently.”
The Founders Association was created in 1973 by a group of community leaders to help raise annual funds in support of scholarships and academic programs. The recently established University had few alumni to call upon for help, so it looked to the community for support. Since that time, the Founders Association has grown to include nearly 2,000 donors from the community, alumni, and faculty and staff who support the academic mission of the University philanthropically each year.
Carmichael shared more great news including a 70 percent increase in community giving over 2010-11 and updated the group on the University’s plans for increasing marketing and branding efforts to build continuity in messaging and increase awareness and enrollment.
As part of the day’s activities, Gail McNutt, Ron Pfeifer, Lauri Radke and Bob Warpinski, as well as students Kayla Jandrin and Kristen Wallace, were welcomed to the board (See complete biographies below).
Gail McNutt is the CEO of Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes (GSNWGL) and formerly vice president of human resources and senior vice president of finance at Schneider National. Deeply rooted in the Green Bay community, she has held leadership positions on numerous boards including the Women’s Fund of Greater Green Bay, Greater Green Bay Branding Initiative, American Foundation of Counseling Services, Bellin Foundation, Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, and Greater Green Bay Area Community Foundation. Gail lives in Green Bay with her husband and dog and enjoys running, keeping up on the adventures of her grown children, and making community connections.
Ron Pfeifer grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, and attended the University of Nebraska followed by Northwestern University Law School where he was a member of the editorial board of the “Northwestern Law Review.” During his career at Godfrey and Kahn, his practice has centered exclusively on human resources issues including discrimination matters, union issues, compensation issues and other “people issues.” He is a vocal and dedicated Phoenix women’s basketball supporter. He has served on numerous community boards, and recently, he and his wife Suzy, endowed a scholarship at UW-Green Bay.
Laurie Radke is the president and CEO for the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. Prior to that role she served as the dean of Corporate Training and Economic Development at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. She has been in leadership roles in our community for more than 18 years. Laurie currently serves on the Bay Area Community Council Board and the Green Bay Packers Mentor Protégé Board. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Lakeland College and a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from UW-Green Bay. She and her husband David and son Tad own and operate a hobby farm.
Robert Warpinski Jr. is an executive with IBM and is a graduate of UW-Madison. He attended UWGB from 1977-1979. Active in the community, he is currently chairman of the board of directors for Junior Achievement of Brown County, an active volunteer for Encompass Childcare’s Big Event for Little Kids, and volunteer for the Greater Green Bay YMCA. Bob is married to Nancy Smits, a 1992 UWGB graduate and has one daughter Dana who is a senior at Notre Dame Academy. Warpinski was a “contestant” on Green Bay’s of Dancing with the Stars last winter, raising a generous amount of dollars for the American Red Cross.
Kayla Jandrin, from Sturgeon Bay, is a senior Business Administration major and a physics minor. Her favorite hobby is riding and working with quarter horses.
Kristen Wallace, from Mundelein, Ill., is a senior majoring in Democracy and Justice Studies with an emphasis in law and justice. She serves as president of both the UWGB Law Society, and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society.