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.


Give BIG Green Bay includes fundraising opportunity for arboretum

You will hear plenty more about this. But it’s good news for the campus and the Cofrin Arboretum. The Give BIG Green Bay event to help nonprofits is including the arboretum in its fund drives this year. The Green Bay Packers Foundation and the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation will host a community-wide giving day from noon Feb. 20 until noon Feb. 21, 2019. The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation says Give BIG Green Bay 2019 will offer $312,500 in matching funds and incentives — a $97,500 increase over last year. The organization says this is thanks to the generosity of the Green Bay Packers Foundation and other donors. NBC26 has the story and the list of recipients which also included UntitledTown, the literary festival with high involvement from UW-Green Bay faculty, staff, students and alumni. See more from


Reminder: Provost listening sessions begin this week

What do you want to see from your new provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs? The search firm of Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc., is holding listening sessions for faculty, staff, students and the community, Thursday, Jan. 24 through Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. Skype is available for those who cannot participate. More here. See more at the website dedicated to the search.

Farewell for Union Director Rick Warpinski is Tuesday, Jan. 29

Say farewell to Rick Warpinski ’91 (Psychology) as he embarks on a new adventure at St. Norbert College as the new director of Auxiliary Services. A reception is Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 from 3 to 5 p.m. with a brief program at 3:45 p.m. in Room 206 of the University Union. Warpinski has worked for UW-Green Bay for nearly 32 years, with positions including student building manager, student programming assistant, building supervisor and finally, director of the University Union and Shorewood Golf Course. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.


Green Bay Film Festival opens Jan. 31

The Green Bay Film Festival is an international film festival with a focus on Wisconsin filmmakers. GBFF plays films over a six-week time period, beginning with our “Films Around Town” Series (FAT) and ending with our Weekend Extravaganza. FAT plays in various locations once a week to broaden access to the event to various communities. It also offers additional marketing opportunities for the Weekend Extravaganza. More to come. Here’s the first:

January 31, 2019, “The Nuns, The Priests and The Bombs” with a panel discussion to follow.
7 p.m. at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality, 1016 N. Broadway, De Pere 54115

International Education wants to talk study abroad

This is a reminder that if you are interested in a classroom visit from the Office of International Education to talk about study abroad please schedule, ASAP. The 5-10 minute (or another length if interested) presentation covers specific topics your students may be interested in. OIE is finalizing the schedule and sending meeting invitations this week. If you are interested in a presentation, please contact Jemma Lund, assistant director of Study Abroad at lundj@uwgb.edu or Anya Toledo, study abroad coordinator, at toledoa@uwgb.edu by Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 with your preferred date, times and course names. Any messages received after that date will be added pending availability of OIE staff.

‘Pick Your Trip’ raffle tickets available

Get 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, theater 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, Feb. 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 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.). Tickets will also be sold at Krash the Kress. Questions may be directed to Director of Alumni Relations Kari Moody at moodyk@uwgb.edu.

See raffle rules.

Enjoy discounts the week of Homecoming at alumni-owned businesses

All Phoenix alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends, are welcome to enjoy discounts at alumni-owned businesses the week of Homecoming! Experience the following discounts at the businesses below from Wednesday, Jan. 30-Saturday, Feb. 2:

Jitter Bean
50 cents of any drink

Bay Area Yoga Center
Alumni may bring a guest for free

Kroll’s West
10% off to those in Phoenix gear

The Gift Itself LLC
10% off any in house-made jewelry and art (Not able to combine with other offers/discounts)

Questions on discounts may be directed to each organization. Businesses interested in participating next year may contact alumni@uwgb.edu.

Faculty Exhibition at the Lawton Gallery is Jan. 31-Feb. 28

Back to school and back to some amazing exhibitions! The Lawton Gallery is starting the semester off with some really fantastic work by UW-Green Bay Faculty, including for the first time faculty from the branch campuses — Manitowoc, Marinette and Sheboygan!

The exhibition will be open January 31st through February 28th, 2019.

This exhibition will be featuring work by:
Kayla Bauer
Toni Damkoehler
Sarah Detweiler
Lydia Dildillian
Alison Gates
Jason Houge
Minkyu Lee
Berel Lutsky
Danica Oudeans
Ellen Rosewall
Mark Sauter
Gena Selby
Christine Style
Tom Uebelherr
Lisa Wicka