UW-Green Bay Announces 2016 Distinguished and Outstanding Alumni
Green Bay, Wis—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is planning an evening of celebration, recognizing the accomplishments of its alumni. This year’s Alumni Awards and Recognition Dinner begins at 5 p.m., October 4 at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.
Those honored for their Distinguished Achievements will be Mark C. Fralick ’82, Glen G. Tilot ’81 and Daniel J. Young ’80. Recipients of the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award are Theresa I. Okokon ’05 and Benjamin L. Kvalo ’10.
Mark C. Fralick is a 1982 UW‑Green Bay graduate with a degree in Business Administration and a dual emphasis in Communication and Computer Science. In the 1990’s, he co-founded Software Architects Inc., a software company that specialized in Warehouse Management Systems (WMS). While there, Fralick and his business partner created a system called MOCA, a widely adopted computer architecture for logistics and distribution automation. The WMS created on this architecture is now used by hundreds of companies such as Hershey’s, Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, and more, is recognized as one of the world’s leading logistics applications and has made more than $1 trillion in shipments across the globe. Fralick later sold Software Architects and went on to create another WMS technology space, called Get Us ROI. As of 2015, Get us ROI is among the top 1000 fastest growing companies in the US. Fralick plays an active role in many charitable organizations as a board member, mentor and advisor. He and his wife Patti also operate their own charitable fund, and have additionally created a number of scholarships for students in Northeast Wisconsin seeking computer science or engineering degrees.
Glen G. Tilot graduated in 1981 with a degree in Social Work. He recruits, trains, matches and manages volunteers for The Pals Program, the Parent Pals Program, the Supervised Visitation Program and the Volunteer Guardian Program for Brown County Human Services. He began his career as a social worker and volunteer coordinator, first in Outagamie County’s Department of Human Services, and later in Brown County, where he has worked from 1984 to present day. Tilot serves on advisory committees for multiple universities and organizations. He is the chair for Brown County Voices of Men Breakfast, which encourages men to take a stand against violence towards women. Among his multitude of awards and recognitions, Tilot received the UW‑Green Bay Community Partner Award, and the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce’s Daniel Whitney Award. Widely known for his longstanding commitment to the Chamber’s Leadership Green Bay program, he was presented with that organization’s highest honor — the Leo Frigo Award.
Daniel J. Young graduated in 1980 with a degree in Managerial Accounting. During his time at UWGB, he was on the Dean’s List, and received a scholarship for leadership and academic excellence. He began his accounting career at Shinners, Hucovski and Company. In 1999, Shinners, Hucovski and Company merged with the firm Schenck, where he continues as a certified public accountant and certified valuation analyst, and since 2008, has been the managing partner of the Green Bay office. Young holds leadership roles on the firm’s board of directors and operations committee, and in 2014, he was named the firm’s director of industry teams. He serves on several community boards, including the Greater Green Bay Chamber, Downtown Green Bay, Inc., Green Bay Business Improvement District, Heritage Hill and New Community Shelter.
Outstanding Recent Alumni
Theresa I. Okokon graduated in 2005 with a degree in Social Work. In 2007 Okokon joined the United States Peace Corps, where she spent two years in Ecuador, coordinating workshops on health and wellness, and promoting, fundraising and networking, for new volunteers for a grassroots neighborhood organization. In the next few years, she worked at several different companies, as a case manager, program manager and house manager, etc. Most recently, she was honored with the Kip Tiernan Social Justice Fellowship Award for her program, LEGIT.yoga, which provides free, trauma-informed yoga classes for homeless, low-income and at-risk populations in the Boston area. LEGIT.yoga has partnered with more than 10 Boston-based programs, and provided trauma-informed yoga to more than 300 unique participants. Okokon, who began yoga instruction in 2014, will soon be taking part in a year-long, intensive graduate-level certificate program to become certified in Nonprofit Leadership and Management, as well as a 300-hour Yoga Therapy Teacher Training program. Outside of her work, she is an active participant with Massmouth, a nonprofit organization that promotes the art of storytelling in Massachusetts.
Benjamin L. Kvalo graduated in 2010 with a degree in Business Administration, an emphasis in Management and a minor in Communication. Kvalo is the International Project Manager with a video game publishing and development company called 2K. His company manages some of the most respected and premium video games in the market, including franchises such as NBA 2K, Borderlands, Bioshock, Sid Meier’s Civilization and Mafia. He has focused on improving process and communication in a fast growing company, and helped to create and project manage large presentations to company executives and external parties. Kvalo also helped found, and is on a management group, for an education initiative called 2KEDU, whose focus is internal growth and knowledge-building opportunities within 2K. To date, he is credited in more than 20 AAA published video games.
Tickets can be purchased at https://2016gbalumniawards.eventbrite.com and are $50 per person.