Three fearless leaders to be recognized with UW-Green Bay Alumni Awards

Two University of Wisconsin-Green Bay alumni who have risen to fearlessly face challenges in their profession and have shown their propensity to embrace diverse ideas and people will be honored as 2021 Alumni Award recipients. Additionally, Prevea Health President and CEO Dr. Ashok Rai, who models what it means to be a Phoenix—solving problems from multiple perspectives, and deep engagement in his community—will receive the title of Honorary Alumnus.

Because of the pandemic, the 2021 award winners will be celebrated with their 2022 peers in spring of 2022 at a formal awards ceremony.

Receiving this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award is Mary Gallagher ’90 (Theatre). From thousands of incredibly talented majors that have come out of UW-Green Bay’s Theatre program, Mary Gallagher stands out as having sustained success in professional film, television and commercial acting. Her roles included the lead in an NBC pilot directed by Rob Reiner, as well as television roles on Friends, The West Wing, How I Met Your Mother, Duckman (voice), NCIS, and Grey’s Anatomy. She has been in more than 50 commercials and costarred in movies with Jodie Foster and Reese Witherspoon. As a sketch comedian, she has performed on TV shows including Ellen and The Tonight Show. She hosted a pilot on E!, two seasons of a cult hit show on Game Show Network, and two seasons of a show produced by Kelsey Grammer, as well as costarring on David Spade’s Fameless on TruTV. She is currently on Prank Encounters, a Netflix hidden-camera comedy/horror show.

Mary Gallagher
Mary Gallagher

Gallagher also remains active in theater in Los Angeles; and her one-woman show won Best Actor in Hollywood’s15 Minutes of Fem Festival in 2010. Having started out in Green Bay opening for Sam Kinison at the City Center more than 30 years ago, she continues to evolve as a stand-up comic and perform in comedy clubs across America. She has been an in-house host at the world-famous Hollywood Improv as well as improvs throughout the county. After taking several years off to raise her daughter, she returned in 2015 to stand-up and in 2018 made her network TV stand-up debut on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Her comedy was later showcased on Amazon Prime’s Laugh After Dark. In 2017 a web series she co-created, Be My Therapist, was a finalist at the Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival and is now being developed as a possible TV series.

Through the years, Gallagher hasn’t forgotten her alma mater, returning to UW-Green Bay to mentor students in subject areas such as improv comedy and stand-up, and sharing with current students about what it takes to survive in the profession.

Receiving the 2021 Outstanding Recent Alumni Award is Nicole Schingick ’12 (Business Administration) and ’14 (Human Biology) who is currently the President of Rennes Group—comprised of Rennes Health & Rehab Centers (skilled nursing facilities), Renaissance Assisted Livings and the Residence by Rennes (memory care)—12 facilities in Northeast/Central Wisconsin. Nicole has a strong passion for providing exceptional care to the senior population, having grown up within the industry.

Nicole Schingick
Nicole Schingick

Schingick began her career with Rennes Group 15 years ago, starting as a caregiver, which remains one of her favorite roles of her career. She took advantage of learning as much as she could to include obtaining her Registered Dietitian Nutritionist credential in June 2015 and her Nursing Home Administrator license in October 2017.  She has worked in multiple facilities as well until landing at the Rennes Group Office (Peshtigo) in 2019 as the vice president of Operations. In January 2020, Schingick was promoted to president where she continues to lead the business with the passion and energy. Her priorities, she says, are quality of care for the residents and providing a workplace where employees want to work.

Especially impressive is Schingick’s ability to lead through significant change while maintaining the quality of care, Rennes Group prides itself on. Whether it’s a major reimbursement reform or adapting to new requirements put forth by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic, she has taken whatever comes her way in stride because she is confident in her team, who she says, “together, will come out stronger regardless of what is thrown their way.”

Under Schingick’s leadership, the organization is positioned to navigate the changes or challenges that comes its way while never losing their focus on providing residents with the best quality of care.

Since obtaining her education from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Schingick has enjoyed trips back to campus to support learning, as well as provide UW-Green Bay students with opportunities outside of the campus. Supporting the UW-Green Bay Dietetics program has been notably important to her— whether through speaking to a class, providing internship opportunities, or continuing to support Rennes as a dietetic preceptor site—she finds value in remaining connected to those who have helped support her growth and career path along the way.

Dr. Ashok Rai will be named a UW-Green Bay Honorary Alumnus. He is the president and chief executive officer of Prevea Health—a physician-led, multispecialty health care provider working in partnership with Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) hospitals across Wisconsin. Prevea Health was founded in Green Bay, Wis. in 1996, and employs more than 2,000 people, offering high-quality patient care in more than 30 communities in clinic and HSHS hospital settings across Wisconsin, as well as a health insurance plan (Prevea360) with one of the largest coordinated networks across the state.

Dr. Rai has helped Prevea Health lead the way and set standards for high-quality, accessible and innovative COVID-19 education, prevention, testing, treatment and vaccination efforts across

Dr. Ashok Rai

Wisconsin—all of which have garnered attention from local, state and national health care leaders and journalists. Dr. Rai and his Prevea Health team worked to open one of the largest COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Wisconsin at the Kress Events Center on the Green Bay Campus, followed by sites at the Sheboygan and Marinette Campuses, helping the region recover from its most devastating pandemic of modern times.

While born and raised in Michigan, Dr. Rai attended undergraduate school and enrolled in the “Target M.D.” program at UW-Milwaukee, and completed his medical degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and then a residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics through Michigan State University. Following residency, he specialized in hospital medicine and held various leadership positions at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay and Prevea Health before becoming the President and CEO of Prevea Health in 2009. He continues to practice medicine and cares for patients at Woodside Lutheran Nursing Home in Green Bay.

Dr. Rai plays an active role in community and health care organizations. He joined the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) Board of Directors in 2012, serving as its chair in 2018. He is also Chairman of the Board of Weidner Center Presents; Chairman of the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon; serves the Board of Directors for the Automobile Gallery in Green Bay and Progress Lakeshore, and serves on the Board of Downtown Green Bay, Inc. He is also a member of the Chancellor’s Council of Trustees at UW-Green Bay.


Phoenix Fridays on the Fox

Update: Phoenix Friday on the Fox (July 19) is cancelled this year, Big Mouth plays on July 26

Update: Downtown Green Bay has postponed (Phoenix) Friday on the Fox today (July 19, 2019) due to excessive heat and severe weather forecasts). Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns performance is rescheduled for July 26, 2019, 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Previous post: As part of Associated Bank and BayCare Clinic’s Fridays on the Fox series, UW-Green Bay is inviting all students, alumni, fans and supporters to attend Phoenix Friday on the Fox on Friday, July 19 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. This fun night celebrating the partnership between UW-Green Bay and the City of Green Bay include a socializing, games and activities for kids and adults, live music from the band Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns (features five UW-Green Bay alumni), an appearance by Phlash the Phoenix and much more! UW-Green Bay will draw for fantastic prizes, so don’t miss out!

Register today for annual Scholarship Golf Outing

The Alumni Association returns to the Brown County Golf Course for the 39th Annual Scholarship Golf Outing. New this year, all golfers are automatically entered for a chance to win one of two $100 cash prizes and a $500 cash prize throughout the day! The day also includes a putting contest, 18 holes of golf with power cart, lunch, raffle, hole events, hors d’oeuvres reception and more. Team play will use a four-person scramble format. Prizes will be awarded to the low gross team and handicap team. All golfers receive a swag bag with two beverage tickets. Register by April 30 and golfers receive an additional beverage ticket. Sponsors and golfers needed so that profits can go to UW-Green Bay Scholarships. Register by April 30, 2019 for an additional beverage ticket. Cost is $135 for individuals and $540 for a foursome before June 7.

Rescheduled Alumni Employee Reception is April 11

Did you know there are more than 200 UW-Green Bay alumni who also work at UW-Green Bay? The polar vortex caused the Alumni Association to postpone a reception for alumni employees scheduled during Homecoming 2019, but it lives on this spring! RSVP your attendance.

Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Location: Phoenix Room C

‘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

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

Don’t forget to RSVP (by Jan. 25) for the Employee Alumni Social

Did you know there are more than 200 UW-Green Bay alumni who also work at UW-Green Bay? To kick off Homecoming 2019 and celebrate the special connection each of you have with your alma mater, there will be a social for UW-Green Bay alumni who are also UW-Green Bay employees. Chancellor Miller will provide a brief update on all of the great things happening here and there will be a food and a cash bar. This event is hosted by the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association and Alumni Relations Office. RSVP through your email invite or contact Kari Moody at

Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Location: Alumni Rooms (Room 103 in the University Union)
RSVP: Please respond by Friday, January 25.

Let’s get ready for Homecoming! Register for Krash the Kress

Music, art, basketball tailgate, office decorating and more. It’s time to look ahead to Homecoming 2019! The Alumni Office and other campus partners hope to make this an event that you can get excited about. First of all, register by Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 for Krash the Kress.  Krash the Kress (KTK) is on Friday, February 1. The event includes a tailgate party to get everyone ready to cheer on the Phoenix and Green Bay men’s basketball team playing rival UW-Milwaukee at th Kress Events Cente! Your Krash the Kress registration includes: game ticket tailgate food, two beverage tickets and an “epically awesome,” (in the words of Alumni Director Kari Moody) Homecoming t-shirt and other swag.

UW-Green Bay employees (personnel from Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan included) should use the code UWGBE19 when registering to receive additional perks.

Finally, volunteers are needed to support this event!

Consider volunteering to receive half off your individual registration.
Wednesday, January 30 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. to pack registration bags
Friday, February 1 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. at KTK registration and other areas
Friday, February 1 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. to tear down and set up for the next day
To register for Krash the Kress as a volunteer, contact Kari Moody directly at by Friday, January 18.

Photos: UW-Green Bay honors most distinguished and outstanding

UW-Green Bay was honored by the return of six distinguished and outstanding alumni who returned to campus Oct. 2, 2018 to accept awards recognizing their contributions to campus, communities and workplace.

This year’s honorees were Daniel Keegan ’72, Sheila Kohl ’96 and ’05 and Doug Wirth ’89, each receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award; and Cordero Barkley ’09 and ’16, Lisa Fay Coutley ’04 and Joshua Kaurich ‘07, recipients of the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award.

Bios for each are available here. The ceremony took place on the Weidner Center stage, with a reception in the newly remodeled Weidner Grand Foyer. Each recipient was given a hand-made award crafted by artist and alumna Barbi Gossens ’03.

Click to advance slideshow or view the album on Flickr.

Alumni Awards 2018

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

Alumni Association invites you to meet the candidates, Oct. 3

The UW-Green Bay Alumni Association invites you to meet candidates for Wisconsin State Senate and State Assembly in Brown County, October 3, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Heritage Hill State Park. This is your opportunity to talk to your candidates from both political parties in a small, casual setting where you can ask questions and learn more about their positions, including support for UW–Green Bay, higher education, and other important state issues. Hosted by the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association and the Wisconsin Alumni Association. Contact Director of Alumni Relations Kari Moody at or 920-465-2226 with any questions. RSVP to