Congratulations to Kelly Koller, graduate student in UW-Green Bay’s Master’s Program for Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning, and gifted and talented specialist in the Howard Suamico School District, for being awarded a National Geographic Society grant for her project: “Empowering Change through an Explorer Mindset: That’s Geography.”
Working with a team of educators and software developers, she will create an app where learners develop their mindset, launch an inquiry, explore connections and reflect; and use geography to flip the script on traditional learning, while becoming explorers of knowledge, rather than passive receivers.
“Chris Greisen (Master’s in Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning) finally is getting a chance to run his own football program. West De Pere hired the former NFL quarterback as its coach Monday night, finding a new leader as the team moves into the Fox River Classic Conference. He replaces Jack Batten, who stepped down in January after six seasons.” See more from the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
LaForce President and CEO Brian Mannering will receive an Honorary Alumni Award
Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will recognize a number of outstanding alumni and one honorary alumnus at the 2020 Alumni Awards Dinner, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020 in the Phoenix Rooms on the Green Bay Campus at 5 p.m. The event is open to the public. The cost is $50 per person. For more information, contact the UW-Green Bay Alumni Office at 920-465-2074 or email@example.com.
Receiving this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award are Neil Diboll ’78, Todd Jadin ’84, Paul Northway ’90 and Lisa Merkel ’00 and ’10. Diana Delbecchi ’10 and Amanda Reitz ’08 will be honored with the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award and Brian Mannering, CEO and president of LaForce, will be designated as an Honorary Alumnus.
The Alumni Awards highlight UW-Green Bay graduates and other individuals who have made special contributions to UW-Green Bay, their communities and professions. Awardees go through a nomination and selection process by committee consisting of internal staff and past Alumni Award recipients. About the awardees:
Neil Diboll ’78 (Environmental Sciences) is currently a prairie ecologist at the Prairie Nursery in Westfield, Wis. He attended the University of Michigan Biological Station in Pellston, MI (Boot Camp for Biologists) during the summer of 1977. He has since worked for the U.S. Park Service in Virginia, the U.S. Forest Service in Colorado and the University of Wisconsin. In 1982, Diboll began his involvement with Prairie Nursery, producing native plants and seeds and designing native landscapes. He has since devoted his efforts to championing the use of prairie plants, as well as native trees, shrubs and wetland plants, in contemporary American landscapes. In addition to helping popularize the use of native plants long before they were “cool,” Diboll developed the first scientific methodology for designing prairie seed mixes. Diboll’s work includes designs for residential, commercial and public spaces throughout the Midwest and Northeast United States. The essence of Diboll’s philosophy is that we, as stewards of the planet, must work to preserve and increase the diversity of native plants and animals with which we share our world. The protection of our natural heritage and our soil and water resources is essential to maintaining a high quality of life for today and for the children of future generations to come.
Todd Jadin ’84 (Business Administration) is vice president of Associate Relations and Talent Management for Schneider, a premier provider of transportation, intermodal and logistics services. In this position, Jadin is responsible for delivering an exceptional associate experience on behalf of the company. He is accountable for corporate recruiting, learning and development, change management, associate relations, employment law compliance and the human capital processes—which includes performance appraisals, succession planning and overall talent management. He began his professional career with Schneider in Feb. 1985 as an extended coverage manager. Since then, he has held leadership positions in nearly every operating unit of the business. Previous roles during his 35-year tenure have included director of Network Planning, general manager of Integrated Delivery Fleet Services, senior vice president of Dedicated Services, senior vice president of Operations, vice president of Alliance Capacity and vice president of Schneider’s Mexico division. As an industry expert, he has represented Schneider on the Council of Logistics Management, the North American Transportation Alliance, the American Trucking Associations Intermodal Council and the BNSF Customer Advisory Board. He has also been recognized as a “Logistics Pro to Know” by Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine. Most recently, he was awarded the inaugural Don Schneider Presidential Award by Schneider in Feb. 2019. Jadin served or continues to serve his community in his role on the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Green Bay, the UW-Green Bay Founders Association and the UW-Green Bay Alumni Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Schneider Foundation core team. In addition, Jadin has been actively involved in youth basketball in the Green Bay area. He serves as president of the Green Bay Area Girls Basketball Association, he coached numerous boys and girls Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball teams and he was a member of the boys’ varsity staff at Notre Dame Academy High School. He has been married to his wife, Sara, for 30 years, and together they have four children: Hanna, Kate, Dante and Tessa.
Paul Northway ’90 (Business Administration, Political Science) joined American National Bank in 2013 as part of a succession plan for key executives who were retiring. In his current role as CEO, Northway is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the local business bank, as well as being the caretaker of the company’s culture. Northway is also a member of the bank’s Board of Directors. With nearly 30 years of experience in the financial industry, Northway is very adept at developing mutually beneficial relationships throughout the community. Prior to joining American National Bank, Northway had leadership roles at Baylake Bank (regional
president) and Associated Bank (Commercial Banking Team leader). Northway is a lifelong resident of Northeast Wisconsin, having grown up in De Pere. He obtained an MBA at UW-Oshkosh and completed the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin. Passionate about his alma mater, Northway and his wife, Kristin, have established a scholarship at UW-Green Bay for business students. He serves as a member of the Chancellor’s Council of Trustees. A season ticket holder for men’s basketball and a supporter of the Phoenix Fund, you will find him cheering on the Phoenix from his seats behind the bench. He served on the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association board for a number of years. Additionally, Northway regularly speaks to classes on campus about the topic of selling and sales management. In 2012, he was recognized by the Cofrin School of Business as an honorary inductee into Sigma Beta Delta. Other community involvement includes service on the board of directors and executive committee of both, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fox Valley and Curative Connections. Northway served as the chair of Curative’s Rising Tide Capital Campaign in 2018. His contributions in the community have been recognized by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin (Marie Krohn Award) and Neighborworks Green Bay (Community Builder Award). Northway and his wife have two children, Andrew, a current UW-Green Bay student, and Aaron.
Lisa Merkel ’00 and ’10 (Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Science in Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning) A passionate teacher, Merkel has been an educator at Green Bay West High School since 2001, where she currently teaches Physical Science and Chemistry classes. The effects of poverty on learning was the focus of her research as a graduate student at UW-Green Bay. For nearly a decade, Merkel developed and taught two graduate classes related to the education of impoverished children to area educators and administrators through the UW-Green Bay Outreach Program (now Continuing Education and Community Engagement). She contributes her expertise on the effects of poverty on learning in a variety of programs including the Green Bay West Building Leadership Team, AVID, S3 teaching teams, Student Council and the Medical College of Wisconsin Equity Team. In 2014, won an equity award from the Green Bay Education Association for her dedication and commitment to uniting cultures through education. In 2016, Merkel was awarded the Herb Kohl Foundation Fellowship Award for teaching excellence and innovation in the State of Wisconsin. In 2018, she received a Serious About STEM (SAS) grant for $100,000 from the Medical College of Wisconsin to implement the program she developed to increase positive outcomes for first-generation female students interested in STEM fields. Lisa and her husband, UW-Green Bay Professor Brian Merkel, love spending time with their three beautiful children and Jade, an unapologetically spoiled Weimaraner and true baby of the family.
Diana Delbecchi ‘10 (Psychology and Human Development) is a passionate social justice advocate with a key interest in refugee rights and issues around educational equity. After graduating from UW-Green Bay in 2010, she served as the University’s Student Employment and Scholarships coordinator for almost five years. Leaving to pursue her own dreams of a higher education, she moved to Ireland and received a Master’s Degree in Gender, Globalisation and Rights. Since graduating in 2016, she has spent time working abroad in a refugee camp providing educational programming for out-of-school refugee youth, where she conducted a research project that led to the design and implementation of the first youth education program in a refugee camp of 700 residents. Delbecchi also helped found a local group for resettled refugee youth in Green Bay called the United ReSisters. This group helps make the dreams of college education accessible, affordable and achievable for these young women. The group recently published a book on their experiences titled “The First Winter.” Delbecchi also served as the assistant director for a freshmen travel program at St. Norbert College and is currently the Green Bay Area Public School’s first-ever Community Schools Resource coordinator. Delbecchi was a contributing author for the scholarly publication, “Journey to Refuge: Understanding the Refugee, Exploring Trauma, and Best Practices for Newcomers and Schools.”
Amanda Reitz ’08 (Elementary Education) is the founder of Happily Ever After Animal Sanctuary (HEA). She was born, raised, educated and now lives in Green Bay. Reitz’s passion is simple; she loves creating positive change for pets and people across the nation. She founded HEA at just 21-years old. This dream wasn’t supported by everyone. Her father’s words were, “forget about it…it’s never going to happen.” Ironically, he has been extensively involved every step of the way. Today, both of her parents and her brother have made HEA’s
mission their life’s work. Reitz founded HEA when many communities were killing more than 50% of the dogs and cats that entered their animal shelters. Since 2006, HEA has successfully paired more than 4,000 companion animals with loving families. While proud of the impact, Reitz is far from satisfied. There are still hundreds of thousands of animals dying in shelters every year. She wants to see a world where the life of every companion animal matters. Reitz has been recognized by UW-Green Bay’s Inside Magazine as a Service-Minded Alumni, the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce (1 of 20 People You Should Know), and by You Magazine (1 of 20 Women to Know). She’s also a graduate of Leadership Green Bay’s class of 2012. Grateful for her faith, her family and her community, Reitz finds the greatest joy in being able to engage her heart in the service of others—both people and pets.
Brian Mannering will receive the Honorary Alumni Award. Mannering is committed and passionate about the Green Bay community and the important role that UW-Green Bay plays in the continued growth and prosperity of Northeast Wisconsin. Although not an alumnus, the president and CEO of LaForce Inc., has demonstrated incredible support for UW-Green Bay. He is a member of the Phoenix men’s basketball golf
committee, is an avid fan, and spreads this excitement throughout the company he leads. Mannering and LaForce continue to support various initiatives throughout campus including a recent gift to the Phoenix Innovation Park and the development of the University’s new Mechanical Engineering Program. LaForce Inc., headquartered in Green Bay, Wis. with additional offices across the United States, is a leader in providing door opening solutions for life safety and building security. Mannering has a proven executive management track record with more than 30 years of experience driving sales and growth for LaForce. He began his career in shipping & receiving and has held numerous positions in the company, including vice president of sales and vice president. In 2007, he was named president of the growing company, and in 2016 he acquired the title of CEO. Mannering models efforts of community engagement and encourages LaForce employees to do the same through corporate donations and employee activities. A native of Green Bay, Mannering believes the development of a community has a strong impact on the success of a company. Mannering is a member of the Chancellor’s Council of Trustees and is an active supporter of the NEW Community Shelter. He previously served as a board member for the Green Bay Boys & Girls Club. Brian and his wife Amy have been married for 33 years and have three children: Austin, Alyssa (a UW-Green Bay graduate) and Brock.
One week after returning from a nearly year-long deployment to Afghanistan, Andrea Ackerman is set to walk across UW-Green Bay’s graduation stage. “You know the mission always comes first, so you’re trying to balance that with homework,” said Ackerman, a first lieutenant with the 2nd battalion, 127th Infantry. Ackerman, who is from De Pere, was halfway through her master’s program when she found out she was being deployed for her second time with the Wisconsin National Guard. “If Andrea and others are willing to go halfway across the world into harm’s way and serve our country, the least we can do is find ways to serve them,” said Tim Kaufman, Ackerman’s professor and the chair of UW-Green Bay’s graduate studies program. See more via De Pere soldier earns master’s degree while serving past year in Afghanistan | WLUK.
Sheila Kohl ’96 ’05 (Elementary Education, Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning) said UW-Green Bay helped her become open to new experiences and opportunities. Through the University, she was able to transform into a person who values multiple perspectives. Kohl is a sixth-grade teacher at West De Pere Middle School, as well as an adjunct instructor and advisor for Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. More on Kohl.
We all have a story. It’s the one thing that binds us all together. Far too often, we brush people off for what you perceive about them rather than getting to see their true self, or their ‘human beingness’ in this case. In this talk, Dan Terrio shares the importance of embracing your human beingness and sharing your stories so others can see who you really are. Dan Terrio has inspired countless youth and adults from all walks of life with his story of perseverance, strength and determination. Terrio began his motivational speaking career while recovering from injuries sustained in a car/train accident that left him temporarily confined to a wheelchair. To date, he has traveled to all 50 states presenting his inspiring story from growing up on an Indian Reservation to working in Washington D.C. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies ’12 and a master’s degree in Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning ’14 from UW-Green Bay. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
The Green Bay women’s basketball program has announced the addition of graduate-transfer Carly Mohns, who will be eligible to play immediately in 2018-19. Mohns graduated from Iowa in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in sport and recreation management and has begun working on her master’s degree (Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning) at UW-Green Bay this fall. A native of Brodhead, Wis., Mohns spent her undergraduate career at the University of Iowa. She had her best season in 2017-18 and helped the Hawkeyes to a 24-8 record as well as an appearance in the NCAA Tournament while taking the court in 30 games. In one of her best performances last season, Mohns grabbed nine points on a perfect 4-for-4 effort from the field and collected six rebounds in Iowa’s win over No.19 Michigan. “Initially I wasn’t sure I was going to use my fifth year of eligibility, but after meeting with the team and coaches at Green Bay it seemed like the perfect place to finish my collegiate career,” Mohns said. “I’m excited to return to my home state of Wisconsin and get back on the court for my final season.” See more.
Teachers, alumni and administrators involved in an innovative graduate-education partnership between the Plymouth School District and UW-Green Bay gathered this month (May 2018) to celebrate the program’s historical impact and anticipate its future. The “Plymouth Model” began 10 years ago when the Plymouth School District committed to supporting master’s degrees for their teachers.
UW-Green Bay professor and Chair of UW-Green Bay’s Master’s Program in Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning, Tim Kaufman, received a special recognition for collaborative achievement and his “work in developing and nurturing the Plymouth/UW-Green Bay education partnership.”
The latest issue of the The Flame, the newsletter of the Adult Degree Program, carries a profile of Interdisciplinary Studies and Teaching and Learning graduate Dan Terrio ’12 and ’14. A former resident of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican reservation near Shawano, he has worked as a youth development manager for the Greater Green Bay Chamber and, more recently, as a wellness educator for Humana. See http://blog.uwgb.edu/adults/meet-dan-terrio-working-serving-and-dancing-in-the-green-bay-community/
Two years ago, UW-Green Bay experimented with an on-site master’s program in Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning at the Plymouth School District. Two years later more than 15 educators from Plymouth were eligible to receive their degrees in the May 2015 ceremony, which featured a record number of master’s grads (72) at least in part because of the large number of education master’s. The Applied Leadership program celebrated its largest-ever graduating class this year — 32 educators. (A group of Plymouth educators posed pre-ceremony in the student staging room, above.) The Plymouth district is committing to a second cohort beginning soon.
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