John Ashley has been Executive Director of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards Inc. (WASB) since September 2005. Ashley graduated from Harvard College and did his graduate work at Northwestern University and the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
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Kimberly Blaeser is a poet, scholar, and former Wisconsin Poet Laureate (2015–2016). Of Anishinaabe ancestry and a native of White Earth Reservation in northwestern Minnesota, Blaeser crafts poems that dwell deeply on a complex, natural world—which includes the power of human imagination.
Patricia Brady retired in the fall of 2010 after a thirty-year career with the University of Wisconsin System, where she served as Senior System Legal Counsel, Deputy General Counsel, and General Counsel from 2002 to 2010. Before joining the UW System, she was an assistant attorney general in North Carolina, where she represented the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the University of North Carolina.
Malcolm Brett is Director of Broadcasting and Media Innovations—University of Wisconsin Extension (UWEX). He oversees the university’s public radio and television of Wisconsin Public Television and Wisconsin Public Radio as well as UWEX’s distance learning facilities known as Instructional Communications Systems. He recently stepped down from the Public Broadcast System board of directors after serving as professional vice chair in 2014.
Richard Burgess is the Vice president of Sciences on the Wisconsin Academy Board of Directors. Burgess founded the University of Wisconsin-Madison Biotechnology Center in 1984 and was director until 1996. He received a BS in chemistry at Caltech and PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology at Harvard. He did his postdoc at the Institute for Molecular Biology (Geneva, Switzerland).
Frank D. Byrne MD is president-emeritus of St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. He served as president of St. Mary's from 2004-2015, during which time St. Mary’s was named one of the 100 Top Hospitals (2006), one of the 50 Top Heart Hospitals (2014), achieved Magnet re-designation twice from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, implemented a HIMSS Stage 7 electronic health record, and completed a $184 million expansion.
Rich Donkle is Treasurer for the Wisconsin Academy Board of Directors. Donkle retired from the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative (RWHC) on December 31, 2015. He joined the staff of the RWHC in 1996 after 17 years of being a consultant to the organization.
Roberta Filicky-Peneski retired as a financial advisor and vice-president at Robert W. Baird & Co. after 19 years in the industry. She previously owned Community Relations Consulting, a PR and marketing firm. She chairs the Sheboygan Redevelopment Authority and has served in three mayoral administration. She chaired the Economic Development committee of the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce, who named her their Chairman of the Year, and was a candidate for Mayor of Sheboygan in 2012.
L. Jane Hamblen is the Vice President of Letters for the Wisconsin Academy Board of Directors. She recently retired as Chief Legal Counsel of the State of Wisconsin Investment Board. Earlier in her legal career, she was a partner in a large law firm in New York City, with a focus on corporate financial transactions. Hamblen was on the Board of the Poet Laureate Commission from 2003-2013.
Joseph Heim is emeritus professor of Political Science/Public Administration at UW-La Crosse and is Director of the Public Administration Program at the University. Dr. Heim received his BA and MS degrees from Marquette University and his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Joe is a political analyst for WKBT (La Crosse)-TV and occasional guest analyst on WPR. He served in US Navy from 1964-66, and was a Naval Reserve Officer from 1966-1984.
Marianne Lubar is the Vice President of Arts for the Wisconsin Academy Board of Directors. Lubar has served as president of the Florentine Opera Company, the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation, and the Contemporary Art Society of the Milwaukee Art Museum. Lubar continues to serve on the boards of the Milwaukee Art Museum, where she chairs the Acquisitions and Collections Committee, and the Florentine Opera.
Tom Luljak is the Vice Chancellor of University Relations and Communications at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His responsibilities include directing the university's media, marketing, and public relations initiatives; directing all government relations and neighborhood relations programs; and overseeing UWM's web development.
Robert D. Mathieu is the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Astronomy at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His research involves the formation and evolution of stars and the dynamics of star clusters. He also leads the national Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning and is the director of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. Past leadership roles include President of the WIYN Observatory and chair of the UW University Committee.
Bernie L. Patterson became the 14th Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in July 2010. During his first year of leadership that coincided with significant statewide economic challenges, Patterson and the UW-Stevens Point community helped lay the foundation for long-needed reforms in the efficiency and effectiveness of public higher education in Wisconsin.
Dr. Kevin P. Reilly is President Emeritus and Regent Professor with the 26-campus University of Wisconsin (UW) System, having served as President from 2004-2013. In collaboration with the UW Board of Regents and the campus Chancellors, he developed the “Growth Agenda for Wisconsin,” a long-term vision and strategic framework for what the university needed to do to help Wisconsin and the nation be more competitive in the global knowledge economy.
Tim Size has been the Executive Director of the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative in Sauk City since helping to found it in 1979. The cooperative is owned and operated by forty rural hospitals with the vision that “Rural Wisconsin communities will be the healthiest in America.”
James W. Perry is Secretary of the Wisconsin Academy Board of Directors. Perry retired in 2011 as University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley Campus Executive Officer & Dean, having served in that capacity since 1993. He earned his BS, MS, and PhD in the biological sciences from UW-Madison. Perry was a faculty member and chair of the Department of Biology, Wildlife and Fisheries at Frostburg State University (Maryland) prior to returning to Wisconsin.
Linda Ware is Immediate-past President of the Wisconsin Academy Board of Directors. A professor emerita of English, Ware retired after 40 years of teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County. Ware earned a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MS from the UW-Madison, where she also completed PhD course work. Her interests include women writers, American ethnic studies, and literature/visual arts connections.
Nathan J. Wautier is a shareholder at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, s.c. serving the business and legal needs of a broad range of individual, corporate and institutional clients. He primarily advises real estate developers, business owners, operators, borrowers and lenders on projects and related financings in Wisconsin and as primary counsel on real estate projects across the country. He received an A.B.
Marty Wood is Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Wood joined the faculty in 1986 and served as the English Department Chair from 1998 to 2007. In 2007, he was elected chair of the University Senate until he was named interim provost from September 2008 to July 2009, and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2009 to 2012.
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