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Tina Abert

Tina Abert is a long-time practitioner and consultant on organizational management, particularly focused on the fine arts. She has led marketing and public relations initiatives for a variety of non-profit organizations, including the Wisconsin School of Business at UW-Madison, Overture Center for the Arts, and Madison Symphony Orchestra. She is a founding member of Slow Money Wisconsin and Madison Art of Hosting. For several years she served on the Dane Arts Commission.

Steve Ackerman

Steven Ackerman's extraordinary career as an atmospheric scientist has brought him international renown. Ackerman's research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS), where he is director, has produced new methodologies for interpreting satellite observations of clouds, enhancing Wisconsin's reputation as the birthplace of satellite meteorology.

Kimberly M. Blaeser

Kimberly Blaeser is a poet, photographer, and scholar. A former Wisconsin Poet Laureate from 2015–2016, Blaeser is currently a Professor of English and Indigenous Studies at UW—Milwaukee and an MFA faculty member for the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe.

Patricia Brady

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

Malcolm Brett is the Emeritus Director of Wisconsin Public Media, University of Wisconsin. He oversaw the University’s public radio and public television of Wisconsin Public Television and Wisconsin Public Radio and UWEX’s distance learning facilities known as Instructional Communications Systems. He recently stepped down from the Board of PBS serving as professional Vice Chair.

Frank Byrne

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

Rich 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. RWHC was formed in 1979 to help rural hospitals provide services to their communities. Since that time, RWHC has grown in the provision of services and as an advocate for community based health services. RWHC is committed to the provision of quality, affordable and accessible health care throughout Wisconsin.

L. Jane Hamblen

After practicing law for 39 years, Jane Hamblen retired in 2015 as Chief Legal Counsel of the State of Wisconsin Investment Board. She was elected to the Board of the Council of Institutional Investors, an international corporate governance organization, and appointed to the Standing Advisory Group to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in Washington, D.C. She also was honored by the Wisconsin Law Journal as one of its 2011 Women in the Law.

Freda Harris

Freda Harris recently retired after a 29 year career with the University of Wisconsin-System Administration, where she served as the Director, Assistant Vice President and Associate Vice President of Budget and Planning from 2004 to 2016. Before starting with the UW System, she worked at the Higher Educational Aids Board and the Office of the State Public Defender. Harris also served as the president’s representative for the Educational Communications Board.

Joseph Heim

Joe is former chair of the Department of Political Science/Public Administration at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and is Director of the Public Administration Program at the University and acts as the University’s Legislative Liaison. Dr. Heim received his bachelors and masters degrees from Marquette University and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Joe is a political analyst for WKBT (La Crosse)-TV and occasional guest analyst on WPR.

B.J. Hollars

B.J. Hollars is the author of several books, most recently Midwestern Strange: Hunting Monsters, Martians and the Weird in Flyover Country, The Road South: Personal Stories of the Freedom Riders, and Flock Together: A Love Affair with Extinct Birds.  Hollars is the recipient of the Truman Capote Prize for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of Literary Nonfiction, the Anne B. and James B.

Catherine Kodat

Catherine Gunther Kodat is Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Lawrence University, where she also holds a tenured appointment as Professor of English. She arrived at Lawrence in 2017 after two years as Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. From 2012 to 2015 she was Dean of the Division of Liberal Arts at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she also served as Acting Provost.

Tom Luljak

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 Mathieu

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.

Michael Morgan

Michael L. Morgan is the former Senior Vice President for Administration and Fiscal Affairs for the University of Wisconsin System. There he acted as the chief operations officer for its 13 colleges and 13 universities. Prior to his work at UW, Morgan served seven years in the cabinet of Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle (2003-2010). In his capacity as Secretary of Revenue, Morgan was the Governor’s principal advisor on tax policy and administration.

Dipesh Navsaria

Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD is a pediatrician working in the public interest. He blends the roles of physician, occasional children's librarian, educator, public health professional and child health advocate. With graduate degrees in public health, children’s librarianship, physician assistant studies, and medicine, he brings a unique combination of interests and experience together.

Kevin Reilly

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

Tim 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-two rural hospitals with the vision that “Rural Wisconsin communities will be the healthiest in America.” He has an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University and an MBA in Hospital Administration from the University of Chicago. He was awarded a W.K.

Chan Stroman

Chan M. Stroman is the founder and principal of Landlord Counsel LLC, a law practice in Madison focused on commercial real estate transactions. She holds an A.B. with General Honors from the College of the University of Chicago, an A.M. from the University of Chicago Divinity School, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. She is active in civic and community matters, with a particular interest in education.

Linda Ware

Linda Ware is a past President of the Wisconsin Academy Board of Directors. A professor emerita of English, Ware taught 40 years at the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County and presided also as statewide English Department Chair. She served on the Wisconsin Arts Board and is currently Chair of the Board of the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service.

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