People

Advisors and Consultants

We at WAA thank the following alumni and friends for giving input, advice, and support in the effort to develop park content that represents more than a century and a half of the Wisconsin Idea.

Steering Committee

Nancy Ballsrud MBA’75
Steering Committee Chair, Fundraising Cochair

Jeffrey Wiesner ’83
Fundraising Cochair

Kathy Dwyer Southern ’68, MA’72
Concept-and-Design Committee and Content Selection Committee Chair

Kelli Trumble ’79
Inaugural WAA President’s Alumni Advisory Council Chair

Kathy Dwyer Southern ’68, MA’72
Concept-and-Design Committee and Content Selection Committee Chair

Kelli Trumble ’79
Inaugural WAA President’s Alumni Advisory Council Chair

Alumni Park Staff

Mary Carbine

Managing Director
608-308-5142
mary.carbine@supportuw.org

McKenzie Zdrale

Program Manager
608-308-5174
mckenzie.zdrale@supportuw.org

Dirk Van Rybroek

Program Coordinator
608-308-5410
dirk.vanrybroek@supportuw.org

Concept-and-Design Committee, Content Selection Committee, Campus Consultants

  • Megan Costello ’07, MA’13, College of Letters & Science
  • Cindy Foss, University Communications
  • Scott Freres ’86, The Lakota Group
  • Irwin Goldman PhD’91, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
  • Peter Gorman, University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
  • Sara Guyer, Center for the Humanities
  • Brian Mattmiller ’86, Morgridge Institute for Research
  • Becci Menghini MS’99, Office of the Chancellor
  • David Null, University Archives
  • Daniel Okoli, Capital Planning and Development
  • Lis Owens ’78, MA’88, UW Libraries
  • Norma Saldivar, UW Arts Institute
  • Susan Lampert Smith ’82, UW Hospital and Clinics
  • Tom Zinnen PhD’85, UW–Extension and UW Science Alliance
  • Heidi Zoerb MA’00, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Chancellors Consulted

  • John Wiley MS’65, PhD’68
  • Carolyn “Biddy” Martin PhD’85
  • David Ward MS’62, PhD’63
  • Rebecca Blank

Campus Advisers

  • Gary Brown ’84, Campus Planning and Landscape Architecture
  • Mark Guthier, Wisconsin Union
  • John Lucas, University Communications
  • Patricia Nolan MA’98, University Marketing

Wisconsin Alumni Association President’s Alumni Advisory Council

Creating a new campus landmark requires insight and guidance from a lot of people. The Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) and president emerita Paula Bonner are grateful to the members of the WAA Alumni Advisory Council for their advice and support during the planning and construction of Alumni Park.

  • Emil Ray Sanchez ’88, Chair
  • Sandy Sponem ’80, MBA’84, Vice Chair
  • Kelli Trumble ’79
  • Immediate Past Chair
  • Richelle Andrae ’10
  • Lori Berquam
  • Paula Bonner MS’78
  • Natalie Bowman ’15
  • Bob Dunn ’89
  • Dave Florin ’92
  • Bridget Gilmore ’17
  • Kristen Grilli ’16
  • John Hawley ’79, JD’82
  • Peter Holsten ’72
  • Paul McCann ’81
  • Andrew Moyer ’02
  • Kevin Pickett ’14
  • Joe Sholler ’90
  • Laurie Shults ’83
  • Louise Silberman ’83
  • Martha Vukelich-Austin ’81
  • Kyle Weatherly ’04, MPA’06
  • Martinez White ’10

Wisconsin Alumni Association Past Board Chairs

Until WAA’s merger with the UW Foundation in 2014, WAA had its own board of directors. The chairs during the period of park development include:

  1. 2008-09 — Reed Hall ’70
  2. 2009-10 — Peter Christianson ’71, JD’77
  3. 2010-11 — Renee Ramirez ’83
  4. 2011-12 — Dave Florin ’92
  5. 2012-13 — Nancy Ballsrud MBA’75
  6. 2013-14 — Jay Sekelsky ’81, MBA’87