Strategic direction to support our mission
The elected members of the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Board of Trustees are business executives, philanthropists and distinguished community leaders, pooling their wealth of knowledge and experience to enhance our mission and help shape our future.
Cory L. Nettles
Chair of the Board
Founder and Managing Director
Generation Growth Capital, Inc.
Jay B. Williams
Vice Chair of the Board
Retired Chairman of the Board
Milwaukee Public Museum
Thomas L. Spero
Retired Office Managing Partner
Wisconsin Practice Deloitte LLP
- Elizabeth 'Betsy' Brenner
- John Donofrio
- Philip B. Flynn
- David Gay, CPA
- Linda G. Gorens-Levey, CPA, CFA
- Paul W. Griepentrog, JD, CPA
- Jon D. Hammes
- Paul E. Hankwitz, MD
- Ted D. Kellner, CFA
- Joseph E. Kerschner, MD
- David Lubar
- Vincent P. Mathews, MD
- Chris Miskel
- Justin L. Mortara, PhD
- Wayne C. Oldenburg
- Janis M. Orlowski, MD, MACP
- Rebecca J. Pirozzolo-Mellowes
- John R. Raymond, Sr., MD
- Kristina M. Ropella, PhD
- Mary Ellen Stanek
Elizabeth 'Betsy' Brenner
Retired President and Publisher
Elizabeth (Betsy) Brenner retired in 2016 after more than three decades in the newspaper industry. She was named Publisher of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in January 2005; she also serves as President of Journal Sentinel, Inc. and Executive Vice President of Journal Communications. Ms. Brenner oversaw Wisconsin’s largest newspaper, its websites and a wide range of related businesses. In early 2006, Brenner became chief operating officer of Journal Communications’ publishing businesses, and added responsibility for the company’s community newspaper division, including 45 titles in two states. Under Ms. Brenner’s leadership, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel won three Pulitzer Prizes, including one awarded in 2011 in conjunction with MCW's DNA research.
Prior to coming to Milwaukee, Ms. Brenner was president and publisher of The News Tribune in Tacoma, WA and The SUN in Bremerton, WA and had leadership responsibilities at The Denver Rocky Mountain News, The Miami Herald and The New York Times. She serves on the boards of The United Way of Greater Milwaukee; Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin; the Boys & Girls Club; the Greater Milwaukee Committee; and ABCD-After Breast Cancer Diagnosis – a Milwaukee-area resource for cancer patients and their families. She represents Midwest region newspapers on the board of the Associated Press.
Ms. Brenner attended Northwestern University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism in 1976 and a Master of Business Administration degree in 1978.
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
John Donofrio is executive vice president and general counsel of Johnson Controls.
Previously, Donofrio was vice president, secretary and general counsel of Mars, Incorporated. Prior to Mars, Donofrio held the general counsel and secretary role at the Shaw Group, Inc. and Visteon Inc.
Earlier, Donofrio was a partner and trial attorney at Kirkland & Ellis and went in-house to become Honeywell’s vice president intellectual property and deputy general counsel. He later became vice president and general counsel of Honeywell Inc.’s Aerospace division.
Donofrio serves on the board of directors of FARO Technologies, Inc. where he is the Lead Director. He has a degree in chemical engineering from Rutgers College of Engineering and has a Juris Doctor and a Master of Laws in trade regulation from George Washington University Law Center.
Philip B. Flynn
President and CEO
Philip B. Flynn has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Associated Banc-Corp, headquartered in Green Bay, since December 2009. Mr. Flynn has more than 30 years of financial services industry experience. Prior to joining Associated, he was Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Union Bank in California – serving almost three decades with that entity in a variety of executive positions including chief credit officer and head of commercial banking, specialized lending and wholesale banking activities.
Mr. Flynn is a member of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Foundation Board of Directors, the Milwaukee Art Museum Board of Trustees, the Board of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, and the Greater Milwaukee Committee.
Mr. Flynn received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature from Claremont McKenna College (Claremont, CA).
David Gay, CPA
EY Milwaukee Office
David Gay, CPA, is managing partner at national accounting firm EY (formerly known as Ernst & Young) – a position he has held since 2014. A native of Menomonee Falls, he received a BBA in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) in 1996. He began his career at EY shortly thereafter, serving in increasing roles of responsibility until 2008 when he made partner. From 2008-2014 he was assurance partner. Gay manages more than 200 employees at the EY Milwaukee office.
Gay serves on the boards of the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC), and several UW boards and advisory councils. Gay also is board chair of College Possible, a national nonprofit organization which makes college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support.
Linda G. Gorens-Levey, CPA, CFA
General Capital Group
Linda Gorens-Levey, CPA, CFA, is a Partner at General Capital Group, a real estate development company headquartered in Milwaukee. Prior to General Capital, Ms. Gorens-Levey was a Managing Director at Stark Investments, a global multi-strategy hedge fund, where she was responsible for a portfolio of real estate and private equity investments and served on the Boards of several portfolio companies. She also served as an Associate Director of Investments in the Securities Department at Northwestern Mutual.
Ms. Gorens-Levey is currently a Co-Chair of the Greater Milwaukee Committee’s Downtown Development Task Force and is a member of the GMC Finance Committee. She previously served on the Executive Committee of the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County and in 2017 was one of the Co-Chairs for the United Performing Arts Fund’s 50th Anniversary Campaign. She is a long-time Co-Chair of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Annual Economic Forum. Since 2016, Ms. Gorens-Levey has been a member of the Board of Directors of Ixonia Bank. She has received several awards for Leadership and Mentorship from various professional organizations in Milwaukee.
Ms. Gorens-Levey holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the Kellogg Graduate School at Northwestern University and a BBA in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition, Ms. Gorens-Levey is a Certified Public Accountant, a Chartered Financial Analyst, and has completed her Real Estate Certification from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Executive Education Program.
Paul W. Griepentrog, JD, CPA
Godfrey & Kahn
Paul W. Griepentrog, JD, CPA, currently serves as a shareholder in the Milwaukee office of Godfrey & Kahn, where he practices corporate law with a concentration on mergers and acquisitions, general corporate matters and tax-related planning for a variety of business transactions.
Mr. Griepentrog represents private equity funds and publicly-traded companies, along with entrepreneurs starting new ventures and long-standing family-owned businesses. His experience ranges from assisting publicly-traded businesses with merger transactions, to assisting private equity groups with portfolio acquisitions and dispositions, to assisting a family-owned business with the transition of ownership from one generation to the next. The industries within which Mr. Griepentrog’s clients operate include heavy industrial manufacturing and distribution, IT management, staffing and professional services, food distribution, real estate development, supplemental educational materials and retail sales of consumer goods.
Mr. Griepentrog is a CPA and was formerly a tax specialist at Ernst & Young. He was named among The Best Lawyers in America for Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions in 2013 - 2014 and a Wisconsin Rising Star among lawyers in 2011.
Mr. Griepentrog sits on the boards of the MACC Fund and the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts (where he also serves on their governance committee).
He received his BBA in accounting from Marquette University and his JD from Marquette University Law School. He lives in Brookfield with his wife, teenage daughter and two pre-teen sons.
Jon D. Hammes
Hammes Company, LLC
Jon Hammes is the founder and Managing Partner of Hammes Company – a healthcare consulting firm providing strategic planning, facility development and real estate advisory to the healthcare industry – where his primary responsibilities include providing overall leadership and managing the efforts of the multinational organization.
Ranked as the nation's top developer of healthcare facilities for 12 consecutive years by Modern Healthcare magazine, Hammes Company serves major hospitals, healthcare systems and physician groups across the country. Prior to forming Hammes Company in 1991, Mr. Hammes was a partner for Trammell Crow Company and a member of its Management Board.
Mr. Hammes earned a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree, Real Estate Appraisal and Investment Analysis, from the University of Wisconsin.
Paul E. Hankwitz, MD
Compensation and Pension Medical Examiner
Department of Veterans Affairs
Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center
Paul E. Hankwitz, MD, is the MCW/Marquette Medical Alumni Association representative to the MCW Board of Trustees. Dr. Hankwitz is currently a Compensation and Pension Medical Examiner for the Department of Veteran Affairs at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee. He was previously Medical Director for the MCW Senior Health Program and for the Village at Manor Park. He was Vice President and Chief Medical Director for Transamerica Life Companies, and Medical Director for Northwestern Mutual. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Home Care Physicians, the Midwestern Medical Directors Association, the Wisconsin Society of Internal Medicine, the Wisconsin Psychoanalytic Foundation, the Medical Society of Milwaukee County, the Milwaukee Academy of Medicine and the Milwaukee Catholic Home. Dr. Hankwitz also has served as the President of the MCW/Marquette Medical Alumni Association, Midwestern Medical Directors Association and Milwaukee Academy of Medicine, as well as a Commissioner for the Milwaukee County Commission on Aging.
Ted D. Kellner, CFA
Chairman and CEO
Ted D. Kellner is Chairman and CEO of T&M Partners LLC. He also is a Chartered Financial Analyst with more than 44 years of investment experience. Additionally, Mr. Kellner founded and serves as Treasurer and Executive Chairman of Fiduciary Real Estate Development, Inc., which owns more than 6,800 multi-family units throughout Wisconsin. Previously, Mr. Kellner was Executive Chairman of Fiduciary Management, Inc., an employee-owned independent money management firm based in Milwaukee which he founded in 1980; the firm currently manages more than $12 billion in assets.
He serves on the boards of American Family Mutual Insurance Company, the Bradley Center, Lakeview Equity Partners LLC, and Mason Wells, Inc. In the non-profit and civic arenas, Mr. Kellner serves on the boards of the Bluecoats Foundation; Children's Hospital System; the Greater Milwaukee Committee; Milwaukee World Festival, Inc.; United Way of Greater Milwaukee; University of Wisconsin Foundation; and YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee.
He has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Joseph E. Kerschner, MD
Dean of the Medical School
Provost and Executive Vice President
Medical College of Wisconsin
Dr. Joseph E. Kerschner serves as Dean of the Medical School, and as Provost and Executive Vice President of the Medical College of Wisconsin. Prior to MCW, Kerschner held executive leadership positions including CEO of the Children’s Specialty Group and Executive Vice President of Children’s Hospital and Health System.
Dr. Kerschner also is a Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences. He maintains an active membership on numerous professional and honorary societies and is currently the President of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology. Dr. Kerschner maintains an active clinical practice, is recognized as a national expert in pediatric otolaryngology and has been named to the America’s Best Doctors list for the past six consecutive years.
Dr. Kerschner completed undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He received his MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin, completed a general surgery internship at the University of South Florida, completed his otolaryngology residency at the University of South Florida and completed a pediatric otolaryngology fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
President & CEO
Lubar & Co.
David Lubar joined Lubar & Co. in 1983 and today leads the company’s daily operations as president and CEO. Previously, he spent five years in commercial banking at Norwest Bank (now known as Wells Fargo Bank). He has served as lead investor and a director to more than 20 companies in a wide range of industries and in various stages of business development. He currently serves as a director of several private companies as well as Milwaukee Brewers, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. and BMO Financial Corp.
He also serves or has served on the Board of several non-profit organizations, including Greater Milwaukee Committee (chair-elect), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Business Advisory Council (chairman), Milwaukee Jewish Federation (former chairman), Froedtert Health (former chairman), United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County (former chairman) and Greater Milwaukee Foundation. Mr. Lubar received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College in 1977 and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Minnesota in 1982.
Vincent P. Mathews, MD
Chair and James E. Youker Endowed Chair in Radiology
Medical College of Wisconsin
Vincent P. Mathews, MD, joined the Medical College of Wisconsin in February 2014 as Chair of the Department of Radiology, Professor with Tenure and James E. Youker Endowed Chair in Radiology. Prior to joining MCW, Dr. Mathews served as Professor of Radiology (Neuroradiology) at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis and President and Chief Executive Officer of Northwest Radiology Network.
Dr. Mathews began his faculty career in 1992 as an assistant professor of Radiology (Neuroradiology) at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. From 1992-1995, he served as an assistant professor of Radiology (Neuroradiology) at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina; he was promoted to associate professor at that institution in 1995. Dr. Mathews joined the Department of Radiology (Neuroradiology) at the Indiana University School of Medicine as an associate professor in 1995 and was promoted to the professor rank in 2002. Additionally, in 2003 Dr. Mathews joined Northwest Radiology Network as a staff neuroradiologist and was named president and CEO in 2009.
Dr. Mathews’ research focuses on the fields of functional magnetic resonance imaging of the brain and brain functioning in adolescents. He has received major grants from the National Institute of Health, numerous international pharmaceutical companies and the Center for Successful Parenting.
Dr. Mathews has participated in more than 250 invited lectures, presentations and scientific exhibits, both nationally and internationally. He also possesses an extremely strong publication record including original peer-reviewed journal articles, non-refereed journal articles, book chapters on teaching and research, and abstracts. Dr. Mathews also has served as a trustee of the American Board of Radiology since 2011 and received a Lifetime Service Award from that entity in 2010. His current participation in professional organizations also includes the Radiological Society of North America, American Society of Neuroradiology, American Society of Pediatric Neuroradiology, American Society of Spine Radiology, American Medical Association and the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.
Dr. Mathews graduated from the University of Evansville (Indiana) in 1981, and received his MD degree with highest distinction from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1986. From 1986-1990, Dr. Mathews served an internship and residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Indiana University Medical Center Hospitals. Dr. Mathews completed two fellowships in Neuroradiology – at Indiana University Medical Center Hospitals (1989-1990) and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland (1990-1991). Dr. Mathews is currently certified by the American Board of Radiology, with a subspecialty in Neuroradiology.
President and CEO
Chris Miskel became President and CEO of Versiti on Feb. 1, 2017. Mr. Miskel leads Versiti’s strategic affiliation of successful healthcare organizations that provide innovative, value-added solutions in the fields of transfusion medicine, transplantation, hematology, cellular therapies and genomic medicine. Versiti is comprised of BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Heartland Blood Centers (IL), Michigan Blood and Indiana Blood Center. Its combined efforts result in improved patient outcomes, expanded access to care and cost efficiencies for healthcare systems nationwide.
As CEO, Mr. Miskel oversees an internationally respected transfusion medicine, blood products and blood services provider. Versiti provides diagnostic, esoteric reference laboratory services to hospitals nationwide, and transfusion and hematology-related medical services to hospitals, including the Comprehensive Center for Bleeding Disorders, a bleeding and clotting disorder treatment center. Its Blood Research Institute is among the world’s premier blood research organizations focused on vascular biology, and also performs research in cancer immunology, stem cell biology, and transfusion medicine and transplantation. Versiti provides transplant services and products for transplantation, including stem cells and bone marrow, and organ and tissue recovery services for transplantation.
Prior to joining Versiti, Mr. Miskel served as Group Vice President and Global Immunology Franchise Head at Shire, helping to bring medicines to patients around the world and shaping the strategy for a $2.5 billion biopharmaceutical franchise. In his previous role at Baxalta, he was Vice President of Plasma Strategy and New Product Development. Mr. Miskel also worked for Baxter International as Vice President of U.S. BioScience National Accounts and spent 17 years with Eli Lilly and Company, most recently as General Manager of their Australia and New Zealand operation.
Mr. Miskel earned a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School in 2000 and a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in accounting from Butler University in 1996. He also was a three-year starter on Butler’s basketball team, and was named an Academic All-American in 1995. Mr. Miskel currently sits on the Butler University Business School Board of Visitors.
Justin L. Mortara, PhD
Former CEO of Mortara Instrument, Inc.
Justin L. Mortara, PhD, is the former CEO of Mortara Instrument, Inc. Mortara Instrument is a medical device firm headquartered in Milwaukee that designs and manufactures electrocardiography (ECG) devices and monitoring systems that aid in the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease. Dr. Mortara joined the company in 1998 and was named CEO in 2008. In 2017, the company was acquired by Hill-Rom, a leading global medical technology company with more than 10,000 employees worldwide.
Dr. Mortara was educated at the University of Chicago, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Physics. He earned his doctorate in Physics at the University of California-Berkeley. Dr. Mortara currently serves on the boards of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC), the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Milwaukee Ballet and the Greater Milwaukee Committee.
Wayne C. Oldenburg
President and CEO
Oldenburg Group Inc.
Wayne C. Oldenburg is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Oldenburg Group Incorporated, a Milwaukee-based supplier of performance-engineered products used in the defense, mining, energy and architectural lighting industries worldwide. Oldenburg Group has four manufacturing facilities in the United States plus facilities in Mexico and South America.
Mr. Oldenburg serves on the Board of Directors of Sargento Incorporated. His civic board affiliations, both past and present, include the Board of Trustees at University School of Milwaukee; Lakeland College; the Milwaukee Ballet; the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF); ABCD (After Breast Cancer Diagnosis); the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee; Junior Achievement of Wisconsin; the Medical College of Wisconsin and YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee.
Janis M. Orlowski, MD, MACP
Chief Health Care Officer
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
Janis M. Orlowski, MD, MACP, is the Chief Health Care Officer with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). In this role, she focuses on the interface between the health care delivery system and academic medicine, especially regarding how academic medical centers can leverage their expertise in research and innovation to support emerging reforms.
Dr. Orlowski also leads several AAMC groups, including the Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems. Dr. Orlowski joined the AAMC after serving as the chief operating officer and chief medical officer of MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C. From 2004-2013, where she oversaw the medical staff, clinical care, quality, patient safety, medical risk, perioperative services, ambulatory care and medical education programs. Prior to MedStar Washington, Dr. Orlowski served as associate vice president and executive dean of the Rush University Medical School in Chicago.
Dr. Orlowski also serves on the board of trustees at Marquette University.
Dr. Orlowski is board-certified in both internal medicine and nephrology. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering from Marquette University in 1978 and her MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1982. Her residency, term as Chief Resident and Fellowship in Nephrology) were all completed at Rush University Medical Center.
Rebecca J. Pirozzolo-Mellowes
Partner and Intellectual Property Lawyer
Foley & Lardner LLP
R. Jan Pirozzolo-Mellowes is a partner and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, where she focuses on patent, trademark, and copyright litigation. Ms. Pirozzolo-Mellowes’ work involves various industries and technical areas, including software, chemical compositions, medical devices, mechanical devices, DNA sequencing, and architectural works. Ms. Pirozzolo-Mellowes also has experience in complex litigation in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields, including Hatch-Waxman litigation. She is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Practice and the Automotive and Life Sciences Industry Teams.
Ms. Pirozzolo-Mellowes has extensive experience with day-to-day case management and has handled many aspects of case development, including a variety of discovery issues such as fact investigations, document collection, electronic discovery, discovery disputes, and depositions. She has also worked extensively with both technical and financial experts, has significant experience with briefing issues and trial preparation, and has appeared in a number of federal courts.
Ms. Pirozzolo-Mellowes is also involved in a number of community organizations. She is currently a trustee on the Charter Manufacturing Foundation Board, has been a member of the Junior League of Milwaukee, where she has co-chaired and chaired fundraising efforts, and she co-chaired the 2012 Annual Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse Tee Up for a Cure Golf Outing in connection with the organization’s funding of breast cancer and prostate cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Ms. Pirozzolo-Mellowes received her law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law, with honors, in 2004. During law school, she served as a member and business manager for the Connecticut Law Review. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University in 1996. Additionally, Ms. Pirozzolo-Mellowes completed additional coursework in chemistry and biochemistry at Boston College, which qualified her for registration to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Admissions and Professional Memberships
Ms. Pirozzolo-Mellowes is admitted to practice in Wisconsin and Massachusetts. She is also registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Additionally, Ms. Pirozzolo-Mellowes is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She is a member of the Association for Woman Lawyers, the American Bar Association, and the Boston Bar Association.
- “Ethics and Professional Responsibility,” State Bar of Wisconsin CLE Books, April 2008 (with Cynthia J. Franecki)
- “Court Finds 25 Percent ‘Rule of Thumb’ to Be a Fundamentally Flawed Tool,” Foley Legal News Alert: IP Litigation, January 5, 2011 (with Cynthia J. Franecki)
John R. Raymond, Sr., MD
President and CEO
Medical College of Wisconsin
Dr. John R. Raymond, Sr. is President and CEO of the Medical College of Wisconsin. He assumed his position as the College’s sixth president on July 1, 2010. Dr. Raymond joined the Medical College from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), where he served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.
Previously, Dr. Raymond held the positions of Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost for the public, freestanding Medical University in South Carolina.
A practicing nephrologist who plays active roles in clinical care, teaching and faculty mentorship, Dr. Raymond is also a medical researcher studying the basic mechanisms of kidney cell function. He has published more than 140 full-length manuscripts and has received nearly $40 million in competitive extramural funding.
Dr. Raymond received his undergraduate and medical degrees with honors from the Ohio State University and performed his internship, residency, chief residency and nephrology fellowship training at Duke University Medical Center. After completing his training, he joined Duke’s faculty, where he rose through the ranks to attain tenure.
Kristina M. Ropella, PhD
Dr. Kristina (Kris) Ropella is Opus Dean of the Opus College of Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Marquette University (MU). She joined the biomedical engineering faculty at Marquette in 1990 and served as chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering from 2004 to 2013, when she was named the executive associate dean for the college. In these leadership roles, Dr. Ropella has led strategic planning and implementation, creation of academic programs, engagement with industry, government and other academic institutions, fundraising, and community outreach.
Ropella is recognized internationally for her research in biosignal processing and medical imaging for diagnostic medical devices. Her early research focused on detection of abnormal heart rhythms for implantable defibrillators and ECG monitors. Currently, she is collaborating with neuroscientists and physicians at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) to develop clinical applications of functional magnetic resonance imaging. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Education, The Ralph and Marion Falk Medical Research Trust, and the Whitaker Foundation. Dr. Ropella also created and led a number of innovative educational programs, including the Joint Functional Imaging PhD program with MCW, a new biocomputer engineering major at MU, a GAANN Graduate Fellowship Program in Functional Imaging, an NSF-sponsored summer undergraduate research program, and most recently, E-Lead, an undergraduate engineering leadership curriculum. She collaborates extensively with industry to support research, educational programs, and student design projects.
Dr. Ropella was named the Wisconsin U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support for Education (2007). She has twice received the college’s Outstanding Teacher Award (1994 and 2002), the university’s Robert and Mary Gettel Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence (2002). Among other honors, she was the recipient of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 (2000) and Women of Influence (2008) awards. She is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, having recently served on its board of directors. She has served on the board of directors for the Biomedical Engineering Society, the Council of Chairs in Biomedical Engineering, and the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. She has also served on external review panels for the Institute of International Education, the AAAS, the National Institutes of Health, the Coulter Foundation, and the US Professors Program.
Dr. Ropella received her bachelor degree in biomedical engineering from Marquette University and master’s and doctoral degrees from Northwestern University.
Mary Ellen Stanek
Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc.
Ms. Stanek is currently Managing Director and Director of Asset Management for Robert W. Baird & Co., an institutional investment management organization with nearly $15 billion in assets under management. Additionally she serves as President of the Baird Funds. Previously, she served as President and CEO of Firstar Investment Research & Management Company.
Ms. Stanek is a member of The CFA Institute; the CFA Society of Milwaukee; the Greater Milwaukee Committee (Chair); Milwaukee 7 (Co-Chair); Tempo (past President); and Professional Dimensions.
She serves on the boards of Robert W. Baird & Co.; Journal Communications (NYSE:JRN); Northwestern Mutual; West Bend Mutual Insurance Company; Aurora Health Care; Boys and Girls Clubs (past Board Chair); Children's Hospital Foundation; Marquette University (Emeritus); Medical College of Wisconsin; Junior Achievement; and United Way. She has co-chaired annual campaigns for the United Performing Arts Fund and the United Way.
Ms. Stanek holds an MBA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is a magna cum laude graduate of Marquette University, where she won election to the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society.
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