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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.


Jay B. Williams

Jay B. Williams, MCW Board of Trustees

Chair of the Board
Chairman of the Board, Associated Banc-Corp, Inc.
Chairman of the Board, Church Mutual Insurance Company

Philip B. Flynn

Philip Flynn, MCW Board of Trustees

Vice Chair of the Board
President and CEO
Associated Bank

Jacqueline Herd-Barber

Jacqueline Herd-Barber, MCW Board of Trustees

Community Volunteer

Mary Ellen Stanek

Mary Ellen Stanek, MCW Board of Trustees

Managing Director
Chief Investment Officer, Baird Advisors
President of Baird Funds
Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc.


Elizabeth 'Betsy' Brenner

Elizabeth 'Betsy' Brenner

Community Volunteer
Retired President and Publisher, Journal Communications

Elizabeth (Betsy) Brenner is an active volunteer in the Milwaukee community. Along with her service as a Medical College of Wisconsin trustee and member of its executive committee, she sits on the executive committees of the Greater Milwaukee Committee and Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. Her additional board service includes the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee and Milwaukee Film.

Ms. Brenner stepped down in 2016 after more than three decades in the newspaper industry. She was named publisher and president of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in January 2005, and also served as executive vice president of Journal Communications and its spinoff company, Journal Media Group. During her tenure at Wisconsin’s largest newspaper, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel won three Pulitzer Prizes, including one awarded in 2011 that told the story of groundbreaking genomic research conducted at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Prior to coming to Milwaukee, Ms. Brenner was president and publisher of The News Tribune in Tacoma, WA and The SUN in Bremerton, WA. She had earlier leadership responsibilities at the Denver Rocky Mountain News, The Miami Herald and The New York Times. She began her career as a business news reporter at The Chicago Tribune.

Ms. Brenner attended Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism in 1976 and Master of Business Administration degree in 1978.

Christy L. Brown

Christy L. Brown

Christy L. Brown, MCW Board of Trustees

Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast

Christy L. Brown is Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast (GSWISE), a large council with more than 37,000 girl and adult members. During her tenure, Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast has moved up to second in overall girl market share out of 112 councils. She was selected as one of two CEOs in the GSUSA delegation at the 36th World Conference of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in Delhi, India.

Prior to this role she was vice chancellor, finance and administrative affairs at UW-Milwaukee; executive vice president and general counsel at Milwaukee Area Technical College; vice president and corporate counsel at Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, Inc.; and associate attorney with Michael Best.

Christy is a director for Northwestern Mutual Series Fund, a trustee at Carroll University and a member of the Downtown Rotary Club of Milwaukee; the Wisconsin State Bar; the Association of Women Lawyers; Wisconsin Association of African American Lawyers; TEMPO Milwaukee; and the International Women’s Forum.

In addition to receiving the TEMPO Mentor Award, Christy was recognized as a Milwaukee Business Journal Women of Influence (Inspiration) honoree and a recipient of the Waukesha County Women and Girls Fund Women of Distinction award. She earned her BA from Stanford University, and a JD and MA at Duke University.

John Donofrio

John Donofrio

John Donofrio, MCW Board of Trustees

Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Johnson Controls

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 of 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 in New Brunswick, NJ, and has a Juris Doctor and a Master of Laws in trade regulation from George Washington University Law Center in Washington, DC.

David Gay, CPA

David Gay, CPA

Managing Partner
EY Milwaukee Office

David Gay, CPA, is managing partner at global accounting firm EY – a position he has held since 2014. A native of Menomonee Falls, he received a BBA in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison 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 230 employees at the EY Milwaukee office.

Gay serves on the boards of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce and the Center for Advanced Studies in Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Gay also serves on the board 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

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, served on the boards of several portfolio companies, and managed the founder’s family office. She also served as an associate director of investments at Northwestern Mutual Capital, LLC.

Ms. Gorens-Levey served as a co-chair of the Greater Milwaukee Committee’s Downtown Development Task Force (MKE United) from its inception through 2019 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 in Evanston, IL, 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

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 serves as his clients’ most trusted advisor on mergers and acquisitions, other strategic growth transactions and general corporate matters.

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.

Mr. Griepentrog is a CPA and was formerly a tax specialist at Ernst & Young. He continues to be named among The Best Lawyers in America for Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions (since 2013), and was named 2018 “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers for Mergers and Acquisitions Law in Milwaukee.

Mr. Griepentrog sits on the boards of the MACC Fund and Blue Mound Golf Club (where he also serves as their finance committee chair).

He received his BBA in accounting from Marquette University and his JD from Marquette University Law School. He lives in Brookfield with his wife and three children.

John M. Grogan

John M. Grogan

John M. Grogan, MCW Board of Trustees

Executive Vice President & Chief Insurance Officer
Northwestern Mutual

As Chief Insurance Officer, John M. Grogan is responsible for the strategy and performance of the company’s insurance businesses. This includes overall leadership of product development and innovation, product line performance, risk selection standards, and underwriting. He also serves as a member of the company’s Senior Leadership Team.

Grogan joined Northwestern as an attorney in 1992 and has worked in and held leadership roles in a variety of company disciplines, including law, insurance, distribution, operations, and investment products. He served as president and chief executive officer of the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company during the financial crisis from 2008 to 2010. In 2010, he led the integration of all support to the field across products, planning and markets. In recent years, he has overseen the company’s service operations, innovation and venture investing, and underwriting transformation to accelerate the company’s client experience.

Before joining Northwestern Mutual, Grogan worked for the federal judiciary in Kansas City, Missouri, and as a certified public accountant for Arthur Andersen in Chicago.
Grogan is a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and of the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. He also completed the Kellogg Management Institute at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

He currently serves on the boards of Marquette University High School, The Medical College of Wisconsin, and LIMRA/LOMA Global. An advocate for diversity and inclusion, he also serves as the executive sponsor of Northwestern Mutual’s Women’s Employee Resource Group.

John is married to his wife, Denise, and has four children.

Jon D. Hammes

Jon D. Hammes

Managing Partner
Hammes Company, LLC

Jon Hammes is the managing partner of Hammes Company – a healthcare consulting firm providing strategic planning, facility development and real estate advisory to the healthcare industry. Hammes Partners is a registered institutional private equity fund that develops and acquires healthcare facilities on behalf of pension funds, endowments and foundations nationally.

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.

Ted D. Kellner, CFA

Ted D. Kellner, CFA

Chairman and CEO
T&M Partners

Ted D. Kellner is chairman and CEO of T&M Partners LLC. He also is a chartered financial analyst with more than 50 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 8,200 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 $20 billion in assets.

He serves on the Lakeview Equity Partners LLC. 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 and Waukesha County, University of Wisconsin Foundation, YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee and the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce.

He has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Joseph E. Kerschner, MD

Joseph E. Kerschner, MD

Dean, School of Medicine
Provost and Executive Vice President
Medical College of Wisconsin

Dr. Joseph Kerschner became the dean of the School of Medicine and executive vice president of the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) in November 2011 following 10 months as interim dean. Dr. Kerschner assumed the additional role of provost of the MCW Health Science University in 2017. He also is professor in the departments of otolaryngology and communication sciences and microbiology and immunology. He has held numerous leadership roles in organized medicine, including currently serving as chair of the board of directors for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). He previously served as chair of the AAMC Council of Deans. Dr. Kerschner maintains an active membership on numerous professional and honorary societies, is past president of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology and immediate past president of the International Society for Otitis Media.

Dr. Kerschner maintains an active research laboratory which has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 2001. Dr. Kerschner’s research (as a Principal or Co-Principal Investigator) has received extramural funding of more than $15 million. He has published groundbreaking basic and clinical research in otitis media (middle ear inflammation) which has fundamentally improved the understanding and treatment of this extremely common disease in children. Dr. Kerschner has published 137 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and has authored or co-authored 23 books, chapters and reviews. He provides editorial expertise for the leading national and international journals in otolaryngology and is the associate editor of the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology.

Dr. Kerschner has been deeply involved in medical education and mentorship throughout his career and has been a visiting professor and invited lecturer at more than 200 national and international meetings on a variety of topics including leadership development, medical economics and his areas of research expertise. He personally has mentored more than 30 pre- and post-doctoral students, many of whom have gone on to enjoy careers in academic medicine. As dean of MCW’s School of Medicine, Dr. Kerschner has led the development of a completely revamped medical student curriculum (the Discovery Curriculum) which emphasizes early clinical exposure and individualized learning through topical education options called “Pathways.”

Dr. Kerschner maintains an active clinical practice and is recognized as a national expert in pediatric otolaryngology. He has been named as one of the Best Doctors® in America continuously since 2004.

John R. Kirby, PhD

John R. Kirby, PhD

John Kirby, PhD, MCW Board of Trustees

Chair and Walter Schroeder Professor
Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Dr. Kirby graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1992 and received his PhD in Biochemistry from that institution in 1998. From 1998-2002, Dr. Kirby was a postdoctoral fellow in molecular cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley.

From 2002-2006, Dr. Kirby was Assistant Professor of Biology at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He was Associate Professor of Microbiology at the University of Iowa from 2007-2014, before being promoted to the rank of Professor. Additionally at the University of Iowa, Dr. Kirby was a faculty member in the Center for Biocatalysis and Bioengineering; Medical Scientist Training Program; Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs in Genetics and Informatics; Fraternal Order Eagles Diabetes Research Center; Sloan Center for Exemplary Mentoring; Interdisciplinary Institute for Human Genetics; Behavioral-Biomedical Interface Training Program; Department of Urology (where he also served as Director of Residents Research); and Obesity Research and Education Initiative. Dr. Kirby joined MCW as Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology on January 1, 2017. He also holds the Walter Schroeder Professorship in Microbiology and Immunology.

Dr. Kirby’s major areas of research focus on signal transduction in diverse bacteria ranging from soil dwelling spore formers (Bacillus subtilis and Myxococcus xanthus) to biofilm forming pathogens, to microbial communities in the gut. Dr. Kirby is actively investigating interactions between M. xanthus and B. subtilis as a model for predator-prey interactions in vivo, primarily to assess the role of production of specialized metabolites, similar to antibiotics, on both sides of the predator-prey equation. Additionally, he has been examining the role of xenobiotics (antipsychotics, antihypertensives and antibiotics) for their capacity to disrupt the gut microbiota with deleterious consequences on metabolism.

Dr. Kirby has held numerous professional positions. Since 1997, he has been a member of the American Society of Microbiology; from 2006-2007, he was Division Chair, American Society for Microbiology: Cell and Structural Biology, and served as the Division Advisor from 2007-2008. He was an Instructor at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: Advanced Bacterial Genetics from 2006-2010. He also serves as Science Advisor for Hennepin Life Sciences, Academic Editor for PLOS ONE, and Chair of the GRC on Sensory Transduction in Microorganisms. Additionally, Dr. Kirby serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards of Molecular Microbiology and Frontiers in Microbiology.

Dr. Kirby has been significantly involved in undergraduate, medical student, graduate and postdoctoral education, including serving as a thesis advisor and on thesis committees in anatomy and cell biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, biology, epidemiology, genetics and microbiology. He also continues to serve as a mentor to faculty members at other institutions around the country.

Dr. Kirby has participated in approximately 130 invited lectures, workshops and presentations, both nationally and internationally. His bibliography includes more than 50 articles and book chapters. His work has been reproduced in several textbooks and received recognition in the press, including the New York Times, Popular Science and Nature Reviews.

David Lubar

David Lubar

David Lubar

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 and BMO Financial Corp.

He also serves or has served on the Board of several non-profit organizations, including Greater Milwaukee Committee (chairman), 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 (former vice-chair). Mr. Lubar received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, in 1977 and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in 1982.

Gregory S. Marcus

Gregory S. Marcus

Gregory S. Marcus, MCW Board of Trustees

President and Chief Executive Officer
The Marcus Corporation

Mr. Marcus is president and chief executive officer of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS). He joined the company in 1992, was elected to the Board of Directors in 2005 and was elected president in 2008 and chief executive officer in 2009. He is the third generation of the Marcus family to lead the company founded by his grandfather, Ben Marcus, in 1935. Greg is actively involved in leadership roles with numerous Milwaukee organizations and has been a speaker at both local and industry events. He received a B.A. degree in accounting from Indiana University in 1986 and a J.D. degree from Boston University School of Law in 1989.

Chris Miskel

Chris Miskel

President and CEO

Chris Miskel became president and CEO of Versiti on Feb. 1, 2017. 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 Blood Center 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, 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, 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. Miskel also worked for Baxter International as vice president of US BioScience National Accounts and spent 17 years with Eli Lilly and Company, most recently as general manager of their Australia and New Zealand operation.

Miskel earned a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School in Cambridge, MA in 2000 and a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in accounting from Butler University in Indianapolis in 1996. He also was a three-year starter on Butler’s basketball team and was named an Academic All-American in 1995. Miskel currently sits on the Butler University Business School board of visitors.

Justin L. Mortara, PhD

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.

Marie Nakata, MD

Marie Nakata, MD

Marie Nakata, MD, MCW Board of Trustees

Dermatologist and Alumni Representative

Marie Nakata, MD ’89, GME ’93, is a native of Milwaukee and a board-certified dermatologist. She has been practicing dermatology for more than 25 years. While focusing on general dermatology, she takes special interest in skin cancer detection and treatment, acne, eczema, itchy skin, rashes, moles and abnormal growths.

Dr. Nakata is an active participant in the MCW/Marquette Medical Alumni Association, including serving as past president. She also served on the search committee for the new executive director of the Alumni Association. In addition, Dr. Nakata serves on the Class of 1989 Reunion Committee.

Along with her husband, she established the Drs. Steven and Marie Nakata Endowed Scholarship Fund at MCW. Drs. Marie and Steven Nakata are both MCW alumni and Walter Zeit Fellows.

Cory L. Nettles (Immediate Past Chair)

Cory L. Nettles (Immediate Past Chair)

Cory Nettles, MCW Board of Trustees

Founder and Managing Director
Generation Growth Capital, Inc.

Cory L. Nettles is the founder and managing director of Generation Growth Capital, Inc., a Milwaukee-based private equity fund. Nettles previously served as secretary for the Wisconsin Department of Commerce under Governor Jim Doyle, acting as “point man” on business and economic development for the state.

Nettles graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, and he received a JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison.

Wayne C. Oldenburg

Wayne C. Oldenburg

Wayne Oldenburg, MCW Board of Trustees

President and CEO
Oldenburg Group Inc.

Wayne C. Oldenburg is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Oldenburg Group Incorporated, a Milwaukee-based supplier of architectural lighting products. Previously, Oldenburg Group Incorporated manufactured performance-engineered products used in the defense, mining, and energy industries worldwide. Besides a manufacturing facility in Milwaukee, Oldenburg Group has had manufacturing facilities in locations throughout the United States, plus facilities in four countries.

Mr. Oldenburg’s board affiliations, both past and present, include Board of Directors/Board of Trustees of Sargento Incorporated, University School of Milwaukee, Lakeland College, the Milwaukee Ballet, the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF), YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee, ABCD (After Breast Cancer Diagnosis), the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Junior Achievement of Wisconsin and The Medical College of Wisconsin.

Janis M. Orlowski, MD, MACP

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 healthcare 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, DC, 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, Montini Catholic High School in Lombard, IL, and Creighton University in Omaha, NE.

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

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.

Community Engagement
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.

Selected Publications

  • “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)
Austin Ramirez

Austin Ramirez

Austin Ramirez, MCW Board of Trustees

President and Chief Executive Officer
HUSCO International

Mr. Ramirez is the President & CEO of HUSCO International. Under his leadership, the company was designated a Global Growth Company by the World Economic Forum and recognized as Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year.

In 2016-17, Mr. Ramirez served a one-year assignment in Washington, DC as a White House Fellow at the National Economic Council. Founded in 1964 by Lyndon B. Johnson, the White House Fellows program is one of America’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service.

After graduating from Virginia with degrees in Systems Engineering and Economics, he worked in the San Francisco office of McKinsey & Company. Mr. Ramirez attended Stanford Graduate School of Business as a Goldman Sachs Fellow and graduated as an Arjay Miller Scholar.

Mr. Ramirez is an active citizen of Milwaukee with a passion for urban education. He has volunteered on a number of education-focused boards including Teach for America, the Boys and Girls Club, the YMCA, and the United Performing Arts Fund. He has also served as a director of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, Metropolitan Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce, and the National Association of Manufacturers. Mr. Ramirez was selected as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2014 and is the founding curator of the Forum’s Global Shaper Hub in Milwaukee.

John R. Raymond, Sr., MD

John R. Raymond, Sr., MD

President and CEO
Professor of Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin

John R. Raymond, Sr., MD, assumed positions as the Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) sixth president and chief executive officer on July 1, 2010.

After graduating from the School of Medicine at The Ohio State University, Dr. Raymond trained in internal medicine and nephrology at Duke University Medical Center, after which he joined the faculty and rose through the academic ranks to attain tenure. Raymond then joined the Medical University of South Carolina [MUSC] faculty in 1996 as the Dialysis Clinics Incorporated Professor of Medicine, until 2010. During this period he also served as associate chief of staff for research at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, SC, from 1998 to 2002; MUSC’s associate provost for research from 2001-2006, and vice president for academic affairs and provost from 2002-2010.

He has been a peer-designated Best Doctor® for many years, and a scientist funded by the National Institutes of Health.

A practicing nephrologist with active roles in clinical care, teaching and faculty mentorship, Raymond also is a medical researcher studying the basic mechanisms of kidney cell function. He has published more than 140 full-length manuscripts and earned nearly $40 million of grant funding over the course of his career.

Raymond is a member of the board of directors of the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County and co-chair of the 2020 United Way Campaign. He also is a member of the Versiti/BloodCenter of Wisconsin’s Blood Research Institute. He is a past member of the board of the National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin, a past president of the board of the American Heart Association of Metro Milwaukee and chairman of the American Heart Association’s 2011 Milwaukee Heart Walk. Raymond has served on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Physiology – Renal Physiology, the Journal of Biological Chemistry and Assay Drug Development Technology.

He was elected to membership in the Association of American Physicians, the American Clinical and Climatological Association, and the American Society for Clinical Investigation. Among his many honors are awards for excellence in leadership, research, mentorship, service, diversity, teaching and clinical care.

Kristina M. Ropella, PhD

Kristina M. Ropella, PhD

Kristina Ropella, MCW Board of Trustees

Opus Dean
Marquette University

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. Ropella assumed the permanent role of Opus Dean in 2015. In this leadership role, she provides vision and leads strategic planning and implementation, creation of academic programs, engagement with industry, government and other academic institutions, fundraising and community outreach.

Dr. Ropella’s research expertise is in biosignal processing and medical imaging for diagnostic medical devices, with emphasis on monitoring of cardiac arrhythmias and brain mapping. She led the creation of several innovative educational programs, including the Joint Functional Imaging PhD program with MCW, a new biocomputer engineering major at Marquette, a GAANN Graduate Fellowship Program in Functional Imaging, an NSF sponsored summer undergraduate research program and the MU and MCW department of biomedical engineering. Ropella is also the founder and faculty director of E-Lead, a three-year curricular leadership development program that offers undergraduate students the opportunity to build on their technical skills and develop their capacity to lead people and teams. She collaborates extensively with industry to support research, educational programs and student design projects.

Dr. Ropella was named the Wisconsin US 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; STEM Forward’s Engineer of the Year award (2016); and the Kern Family Foundation’s Outstanding Dean award (2016).

Dr. Ropella is a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). She has served on the board of directors for AIMBE, the Biomedical Engineering Society, the Council of Chairs in Biomedical Engineering and the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. She currently serves on the board of directors at Milwaukee’s St. Augustine Prep and the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Governance Board. Dr. Ropella received her bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Marquette University and master’s and doctoral degrees from Northwestern University.

Peggy Troy

Peggy Troy

Peggy Troy, MCW Board of Trustees

President and Chief Executive Officer
Children’s Hospital and Health System

Ms. Troy is the first female president and CEO of Children's Wisconsin, the only health system in Wisconsin that is 100 percent dedicated to kids. Under her leadership, the hospital is ranked in nine specialties by US News & World Report, employs more than 5,000 people throughout the state, and is served by more than 525 of Wisconsin's top pediatric providers from the Medical College of Wisconsin.

In her role, Ms. Troy keeps an eye on the horizon, always anticipating and preparing for changes in the dynamic and complex health care landscape. As the visionary leader of a nearly billion-dollar pediatric health system, she is committed to collaborating with individuals and organizations that have the best interest of kids in mind. As a tireless champion and advocate, she is known to roll up her sleeves, offer guidance on tough issues and bring attention to worthwhile causes. She leads by example and is deeply committed to developing talent at all levels, and to mentoring the next generation of leaders.

Ms. Troy earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Marquette University and a master's in Nursing from DePaul University in Chicago. While still attending Marquette, she served as a nurse intern at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and has been involved in pediatric medicine ever since. Ms. Troy’s talents and passion for children's health led to progressive leadership roles in both adult and pediatric health systems prior to coming to Children's Hospital in 2009. She is the former chair of the board of the Children's Hospital Association (CHA), an organization of 220 children's hospitals nationwide that advances child health through innovation in quality, cost, and delivery of care. She is frequently invited to speak about pediatric health care policy.

In 2020, Ms. Troy received an honorary Doctor of Nursing degree from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. She is also recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Service Award from the Wisconsin Hospital Association. The Distinguished Service Award honors senior health care executives who have made an exemplary commitment to WHA and the communities they serve.

Ms. Troy is a strong community advocate and volunteers her time to organizations that improve overall health and quality of life. She is a member of the Greater Milwaukee Committee and serves on the boards of the Rexnord Corporation, Marquette University, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, Teach for America, the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center, Quad Med, Herzing Healthcare Advisory Board and the United Way Cabinet.

Emeritus Trustees

  • Richard A. Abdoo
  • John F. Bergstrom
  • Natalie A. Black
  • John W. Daniels, Jr.
  • Roger L. Fitzsimonds ♦
  • Timothy T. Flaherty, MD
  • William N. Godfrey ♦
  • Joseph E. Gorman
  • Robert M. Hoffer ♦
  • Katherine M. Hudson
  • Charles D. Jacobus, Sr. ♦
  • James H. Keyes
  • John H Kopmeier ♦
  • Sheldon B. Lubar
  • P. Michael Mahoney
  • Stephen H. Marcus
  • Jon P. McGlocklin
  • Charles S. McNeer ♦
  • Linda Mellowes
  • Charles C. Mulcahy
  • John L. Murray ♦
  • Harry V. Quadracci ♦
  • I. Andrew Rader ♦
  • William L. Randall ♦
  • Blaine E. Rieke
  • Brenton H. Rupple ♦
  • Thomas L. Smallwood
  • L.B. Smith ♦
  • Steven J. Smith
  • Thomas L. Spero ♦
  • Julia A. Uihlein
  • James B. Wigdale
  • Melodie Wilson-Oldenburg ♦
  • Allen W. Williams
  • Carlton P. Wilson ♦
  • Edward Zore

♦ Deceased