UWSP MBA Directory 2019-22

MASTER YOUR FUTURE YOUR PURPOSE

DIRECTORY MBA Master of Business Administration in Applied Leadership and Decision-Making Candidate and Alumni

UW-Stevens Point MBA Program Directory

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Welcome. ..........................................................................................................................3 Candidates..................................................................................................................4-69

Bellavin, Lisa*...................5 Benson, Kaylee*...............6 Bestle, Alexandra*...........7 Blenker, Jason...................8 Burroughs, Dax*^.............9 Chatterton, Jared*..........10 Cohrs, Ian........................11 Cwiak, Ryan*..................12 Davis, Tyler*....................13 Dee, Hannah*.................14 Donovan, Christopher^...15 Edens, Kirstin*...............16 Fader, Jordan*................17 Fay, James*....................18 Folk, Rachel....................19 Gruber, Emily*................20 Gunderson, Aaron*........21 Anderson, Lisa*..............71 Andreae, Jessica*..........71 Andrews, Ryan................71 Aneskavich, Natalie........72 Annoye, Kristin*..............72 Bangart, Devin*..............72 Baumann, Janet..............73 Beckman, Lea*...............73 Bell, Chayanna*..............73 Bouffleur, Scott ............... 74 Budzinski, Chris^............74 Carrico, Stephen.............74 Castleberg, Jeremy*.......75 Disher, Brittany*.............75 Elsen, Amanda................75 Engelbreth, Lydia*..........76 Erdmann, Lauren*..........76 Erickson, Paula*.............76

Hafner, Mikalyn*............22 Hall, Curtis*....................23 Hockin, Jennifer..............24 Ilagan, J. Ann*................25 Johnson, Kara.................26 Kasten, Benjamin*.........27 Kedrowski, Tyler^............28 Knick, Matt*...................29 Knoll, Adam.....................30 Knuth, Josie*..................31 Kolbeck, Emily*..............32 Krautkramer, Ryan.........33 Krings, Renae.................34 Kruzan, Baily*.................35 Kumm, Jordan*..............36 Kumm, Nicolas................37 Maliszewski, Abigail*.....38 Fandre, Adam*...............77 Frias, Michael^................77 Foss, Matt.......................77 Frahm, Jessica................78 Fritzel, Darrell..................78 Gardner, Jodie.................78 Harl, Michael...................79 Hermening, Kevin*^.......79 Hinkle, Chandra..............79 Hom, Quyen.....................80 Hughes, Daniel*.............80 Hunt, Brianna*...............80 Ile, Kevin*.......................81 Kalish, Brian....................81 Kerkhoff, Sydney*..........81 Knights, Leah..................82 Koester, Jeri....................82 Konietzki, Jeremiah........82

McReynolds, Brandon*..39 Molle, Olivia*..................40 Moss, Melissa*...............41 Nelson, Andrew...............42 Nelson, Garrett*.............43 Northey, Wilson*............44 O’Sullivan, Brett..............45 Peckham, Brandon*.......46 Perillo, Ryan*..................47 Rasmussen, David*^.....48 Resch, Jenny*.................49 Ross, Sarah.....................50 Sayre, Ryan.....................51 Schultz, Olivia*...............52 Siegler, Cody*^...............53 Snortheim, Brenda.........54 Theiler, Kyle.....................55 Larkowski, Brie*.............83 Lewis, Aaron*^................83 Lindner, Lukas*..............83 Lutz, Kelsey.....................84 Martin, Rosalynn*..........84 Meis, Matthew*..............84 Messerli, Lizzie...............85 Meverden, Anna*...........85 Mittelsteadt, Maddie......85 Momont, Sylviann*.........86 Moriel, Daniel..................86 Neta, Garrett...................86 Odegard, Courtney..........87 Olson, Adam*.................87 Olson, John^....................87 Patoka, Tyler*.................88 Persells, Jim....................88 Polak, Jacob*..................88

Thorn, Matt*...................56 Trotter, Samuel................57 Trzebiatowski, Max*.......58 Wagner, Ryan*................59 Waldburger, Larry...........60 Wasmundt, Jacob...........61 Withers, Alicia^...............62 Wochinski, Jade*............63 Wolff, Misty.....................64 Woolworth, Cameron......65 Wozniak, Makenzie*......66 Wurzer, Susan.................67 Xiong, Tou Ger^...............68 Young, Marc*..................68 Poole, Sam......................89 Schecklman, Logan*......89 Schmidt, Abby*...............89 Shidell, Ariel....................90 Starr, Andrea...................90 Strong, Ethan*................90 Swanson, Emily*............91 Vance, Joe*.....................91 Van Den Elzen, Kari*......91 Vang, Moua*...................92 Weiler, Kristofer*............92 Williams, Maddie............92 Williams, Molly................93 Xiong, Meilyn...................93 Xiong-Vang, Lada............93 Zipperer, Daniel..............94

Alumni. ..................................................................................................................... 70-94

Student/Alumni Awards..............................................................................................94 Faculty and Staff...........................................................................................................95 MBA Program Information..........................................................................................96 About UW-Stevens Point...................................................................Inside Back Cover Key:

* UW-Stevens Point Undergraduate Alum ^ U.S. Veteran/Active Military Member

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Welcome! The faculty, staff and administrative leadership of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point welcome you to the MBA program! No other existing AACSB-accredited program serves the geographic area of Central and Northern Wisconsin like ours does. We are pleased that our MBA was formed with input from the School of Business and Economics Business Advisory Council, a group that includes some of the most influential business leaders and employers in the region. Valuable insight was also gathered from our corporate partners who look to enrich students’ learning beyond the classroom. This program–with you as an integral part of it–spans a wide range of industries, employers and undergraduate degrees. The MBA candidate biographies in this booklet profile a group that is diverse, experienced and share a commitment to service. Our faculty stand ready to help you improve your ability to make decisions, influence others and lead organizations into new areas of success.

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Lisa Bellavin EXPERIENCE • Workforce Development Coordinator Boys & Girls Club of Portage County • Program Manager Renaissance Learning

EDUCATION • B.A. in Communication- Mass Media UW-Stevens Point • Professional Certification in Project Management UW-Madison

ENROLLED • Fall 2021

CAMPUS • Stevens Point

Lisa Bellavin is the workforce development coordinator for the Boys & Girls Club of Portage County where she is responsible for helping mentor and prepare area youth for success in their first job as well as helping to create clear pathways to their chosen career. Lisa earned a bachelor’s degree in communication- mass media from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a Professional Certification in Project Management from UW-Madison. Lisa is excited to use the educational experience that comes with a UWSP MBA to ignite the next phase of her career. Combining her background in project management, marketing and communications with the financial and analytical skills gained through the program will create a more comprehensive understanding of business operations as she looks to grow into a senior-level role. Since before classes officially begun, Lisa has felt welcomed by the MBA faculty. She feels that it’s a special demonstration of their expertise and commitment to student growth, both in and out of the classroom. She is also grateful to be a member of the part-time program so she will have the chance to apply what she learns in the classroom to her work in real-time. As Lisa has managed different projects and technology implementations in her current role, she strives to be thoughtful using data to guide decisions, develop solutions and influence stakeholders. What she is searching for in the UW- Stevens Point MBA program is the deeper understanding of subtle implications that can be gathered from data, tools and other methods and how data is used to forecast and identify trends. Lisa has completed the management trainee program through F+W Media/ Krause Publications Leadership Training and received the HSMAI Platinum Adrian Award from Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection.

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Kaylee Benson

EXPERIENCE • Graduate Assistant UW-Stevens Point MBA • Marketing Intern Landscape Structures Inc.

EDUCATION • B.S. in Management UW-Stevens Point • B.S. in Marketing UW-Stevens Point

ENROLLED 4+1 • Fall 2021

CAMPUS • Stevens Point

Kaylee Benson is the marketing intern for Landscape Structures Inc. where she assists with its website revamp and plans strategic updates of sales/product brochures. She graduated from UW-Stevens Point with degrees in management and marketing. One of the primary draws of the UWSP MBA program for Kaylee is the challenging and collaborative curriculum that will expand her knowledge and professional skills. Another deciding factor for Kaylee is her love for the UWSP campus and faculty. From her experience, UWSP has always gone the extra mile to make education memorable and impactful for its students. She loves the campus and community connections she made during the four years of her undergraduate career at UWSP and cannot wait to keep growing those connections. She believes UWSP does an amazing job at challenging and preparing its students for the professional world. The MBA in Applied Leadership and Decision-Making will support Kaylee’s profession by helping her further develop the necessary tools to be an effective leader. She believes the MBA program will push her outside of her comfort zone and help her continue to grow. She has a vision of being a company leader in the future and wants to continue developing her leadership and decision-making skills through this program. Kaylee’s career, educational and personal goals all are aimed at bettering herself and helping the community that surrounds her. She has a passion for helping people in both her workplace and her community. She dreams to work as a marketing specialist for medical devices or an event planner for a hospital like St. Jude Research Hospital.

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Alexandra Bestle

EXPERIENCE • Client Relations Consultant U.S. Bank

EDUCATION • BFA in Interior Architecture

UW-Stevens Point

ENROLLED • Fall 2020

CAMPUS • Stevens Point

Alex Bestle is a client relations consultant at U.S. Bank where she attends to client banking needs, educates clients on available products and services and recommends financial solutions based on each customer’s unique goals and needs. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a degree in interior architecture. Over time, Alex has learned through her interior design career and various volunteer experiences that she enjoys working with others in both a leadership position and a team environment. She has volunteered at her local high school assisting the technology education teacher in helping students learn AutoCAD and Autodesk Revit Software. She often performed demonstrations in class and assisted students on a personal level, ranging from simple questions to basic troubleshooting. By further educating herself, Alex feels she will be able to work toward more independence personally while also having an increased ability to give back to her community. Alex feels that earning an MBA in Applied Leadership and Decision-Making will help to propel her toward success in the work environment and increase her versatility as an employee by helping her improve upon current skills and learn new ones, all while broadening her scope and setting her apart from others. Having completed her undergraduate degree at UWSP, Alex looks forward to returning to the campus community. She is excited to learn more about the world of business while also growing as a person. She feels that the best part of the program is the opportunity to learn a variety of skills alongside others who share similar interests that can be used in a wide range of applications and industries.

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Jason Blenker

EXPERIENCE • President

EDUCATION • B.S. in Construction-

Drexel Systems/ Drexel Building Supply • President/Founder/ Co-Owner Blenker Companies

Business UW-Stout

ENROLLED • Fall 2021

CAMPUS • Stevens Point

Jason Blenker is the president of Drexel Systems, the manufacturing division of Drexel Building Supply, where he is responsible for leading, managing and holding the leadership team accountable for their goal to “Supply Happiness.” Jason graduated with a B.S. in construction and a minor in business from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Jason believes the MBA program at UW-Stevens Point will allow him to continue developing his skills as a leader. He hopes to gain different perspectives, thoughts, and ideas when it comes to building a team and culture within an organization. Additionally, Jason wants to grow and connect with other leaders to create new relationships. Jason is passionate about transferring his knowledge onto the next generation. He is continually striving to know more and learn more. Jason hopes to share his knowledge with those around him, helping transform his team into strong leaders. He believes it is his mission to be the best coach, mentor,and leader for his family, community and team. Family is the most important thing to Jason. He loves helping his wife shape and grow their three children into amazing young adults with a thirst for knowledge and a curiosity for life.

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LTC Dax Burroughs

EXPERIENCE • Professor of Military Science UW-Stevens Point • Battalion Executive Officer United States Army

EDUCATION • Master of Military Operational Art and Science Air University • B.S. in Political Science UW-Stevens Point

ENROLLED • Spring 2021

CAMPUS • Stevens Point

Lieutenant Colonel Dax Burroughs is a professor of military science at UW- Stevens Point where he selects, trains and commissions officers into the U.S. Army. He has been an active duty member of the U.S. military for more than 16 years. He graduated from Air University at the Maxwell Air Force Base with a master’s degree in military operational art and science. By completing his MBA at UWSP, Dax hopes to become capable of providing a more robust set of solutions to any challenge his organization faces when striving to reach its goals. He also hopes to gain the tools that enable him to arrive at solutions quicker and to then articulate the options to any professional tier within his workplace. He also looks forward to learning advanced decision-making skills that will help him clarify and achieve his long-term life goals. Business drives much of what Dax encounters on a day-to-day basis as the chair of the Department of Military Science. By completing the UWSP MBA program, he will have a greater variety of techniques to draw from as he seeks to improve the organizational processes of the units to which he is assigned. In the long term, having an MBA will enhance his opportunities when he transitions into his next career and will make him a valuable member of any team he works with. Dax has two small children at home and currently holds a full-time teaching position with four locations spread across 190 miles. Much of his time is spent with family or at work and now as a part-time student in the UWSP MBA program.

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Jared Chatterton

EXPERIENCE • Finance Intern MTI • Finance/Supervisor Intern-Culinary Six Flags Great America

EDUCATION • B.S. in Finance

UW-Stevens Point

ENROLLED 4+1 Fall 2021

CAMPUS • Stevens Point

Jared Chatterton is the finance/supervisor intern-culinary at Six Flags Great America where he trains and oversees a team of cashiers. Additionally, he corrects transactions, handles returns and opens and closes each unit daily. Jared graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a degree in finance. Jared could not have asked for a better undergraduate experience which gives him confidence the UWSP MBA in Applied Leadership and Decision-Making is the right program for him. The reputation of the program and the excellence of the professors led him to pursue his goal of earning an MBA. He has made many connections with professors involved in the MBA program and feels they have all encouraged him to succeed in and out of the classroom. Jared loves how connected the professors are across Wisconsin and hopes to network with many professionals in his field. Jared’s professional goal is to lead a risk management team for an insurance company. He hopes an MBA will help him achieve his career aspirations by developing crucial skills. The opportunity to work with top-notch students and professors is exciting to Jared. He is proud to be a part of a community that wants to see each other succeed. Jared hopes to develop connections that will last beyond his experience in the MBA program. Additionally, he hopes to be a resource for other students in the MBA later in their careers while also being able to reach out to this community in the future.

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Ian Cohrs

EXPERIENCE • Emergency Medical Technician Marshfield Medical Center

EDUCATION • B.S. in Biology UW-Madison

ENROLLED Summer 2022

CAMPUS • Wausau

Ian Cohrs is an emergency medical technician at Marshfield Medical Center in Minocqua, specializing in interfacility transport. In this role Ian has transported many critical patients to urban hospitals with more services available. Ian graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in biology. Ian is pursuing an MBA because he believes the program will prepare him to run his own business in the future. Ian hopes the MBA program will expand his leadership skills, as well as give him an opportunity to form a strong foundation of business knowledge. He is excited to meet new people who have similar interests and looks forward to making connections with those who will help support and launch his career to a new level. Ian’s ultimate career goal is to become a dentist and open his own clinic in the Wisconsin Northwoods. Ian is pursuing his MBA because he wants to learn how to successfully manage an organization while balancing multiple responsibilities. Ian specifically chose the UWSP MBA program because it allows him to stay close to his hometown of Merrill. He truly cares about his hometown, as he actively volunteers, and desires to make a difference there in the future. Ian enjoys taking on challenging new projects to improve his skillset. These projects include, building, woodworking, trying new recipes, and recently, brewing his own beer. In addition to these projects Ian enjoys spending time outdoors hunting, fishing, splitting wood and making maple syrup.

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Ryan Cwiak EXPERIENCE • Business Relationship Manager BMO Harris Bank • Virtual Business Relationship Manager Associated Bank

EDUCATION • B.A. in Communication:

Interpersonal- Organizational UW-Stevens Point

ENROLLED Fall 2020

CAMPUS • Wausau

Ryan Cwiak is a business relationship manager for BMO Harris Bank where he manages a portfolio of over 250 business clients and is responsible for the overall growth and quality of those businesses. He graduated from UW-Stevens Point with a degree in communication with an interpersonal-organizational emphasis. As a banking professional, the skills he will learn during the MBA program will directly increase the value Ryan brings to any organization. Developing his professional skills in a diverse group setting will allow Ryan to bring a different perspective when approaching difficult situations on the job. He is extremely excited to meet his peers so that he can learn from their different backgrounds and past life experiences. Obtaining an MBA has always been a goal of Ryan’s, so as soon as UWSP developed its program, he knew it was something he wanted to pursue. His undergraduate years at UWSP were some of the best years of his life, so choosing to complete his MBA at UWSP was an easy choice. Ryan loves the UWSP faculty and students, as well as the city of Stevens Point. He looks forward to spending a few more years learning in that environment. Ryan and his wife have been married for just over two years, and they enjoy traveling and seeing different parts of the world together. He is also a big sports fan and loves cheering on the Packers, Brewers, Bucks and Badgers. Ryan enjoys playing and watching sports, but he also values the life lessons he has learned from being a part of team sports.

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Tyler Davis EXPERIENCE • Director, Supply Chain Informatics Marshfield Clinic Health System • Manager Division Logistics & Warehouse

EDUCATION • B.A. in Accounting • B.A. in Business Administration UW-Stevens Point

ENROLLED Fall 2021

CAMPUS • Marshfield

Tyler Davis graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a B.A. in accounting and business administration. Tyler has been working as the director of supply chain informatics at Marshfield Clinic Health System where is responsible for reporting key data and understanding supply chain technology Tyler believes the UWSP MBA in Applied Leadership and Decision-Making will help widen his skillset. He hopes the knowledge he gains through the program will give him the self-confidence to pursue the careers that might have seemed unattainable in the past. Tyler wants to network with his academic colleagues and professors to help expand his current knowledge and inspire him with new ideas. After completing the MBA program, Tyler wants to motivate his peers to create positive change within the organization. He hopes to keep progressing his career by continually learning new skills. Over the last few years, Tyler has been working in the medical-based supply chain industry which is his current passion. His philosophy is to keep volunteering and use his skills to assist as many people as possible. Tyler aspires to obtain more responsibility and believes an MBA will make him a well-rounded professional.

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Hannah Dee EXPERIENCE • Social Media Consultant/ Web Designer Krukowski Stone Co., Inc. • Sales Associate Notice: Accessories for Living

EDUCATION • B.S. in Psychology • B.S. in Philosophy-

Environmental Ethics UW-Stevens Point

ENROLLED 4+1 • FALL 2021

CAMPUS • Stevens Point

Hannah Dee is a social media consultant and web designer for Krukowski Stone Co., Inc., where she has developed an updated website for the company, created a social media schedule with post templates and created tutorials on how to revise and upload images to the website. She graduated from UW-Stevens Point with degrees in psychology and philosophy, emphasizing in environmental ethics and minoring in business. Hannah is very excited about getting to know more peers who have similar interests and aspirations. One of her major goals within the MBA program is to expand her personal and professional network, hopefully making some life-long friendships along the way. She feels a UW-Stevens Point MBA will not only provide new opportunities and experiences for her, but also will allow her to move into a higher ranked position down the road. When Hannah started her undergraduate degree, she was not sure what career path she wanted to take in the broad field of psychology. Originally pursuing a biology minor and considering neurobiology, she took a few business courses and realized business was a better direction for her, prompting her to change her minor to business. As she neared the end of her undergraduate career, she decided to further develop her business knowledge by applying to the MBA program. Hannah hopes to pursue a career in digital marketing upon completing the UWSP MBA. She looks forward to learning from the faculty and her peers to help apply her psychology and philosophy background in a business career. She believes combining psychology with business will be a huge benefit in the marketing field.

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Christopher Donovan

EXPERIENCE • Director of Service Delivery, WI Market Ascension

EDUCATION • B.S. in Information

Technology Management American Public University • Project Management Professional (PMP) Project Management Institute

• Enterprise Project Mgr. Marshfield Clinic Health System

ENROLLED • Fall 2020

CAMPUS • Marshfield

Christopher Donovan is the director of Service Delivery – Wisconsin Market for Ascension where he leads IT operations for 30 hospitals and 250+ clinics across the Ascension Wisconsin Market. He graduated from American Public University with a degree in information technology management. In 2019 he retired from active duty military service where he ended his military career as the Chief of Communications for a 5,000-soldier unit. Christopher feels that the UW-Stevens Point MBA program will accelerate his learning and grow his local network of professionals in Central Wisconsin. He looks forward to advancing his business knowledge and experience, adding it to his 27 years of military leadership experience. Following his completion of the program, Christopher hopes to put himself on a level playing field with his colleagues in the health care industry to catapult himself into a leadership position where he can pave the way for transformational change. Christopher’s greatest professional dream is to find himself in a position where he can lead an organization from great to best in class. He is looking to be in a position where he can use his 17-year involvement in the Malcolm Baldrige Program, military leadership and knowledge gained from the MBA to drive performance excellence within the Marshfield Clinic Health System. He hopes to learn more about strategic challenges and advantages across several different industry types which can then be translated into lessons learned or opportunities for his current role in the health care industry. One of Christopher’s passions is developing leaders. One way he has found to continue that is through being a Scoutmaster and executive committee member with the Boy Scouts of America. Along with that passion comes frequent opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. If he is not coaching and mentoring youth through BSA, you can find enjoying the outdoors with his wife and three sons.

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Kirstin Edens EXPERIENCE • Office Assistant, International Education UW-Stevens Point • Service Desk Westwood Health and Fitness

EDUCATION • B.S. in Business Administration-Marketing UW-Stevens Point

ENROLLED 4+1 • Fall 2021

CAMPUS • Stevens Point

Kirstin Edens is a group fitness instructor at UW-Stevens Point where she leads students on campus through a variety of fitness classes such as mat Pilates, barre, stretching, core workouts and dance classes. She graduated from UW- Stevens Point with a degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing. Kirstin is pursuing an MBA to expand upon her leadership experience and become a more well-rounded employee who can make sound decisions both on an individual level and in a group setting. Since the field she is entering is oriented toward independent decision-making, Kirstin wants to learn how to confidently make quick decisions on her own projects as she prepares to make sound decisions in a team setting. She would like to lead her own team within an organization or even launch her own company someday. After the MBA program, Kristin would like to start a career in the entertainment industry, specifically in sports or arts marketing and sales. Her dream job right after completing her MBA would be to work for a dance or theatre company in its marketing department. She has a professional dream of running her own fitness studio that offers dance classes, professional dance training programs, and public classes such as yoga, Pilates and other fun cardio classes. Kirstin has several hobbies, including sports, exercise and travel. She currently is a dancer in the dance department at UWSP and teaches Pilates and cardio workout classes on campus. She also enjoys working out on her own time, usually doing weight training or going on hikes and bike rides to explore the different areas around her. Another thing she enjoys is traveling, both nationally and internationally. She likes to experience and learn from different cultures around the U.S. and throughout the world.

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Jordan Fader EXPERIENCE • Business Consulting Intern – Enterprise Risk Ernst & Young LLP • Accounting Intern Seneca Foods Corp.

EDUCATION • B.S. in Accounting • B.S. in Finance UW-Stevens Point

ENROLLED 4+1 • Summer 2021

CAMPUS • Stevens Point

Jordan Fader is interning in enterprise risk consulting for Ernst & Young LLP during summer 2021. He looks forward to working within a team to solve client issues and is excited to learn from a diverse group of people. He graduated in May 2022 from UW-Stevens Point with degrees in accounting and finance. Jordan is excited to learn valuable skills from the MBA program that extend beyond what is taught at the undergraduate level, as well as create a network of amazing individuals who are in the program with him. He is excited about the opportunity to meet like-minded people who are highly motivated and have a strong passion for continuing education. The credibility of the UW-Stevens Point MBA program will open doors for Jordan and provide him opportunities for higher level jobs going forward, regardless of where his career takes him. He desires to become the CFO of a large company one day, as he enjoys high-pressure situations where people are looking to him as a leader for guidance. However, his biggest professional dream is to be known by his peers as an honest and hard-working person. At the end of the day, that is the only thing that truly matters to Jordan. Outside of school, Jordan enjoys staying active. Having an active lifestyle is incredibly important to him. He likes fishing, hunting and boating on the lake with his family and friends. Working out and golfing are also two of his favorite activities.

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James Fay EXPERIENCE • Accounting Consultant Healthy Coin LLC • Lawn and Garden Associate/Order Picker Lowes

EDUCATION • B.S. in Accounting UW-Stevens Point

ENROLLED 4+1 • Fall 2021

CAMPUS • Stevens Point

James Fay is an accounting associate at Healthy Coin LLC where he performs bookkeeping for clients and creates error-free financial reports while monitoring financial documents and bank statements for accuracy. He graduated from UW- Stevens Point with a degree in accounting. James believes the UWSP MBA program will help him broaden his understanding of what a typical leader is and will allow him to improve his verbal leadership skills. By learning to adopt a more balanced leadership approach, he will be able to make meaningful connections and produce results through those he leads. Pursuing an accounting undergraduate degree was the path for James because he loves numbers and finding the small details it takes to solve problems. He is steadfastly pursuing the goal of becoming a CPA, an important milestone he intends to accomplish. Not only does the MBA help him move toward that goal, but it also provides the opportunity for him to acquire skills that will help him communicate effectively, demonstrate understanding and facilitate change. James has a desire to advocate for communities who struggle to get their voices heard and have been overlooked all their lives. He wants to help them build a dream they believe they are more than capable of achieving and ensure they feel supported through the process. James wants to make a positive impact on the world by encouraging the people he interacts with each day. He enjoys working out, participating in sports, playing video games and reading fiction books about sports. He played football during his undergrad at UWSP for three years and always enjoys working out with his teammates.

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Rachel Folk

EXPERIENCE • Brand Marketing Coordinator

EDUCATION • B.B.A. in Marketing UW-Whitewater

Harbor Freight Tools • Marketing Coordinator Wausau Coated Products

ENROLLED • Fall 2021

CAMPUS • Wausau

Rachel Folk is the Brand Marketing Coordinator for Harbor Freight Tools where she is responsible for developing and maintain project calendars. She also tracks creative requests, copy and overall trafficking for the company. Rachel graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a degree in marketing. Rachel feels the MBA program will help her build upon her leadership, communication and other transferable skills. She finds the hybrid format and regional focus to be the most appealing aspects of the program. As a young business professional in the Wausau-Stevens Point area, Rachel believes this opportunity will give her a competitive advantage in the rapidly changing business environment. Overall, Rachel feels that the emphasis on leadership and decision-making will make her a more well-rounded professional. The UWSP MBA program excites Rachel because she has the chance to work with individuals and faculty from different industries. She is eager to network with other students and build relationships through her courses. Rachel believes the networking aspect will give her a new outlook on today’s society and further understand how others incorporate workplace diversity and culture. Upon completion of her MBA, Rachel plans to use her knowledge in conjunction with her work experiences to further prepare her for a career in upper management. She has come to understand the importance of continued education and personal development and plans to be a lifelong learner, long after the completion of the program. Outside of work, Rachel spends most of her time with her family, friends and her dog. She also enjoys all things outdoors, staying active, cooking and crafting.

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Emily Gruber

EXPERIENCE • Tax Intern

EDUCATION • B.S. in Business Administration UW-Stevens Point

CliftonLarsonAllen

ENROLLED 4+1 • Spring 2022

CAMPUS • Stevens Point

Emily Gruber is a tax intern for CliftonLarsonAllen where she is responsible for preparing tax returns and reviewing them with the tax team. She also supervises CLA’s national audit team working on the UniteCT Rent Relief Project. Emily graduated from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Pursuing an MBA has been a goal of Emily’s since she started her bachelor’s degree. Through the program she wishes to improve her practical business knowledge, communication, and leadership skills. Emily hopes these skills will help her advance in future endeavors. She believes the program will give her a greater sense of confidence and marketability. Upon the completion of the MBA program, she hopes to achieve her goal of becoming a Certified Public Accountant. Emily is excited to learn and grow with like-minded individuals. As a young professional, she looks forward to expanding her network by connecting with professionals from different industries. Emily is eager to gain different perspectives and ideas from her peers. She believes that the MBA program will help her develop a strong professional network and create lifelong connections with community members. She desires to utilize these connections to better serve her community. Outside of work and school, Emily enjoys spending quality time with her friends and family. During the summer months, she likes to spend her free time on the Wisconsin River relaxing and fishing. In the winter, she enjoys watching movies and baking. Emily has a passion for cooking and likes to express her creativity through new dishes.

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Aaron Gunderson

EXPERIENCE • Cook/Bartender/

EDUCATION • B.S. in Finance

UW-Stevens Point

Advisor/Management Red Granite Bar & Grill • Independent Contractor/ Process Server Steve & Satch Enterprises

ENROLLED 4+1 • Spring 2021

CAMPUS • Stevens Point

Aaron Gunderson is a cook, bartender and management staff at Red Granite Bar & Grill. In this role, he has helped create effective management, marketing and general business strategies to improve efficiency and achieve organizational goals. He received a degree in finance from UW-Stevens Point. Aaron appreciates the MBA program’s focus on creating regional impact, making better strategic choices and developing true leadership ability. He looks forward to building upon what he had learned during his undergraduate career and applying it within the regional business climate. He believes that education unlocks doors, leads to richer understanding and helps organizations operate more efficiently by identifying and improving upon weaknesses. The skills and professional development he will acquire in the MBA program will allow him to grow as a professional and make him more successful in business. Aaron is pursuing the MBA to sharpen his understanding, functionally apply what he is learning, and obtain the tools necessary to make strong decisions. He is also eager to expand his network and gain connections that could ultimately improve his community. Aaron is excited about the UW-Stevens Point MBA program because he feels it will complement and build upon the experience he has working for businesses in the Marshfield and Wausau areas. Helping these businesses navigate through the Central Wisconsin market has given him a good perspective on what it takes to own and run a business. Also, acquiring a finance degree has given him perspective on the financial side of business. Aaron believes that the specificity of the MBA program can help him accomplish even more and make him a better businessperson.

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Mikkalyn Hafner

EXPERIENCE • Marketing Specialist Menzener Hardwoods Co.

EDUCATION • B.S. in Business Administration-Marketing • B.S. in Business Administration- Management UW-Stevens Point

ENROLLED • Fall 2021

CAMPUS • Wausau

Mikkalyn Hafner works as a marketing specialist for Menzener Hardwoods Co. In this role she is responsible for developing and implementing new marketing strategies to increase sales and brand awareness. Mikkalyn graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a B.S. in Business Administration with concentrations in Marketing and Management. Mikkalyn believes an MBA is the next step to advance her career and continue working towards her goal of becoming a senior executive within a manufacturing company. Her biggest professional goal is to create a positive and empowering culture while striving to be a successful leader who prioritizes collaboration, strategic thinking and innovation. She hopes to gain the necessary tools and decision-making skills to become a leader within her company. Mikkalyn chose the UWSP MBA in Applied Leadership and Decision-Making because of the hands-on aspect of the program. She was immediately drawn to this program because of the opportunity to explore her individual needs, career goals and interests through the classroom as well as her professors and peers. Additionally, Mikkalyn is excited to work with her classmates that bring unique perspectives and ideas to the table. In her free time, Mikkalyn loves to spend time with her family and friends in the outdoors. She also loves traveling and photography. Most of the time, you will find Mikkalyn with a camera in her hands.

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Curtis Hall EXPERIENCE • Regional Field Marketing Manager – Midwest & East TDS Telecommunications

EDUCATION • B.S. in Web Development UW-Stevens Point

ENROLLED • Spring 2022

CAMPUS • Stevens Point

Curtis Hall is the regional field marketing manager – Midwest & East for TDS Telecommunications LLC. Curtis has over 18 years of experience in successfully building companies through strategic, creative partnerships and exceptional customer service. He graduated from UW-Stevens Point with a Bachelor of Science in Web Development. Curtis is pursuing an UWSP MBA to elevate his knowledge and build a strong professional network. He looks forward to building solid and long-lasting relationships with colleagues in the program. Curtis is eager to network with a variety of people and gain new perspectives. He is excited to explore his strengths and discover tools to help overcome his weaknesses. Curtis hopes the MBA will open more opportunities for him to obtain a senior leadership role. Curtis hopes the MBA program will help develop his current career and allow him to adapt and grow in his new position. While pioneering this new role he wishes to enhance his management and decision-making skills. A professional dream Curtis has is to impact the lives of as many people as possible by empowering them to achieve their maximum potential. A goal Curtis has is to ultimately achieve financial freedom. This will allow him to retire early and travel.

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Jennifer Hockin

EXPERIENCE • Chief Operating Officer Security Health Plan, Inc. • Administrative Director Aspirus Network, Inc.

EDUCATION • B.A. in Political Science University of Minnesota- Twin Cities • Advanced Management & Leadership Certification UW-Madison

ENROLLED • Fall 2020

CAMPUS • Wausau

Jennifer Hockin is a seasoned healthcare executive including most recently the role as Chief Operating Officer at Security Health Plan, Inc. where she led and directed company-wide strategic plan development to ensure that growth, service excellence, quality and financial viability was achieved. In addition, she had executive accountability over operations, information systems, corporate training, and continuous improvement departments. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in political science. At this point in Jennifer’s career, she believes both experience and academic training are vitally important in career advancement. With 30-plus years of professional work experience, she is now focused on advancing her academic technical training through the MBA Program at UW-Stevens Point. She believes this will positively impact future strategic business decisions, employees and customers served. Jennifer’s decision to pursue an MBA was prompted by a personal goal on her bucket list. Initially it felt like an overwhelming goal of attending school again, dedicating and committing advanced learning time with the demands of executive work time; however, Jennifer is overcoming self-doubt and vulnerabilities by embracing these feelings and preserving because of her lifelong desire for continuous learning, professional development training and pursuit of excellence. She also holds a professional membership with the American College of Healthcare Executives, a professional society that helps leaders gain valuable knowledge and advancement in the field of healthcare management. She is currently director of the Center for Visual Arts Board. She lives in Rib Mountain with her husband, their daughter who is a senior at Wausau West High School, and their son who is a second-year college student at UW-Stevens Point at Wausau.

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J. Ann Ilagan EXPERIENCE • Visionary and Implementer Ann Ilagan Photography

EDUCATION • B.S. in Marketing UW-Stevens Point • A.A.S. in Marketing and Business Management Mid-State Technical College

ENROLLED • Fall 2021

CAMPUS • Stevens Point

J. Ann Ilagan is the visionary and implementer for Ann Ilagan Photography where she manages projects by developing timelines and maintaining structure while working with diverse personalities. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Ann believes earning an MBA from UWSP will benefit her both personally and professionally. She hopes this journey will challenge her while also giving her confidence in her skillset. Professionally, Ann wants to deepen her solopreneur skills and gain insight into how she can make her mark in a lager community. She hopes that the MBA will help take her photography business to the next level. Ann is choosing to pursue an MBA to strengthen her analytical skills, deepen her understanding of economic development, and equip herself with the skills to lead her business. She looks forward to the challenge of strengthening her internal decision-making skills and learning how to motivate others. Ann is eager to learn alongside a diverse group of professionals who are dedicated to broadening their horizons. She is excited to challenge herself and step out of her comfort zone while exploring various ways of thinking alongside her peers. Outside of class, Ann enjoys traveling, exploring new cultures and photography. While she works on editing photos for her business, she loves listening to audiobooks and podcasts.

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Kara Johnson

EXPERIENCE • Sales Director

EDUCATION • B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies UW-Green Bay

Marshfield Clinic Health System • Product Development Director Security Health Plan

ENROLLED • Fall 2021

CAMPUS • Wausau

Kara Johnson is the sales director for Marshfield Clinic Health System where she directs a 14-person sales team. In this role, Kara also manages strategic account and key distribution channel partnerships. Kara graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies. The MBA in Applied Leadership and Decision-Making is the perfect fit for Kara. She believes the program will allow her to focus on her skill development and help her gain practical and theoretical knowledge in key areas like economics, finance, marketing, and analytics. Kara’s main goal through the MBA program is to network with other professionals. She hopes to gain new perspectives from her colleagues that will provide a better foundation for business and leadership. She loves Wisconsin and wants to help further the state’s economic development by supporting small businesses and young professionals through the connections she makes in the program. Outside of work, Kara enjoys golfing and kayaking. She is also a mom of three, with two of her children in college. Kara and her partner love to travel and get involved within their community.

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Benjamin Kasten

EXPERIENCE • Office Manager/ Bookkeeper Kasten Exterior Solutions

EDUCATION • B.S. in Business Administration UW-Stevens Point

ENROLLED 4+1 • Fall 2021

CAMPUS • Stevens Point

Benjamin Kasten worked as the office manager/bookkeeper for Kasten Exterior Solutions where he installed gutter systems and managed business accounts. Benjamin graduated from UW-Stevens Point with a degree in business administration. Benjamin is pursuing the MBA at UWSP to develop his skills and abilities so he can help make this world a better place. He believes the MBA program will improve his leadership skills and help prepare him to successfully launch his own business. He hopes to be pushed by his instructors and fellow MBA candidates to work hard and continually improve. Benjamin is confident that continuing his education through the MBA program will help him achieve his goals of surrounding himself with ambitious colleagues, seeking continuous learning and gaining the confidence and knowledge he needs to mentor others through sports and life. After completing his education, Benjamin wants to own a mixed martial arts gym where he can encourage youth and adults to stay active while teaching them self-protection. In order to run a successful gym and business, he will need as much knowledge and as many connections as he can acquire. He looks forward to deepening his business understanding and forming mutually beneficial connections with other professionals. Benjamin likes being involved in sports and staying active. He has interests in wrestling and mixed martial arts training. He also loves learning new board games and card games.

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Tyler Kedrowski

EXPERIENCE • Channel Partner Manager Difenda • Regional Sales Representative Difenda

EDUCATION • B.B.A. in Marketing/ Operations and Supply Chain Management Marquette University

ENROLLED • Spring 2022

CAMPUS • Stevens Point

Tyler Kedrowski is the channel partner manager for Difenda where he is responsible for maintaining and fostering relationships with potential and existing channel partners. Tyler earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing/operations & supply chain management from Marquette University. Earning an MBA has been a goal of Tyler’s and he is excited to take the next step in his journey. Throughout his undergraduate and professional career, Tyler has taken on multiple responsibilities and has excelled in all of them. Tyler looks forward to the networking opportunities with his professors and MBA colleagues where they can share their experiences. Tyler believes this program will help him gain insight and be able to reflect on his leadership experience. He will also be working full-time while earning his MBA and loves the hybrid model, making the program a great fit for his schedule. Tyler’s greatest professional dream is to start a business and have it become a strong local employer. He hopes to build a successful business that hires, trains and helps others grow in the community. He capitalizes on the idea of owning a business that offers good pay and competitive benefits for his employees. Tyler wants to use his sales knowledge and experiences to teach his employees. Tyler is a lifelong learner, looking for opportunities to read and listen to any educational materials that advance his leadership skills. In his free time Tyler enjoys spending time with his family doing several outdoor activities. This winter he will be teaching his daughter to snowboard for the first time.

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