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WAA Alumni Advisory Council

The Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) Alumni Advisory Council provides advice and support to the Wisconsin Alumni Association, collectively working to advance the mission of the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association. The council celebrates the value and achievements of the alumni network and works to build pride and engage the alumni community. The members of the WAA Alumni Advisory Council act as informed champions for alumni interests and for WAA in promoting the welfare of the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Meet the Council


Patty Shinners

Patty Shinners ’88, MS’93
BS nursing, MS nursing

Purnita Howlader

Purnita Howlader JD’11
Vice Chair
Washington, DC

Brian Frohna

Brian Frohna ’83, MD’88
Past Chair
BS zoology


Miriah Albouras

Miriah Albouras ’12
BA Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian studies

Richelle Andrae

Richelle Andrae ’10, MPA’17
BA religious studies and Spanish

James Amaro JD’02

Shaun Aukland

Shaun Aukland ’10
BA communication arts

Natalie Bowman

Natalie Bowman ’15, MS’17
BS communicative disorders and Spanish, MS communicative disorders

Eric Buss

Eric Buss ’90, JD’96
BBA investment and banking, and accounting

Dave Florin

Dave Florin ’92
BA international relations

Mark Guthier

Mark Guthier

Ben Havn

Ben Havn ’99, MBA’04
BS economics and political science, MBA investment and banking

John Hawley

John Hawley ’79, JD’82
BA political science

Katie Hepler

Katie Hepler ’07
BA journalism and French

Charlie Hoslet

Charlie Hoslet JD’89

Jasmine Kennedy

Jasmine Kennedy ’18
BBA marketing and human resources management
New York

Ali Khaleel ’15
BS secondary education

Jack Lindenberg

Jack Lindenberg ’19
BBA human resources management

Cindy Mason

Cindy Mason ’00
BBA accounting

John Mills ’85
BBA Marketing

Michael Morgan

Michael Morgan ’78, JD’84
BA communication arts

Kevin Pickett

Kevin Pickett ’14
BBA operations and information management, and marketing

Richard Qian

Richard Qian ’10
BA mathematics and economics
New Jersey

Erin Ryan

Erin Ryan ’07, MS’09
BA journalism and communication arts, MS educational leadership and policy analysis

Nancy Schanke

Nancy Schanke ’76
BS occupational therapy

Joe Sholler

Joe Sholler ’90
Past Chair
BA international relations and political science
New Jersey

Laurie Schults

Laurie Shults ’83
BS communication arts

Kris Theiler

Kris Theiler ’88
BS industrial engineering

LéAndrea Vernon ’06, MA’14
BA psychology, women’s studies
MS educational leadership and administration

Lynn Watkins-Asiyanbi

Lynn Watkins-Asiyanbi ’96
BS chemical engineering and economics

Walter Williams

Walter Williams ’13, MS’16
BS rehabilitation psychology, MS rehabilitation psychology

Serving on the WAA Alumni Advisory Council

Role of the Council

The Wisconsin Alumni Association Alumni Advisory Council comprises committed and enthusiastic alumni who volunteer their counsel, ambassadorship, and insights to make possible the widespread activity and impact of the Wisconsin Alumni Association.

The council has two roles. The first is to serve as a liaison between WAA’s executive leadership and the greater UW alumni community. In fulfilling this mission, the council welcomes alumni feedback, input, and advice on engagement and advancement initiatives.

The second role is that of leadership. Council members lead alumni advocacy efforts on behalf of WAA and the university. They also exemplify leadership as ambassadors of the university and as stewards of WAA. In addition, members encourage fellow alumni to advance their alma mater through participation in WAA events and fundraising.

Through their efforts, council members encourage engagement, outreach, grassroots support, and lifelong commitment and involvement among UW–Madison’s nearly 450,000 alumni.

How Members Are Selected

WAA Alumni Advisory Council advisers reflect the community of UW–Madison alumni in geography, age, ethnicity, university involvement, areas of expertise, and academic and professional fields. This diverse and expert set of members is selected based on a variety of criteria, including their experience and interest in matters related to alumni relations, WAA, and the university.

The WAA Alumni Advisory Council Nominating Committee conducts an annual nomination and selection process with broad input from current and past council members, Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association staff, campus, and alumni at large. Selections for open positions are made by April 1 each year for a three-year term, which begins July 1.

Contact Us

To provide input, ask questions, or just to get in touch, contact the council at

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