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
Brian Frohna ’83, MD’88
Patty Shinners ’88, MS’93
BS nursing, MS nursing
Joe Sholler ’90
BA international relations and political science
Miriah Albouras ’12
BA Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian studies
Richelle Andrae ’10, MPA’17
BA religious studies and Spanish
Shaun Aukland ’10
BA communication arts
Natalie Bowman ’15, MS’17
BS communicative disorders and Spanish, MS communicative disorders
Eric Buss ’90, JD’96
BBA investment and banking, and accounting
Dave Florin ’92
BA international relations
Ben Havn ’99, MBA’04
BS economics and political science, MBA investment and banking
John Hawley ’79, JD’82
BA political science
Katie Hepler ’07
BA journalism and French
Charlie Hoslet JD’89
Purnita Howlader JD’11
Jasmine Kennedy ’18
BBA marketing and human resources management
Jack Lindenberg ’19
BBA human resources management
Cindy Mason ’00
Michael Morgan ’78, JD’84
BA communication arts
Kevin Pickett ’14
BBA operations and information management, and marketing
Richard Qian ’10
BA mathematics and economics
Erin Ryan ’07, MS’09
BA journalism and communication arts, MS educational leadership and policy analysis
Nancy Schanke ’76
BS occupational therapy
Laurie Shults ’83
BS communication arts
Kris Theiler ’88
BS industrial engineering
Lynn Watkins-Asiyanbi ’96
BS chemical engineering and economics
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 advisorsreflect 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.
To provide input, ask questions, or just to get in touch, contact the council at AdvisoryCouncil@uwalumni.com.