Alumni Board

Welcome, Class of 2016!

On behalf of the Distance Alumni Board (AB), it's my pleasure to congratulate you on your recent graduation and to welcome you as a new member! We hope you'll remain a proud member of the UW-Platteville family and take full advantage of the great cultural, academic, and athletic programs and events that the AB sponsors. 

Whether you continue to engage with UW-Platteville through your local alumni network, mentor students on career choices, or interview prospective students, there is an ever-expanding array of ways to facilitate an active and ongoing connection to your alma mater and your fellow Pioneers.

If you have suggestions for alumni events in your area or ideas for improving communication, please contact me or any member of the Distance AB. This is your board and we aim to make it great!

Jill Bisco
President, Distance Alumni Board
BSAD - Class of 2005

Purpose Statement

The purpose of the Distance Education Alumni Board is to:

  1. Promote distance education to potential students
  2. Develop activities to connect with distance education graduates
  3. Provide guidance in developing methods to raise the visibility of distance education on the UW-Platteville campus and with the Alumni Association
  4. Identify methods to connect alumni with current and prospective students
  5. Serve as the "voice of the distance alumni" in reviewing policies, plans, and new initiatives for distance education.

Alumni Board Members

Browse our roster of members of the Alumni Board for University of Wisconsin-Platteville Distance Education to find contact information and read biographical sketches of the members.

Jill Bisco

Jill Bisco, President
BS Business Administration
Email: jbisco@uakron.edu

Background

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Master’s Degree in Risk Management/Insurance
Florida State University

Doctorate of Philosophy in Risk Management/Insurance
Florida State University

Personal Information:
Jill Bisco graduated with a business administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and received her Master's and Doctorate in Risk Management and Insurance from Florida State University. She graduated with her Ph.D. in 2014 and is now an Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Akron in Ohio.

Professional Experience:
Jill's current research focuses on insurance companies decision making as it pertains to earnings management, specifically with regards to claims practices and reserve establishment. Her research includes property/casualty as well as life/health insurance.

In the industry, Jill began as an independent agent for Haas & Hass Insurance selling and providing insurance/risk management services to commercial business and individuals. Crossing to the company side, she spent 19 years working in various roles for Rural Mutual Insurance Company in Madison, WI. She was an agency manager, a senior product development specialist, a market coordination specialist and finally worked as the Director of Internal Controls/Audit. She was also a registered representative and a registered principal for Farm Bureau Financial Services in Des Moines, IA.

Jill received her CIC designation in 2005 and her CRM designation in 2008. She has served on the Board of Directors and is a past President of the Wisconsin Federation of Insurance Companies. Jill was also named the Spencer Scholar for 2012 by the Spencer Educational Foundation, Inc.

Joe Roy

Joseph Roy, Vice President
BS Criminal Justice
royjo@uwplatt.edu

Background

Education:
BS Criminal Justice

University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Personal Information:
Joseph resides in Wauwatosa, WI, with his wife, Michelle, and children, Emily, Collin, and Clayton. He spent eight years in the United States Air Force Reserve, and completed three combat tours in Iraq from 2003 to 2005. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, through the Distance Education Program. Joseph is currently enrolled in the MS Criminal Justice Program through D2L at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Professional Experience:
Joseph currently serves as a Detective with the Wauwatosa Police Department. With over 14 years of law enforcement experience, Joseph has spent time in a number of different police functions including narcotics investigation as well as having served 7 years on the SWAT team. Joseph’s current focus is criminal digital forensics, a position for which he has received extensive training in forensic data examination and recovery.

Additionally, Joseph is a Wisconsin Department of Justice certified Unified Tactics Instructor with a Firearms focus.

Beth Bland

Beth Bland, Secretary
MS Project Management
Email: bethb10126@gmail.com

Background

Education:
Master of Science in Project Management

University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Master of Science in Library and Information Science
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Bachelor of Science in Economics
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Personal/Professional Information:
Beth has been a member of the AAB since its inception in 2006. Law librarian and volunteer in the extreme, Beth participates in community theater with the West Allis Players and Sunset Playhouse, works the book sales for a library friends group, and writes reviews for Library Journal.

Message to Current and Prospective Students:
While you can attend class in your pajamas and on your own schedule, a distance education program takes a lot of discipline. Go with a program that fits your goals, is well known, has a physical location, and cares about the students either on campus or online. That school is UW-Platteville.

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Abidemi Agbaje
MS Project Management
Email: bidemaiagbaje@yahoo.com

Scott Anderson

Scott Anderson
MS Project Management
Email: scott.anderson.uwp@gmail.com

Background

Education:
Master of Science in Project Management
University of Wisconsin-Platteville ‘12

Bachelor of Science Business Administration
Emphasis in Management, University of Wisconsin-Platteville ‘06

Personal Information:
Scott currently resides in Madison, WI with his wife, Amanda (UWP 14’). Scott earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management at UWP in 2006. After leaving campus and moving to Dallas, TX, Scott returned to UWP in 2010 to earn his Master’s degree in Project Management through the distance education program.

Professional Experience:
Scott is currently employed at UW-Madison as an Administrative Program Specialist in charge of finance, marketing, and facility management for an academic department. Previous to UW-Madison, Scott was a Sales Professional for Tiffany & Co., in Dallas, TX. Scott has worked with and led projects for several high profile clients such as the MLB World Series and the Texas Rangers Baseball Club. Scott serves as the President of the Alumni Association for the UW-Platteville chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) Fraternity.

Message to Current and Prospective Students:
“As an alumnus of both on-campus and off-campus programs at UW-Platteville, I can attest that you’ll receive the very same first rate education that you would in an on-campus environment. The distance program at UW-Platteville was a fantastic experience. The professors are very accessible, and I was able to complete the assignments on my own time while working full time. The flexibility of the program allowed me to complete assignments where ever I happened to be; at home, the library, on the road, or even at lunch. You’re able to work with students around the world and from a wide variety of backgrounds. You’ll receive immediate feedback from your Professors and if you have any questions they are only an email or phone call away! At UW-Platteville, I gained more than just an education; I gained confidence, improved my communication and time management skills, and I am still in contact with many of my classmates and Professors. It truly is “a great day to be a Pioneer!”

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Greg Broadbent
MS Project Management
Email: BroadbentGregA@JohnDeere.com

Kristin Carroll

Kristin Carroll
MS Criminal Justice
Email: radtkecarroll@gmail.com

Background

Education:
Master of Science in Criminal Justice

University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science and Law
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Personal Information:
Kristin is married and lives in the Dane County area, with her husband, daughter, and step-daughter.

Professional Experience:
Kristin worked for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department from 2001 to February 2016. From 2003 until she retired, Kristin was the Central Campus Community Officer. As a community officer she coordinated the department’s crime prevention program, Badger Watch, the department’s Citizens Academy program, was a nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, and represented the department at pedestrian, bike, and moped meetings on campus and around the state. Kristin also served as the President of the WI Association of Community Oriented Police (WACOP) for one year.

In February 2016 Kristin transitioned to the position of HR Manager at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She is thrilled for her new role, learning opportunities, and the fact that she has so many transferable skills from her role as a police officer.

Message to Current and Prospective Students:
"Enjoy the learning experience, as your classmates and instructors have lots to share and contribute. In addition, it can be a hard balance with work, family, school, having a life, etc. The end is definitely worth it and you will succeed.”

A favorite quote that helped me get through my 3 years was, “Done is better than great.”

Jennifer Drewry

Jennifer Drewry
MS Project Management
Email: drewry@new.rr.com

Mitchell Farrey

Mitchell Farrey
MS Project Management
Email: mitchfarrey@yahoo.com

Background

Education:
Master of Science in Project Management
University of Wisconsin-Platteville ‘11

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Emphasis in Management, University of Wisconsin-Platteville ‘09

Personal Information:
Mitch currently resides in Madison, WI. Mitch earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 2009. He then continued on to earn his Master of Science in Project Management through the distance education program in 2011, while serving as a Graduate Assistant Coach for the Men’s Basketball program. During his time helping the Men’s Basketball program, they compiled a 102-59 record while beating NCAA Division I Bradley 84-79, earned the school’s first national number one ranking in December 2008 in 10 seasons and made the 2009 NCAA III playoffs, which was the school’s first berth since winning its fourth national championship in 1989-99. The Pioneers advanced to the second round of the 2009 playoffs, beating Hope (Mich.) 83-59 before falling to host Wheaton (Ill.) 74-69 in overtime.

Professional Experience:
Mitch is currently employed at UW-Madison as a Program Specialist in the Athletics Department. He is in charge of assisting the Track, Cross Country, and Tennis programs on team travel, recruiting, budgeting, processing expenses, and other various day to day office operations. Prior to UW-Madison, he had similar responsibilities with the UW-Platteville Men’s Basketball program as well as coordinating summer basketball camps.

Message to Current and Prospective Students:
“As an alumnus of both on-campus and off-campus programs at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, I can tell you that the quality education you will receive will be no different than that you would receive if you were on campus. In fact, the education may be a better benefit to you as you get world class professors with years of industry knowledge that are willing to assist you beyond completion of your degree. Also, for those that are worried about finding time and maintaining a structure to study, it’s a minor adjustment that takes a few weeks. The biggest key is setting time aside each day and dedicating that to the progress of your degree.

Melissa Gavin

Melissa Gavin
MS Project Management
Email: gavinme@uwplatt.edu

Background

Education:
Master of Science in Project Management

University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Personal Information:
Melissa currently resides in Belmont, WI (about five minutes from Platteville), with her husband and two children.

Professional Experience:
Melissa is currently employed at UW-Platteville as an Associate Advisor for the MS Project Management. Previous experience includes coordinating several programs for a local nonprofit. She also volunteers her time as a Troop leader for two local Girl Scout Troops.

Message to Current and Prospective Students:
"Stay active! Engage with fellow classmates, professors and advisors. The relationships you build today go a long way in the future. Also, when you graduate, don't forget about UW-Platteville. The University is everywhere thanks to Distance Education!"

Andy Greer

Andy Greer
MS Project Management
Email: andy_greer@selinc.com

Background

Education:
Master of Science in Project Management
University of Wisconsin-Platteville ‘15

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
Greenville University

Personal Information:
Andy grew up in Southern California and now lives with his wife, Melissa, in St. Louis, MO. In June, they will be moving with his firm to a new office in Golden, Colorado.

Professional Experience:
Andy received his undergraduate degree in criminal justice from Greenville University. After working several years in law enforcement, Andy changed careers and transitioned into pharmaceutical sales and end-client services. This led to another change as he began a career in sales and customer support in the power systems protection and control technology industry. He has been employed with Schweitzer Engineering Labs (SEL - headquartered in Pullman, WA) for ten years, the last five in project management. SEL is a manufacturer of products and provider of engineering services in the area of the protection and control of electric power for utility, industrial and commercial clients around the world. In June, he will be moving with his firm for Colorado where in addition to project management responsibilities, Andy will work to strengthen the firm’s commitment to project management practices, establish a PMO and begin working toward taking on general management responsibilities for the branch. This is an exciting opportunity made possible in no small part by recently obtaining his Master's of Science in Project Management in December 2015, offered through the Distance Learning Center at UWP.

Andy is a big supporter of adult education and of the UWP DLC programs. He has promoted the PM program to a number of people within his organization as well as other project management professionals. Andy had a very good experience in the program, and understands the need to engage alumni in the ongoing support of the university and to represent their needs and interests to the association as a member of the alumni board. As a former member of the Student Advisory Board (2014-2015), Andy met with Dan Avenarius and the other student board members several times during the term to discuss issues impacting the DLC and the distance student body. This experience exposed Andy to some of the higher level issues, concerns and politics of the DLC and UWP and helped prepare him for service as an alumni board member.

Andy has also been invited to participate as an Ambassador in a new program being implemented by the Marketing & Recruitment department at the UWP DLC. This program will provide prospective students with a connection to an alum (or current student) who can help answer very specific experiential questions they have about the programs that marketers/recruiters are not able to answer fully. This is another dimension of Andy’s desire to promote the DLC and its mission.

Mark Grothe

Mark Grothe
MS Engineering
Email: grothem@gmail.com

Background

Information coming soon!

Chris Hanegraaf

Chris Hanegraaf
MS Project Management
Email: chrishanegraaf@gmail.com

Background

Education:
Master of Science in Project Management
University of Wisconsin-Platteville ‘14

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
University of Wisconsin-Platteville '08

Personal Information:
Chris currently resides in Minneapolis, MN with his wife, Laura (UWP 07’).

Professional Experience:
Chris is currently employed at Exosite in Minneapolis as the Director of Quality, working to bring quality and security to IoT (the Internet of Things). Previously, Chris worked as a Project Manager and Software Engineer for UTC Aerospace Systems and Platteville's own, Esterline Avista.

Message to Current and Prospective Students:
“The education I received from UWP both on campus and through the Distance Education was key to unlocking my career potential. Getting an amazing undergrad education was a great start, and then going back for my Masters of Project Management through the Distance Education program was just what I needed move my career forward and land the jobs that I wanted. If you're looking to continue your education, the Distance Education program is a great way to make it fit into your work and travel schedule. The professors are always available and very helpful and you get to work with students and faculty from all sorts of industries and backgrounds. Continuing your education is a worthwhile endeavor, and UWP is the right place to do it."

Kathryn O'Connor

Kathryn O'Connor
MS Criminal Justice
Email: kathryn.m.oconnor9@gmail.com

Background

Education:
Master of Science in Criminal Justice

University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Michael O'Connor

Michael O'Connor
MS Project Management
Email: mgoconnor@comcast.com

Background

Education:
Ph.D. in Civil Engineering
Major in Project Management, University of Maryland

Master of Science in Project Management
University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Master of Business Administration
University of Phoenix

Master of Science in Technology Management
University of St. Thomas

Bachelor of Arts in Business Management
Minor in Project Management, Metropolitan State University

Professional Experience:
Michael has nearly 25 years of professional experience in the medical device industry and currently works as the Senior Corporate Program Manager for Medtronic. In addition to Medtronic, he has corporate experience with 3M and Pfizer and was a former director at large of the Product Development and Management Association. He has volunteered with both professional societies and universities over the past 15 years. Michael was selected as an American Society for Quality Fellow, a Medtronic Technical Fellow and has been recognized by varies colleges and universities for his community and educational work. He has also been a volunteer member on his local City Community Park Board for three years.

Lucky Pataky

Lucky Pataky
MS Engineering
Email: rozeanlucky@yahoo.com

Background

Education:
Master of Science in Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Sherri Pirie Harmon

Sherri Pirie Harmon
BS Business Administration
Email: spirieharmon@gmail.com

Background

Education:
Master of Science in Counseling and Guidance
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Personal Information:
Both of Sherri’s children are UW-Platteville legacies. Her daughter graduated with a degree in Horticulture in 2008 and her son is currently enrolled in the Industrial Technology Management Program.

Professional Experience:
Sherri is an alumna of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, having taking courses both on campus and at a distance. While working towards her degree in Business Administration, Sherri moved to suburban Atlanta. Thankfully the newly established distance education program was available for her to complete her degree.

Sherri’s career in Human Resource Management as benefited from her degree for over 30 years.  She is currently the Human Resource Manager for the Lake Geneva Country Club and also an APSE - Certified Employment Support Professional with secondary employment providing vocational services for citizens with disabilities in Walworth County.  She is a member of national APSE and SHRM, and locally the Walworth County Human Resource Association.

Brianna Ramirez

Brianna Ramirez
BS Business Administration
Email: bramirez@amwelcome.com

Background

Education:
BS Business Administration

University of Wisconsin-Platteville

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Johnny Ramos
MS Project Management
Email: johnnyramos2011@att.net

Heather Squire

Heather Squire
BS Business Administration
Email: Heather.Squire@covance.com

Background

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Associate of Science in Laboratory Animal Science
Madison Area Technical College

Certificate in Leadership and Human Performance
University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Histologist
American Society for Clinical Pathology

Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician
American Association for Laboratory Animal Science

Personal Information:
Heather reside in Waunakee, Wisconsin with her husband, two very active boys, a boxer dog and three cats. Heather and her husband like to keep active with running and weight lifting. Heather and her husband also have a love for muscle cars and are currently restoring a 1970 Pontiac GTO convertible. In her down time Heather enjoy movies, camping with her dog, family walks and video games.

Professional Experience:
Heather is currently a Project Coordinator for a Pharmaceutical Testing company in Madison, WI. She has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 15 years in multiple roles involving many aspects of pharmaceutical development. She has worked on nanoparticle technology for drug delivery, drug distribution, histology, pathology, data management and results reporting. Her current roll involves insuring new pharmaceuticals are developed according to the correct government regulations outlined for the molecule that is being developed.

Not only does Heather have experience in pharmaceutical development, but she also has experience with clinical histology and pathology. Heather worked for five years in clinical histology, learning about the field of clinical histopathology. While working in a clinical setting Heather gained experience in clinical data tracking, process innovation and EPIC software development.

In addition to her role in developing new pharmaceuticals, Heather also has a passion for teaching and learning. She has been an active leader in bringing continuing education to her co-workers for the last 15 years by sponsoring teleconferences, acquiring speakers and developing a continuing education portfolio for multiple departments within the company she has worked for.  She also worked as a consultant to help develop a pathology program at a technical college. In addition to her experience as a consultant and continuing education coordinator, Heather has also taught Comparative Anatomy and Physiology to technical program students at Madison College.

Shilo Wilkinson

Shilo Wilkinson
MS Project Management
Email: shilow92@gmail.com

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