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Dennis R. Cooley
Assistant Chancellor for University Advancement
Executive Director of the UW-Platteville Foundation

1524 Ullsvik Hall
tel: 608.342.1309
e-mail: cooleyde@uwplatt.edu

Biography
Education: B.S. Communications, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Experience: Dennis is a 1988 UW-La Crosse graduate and has been at UW-Platteville since November 1998. He oversees the Division of University Advancement, which includes the UW-Platteville Foundation and Alumni Services, publications, public relations, licensing, mail services, duplicating services and photography.

Background: He and his wife, Stephanie, have three children and are very involved in school, church and community activities. Dennis currently coaches youth basketball, football, soccer and baseball.

 

Holly (Kaiser) Clendenen
Director of University Advancement
 

1521 Ullsvik Hall
tel: 608.342.1879
e-mail: clendenenh@uwplatt.edu

Biography
Education: B.S. Biology, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
M.A. Organizational Management, Ashford University

Experience: Holly has been employed at UW-Platteville since July 2006. She is the Director of University Advancement. Holly connects alumni and friends to the university and raises funds to support students, faculty, staff, and capital projects.  She manages the development team and coordinates the Foundation’s fundraising efforts.

Background: Holly lives in her hometown of Hazel Green, Wisconsin.  While an undergrad at UW-Platteville she played on the women's basketball team.  She and her husband Matt have two children, Carter and Kennedy.   She enjoys spending time with her family, playing and watching sports, reading, and camping.

 

Kelly Myers
Director of Development, UW-Platteville Foundation
 

1519 Ullsvik Hall
tel: 608.342.1864
e-mail: myerskell@uwplatt.edu

Biography
Education: B.A. Speech Communication, Loras College
M.A.  Clinical Psychology, Loras College

Experience: Kelly has spent over 20 years in non-profit work.  He was at Loras College for 16 years  serving as Director of Admissions, Director of Alumni Relations and as a  Senior Development Officer. He was also the Director of Development for Holy Family Catholic Schools in Dubuque. Prior to coming to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville he served as a Major Gifts Specialist for the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Dubuque.

Background: Kelly and his wife Sharon have two grown children, Zach and Chelsea.  He enjoys spending time with his family, watching sports and camping.

 

Stacia (Nemitz) Stephenson
Assistant Director of Development, UW-Platteville Foundation
 

1518 Ullsvik Hall
tel: 608.342.6122
e-mail: stephensons@uwplatt.edu

Biography
Education: B.S. Health Promotion, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Experience: Stacia has been employed by UW-Platteville Foundation since June 2010. Currently she is working with Athletics and Recreation. She works to reconnect alumni, friends and family of the University and raise funds to support the University through scholarship programs.

Background: Stacia is a 2005 graduate of River Ridge High School in Bloomington, Wisconsin. She started her education that fall at UW-Platteville. Stacia played 3 years of basketball while attending UW-Platteville. She now resides in Platteville with her 7 year old daughter, Madison and her boyfriend Tim, also a 2009 college grad of UW-Platteville and played football for 4 years. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching college and professional sports. Continuing to play sports and participating in marathons are her personal hobbies. Stacia is extremely excited to be part of Foundation!

 

Patrick Harker
Assistant Director of Development, UW-Platteville Foundation
 

1500 Ullsvik Hall
tel: 608.778.5352
e-mail: harkerp@uwplatt.edu

Biography
Education: B.S. Agricultural Education with a Public Relations Minor, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Experience: Patrick was just hired on with the Foundation in March of 2013. He will be working with Alumni in the Chicago area and is excited to promote the university that has given him so much.

Background: Patrick J. Harker is a 2006 graduate of Shullsburg High School and a 2011 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He was very involved on campus with numerous clubs and organizations. He is the youngest of four siblings and is excited to be an uncle for the first time. He enjoys traveling, running, watching movies, going to the beach, hanging out with friends and family.

 

Gina Udelhofen
Director of Annual Giving and Donor Relations, UW-Platteville Foundation
 

1520 Ullsvik Hall
tel: 608.342.1968
e-mail: udelhofg@uwplatt.edu

Biography

Education: B.S. Communication Technologies with an Imaging Media Emphasis, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Experience: Gina has been employed by UW-Platteville Foundation since September 2003. As Annual Giving Coordinator, Gina is responsible for creating, implementing, directing, and managing the program for current support from alumni, parents, friends, and businesses by supervising the university’s annual phonathon and direct mail solicitations.

Background: Gina resides in rural Platteville/Potosi area. Gina has 4 children: Markus, who is attending UW-Platteville at the present, Mitchell, Nicholas, and Rachel. She spends her spare time going to the movies, baseball and softball games and working around her 3rd generation family farm with her parents, her two brothers and their families.

 

Erin (Steffen) Withrow
Assistant Director of Annual Giving, UW-Platteville Foundation
 

1513 Ullsvik Hall
tel: 608.342.6147
e-mail: steffene@uwplatt.edu

Biography

Education: B.S in Communications Technology, Emphasis in Public Relations. Minor in Business

Experience: Erin has been employed with the UW-Platteville Foundation since November 2011. After graduating in December 2012 she came on full time as the Assistant Director of Annual Giving. Erin works with current students at the Foundation Call Center and oversees the supervisors and callers. Her previous work experience with RuffaloCODY in Cedar Rapids as a New hire trainer has helped implement new ideas and strategies to the Foundation.

Background: Erin graduated from Cuba City High School in 2004 and attended Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, IA. After working full time she decided finish to go back to school for her Bachelors. She graduated from UW-Platteville in 2012. In her free time she enjoys watching football (college and professional) and catching up with friends. She is excited to be part of the Foundation team and eager to help any way she can!

 

William (Bill) Kloster
Director of UW-Platteville Real Estate Foundation
 

1521 Ullsvik Hall
tel: 608.342.1231
e-mail: klosterw@uwplatt.edu

Biography

Education: B.S. Aeronautical Engineering, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA
MS Management, Florida Institute of Technology
U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS

Experience: Upon graduation from college, Bill served as a Regular Army Officer ending his career as a Lieutenant Colonel. As an Army Aviator he served in many leadership and staff positions during his 20 years of service. He served in many line combat units as well as a member of the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command where he coordinated testing of helicopter weapons systems. In 1999 Bill began 12 years of service with the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs and served in many leadership positions to include the agency Deputy Secretary where he oversaw several construction and renovation projects. In December of 2010 he accepted the position as Director of the newly established UW-Platteville Real Estate Foundation.

Background: Bill is a native of California and met his wife, Platteville native, Deborah Rice while serving in the military in Germany. They have a daughter Gretchen who is attending Minnesota State, Mankato and is a member of the MSU Dance Team. Bill and Deborah reside in Platteville and enjoy travel, attending sporting events and life in South West WI. Bill is a model builder and enjoys military history.

 

Kim Govier
Division Coordinator, University Advancement
 

1523 Ullsvik Hall
tel: 608.342.1243
e-mail: carlk@uwplatt.edu

Biography

Education: B.S. Business Administration with a double emphasis in Human Resource Management and Management, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Experience: Kim has been employed by UW-Platteville Foundation since January 2001 as Accounts Receivable and Scholarship Coordinator. In 2010 Kim took on a new role as University Advancement, Division Coordinator. Kim coordinates the workflow within the Advancement division, organizing efforts following division strategic planning, and collaborates with Advancement leaders, as well as constituents outside our division. She also manages the Foundation Board by arranging the meetings, packets, etc.

Background: Kim was raised on a dairy farm located outside of Stitzer, Wisconsin. She is a 1992 graduate of Fennimore High School and currently resides in Fennimore. She has a husband, Rick and two children, Courtney and Dakota. She enjoys spending time with family and friends.

 

Caiti Droessler
Accounts Receivable Manager, UW-Platteville Foundation
Scholarships and Donor Stewardship Administrator, UW-Platteville Foundation

1522 Ullsvik Hall
tel: 608.342.1969
e-mail: droesslerca@uwplatt.edu

Biography

Education: B.S. Business Administration with a double emphasis in Management and Human Resource Management, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Experience: Caiti began working at the UW-Platteville Foundation as a student associate in May of 2007. After graduating in December of 2011, she became a full-time employee of the Foundation Office as the Accounts Receivable Manager and Scholarship and Donor Stewardship Administrator. In her role as the Account Receivable Manager, she is responsible for receiving, recording and legally receipting charitable contribution to the UW-Platteville Foundation. In her role as scholarship and donor stewardship administrator she is responsible for all stewardship activities involving endowed chairs, professorships, fellowships and scholarship.

Background: Caiti graduated from Platteville High School in 2006 and began attending UW-Platteville that fall. She is engaged to be married in June of 2012. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running and spending time outdoors.

 

Kelly Sullivan-Soley
Director of Development Research, UW-Platteville Foundation
 

1517 Ullsvik Hall
tel: 608.342.1972
e-mail: soleyk@uwplatt.edu

Biography

Education: B.A. Communication Arts, Saint Louis University; M.A. Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Experience: Kelly joined UW-Platteville in 1998 as Director of Development Research, coordinates the identification, cultivation and stewardship of alumni and friends in support of university priorities and programs. She is a member of the Association of Prospect Researchers for Advancement (APRA) and the Greater Tri-State Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

 

Jay McDermott
Accounting, UW-Platteville Foundation
 

1516 Ullsvik Hall
tel: 608.342.1242
e-mail: mcdermottja@uwplatt.edu

Biography

Education: B.S. Business Administration, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Experience: Jay has been employed with the UW-Platteville Foundation since January 2013. Jay invested the last twenty years working in the field of accounting and business management for several SW Wisconsin companies. Jay is responsible for ensuring that all of the accounting functions of the Foundation are handled efficiently and accurately.

Background: Jay grew up in Madison, graduating from James Madison Memorial high school. He then attended UW-Platteville, graduating with a BS in Business Administration with a finance emphasis. Jay's wife, Jodi, is also employed at UW-Platteville as the Assistant Dean for the college of BILSA. They have four children, Jessica, Andrea, Scott, and Sami. The oldest, Jessica, will be attending UW-Platteville beginning in the fall of 2013. Jay spends his free time enjoying antique car restoration, golf, volleyball, and time with his family. Jay is very excited about being part of the Foundation family and the excitement of campus life.


 

Susan Stenner
Accounting Assistant, UW-Platteville Foundation
 

1516 Ullsvik Hall
tel: 608.342.6110
e-mail: stenners@uwplatt.edu

Biography

Education: Bachelor's in Accounting UW Phoenix- Phoenix, Arizona

Experience: Susan comes to the Foundation with many years of Accounting experience from Agriculture to Construction. Susan has been employed by UW-Platteville Foundation since September 2012 as an Accounting Assistant for the Foundation's Accounting Department.

Background: Susan grew up on a Registered Polled Herford farm, just outside of Fennimore, WI. She graduated from Fennimore High School and went on to the Southwest Vocational Technical College and obtained a minor in Accounting. In 1989 she moved to Arizona and for the past 20+ years worked, obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and started raising a family. In the summer of 2011 when her oldest daughter Nikki graduated High School, her and her husband Robert and two daughters Nikki and Amberlee decided to relocate back to Fennimore to be closer to family. She, Robert and Amber currently resides in Fennimore. She is very excited to be a part of the Foundation.

 

Student Workers

Emily Schlein
Pioneer Development Officer, UW-Platteville Foundation
 

1500 Ullsvik Hall
tel: 608.342.7246
e-mail: schleine@uwplatt.edu


Kristi Rodgers
Pioneer Development Officer, UW-Platteville Foundation
 

1500 Ullsvik Hall
tel: 608.342.7246
e-mail: rodgersk@uwplatt.edu


Katie Martin
Pioneer Development Officer, UW-Platteville Foundation
 

1500 Ullsvik Hall
tel: 608.342.7340
e-mail: martinkat@uwplatt.edu


Scott Sibik
Student Associate, UW-Platteville Foundation
 

1500 Ullsvik Hall
tel: 608.342.1027 | Fax: 608.342.1196
e-mail: sibiks@uwplatt.edu


Heidi Klaas
Student Associate, UW-Platteville Foundation
 

1500 Ullsvik Hall
tel: 608.342.1027 | Fax: 608.342.1196
e-mail: klaas@uwplatt.edu


Shelby Redington
Student Associate, UW-Platteville Foundation
 

1500 Ullsvik Hall
tel: 608.342.1182
e-mail: redingtons@uwplatt.edu


Krystal Francis
Student Associate, UW-Platteville Foundation
 

1500 Ullsvik Hall
tel: 608.342.1182
e-mail: franciskr@uwplatt.edu


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