Board of Directors

Officers

Erin Ralph

Erin Ralph, Chair

Graduation Year: 2003
Company: John Deere Dubuque Works

Background

Erin is a 2003 graduate of UW-Platteville with a degree in mechanical engineering. She was very involved in various activities and organizations as a student including SWE, ASME, Tau Beta Pi, Student Ambassadors, tour guide, Phi Kappa Phi, and Pi Tau Sigma. She studied abroad in Australia while a student. Professionally she is involved with the Society of Women Engineers, Young Professionals, ASME, and SAE and is a member for the UW-Platteville Foundation Board of Directors. Erin is currently an Engineering Supervisor for Excavators Outside of the Americas. She has been in this position since 2010. Prior to that she was a product engineer II at John Deere working on 4WD Loader Cabs. Jesse, her husband, is also a mechanical engineering graduate of UW-Platteville. Erin and Jesse have three daughters. Erin grew up in Prairie du Chein, Wis., and currently resides in Dubuque, Iowa.
Dave Broihahn

Dave Broihahn, Vice Chair

Graduation Year: 1987
Company: Unison Solutions Inc.

Background

Dave Broihahn is the co-founder of Unison Solutions Inc. a Dubuque, IA company that specializes in the design and manufacturing of biogas conditioning systems.  Dave received his electrical engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and has 30 years of engineering, construction and operations experience.
Scott S. Baumgartner

Scott S. Baumgartner, Secretary

Graduation Year: 1972
Company: Retired Educator

Background

Scott graduated from UW-Platteville in 1972 with a major in vocal music education.  Following graduation, Scott was employed at UW-Platteville for 10 years, first serving as associate director of the student center/director of student activities and ultimately stepping down from his position as director of Student Financial Aid in order to attend graduate school.  Scott earned a Master of Higher Education Administration/College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and relocated to Chicago, Ill., upon graduation.  He began work in Financial Aid at Rush University, a component of Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center and then took a position in charge of the Student Financial Aid office at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago.  After several years, Scott was named assistant dean of Student Academic Services in the College of Nursing at the Medical Center, where he served for many years.  Scott completed his career in higher education by serving as director of Community Relations and Special Events at Midwestern University.  In 2001 Scott left higher education and started up a marine services business in the recreational boating harbors of Chicago.  Being an avid sailor, Scott served on the Board and as Commodore of the Belmont Yacht Club and he also served for two years as the Commodore of the Chicago Yachting Association, an organization focused on boater safety and education. He currently serves on the Board of the Chicago Harbor Safety Council, a collaborative effort with the City of Chicago and the United States Coast Guard. Scott is retired and continues to live in Chicago with wife Dr. Mary Lee.  He has two adult sons, Chris and Justin, who also live in Chicago, along with two grandchildren.
Jeff Matthias

Jeff Matthias, Treasurer

Graduation Year: 1987
Company: Portfolio Strategist

Background

Jeff graduated from UW-Platteville in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, from UW-Whitewater in 1992 with a Master of Business Administration, and earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1996.  He is currently a Vice President, Portfolio Strategist at Madison Investment Advisors LLC, located in Madison, Wis., where he offers institutional clients the necessary insights, knowledge, and perspectives to better understand financial markets as he collaborates with both clients and team members in crafting unique investment solutions. 

Prior to joining Madison, he devoted three years to working with CFA Institute, a global association of investment professionals, as director of Society Strategy and Design.  In this role, he assisted local CFA societies with developing strategies to maximize the value delivered to their members, member service standards, and funding models.  During his tenure, Jeff gained international business experience by living and working in both Hong Kong and London and visiting over 25 countries.  Formerly, Jeff was a fixed income portfolio manager at American Family Mutual Insurance for 14 years and managed portfolios totaling $3.2 billion.
Jeff serves on his employer’s charity, expense, and business continuity committees.  He is a minority owner of his spouse’s professional administrative services business.  Previously, he served as a Presidents Council Representative (PCR) for CFA Institute and served CFA Society of Madison in various capacities including president, program chair, and membership chair.  Jeff, along with his wife Brenda, resides in Waunakee, Wis., and has two step-daughters and two grandchildren.

 

DIRECTORS

John Busby

John Busby

Graduation Year: 1975
Company: Affiliated Dentists

Background
John graduated from UW-Platteville in 1975 with a degree in general sciences/chemistry. John is the President and Managing Partner of Affiliated Dentists in Madison, Wis. The ROTC Program at UW-Platteville was the source of his Army commission. Upon graduation from Marquette School of Dentistry, John completed a General Practice Residency in the Military. After 24 years, he retired from the U.S. Army after completing many clinical and military roles. As his dental organization grew, John completed a MBA at Northwestern University. John has been involved with many community and civic projects. He and his wife, Terry, have three adult daughters: Kate, Lou, and Jenny.
Dan Choi

Dan Choi

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Background

Coming soon.
Lawson "Skip" Clark

Lawson "Skip" Clark

Graduation Year: 1970
Company: Retired

Background

Skip retired from an active business career in 2009. He graduated from UW-Platteville in 1970, with a comprehensive degree in business administration and economics (finance emphasis). Additionally, he attended Iowa State University. While working, he belonged to industry related organizations and attended many career related academic programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as technically related seminars in other cities around the country.The majority of his working life was spent as a construction services administrator for a large regional hospital where his responsibilities included all of the new construction and remodeling for the total system. He designed and built with his construction team such projects as major hospital area remodels, medical office buildings, operating suites of all types, pharmacies, medical offices, MRIs, imaging special procedure rooms with Cat scanners, nuclear medicine and heart care facilities. Concurrently, he invested in distressed residential property which he restored for the purpose of renting and eventual resale. Additionally, he worked as a sales representative for national building materials supplier, a carpenter and a remodeling and restoration contractor specializing in the restoration of historic homes. He spent six years in the United States Army Reserve as a Senior Construction Superintendent. Post retirement, he served as a director for six years in the UW-Platteville Alumni Association Board as well as a commissioner on the City of Mount Vernon, Iowa Historical Preservation Commission. Skip enjoys his collectible cars and researching automotive history. He has a large collection of power and hand tools, enjoying the history and architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, historical structure preservation, and distance bicycling. Skip and his wife Linda live in Mount Vernon, Iowa and have three children and seven grandchildren.
Joseph Denk

Joseph Denk

Graduation Year: 1982
Company: WFRV-TV Channel 5, CBS affiliate, in Green Bay

Background

Joseph graduated from UW-Platteville in 1982. He is the Vice President and General Manager of WFRV-TV (CBS) in Green Bay, Wis. Joe is a board member of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, a board member of Advance Green Bay Area Economic Development, a board member of the Salvation Army of Brown County, and a member of the Parish Council of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. In the past he has served as a member of the UW-Platteville Broadcasting Advisory Council, FOX Broadcasting Board of Governors, Iowa Broadcasters Association Board, Rockford Area Economic Development Corporation, Rockford Junior Achievement Board, Rockford Discovery Center Board, Rockford Area United Way committee, Cedar Rapids Chamber of Commerce committee, Dubuque Council for Diversity, and Dubuque Salvation Army Advisory Council. Joe currently resides in Green Bay with his wife Kathy (UW-Platteville 1982). They have two daughters: Jennifer (University of Miami, Fla. 2009) and Jodi (Marquette University 2011).
Oryln Edge

Oryln Edge

Graduation Year: 1961
Company: Retired (1999) from Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Background
Director of Undergraduate Program and creator of Actuarial Science program

 

Tim Hardyman

Tim Hardyman

Graduation Year:
Company: Wisconsin Bank & Trust

Background

Coming soon.

 

Jeff Ingebritsen

Jeff Ingebritsen

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Background
Information coming soon.

 

Jerry Kobiske

Jerry Kobiske

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Background
Information coming soon.

 

Tom Koser

Tom Koser

Graduation Year: 1981
Company: Koser Radio Group

Background
Information coming soon.

 

Rick Lenz

Rick Lenz

Graduation Year: 1991
Company: Motus Financial

Background
A 1991 graduate of UW-Platteville (Bachelor of Science Business Administration), Rick moved into the fast paced technology world at M&I Data Services. In 2000, M&I Data changed its name to Metavante and Rick accepted the Vice President of Acquiring Solutions position, which he held until 2011. With encouragement from his wife, a passion for technology, innovation and client satisfaction Rick started Motus Financial a forward thinking technology firm in 2012. Continuing in the entrepreneurial spirit, Rick co-founded POSition, another cutting edge technology organization that provides enhanced cloud based business management systems.  Both organizations continue to provide a high level of service and top of the line technology solutions. Rick has held the position of Board President and Vice President for Dane Buy Local, Vice President of the UW-Platteville BILSA Board and board membership for: UW-P Alumni Association, MBE Advisory Board and the GHC-SCW Member Advisory Board. In addition, Rick and his family are active in community organizations including CATCH (Community Around the Children’s Hospital), American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and Project Graduation to name a few.

 

David Murphy

David Murphy

Graduation Year: 1970
Company: MSA Professional Services

Background
Information coming soon.

 

Dan Paulson

Dan Paulson

Graduation Year: 1992
Company: Invision Business Development and Marketing, LLC

Background
Business grad excelling in helping business owners with People, Planning and Performance.  Lifetime Alumni Association member and active board participant for 7 years. Moved to the Foundation board in 2016.

 

Thomas Rowe

Thomas Rowe

Graduation Year: 1974
Company: John Deere Financial

Background
Graduated: 1974 with a BS in Agribusiness, 24 years in commercial banking, 17 years with the Farm Credit System, currently semi-retired part time as a Credit Analyst at John Deere Financial

Spouse: Leila, RN at The Monroe Clinic Hospital. Two sons, Jon and Eric both in the Madison area.
Sheila Ruchti

Sheila Ruchti

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Background
Information coming soon.

 

Mark Taber

Mark Taber

Graduation Year: 1984
Company: Wind River Financial, Inc

Background

Mark graduated from UW-Platteville in 1984 with a major in business administration and in 1996 he received his certificate from the Graduate School of Banking at UW-Madison. Mark is the President and CEO of Wind River Financial Inc. located in Madison, Wis. Mark is a board member and loan committee chair for the Madison Development Corporation, board member for the MDC Venture Loan Fund, advisor to Forward Communities Inc., and a member of Madison College’s Business and Finance Curriculum Advisory Board. In the past he has served as a member of the UW-Platteville Alumni Association Board, American Red Cross, Four Lakes Council of Boy Scouts, Easter Seals, YMCA of Dane County, and the Madison West Kiwanis Club. Mark currently resides in Poynette with his wife Celeste. They have two children: Christina (UW-Milwaukee 2000) and Aaron (UW-Madison 2006).
Ellen Ullsvik

Ellen Ullsvik

Graduation Year: 1975
Company: Retired

Background
UW-Platteville-1971, Masters Reading Specialist- UW-La Crosse 1995, Eighth grade English teacher at Butler Middle School:1975-1977, Eighth grade teacher at St. Pat’s: 1978, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade teaching positions at West Salem Middle School:1978-2012, member of Governor Thompson’s Task Force on Education:1995, president of Chapter DC, PEO, 1996-98 CASA volunteer-2014-present, Married with three children.

 

Mary Robinson Wagner

Mary Robinson Wagner, P.E.

Graduation Year: 1979
Company: MSA Professional Services Inc.

Background

Mary graduated from UW-Platteville in 1979 with a major in civil engineering. Mary is the Funding Administrator and a Project Manager at MSA Professional Services Inc. in the corporate offices located in Baraboo, Wis.  She is a lifetime member of the UW-Platteville Alumni Association, and a member of the Wisconsin Wastewater Operators Association.  She is currently the Missions Board Chairman at Walnut Hill Bible Church in Baraboo, and is a member of the WIDNR NR166 Code Advisory Board.  She has previously served on the boards of the “Girls with Goals” Hockey Boosters, and the Baraboo High School Soccer Boosters.  Mary currently resides in Baraboo with her husband Dan (P.E., 1974 UW-Platteville BS-Civil Engineering, 1975 Wheaton College Certificate, 1977 Purdue University MS- Structural Engineering).  They have six children: Nathan (U-MN BS-Biomedical Engineering 2003, Trinity Divinity School-MDiv 2007) (wife – Anna Northwestern College BA-Counseling 2003); Michael (UW-Madison BS 2007 &  MS – Mechanical Engineering 2008, Colorado School of Mines – Ph.D. candidate) (wife – Katie Marquette BA-Communication 2006); Emily (Undergrad UW-River Falls, 2012 UW-Madison DVM-Large Animal) (husband Easton –NMU BS-Business Management 2005); David (Northwestern College BA-Youth and Family Ministries 2012) (wife Jenny -  Northwestern College BA-Communications 2013); Johanna (UW-River Falls BA-Communications 2013)(husband Joshua – Journeyman); Brian (Undergraduate Industrial Engineering UW-Platteville) (wife – Emma, Undergraduate Pre-Vet UW-Platteville); six grandchildren.  Both Dan and Mary previously worked as faculty  (STEM) at UW-Platteville as did Mary’s parents, Joshua (BILSA) and Florence (Home Ec)  Robinson and Florence’s parents, Dr. Victor (Dean of Ag, BILSA) and Florence (Home Ec) Nylin. Scholarships: Mary Robinson Wagner Scholarship (STEM) and Dr. Victor Nylin Scholarship (BILSA).

Art Weber

Art Weber

Graduation Year: 1986
Company: Financial Institution Products Corporation (FIPCO) 

Background
Art received his Bachelor of Science from UW-Platteville in 1986 and his Master of Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch in 1993. Art is the Director of Sales at FIPCO that is located in Madison, Wis. Weber currently participates in the McFarland Education Foundation (Board of Directors), Optimist Club (member) and the McFarland Community Development Authority (member). In the past he has participated in the McFarland Zoning Board of Appeals, McFarland Family Festival Parade, Christ the King Parish, and the McFarland Cub Scouts. Art currently resides in McFarland with his wife Cynthia (Lease) who received her degree in Education from UW-Platteville in 1984 as well as her master’s degree from UW-Platteville. Art and Cynthia have three children: Calvin, Alyse, and Austin.

Liaison

John Boldt

John Boldt, Real Estate Foundation

Graduation Year: 1976
Company: Clark Dietz, Inc.

Background
John graduated from UW-Platteville in 1976 with a degree in civil engineering. John is the Executive Vice President and Director of Operations for Clark Dietz Inc. Clark Dietz has offices in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana. John has served as the president of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Wisconsin. Besides his 30 years of experience in the industry, he is a member of the American Water Works Association, the Water Environment Federation, and the American Public Works Association. He is a past chairman of the town of Bristol Plan Commission and chairman of the St. Scholastica Church Building Committee. After a number of years of service on the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Alumni Board, John has joined the Foundation Board. He resides in Bristol, Wis., with his wife, Barbara (Bishop), also a UW-Platteville grad and they have two children, Amy (UW-Platteville 2004) and Adam (UW-Madison 2006).


 

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