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WAA Alumni Advisory Council

WAA 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


Ben Havn

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

Katie Hepler

Katie Hepler ’07
Vice Chair
BA journalism and French
Minneapolis, MN

Purnita Fields

Purnita Fields JD’11
Past Chair
Washington, DC


Miriah Albouras

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

James Amaro JD’02
Houston, TX

Shaun Aukland

Shaun Aukland ’10
BA communication arts
San Franscisco, CA

Eric Buss

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

Jemmy Chayadi ’00
BS mechanical engineering
Jakarta, Indonesia

Erin Elliott Kazik ’03

Erin Elliott Kazik ’03
MS life sciences communication
De Pere, WI

Dave Florin

Dave Florin ’92
BA international relations
Middleton, WI

Lillie Grace Faulkner
Madison, WI

Mark Guthier

Mark Guthier
Madison, WI

Charlie Hoslet

Charlie Hoslet JD’89
Madison, WI

Ali Khaleel

Ali Khaleel ’15
BS secondary education
Atlanta, GA

Rob Kozich ’96
BA french
Prague, Czech Republic

Jack Lindenberg ’19
BBA human resources management
Saint Paul, MN

Amanda Manteufel ’01

Amanda Manteufel ’01
BS civil engineering
Appleton, WI

Cindy Mason

Cindy Mason ’00
BBA accounting
Williams Bay, WI

Jay Makowski MBA’18
MBA general management
Hartland, WI

John Mills ’85
BBA Marketing
Palos Verdes Estates, CA

Michael Morgan

Michael Morgan ’78, JD’84
BA communication arts
Milwaukee, WI

Aubrey Nigh ’19
BS food science
Chicago, IL

Jeff Powers

Jeff Powers ’92
BBA marketing
Brooklyn, NY

Erin Ryan

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

Amy Salinas Westmoreland

Amy Salinas Westmoreland ’06
BA women’s studies, BA english
Bellingham, WA

Nancy Schanke ’76
BS occupational therapy
Fremont, WI

Patty Shinners

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

Kris Theiler

Kris Theiler ’88
BS industrial engineering
Long Beach, CA

Ryan Tobiasz

Ryan Tobiasz ’02
BS behavioral science & law and psychology
Chicago, IL

LéAndrea Vernon

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

Will Vraney
Madison, WI

Walter Williams

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

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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