University of Wisconsin–Madison

Economics Advisory Board

The Department of Economics Advisory Board was formed in 2007 to increase engagement between the department and its alumni. The Board’s members are alumni who have excelled in a range of careers and pursuits and have a clear understanding of how instrumental UW—Madison’s Department of Economics has been in their success.

The Board’s mission is to enhance the department’s stature and standing by:

  • Supporting a dynamic career services program and increasing internship and other professional opportunities for current students
  • Tapping into vital alumni resources on behalf of the department
  • Acting as goodwill ambassadors for the department

Current Board Members


Matt Astrachan

Lynda Borucki

Laurits Christensen

Richard A. Davies*

Susan Fancher

Susan Feigenbaum

Wade Fetzer III

Geraldine M. Fitzpatrick

Jeff Geygan

Scott Happ

Jason A. Hartig

Brian Hazen

J. Thomas Jacobs

Stephen E. Kravit

Stephanie McAree Mirrow

Stuart W. McCroskey

Richard A. Meese

Richard D. Patterson

Lowell Robinson

Craig R. Roach

Stephen S. Roach

Eric S. Rosengren

Elliott M. Ross

Stuart Rossmiller

Richard A. Strait

Willard Walker

Todd E. Warnock

Ronald D. Weil

Barbara Widder-Lowry

*Chairman of the Board

Member biographies listed below

  • Matt Astrachan

    Matthew R. Astrachan is Vice Chairman of Jones Lang LaSalle, a commercial real estate services and investment management firm. A real estate professional for more than 20 years, he focuses on leasing and sales activities in the New York metropolitan area and throughout the country.

    Before joining Jones Lang LaSalle, he was Executive Vice President with Cushman & Wakefield, Inc., where he was among the firm’s Top 100 real estate professionals for 15 years; he ranked among the Top 10 in 2001, 2008 and 2009. Prior to that Mr. Astrachan was a Managing Director at The Galbreath Company.

    Mr. Astrachan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. He is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York and involved with many philanthropic foundations, such as Sanctuary for Families, The Jeffrey Model Foundation, and The Intrepid Foundation.

  • Lynda Borucki

    Lynda Borucki is a financial economist at the Brattle Group in Boston, Massachusetts. She provides advice and develops expert testimony on the application of corporate finance and economics for litigation and strategic engagements. Her projects have included the development and critique of damage claims, the valuation of assets, businesses and securities, cost of capital / discount rate estimation, evaluation of structured finance transactions, and the economic analysis of contractual arrangements and regulations. Ms. Borucki has been a consulting expert to clients named in securities litigation matters and has led large teams supporting multiple academics in high profile fraud cases. She has been an expert witness on various finance matters relating to liability issues and damages.

    She also has presented a Law Seminars International session on estimating damages in securities litigation and has co-authored a leading graduate textbook on corporate finance with Professor Stewart C. Myers. Prior to joining the Brattle Group, she was an associate with Putnam, Hayes and Bartlett, Inc.

    Ms. Borucki received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Wisconsin—Madison and a Master of Managerial Economics from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

  • Laurits Christensen

    Laurits (Lau) Christensen is Chairman of Christensen Associates. He founded the company in 1976 together with Dianne Christensen and Doug Caves. In addition to his work with the energy, postal, telecommunications, and transportation industries, Dr. Christensen led the company’s legal practice for over two decades. In this work, he testified in landmark cases such as DOJ v. AT&T, MCI v. AT&T, and Polaroid v. Kodak. He currently serves as chairman of the board, providing leadership and advice to the board as well as overseeing broad policies and objectives.

    From 1967 to 1987 Dr. Christensen was Professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. During that time, he published 65 articles in leading economic journals and established himself as an authority on applied microeconomics, economic evaluation, and econometric modeling.

    Dr. Christensen earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Richard A. Davies

    Richard A. Davies is Senior Managing Director of the defined contribution area at AllianceBernstein, responsible for the overall leadership and strategic direction of the business. He also serves as co-head of the firm’s North American Institutional Client Group. Davies rejoined AllianceBernstein in 2013 after spending several years leading Russell Investments’ institutional defined contribution business. During his earlier career with AllianceBernstein he led the firm’s institutional defined contribution, sub-advisory, and retail retirement and college savings businesses. Davies also served as head of global marketing and product management and led several business lines and distribution channels for the mutual funds group. Prior to Alliance he served as president of retail investment services at First Chicago Corporation and managing director of First Chicago Investment Management Company. He also was a consultant and manager with The Boston Consulting Group and brand manager for Procter & Gamble.

    Davies holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Wisconsin—Madison and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He is a Trustee of the Employee Benefit Research Institute and a founder and member of the executive committee of the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association. He also serves as Vice President of Membership and executive committee member for the Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Davies is chairman of the University of Wisconsin—Madison Economics Advisory Board.

  • Susan Fancher

    Susan Fancher most recently served as Senior Vice President of Marketing for Connections Education, a division of Pearson and a leader in online learning for students in grades K-12. Ms. Fancher directed branding and advertising, direct and online marketing, grassroots outreach, public relations, and marketing research and analytics. During her tenure the company grew from serving approximately 2,500 to approximately 60,000 full-time students. Prior to Connections Education she served as director of marketing at Barnes & Noble, where she launched and managed the company’s loyalty program. Earlier, Ms. Fancher held marketing and analytics positions in the retail financial services industry. She was director of marketing at Harley-Davidson Financial Services, database marketing director in the card services division of J.P. Morgan Chase, and credit risk management analyst at American Express. She began her professional career at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where she served in the domestic research, bank services, and public information departments.
    Ms. Fancher earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Wisconsin—Madison and an M.B.A. from New York University Stern School of Business. Ms. Fancher has served as member and president of the Washington County (Maryland) Humane Society board of directors.

  • Susan Feigenbaum

    Dr. Susan Feigenbaum is Professor and former Chair of the Department of Economics at the University of Missouri in St. Louis. Prior to joining the department in 1988, Dr. Feigenbaum was Associate Professor at Claremont McKenna College and Graduate School. She has also held the position of Chief of Methodology Development, Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission; Robert Wood Johnson Faculty Fellow in Health Care Finance at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health; Scholar-in-Residence at the Center for Study of Public Choice, George Mason University; and Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

    Dr. Feigenbaum is an applied econometrician interested in the areas of health economics, public choice, and the economics of science. She received a competitive five-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to support her research on scientific integrity in economic analysis; served as Senior Investigator on an NSF Laboratory Grant to create the UMSL Laboratory for Quantitative Economic Analysis; and was senior investigator on an NSF curriculum innovation grant to improve the teaching of introductory microeconomics. This latter grant led to the publication of a widely-respected two-volume textbook (co-authored with Dr. Rik Hafer) entitled Principles of Microeconomics: The Way We Live and Principles of Macroeconomics: The Way We Live (Freeman-Worth, 2012).

    Dr. Feigenbaum earned a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. She has served as Vice President of the Midwest Economics Association and as an Executive Board member for the Western Economics Association. She has also served as a Trustee for the Missouri Consolidated Health Plan. She has received both the Governor’s and Chancellor’s Awards for Teaching Excellence, as well as the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Service. Dr. Feigenbaum is the mother of four children, including a set of triplets.

  • Wade Fetzer III

    Mr. Fetzer is a retired from Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he was a partner in the investment banking division.
    Mr. Fetzer serves as a director on the corporate boards of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc, Sinofert Holdings Ltd., and Northern Star Broadcasting. He also is a volunteer member on the boards of Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, the University of Wisconsin Foundation, Kellogg Alumni Advisory Board, and The Posse Foundation. He also belongs to the Commercial Club of Chicago.

    Mr. Fetzer holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Wisconsin—Madison and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University. He and his wife live in the Chicago area and have two daughters.

  • Geraldine M. Fitzpatrick

    Ms. Fitzpatrick graduated from the University of Wisconsin—Madison in 1940 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.

  • Jeff Geygan

    Jeffrey R. Geygan is President and CEO of Milwaukee Private Wealth Management, Inc. He has focused on investment research and advisory, and managing capital for individuals, families and non-profit organizations around the world. His firm specializes in equity and debt investments in out-of-favor companies and advises those companies on corporate governance improvements. Prior to founding Milwaukee Private Wealth Management, he was Senior Vice President of Investments and Senior Portfolio Manager with Smith Barney and UBS Financial.

    Mr. Geygan is an advisory board member of Service Heat Treat Corporation and the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee’s Investment Management Certificate Program. He also is an adjunct professor at the IE University Graduate School, in Madrid, Spain, and a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee.

    Mr. Geygan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. He and his wife, whom he met in Professor Donald Hester’s money and banking class, have two children who also graduated from UW—Madison.

  • Scott Happ

    Scott Happ is former President and CEO of Mortgagebot, a leading mortgage technology firm that served more than 1,000 financial institutions and is now owned by D+H Corporation. Mortgagebot originated within M&I Bank and was spun off as an independent company in 2001, led by Mr. Happ and a management team. Prior to Mortgagebot, he served in the investment division of M&I Bank and was an independent floor trader at the Chicago Board of Trade. Currently Mr. Happ is pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities in the health care industry.

    Mr. Happ earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. His senior thesis, written under the guidance of Professor Donald Hester, won the Frank W. Taussig Award and was published in The American Economist. He lives in the Milwaukee area with his wife, Kathy, and their three children.

  • Jason A. Hartig

    Mr. Hartig is Managing Principal of Vista Capital LLC, a New York based options trading firm established in 1999. The firm engages in option volatility arbitrage and provides liquidity to the listed equity, ETF, and index option marketplace. Mr. Hartig holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.

  • Brian Hazen

    Brian Hazen is Vice President and Broker Associate with Mason Morse, an affiliate of Coldwell Banker real estate in Aspen, Colorado. Prior to Mason Morse he was at Coates, Reid, and Waldron (CRW) for 32 years, most of that time as partner of the real estate and property management firm. He has been recognized with the Top Producer Award 13 times and has produced more than one billion dollars in sales during his career. For 17 consecutive years Mr. Hazen led CRW to the highest dollar volume in sales activity in the Aspen and Snowmass marketplace.

    Mr. Hazen is a member of the Aspen Board of Realtors, the Luxury Real Estate.com’s Board of Regents, and the National Executive Committee’s Board of Regents, and a fellow at The Aspen Institute. He also is an active volunteer and fundraiser for many Aspen organizations, including the Aspen Education Foundation, Aspen Youth Experience, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Aspen Art Museum, and the Wheeler Opera House.

    Mr. Hazen earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. He and his wife, Brigid, have a son and a daughter.

  • J. Thomas Jacobs

    Tom Jacobs, JD, MBA is owner, founder and President of eflexgroup.com, which has recently been sold to TASC.   The eflex brand currently serves as a TASC division for specialized markets in the TPA (third party administration) industry, nationwide.  Tom teaches insurance and legal based continuing education courses nationally, focusing on Consumer Directed Health Care and other insurance and regulatory issues.

    His background includes operating a private law practice focusing on insurance defense litigation, contracts and real estate transactions, and he also served as in-house counsel for Wisconsin’s largest health insurer, managing the litigation department, and later the Marketing and Government Affairs division.  He founded and grew a staff leasing company in Madison, WI, focusing on HR outsourcing and benefits consolidation for small to medium sized business.  Tom started eflexgroup.com in 2000, serving as a TPA of Flex, COBRA, HRA, HSA, FMLA, and other transactional employee benefits services.  The company was sold in 2014, and Tom serves as a consultant to the parent company.  He currently owns a real property acquisition and management company with this son, Eric.

    Tom received a B.A. in Economics, a Juris Doctor (Law) degree, and an MBA degree, all from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

  • Stephen E. Kravit

    Stephen E. Kravit, JD is the founder and lead trial lawyer of Kravit, Hovel & Krawczyk s.c., a boutique Milwaukee trial law firm specializing in aggravated litigation™.  The firm commonly represents clients in cases involving economic issues, such as securities fraud, white collar criminal defense, antitrust/business regulation, contracts, and class actions, among many others. He received his B.A. (Honors) from UW, where he majored in economics/industrial organization. While an undergraduate, he was the recipient of the Theodore Herefurth Award for Initiative and Efficiency. He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

    He is an elected Fellow, Wisconsin Law Foundation, and Fellow, American Bar Foundation.

    He began his career as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, where he achieved national recognition for obtaining the conviction of Jos. Schlitz Brewing Company, one of the nation’s first domestic kickback fraud cases. For this work he won the United States Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award in 1979. In private practice, he continues to represent clients in important cases, where the stakes – bet the company, critical law changes, large damages, and sometimes freedom – are high. He has been  selected as a SuperLawyer since the designation started, and has been named one of the Top 50 attorneys in Wisconsin (Top 25 in Milwaukee) multiple times, in addition to being named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in 2014.

  • Stephanie McAree Mirrow

    Ms. Mirrow is a Vice President at Economists Incorporated. Her consulting expertise includes antitrust analysis in health care, banking, pharmaceuticals, intellectual property, and patent issues. Stephanie previously served as an economist at the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division. She also served as a long-term advisor for the Division to the competition agencies of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.

    Stephanie received an A.B. in Economics from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. She and her husband, Art, have one daughter, Sarah.

  • Stuart W. McCroskey

    Stuart McCroskey is Federal Sales Manager at NetApp, a technology services firm in Sunnyvale, California. He grew NetApp’s sales to the U.S. public sector in the western U.S. and Pacific Rim from zero to $40 million dollars. Prior to NetApp, Mr. McCroskey was Federal Sales Manager at Cisco Systems, where he grew his division’s revenue from zero to $50 million in five years. He also worked in the Information Networks Division of TRW, now a part of Northrop Grumman, as international marketing manager.

    Mr. McCroskey earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. He is a member and supporter of many groups affiliated with the university, including the Wisconsin Alumni Association, University of Wisconsin Foundation, and the University of Wisconsin Medical School. Mr. McCroskey and his wife, Brenda, have a daughter, Shannon.

  • Richard A. Meese

    Richard Meese is a former Managing Director in the Global Market Strategies Group at Barclays Global Investors (BGI) in San Francisco. He was responsible for BGI’s active currency and global macro hedge fund strategies. Prior to BGI, Dr. Meese was Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy in the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley for 16 years. Prior to his academic career, he served as a research economist in the International Finance Division of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.

    Dr. Meese received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Michigan, and his Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. He lives in Napa, California with his wife, Liz Christensen, where they grow grapes, make wine, and look after a passel of surrogate children, including dogs, a cat, and Japanese Koi fish.

  • Richard D. Patterson

    Richard (Dick) Patterson is retired after 25 years at Lehman Brothers, where he most recently served as Senior Vice President of Investments.

    Mr. Patterson received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Wisconsin—Madison and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He is affiliated with many University of Wisconsin groups, including the Wisconsin Alumni Association, the University of Wisconsin Foundation, and the National W Club. He also serves on the boards of two not-for-profit organizations and one foundation. Mr. Patterson is married with two children, one of whom is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin—Madison.

  • Craig R. Roach

    Craig Roach is the President and founder of Boston Pacific Company, Inc. He has almost 40 years of experience working on investments in, policies for, and litigation concerning the electricity and natural gas businesses, and other energy businesses. For 28 years at Boston Pacific, he has served the full range of stakeholders: public utility commissions, regional transmission organizations, competitive power suppliers, electric utilities, electric and gas marketers, gas pipeline companies, electric transmission companies, trade associations, government agencies, and energy consumers. Prior to founding Boston Pacific, he was an economist with the U.S. Congressional Budget Office and a Project Manager with ICF Incorporated, an energy and environmental consulting firm.

    Dr. Roach earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics, cum laude, from John Carroll University and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.

  • Stephen S. Roach

    Stephen Roach is a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute of Global Affairs and a Senior Lecturer at Yale’s School of Management. He was formerly Chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia and the firm’s Chief Economist for most of his 30-year career at Morgan Stanley, heading up a highly regarded team of economists around the world. Mr. Roach’s current teaching and research program focuses on the impacts of Asia on the broader global economy. His writing and research also addresses globalization, trade policy, the post-crisis policy architecture, and the capital markets implications of global imbalances. His work has appeared in academic journals, books, congressional testimony and has been disseminated widely in the domestic and international media. Roach’s opinions on the global economy have been known to shape the policy debate from Beijing to Washington. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Roach served on the research staff of the Federal Reserve Board and was also a research fellow at the Brookings Institution.

    Mr. Roach holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin—Madison and a Ph.D. in Economics from New York University. Mr. Roach is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Investment Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the China Advisory Board of the Environmental Defense Fund.

  • Lowell Robinson

    Lowell Robinson is a financial and operating executive with more than thirty years of senior global strategic, financial, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, operational and governance experience at Kraft, Citigroup, and a number of mid-cap companies. He was chief financial officer and chief operating officer at several companies, including Valassis/Advo, HotJobs, and MIVA.

    Currently Mr. Robinson serves as a corporate board member for Higher One, provider of financial related services to higher education institutions, and EVINE Live / Shop HQ, an online retailer. He also is a board member at The Smithsonian Libraries and The Metropolitan Opera Guild. Previously he served as board chairman of American Consolidated Media Holdings and Endurance Business Media, and as board member for International Wire Group, Diversified Investment Advisors, The Jones Group, Independent Wireless One, and Edison Schools. He also is a member of The Economic Club of New York.

    Mr. Robinson received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Wisconsin—Madison and an M.B.A. in Finance from Harvard Business School.

  • Eric S. Rosengren

    Eric Rosengren is Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Previously, he was executive vice president and head of the Bank’s department of supervision, regulation, and credit. He started with the Bank in 1985 as a member of the research department. In his research, Dr. Rosengren has made significant contributions to the fields of banking and monetary policy, and he has written extensively on macroeconomics, international banking, bank supervision, and risk management. He has authored many papers on macroeconomics, banking, and risk management, including articles in many of the top economics and finance journals. While in the bank supervision function, he obtained significant domestic and international regulatory experience related to the Basel II Capital Accord.

    Dr. Rosengren holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colby College and Master of Science and Ph.D. in Economics degrees from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.

  • Elliott M. Ross

    Elliott M. Ross, CCIM is the President of Ross Realty Group, Inc. and Ross Consulting Group, Inc.; both companies are located in Tampa, Florida and were founded in 1989. In 2013, Ross Realty Group’s assets were acquired by RMC Property Group. Mr. Ross was Managing Director of the merged company, RMC Ross Realty, for three years after the merger. The Ross Realty Group was a full-service real estate company that leased and managed nearly three million square feet of commercial properties in the Tampa Bay area. The property management portfolio is still handled by RMC, but when his contract and non-compete expired in July 2016, Ross left RMC and reopened Ross Realty Group, Inc. to focus on brokerage activities with his longtime assistant, Karin Stewart.

    Throughout his career, Mr. Ross has represented financial institutions, owner associations, and individual owners in a variety of commercial transactions and management. He specializes in commercial investment sales, marketing of office and industrial parks, asset and portfolio management, and lender REO representation and receivership.

    Mr. Ross has received many awards including the Henry Blanton Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florida Gulfcoast Association of Realtors (FGCAR) and the National Award for Outstanding Professional Achievements in the Commercial Real Estate Industry from the Realtors Commercial Alliance of the National Association of Realtors. A past president of FGCAR, Ross has been honored many times with the association’s Pinnacle Award, including Regional Top Producer for Investment Properties and named its Retail Top Producer and Industrial Top Producer. He also was honored with the 2014 “Humanitarian of the Year” Award for the Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation.

    Ross earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Wisconsin—Madison and holds the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation. He is a member of the Florida Gulf Coast Commercial Association of Realtors (FGCAR), International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Real Estate Investment Council (REIC) and Westshore Alliance. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Synovus Bank, NAIOP, and the Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation. He is also a participating member and volunteer pilot for Angel Flight Southeast and Veterans Airlift.

    As a sidebar to his degree, when he took Graaskamp’s Real Estate Feasibility course, his final analysis was to review highest and best use of a vacant gas station site at University and Forrest in Madison, WI. Five years after graduation he bought the lot and built University Heights Condominiums. A successful venue, the project was 100% sold out before completion.

  • Stuart Rossmiller

    Stuart Rossmiller is Director of Fixed Income Research at MEMBERS Capital Advisors, the investment advisor affiliate of CUNA Mutual Group. He is responsible for high grade and high yield media, cable and telecom on the fixed income team. Previously, he served as managing director in the fixed income research department at Merrill Lynch. Prior to covering telecommunications, Mr. Rossmiller was a retail sector analyst. He was an Institutional Investor-ranked analyst in both media / telecom and retail for many years. Before joining Merrill Lynch, he was a vice president in the corporate bond research department at Deutsche Bank Securities. He also served as a senior director at Fitch Ratings and senior associate in corporate finance at Barclays de Zoete Wedd.

    Mr. Rossmiller earned Bachelor of Science in Education, Bachelor of Arts in Economics, and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. He also earned Chartered Financial Analyst designation and Series 7, 63, and 24 licenses.

  • Richard A. Strait

    Richard A. Strait is Managing Director and portfolio manager of Northwestern Mutual Capital, which oversees the private equity, mezzanine debt, and private fixed income portfolios of The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company. He has more than 30 years of experience with Northwestern Mutual, investing in private debt and equity of companies in the U.S. and Europe. Mr. Strait currently leads Northwestern’s $4 billion private equity fund portfolio. He is a member of Northwestern Mutual Capital’s internal investment committee, serves on private equity fund advisory boards, and has also represented Northwestern as a director or observer on private company boards.

    Mr. Strait earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin—Madison and an M.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He also serves on the board of COA Youth & Family Centers and the board and investment committee of the Jewish Home and Care Center Foundation, both in Milwaukee. Rick and his wife, Susan, also a UW-Madison graduate, have two daughters, both Big 10 alumni (one from UW-Madison).

  • Willard Walker, Jr.

    Willard Walker, Jr. is President and Chief Executive Officer of WT Walker Group, Inc., currently comprised of two operating companies, Walker Forge, Inc. and Precision Thermal Processing, Inc. Walker Forge is a leading manufacturer of carbon and alloy steel forgings for a variety of markets including energy, transportation, agriculture, and off-highway. Precision Thermal Processing is a provider of commercial heat treating services in Northeast Wisconsin. Prior to joining WT Walker group, he practiced corporate law with Foley and Lardner in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

    Mr. Walker received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a J.D. degree from Northwestern University School of Law. He and his wife, Deb, live in River Hills, Wisconsin, where Mr. Walker serves on the Board of Trustees. They have three sons, one of whom represents the fourth generation of Walkers to graduate from UW-Madison.

  • Todd E. Warnock

    Todd Warnock is a founding partner of RoundTable Healthcare Partners, a private equity firm specializing in the healthcare industry, where he currently serves as senior advisor. Prior to his current role, he was responsible for leading RoundTable’s transaction team. Before RoundTable, Mr. Warnock held a number of positions at Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB), including managing director and head of the U.S. healthcare investment banking practice. Prior to CSFB, he worked at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Mr. Warnock and his wife, Liz, are proprietors of the five-star boutique hotel, Links House at Royal Dornoch, in Scotland.

    Mr. Warnock has served as board chairman and member of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, board chairman of the OxBow School of Art, board member of the University of Wisconsin Foundation, trustee of Eaglebrook School, trustee of The Art Institute of Chicago, governor of The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, member of The Counsel of University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, and an advisory board member of Iliso Care Society, in Cape Town, South Africa. Mr. Warnock is the founder and past chairman of the University of Wisconsin—Madison Economics Advisory Board.

    Mr. Warnock earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Wisconsin—Madison and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

  • Ronald D. Weil

    Mr. Weil is principal of R&J Sales and Marketing, Inc., a food sales and marketing firm. Previously, he was vice president and joint owner of Arena Cheese and vice chairman of Swiss-American, Inc., a national importer, processor and distributor of cheese to wholesalers and retailers. Mr. Weil is past president of the St. Louis Culinary Society and currently serves on the Board of The First Tee of St. Louis. He was named Chevalier and a Friend of Brie de Meaux by the French Government for his knowledge of French cheese and for working with the French cheese industry.

    Mr. Weil earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. Mr. Weil and his wife, Virginia Broomall Weil, live in St. Louis, Missouri, and have three grown children.

  • Barbara Widder-Lowry

    Barbara Widder-Lowry is a retired apparel and retailing executive. Most recently she served as Senior Vice President of Product Development, Design, and Sourcing at Oshkosh B’Gosh. She joined Oshkosh B’Gosh in 1994, when the children’s apparel company she founded, Genuine Kids, was acquired by the firm. Genuine Kids designed, developed, and manufactured a complete line of children’s clothing and accessories. The company also operated more than 150 retail stores throughout the U.S. and Canada. Prior to Genuine Kids, Ms. Widder-Lowry served as a senior brand manager for Healthtex, Inc., then a division of the Chesebrough-Ponds consumer products company. She began her professional career in the executive training program at Carson, Pirie, Scott & Co. in Chicago. She also has taught several courses on international sourcing and supply chain management at the University of Wisconsin—Stout.

    Ms. Widder-Lowry earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. She has served as past president of The Paine Art Center, The Regional Domestic Abuse Center, and The Mercy Health Foundation. She and her husband, Paul, live in Madison, Wisconsin.