Meet the board

Sandra Cleary

Sandra Cleary

Board member

Committee Membership: Audit, Investment
Employer: Cleary Management
Occupation: Business Management
Term end date: 2028

Mark Dahlke

Mark Dahlke

Board member

Committee Membership: Executive, Audit, Investment Chair
Employer: Wells Fargo Advisors
Occupation: Financial Advisor
Term end date: 2020

Laurie Diekhoff

Laurie Diekhoff

Board member

Committee Membership: Executive, Governance, Philanthropy & Community Engagement
Employer: Retired, Illinois Wesleyan University
Term end date: 2027

Jon Erickson

Jon Erickson

Board member

Committee Membership: Finance, Philanthropy & Community Engagement
Employer: Retired, ACT
Term end date: 2027

Scott Horne

Scott Horne

Board member

Committee Membership: Governance, Philanthropy & Community Engagement
Employer: La Crosse County Circuit Court
Occupation:  Circuit Judge
Term end date: 2029

Lindsay Johnson

Lindsay Johnson

Board member

Committee Membership: Finance, Investment
Employer: Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Occupation: Wealth Management Advisor
Term end date: 2028

Linda Kastantin

Linda Kastantin

Board member

Committee Membership: Philanthropy & Community Engagement
Employer: Gundersen Health System
Occupation: Clinic Manager
Term end date: 2028

Ilene Kernozek

Ilene Kernozek

Past Chair

Committee Membership: Executive, Governance, Philanthropy & Community Engagement
Employer: Stifel
Occupation: Financial Advisor
Term end date: 2021

Jenny Kuderer Radcliffe

Jenny Kuderer Radcliffe

Vice Chair

Committee Membership: Executive Vice Chair, Governance Chair
Employer: Dairyland Power Cooperative
Occupation: Economic Development Representative
Term end date: 2022

James Langdon

James Langdon

Treasurer

Committee Membership: Executive, Finance Chair
Employer: WI Department of Administration 
Occupation: Administrator, Division of Enterprise Operations
Term end date: 2021

Roger LeGrand

Roger LeGrand

Board member

Committee Membership: Veterans Hall of Honor, Philanthropy & Community Engagement
Employer: Retired, WI Tax Appeals Commission
Term end date: 2023

Jay Lokken

Jay Lokken

Board member

Committee Membership: Vet's Hall of Honor Chair, Investment, Philanthropy & Community Engagement
Employer: RLR Properties & Investments
Occupation: Business Development
Term end date: 2020

Cecilia Manrique

Cecilia Manrique

Board member

Committee Membership: Governance
Employer: Retired, UWL Professor Emeritus
Term end date: 2029

Mike McGinley

Mike McGinley

Board Member

Committee Membership: Governance,Philanthropy & Community Engagement
Employer: Brakke Consulting, Inc
Occupation: Senior Consultant
Term end date: 2027

Donney Moroney

Donney Moroney

Board member

Committee Membership: Audit, Finance
Employer: Cardinal Stritch University
Occupation: Vice President for Student Affairs
Term end date: 2029

David Rushlow

David Rushlow

Board Member

Committee Membership: Finance, Philanthropy & Community Engagement
Employer: Mayo Health System
Occupation:  Family Medicine Doctor
Term end date: 2027

Brent Smith

Brent Smith

Chair

Committee Membership: Executive Chair, Governance, Audit
Employer: Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
Occupation: Lawyer
Term end date: 2022

Brad Sturm

Brad Sturm

Secretary

Committee Membership: Audit Chair, Finance, Executive
Employer: Retired, Coulee Bank
Term end date: 2021

Todd Taylor

Todd Taylor

Board member

Committee Membership: Executive, Investment, Governance
Employer: Retired, Kraft Foods
Term end date: 2027

Teri Wilczek

Teri Wilczek

Board member

Committee Membership: Philanthropy & Community Engagement Chair, Executive
Employer: Marshfield Clinic Health System
Occupation: Chief Philanthropy Officer
Term end date: 2022

Kyle O'Brien

Kyle O'Brien

Ex Officio

Chair, UWL Alumni Association Board of Directors

Foundation Transparency expanding section

The UWL Foundation has adopted numerous policies and procedures to guarantee how we conduct our business is not only legal, but ethical. 

Our policies and procedures include:

Records Retention: The destruction and/or retention of financial and other transactional records is important. Our board has adopted a policy to ensure we maintain a record of our activities as required by law. 

Finance and Investment Committee: A committee of board members with strong backgrounds in accounting and finance work closely with our staff and auditors to oversee accounting and financial reporting as well as internal controls.  This committee also reviews Foundation investment performance quarterly, reviewing managers and recommending changes in strategy and direction as necessary.

Whistleblower policy: Board members, committee members, staff and other vendors are required to report unethical, dishonest, or fraudulent activity. These complaints will be thoroughly investigated, and the reporter will be protected from retribution.

990 and audit: The Foundation completes a 990 and independent audit each year. These documents are available for public inspection.  The 990 will be posted below and the audit can be requested from our office.

Conflicts of Interest: Each year, our board members, committee members and staff are required to sign a conflict of interest statement, which discloses any potential conflicts they may have with the Foundation. Further, board and committee members are not allowed to vote on items in which they have a known conflict.

Confidentiality: Board members, committee members and staff are required to sign a confidentiality agreement each year. Confidential information is defined as any information or material which is proprietary or which is not generally known outside of the Foundation – including, but not limited to, financial and market data, donor or grantee information and other information that may be deemed sensitive. 

Benefits of Serving as a Director or Citizen Committee Member expanding section

Since 1967, the UWL Foundation has supported the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, its students, faculty and staff. As a corporate entity separate and independent from the University, its chartered purpose is "to promote the welfare" of the university. This structure offers several advantages:

(1) The Foundation offers donors the comfort and confidence of giving to an experienced and qualified 501(c)(3) charity - most often a necessity if the donor is another qualified charitable entity - rather than giving directly to the university, an agency of state government.

(2) The Foundation's legal status as a separate, independent, nongovernmental organization protects donor gifts from state government control while providing some level of confidentiality for donors.

 (3) The Foundation provides efficient fund access as well as flexible management and disbursement policies that can allow the university to take advantage of opportunities that might be beyond the limitations of university or state funding.

(4) The Foundation provides a unique and significant opportunity for greater volunteer involvement in the life of the university by friends and alumni from throughout our community, state, nation and world.

By serving as a volunteer for the UWL Foundation, you will be supporting a cause that elevates the trajectory of the university and all those it touches. Your service and commitment will allow you to experience:

  • A deeper connection with UWL
  • An expanded network of professionals that share a common interest – UWL
  • A direct connection to university leadership and frequent updates
  • Having an important voice in guiding the future of the Foundation
  • Access to special university events

In addition, our past volunteers have commented on the personal and professional growth through service to the Foundation and University, including:

  • Development of their leadership, marketing, finance and strategic planning skills
  • Advocacy roles for important initiatives of the Foundation and University
  • Ability to support and fund initiatives that are meaningful to you