Stritch adds four to Board of Trustees

Thursday, October 17, 2013 6:05:00 PM

The Cardinal Stritch University Board of Trustees recently elected four new members whose terms will run through 2016: Real estate veteran Marianne Burish of Glendale, Kohl’s executive Peggy Eskenasi of Milwaukee, Stritch alumna Sister Joanne Nicgorski, OSF, ’65, of Cudahy, and real estate developer Michael Weiss of River Hills. 

“We are tremendously pleased to add four outstanding individuals to the Board of Trustees,” said Stritch President Dr. James P. Loftus. “Marianne, Peggy, Sister Joanne, and Michael share not only impressive leadership credentials but also a passion and commitment to education in Wisconsin.” 


Burish is principal-direct at Siegel-Gallagher, Inc., a Milwaukee-based commercial real estate company with clients throughout Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Her primary areas of concentration include end-user/tenant representation, investment sales, and landlord leasing services for office, mixed-use, and multi-family assets.

Some of her significant projects include the sale and leasing of the 180,000-square-feet Eastlake Towers Corporate Center in Glendale, numerous Third Ward/Walker’s Point redevelopment projects and related investment sales. She has a bachelor of science in finance and marketing and M.B.A. degrees from Marquette University. 


Eskenasi is a senior executive vice president at Menomonee Falls-based Kohl’s, overseeing the company’s new beauty initiative and all product development. Prior to joining Kohl’s in 2004, Eskenasi, a 36-year retail industry veteran, held leadership positions with Saks, Inc. and Frederick Atkins, a New York-based market research firm.

She is a native of New York, and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Buffalo. 


Sister Joanne Nicgorski, OSF, ’65, is member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi who for many years taught grade and high school music in Milwaukee, Chicago, and Beirut. In the diocese of San Diego for 13 years, she was music and program consultant and then director of the Diocesan Center for Liturgy.

After 12 years at Loyola University, Chicago as director of liturgy and music, she taught at the People’s Music School, Chicago.  She received a bachelor’s degree in piano from Stritch, a master’s in music from DePaul University, and a master’s in pastoral theology from Santa Clara University, California. 


Weiss co-founded General Capital, one of the most active real estate development companies in Wisconsin. Among General Capital’s recent projects are the Reed Street Yards water technology park and the Beerline B Apartments.  His real estate background includes Citibank in New York and Midland Group in Cincinnati and Milwaukee.

He graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in history.

The Cardinal Stritch University Board of Trustees is chaired by Thomas A. Myers, a partner/attorney with Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.