The Cardinal Stritch
University Board of Trustees recently elected four new members whose terms will
run through 2017: Stritch alumna Sister Nancy Kazik, ’70, OSF, of Albuquerque,
N.M., Sensient Technologies’ Stephen Rolfs of Whitefish Bay, We Energies’ Thelma
Sias of Milwaukee, and retired health care and education expert Sister M.
Clarette Stryzewski, CSSF, of Milwaukee.
“We are tremendously
pleased to add four outstanding individuals to the Board of Trustees,” said
Stritch President Dr. James P. Loftus. “Sister Nancy, Steve, Thelma, and Sister
Clarette share not only impressive leadership credentials but also a passion
and commitment to higher education.”
Sister Nancy Kazik ‘70 is a retired educational administrator and editor of the Archdiocesan
newspaper. She formerly served as vice
chancellor emerita for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, N.M. She returns to the
Board after a one-year hiatus. Prior to that, she served on the Board from
2007-2013. She has a bachelor of arts degree in education from Cardinal Stritch
University and a master’s degree in religious education/theology from Seattle
Stephen J. Rolfs is the senior vice president of administration for Sensient
Technologies Corporation, a Milwaukee-based global manufacturer and marketer of
colors, flavors, and fragrances. He joined the company in 1997. Prior to his
current role, he served as treasurer as well as controller and chief accounting
officer. He has a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Notre
Dame and an M.B.A. degree from the University of Chicago.
Technologies’ support of Stritch, via volunteerism and philanthropy, dates
back to the 1980s. Universal Foods, the predecessor of Sensient, and its president,
John L. Murray, participated in the 1987 Jubilee Campaign, which celebrated
Stritch’s 50th anniversary. In addition, Kenneth P. Manning, Chairman
of Sensient Technologies, served on the Stritch Board of Trustees from
1990-2005, and chaired the Board from 1993-1995. Thanks to the company’s philanthropy,
Stritch offers Sensient Technologies Endowed Scholarships.
Thelma A. Sias
serves as vice president of Local Affairs at We Energies where she is
responsible for building and enhancing long-term relationships with community
leaders and local government to garner support and approval for the utility’s
critical corporate initiatives. In her role, she directs activities to monitor
community concerns and negotiate with local government on policies that impact
company operations. Under her leadership, Local Affairs addresses the service
needs of We Energies municipal customers and school districts-- the total
annual revenue of which exceeds $230 million.
She is deeply
committed to the community. Originally from Mayersville, Miss., she moved to
Milwaukee in 1983. Since that time, she has been an active member of many civic
boards. She currently serves as a 2014 Community Campaign co-chair for the
United Way of Greater Milwaukee. She also serves on the boards for Community
Advocates, the Children’s Hospital Foundation, Milwaukee Public Library
Foundation and the Zoological Society of Milwaukee. In addition, she is a board
member of the We Energies Foundation. Sias received a bachelor’s degree from
Clark College, now Clark Atlanta University, in Atlanta, Ga.
Sister M. Clarette Stryzewski recently retired as president and CEO of Felician Services Inc. In this role,
Sister Stryzewski was responsible for overall leadership of the 24 organizations
in the Catholic system. These organizations include education, health care, higher
education and social services. She also served as president and CEO of St.
Mary’s Hospital in Centralia, Ill. from 1983-1995. She has a bachelor’s degree from
Mundelein College, a master of social work degree from the University of
Wisconsin--Milwaukee and master of health counseling -- administration degree
from St. Louis University. She also received an honorary doctoral degree in
ministerial leadership from Madonna University in 2013.
The Cardinal Stritch
University Board of Trustees is chaired by Thomas A. Myers, a partner/attorney
with Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.