Stritch adds four to Board of Trustees

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 8:35:00 PM

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 University.

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.

Sensient 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.