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Stritch Board of Trustees helps University navigate COVID-19

Cardinal Stritch University is fortunate for the guidance and wisdom of dedicated individuals who serve on our Board of Trustees. Their expertise was critical as the University successfully responded to COVID-related circumstances and challenges that were unprecedented and unparalleled.

We thank these women and men who generously and willingly share their gifts with the Stritch community:

Mary T. Kellner, Ed.D., ’07
Civic Leader

Gerard A. Randall, Jr.
Executive Director, Milwaukee Education Partnership

Deborah N. Allen
DBA President and CEO, The DNA Network

Lisa A. Bangert, J.D., ’90
Attorney at Law, Advocate,
Attorney at Law, LLC.

Marianne Burish
Principal, Transwestern

Sister Angelyn Dries, OSF, ’70
Former Cardinal Stritch University Religious Studies professor; Saint Louis University professor emerita; Scholar, researcher, author and editor

Jeff Hembrock, ’83
Owner, New Fashion Pork, Bioverse, Precision Health Technologies

Schnell Price Lambert
President, JO’S Learning Academy

Thelma A. Sias
CEO, The Sias Group

Nancy Kendall with students
In Memoriam: Monreal-Cameron, Horning

In Memoriam: Honoring three former Trustees

Countless members of Stritch family to benefit from alumna, Trustee emerita Nancy Kendall’s love for University

Stritch alumna and former University Trustee Nancy Kendall, ’87, died February 12, 2020. She and her late husband Leon “Lee,” who received a Stritch honorary degree in 1988, were the embodiment of service, selflessness and generosity.

The Kendalls were longtime members of the Franciscan Heritage Society and St. Clare Circle. They shared many gifts during their lives and, after their passing, through an estate gift that will support the Kendall Lecture Series, the Kendall Endowed Scholarship, and the Nancy Kendall Theater Fund. A portion of the gift is dedicated to the Believers Scholarship Fund to support Stritch’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity. This scholarship fund helps low-income, first-generation students of color fulfill their academic dreams.

Two former Board members who shaped Stritch and the greater Milwaukee community pass away

The Stritch family mourns the passing of two former members of the University’s Board of Trustees.

Maria Monreal-Cameron died January 19, 2021. She served from 1999–2008 and received an Honorary Degree in 2007. She led the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin for 24 years.

Donald Horning died February 13, 2021, and was on the Board of Trustees from 2001–2010. He served in a number of leadership roles at Shorewest Realtors (formerly Wauwatosa Realty Company) for 62 years.

Maria and Donald were instrumental in shaping the Stritch legacy, and we are grateful for their service.

2021 new Trustees

Six individuals join the Board of Trustees

Meet the six individuals who joined the Board of Trustees in March 2021 and hear how they will contribute to Stritch’s legacy:

Ray Allen, ’85
Director of Workforce Development, Urban League of Greater Madison
“Serving on the Board of Trustees will allow me to continue to serve the University and support its mission on an expanded basis. I bring a long history of engagement in the Milwaukee and Madison business communities and will leverage those relationships to the University’s advantage.”

Anthea “Tia” Bojar, ’69
 Cardinal Stritch University Dean Emerita, Former faculty member and executive vice president for academic affairs; Capacity Unlimited Senior Partner
“My undergraduate education and years of service at Stritch transformed my life. I was blessed to have Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi as my mentors. I am grateful to them for the difference that they made in my life. Stritch is a critically important organization in our community and beyond. Our alumni have made and continue to make a positive difference wherever they are located.”

Most Reverend Jeffrey Haines
Auxiliary Bishop Archdiocese of Milwaukee
“I am passionate about the value of Catholic education. I am dedicated to incorporating Catholic identity and mission into the formation of Stritch graduates. As a Bishop, the breadth of my ministry is extensive, so I have access to many opportunities to promote the value of Cardinal Stritch University.”

Michael Hostad, ’10
Executive Director and Co-Founder, The Commons, an initiative of the Greater Milwaukee Committee
“As a Stritch alumnus, I have a strong passion for the University and its mission. After having participated in a planning committee for the University’s strategic planning process, I was most impressed by the direction Stritch is taking and some of the innovative new ideas that are being implemented. I want to help build the next chapter in Stritch’s storied history.”

Silvia Perez, ’05
Founder and CEO Rathell Enterprises, Inc.
“I want to help ensure Cardinal Stritch University has the resources and relationships needed to continue to fund and increase funding for programs and services that will increase diversity outreach and to support and increase a more diverse student body that reflects the current population.”

Steve Rogers
Founder and President Rogers Consulting, Inc.
“During these times of heightened recognition of racial discrimination, I believe that Cardinal Stritch University can be a leader in Milwaukee and beyond to address the inequalities that exist. I am especially interested in finding ways to further assist students from disadvantaged backgrounds and underrepresented communities.”

New signage lights up campus

The Stritch community is grateful to Steve Rolfs, who served as a University Trustee from 2014–2020, for his gift that supported new campus signage. The signage adorns the west side of the Library and helps welcome students, faculty, staff and guests to campus as they enter on the main drive. After sunset the lit signage is a reminder that Stritch is a beacon of hope for all those we serve.

“We are grateful for Steve Rolfs’ seven years of service and leadership on our Board of Trustees,” said Marc R. Barbeau, vice president for institutional advancement and external relations. “His generous gift this year is a visible reminder that we can all have an impact on Stritch’s success, no matter what our relationship with the University is.”