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President’s Leadership Council

The President’s Leadership Council recognizes and engages Carthage College alumni, parents, and friends who are highly invested in advancing the strategic priorities of the College and strengthening its ties to the greater Carthage community.

Council members contribute as leaders through philanthropic giving, advocacy, and volunteer engagement, and are offered high-level, exclusive opportunities to interact with senior leadership, including the President, deans, faculty members, coaches, and others to offer input on new initiatives and progress toward ongoing priority initiatives.

Membership Parameters

Members of the President’s Leadership Council are some of Carthage’s most dedicated and generous alumni, parents, and friends. Council members act as philanthropic role models, meeting giving and engagement requirements.

This select group of philanthropic leaders are partners in advancing the strategic goals of the College and the larger College community.

Council members commit to serving thoughtfully on the council throughout their term of service, by attending the semiannual meetings, engaging as leaders within the larger Carthage community, and communicating their feedback when the President sends updates throughout the year.

Responsibilities of Members

  • Members of the President’s Leadership Council are expected contribute $2,500 per year and to be actively engaged in advocacy and volunteer leadership  that provides a measurable outcome. (See Advocacy/Volunteer options below.)
  • Members serve a three-year term, with the option to renew at the end of each term with increasing leadership engagement.
  • Members are engaged through two meetings a year, one on the Carthage campus and one virtual.
  • In addition to the annual meetings, members receive regular updates from the President and the senior staff, including a quarterly PLC update and assignment of a personal gift officer to facilitate their relationship with the College.

Council Operations

  • Members are nominated for membership and then formally invited to join the council.
  • At the end of each fiscal year, members fill out a self-assessment survey with regard to meeting membership parameters. If the PLC member is not able to fulfill giving and engagement requirements, the member may be asked to make room on the council for another. 

Advocacy/Volunteer Options

Council members are asked to engage in visible and measurable leadership in the philanthropic community. This leadership can take many forms and might require more or less time as the member’s passions and life allow. Here are just a few of the ways that you can establish a leadership position in the Carthage community:

  • Allow Carthage to showcase your donor story in publications that allow others in the community to recognize the many forms that support can take. This may include a record of annual giving loyalty, a family tradition of support for the College, or providing funding for scholarships and entire programs.
  • Assist with fundraising programs such as volunteering on a campaign committee, connecting new philanthropic partners to the Carthage community, or issuing giving challenges (for Giving Day or other micro-campaigns).
  • Promote attendance at events by inviting guests and/or lending your voice to marketing efforts such as email messages or letters (for example, the Industry Insider series, a reunion, or the President’s Recognition Dinner).
  • Participate as a speaker at a Career Services or alumni event such as an Industry Insider Series event.

Learn More

For more information on President’s Leadership Council membership, please contact Bridget Haggerty, Executive Director for Advancement, at or 262-551-6572.

Council Members

Kyle Deaton ’05 (co-chair)
Vice President
Gateway Mortgage
Kenosha, Wisconsin

Fred Petersen ’81 (co-chair)
Carlson Roofing
Racine, Wisconsin

Dave Reitzel ’96 (co-chair)
Grant Thorton
Chicago, Illinois

Mr. David M. Brunn
Rogers Palmer Distinguished Professor of Business Administration (Retired)
Carthage College
Kenosha, Wisconsin

Chris Ballman ’95
Senior Director
Smith Bucklin
Chicago, Illinois

Kate Colbert ’96
Silver Tree Communications
Kenosha, Wisconsin

Katherine Felton ’88, P’18
Senior Vice President
Semler Industries
Franklin Park, Illinois

Dave Florent ’99
Colliers International
Rosemont, Illinois

Rachel Gamarra ’13
Regional Director of Development
Taylor University
Naperville, Illinois

Gail Grizzo-Waitley P’21
Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical
Winfield, Illinois

David Waitley P’21
Metro Infectious Disease Consultants
Oakbrook, Illinois

John Johnson Jr. ’98
Converged and Hyper Converged Infrastructure Specialist
Dell EMC
Racine, Wisconsin

Timothy (Tim) Kartisek ’74
CEO and Owner
First Medical Financial Network
Ellicott City, Maryland

Christine King ’97
Associate Vice President
Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
Kenosha, Wisconsin

Shanna Otto P’21
Promus Holdings, LLC
Chicago, Illinois

William Otto P’21
Cardiovascular Ultrasound OR Sales Specialist 
GE Healthcare
Chicago, Illinois

Kristy Putnam ’08
Senior manager
Vivid Seats LLC
Chicago, Illinois

Pete Rosengren ’00
Vice President of Advertising
Daily Herald Media Group
Arlington Heights, Illinois

Marty Schager ’99
Vice President, Midwest Region
Schaumberg, Illinois

Anil Thomas ’99
Senior Managing Director
PPM America, Inc.
Chicago, Illinois

Dave Turek ’99
Gass Weber Mullins
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Ricardo Alfonso ’81
CEO (retired), Consultant
KRT Consulting
North Barrington, IL

Tracy Alfonso ’83
Former Attorney
North Barrington, IL

Wayne Wulf P’23
Financial Advisor
Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. 
Hudson, WI

Deborah Wulf P’23
Marketing Communications Consultant
Hudson, WI

Cheryl Stucky P’22
Director, Neuroscience Doctoral Program
Franklin, WI

Jeff Waring P’22
Director, Pharmacogenetics
Franklin, WI

Rev. Kären Rasmussen ’79
Director, No Child Goes Hungry
Annandale, VA 

Former President’s Leadership Council Members

Patrick Anderson ’85, Carthage College Trustee
Criminal Justice Attorney
Patrick N. Anderson and Associates
Alexandria, Virginia

David C. Wiers ’98, Carthage College Trustee
Satori Energy
Chicago, Illinois

Mr. Thomas Kelley ’99, Carthage College Trustee
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
United Hospital System
Kenosha, Wisconsin

Maria Nalywayko, Carthage College Trustee
Newport Beach, California

Mr. Frederick Krull ’83, P’16, Carthage College Trustee
Ernst & Young
Los Angeles, California

Tina Schmitz ’00
Carthage College
Kenosha, Wisconsin

John Klingenmeyer ’87, P’18
Vice President of Regional Sales
Perrigo Company
Ada, Michigan

Maria Claire Markusen ’91
Chief Operating Officer
Simply Shops/VGM Group
Omaha, Nebraska

Pamela D. Sherer, Ph.D. ’71
Professor of Management
Providence College
School of Business
Providence, Rhode Island

Jane Sturgeon ’75
Libertyville, Illinois

Trisha Boussari ’00
Associate Partner
Aon Hewitt
Lincolnshire, Illinois

Mr. George Chardukian ’77
Senior Vice President
RBC Wealth Management 
Tucson, Arizona

Patrick Milne ’06
Corporate Attorney
Kenosha, Wisconsin