WWHEL celebrates 20 years of service 1996 - 2018!

Board Members

Wendy Weaver - President

Wendy A. Weaver, Ph.D., is the Dean for Academic Affairs at Mount Mary University.  Prior to her current position, she taught English, receiving their Teaching Excellence Award.  She also served as Director of the Honors Program and Chair of the English Department.  Her areas of academic emphasis include memoir, Christianity in literature, and rhetoric and composition.

Wendy oversees international studies, service learning, and Mount Mary’s first-year experience course, Leadership for Social Justice.  Areas of focus include best practices in policies and procedures as well as faculty mentoring and recognition.  Areas of passion encompass inclusive practices, promoting a just and welcoming environment for all Mount Mary community members, and fostering innovative pedagogy among Mount Mary faculty.  She also spearheads many aspects of the University’s Creative Campus Initiative.  In addition to serving as Vice President for WWHEL, she is also an active member of the American Conference of Academic Deans.  

Wendy earned her Ph.D. in English from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, focusing on poetry and autobiography and her M.A. in English from the University of Alaska—Anchorage, featuring genre studies.  She received a well-rounded, liberal arts education, as well as a B.A. in English, from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA.

Dean for Academic Affairs
Mount Mary University

Zina Haywood - Past President

Zina Haywood, Executive Vice President/Provost, Gateway Technical College, has over 30 years of experience in Higher Education Administration from working at The University of Michigan, Oakland University, Milwaukee Area Technical College and Gateway Technical College.

Zina is responsible for the 60+ academic programs, the college libraries, Student Services, the Gateway campuses which are in Kenosha, Racine, Burlington and Elkhorn, and the Institutional Effectiveness Division which includes Research and Planning, Curriculum and Professional Development.

Ms. Haywood has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The University of Michigan and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Oakland University. She was in the founding class of Leadership Kenosha in 1998-99. She participated in the Wisconsin Leadership Development Institute in 1997-98 and the National Institute for Leadership Development in May 2001 – May 2002. Zina is a member of the Racine County Workforce Development Board and the Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership (WWHEL) board. She has served on the Board of the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce, the Jane Cremer Foundation and the 21st Century Preparatory School in Racine where she served one year as chair.

Zina has received various honors and awards including, the 2005 Gateway Association of Career and Technical Education award for Excellence in Administration and in 2006 the Living Legends Award from the Racine /Kenosha Ministers Wives Alliance, recognition as a Living Legend with the Sistas organization of Kenosha Unified School District and the Leadership award from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA). In February 2008 Ms. Haywood received the Gateway Association of Career and Technical Education award for Excellence in Community Service and went on to receive the state award in the same category. Zina is also the recipient of the 2010 Eagle award for administration from the Instructional Services Administrators organization of the Wisconsin Technical College System.

Executive Vice President/Provost
Gateway Technical College
3520 30th Avenue
Kenosha, WI  53144
Phone  (262) 564-3104
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Gigi Koenig - Treasurer

Georgette ‘Gigi’ Koenig serves as Vice Chancellor for Administration & Finance at the University of Wisconsin Superior providing leadership and oversight in the areas of business services, human resources, capital planning, facilities, technology services, Wessman arena operations, risk management, campus security, parking services and environmental health and safety. Gigi also serves on the campus Strategic Planning Core Team. She has collectively 32 years in administrative services in higher education. Gigi began her career in higher education at Concordia University Mequon as the Director of Foodservice, a position she held for 14 years before moving back to her hometown of Wausau. She joined the UW Colleges serving UW Marathon County for 15 years as the Manager of Auxiliary Services and the Assistant Campus Dean for Administration & Finance before taking the position at UW Superior. Gigi has a MBA from Concordia University Mequon.

The importance of valuing, appreciating and encouraging employees is a passion that Gigi holds dear. She is a firm believer in recognizing employees as a business’s greatest asset. Building relationships with employees and area community members is key to creating collaborations and partnerships.

In addition to her leadership role at UW Superior, she is active in the communities in which she has lived. Gigi currently is a board member of the Superior Business Improvement District, the Employee Trust Fund Tax Sheltered Annuity Review Committee, UW System Common Systems Review Group and the Calumet Advisory Panel. In the past she has served as a board member for the Wisconsin Bike Federation, the Wausau Area Bike & Pedestrian committee, United Way basic needs team member and a founding board member and secretary for the Central Wisconsin Off-Road Cycling Coalition. Gigi has also volunteered for youth servant events, performing arts events, Badger State games, bike and foot races and other community events.