About the Current WWHEL Board
WWHEL is governed by a Board of Directors made up of women leaders from all sectors of higher education. The board chooses the president and carries on the work of the association. The president serves a two year term, followed by a year as past president.
Each member of the Board of Directors serves a three year term and may serve up to two consecutive terms. Some of the duties of the board members include:
- Chairing and serving on committees for the WWHEL annual fall conference.
- Chairing and serving on committees for the WWHEL spring workshops.
- Chairing and serving on committees to update the WWHEL website.
- Securing institutional partners who assist WWHEL financially enabling WWHEL to carry out its objectives.
Missy Skurzewski-Servant - President
Missy Skurzewski-Servant earned a BA in Exercise Science from Ripon College, an MS in Kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and a PhD in Leadership Studies from Marian University. Currently she is the Dean of the School of Business and Technology at Mid-State Technical College. She previously spent nine years as an administrator (Athletic Director 2006–2013; Associate Dean 2013–2015) and instructor (Adjunct 2006–2008; Assistant Professor 2008–2014; Associate Professor 2014–2015) at the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan within the Health, Exercise Science, and Athletics Department of the UW Colleges. She also taught health and physical education summer courses for the UW–Sheboygan/UW–Oshkosh Collaborative Bachelor’s Degree in Education.
Heddy Pahnke - Vice President
Stephanie Sklba - Secretary
Stephanie was born and raised in Racine, WI. She graduated from UW-Parkside with a BA in Communication and holds an MA in Business Communication: Leadership and Influence. Stephanie is currently the Vice President for Community and Government Relations at Gateway Technical College where she has been employed for 20 years. In this position she is responsible for a variety of areas including the Gateway Technical College foundation, WGTD radio station, community engagement, public relations/marketing, government relations, sustainability and developing the “Gateway Experience” on the campuses.
Stephanie and her husband, Chris, own Art Metals Studio in downtown Racine and have been downtown business owners for the past 15 years.
Stephanie loves the communities in Southeastern Wisconsin and feels strongly about giving back whether that is serving on boards and advisory committees or mentoring youth and adults.
She has received the Outstanding Community Service award from Gateway Technical College, the Career and Technical Education Leader award from the Gateway Association of Career and Technical Education, UW-Parkside Distinguished Alumni Award, along with the Wisconsin Alumni Excellence award from DECA and has been recognized as a leader on the topic of women and leadership.
Wendy Weaver - Board Member
Wendy A. Weaver, Ph.D., is the Dean for the School of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Interdisciplinary Studies 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 President of WWHEL, she also serves on the national Board of Directors for 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
Sheronda Glass - Board Member
Essential Skills for Project Management and Introduction to Human Resources Management. Sheronda received her master’s degree in Human Resources from Cardinal Stritch University and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Organizational Management and Human Resources from Capella University. Her dissertation topic is “The Relationship between Emotional Intelligence
and Attitude towards Diversity: An Explanatory Study.”
Shelly Mondeik - Board Member
Prior to joining Mid-State, Dr. Mondeik served since 2010 as Vice President for Learning and Chief Academic Officer at Northcentral Technical College (NTC). She has both a Master’s Degree and a Bachelor’s Degree in Career & Technical Education from UW-Stout as well as an Associate’s Degree from NTC. She graduated with her Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from Edgewood College in Madison.
In addition to her executive leadership role at Mid-State, Shelly also serves on the Wisconsin Technical College System Presidents Association Executive Committee, Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership Board of Directors and Wisconsin Rapids Noon Rotary Board of Directors.
Dr. Mondeik’s accolades include the Phi Theta Kappa Presidents Paragon Award, University of Wisconsin – Stout: School of Education Exemplary Service Award, Northcentral Technical College’s Distinguished Alumni Award and Northcentral Technical College’s Educational Excellence Award for Faculty.
Christine Zollicoffer - Board Member
She has an Associate in Arts from MATC; Bachelors in Criminal Justice, and an MBA both from Concordia University. She completed the Wisconsin Leadership Development Institute (WLDI) Foundation program in 2009 and the WLDI Advanced program in 2015.
Christine is a mentor and a strong supporter of women serving in leadership roles. She has mentored several women at MATC through the Smart Mentorship program.
Sarah Olejniczak - Board Member
Sarah Olejniczak serves as the Title IX and Compliance Coordinator at St. Norbert College, overseeing the College’s response to sex and gender-based harassment and discrimination. Sarah’s prior roles include Vice President for Student Affairs and Title IX Coordinator and Dean for Student Affairs at Mount Mary University, and professional experience at Marquette University and the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. Sarah is passionate about equity in educational outcomes, ensuring access in higher education, and using data-driven planning to ensure retention, persistence, and timely graduation for all college students.
Sarah earned a Bachelor of Arts in business management from Luther College and a Master’s of Education in educational policy and leadership, college student personnel administration from Marquette University. She is pursuing her Ph.D. in educational policy and leadership from Marquette University, with a dissertation topic on trauma exposure for resident assistants.
Phyllis King - Board Member
Dr. King serves as an administrative and strategic officer for academic partnerships and innovations. She plans, directs and provides administrative, operational, and strategic leadership for institutional and cross-institutional initiatives such as the Moon Shot for Equity, Higher Education Regional Alliance, and M3, a partnership between Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee Area Technical College and UW-Milwaukee. Dr. King represents UWM in local, regional and national partnerships to develop an education pipeline, pathways, curricular reforms, and articulation agreements between K-12 schools and post-secondary institutions. She leads special initiatives and/or grant-funded programs with respect to program design, planning, coordination, and interaction with internal and external stakeholders. Dr. King provides leadership to curricular innovations that expand UWM’s reach and impact through micro-credentialing, badging and other academic innovations. She is a full professor in the Occupational Therapy Program, the immediate past President of the Association for Schools Advancing Health Professions, and Director of the Occupational Ergonomics Laboratory.
Kate Roberts Edenborg - Board Member
Kate is a full professor in journalism and mass communication at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wis,. and interim director of the Center for Applied Ethics. She has been at the university since 2012. Kate also advises the Stoutonia, Stout’s student run newspaper. In 2015, she was named Advisor of the Year.
She teaches in the professional communication and emerging media program and advises journalism students. In 2016 she was named a Wisconsin Teaching Fellow by the University of Wisconsin System.
Kate grew up in Menomonie, and she often aims her service, research and teaching efforts to serve and address the needs of not only the campus community but the larger community as well.
Past Board Members
- Sona Andrews, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
- Ewa Barczyk, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
- Kimberly Barrett, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
- Theresa Barry – Carroll University
- Kaylen Betzig, Waukesha Technical College
- Maureen Bischof, UW – Madison
- Sidney Bremer, University of Wisconsin – Marinette
- Marcia Bromberg, University of Wisconsin System
- Susan Budjac, Mid-State Technical College
- Carol Sue Butts, University of Wisconsin – Platteville
- Moreen Carvan – Marian University (Fond du Lac, WI) and Rosalind Franklin University (North Chicago, IL)
- Rita Cheng, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
- Margaret Cleek, University of Wisconsin Colleges
- Christine Clements, University of Wisconsin – Whitewater
- Carmen I. Coballes-Vega, University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh
- Jane Crisler, University of Wisconsin – Rock County
- Zohreh Emami, Alverno College
- Rose Ann Findlen, Madison Area Technical College
- Sandra Flake, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
- Karen Friedlen, Mount Mary University
- Verna Fowler, College of the Menominee Nation
- Cynthia Graham, University of Wisconsin – Superior
- Suzanne Hagen, University of Wisconsin – River Falls
- Zina Haywood, Gateway Technical College
- Virginia Helm, UW – Stevens Point
- Martha Hemwall, Lawrence University
- Diane Hoadley, UW – Eau Claire
- Augusta Julian, Madison Area Technical College
- Gigi Koenig, University of Wisconsin Superior
- Andrea Kaminski, Women’s Philanthropic Institute
- Rosemary Keefe, University of Wisconsin – Superior
- Elizabeth King, St. Norbert College
- Patricia Kleine, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
- Karen Knox, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
- Ann Krause-Hanson, Mid-State Technical College
- Paula Langteau – UW – Marinette
- Vicki Lord Larson, University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh
- Yvonne Lumsden-Dill, Women’s Leadership Institute
- Carol Mishler, Fox Valley Technical College
- Maureen Mittocks Den Herder, UW – Platteville
- Dana Nelson, University of Wisconsin System
- Joan North, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
- Kathleen O’Brien, Alverno College
- Patricia O’Donoghue, Mount Mary College
- Mary Oling-Sisay, St. Norbert College
- Carol Polis, University of Wisconsin – Green Bay
- Donna Powless, College of the Menominee Nation
- Sister Joel Read, Alverno College
- Sue Reukauf, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
- Joanne Robis, UW Colleges
- Louise Root-Robbins, University of Wisconsin System
- Rebecca Sherrick, Carroll College
- Miriam Simmons, University of Wisconsin – Madison
- Jenni Sterling, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
- Julia Wallace, University of Wisconsin – Green Bay
- Donna Weber, University of Wisconsin – Stout
- Jan Womak, University of Wisconsin – Stout
- Marie Wunsch, University of Wisconsin Colleges