Board of Visitors

The BOV was established in 1996 to provide perspective and important linkages with the general public, business community, and public policy makers; to assist the Waisman Center in strengthening partnerships with the private sector; to provide an advocacy network; and most importantly, to guide major fundraising efforts.

Current Membership:

Phil Blake Harold F. Mayer
Jane Coleman John McClure
Walter E. Dewey
John Mielke
Timothy Erdman
Carmen Skilton
W. Jerome Frautschi
Jay Smith
James F. Kress
Thomas E. Terry
Pat Lipton
Judith B. Ward
Jay Loewi
Paul M. Weiss


Biographical Sketches

Phil Blake

 

Phil Blake was born in Evanston, Illinois. He received a BA in international relations from Brown University and an MBA in finance from Northwestern University. He was involved in publishing throughout much of his career, serving as president of Madison Newspapers and publisher of the Wisconsin State Journal from 1993–2000. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1966-1970. He has worked on behalf of many community causes, including the Madison Chamber of Commerce (former director and chair) and United Way of Dane County (former treasurer and director). Currently his civic board activities include Edgewood College (trustee and former chair). He also is a member of Town & Gown and the Downtown Rotary. He and his wife Kit have three sons and live in Madison. 

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Jane Coleman

 

Jane Coleman was born and raised in Ohio and received a BA in creative writing from Northwestern University. She served as executive director of the Madison Community Foundation where she originated A Fund for Women, and later as director of the Great Performance Campaign. Her community interests have included Edgewood College, Madison Repertory Theatre and the Chazen Museum of Art Council. Coleman was a member of the inaugural class of In Business magazine’s Hall of Fame, received the Visionary Award from the Madison Community Foundation, was named a YWCA Woman of Distinction, and in 2003 was named one of Madison’s “All Time Top 125” difference makers by Madison Magazine. She was granted an honorary doctorate of humanities by Edgewood College and is a member of the International Women’s Forum. Coleman lives in Madison and has three daughters and six grandchildren. 

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Walter E. Dewey

 

Walter E. Dewey was born in Pasadena, California. He received a BBA in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds the chartered financial analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Institute. He is a vice president and portfolio manager with Madison Investment Advisors where he specializes in customized portfolio management for Madison’s high net worth client relationships. He has extensive investment experience, which includes previous positions with US Bancorp and Reinhart Partners, Inc. He is a board member of Broadjam, Inc., Platypus Technologies, Quintessence Biosciences, and Gliacure, Inc. He is an advisory board member of the UW Carbone Cancer Center. He and his wife Londa have a son and a daughter. 

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Timothy Erdman

 

Timothy Erdman received a BA in natural energy systems from Colorado University-Boulder. He attended Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management (OPM) Program. Currently, he is chairman and CEO of Erdman Holdings, Inc. He is part of the Telluride Society for Jazz and serves on the Chazen Museum of Art (LVM) Council. He and his wife Mary Phillips live in Madison. 

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W. Jerome Frautschi

 

W. Jerome Frautschi was born in Madison, Wisconsin. He received a BS in 1956 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and served in the U.S. Navy from 1951-54. He was employed at Webcrafters, Inc. from 1956 to 1996 when he retired as vice chairman of the board. Upon retirement he established the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation of which he is the chairman. The foundation underwrote the cost of building a cultural arts district in downtown Madison. He is trustee of a number of foundations and non-profit boards, including the Evjue Foundation, Inc., University of Wisconsin Foundation, Letters & Science Board of Visitors, and Fountain Valley School of Colorado. Frautschi has served as a civic leader in many capacities, including campaign director and president of the United Way of Dane County, a member of the Board of Governors of the Madison Community Foundation, and a member of the Monona Terrace Planning Commission. He has three sons and lives with his wife Pleasant in Middleton, Wisconsin. 

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James F. Kress

 

James F. Kress graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1951 with a BBA in accounting and industrial management and was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Beta Kappa. At present, he is chair and chief executive officer of Green Bay Packaging, Inc. He was recognized as the Outstanding Young Man of Green Bay and one of five Outstanding Men of Wisconsin (both JCC awards). He has served on the boards of various organizations, including the Green Bay Packers and Krueger International. In addition, he has been involved in a number of community activities, including the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, United Way, the UW Founders Club, and the YMCA (president). He lives in DePere, Wisconsin and has four children. 

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Pat Lipton

 

Pat Lipton was born in Oxford, England. As an adult, she lived in California and Pennsylvania before coming to Madison in 1972. She received her BS degree in economics from the University of California–Berkeley (honors with distinction) and her MS in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From 1982 she worked for the State of Wisconsin Investment Board and as the Executive Director from 1992 until her retirement in 2004. Past board service includes the Pension Managers Advisory Board to the New York Stock Exchange, co-chair of the Council of Institutional Investors and the UW Medical Foundation. Currently, she serves on a number of boards, including the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the Morgridge Institute for Research, Thomas Investment Management, Inc., Sedgwick Street Funds and the William F. Vilas Trust. She and her husband Peter, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, live in Madison. 

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Jay Loewi

 

Jay Loewi is the CEO of the QTI Group. He has more than 30 years of business experience as an entrepreneur, strategic leader and general business advisor. Prior to his leadership position in the QTI Group, Jay led the operations of a local food products company and held a leading financial role with a major bank. Jay is a native of the Milwaukee area and received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2004 he was featured as a member of the In Business Inaugural Executive Hall of Fame. Jay served as chair of the Madison Development Corporation for three years and continues to serve on the Board of Directors. He is a member of the Board of Directors for many other companies and organizations including the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Dane County, Camp Manitowish YMCA and Southern Wisconsin Workforce Development Board. Additionally, Jay serves on the Board of Regents for the Milwaukee School of Engineering. He and his wife Janet have two sons and live in Madison. 

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Harold F. Mayer

 

Harold F. Mayer was born in Madison, Wisconsin and grew up in Evanston, Illinois. He received an undergraduate degree in economics from Beloit College and an MBA in marketing from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He spent his 30-year business career with Oscar Mayer and Company, which later became Oscar Mayer/Kraft Foods, retiring in March 1996 as vice president of operations. His community activities have included United Way (chaired fund drive, board of directors) and non-profit organizations, such as the Salvation Army, Meriter Foundation, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, and Madison Community Foundation. Current and previous board service includes MCAST (Madison Cultural Arts Support Trust), Bank of Shorewood Hills, Community Bank, Valley Bank, and M & I Bank. He and his wife Christy have a son, daughter and three granddaughters and live in Madison. 

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John McClure

 

John McClure was born in Gurnee, Illinois, lived in Milwaukee from 1969 to 1980, and then moved to Madison. He received a BA from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Northwestern University. He is managing director of Madison Investment Advisors (1987-present) and previously was senior vice president of First Wisconsin Bank (now US Bank). His current community activities include the Edgewood High School Endowment Committee, Middleton Community Bank Board of Directors, and St. Maria Goretti Finance Council (chair). In addition, he has served as president of the Advisory Board of Edgewood High School. He and his wife Sandy have two sons and a daughter and live in Verona, Wisconsin. 

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John Mielke

 

John Mielke was born in Appleton, Wisconsin. He received a BS and MD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also received an MS from the University of Minnesota. A cardiologist, he has been with ThedaCare, Inc. since 2000. From 1970-2000 he was with Appleton Cardiology. He has been involved in many community causes and boards, including United for Reading Success, the Rotary, the Appleton Area School District Board of Education, Appleton Education Foundation, and Appleton Downtown, Inc. He has been recognized as Rotarian of the Year and Educator of the Year. He and his wife Sally, a retired nurse educator, live in Appleton, Wisconsin. They have six children. 

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Carmen Skilton

 

Carmen Skilton was born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. She received a BS in retailing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1967. Currently, Skilton serves on the Friends of the Waisman Center Board of Directors, several Attic Angel Association committees, and is a Junior League of Madison sustainer. She has served on the Madison Community Foundation Board, Evjue Foundation Board of Directors, the United Way Vision Council, is a founding member of the Junior League of Madison and served on the league’s board of directors, has served on the Attic Angel Association, Prairie Point Boards of Directors, the YWCA Board, the Madison Children’s Museum Board, the South Madison Health and Family Center-Harambe Board, and was a University of Wisconsin Women’s Council member. Skilton is a recipient of the 2006 YWCA Women of Distinction Award. She and her husband John live in Madison. They have two daughters, a son, and five grandchildren. 

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Jay Smith

 

Jay Smith was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and has lived part time in England. He received a BS in economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since 1999 he has been chairman of Teel Plastics, Inc. and since 1992 has been chairman of JLS Investment Group. Previously he was president of DRG Packaging, an international packing conglomerate based in Bristol, England, president of DRG Medical Packaging, and president of the Fordem Company. He has been involved in various community and university activities, including the UW System Board of Regents (president from 2000-2002), the Governor’s K-12 Education Task Force and campaign chair of United Way of Dane County. Currently, he serves on a number of boards, including the Sub Zero Corporation, Marshfield Clinic, Wisconsin Manufacturing and Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife Patricia have a son and a daughter and live in Madison. 

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Thomas E. Terry

 

Thomas E. Terry was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was raised in Madison, then lived in California for more than 30 years.He received his BBA and law degree (1964) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has worked in investment management in a number of capacities: as a senior executive of mutual funds in the American Fund Group, as a senior executive of Capital Research and Management Company as well as in real estate development in Utah and Arizona; and since 1994 as a private investor focusing on start-up companies. He serves on the boards of directors of several small companies in the Madison area. Currently, he participates on the council (formerly chair) of the Chazen Museum of Art, UW-Madison, serves on the boards of Madison Opera, Overture Center Foundation, and on the boards of a number of other national and local non-profit organizations. He has one daughter. 

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Judith B. Ward

 

Judith B. Ward, emerita executive associate director of the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is currently a senior consultant with AGB Search, a national executive search firm serving higher education. Prior to joining the Waisman Center in 1994, Judith served the University of Wisconsin System as associate vice president for State Government Relations and acting vice president for University Relations. From 1974-84, she was employed by the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau. An alumna of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BS in history and education, Judith later received an MA in political science from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. During her long residence in Madison, Judith was an active university and community volunteer. She was the honorary chair of the Waisman Center’s 40th Anniversary celebration and helped establish the Grandparents’ Network at the Waisman Center. Judith serves on the National Guardian Life Insurance Company Board of Directors in Madison and on non-profit boards in Washington, D.C. Judith and her husband David have two sons and six grandchildren.

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Paul M. Weiss

 

Paul M. Weiss was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and grew up in Ames, Iowa, Madison, Wisconsin, and Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He received a BSc in biochemistry from Carleton University in Ottawa, a PhD in biochemistry and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since 2006 he has been a managing director at Venture Investors, LLC. Paul has more than 20 years of operating experience in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries. He is currently a member of the boards of directors for Akebia, Mithridion, Neurovance, ProCertus, and a board observer for Tissue Regeneration Systems and Inviragen, all portfolio companies of Venture Investors. He also serves on the board of directors for Tamir Biotechnology (formerly Alfacell Corporation). He and his wife Kristin, a pharmacist at UW Hospital, live in Middleton, Wisconsin, with their two daughters and two dogs.

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