Badger Veteran Photo Project 2022

The University Veteran Services staff would like to thank everyone who contributed to the Badger Veteran Photo Project this year! Thank you for your service to our country and willingness to share a bit about that service with us.

Our goal is to bring visibility to Badger veterans and service members. The Photo Project was designed to share the story of one’s military service while also celebrating the person behind the uniform. Each submission contains two photos – one in uniform and one out of uniform. We’re excited to share the submissions we received this year, and we welcome everyone to learn more about the Badger veteran community.

Questions can be directed to veterans@wisc.edu.

We intend to make this an annual project and welcome submissions for 2023.

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Badger Veteran Photo Project First Edition
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Abigail Lindsay – Undergraduate, Animal Science (2023)

Air Force F-16 crew chief for seven years. Deployed to South Korea, Afghanistan, and Saudi Arabia.

Alex Witz – Juris Doctor (2024)

Alex grew up in Madison and always wanted to be a Badger. Alex attended West Point, where he played on the club hockey team and majored in political science. After graduating in 2015, he served in the U.S. Army as a field artillery officer for over five years, completing assignments in Oklahoma, Washington, Texas, and the Republic of Korea. Alex is currently in his second year of law school at the University of Wisconsin and plans to pursue a legal career in Wisconsin.

Ann Lattin – Consumer Affairs, B.S. (2007)

Ann graduated high school in 1996 and joined the National Guard in 1998 as a motor transport operator. She deployed to Kuwait where she worked with drivers from across the region to move equipment between cities in Iraq. Throughout her service with the National Guard, Ann was a college student, taking classes at community colleges, Northern Illinois University, and UW-Madison. Despite the disruptions and challenges of her service, Ann graduated from UW in 2007 with a degree in Consumer Affairs. Ann currently works as a project manager for Wisconsin Physician and resides in Monona with her husband, Bryan, and their beagle, Emma.

Anthony Fenner – Information, M.S. (2024)

I have served in both the Active Duty Air Force and the Air National Guard for a combined total of 19 years. I will be retiring at the rank of E-7. I joined shortly after 9/11 and spent most of my career working in CBRN/Emergency Management. I was the Emergency Manager for the Western Air Defense Sector from 2012-2018. I served under the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) for 11 years.

I attended College while on active duty and completed my degree in Psychology at Saint Martin’s University. I later went on to complete a BS in Information Science at UW-Milwaukee. I am currently a graduate student here at UW-Madison in the MS – Information program.

I am currently fulfilling my dream of becoming a software engineer. I was promoted earlier this year to Senior Software Engineer at Centene. I have a lifetime of coding experience, but most recently I’ve been working as just a software engineer for about five years. My next goal is to become a manager of software engineers.

I have a goal to be a successful Twitch streamer. I’d like to make learning software engineering as free as learning to paint or draw. I consider coding to be an art, and most often find myself using soft-skills to increase the quality of my products.

Asa Nett – Undergraduate, Electrical Engineering (2026)

I served 6 years in the United States Navy. While in service I underwent a rigorous training program to qualify as an Electrician’s Mate Nuclear (EMN). I spent 4 years of my service overseas in Japan onboard the USS Ronald Reagan CVN-76. While there I developed a deep love for the Japanese people and culture. In order to become fluent in Japanese, I intend to return to Japan under a study abroad program through UW Madison. I’m working each day at Madison to continue improving my technical skills and understanding of different cultures. I enjoy hiking, traveling the world, and meeting new people! I’m looking forward to continuing my college experience at UW Madison!

Barry Crook – Department Administrator, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering / Atmospheric Science, B.S. (1992)

After graduating from UW-Madison with a degree in Atmospheric Science in 1992, I commissioned as an officer in the US Air Force through the AFROTC program.  I served in various operational weather and staff assignments at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota, Offutt AFB, Nebraska, Heidelberg, Germany, and Langley AFB, Virginia.  I deployed on contingency deployments to Hungary, Iraq, and Afghanistan (twice).  My final assignment was as an academic instructor and Commandant of Cadets back at my alma mater AFROTC detachment at UW-Madison.  Upon retirement in 2012, I continued to work at UW-Madison in the College of Engineering, first as an academic advisor and now as Department Administrator for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Bill Davis – Undergraduate, Biological Systems Engineering (2023)

I served in the Marine Corps from 2013 to 2018. In that time, I deployed with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the USS Makin Island. Currently, I am studying Biological Systems Engineering and will graduate in May.

Brian Kline – Assistant Director of Administration, Natural Resources Institute (NRI) / Master of Business Administration (2014)

Originally from Oshkosh, Brian graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and was commissioned into the U.S. Marine Corps.  Brian served for 21 years in aviation and planning roles including combat operations over Kuwait and in Iraq. He earned an MBA from the Wisconsin School of Business and had spent the last five years working on campus in the Natural Resources Institute.  Go Navy!  Semper Fidelis!  On Wisconsin!

Brooke Anderson – Director of Human Resources and Research Administration, UW Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention / Bachelor of Science in Nursing (2000)

I graduated from UW-Madison in 2000 with a BSN in nursing.  On September 2, 2001 I went active duty in the United States Air Force, where I spent 4 years as an Intensive Care Unit Nurse.  Following completion of my active duty commitment I completed both a MSN in Education and a DNP in Executive Leadership (thank you GI Bill!).  Today I use my experience to lead the UW Center for Tobacco Research as the Director of Human Resources and Research Administration.  In my free time I love to travel, go salsa dancing, and enjoy time with my kids, friends, and family.

Carla Winsor – Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D. (2022)

My name is Carla Winsor. I have a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I served in the United States Coast Guard in Connecticut and California. I enjoy recreational sports including functional fitness, canoeing and ice skating. I also enjoy tea, cheese curds, and chocolate with hazelnuts. I am looking forward to pursuing a career in industry.

Colin Snook – Doctor of Medicine (2025)

Colin Snook is currently a second-year medical student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH).  Prior to attending UWSMPH, he served in the US Army as an Infantry Officer with the 82nd Airborne Division, including a combat deployment to Afghanistan.  In his free time, he likes to fly fish and explore the outdoors with his dog, Louie.

Curtis Fuszard – Bachelor of Business Administration (1976)

I was honored to be part of Army ROTC while an undergrad at UW-Madison.  I served as Joint Commander for all ROTC units in 1975/76 and received the Cadet of the Year award. On the day I received my diploma I also earned a Regular Army Commission.

So began three years as a Military Intelligence Officer (along with three years inactive).  The training was provided at Fort Huachuca, AZ and the real blessing was serving with the 9th Infantry Division at Fort Lewis, WA.

The military experience (including ROTC) provided much needed structure, discipline and leadership experience.  It helped immensely during my 35-year career in financial services and now 6+ in the nonprofit world.

Dominique Johnson – Audience Services Representative, Wisconsin Public Media

I’m currently serving in the Wisconsin Army National Guard, and my unit is B Battery, 1-120th Field Artillery out of Stevens Point. I work on campus at Vilas Communications Hall doing Audience Services and voice over work for Wisconsin Public Radio and PBS. I enjoy reading, disc golf and weightlifting. I eventually want to host my own show on PBS or WPR.

Eddie Ramirez – Undergraduate, Bachelor of Business Administration (2024)

I am a 1st generation Latino from Tampa, FL and joined the USMC after graduating from high school. I served in the USMC from 2015-2020 with 3rd BN 5th Marines. I am currently pursuing my bachelor’s degree in business finance and risk management. I am also the current president of the Student Veterans of America chapter at UW-Madison.

Edward Herzberg – Undergraduate, History (2024)

My name is Ed Herzberg and I am a current student at UW-Madison. I am a Marine Corps veteran, having served four years active duty as a scout sniper and rifleman. Following my service, I attended school on and off for a few years before finally resuming my education in earnest. With the help of some fantastic individuals from both the Badger Ready program and UW’s MIA Recovery and Identification Project, I am thrilled to say I am well on my way to earning my degree in history from UW!

Emily Wallace – Undergraduate, Engineering (2025)

I joined the army in 2017 at a 15T which is a uh-60 Blackhawk maintainer. In 2021 I was placed into the 1-168 in West Bend, Wisconsin. I am now a crew chief for Medevac. Being in the military has given me many opportunities and experiences that I will forever be grateful for.

George Kohn – Cartography, M.S. (1977)

Author of Vector to Destiny – Journey of a Vietnam F-4 Fighter Pilot. Colonel George W. Kohn flew U.S. Air Force F-4’s from Danang AB, Vietnam in 1970.  He completed 201 combat missions and was awarded the air medal and the distinguished flying cross with two oak leaf clusters.  He is a graduate of the USAF Air War college, the University of Wisconsin with a Master of Science degree in cartography, and the University of Southern California Flying Safety program.

A former commander of the 440th Airlift Wing in the Air Force Reserve and an airline pilot, he retired from flying in 2003. He has given numerous presentations on military and farming topics.

George and his wife, Sandy, started West Star Organics in 1993, a successful certified organic greenhouse business that grows and markets bedding plants throughout the Midwest. Located near Madison, WI, it is now owned and operated by their son and his wife.

George Vondriska – Undergraduate, Anthropology (2023)

Lover of sports, food, movies. Anthropology Major. Currently serving as a member of the Marine Corps Reserve.

Gerald Herter – Bachelor of Business Administration (1967), Master of Business Administration (1969)

Gerald Herter grew up in the Chicago area and graduated from the University of Wisconsin with BBA (1967) and MBA (1969) degrees, followed by service in the United States Army as a field artillery officer in Germany and Viet Nam. He worked for several years in Chicago as a Certified Public Accountant for Arthur Andersen & Co.

Gerald met and married Loretta in the Chicago area several years before they moved to Southern California in 1977. There he joined HMWC CPAs & Business Advisors, where he served as Managing Partner for many years, as well as President of Integra International, a world-wide association of accounting firms.

Gerald and Loretta are long time members of Tustin Presbyterian Church, where he serves as an elder. He also serves on the Boards of Monte Vista Grove Homes and New Theological Seminary of the West.  Gerald has written about travel for various publications as well as in his books, Celtic Journeys, From Ledgers to Ledges, and Farewell, Ham Tan Arty.

Greg Russo – Sociology, B.A. (2013)

I moved to a small town just outside of Madison (Lake Mills) when I was 10. Almost immediately fell in love with the, Madison, the Badgers, and the University of Wisconsin. Through a circuitous route starting college at UW-Whitewater, joining the Wisconsin Army National Guard, and two deployments to Iraq; I finally transferred in and landed at my dream school! Even better: walked on to the football team. Joining the military and graduating from Wisconsin led me to meet my wife, and now a wonderful life here in Madison with our kids. Dream big dreams, Badgers!

Hannah George – Undergraduate, Spanish Major and East Asian Certificate (2023)

Hi! My name is Hannah Leslie George. I am currently a senior here at UW- Madison. I will graduating this spring with a Spanish B.A and East Asian Studies Certificate. Language has always been a big part of my life; it connects me to different cultures.

In addition to my education, I am a Wisconsin National Guard Soldier that has been serving since March 2021. I come from a family of veterans that all share the pride of fighting for our freedom.

I plan to pursue a career at either a governmental or nongovernmental agency that advocates for sex trafficking victims in various regions throughout the world.

Apart from my professional aspirations, I enjoy traveling, painting, and spending quality time with those I love.

Jade Berget – Undergraduate, Biomedical Engineering (2024)

I enlisted during my senior year of high school in September of 2019 as a combat medic in the WI national guard. I went to training at Fort Sam Houston Texas where I received my EMT license and am currently a line medic attached to an infantry company. I am currently majoring in biomedical engineering and hope to go to IPAP which is the army’s physician assistant program after graduation. On the side I love going hiking, kayaking, and camping.

Jake Baggott – Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Executive Director of University Health Services

I enlisted in the Army in the Spring of 1982 following HS graduation and spent two years on active duty, stationed state-side for most of that time at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. I enlisted for educational benefits, but continued my military service in the Illinois National Guard in the Fall 1984 and spent the next 20 years in the 133d Signal Battalion culminating my services at the First Sergeant for Company B, 133d Signal Battalion in 2003 when I retired. My father was an Army veteran and two of my siblings also served in the Army. My sister, Sara also retired as a company First Sergeant in the same Battalion where I served. I began my civilian career at Southern Illinois University in college health in 1985 and have worked at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama before coming to the University of Wisconsin Madison to serve as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Executive Director of University Health Services. While at UAB, University Veterans Services reported to my position as Assistant Vice President.

James Zamorski – Bachelor of Arts (1976)

James Zamorski was awarded a scholarship in the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) program. Originally from New Jersey, he completed the NROTC curriculum at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in May 1976. At graduation, he received his commission as an Officer in the United Staes Navy. His Navy Service included both afloat and ashore assignments as Communications Officer; Electronic Warfare Officer; Intelligence Officer; and Area Requirements Officer. He served aboard USS Thomas C. Hart (FF 1092) and USS Arkansas (CGN 41); at Naval Communications Area Master Station Atlantic, Norfolk, VA; and as a Staff Action Officer for U.S. Atlantic Fleet and U.S. Atlantic Command. He was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal, and two Navy Achievement Medals. He was designated as a Surface Warfare Officer; and Officer of the Deck (Underway). When retired from active duty, he continued serving his country and the Navy for another 26 years as a contractor with various commercial companies specializing in satellite communications. He is retired. He is also a life member of the Wisconsin Alumni Association.

Jason Dopke – Undergraduate, Economics and Data Science (2026)

Hi my name is Jason, I’m 25 and I spent 5 years in the Marine Corps repairing telecommunications equipment in California and North Carolina. I’m currently a student here at UW-Madison studying Data Science and Economics. When I’m not studying I’m usually working out, reading, skiing, or spending time with friends. My goal with my degree is to start a business and consult companies or the government on data rich problems and make programs more effective.

Jeffrey Gettleman – Bachelor of Arts (1968)

Inducted into US Army 18 days after graduating UW in 1968. Served at Ft. Sheridan, IL and Long Binh, Vietnam. I was an Army musician. After service, law degree at University of Chicago. Practiced law for 10 years, then spent 18 years on the business side in marketing and product development. Returned to law practice in 2002 with Kirkland & Ellis. Retired in 2021 to start a legal technology business.

Jessica Dean – Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (2026)

Jessica Dean was born in Slinger, WI in 1988. After graduating high school, she attended the University of Wisconsin-Washington County where she worked on her general education requirements. In 2008, she enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served five years on Active Duty where she achieved the rank of Corporal. Her primary duty was a Radio Repairman in which she repaired communication assets for the Marine Corps. Her duty stations included Marine Corps Communications Electronics School in 29 Palms, CA and Marine Wing Communications Squadron in Miramar, CA. After separating from the Marine Corps in 2012, Jessica moved to Northern Virginia with her husband who continued service in the Marine Corps, and continued her education earning her Associate of Science Degree from Northern Virginia Community College in Woodbridge, VA and Bachelor of Science in Biology Degree from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Following her husband’s retirement from the Marine Corps, Jessica and her family moved to Whitewater, WI. Jessica has three stepchildren, two that are currently serving in the Marine Corps, while the youngest attends Whitewater High School. She is a member of the Whitewater American Legion, the Walworth County Marine Corps League, she serves on Congressman Bryan Steil’s Veteran Advisory Board, and she participated in the VA’s I Am Not Invisible Campaign 3.0 that brings awareness to women veterans and the challenges they face. Jessica is currently in her first year of Veterinary Medical School working towards her lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian.

Jim Gingras – Political Science, Ph.D.  – International Relations. (2027)

Lt Col (ret) Jim Gingras (USAF) and his wife Anna grew up in Wisconsin before he left for the Air Force Academy, and they reconnected and married shortly after his graduation in 2001. Serving in six overseas tours, Jim was an Air Force civil engineer and military diplomat (Foreign Area Officer) in bases and embassies worldwide. Together, they were honored to represent the United States in various capacities. Their final assignment on active duty brought them back to the U.S. Air Force Academy where he taught political science to cadets and tomorrow’s future leaders. Currently, Jim is a full-time Ph.D. student studying the NATO alliance and how we can better assess alliance allegiance. Together, they launched a healthy vending company to help give back to the local community. Both are thrilled to be in Wisconsin again with family and friends. They also enjoy volunteering and helping fellow veterans! On Wisconsin!

Joe Rasmussen – Director, University Veteran Services / Master of Social Work (2012)

Joe enlisted in the Marine Corps in July 2001 between his junior and senior year of high school. Prior to the attacks on 9/11, he joined out of a sense of family duty, both his grandfathers served in WWII and his father served during the Vietnam War. Joe shipped to San Diego to attend Marine Corps Boot Camp in 2002 and served four years as an Aviation Ordnanceman on F-18’s. During his time on active duty, Joe completed over 40 detachments with VFA-106, traveling around the US and aboard several aircraft carriers. Joe returned to Wisconsin and enrolled at UW-Whitewater in 2007. After completing a Bachelor of Social Work degree he fulfilled his life-long dream of becoming a Badger when he enrolled in the UW-Madison Master of Social Work Program. His studies included two internships at the Madison VA Hospital, where Joe focused on learning to support veterans who are recently returning from active duty. Joe has the privilege to continue serving veterans as part of UW-Madison’s University Veteran Services.

John Offerman – Assistant Director of Fitness, Recreation & Wellbeing

John served six years on active duty and two years in the reserves as a Field Artillery Officer in the United States Marine Corps.  He completed a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from Eastern Illinois University, a MA in Sport and Athletic Administration from Gonzaga University, and an MBA from Pepperdine University.  He started working for Recreation & Wellbeing at UW-Madison in June 2022.  Prior to UW he spent three years as the Assistant Director of Fitness at Grand Valley State University and a year working with Semper Fit, Camp Pendleton as the assistant fitness facility director.  John is passionate about making fitness accessible and fun for the UW-Madison community.  In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family, being outdoors, and staying active.

Jolene Anders – Veteran Services Coordinator, University Veteran Services / Political Science, B.A. (2019)

I’m currently a Staff Sergeant in the Wisconsin Army National Guard (WIARNG) and first enlisted in December 2010 as a Human Resources Specialist. After completion of my initial entry training, I started my bachelor’s at UW-Madison in 2012. I deployed to Afghanistan in 2014 and Iraq in 2016, causing me to step away from classes for three years. I returned to campus in the spring of 2017 and finished my B.A. in Political Science in 2019. I became a Veteran Services Coordinator at UW and started the first coffee club for women veterans on campus that same year. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, I was put on active duty orders again in March 2020. Between the state’s pandemic response and other missions, I was on orders for over two years before returning to campus a second time in July 2022. I couldn’t be more excited to be back at UW, and I’m passionate about helping students navigate the college experience and find purpose after the military. When I’m not working for either UW or the WIARNG, I’m usually spending time with my dog or going to concerts with my husband.

Justin Cape – Sports Leadership, M.S.  (2024)

Enlisted in the Air Force in 2012. Received my B.A. in History from UMGC in 2021. Decided to pursue my master’s degree in Sports Leadership as my plan after retiring from the Air Force is to teach/coach.

Keegan Trevillian- Undergraduate, Cartography & GIS, Human Geography (2024)

My name is Keegan Trevillian, I am currently a specialist in the WI Army National Guard. I have been in almost 5 years, and I have one deployment to Afghanistan in 2019-20. In Afghanistan I was attached to the 3rd Security Force Assistance Brigade, and I was mainly operating at HKIA, the international airport in Kabul. I am a transfer student from UW – Stevens Point, I enjoy the fall in Wisconsin, and I like to bike around lake Monona.

Ken Becker – Business Construction Administration, B.S. (1949)

Ken Becker is a lifelong fan of UW-Madison but didn’t have high hopes of enrolling as the youngest child of what he describes as “one of the poorest families in Johnson Creek, Wisconsin.” After high school, Ken joined a sheet metal apprenticeship program in Milwaukee where he worked full-time, earning 40 cents an hour, while attending vocational school. After saving up some money, and with the support of his sister who lived nearby, Ken enrolled at Northwestern University.

After the U.S. entered World War II, Ken enlisted into the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1941. He was trained as an Aviation Gunner and Flight Navigator. His first assignment was as a Navigator on a B-17 Bomber with the 15th Air Force stationed in Italy, and Ken ran 17 bombing missions over Northern Italy, Austria, and Germany. Ken returned to the United States in 1943 and completed his service obligation in 1945.

Ken enrolled at UW-Madison and completed a degree in business in 1949. Shortly after his college graduation, Ken answered the call to serve again and deployed to Guam. He flew air-sea rescue missions as a Navigator on a B-29 and conducted hundreds of flight hours recording meteorological readings to aid in the government’s study of the jet stream.

After serving in Guam, Ken was discharged by the Army. He returned home and married the love of his life, Marjean. The two had five children. Ken also had an accomplished 35-year career in the finance industry, from being the first employee at the new Mundelein Savings and Loan (Illinois) to eventually becoming president and chairman of the board.

Throughout the years, Ken and Marjean have travelled to all 50 states and 74 countries. After his retirement, Ken and Marjean settled Lake Wisconsin. Ken has been active with the Wisconsin Alumni Association since the 1950s, earning several honors over the years. These days, Ken enjoys fishing at his home on the lake with a Manhattan in hand.

Ken Jensen – Bachelor of Arts (1983) / Master of Science in Social Work (1985)

US Air Force 1976 to 1980.  Primary station Aviano AB Italy  Education, 1983 UW BA Degree, 1985 UW MSSW.  Doctorate Clinical Psychology Southern Cal.  Post graduate training Menninger Foundation, Erickson Clinic.  Professional career psychotherapist, later 20+ years senior administration retiring in 2017.

Kris Bradsher – Bachelor of Science (1986)

Commander Kris Bradsher served 23 years in the Navy. She began her Navy career as an Ensign in the Medical Service Corps in 1995 through the Direct Commission Officer program in the Navy Reserves. Her duty stations included both military hospitals and expeditionary medical facilities. She was mobilized to active duty in support of Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. She was assigned to NATO Training Mission Afghanistan (NTM-A) as the Team Chief for a Military Embedded Training Team (METT) in Herat, Afghanistan. Additionally, she served on several humanitarian missions including the May 2010 response to the Haiti earthquake. Kris is a proud Badger and is grateful to the University of Wisconsin for its support of veterans and their service to the country.

Kristy Jorgenson – Undergraduate, Personal Finance and Financial Planning (2024)

Born and raised in Madison as the daughter of a U.S Navy veteran and Wisconsin Army National Guard soldier, I joined the Wisconsin Air National Guard in 2015 to fulfill a greater purpose along with the ability to have college costs covered without the need for student loans.  In addition to spending time with my husband and two children, I have loved the opportunity to travel to several countries across the world thanks to my military career.  Upon graduation from UW-Madison in 2024, I hope to become a Certified Financial Planner right here in the local area.

Leah Henning – Undergraduate, Health Promotion & Health Equity and Nursing (2024)

I am finishing my degree in Health Promotion Health Equity and am hoping to begin the accelerated nursing program in the spring. I spent four years active duty in the Marines, and then started school here at UW-Madison. After my second year here, I deployed to Japan for 8 months also with the Marines. I hope to one day continue working as a nurse with military members and veterans.

Logan Falk – Executive Master of Business Administration (2021)

Logan has served as an infantry team leader with the Colorado and Wisconsin Army National Guards. He earned his MBA from UW-Madison in 2021 and currently works as a Vice President and Regional Banking Manager at Charles Schwab Bank. In his free time, Logan enjoys snowboarding, hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, and volunteering as a member of the Ski Patrol at the Alpine Valley Resort.

Mai-Linh Schuh – Doctor of Nursing Practice, Adult/Gerontology Acute Care (2023)

My name is Mai-Linh Schuh. I served the Wisconsin Air National Guard (ANG) from March 2012-2019 and had the opportunity to serve at all three Wisconsin ANG bases as a search and extrication medic and FOMT [flight and operational medical technician]. I did my undergraduate in nursing at Marquette’s BSN program and had graduated as the 2018 Beren’s award winner for top nursing student graduate as voted on by staff. From there I’ve working at St. Luke’s Surgical ICU and have been doing my doctorates program. For hobbies I have started to really be into outdoor activities like boating, fishing, etc. I’ve always snowmobiled growing up but had the opportunity to become an ambassador for All American Heroes foundation and won their 2021 snowmobile. I help bring awareness of backcountry snowmobiling and avalanche safety to veterans and first responders. Through this opportunity I’ve also had the privilege to become an ambassador for Mountain Skillz snowmobiling riding clinics based out of South Fork, Colorado and travel there every winter break. My experience of being an Air Force medic and leader directly helps aid in clinics and teaching avy [avalanche] safety and emergency response. My military career has been able to help my professional and personal life passions, and for that I’m entirely grateful.

Mike Panaro – School Certifying Official, University Veteran Services / Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies, M.A. (2015)

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Mike Panaro served in the Army for over 21 years. Early in his career, he was an Armor and Cavalry officer, deploying twice to Iraq. He then became a Eurasian Foreign Area Officer. In his last military assignment, he served as a team chief for New START treaty inspections, escorting Russian inspectors during 32 inspections of US nuclear weapons facilities.

Mike graduated from West Point in 2000 with a degree in International Politics and earned his M.A. here at UW-Madison in 2015. He currently works in University Veteran Services and is motivated to ensure that veterans and other military-connected students have an amazing educational experience in Madison, just as he did.

Morgan Groshek – Undergraduate, Global Health and Life Sciences Communication (2023)

Wisconsin Army National Guard. Queer artist, cat lover, and rollerblade aficionado.

Natalie Isensee – History, B.S. (2000)

Natalie Isensee served as a Marine Corps Logistics Officer on active duty, deploying to Kuwait and serving in the U.S ground invasion of Iraq in 2003. Her responsibilities included organizing movements of combat support vehicles and equipment, coordinating airfield operations, and monitoring supply chains for food, Forward Operating Base supplies, and weapons and ammunition. Later, as Battalion Logistics Officer, 1st Medical Battalion, Camp Pendleton, Natalie met the transportation, weapons, and housing needs of hundreds of reserve medical personnel during their activation to overseas service.

With a background in project management, people leadership, and IT infrastructure Natalie is now the Manager of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at WPS Health Solutions where she leads a team of DEI professionals as they embed DEI into behaviors, systems, and the company’s culture. Serving military veterans and their family members is a key aspect of their DEI strategy, as WPS seeks to be an employer of choice and a committed health care partner for military service members, Veterans, their families, and communities.

Natalie leads efforts to improve the employee experience and leadership development activities across the enterprise. Natalie served as the Vice President of the Veterans Employee Resource Group promoting mental and physical wellness through its events, communications, and trainings.

Natalie is active in the Veteran community around Madison, Wisconsin, with current leadership roles as Community Engagement Coordinator for Team Red, White, and Blue’s Madison Chapter (Team RWB Madison); Board member for the Veterans Community Action Network of South-Central Wisconsin (VETSCAN); and member of the Dane County Veterans Service Commission. Previous volunteer roles include collecting oral history interviews for the Wisconsin Veterans Museum and serving as a Girl Scout Troop Leader. Additionally, she enjoys organizing groups of co-workers, veterans, and family to volunteer at The River Food Pantry in Madison, Wisconsin

Natalie’s contributions to business, Veterans, and families in our communities were recognized by her selection for the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Veterans in Business award (large company) in Wisconsin in 2021. In 2022, Natalie was appointed to Governor Evers’ Blue Ribbon Commission on Veterans Opportunity, chartered to develop a long-term, comprehensive plan to help Wisconsin veterans get help they need to meet a wide range of challenges they may face after transitioning from military service to civilian life.

She has a bachelor’s degree in History from UW-Madison, master’s degree in project management from UW-Platteville, Project Management Professional certification, Professional Scrum Master certification, and a certificate in Servant Leadership from UW-Madison.

When not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their three daughters, training for long-distance running events, and reading history books and memoirs.

Nicolas Leighty – Undergraduate, Computer Science and Economics (2023)

I originally went to Madison College in their Liberal Arts – STEM transfer program, then transferred to UW-Madison to major in computer science and economics. I have been in the Army Reserve as a 25B Information Technology Specialist since August 2016. Outside of technology, I am into cars and motorcycling, as well as getting out into nature. From my faith, I just hope to follow God’s plan for me.

Rachel Landsee – Political Science and International Relations, B.A. (2000) & Adam Landsee – Behavioral Science & Law, B.S. (2001)

Rachel (Horner) Landsee, Class of 2000 Political Science and International Relations, Graduate of Seattle University of Law class of 2005, commissioned into the Army Judge Advocate Generals Corps 2006, served as Airborne JAG 2006-2018, veteran of two tours of Operation Iraqi Freedom, now a playwright and writer. Jump Baby, a musical, premieres at Brightpoint Community College, Midlothian, VA, January-February 2023.

Adam Landsee, Class of 2001 Behavioral Science and the Law, commissioned into the Army Infantry in 2001, transferred to Special Forces in 2006, veteran of two tours of Operation Iraqi Freedom and two tours of Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), now he serves as Dr. Adam Landsee, MD Emergency Medicine.

Rachel and Adam met at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, were married shortly after graduation, will celebrate their 22nd anniversary in May 2023, and now reside in Richmond, Virginia with their two children.

Robert Isenberg – History, B.A. (1968); Curriculum & Instruction, M.S. (1982)

Drafted out of UW grad school in January 1969 and, after one year of training, ended up spending all of 1970 as an infantry sergeant in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division. Exited Vietnam and the army in December and four weeks later was doing my student teaching in a Madison middle school. Regarding the draft, we all made difficult choices after endless discussion: my roommate at UW went to Canada; I certainly made moral compromises; I most admired Mohammed Ali’s choice.

I am a retired educator living blissfully in Tacoma WA close to that “other” UW.

Ryan Hietpas – Professional MBA (2024)

I was born and raised in Wisconsin and am proud to be a part of the University of Wisconsin -Madison community. I have lived in Madison for the past 15 years and work in business continuity and corporate crisis management. I am a graduate student in the Professional MBA program at the Wisconsin School of Business. I served in the United States Navy from 2000 to 2006. As communications supervisor, I worked aboard the USS Kentucky, a ballistic missile submarine. During this time, I deployed seven times and traveled over 100,000 miles underwater, including a trip around South America.

Samuel  Prunty – Electrical Engineering, B.S. (2007)

I went through the AFROTC program at UW-Madison and graduated with a BS Electrical Engineering and commissioned as a 2Lt in the Air Force in December 2007. I then went to Randolph AFB Texas to start CSO training.  After completing training I was selected for RC-135 V/Ws at Offutt AFB Nebraska. I spent the rest of my time in the service stationed there.  I made several overseas trips as well. I met my beautiful wife there and we have 5 kids.  I separated in April 2016 after a little of 8 years of service and left as a Captain.  I currently live in Lincoln Nebraska and still work at Offutt AFB as a civilian contractor teaching what I did on the RC-135 V/W. I enjoy living in Lincoln and have made it to several games between Wisconsin and Nebraska.  I proudly wear my badger gear around.  On Wisconsin!

Sean Dugan – Juris Doctor (2024)

Originally from Wisconsin, Sean served six years in the Air Force. Much of his time in the military included working abroad to support nuclear command, control, and communication enterprises. Sean is a law student at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Before pursuing a law degree, he earned a B.A. degree from Columbia University.

Sean Jackett – International Relations, B.S. (2019) / Master of International Public Affairs (2020)

I joined the Army out of high school in 2010 as a linguist. I served on active duty for five years, during which I learned the Dari language and deployed to Afghanistan. After leaving active duty, I returned to Wisconsin and began my undergraduate degree at UW while serving in the Wisconsin National Guard. During my time with the National Guard, I assisted in COVID response efforts and provided language support to the resettlement of Afghans in the United States. I graduated UW with my BS in 2019 and again in 2020 with a graduate degree. I am currently working as a Program and Policy Analyst for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Stephan Gregar – History, B.A. (1971)

During my UW junior year, I was selected as “Number ONE” in the December 1969 Vietnam era draft lottery. I knew military service was in my future upon graduation.  Wanting to be in control of that future, I enlisted in the Air Force shortly before graduation in 1971.  I served as public affairs specialist at McGuire Air Force Base, NJ.

In public affairs, I had the opportunity to meet some interesting people including Bob Hope and a former Miss Wisconsin! My most memorable military experience was serving as a national press liaison during the arrival of a large group of former Vietnam POW’s at McGuire AFB.  After completing my active duty commitment, I served four more years with the WI Air National Guard at Truax Field, Madison.

Prior to retirement, I worked as a risk management and loss prevention professional in the commercial insurance industry for over 35 years.  After a 20 year absence from WI, my wife and I returned to our home state in 2014.  We currently live in Grafton.

Thomas Blumenberg – Pharmacy, B.S. (1974)

I graduated from Port Washington High School in 1969.  Studied pre-pharmacy at UW Milwaukee.  Transferred to UW Madison and graduated with a BS in Pharmacy in 1974.  I interned for 1 year at Medical Arts Pharmacy in Ashland, WI and passed my board exam in 1975.  I still maintain my pharmacy license.

The Medical Arts Pharmacy was a contract pharmacy for the Indian Health Service.  It was there that I took an interest in becoming a Commissioned Officer in the US Public Health Service (USPHS).  However, because of reductions in force in the military post-Vietnam War, some officers were transferring from armed services to USPHS.  Others chose to serve in USPHS rather than being drafted into military duty.

I waited and worked at a variety of positions until I was able to contract directly with the Menominee Indian Tribe in Keshena, WI.  I managed their clinic pharmacy and after a few years I took my oath to become a Commissioned Officer in the USPHS.  At the time, a Senate hearing was required before I was sworn in.

I continued my work at the Menominee Tribal Clinic until 1984.  I developed an interest in population health and I was matriculated into the Master of Public Health (MPH) class at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS).  I was placed on inactive duty during my schooling.  It was intense training and an interesting place to learn as USUHS is considered the medical school for military physicians.  Living on the east coast was never on my radar, but we have fond memories of our time in Bethesda, MD and Washington, DC.

After successful completion of my MPH degree I was accepted back on active duty in the USPHS. Over time I was assigned several duty stations, 2 in Wisconsin, 3 in Arizona and 1 in Montana.  Although I always relied on my pharmacy background, I had many “other duties as assigned”.   I served as instructor for the Indian Health Service Pharmacy Practitioner Program, clinic director, hospital board member, community advocate, coordinator of public works and emergency preparedness, safety officer, and quality assurance manager.  I received specialized training in Strategic National Stockpile management, and Disaster Medical Assistance Team. I developed a special interest in bioterrorism, and emergency preparation and response.

My wife and I had aging parents and we wanted to get back to Wisconsin.   In 1999 a suitable billet was developed which allowed me to be transferred to the Lac Courte Oreilles (LCO) Tribal Clinic.  I resigned my Commission in 2004, with rank of CAPT 0-6 and started Blumenberg Consulting Inc.  I contracted with a local hospital, the State of Wisconsin and the Northern Lights Public Health Consortium.  I liquidated my company in 2009 and retired to volunteer work.

My father and grandfather were in the US Navy.  They, and others, instilled in me a sense of duty to country.  After I resigned my Commission, I ran into a man who developed my interest in conducting Veterans History Project (VHP) interviews for the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.   I started by interviewing colleagues and family members.   I continue conducting interviews for the VHP and the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.

 

Timothy Bohn – Associate Director of Cybersecurity Programs and Business System, DoIT Office of Cybersecurity

I am currently an Associate Director of Cybersecurity Programs and Business Systems within the Office of Cybersecurity at DoIT.  As for my military service, I am a retired Army Reserve Master Sergeant with 28 years of military service both on active duty and in the Reserves. I have received my Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Information Security along with many Information Technology and Information Security certifications while in the military.  My professional goal is to become a Chief Information Security Officer for a R1 University or Fortune 500 company.  Personal hobbies include bartending, playing with Legos, bowling, and disc golf.

William Schuth – Policy & Planning Analyst, Academic Information Management, College of Letters & Science / History, B.A. (2011)

After completing culinary school in 2002, Driftless Area native William Schuth put down his chef’s knife, hung up his toque, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. In February 2004, he deployed to Iraq with Echo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines. Echo Battery served as an artillery unit, provisional rifle company, and international border security force in several areas around Al-Anbar, including Camp MEK/Fallujah, Haditha Dam, Al-Asad Airbase, Camp Korean Village, FOB Trebil, and FOB Waleed.

William left the Marine Corps after his enlistment to continue his education at UW-Madison. He majored in History, and continued on to graduate school with particular interest in civil-military relations; war & society; and veterans, class, & public policy. He is a lifetime member of Disabled American Veterans. From 2016–2019, William was the poetry editor of The Deadly Writers Patrol, a Madison-based literary journal focused on war, survival, and healing. William joined UW–Madison’s academic staff in 2014 and currently works in policy analysis.

Zoe Atkins – Undergraduate, Food Science (2023)

Zoe Sullivan Atkins studies food science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison while working as a research assistant in Dr. Rich Hartel’s ice cream and candy lab. As a Sergeant in the Wisconsin Army National Guard, Zoe is a licensed operator of the largest vehicle in the U. S. Army (the HET). In previous years, she was a member, Historian, Social Chair, and Vice President of the UW-Madison Food Science Club. Now, she is a Food Science Ambassador, helping other students find and learn about the program at UW. Zoe grew up on a hobby farm with cats, dogs, horses, sheep, tortoises, chickens, ducks, bunnies, and black swans. There, she developed a love and respect for all creatures that she hopes to apply as a product developer of plant based, sustainable foods. When hard to reach, Zoe might be found figure skating, rock climbing, or running around the dog park with Mishka (her 3.7 lb long-haired chihuahua).