The Leadership Fellows cohort was designed and implemented in 2009 by Beth Hellwig, Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, to give staff members in Student and/or Academic Affairs the opportunity to:
- Become part of a leadership cohort on campus
- Help take the lead coordinating a campus wide project
- Work with a mentor for the year
- Participate in a leadership retreat
- Learn about resources on campus
- Build skills in a number of critical areas
- Meet monthly for professional Development
Statement of Purpose: The purpose of the Student Affairs Leadership Fellows Cohort is to make UWEC a stronger institution by providing opportunities for selected individuals to take part in a structured program of professional development. The program will include skill and leadership development, the opportunity to take part in a mentoring relationship, and the completion of an individual project that benefits the university as well as a select service-related group project.
2016-2017 Leadership Fellows Group
Jessica Barnier (Continuing Education)
I have been working in the UW System since 2007. I began working for UW-Eau Claire as an undergraduate student and then transferred to UW-Madison to finish my undergraduate degrees in French and psychology. During my time as an undergrad, I was grateful to have the opportunity to study abroad in Caen, France. I returned to UW-Eau Claire in 2010 to get a Masters of Business Administration and worked as a student in LTS Learning Spaces and as an MBA Graduate Assistant. I began working for UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education in 2012 as a Human Resources Assistant, where I currently provide HR support to the Continuing Education (CE) office and manage the CE student office assistants.
For my individual project, I plan to assist Human Resources with the creation and implementation of a leadership professional development program. I am honored to be a part of this year's Leadership Fellows cohort and look forward to a great year!
Tim Fader (Athletics)
I am starting my second year as Head Wrestling Coach at UW-Eau Claire. I am very excited to be a part of the Leadership Fellows group for this school year and proud to be the first representative chosen from Blugold Athletics. Wrestling has been a common thread throughout my academic track as well as my professional career path. I graduated from Augustana College in the QCA with a degree in Business Administration-Finance and Accounting. After a "brief but long" stint in the business world, I went back to get my Masters Degree in Physical Education-Sports Administration from UW-La Crosse. I've had the opportunity to learn from some of the best mentors, coaches and teachers out there. I value those relationships as well as the ones that I have with past and current student athletes. I've spent years teaching adventure education, HPERC courses and working in student services...and wrestling.
In working with my Leadership mentor, Joe Abhold, I intend to serve UW-Eau Claire developing a project raising awareness/providing training for students and staff on the issue of sexual assault.
I am the proud father of Rye (13), Molly (11) and Shae (7)...I also enjoy travel, friend and family events, reading, leadership and team building, food and about all types of outdoor recreation.
Shana German (Housing)
I am very excited to be involved in the 2016-2017 Leadership Cohort to network across campus, give back and impact the campus community while enhancing my leadership skills and pushing myself to grow. For the past 2.5 years, I have served as the Office Supervisor in Housing + Residence Life where I oversee the business operations of the department including our database software program (RMS), application processes, assignments, room changes, as well as vending and financial reconciliation. My career has taken several loops and turns as I received my B.S. in Exercise Science from UW-Madison and my M.S. in Sports Administration from Florida State University. During my graduate studies, I feel in love with student affairs as I had a graduate assistantship at the University of West Florida were I was 50% housing/50% recreation and ended up staying on after graduation to serve as Area Coordinator in Housing for 2 years. I then worked 1.5 years at The Ohio State University where I had the opportunity to manage the front customer service operation in a brand new recreation facility, the RPAC. I am a Wisconsinite at heart as I grew up in Marshfield, WI and the drive to be closer to my family brought me back to Madison where I managed a private health club including selling memberships, teaching fitness classes, and personal training for 8 years. But then the student affairs bug hit me and I missed the connection with students, the opportunity to impact lives, and the continued drive for success, growth, and development within higher education which lead me to beautiful UWEC. I stay busy outside of work with my husband, Dan, and 3 kids: Jace (6), Hallie (3), and Brienna (1). I enjoy boating, the outdoors, spending time with my extended family, and anything fitness.
Kelsey Kopp (Advising, Retention and Career Center)
I began working at UW-Eau Claire as an Academic Advisor in the College of Business in 2014, and I am now the Lead Advisor for the Social Sciences Cluster in the Advising, Retention and Career Center. As an advisor, I help students navigate the transition to their college, explore academic and career opportunities, and plan their degrees. As a lead advisor, I also have the opportunity to work as a liaison to academic departments and collaborate to best serve students in social science programs. Prior to UW-Eau Claire, I attend the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where I earned a Bachelor's degree in Organizational and Professional Communication, and a Master's degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education.
I live in Eau Claire with my fiancé Mike, our two Pomeranians Brutus and Mocha, and seven chickens. I like to spend my free time working on DIY projects, cooking, reading and camping.
Alison Millis (University Accounting)
Born and raised in Eau Claire, I love this community and the University. I began my career at UW-Eau Claire in January 2013 in a position that was 50% accounting and 50% budgeting. It has evolved to an Associate Budget Planner, and I have learned so much from all the different areas on campus through their budget development. My undergraduate degree is in Accounting from UW-Madison, and I have completed 55 credits towards a Masters in Teaching from Hamline University.
In my accounting career, I worked for Ernst & Young, U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, and Target Financial Services. I obtained my teaching license and taught 5th grade for 3.5 years here in Eau Claire before transitioning back into accounting.
I still have strong connections to UW-Madison and currently serve as the president of the Chippewa Valley Chapter of the Wisconsin Alumni Association, an organization that provides scholarships to local students attending UW-Madison.
I am excited to focus on developing my leadership skills and continue to expand my knowledge of this beautiful campus and the people who make it such a wonderful place to work and learn.
Jamie Tester (Social Work Department)
I joined the UWEC Social Work Department in June 2015 and took over the position of Field Director in June 2016. Prior to joining UWEC I was a Guardian ad Litem for the State of Minnesota and oversaw the Executive Pathways Internship Program offered by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. I received my law degree from Hamline University School of Law and I am a licensed attorney in the State of Wisconsin. I also have a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and completed a Bachelor of Arts in English, with minors in Women's Studies and Political Science at The College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth, MN. I am passionate about experiential learning and ensuring the UWEC students are adequately prepared to provide services to our society's most vulnerable populations. I hope to collaborate with other departments here at UWEC and implement the curriculum developed by Gunderson National Child Protection Training Center focused on Child Advocacy Studies through either a certificate or minor.
Beth Hellwig, Ph.D. (Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs)
Members of the 2016-2017 Leadership Fellows Cohort
Kelsey Kopp, Brittany Wold, Shana German, Alison Millis, Jessica Barnier, Jamie Tester,
Members of the 2015-2016 Leadership Fellows Cohort
Kristin Schumacher, Bonnie Krahn, Mallory Gohl, Kent Gerberich, Sheryl Poirier, Jenna Krosch, Beth Hellwig, Phil Huelsbeck, Nicole Schultz, Andy Jepsen
Members of the 2014-2015 Leadership Fellows Cohort
Maria Carvalho, Rachel Woodward, Dennis Beale, Nicole Rindone, Beth Hellwig, aBa Mbirika, Charissa Jakusz, John Bachmeier
Members of the 2013-2014 Leadership Fellows Cohort
Beth Hellwig, Miranda Cross-Schindler, Libby Thurston, Odawa White, Heather Kretz, Daria Hutchinson, Tracy Yengo, Catherine Lee, Christopher Jorgenson
Members of the 2012-2013 Leadership Fellows Cohort
Beth Hellwig, Jodi Simek, Quincy Chapman, Danielle Widmer, Charles Vue, Kate Schmidt, Claire Couillard, Andy Jepsen, Bill Hoepner
Front Row: Kirby Harless, Jen Brockpahler, Beth Hellwig, Maigan Wipfli, Lisa Schuetz
Back Row: Chris Buckley, Kerry Day, Steph Van Pay, Brian Carlisle
Members of the 2009-2010 Leadership Fellows Cohort
Front Row: Julia Diggins, Jason Jon Anderson, Stacy Heike