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Seven to receive awards from Alumni Association

RELEASED: Dec. 15, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — A well-known actor, a circuit court judge, an international project manager, two corporate CEOs, the attorney general for the Ho-Chunk tribe and a corporate president will receive awards from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Alumni Association Dec. 18 at a luncheon and ceremony in conjunction with winter commencement.

"We celebrate the versatile talent, creativity and leadership skills of these individuals who represent and honor this university so well," said John Bachmeier, director of Alumni Relations. "The university is proud to recognize them for their personal success and for their service to others."

Michelle Altobelli-Andersen

Michelle Altobelli-Andersen and Judge Glenn H. Yamahiro will each receive the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, which recognizes distinguished service to the community, state or nation that brings credit upon the recipient and the university.

Altobelli-Andersen is the founder, CEO and promotional consultant for Altobelli Advantage Inc., based in Rogers, Minn. This year the company was selected as one of the top 500 emerging businesses in the United States by, the nation's leading multicultural business website.

Altobelli-Andersen graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1991 with a bachelor of business administration degree. While a student, she participated in an exchange program with Southern Denmark International University of Business in Sonderborg, Denmark. She also graduated from cosmetology school in Virginia, Minn., and used that training to work her way through college.

After graduating from UW-Eau Claire, Altobelli-Andersen was manager of Newport Bar and Care in Hellerup, Denmark, from 1991-93. From 1993-94, she was a salesperson for Sysco Food Service in St. Paul, Minn., and from 1994-2004 was a promotional consultant for Design Incentives in St. Paul, Minn.

As part of her advertising work Altobelli-Andersen successfully implemented nationwide promotional campaigns in which substantial proceeds were given to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Susan G. Koman Foundation.

Judge Glenn H. Yamahiro
Judge Glenn H.

Yamahiro is a state circuit court judge for Milwaukee County and currently presides in criminal felony court. He was appointed by Gov. Jim Doyle in 2003, becoming the first Asian-American judge in Wisconsin history. In 2004 he was elected to a six-year term and in 2010 was re-elected for another term.

Yamahiro has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice for his work in the area of domestic violence, and in 2006 he was selected to serve on the faculty for the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence. He is a former shareholder and private practitioner with Cornwall, Rhiel and a former staff attorney in the trial division of the Milwaukee Office of the Wisconsin Office of the State Public Defender. He was recognized in 1994 with an exceptional performance award as a state public defender, and in 1999 he was appointed to serve as a judicial court commissioner assigned to small claims court in Milwaukee County.

Yamahiro also has worked for the Wisconsin Correctional Service in Milwaukee, monitoring defendants before trial; has worked with the mentally ill; and has taught emotionally disturbed children in the Milwaukee Public Schools. He is a member of the State Bar Access to Justice Commission and serves as the Secretary of the Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation.

While attending UW-Eau Claire, Yamahiro worked at the Eau Claire Academy Juvenile Residential Treatment Center as a counselor. He received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from UW-Eau Claire in 1983 and a law degree from the UW Law School in 1991.

Sheila D. Corbine, Todd Michael Eberhardt and Terry Schadeberg will receive the President's Award, which recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements and service to UW-Eau Claire.

Sheila Corbine
Sheila D. Corbine

Corbine received her bachelor of arts degree in history from UW-Eau Claire in 1990 and a law degree from the University of Minnesota School of Law in 1993. Since graduating she has devoted her career to Indian law. She has worked for the Indian Law Office of Wisconsin Judicare Inc., the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut, and has been the judge for the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Court, where she still serves in a very limited capacity.

Much of Corbine's career has been as an attorney with the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin where she now serves as the Attorney General. She supports and lobbies about issues important to Indian Country and educates state court judges and attorneys on the issues surrounding tribal laws and federal laws dealing with Indian issues, such as the Indian Child Welfare Act and Indian Gaming Regulatory Act as well as other laws that have unique jurisdictional issues.

Todd Michael Eberhardt
Todd Michael Eberhardt

Eberhardt graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a bachelor of business administration degree in 1989. Following his graduation, he began his career at Dun & Bradstreet. He worked in sales, and in 1992 received the company's President's Club Award, which is given to the top-performing salespeople in the country. After five years with Dun & Bradstreet, Eberhardt and two partners started Comm-Works, a nationwide voice and data service company in the Twin Cities. What started as a one-room, three-owner company grew to a company of more than 300 employees producing annual revenues of more than $120 million. The company was on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private companies in the United States in 2002 and 2003.

In 2006 Eberhardt started Sonic Management Group, which supports growing business technology companies with vital business tools and resources. The company provides management services such as human resources, recruiting, financial management, professional training and marketing.

Terry Schadeberg

Terry Schadeberg

Schadeberg is president of NORD Gear Corp. in Waunakee. NORD Gear is a multinational manufacturer of gear motors, motors and frequency inverters. Under Schadeberg's watch, NORD Gear has averaged greater than 18 percent growth per year from 1999-2008. The company also has increased its market share ranking in the gear-motor industry from No. 8 in 1997 to No. 2 in 2010.

Schadeberg received a bachelor of business administration degree from UW-Eau Claire in 1985 and a master of business administration degree from the University of Memphis in 1993.

He served as a tax consultant for Peat, Marwick, Main & Co. from 1985-87 and in 1987 became a cost analyst for Kimberly-Clark Corp. in Memphis, Tenn. In 1988 Schadeberg joined Schering-Plough Inc. in Memphis, where he held several positions. He then became a sector controller for Thomas & Betts Inc. in Memphis and quickly moved on to become chief financial officer at AZO Inc., then vice president of Finance Skywire Inc., both in Memphis. He became president of NORD Gear in 1997.

Patrick O'Brien
Patrick O'Brien

Patrick O'Brien will receive the Lifetime Excellence Award, which is presented to alumni who have demonstrated longtime and successful commitment to their careers and communities. Recipients have made positive and dramatic impacts through dedication to service, and have lived their lives as a testimony to UW-Eau Claire's motto, "Excellence."

O'Brien, who received a bachelor of arts degree in theatre in 1975, has appeared in more than 100 television commercials and guest starred in dozens of TV shows, including "Monk," "ER," "CSI," "The West Wing," "Night Court," "Home Improvement" and "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch." His film credits include "Pleasantville," "Stuart Little," "Intolerable Cruelty" and "Catch Me If You Can." He most recently played the part of Dr. Rose, the man who delivers Brad Pitt's character in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

He was the founding artistic director of what is now the Fanny Hill Dinner Theatre in Eau Claire and has performed Shakespearean theatre in New York and California with prominent performers, including William Hurt, Martin Sheen and Christine Baransky.

For many years, O'Brien was a mainstay at the Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis, Minn., where he consistently received enthusiastic reviews for his winsome and sometimes outrageous character roles and his comedic facial expressions. He continues to do live theatre, appearing last year in the touring production of "A Raisin in the Sun." O'Brien and his family currently reside near Minneapolis.

Matthew Ryan Beasley
Matthew Ryan Beasley

Matthew Ryan Beasley will receive the Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award, which acknowledges special achievements and great promise of alumni who are within 15 years of their graduation from UW-Eau Claire.

Beasley received a bachelor of arts degree in organizational communication from UW-Eau Claire in 2004. That same year he was one of 50 students selected nationwide to participate in the Mountbatten Programme, an internship program in London, England. He worked with one of the world's leading investment banks, UBS, as a strategy analyst while taking additional courses at Cambridge University and participating in leadership training seminars at Henley Management College. In 2005 he received the International Business Practice Certificate through the Mountbatten Programme.

Beasley currently is a project and portfolio manager for the Royal Bank of Scotland in Stamford, Conn. He was the recipient of the 2009 Royal Bank of Scotland — Global Banking and Markets Americas Ovation Award for delivering a key project which radically improved the communication across all finance areas between North America and London within the Royal Bank of Scotland, resulting in an overall cost savings of $1 million annually.



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