Kevin Mullen

Writing and Reading Comprehension Instructor for the UW–Madison Odyssey Project

Kevin Mullen, in the past year, has earned both his PhD in English as well as a teaching position as a Writing and Reading Comprehension instructor with the UW–Madison Odyssey Project.

Kevin Kumashiro

Dean of the School of Education at the University of San Francisco

In 2000, Kumashiro received his PhD in educational policy studies from UW–Madison and worked in academia for a few years. After needing a change, he left to start the Center for Anti-Oppressive Education and work at the National Education Association. Finally, he moved back into higher education and now serves as dean of USF’s School of Education.

Carrie Eaton

Curator of Collections at the UW–Madison Geology Museum

Carrie Eaton tells her friends she’s sort of like a librarian — except each book weighs between four and 400 pounds. As curator of collections at the UW–Madison’s Geology Museum, she wears many hats, one of them being overseeing the 120,000 objects in the museum’s collection. Eaton received a master’s degree in geology in 2004.

Krista Willing

Director of Fiscal Management for the Medicaid Program, State of Wisconsin

Willing graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a certificate in business from UW–Madison. She now manages activities which include Iron Man and triathlon competitions and raising her two children, while also handling the eight billion dollar Medicaid budget for the state of Wisconsin.

Gordon Shaw

Research Chemist, Mass and Force Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology

Gordon Shaw pursued his PhD in chemistry at UW–Madison, now working as the Research Chemist, Mass and Force Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Tina Nielsen

Associate Director for the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center

After acquiring her PhD in Geology, Nielsen has added student, teacher, geoscientist, college faculty member, mother and wife to her personal and professional résumé. She now is the Associate Director of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center.

James T. Minor

Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Postsecondary Education for the U.S. Department of Education

After earning his PhD in educational administration in 2001, James T. Minor worked as a researcher and professor and later at the Southern Education Foundation — but then the White House called. He now is the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Postsecondary Education for the U.S. Department of Education.

John Considine

Materials Research Engineer for Forest Products Laboratory, UW–Madison

After finishing his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at UW–Madison, Considine worked to earn his PhD of Material Science at UW. He is now a materials research engineer with the Forest Products Laboratory on UW–Madison’s campus and is an exemplary model of academic determination.

Alison Patz

Associate Director for the Boren Program for the U.S. Federal Government

A passion for public service and foreign languages has taken Alison Patz around the world and back. She spent time in Morocco with the Peace Corps, attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison La Follette School of Public Affairs for a master’s degree in public administration, and traveled to Egypt on a Boren fellowship. She now works as the associate director for the Boren program in the Department of Defense.

Joshua Koeck

Director of Investment for a Single Family Office

Koeck, who graduated with an MBA from the Applied Security Analysis track in 2010 is now the director of investment for what is called a single family office in the Chicago area, where he meets the financial management needs of one wealthy family.