Three join alumni board

Three join alumni board


At the October meeting, the UW-Stout Alumni Association elected Thomas Fonfara '84, Roman Gill '57 and Julie Beaver Kinney '76 to join its board of directors.

Thomas Fonfara received a degree in business administration. Fonfara is currently serving as executive assistant in the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. As executive assistant, he works closely with secretary Mark Bugher in the overall management of the 1,200 person agency and leads the legislative and government relations function of the agency. Prior to this, Fonfara served as legislative liaison for the Commission of Banking for a little more than a year. For nearly seven years, Fonfara worked in the Office of Governor Tommy G. Thompson. As one of the Governor's original staff members, he worked in various positions and ultimately became policy director, where he managed a staff of six policy advisers and for years was Thompson's key adviser on education issues. Fonfara and his wife, Robin, have one son, Phillip, and make their home in Sun Prairie, Wis.

Roman Gill received a bachelor's degree in technical education and master's degree in industrial technology. In 1990, Gill retired from 33 years of teaching including 17 years as an athletic coach in Wisconsin and Michigan high schools. Currently, Gill is a member of the City of Escanaba HUD Housing Commission. He is a life member of the American Legion and MEA/NEA Retired School Personnel. Gill and his wife, Gayle, have two grown children and two grandchildren. They reside in Escanaba, Mich., where Gill enjoys hobbies of fishing, hunting and bowling.

Julie Beaver Kinney is the vice president for All American Manufacturing of Boyceville, Wis. It's a company Kinney and her husband, Mark, started in 1982 in the basement of their home. The firm now employs 140 persons, including several UW-Stout graduates in key posts. Kinney serves as the Menomonie Sunrise Rotary treasurer. She holds a degree in vocational rehabilitation. The Kinneys and their two daughters, Katie and Angela, reside in Menomonie, Wis.

One board member was re-elected and named secretary:
Marilyn Krause Leccese '74, family and consumer education, director of educational resources, Broadlawns Medical Center, Des Moines, Iowa.

Special thanks to these members who have retired from the board:
Colleen Hartmon '88, applied math, MIS consultant, Larson Allen Weishair & Co., Minneapolis, Minn.

Ted Hein '52, industrial education, retired from IBM.

John Zupek '81 '90, hospitality and tourism management, marriage and family therapy, Institute for Human Resources, Minneapolis, Minn.

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