Recognizing the contributions of our stellar UWM employees to their alma mater.

Created by the UWM Alumni Association, the Alumni Employee Awards recognize the contributions of the University’s stellar employees to their alma mater. Presented each spring at the Alumni Employee Awards and Appreciation Lunch, these awards provide fellow employees and students a way to honor those who make a difference at UWM.

2018 Award Recipients

Outstanding Performance Award: Angel Hessel, ’91

“Angel Hessel is an outstanding contributor to the School of Education and UWM. She is an exemplary representative of UWM and represents the best in what we hope our alumni do in their professional careers.”




Community-University: We Make a Difference Award: Patricia Torres Nájera, ’91 & ’03

“Her ability to connect people across many identities, political perspectives and economic backgrounds is a priceless asset to UWM.”




Inspiring Student Success Award: Carrie von Bohlen, ’01

“She is an individual of broad ability and has a deep commitment to students and their success.”




Unsung Hero Award: Christopher Ney, ’87

“Chris will help anyone, and does help everyone. Honestly, I don’t know how we would get along without Chris Ney.”



Alumni Association Champion Award: Karen Massetti-Moran, ’15

“Karen has worked to make sure mechanisms are in place to identify alumni employees of the University and collaborated to build a culture of Panther Pride, not just with alumni employees but across the entire university.”

2018 Nominees

Andy Reis, ‘98
Jessica Schuld, ‘12
Carrie von Bohlen, ‘01

Becky Freer, ‘17
Amber Grupe, ‘10
Angel Hessel, ‘91
Kay Jansen, ’78, ‘11
Nicole Oswald, ’09, ‘10


Michael Bonds, ’81, ’83, ’88, ‘98
Tatiana Joseph, ’07, ‘12
Patricia Torres Nájera, ’91, ’03


Susan Foran, ‘98
Rob Graziano, ’86, ‘93
Allee Hochmuth, ‘12
Amy Kirby, ‘98
Kerry Korinek, ‘99
William Krueger, ’01, ‘06
Molly Mathias, ’96, ’00
Christopher Ney, ‘87
Christopher Peters, ‘97
Lori Sieckert, ’05, ‘15
Randolph Videkovich, ’72, ‘75
Carol Wacker, ‘90
Sammy Werner, ‘13

Award Categories
This award recognizes alumni for exceptional performance in their work as employees of UWM. It honors alumni who, through their work, have elevated the University’s mission, reputation or morale and who embody professionalism, enthusiasm and dedication. Honorees achieve excellence and demonstrate impact, often through committee work, special assignments and/or other noteworthy activities.

The “Unsung Hero” Award is presented to alumni employees not widely recognized for their work, but who have in some significant way contributed to UWM.  As they work to fulfill their unit and division goals, honorees contribute behind the scenes with their skill, time and effort furthering the vision and mission of the University.  Honorees should be known for their consistency, dependability, respect for others, commitment to their team and willingness to pitch in to achieve collective goals.  Honorees are both supportive to others and results-oriented, and frequently work through obstacles to make the impossible possible.

The Community-University: We Make a Difference Award honors those alumni employees who as representatives of UWM have generously contributed their time and talents for the enrichment of others and the betterment of their communities.  This award bestows recognition on those individuals who have given of themselves in support of various civic, charitable, philanthropic and/or social service organizations, and who have, in doing so, forged or strengthened partnerships between these organizations and the University.

In keeping with UWM’s strategic opportunities and aspirations, this award recognizes alumni employees for their work promoting an outstanding learning environment that prepares students to live in and work in the 21st century. It honors alumni employees who provide students a continuum of quality educational experiences that instill deep, critical, imaginative thinking and understanding, cultural fluency, leadership skills and an entrepreneurial mindset. It recognizes alumni who help students maximize utilization of our urban setting, community partnerships and experiential learning experiences. The award bestows recognition on individuals known for their celebration of and support for our diverse student body.

Selection Committee

Dr. Michael Brondino ’79, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare
Tammy Howard ’15, Secretary of the University’s Office
Dr. Karen Jackson ’74 & ’88, Emeritus Board of Trustees
Christina Makal McCaffery ’02, College of Letters & Science
Kathryn Martin-Meurer ’05 & ’07, Peck School of the Arts
Krystal McCain ’14, Student Involvement
Monica Rausch Camacho ’03, Lubar School of Business
John Schumacher, University Relations