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Advisory Board

Ashley Anderson

Promega Corporation
Ashley Anderson

Ashley G. Anderson MD, MS is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Medical School, with a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin in Preventive and Administrative Medicine. He has practiced medicine in Madison since 1982 and serves as Medical Director for the Madison Police Department. He is also the Chief Medical Officer for Promega Corporation, where he directed Promega’s molecular diagnostics business unit. Promega is a worldwide biotechnology company based in Madison, with branches in 17 countries, specializing in manufacture of instruments and reagents for analysis of DNA, RNA and proteins. Promega is currently a major supplier of reagents for COVID-19 testing to manufacturers and laboratories throughout the world.

Chris Barker

The University of Wisconsin - Parkside
Chris Barker

Chris Barker is the Deputy Director of Athletics at The University of Wisconsin Parkside, which is Wisconsin’s only NCAA Division II athletic program. At Parkside, Chris is a member of the senior administrative team and oversees departmental operations, human resources, revenue generation, and accounting & finance. Chris also serves as a member of the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and is the department’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion liaison for all students and staff. Chris also teaches Leadership for the Sport Management Masters Program at Parkside. Chris is a proud member on the Racine YMCA Board, and a recent graduate of the NCAA Pathway Program, which is the NCAA’s leadership development program for 30 selected collegiate administrators annually. A native of Racine, Chris is a graduate of UNC Greensboro, where he played collegiate baseball. He received his master’s degree from Delaware State University.

Andrew Briddell

McFarland School District
Michelle Grajkowski

Dr. Andrew Briddell joined the McFarland School District as superintendent in 2015. He has experience working with schools in Alabama, Indiana, and Wisconsin, having served in music education and school administration. Dr. Briddell holds degrees from Indiana University (B.S. in Music and English, 1996), Temple University (M.M. in Bassoon, 1999), Ball State University (M.A. in Education, 2007), and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, 2013).

Dr. Briddell began his career as a bassoonist with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra before transitioning to music education. While in Birmingham, Alabama he taught middle school and high school band and served as the music director for the Alabama Youth Symphony. In 2002 Dr. Briddell became orchestra director at Elkhart Central High School in Indiana where he founded the jazz string ensemble. Dr. Briddell’s students consistently earned the Indiana State School Music Association All-Music Award for excellence in full orchestra, solo and ensemble, and jazz performances.

Dr. Briddell joined the administrative team at Elkhart Central High School in 2006, first as Activities Director, and then as an Assistant Principal. His responsibilities included leadership in curriculum, instruction and assessment while also serving as activities director. While at Central Dr. Briddell led a school-wide writing program that resulted in significant improvement in student achievement. Most recently Dr. Briddell served as Director of Instruction at Monona Grove School District where he led the implementation of Educator Effectiveness and earned a strong reputation for collaborative, service-oriented leadership.

JC Dawkins

Rebalanced-Life Wellness Association
J.C. Dawkins

J.C. Dawkins has been heavily involved in the community by way of mentoring, training, and coaching student-athletes and teams for more than 25 years.

Dawkins received a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing Communications, graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1995. While attending UW-Madison, Dawkins spent two years as a starting wide receiver for the Badgers and led the team in receiving in the 1994 Rose Bowl and the 1995 Hall-of-Fame (Outback) Bowl.

After graduation, Dawkins spent time on Media and Community Relations for the Milwaukee Brewers and also spent time working for the New England Patriots. He's worked in the UW-Madison Athletics department as an Assistant Football Coach for Concordia University-Wisconsin, has coached for Southwest Baptist University, and was the Vice President for Champion Style Athletics.

Currently, Mr. Dawkins is an Outreach Coordinator at the Rebalanced-Life Wellness Association in the Men's Health & Education Center. He is also an Assistant Football Coach for Verona Area High School.

Jerry Deschane

League of Wisconsin Municipalities
Jerry Deschane

Jerry Deschane is the Executive Director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities. Jerry has spent nearly 30 years in lobbying and association management. He has worked with clients ranging from the home building industry to bicyclists. He’s been on public school boards for twenty years and has also worked as an association management consultant and writer. Jerry is a native of Wisconsin. He is a Certified Association Executive and graduate of the Institute for Organization Management. His background and education are in radio news broadcasting.

Paul Garcia

Paul Garcia

Dr. Paul A. Garcia is a retired Professor of World Language Education and has held various board positions for at least 6 nonprofits over the years ranging from The Cuban Refugee Program to the National President of American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language to Equality Florida. Paul received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and has taught at the University of South Florida and the University of Kansas while appearing as guest speaker around the US and in Germany. Paul currently resides in Sarasota, FL where he heads up several tennis teams/programs.

Jeff Helmenstine

US Bank
Jeff Helmenstine

Jeff Helmenstine is a Vice President at US Bank where he has worked for 24 years. Jeff graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with degrees in Business and Education. Over the years, Jeff has worked with the Madison Children’s Museum and the United Way Campaign and he is currently the Director of The Sun Prairie Tennis Association. He has been teaching kids tennis in the Madison community for over 30 years.

Aaron Perry

Rebalanced-Life Wellness Association
Aaron Perry

Aaron Perry is one of TIME Magazine’s 50 Most Influential People in Healthcare for 2018. Aaron is President of Rebalanced-Life Wellness Association (RLWA). RLWA overarching goal is ensuring that African American men and boys living in under-represented communities who bear the heaviest burden of disease and poor health status, can live fuller and healthier lives. Aaron also opened the nation’s first Men’s Health & Education Center located inside the City of Madison largest black owned barbershop. Aaron is the National Director of Health, Wellness & Disease Prevention for Black Men Run 50 Chapters across 25 States.

Peter Wittenberg

Advertising with Wit, Inc
Peter Wittenberg

Peter Wittenberg is the founder and owner of Advertising with Wit, Inc. a specialty advertising company in Mequon WI. Since 1987 AdWIT has focused on promoting the world’s largest organic and natural foods grocer though creatively logoed promotional products. Peter is a leading consultant providing uniquely designed and logoed products and designs on everything under the sun. Peter earned a degree in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin where he was also a letter winner and captain of the gymnastics team. Over the years, Peter has been a supporter for both the UW Booster Club and the Milwaukee Rowing Club.