Montee Ball is a former running back for the Denver Broncos of the NFL. He played college football for the Wisconsin Badgers and was drafted by the Broncos in the 2nd round of the 2013 NFL Draft. His NFL career sputtered out in just three seasons due to issues stemming from his alcoholism and depression. He is hoping to continue helping others by continuing his work with the Wisconsin Voices for Recovery and public speaking candidly about life's pitfalls. Montee can be found in Madison, WI, giving back to the community in all aspects!
Jeffrey J. Bartzen is a shareholder in the Madison, Wisconsin law firm of Neider & Boucher. He has practiced law as a business, real estate, employment, nonprofit, and banking attorney since 1991. He previously co-founded and operated Mike Ditka's Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund for retired NFL Players in 2007, and he served as Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Tommy G. Thompson. Mr. Bartzen went to Lawrence University where he graduated with a degree in history and a degree in music education.
From the moment Michelle Grajkowski first opened the doors to the 3 Seas Literary Agency in August of 2000, she has been living her dream. (What could be better than surrounding yourself with amazing authors and their exciting and imaginative books?) Since then, her agency has sold more than 900 books to all the major publishing houses, and has grown from one agent to three! Michelle thrives on helping her clients build successful publishing careers, and her unique client list includes many wonderful New York Times and USA Today Best Sellers.
An educator at heart, Michelle joined the Wisconsin Business World Program in June 2018 where she travels the state teaching middle and high school students about business and entrepreneurism. As the Director of the program, her goal is to create strong business and community partnerships, and to help students discover new career paths. And, most importantly, to spread the message that Business truly is a Force for Good.
When not curled up with a great manuscript or working with her students, Michelle loves to spend time with her husband, children and her two crazy puppies, who refuse to grow up. Go Badgers!
Gary Jones is the General Manager of vcpi, a Wisconsin-based IT Managed Services Provider that provides services for over 2,000 senior living and skilled nursing communities. He is active in community, mentorship and alumni programs in his home-town of Rochester, NY. Gary graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Biology.
Jeffrey Patterson "JP" has been in the barber/cosmetology field for 25 years and he is the owner of JP Hair Design, Inc. in Madison, WI. JP is also a part-time instructor at Madison College in the Cosmetology Program and has been with the program for over 6 years. He also serves as the Chairperson for the State of Wisconsin Barbering Advisory Committee. In the community, you can find JP coaching youth football in the Madison Memorial youth program and organizing the biggest community Back to School Haircuts Event.
Robert R. Porter is a shareholder in the Madison, Wisconsin CPA firm of Porter & Sack, CPAs, S. C. and has worked with numerous nonprofits over the years. Prior to starting this firm in 1995, Bob had worked for one of the larger area CPA firms in the area then managed the corporate tax department for a publicly traded company, TDS (i.e., US Cellular and TDS Telecom). Bob graduated from the University of Wisconsin where he was a 4-year letter winner.
Beau Smithback is the CEO of Envision IT, a Wisconsin-based IT consulting firm and CIO of vcpi, a Milwaukee-based firm that provides IT solutions for over 2,000 senior living communities. He and his firms specialize in building robust and secure IT systems to help companies work remotely and elevate the employee experience. Mr. Smithback graduated with a degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has served on several non-profit boards during his 20-year career.