Business Badgers Who... Give Back

“My favorite way to give back is by giving my time and talents. I am a firm believer in to whom much is given, much is required. My community involvement is my way of paying it forward.”

—LaKesha Wilkerson Johnson (MBA ’04)

“I run my own nonprofit, the Kelly Johnson Foundation, which reaches out to high schools in Wisconsin that have insufficient funding for extracurriculars and rewards promising young leaders and groups so they can succeed and continue to make a difference in their community.”

—Kelly Johnson (BBA ’15)

“My favorite volunteer events are centered on youth-focused community initiatives. I’ve assisted with nonprofit groups that provide basic clothing and necessities to children, as well as fundraising and donating Christmas gifts to children. Being engaged in volunteer work creates a positive chain reaction for both yourself and your community. It reminds you that not everyone has access to things we take for granted like food, shelter, and a stable family life. ”

—Kevin Vollmer
(BBA ’14)

“I support organizations like Milwaukee Rescue Mission, Habitat for Humanity, and Food for the Poor. We all have struggles and knowing that someone else cares is powerful.”

—Pat Koppa (M.S. ’97)

“A life lived for others is one that’s bigger than a life lived on your own.”

—Nicole Nelson (BBA ’03)

“I founded Bloom360 Learning Community, a nonprofit school for children with neuro-diverse learning needs. It feels good to help other people, especially children who have so much potential if given the opportunity to thrive. I am simply following my heart in helping these children and in turn they are teaching me how to be a better person.”

—Laura Rauman (BBA ’92)

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Frank McGehee (MBA ’99) and Marie McGehee (MBA ’99)

work in the NYC area. Frank is the head of Global CRM for the music streaming company TIDAL and Marie is director of corporate communications for Verizon. In November Frank was elected to a three-year term on the five-person Maplewood, New Jersey Township Committee. Their daughter, Madison, is an aspiring actress performing in several off-Broadway shows and showcases. More Class Notes »

Jonathan Horne<br>(MBA/JD ’13)

launched a new venture capital fund, The Idea Fund of La Crosse, in February. The fund is actively seeking pre-revenue companies in Wisconsin for investment. Prior to the Idea Fund, he worked in the investment banking division of JP Morgan in New York. More Class Notes »

Cara Lombardo<br />(BBA ’10, MAcc ’11)

left her job as an auditor at PwC to become a journalist. Her accounting training has proved useful in her reporting. She and accounting classmate Matthew Brody (MAcc ’11) are planning a 2018 wedding in Madison. More Class Notes »