UW-WC Foundation Appoints New Executive Director


Dennis Degenhardt, President of UW-Washington County Campus Foundation, announced that Iva Thelen of West Bend has been appointed as the new Executive Director of the Foundation. “With Iva’s unique background, passion for the University and positive energy, we are very excited to have her as our new Executive Director. She will be a great ambassador for UW-WC and the Foundation,” Degenhardt stated.

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Thelen has been a resident of West Bend for the past ten years.  Her educational background includes a Master of Technology degree and Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing, both earned from Georgia Southern University.  After working at United Parcel Services’ Worldwide Headquarters in Atlanta as a Marketing Communications Manager for seven years, she moved to West Bend with her husband, Dennis and their son, Bobby.  While in West Bend, she worked for three years at Standard Register as a Business Development Manager.  She built an outstanding record of achievement at both UPS and Standard Register by creating, developing, and implementing successful strategic and innovative marketing concepts, plans, and materials.

More recently, Thelen has taught communication courses at UW-Washington County.  She was instrumental in creating real world situations for students that would also help them make an impact in the West Bend community.   Over the past ten years, she has volunteered in the community to build a special needs playground at Decorah Elementary School and volunteered in a wide variety of roles at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic School and Parish, where she is an active member.  Her community outreach and fundraising, combined with close ties to UW-WC, made her uniquely suited for the Executive Director position for the Washington County Campus Foundation.  She is looking forward to furthering awareness of the Washington County Campus Foundation that includes funding for scholarships, awarding grants for professional development to faculty and staff, sponsoring educational and cultural events for the community, and supporting campus initiatives that would not otherwise be possible. 

Current officers of the UW-WC Campus Foundation include: Dennis Degenhardt, President; Colleen Vachuska, Secretary; Ray Werhand, Treasurer; Sarada Prasad, Assistant Treasurer. Other board members include:  Paul DeChant, Mary Kurer, Scott Henke, Barb Herther, Michael Laird, Doug Yip and Interim Dean Alan Paul Price.


Sue Bausch