UW-S Foundation names Braden, Balge to top posts

The University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan Foundation has named Elizabeth Braden as president of its board of directors. For the past two years, Braden has served as board vice-president.

Braden holds a BA from Macalester College and an MBA from UWMilwaukee. She previously worked as an elementary school music teacher, before moving into the information technology field. She has worked in the banking, accounting software and health insurance industries. Currently, Braden is the owner and president of Braden Consulting, which specializes in providing system implementation, operations and management consulting to small and mid-sized health insurance companies.

Braden has been a strong supporter of public education throughout her career and strongly believes in the opportunities it provides local students.

“UW-Sheboygan is an open access institution and it provides a high quality of education at an affordable cost with smaller classes and excellent faculty and staff,” Braden said. “It also plays a key role in our community in preparing students for future careers. I wanted to be a strong advocate for the campus and through the scholarships the Foundation provides, we can allow even more students to take advantage of what UW-Sheboygan has to offer.”

The University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan Foundation is pleased to announce that Richard Balge has been named vice-president of the foundation’s board of directors.

Balge joined the UW-Sheboygan Foundation in 2013. He has 36 years of banking experience and currently serves as the market president for Bank First National of Sheboygan.

Since 2010, Balge has served as the vice-president of private banking at the Sheboygan branch of Bank First National. He also has worked with M&I Marshall & Ilsley Bank of Sheboygan and Biltmore investors Bank of Kohler. He holds a MS degree in Management from Cardinal Stritch College and a BBA in Finance from UW-Milwaukee.

Named the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce 2013 Community Volunteer of the Year, Balge is an active community volunteer. Currently, he also is the treasurer and president of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center Board, and a member of the Kohler Civic Club and St. John’s Catholic Church Finance Committee.

According to Balge, his service to the UW-Sheboygan Foundation is based on his belief that the access to the University of Wisconsin System is important to the Sheboygan County area.

“I believe that those on the UW-Sheboygan Foundation Board are here to help improve our community,” Balge said. “This foundation has a focus on helping students learn. We help them achieve their goals and help those students who just may not have continued after graduating from high school. I look forward to witnessing students accomplish their personal goals and graduating from UW-Sheboygan.”

The UW-Sheboygan Foundation is a non-profit organization established to support the mission of the UW-Sheboygan campus by providing additional resources to help ensure the success and excellence of all campus programming.

For more information on the UW-Sheboygan Foundation, visit sheboygan. uwc.edu or call (920) 459-6612.

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