The School of Health Sciences and Wellness takes pride in the impact of our alumni.
Our alumni live and work all over the world—so if you’re looking for networking opportunities close to a new home or contact info for fellow Pointer in another city, you’re in luck. Looking for a fellow Pointer near you? Start with our map. If you’d like to add your info to our interactive alumni map, just fill out the form. We’ll review your information and add it to the map within a few days. If you’d like to change or remove any of your information that already appears on the map, please send us an email with the information that you’d like changed.
Karen Bogenschneider is a Rothermel Bascom Professor of Human Ecology at UW-Madison and a Family Policy Specialist at UW-Extension. Karen directs the Wisconsin Family Impact Seminars, a series of presentations, discussion sessions and briefing reports that provide high-quality, objective research to state policymakers on timely topics. The seminars are an award-winning model for advancing evidence-based family policy and overcoming partisan gridlock. Karen also directs the Family Impact Institute, which provides training and technical assistance to 22 states conducting Family Impact Seminars. Karen publishes widely including a book on evidence-based policymaking and the third edition of her college textbook, Karen received a named professorship, the highest award given to professors at UW-Madison. She has been named an outstanding Child and Family Extension specialist and a fellow by the National Council on Family Relations.
Laura M. Nelson, M.D., MBA, class of 1987, is Marshfield Clinic’s chief medical officer, the first woman to hold the post in the organization’s 94-year history. Laura also serves as a part time hospitalist at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff, where she was instrumental in developing the first hospitalist program in the Marshfield Clinic System. Previously she was the medical director of Marshfield Clinic’s North Division. She graduated from UW-Stevens Point in 1987 and went on to earn a medical degree from UW-Madison and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of St. Thomas.
By participating in our numerous events and programs, many of our students get hired before graduation and leave the university to start their professional careers immediately upon completing their degrees!