Janette (Blechl) Fennell, 1976
Marketing major, Fennell is cofounder of KIDS AND CARS, a nonprofit child safety organization that draws national attention to the tragedy of children injured, disabled and killed in and around motor vehicles. She was driven into child safety advocacy after she was carjacked, robbed and left in a trunk with her husband; they escaped and their infant son was unharmed. This led to a successful four-year campaign to get emergency trunk releases required in cars. She has taken on a variety of other hazards facing children in and around cars, ranging from deaths and injuries due to heat, backovers and power windows. She is a regular guest on national talk shows and has appeared on Dateline NBC, Oprah, Inside Edition and CNN. She has also been featured in many national publications, including Consumer Reports, USA Today, Parents Magazine and Good Housekeeping. For more information, visit her Web site.
Nannette (Meier) Hegerty, 1972
Elementary education major, Hegerty is Milwaukee's 17th police chief. She joined the Milwaukee Police Department in 1976 and served in the areas of patrol, criminal investigation, vice-related investigations and sensitive crimes. She addresses the city's emerging Asian population and continues to improve interactions with other minority populations. Hegerty has been commended for bringing back the Gang Crimes Unit, improving community relations and for leading a more open relationship with the news media. In 1994, President Clinton appointed her U.S. Marshal for Wisconsin's eastern district. She has a master's degree in management from Cardinal Stritch University and graduated from the FBI's National Academy and Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command.
Robert Keller, 1969
Economics major, Keller is the president and chief executive officer the nation's leading supplier of safety and regulatory compliance solutions for transportation, manufacturing, construction, human resources, security and general industry. The company's focus in unique in helping other companies comply with government rules and regulations. He joined the company in 1957 and served as advertising and marketing manager, senior vice president and executive vice president. He became president and chief operating officer in 1988 and is active in area communities, serving leadership positions with Associated Bank, Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Keller Foundation and UW Oshkosh Foundation Board. He makes Alumni Association history with his son, Adam, as they are the first two generations to receive awards in the same year.