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Fall Seminar: How to Build a Sustainability Program

September 27, 2017 | 5:00-8:00 p.m. | Bordini Center - Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton

$20 Individual | $250 Event Sponsors

Welcome Address


Dr. Steven Dunn, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Dunn is a professor of Sustainability and director of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise,
joined the UW-Oshkosh faculty in 1999. He has a BS in zoology from California State University,
Long Beach, an MBA from Boise State University, and a PhD 
in business from Pennsylvania
State University. In addition to teaching, he is a consultant in the areas of strategic
sustainability and entrepreneurship. Dr. Dunn teaches the Built Environment and the Capstone courses.

Panel 1

Matthew Schleis

Matthew Schleis, SECURA Insurance

Schleis completed his Masters in Sustainable Management at the University of Wisconsin
Oshkosh and a Bachelor of Science in General 
Resource Management at the University of
Wisconsin – Stevens Point. 
He started down the “sustainability” path when his interest in
resource management merged with his professional career in business and he
recognized that the two subjects could be coordinated together.

Carrie Schuster

Carrie Schuster, Essity

Schuster, '92 is Marketing Manager with Essity (formerly SCA), focused on promoting
the company’s sustainability and hygiene messaging for 
the Tork brand of products in
North America. Carrie offers a consultative 
approach to develop programs to partner
with customers in achieving 
their own sustainability goals through zero waste, closed
loop recycling and
composting initiatives, and hand washing education. Schuster has 30 
years of sales and marketing experience with 12 years in the disposable paper products
industry, as well as working with multiple natural product 
manufacturers. Schuster is a founding
member of the Oshkosh Food Co-op, works with many school garden programs, and
has a BBA degree in business and marketing from UW Oshkosh.

Kevin Tubbs

Kevin Tubbs, Oshkosh Corporation

Tubbs is the Vice President of Global Environmental Affairs and Sustainability
for Oshkosh Corporation, having joined Oshkosh in 2012.  
He is responsible for the
development and implementation of 
environmental and sustainability processes and
programs for Oshkosh 
Corporation’s worldwide operations.  Prior to his current role,
Kevin held 
senior environmental management positions at Ingersoll Rand Company, 
Trane Company, and American Standard.  Tubbs began his career at Exxon Corporation.

Tubbs holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University and MS degrees 
in Engineering Management and Occupational Safety and Health from the New Jersey 
Institute of Technology.  Kevin also holds a certificate from the Wharton School’s Executive 
Development Program. He is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Wisconsin Sustainable 
Business Council, the UW Sustainable Management MS Advisory Board and the Fox Cities 
Leadership Academy Governing Board.  From 2007 through 2009 Kevin was the Mayor of 
Chatham Township, NJ during which time Chatham Township was named the “Best Place 
to Live in New Jersey” and was one of the first communities to receive Sustainable Jersey 
certification from the Sustainable Jersey organization.  

Mike Brandt

Mike Brandt, Evergreen Credit Union

Brandt has been the President/CEO of Evergreen Credit Union (ECU) since 2011.
Despite being one of the smallest credit unions in the most competitive market in the nation,
ECU has blossomed into one of the top performing small credit unions in 
Wisconsin. In
2014, Brandt encouraged ECU’s board of directors to add an environmental focus to the
mission of the credit union. The credit union now produces more than 80% of its annual
electricity demand from a roof top solar array, has attained zero-waste status under the
EPA guidelines, and offsets more carbon than it produces by partnering with the Arbor
Day Foundation on tree planting projects. Through these efforts and others, ECU has
become the most environmentally responsible credit union in the state of Wisconsin.
Brandt was awarded the 2016 Sustainable Leadership – Small Business award by the
Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. Brandt began working in the credit union industry
in 2001.  Over his career, he has held the positions of loan officer, financial services
manager, vice president of lending, and most recently president/CEO.  Prior to working
in credit unions, he worked in sales and retail management.  He has served on
area non-profit
 boards and currently volunteers with his dog Richie as a
therapy dog team through the Fox Valley Humane Association. 

John Cook

John Cook, Goodwill North Central Wisconsin

Sustainability is a large part of who Goodwill is and being on the Supply Chain
side of the business dealing with landfill avoidance and salvage, it is a natural
fit for Cook's role.  Additionally, it is an area that has great impact on all of us in
both the present and the future.
 John is married with 4 children ranging from
11 to 24 years old.  He enjoys spending time with his family and working on
old snowmobiles, three and four wheelers that the general population would
view as junk.

Panel 2

Christine Perz

Christine Perz, Thrivent Financial

Perz is the Program Manager for Supplier Diversity and Corporate Sustainability at
Thrivent Financial. Her responsibilities include promoting sustainable workplace practices,
enterprise bench marking and leading Green Team volunteers. Perz's background
includes experience in technology procurement; telecommunications analysis and project
management; and technical sales. Perz holds a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, and is a
Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity and Certified Professional in Supply Management
from the Institute of Supply Management. She received her B.A. in English from St. Norbert
College and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Perz is also a member of the
Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association which promotes sustainable forestry practices
for private woodland owners. 

Andy Leavitt

Dr. Andrew J. Leavitt, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Leavitt the 11th Chancellor at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, is focused on
enhancing students’ success and engaging them in hands-on learning opportunities,
promoting academic excellence, increasing the profile of undergraduate, graduate and
faculty research and furthering the University’s commitment to sustainability.

With the vision and guidance of students, faculty, staff, alumni and University partners,
Leavitt is helping transform UW Oshkosh by expanding community engagement, driving
economic development and building an inclusive and supportive institutional environment.
He is also helping position the University as a research-enhanced comprehensive university
by elevating existing research projects at UWO, increasing opportunities for research and
driving innovation in 


Dr. Peggy Murphy, Kimberly Clark

Murphy currently heads up Kimberly-Clark’s North America Consumer Tissue
Sustainability Strategy efforts where she is responsible for leading the development and
delivery of sustainability strategies and capabilities and is the key point of contact with external
NGOs such as Greenpeace and WWF with respect to environmental strategies. Over her
19 year career at Kimberly-Clark, she has held roles with increasing responsibility in Business
Intelligence, Product & Technology Development and Strategy. Murphy earned her bachelor’s
degree in chemistry from Colgate University and a doctorate in physical chemistry from the
University of Pennsylvania.  She also conducted post-doctoral studies at the Université du Maine
in Le Mans, France. Murphy serves on several not-for-profit boards and owns a sports autograph
business. She has two daughters ages 15 and 11, and a dog named Jake.

Jennifer Birkholz

Jennifer Birkholz, Appleton Coated

Birkholz is the Senior Environmental Marketing Specialist for Appleton Coated LLC. In this 
role, she coordinates Appleton Coated’s customer-facing environmental & sustainability message, 
as well as manages all sustainable forest certifications and completes all customer and NGO 
environmental surveys. Over Birkholz's 17-year career in the paper industry she has also been a product 
category manager and marketing specialist.  She attained her current position in 2015. Birkholz promotes 
Appleton Coated’s strategy of using high percentages of post-consumer recycled fiber (PCRF) and helps
customers understand the improved environmental impacts they can achieve by choosing high PCRF
content papers.  She works closely with the company’s internal environmental teams to help reduce 
environmental impacts both on the job and at home. 


Jeanine Knapp, ThedaCare

Knapp has been employed as the sustainability leader with ThedaCare since March, 2017. She
has more than 15 years’ experience in the environmental field most recently as the sustainability
manager with 
Evergreen Credit Union. Knapp has worked on solid waste and recycling with the
WI DNR and Outagamie 
County, and has conducted secondary research with the Energy Center of
WI (now SeventhWave). Knapp received her B.S. in Economics and Public and Environmental
Administration from UW-Green Bay and her MPA with certification in Energy Analysis and Policy 
UW-Madison. Knapp sustainability path is lifelong, emerging from early experiences on the Missouri
River and on MN lakes; but especially from professional work with investments where she learned that
where we invest our money drives the economy. Jeanine lives in Appleton with her husband, son, a
yellow lab, and a black cat.