Meet Our Alumni

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Bobbi Miller


  • Business Services Manager, Fox Valley Workforce Development Board, Neenah, WI
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, UW-Oshkosh, 1997, Summa cum laude

"Attending UW-Fond du Lac as a non-traditional student was a wonderful experience that helped prepare me for success. The staff at UW-FDL had high expectations for students and enabled students to meet course expectations.  Because of the small campus size, it is possible for students and staff to engage in a relationship building process that increases overall success. While I ultimately majored in human resources, the education I received has allowed me to work in other professional capacities due to understanding collaborative efforts, critical thinking, and strategic planning.  s our country continues to face changing workforce challenges, the education I received is integral in providing the framework that allows me to embrace continuous education and change."

Brenna Garrison-Bruden

Brenna Garrison-Bruden


  • Former Chair, Fond du Lac County Board
  • Principal, Oshkosh Area School District
  • 2004 UW-Fond du Lac Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Brenna completed her foundation courses at UW-Fond du Lac and then transferred to UW-Oshkosh where she earned a degree in education. She currently team teaches grades 2-3 at an elementary school in Oshkosh where she is known for her use of innovative techniques with students.

Brenna attended the campus for a semester in 1981, returning later as a non-traditional student. Both she and her mother were non-traditional students at the same time and she remembers doing "group homework" with her husband also in school at that time.

Joe Braun

Joseph Braun


  • Director of Finance & Development - Fond du Lac Area Foundation
  • Bachelor's degree - Marian College
  • Master's degree - Marian College

"I feel that the time I spent at UW-Fond du Lac was very beneficial to me. At a time when I was unsure what path I aspired to take in life, the UW afforded me structure and an excellent small campus atmosphere to begin my post high school life."

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Linda Trent


The reason I chose UW-Fond du Lac as a returning adult student was because of their flexible class schedule, small class sizes and affordable tuition. I had been out of school for 10 years and thought that because UW-Fond du Lac is a small 2 yr college, that would be a good transition for me.

I graduated with my associate degree in 1996. The staff and advisors were friendly and willing to make themselves available anytime for their students, which I really appreciated. Since leaving UW-Fond du Lac, I have received my bachelor's degree in Psychology from Edgewood College and I am currently pursuing my Master of Arts degree in Servant Leadership from Viterbo University.

For the past six yrs, I have been working with women with addictions and criminal behavior. I discuss with them their past criminal thinking and their addictive patterns and how to make better choices. While at Edgewood, I received several awards, “Who’s Who among American Colleges and Universities” and Human Issues award for my advocacy efforts regarding fair trade coffee.

UW-Fond du Lac gave me a solid foundation that led to my success academically and my advocacy for human issues at Edgewood College and Viterbo University.

William B. Everson

William B. Everson


Lawyer, Everson Law Office, LLC

  • Bachelor of Science, History, UW-Oshkosh
  • Juris Doctorate, Thomas Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan

"After high school, UW-Fond du Lac allowed me to adjust to my first college experience more easily because of the small class sizes and the individual attention given by all of my professors. I not only enjoyed the classes, but also the camaraderie of the students.  We often got together in the student center and played foosball and cards."

Jon Fox

Jon Fox


"The time I spent at UW-Fond du Lac allowed me to grow and mature. The leadership experience of being involved as Senator, Vice President, and President of the Student Government Association is something that is unforgettable. The class sizes were the perfect size to learn one on one, know the professor and not be just a number."

  • Manager - Materials at Compass Airlines
  • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Marian College
  • 1998 Excellence in Student Government Award (from SGA peers)
  • 1999 Dean's Leadership Award


Lori Garbisch

Lori Garbisch


  • Associate Degree - UW-Fond du Lac, 2003
  • Bachelor of Arts (Communication), Marian College, 2006
  • Attended UW-Fond du Lac as non-traditional adult student
  • Selected as student speaker for UW-Fond du Lac's 2003 Commencement Ceremony

Other community activities: Fond du Lac Morning Rotary, Marian Alumni Board, Fond du Lac Community Theatre Board and member since 1987, graduate of the Association of Commerce's Leadership Fond du Lac program in 2007 and now a member of Leadership Fond du Lac Alumni.

"When I first saw an advisor at UW-Fond du Lac, my biggest concern about getting a degree was that I couldn't do algebra. I needn't have worried. Tutors at UW-Fond du Lac helped me overcome my fear of math. I loved my time at UW-Fond du Lac! The instructors fueled my life-long love of learning and inspire me to this day to have a curious mind about the world around me."

Sadly, Lori Garbisch passed away in 2013.

Ashly Garner

Ashly Garner


  • Coordinator, Career and Graduate School Services
  • Marian University
  • Associate Degree, UW-Fond du Lac
  • Bachelor's Degree in Communications, UW-Milwaukee

"The classes offered at UW-Fond du Lac fulfilled my general requirements for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The class sizes along with the personal attention from the professors, advisors, and staff make for a great learning environment!

In addition, I was able to take advantage of the College Connection program. This allowed be to earn my bachelors degree from UWM online. I was offered many opportunities at UW-Fond du Lac to explore my career goals of becoming a College Advisor or Admission Officer in Higher ed institutions. Those opportunities included: proctoring the ACT, proctoring the UW system placement test, tutoring students in the Work Zone, and being a Student Ambassador.

 At UW-Fond du Lac you are not just a number, your achievements and success matter to this college."

Paul Thelen

Paul Thelen


  • Director of Liturgy and Music, Holy Family Catholic Community
  • Bachelor's Degree in Music - Silver Lake College
  • 2014 UW-Fond du Lac Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Paul has been involved with many Fond du Lac Community Theater productions, often provides accompaniment for musical theater shows at local schools and is an accompanist for Fond du Lac High School, Marian University, St. Mary’s Springs Academy and Woodworth Middle School. He was also an accompanist at UW-Fond du Lac for several years.

Paul is a regular performer with several local bands including The Downtowners, The Lighthouse Big Band and Just the Two Of Us. He has appeared with the Fond du Lac Symphonic Band, the South Shore Chorale and the Fond du Lac Chamber Singers.

He and his wife, Julie, have three daughters – all three are musicians and two of them also attended UW-Fond du Lac.

In addition to his community involvement as a musician, Paul works with Adult Care Consultants and Fond du Lac County Social Services in providing transition housing for those moving back to the community from half-way houses or institutions. He grew up in New Holstein.

"I was at UW-Fond du Lac just a year, but I am happy where I am now, and successful, and that was a huge piece. It was the start of my college career and essential to what I do now."