Aaron is an undergraduate student at UW-Madison working toward degrees in International Studies, Environmental Studies, and Geography. He first came to Wisconsin Microfinance as an intern, becoming the public voice of the organization by managing our social medias and many of our outreach efforts.
Aaron is delighted to be continuing with the organization, working to change the lives of impoverished entrepreneurs in Haiti and the Philippines. As Executive Director of Wisconsin Microfinance, he hopes to further integrate Wisconsin Microfinance into the Madison and regional communities and to increase Wisconsin Microfinance's impact worldwide.
Board of Directors
Tom Eggert, Founder; President of the Board
Tom is the President of the Board of Wisconsin Microfinance and a professor at the University of Wisconsin. Tom has been at the forefront of business and sustainability for the last twenty years, both teaching classes in sustainability at the University of Wisconsin, and founding and serving as the Executive Director of the WI Sustainable Business Council. He has written and spoken extensively on the changing role of business in society, the power of microfinance, and on how the private sector can lead in responding to a resource constrained world. Tom holds a law degree from George Washington University, a Masters in Public Administration from the Lafollette Institute, and, prior to law school, was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines.
Paul Ohlrogge has been involved in community development and international work for 35 years. He is the County Director for UW-Extension in Iowa County and an Associate Professor of Community Resource Development. Prior to coming to UWEX Paul was in the Peace Corps for 4 years and then followed with 6 more years in the Philippines working with the United Nations High Commission on Refugees – working with the resettlement of Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian and Hmong refugees. Paul has also worked on short term assignments in Rwanda, Cambodia, Uganda and Haiti.Paul graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa with a degree in Communications and Theology and has a Master’s in Public Administration from Southern Illinois University.
Alana was originally the student representative on the board while a student at UW Madison. She has remained on the board following her graduation, and is currently the Marketing and Sustainability Director at Yumbutter, a Madison nut butter company that feeds a child in need for every pouch or jar sold. She is intrigued by how businesses and business practices can be used to better the world, and microfinance is a shining example of that ideology. While she was a student, she was the co-founder of the Ethical and Responsible Business Network (ERBN) at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
Modesto (Jun) Gonzales, Jr. moved to Madison in 1995 from Lawrence, Kansas where he received his graduate degree in Public Administration from KU. Jun was the past president for the Philippine American Association in Madison. In his free time, Jun loves to travel and learn about new cultures and ideas around the world. He is an avid reader and a student of life experiences. Jun is honored to be a member of this Board and to have the opportunity to help in reaching the goals of this organization.
James is the co-founder of TeamWikit Inc., the founder of Kokalj Law Offices LLC, and an advisor to CW Technologies. James has a BA in International Relations & Political Science and a law degree from the University of Michigan.
Tiffanie is the founder of MATRIX Coworking, an Innovation Consultant & Community Builder. She is a native Madisonian and entrepreneur who embraces the art of balancing one’s eclectic interests and talents. She is passionate in her mission to bridge the divide between Madison’s budding entrepreneurial community and individuals for which the opportunities to explore their own passion and talent may not otherwise exist. Tiffanie holds a membership in Capital Entrepreneurs, Extreme Moms, Wisconsin Women’s Entrepreneurs Southcentral, is a Dane County Time Bank coordinator, and sits on the planning committee for the Collaborative Wellness Summit (hosted at Matrix), the HSDA Re-Prom and TEDx Madison.
Jane is a former Wisconsin Microfinance executive director and UW-Madison graduate with degrees in Operations and Technology Management and Environmental Studies. A cornerstone of the organization, Jane is a tireless advocate for change whose experience with Wisconsin Microfinance makes her an invaluable member of the board.
Lane McLaughlin, Social Media and Marketing Intern
Lane is a senior this year at UW Madison, planning on graduating this spring with a degree in Economics and Spanish. She spent spring semester 2018 in Barcelona, and is hoping to someday move to Spain! This year, Lane will work as our Social Media and Marketing intern. She is excited to learn more about the community of donors surrounding our organization, and feels strongly about our mission. Through her position, Lane hopes to connect with various types of individuals who support Wisconsin Microfinance, as well as learn more about the positive impacts each of us can have on developing communities.
Jordan Crane, Event Coordinator
Jordan Crane is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, double majoring in Political Science and Jewish Studies. Last semester, Jordan studied at Tel Aviv University in Israel. She focuses her studies on the intersection between religion and politics and hopes to eventually attend law school. Aside from being apart of the Wisconsin Microfinance team, she an editor for Avukah, the Jewish Studies Journal here on campus, and previously served as chapter president of Sigma Delta Tau.
Julian Gary, Accounting Assistant
Julian is a student with a keen interest in business and finance. At Wisconsin Microfinance, Julian is the accounting assistant, helping to coordinate and supervise accounts. In addition to volunteering at Wisconsin Microfinance, Julian has volunteered teaching youth sailing and youth tennis. Julian has an interest in accounting and looks forward to a future helping financially underserved individuals gain access to the capital needed for successful business ventures.