Our Common Bond: The Campaign for University School of Milwaukee

USM is an educational leader in Milwaukee and ranked among the top independent schools in the country. Our faculty members are talented and passionate. Our academic courses and extracurricular activities are outstanding. The student body is motivated, and our parent community is actively invested in USM’s success.

Our Common Bond: The Campaign for University School of Milwaukee, seeks funding that will enhance critical areas of School life and provide us with the ability to “think big” across our curriculum.

Our Goals

“The future of USM is now in our hands”

Peek in on a prekindergarten class. Sit in on Senior Speeches. The passion of learning is everywhere at USM, supported by a level of excellence that makes us proud.

Ensuring such educational excellence requires the support of everyone in the USM community, including our Trustees, alumni, parents, extended families, faculty, and friends.

Together we share the responsibility to invest in our School and to inspire the generosity of others. From our new parents to our long-standing legacy families, everyone has a stake in USM’s continued success.

We hope you will join us by making your best gift to Our Common Bond: The Campaign for University School of Milwaukee while continuing your loyal support of the School through the USM Fund.

For generations, people have stepped up for this School, and now it is our turn. Thank you for being a true steward of our remarkable and beloved University School of Milwaukee.

With appreciation,
Rick Stratton ’92 and Karin Werner


Rick Stratton ’92 and Karin Werner
Current Parents and Trustees; Co-Chairs, Our Common Bond: The Campaign for University School of Milwaukee

  • We will grow the School’s Endowment to help maintain conservative tuition levels and to provide resources for scholarships and financial aid, faculty compensation, programmatic enhancements and strategic initiatives, and operations. Each year approximately ten percent of operations are funded by our endowment.
  • We must continue to grow the USM Fund, our annual giving program. It is the greatest source of dependable and flexible funding for the School. Annual operating support keeps USM strong at all levels and benefits every student, every day by ensuring an exceptional academic experience.
  • Our Capital Projects will yield significant academic returns and long-lasting value to the School, while extending the spirit of community so central to our mission. It is critical that our facilities continue to set USM apart.
  • We will invest more boldly in innovation so that our graduates will be prepared to excel in college and beyond. Experiential learning, global education, and professional-preparedness training will equip students for a rapidly changing world.

Frequently Asked Questions



Investors, Board of Trustees, and Campaign Leadership

Our Common Bond: The University School of Milwaukee Campaign Investors

We thank you, on behalf of our students, faculty, administration, and staff.
Anonymous Donors
The Abele Family
Barb ’81 and Tim Aik
Cameron and Julie Kasten Art ’91
Janie ’68 and Cliff ’66 Asmuth
Kathie and Tony Asmuth MCDS’60
Astor Street Foundation, Inc.
Gregg and Susie Bach
Donna and Don Baumgartner MCDS’59
Lori and Kurt Bechthold
Jane and Jim Bell MUS’58
Jim and Nancy Bolton
Bevin ’95 and John Bonnell
Melanie and Steven Booth
Borca Family
Brennan Family
Mary ’81 and Jeff Brown
Miss Mary Jane Bumby MDS’48
Robert L. Burch III MUS’52
Don and Patti Camp
Derk W. Cullinan ’92
Stuart and Susan Cushman
Kevin ’92 and Kristi Dahlman
Jackie and Omar Darr
Darrow Family
Kathleen and Randy Dean
F.R. ’83 and Kate Dengel
Stephane and Samantha Dermond
Elizabeth Elser Doolittle Charitable Trusts
Ed Eisendrath MUS’61
Mr. Todd J. Endres and Ms. Kara Nelson
Genna and Leo Espinosa
Daniel H. and Marie-Anne D. Ewig
Feitler Family Fund
Jerry Flemma
Jennifer and Tom Florsheim ’76
Claudia Fritz and Alisha Campbell
Molly ’80 and David Fritz ’81
Laura and Tom Fuller
Nan Gardetto
Stephanie ’96 and Aaron Gardner ’96
Anne Hamilton and Fred Geilfuss ’71
Pam ’78 and Steve Geimer ’78
Julie and Brian Gilpin
C. Andrew Gordon ’98
Hon. Lindsey Canonie Grady ’91
John Graham, Jr. ’02
Joseph Gratz ’98
Kelly and Michael Grebe ’85
The Green Family
Gridley Family
Guy Family
Hooman and Christine Hakami
The Hammes Family
Hauske Family Foundation
Alice ’04 (Geilfuss) and Lucas Havens ’04
Mr. David Heiny and Ms. Stacy Buening
Dr. and Mrs. Marc Hermanoff
Dr. Patricia J. Hoben and Charles G. Carter
Amy and Jon Hopkins
Karen and Joel Huffman
Frieda and William Hunt Memorial Trust
Housiaux and Jacobs Families
Emily and Doug Ihrke
The Jochmann Family
Shawn and Lance Johnson ’79
Bob and Trish Juranitch
Wendy and Craig Kasten
Susie MDS’60 and Fred Kasten MUS’57
Michael and Jennifer Keough
Christina and David Keuler
Dr. and Mrs. Raman Khanna
Estate of William J. Kieckhefer MCDS’36
Peter S. Kies
Jill and Navjot Kohli
Kopmeier Family Fund
Pam and Dick MCDS’53 Kramlich
Jane and Tom Lacy
Megan and Tim Lantz
Corrine and Max Lee
Jennifer and Bruce K. Lee ’81
Brenda and Matt Levatich
Laura and Allen Leverett
Neuman and Avis Leverett
Mike ’96 and Brie Lindemann
Joan Lubar ’77 and John Crouch
Madeleine and David Lubar
Jodi and Scott Lurie
Kevin and Rosie Lyons
The Marcus Family
Tamora and Bruce Martin
Mary Jane and Frank Martinez
Drs. Peter Mason and Azita Hamedani
George L. Mayer MCDS’62
Katie and Skip ’88 McGregor
Katie and Charles Mellowes ’87
Linda and John Mellowes MUS’56
R. Jan Pirozzolo-Mellowes and John W. Mellowes ’91
John W. and Brigid G. Miller
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Minahan
Natasha Misra ’04
Mia and Jaime Moe
Susanna and Justin Mortara
Nell and Tom Mussoline
Linda and Jock Mutschler
Vanessa and Andrew Nerbun
Nick ’99 and Heather Nielsen
Meg and Hack Noyes ’66
Jim O’Reilly ’78
Mr. John U. Olson ’95
Alexander A. Palermo ’86
Adam and Laura Peck
Shannon and Eric Peters
Stephanie and Ryan Petersen
Wendy and Andrew Petzold
Candy and Bruce Pindyck
Mike and Deb Pokel
Mr. and Mrs. John Potter
Sylvia and Jonas Prising
H. Richard Quadracci ’82
Ms. Alice E. Read ’72
Lisa and Thomas Read ʾ75
Mary and Ross Read ’69
Connie and Reik ’86 Read
Jennifer and Bret Reese
Ann Reinke
Buddy and Catherine Robinson
Marina and John Rosenberg ’79
Michael and Cathryn Roth
Jessica ’88 and Chad Roulette
David Sadoff and Liza Uihlein Sadoff ’99
Isabela Sardas-Trevorrow and Family
Rosalie and Tim Schaefer
Janell Schmidt
Jen and Todd Schoon
Joan and Kevin Schultz
Carl Schwarz MCDS’53
Shelly and Dick Seesel
Bob and Bonnie Seidel
Bill and Julie Sellars
Kristen ’77 and Chuck Severson
Gigi ’79 and Mark Short
Pamela and Jeffrey Shovers ’76
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Skor
Greg and Nancy Smith
Susan and Michael Smith
Mary H. Sprague
Carolyn and John Stephens
Stephens Family Foundation
Ryan W. Stewart ’09
Maria and Andrew Stone
Anne and Fred Stratton MCDS’57
Barb and Harry Stratton ’67
Patricia Stratton Schroeder MDS’59
Rick Stratton ’92 and Keri Sarajian
The Stratton Foundation
Kurt and Marie Suesse ’97
Tonit Calaway and David Swanson
Estate of Merrill E. Taft Jr. MCDS’49
Estate of Diane and Kast MCDS’59 Tallmadge
Teerlink Family
Patrick and Brooke Tevlin
Estate of Barbara Abert Tooman MDS’58
Angela Topetzes ’78
Cathie and Sean Torinus
Erskine “Buddy” Tucker ’79 and Marie E. Michel-Tucker
Edie Turnbull
David V. Uihlein Foundation
Ms. Lynde B. Uihlein MUS’63
Alex and Lily Uihlein ’98
Charles B. Uihlein ’02
Julie ’68 and David Uihlein ’67
Estate of Henry “Chip” H. Uihlein, Jr. MCDS’63
J. Christopher Uihlein ’65
Philip J. Uihlein ’68
Richard A. Uihlein ’72
USM Parents’ Association
Estate of Gail W. VanderLaan MDS’58
Drs. Brahm and Monica Vasudev
Laurie and Byron Vielehr
Wendy and Greg Watchmaker
Susan Graham Wernecke and William A. Wernecke, Jr.
The Werner Family
Werner Family Foundation
Catherine M. ’79 and Michael C. Williams ’70
The Williamson Family
Victoria and Rick Wintersberger
Ziegler Family Foundation
Steven and Sarah Olson Zimmerman ’92

As of October 30, 2018

For the investors listed above, 88 are first-time campaign donors.


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– Laura Fuller, Head of School

“Our Common Bond: The Campaign for University School of Milwaukee is necessary for us to maintain our position as a national leader and it is important for the future of USM. Providing a top-tier education like ours requires major philanthropic support, and we are confident that our School community will step up as we make good on the promise that is USM.”

2018-19 Board of Trustees

Andrew A. Petzold, President
Stephen B. Guy, Executive Vice President
Sarah O. Zimmerman ’92, Vice President
Karin Werner, Secretary
Gregory Smith, Treasurer

Melanie Booth
John Bonnell
Charles W. Brennan ’86
Jackie Darr
Michael W. Darrow ’86
Michael M. Grebe ’85
Sumeeta Krishnaney ’92
Bruce Lee ’81
Tamora Martin
Mary Jane Martinez
Charles A. Mellowes ’87
Brigid Miller
Elmer Moore Jr.
Linda Mutschler
Kara Nelson
Anne Reed
Catherine Robinson
Frederick P. Stratton III ’92
Erskine R. Tucker Jr. ’79
Karin Werner
Michael C. Williams ’70

Ex Officio:
Laura J. Fuller, Head of School
Sara LeBrun-Blashka, Parents’ Association President
Andy Gordon ’98, Alumni Association President

Campaign Cabinet

Cabinet Co-Chairs:
Frederick P. Stratton III ’92
Karin Werner

Advance Gifts Division Chair:
Sarah O. Zimmerman ’92

Leadership Gifts Division Chairs:
Michael W. Darrow ’86
Linda Mutschler

Members at Large
Charles W. Brennan ’86
Jackie Darr
Michael W. Darrow ’86
C. Fredrick Geilfuss II ’71
Michael M. Grebe ’85
Stephen B. Guy
Bruce Lee ’81
Andrew A. Petzold, Board President
Richard J. Seesel, Board Immediate Past President
Gregory Smith, Board Treasurer
Michael C. Williams ’70

Ex Officio:
Laura J. Fuller, Head of School
Patrick J. Tevlin, Chief Advancement Officer
Maria Stone, Director of Development

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