Board Members

Board Members

Our board of directors is passionate about campus ministry!  They are a group of Christians – laypersons and ministers, homemakers and college professors, working and semi-retired persons – who serve to make UCM a growing campus ministry on the UW-Milwaukee campus.  Their forward-looking vision and supportive approach continue to transform and build the work of this ministry.  Some of them you may meet on campus!  Others you may encounter at UCM.  We are pleased to present our UCM board of directors!






Rev. Alan McCalister

Executive Director
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Minister
I grew up in the ELCA Lutheran Church; attended a United Church of Christ seminary; served as a youth leader in an United Methodist Church congregation; and was ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It is with a deep appreciation for the larger church of Jesus Christ that I serve as the Executive Director and Campus Minister for UCM, seeking to provide Christians on campus a greater appreciation of our unity in Jesus Christ. In addition to ministry, I was employed for 18 years as a computer technician while serving the church on a part-time basis. Presently I am also serving as the pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Racine, WI. Married, with two adult sons, I spend whatever free time I can with them or exploring my many interests, including (but not limited to) wind energy, movies, and watching re-runs of several of my favorite TV series and movies.


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Mike Rupp

Retired CFO of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Wesley Foundation Board Representative

Mike was privileged to spend his entire professional career at UWM.  He held a variety of financial positions eventually becoming the Associate Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance.  He has a BBA (accounting major) from UW-Madison and an MBA from UWM.  Mike is a member of the United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay where he serves on the finance team.
As you might expect, one of Mike’s gifts is a comfort working with numbers.  He enjoys the challenge of analyzing financial data and presenting the results in a way that a non-accountant can understand.  He has expanded on his gift of service in his retirement.  Besides his financial work with University Christian Ministries, the Wesley Foundation, and his church, he stocks shelves at a local food pantry and helps raise funds for a local service group.  In his spare time, he loves to travel – especially to warm places in the cold winter months.






John T. Boyland

Associate Professor – University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Christian Reformed – Member at Large

John Boyland grew up in a hippie family in northern California in the 60s and 70s. His whole family became Christian through the Jesus People Movement. He eventually was baptized and confirmed in the Church of England. He is married with two children. They are members of
City Reformed Church on Farwell Ave. near Brady. He is a professor of Computer Science at UWM. He sees his role as a voice at UCM for local evangelical churches.







John D. Kempken

Accountant- University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee – College of Letters and Science
Catholic Church – Member at Large
John has just joined the Board in 2012 and is really looking forward to the great things that are happening at UCM. He is currently a member at Old St. Mary parish in downtown Milwaukee and is involved as a Cantor and tenor in the choir. John has been with UWM since 2008 and is currently working as an Accountant in the Letters & Science Administration Department. John enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with his partner Joseph, daughter Ashley and 2 miniature dachshunds Victoria and Gabrielle.

I would consider my gifts to be: my attention to detail and organizational skills that I am able to share on a daily basis in my career, my gift of voice/singing that I have shared over the years and spreading positive energy whenever possible in this crazy world we live in!







Sandra J. Christensen

Sandra is an experienced speaker, adult educator, and instructional designer who has presented training programs across the United States for professional associations, schools, businesses, church groups, and human service organizations. For 15 years she has been teaching classes in both personal and professional development and is currently a continuing education instructor for Cardinal Stritch University and Alverno College. She has previously worked as a medical assistant, an aerobics instructor, a nursing home administrator, an advocate for people with disabilities, a writer, and an entrepreneur! Sandra is a member of All People’s Church (ELCA) and an associate member of Lake Park Lutheran (ELCA).

“I have been blessed with a love for language and an ability to communicate through the written word. I believe that I have been called to use that ability as a grant writer. Working with nonprofit organizations, I tell their stories in a way that helps them to secure funding for wonderful programs that serve “the least of these” in our community.”








M. Suzanne Abler

Suzanne is the Assistant Dean for Business and Finance for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health. Suzanne joined the Zilber School of Public Health in January 2013 after working nearly twenty years at Marquette University with the last thirteen years as the Assistant Provost for Division Operations. Suzanne is currently a member of the Finance Committee of the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast and a member of Professional Dimensions. Suzanne also volunteers for Independence First’s adaptive sports program and for Make a Difference-Wisconsin, a program to teach financial literacy to high school students.








Kathryn Perry

Kathryn is a member of Immanuel Presbyterian Church. Her connections with UWM include a Masters Degree and a Ph.D. in Urban Education. For over thirty years, her company worked with employers and unions to provide needs assessment, planning and implementation of child care and family supportive benefit services. Presently, she and her husband Dave manage a Montana Insurance Association. Their daughter Evelyn is a sociology professor at Rhodes College in Memphis, and their daughter Elizabeth is a counselor at University School Milwaukee. Kathryn likes sports – tennis, bicycling and golf, has season tickets to UWM basketball, and supports WUWM.


Patricia Delmenhorst

Patrica Delmenhorst

Patricia is a former Roman Catholic born in Hardinsburg, Kentucky.   She is currently an Episcopalian and joined Christ Episcopal Church in 1978 shortly after getting married and relocating to Milwaukee.   Pat has a bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Louisville and a Master’s in Ed Psych from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.  She is currently enjoying retirement after a very satisfying career as the Director of Employment Services for Interfaith Older Adult Programs.  Pat still does occasional project work around workforce development and volunteers and does workshops for Milwaukee Guest House and other workforce agencies.

I believe I was called to help facilitate relationships that will help grow the ministry of UCM.  By linking caring individuals and organizations to UCM, the student participants will grow in their faith and they in turn will reach out into our community and pass on the values and skills they learned.


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Annette Madison

Annette is a Christian Counselor in private practice. She is a graduate of UW-Milwaukee. She received a Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School and a Master of Clinical Social Work from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. She is licensed by the State of Wisconsin.
Annette was ordained and endorsed as a pastoral counselor by the American Baptist Churches, USA. She has served Calvary Baptist Church of Milwaukee as an Associate Minister.


Pat Kissinger
Assistant to the Dean – University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee – College of Letters and Science
Wesley Foundation Board Representative

Carol Eschner

Work: Retired in December 2011 after 24 years as Executive Director of Interfaith Older Adult Programs. Before Interfaith, I held a variety of part time positions that included working for Interchange (a group of lower east side congregations), Henri’s Foods, and MATC.

Volunteer: I am just completing a two year term as the president of the Non Profit Center and have one more year on that board of directors. I continue to serve on the Wisconsin Long Term Care Advisory Committee which I chaired for 6 years. I was a founding member and long time board member of the Milwaukee Aging Consortium. I have served on many boards and committees at Plymouth Church (UCC) including serving as moderator. I have also served on committees and board in Shorewood including the Shorewood Foundation.

Family: I am married to Richard Eschner, a Milwaukee native, and we have three adult children, a son and twin daughters. We also have three grandchildren.