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Versatile group of leaders named to LU Board of Trustees

Versatile group of leaders named to LU Board of Trustees


Versatile group of leaders named to LU Board of Trustees

Lakeland University has added five members to its Board of Trustees, a group of regional and state leaders that includes two Lakeland graduates.

Lakeland’s new Trustees are:

  • Cory Bouck, of Sheboygan, Wis., regional business director for the Asia-Pacific Region at Johnsonville Sausage.
  • Keona Jones, of Brown Deer, Wis., assistant state superintendent of the Division for Student and School Success of Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction.
  • Michelle Kumbier, of Germantown, Wis., former chief operating officer at Harley-Davidson Motor Company.
  • Laura Roenitz, of Elkhart Lake, Wis., executive director of the Kohler Foundation, Inc.
  • Kashoua Kristy Yang, of Oak Creek, Wis., Milwaukee County circuit court judge.

Bouck is an accomplished leader and the author of “The Lens of Leadership: Being the Leader Others WANT to Follow.” A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and former Naval flight officer, Bouck has led award-winning brand and event marketing teams at General Mills, Newell-Rubbermaid and Johnsonville Sausage.

He joined Johnsonville's organizational development & learning team to create a leader-development system. In three years, the internal promotion rate for leadership positions increased from 40 percent to 70 percent. Under his leadership, the team earned an Excellence-in-Practice award from The Association for Talent Development, one of only five American companies awarded in a field of 25 awards from 125 global submissions.

Outside of work, he served two terms as an elected city councilman, chairing several committees while working with state and federal legislators. He a pilot and youth mentor in the Civil Air Patrol. He received an MBA with a finance concentration from the University of Maryland’s Robert H Smith School of Business and a master’s certificate in executive management from the University of Wisonsin-Madison.

For more than two decades, Jones has served students and families as both an educator and school administrator. She was appointed as an assistant state superintendent in March of 2019 and is responsible for the Office of Educational Accountability, Office of Student Assessment, Title I and School Support Team, and Wisconsin Educational Opportunity Programs.

Jones has worked at various levels of both public, private and higher education institutions, including serving as the deputy chief of schools in the Racine Unified School District. She has been a special education teacher, assistant principal, principal, education director of early childhood programs, executive director, consultant, central office administrator and adjunct lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

She was named Administrator of the Year by the Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted. Jones received a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a master’s degree in educational leadership/curriculum and instruction from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. She will complete a doctoral degree at Cardinal Stritch in 2022.

Kumbier graduated summa cum laude from Lakeland in 1996. She has more than 30 years of global business experience including 22 years with Harley-Davidson Motor Company, most recently serving as their chief operating officer from October 2017 to April 2020. As the COO she was responsible for the revenue, profitability and overall operating results of this global manufacturer of motorcycles and related products.

Previous senior executive positions included leading major areas of the business such as product development, supply chain and manufacturing. Prior to joining Harley-Davidson in 1997, Kumbier began her career at Kohler Co. in 1986, where she held a variety of positions in both the plumbing products and engines divisions. She has a track record of creating and implementing significant value added strategies and initiatives.

Kumbier is a board member of Abbott Laboratories and Teledyne Technologies where she serves on their audit and compensation committees. She is also a board member of Tenneco and serves on their compensation committee. She has a passion for developing the next generation of leaders, supporting women’s initiatives and helping others on their career journey.

Roenitz is a well-known community leader who joined Kohler Foundation as executive director in 2019. She manages the development and administration of the Kohler Foundation’s many programs including the Distinguished Guest Series, grants, preservation initiatives, scholarships and the historic Waelderhaus. She also is administrator for several Kohler Trusts, including the Kohler Trust for Arts and Education and the Kohler Trust for Preservation.

She previously served nine years as executive director of Safe Harbor in Sheboygan. She has a history of successful non-profit and business management, a commitment to the family services industry, involvement in community activities, a solid business background and experience in marketing. Roenitz has held positions at Kohler Co., Jacobson Rost, Polarware and Allsteel.

She received bachelor’s in communications from St. Norbert College.

Yang made history when she was elected to the bench on April 4, 2017, becoming the first Asian American judge to be elected in Wisconsin without appointment, and the first elected judge of Hmong ethnicity (without appointment) in the United States.

Prior to ascending to the bench, Yang was a private practice attorney representing individuals in family law, worker's compensation and social security disability matters. Yang has spent significant time on various pro bono and community efforts, such as the volunteer legal clinic and the Legal Options for Trafficked and Underserved Survivors. Currently, she is assigned to the civil division and was previously in Children’s Court and Criminal Misdemeanor.

In addition to her bachelor’s in computer science from Lakeland, she received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School.

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