Academics

Meet the Development Staff

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Rich Mannisto, vice president of development, is a 1995 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran College. He has previously served as director of mission advancement at Wisconsin Lutheran High School, senior consultant at McDonald Schaefer Group, and most recently as director of partnerships at Kern Family Foundation. Contact Rich at 414.443.8788 or richard.mannisto@wlc.edu.

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William Curtis, director of athletic development, also is the head softball coach at WLC. Bill received a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Prior to joining WLC, he held sales management positions in the Milwaukee area with Airborne Express, Corporate Express, Pilot Air Freight, and most recently, Unishippers. Contact Bill at 414.443.8546 or william.curtis@wlc.edu.

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Lisa (Kosloske) Leffel '98, director of alumni relations, began her career as an agency resource manager for Lutheran Brotherhood. After serving in that role for four years, Lisa was offered a marketing position with Frank F. Haack & Associates. In August 2004, she received a call to serve as alumni relations director at Wisconsin Lutheran College. In addition to building relationship with alumni and parents, Lisa also directs the college's Arts Insider Club and Warrior Club. Contact Lisa at 414.443.8796 or lisa.leffel@wlc.edu.

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Kathleen Loose, development services specialist, joined the team in 2010. She is responsible for gift processing and acknowledgement, research and reporting, and giving society management. Kathleen also assists with preparation of scholarship documentation and scholarship tracking, and provides support for development events. Contact Kathleen at 414.443.8823 or kathleen.loose@wlc.edu.

Sarah Malchow 

Sarah Malchow, director of annual giving, has been active in WELS world missions and ministry for a number of years prior to coming to the college in 2012. She has been blessed to serve in development at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary and was president of the board of directors for the Lutheran Women's Missionary Society (LWMS). Sarah also lived and served alongside her husband in our Russian mission field and as LWMS representative to our sister synods in Nigeria. Contact Sarah at 414.443.8532 or sarah.malchow@wlc.edu.

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Kristine Metzger, senior director of gift planning, has held several different positions within the development department since 1999. One of her primary roles is to coordinate activities for the Ella Post Legacy Society, the college's planned giving organization. Before Kris was called to WLC, she served for two years as an elementary educator in Lake Mills, Wisconsin, and as a freelance artist and sculptor for 21 years. Contact Kris at 414.443.8925 or kris.metzger@wlc.edu.

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Michael Miller, gift counselor, joined the development staff in 2008, but has a long-time history with the college. He was the secretary of the Board of Regents when the present campus was purchased and served as principal of Christ the Lord Lutheran School in a neighboring community for 35 years. Mike has a passion for Christian education on all levels. He enjoys sharing how the Lord continues to bless WLC with the time, talents, and treasures of his people. Mike enjoys updating people on how they can have an impact on the students and mission of WLC. Contact Mike at 414.443.8594 or michael.miller@wlc.edu.

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Sharon Patterson, director of corporate and foundation relations, is a familiar face to many in the Milwaukee area, having spent 26 years in broadcasting for Milwaukee Public Television, several of those as co-host of the local show "Black Nouveau." Before that she worked as a producer at radio stations WLUM and WNOV. Sharon joined the development staff in 2006. She also serves as director of development for the Pathways to College program. Contact Sharon at 414.443.8556 or sharon.patterson@wlc.edu.

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Victoria Walther, director of development services, joined the development staff in 2007. She is responsible for development department metrics and reporting, database management, and strategy support. Before coming to WLC, Vickie worked on the staff at Christ the Lord Lutheran Church in Brookfield, Wis., for five years where one of her responsibilities was administrative implementation of two capital campaigns. Prior to that, she worked for 20 years in engineering project management, consulting, and analysis. Contact Vickie at 414.443.8962 or victoria.walther@wlc.edu.

Jeff Weber

Jeff Weber, major gifts officer, joined the development staff in 2013 after serving in the college's Office of Admissions. He is a graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran College. Contact Jeff at 414.443.8819 or jeff.weber@wlc.edu.