Leaders Luncheon

Luncheon Panelists
Speakers share their career paths with students

Fall 2017 Leaders luncheon
october 31, 2017

Look for registration details and an announcement regarding speakers in early October!

fall 2016 Leaders Luncheon

The Fall 2016 Leaders Luncheon was a great success with more than 180 attendees. Students had the opportunity to hear about the career paths of CEOs and senior leadership team members from Dubuque companies and organizations. The event was sponsored by Access Dubuque, the Greater Dubuque Development Corporation, and the Career and Professional Development Office.


Mary Peters, Chief Nursing Officer, Unity Point/Finley Hospital
(Health Sciences, Nursing, Business)

Mary grew up in Dubuque, went to college in Davenport, Iowa, and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Marycrest College. She also has a Master’s of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of New Mexico and a Master’s of Science in Nursing Administration from the University of Phoenix at Tucson. Currently, she is a Doctoral Candidate in Nursing at the University of Iowa’s College of Nursing.

She currently works for UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital in Dubuque as the Chief Nursing Officer. Mary is a member of the senior management team and takes part in the executive-level decision making process. Her primary focus is the oversight of all aspects of patient care delivery. Her responsibilities encompass the overall quality of care delivered, including patient safety, the patient and family experience, nursing practice and standards of care, nursing leadership development and system sustainability initiatives.

Mary is married and has a daughter who is a sophomore at the University of Iowa.

Del Uhlik, General Manager, Gavilon Grain Commodities
(Agriculture, Business)

Delbert Uhlik is the General Manager of Gavilon Grain LLC in Dubuque. He was born and raised in Fremont, Nebraska. He has been employed in the grain and fertilizer industry for 34 years.

In his career, he has managed facilities in Nebraska, Montana, and Iowa. For the last 17 years, he has been at Gavilon in Dubuque. He oversees the complete operations there, including the buying and selling of grain and fertilizer, and the warehousing of products at their facility on the Mississippi River. The Dubuque facility handles bulk commodities (receiving & shipping) -- both domestic and international -- by truck, rail and barge.

Delbert is married and has 4 adult children.

Lt. Abby Simon, Investigator, Dubuque Police Department
(Criminal Justice, Sociology, Biology)

Lieutenant Abigail Simon joined the Dubuque Police Department as a patrol officer in 1997, after graduating from Loras College in Dubuque, with a degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice.  While on patrol and in addition to her routine duties as a patrol officer, she also served as a field training officer, a recruiter, a hostage negotiator and was a member of the Domestic Crime Unit. She has worked on a variety of cases, including child physical and sexual abuse cases, adult sexual abuse cases, homicides, robberies and major financial crimes.

She has been a bike cop and has worked closely with community residents to develop creative ways to solve the problems of crime, neighborhood issues and the overall quality of life in their community.  Over the years, she has continued to be promoted and take on more responsibilities.

Lieutenant Simon spends her free time with her husband Brian, who is a paramedic/fireman with the Dubuque Fire Department, and their three children-Alexis, Samantha and Mitchell.

Mike Jansen, CEO, Professional Engineer, IIW, PC, Engineers, Architects, Surveyors
(Engineering, Business)

Michael received his BS in Civil Engineering with a Structural Emphasis in 1987 from UWP.  He embraced the following advice from one of his UWP professors, Dr. Ken Buttry, “remember we haven’t taught you everything, we’ve taught you how to teach yourself” and expanded his skill set over the past 29 years with professional, business management, and leadership continuing education.

Michael is the CEO of IIW, P.C., a 75-person engineering, architectural and surveying professional consulting firm headquartered in Dubuque, Iowa, with branch offices in Davenport, Iowa and St. Cloud, Minnesota, and satellite offices in Hazel Green, and Appleton, Wisconsin. His duties include leading a management team responsible for strategic planning and implementation, operations planning and execution, firm culture, core values, growth, business development, leadership development, and ownership transition. Michael has volunteered for numerous organizations over the past 20 years, two of which are the UWP Engineering, Math & Science Alumni Board and the UWP Foundation Board of Directors.

He believes his greatest accomplishment is not professional, but rather personal - 30 years of marriage to his wife Paula, four adult children, and two grand-daughters (so far).  He firmly believes his family is the motivation behind professional achievement.


CPDO: Contact

Contact Information

Career and Professional Development Office
0200 Ullsvik Hall
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818

Tel: 608.342.1183
E-mail: cpdo@uwplatt.edu

Office Hours:
7:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. (Academic Year)
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Summer Months)

For more information about our team, see the CPDO Team Directory.

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