Marian Board elects new chair; New trustee appointed

August 25, 2012

L to R: John K. Nelson, Chair of the Marian Board of Trustees, and Anthony J. Ahern, Marian Board of Trustees Member

October 25, 2011


The Marian University Board of Trustees elected John K. Nelson, former CEO of ABN Amro Bank N.V., North America, as Chair of the Board at its annual meeting on October 19, 2011. Nelson replaces John Korb who completed a two-year term as Chair.

During his tenure at ABN Amro, Nelson led both global and regional lines of business, operating from offices in New York, London, Amsterdam, and Chicago. He served on the executive committees of the Global Markets and LaSalle Bank Corporation business units, and was a member of the bank’s Top Executive Group.

Nelson, who lives in Lake Bluff, Ill., currently serves on the boards of ALDA Capital Corporation, Core12 LLC., DS Funding LLC. and St. Edmund’s Preparatory School in New York City, as well as serving Fordham University as a director for the Curran Center for Catholic American Studies and on the President’s Council. He is a graduate of Fordham University and holds a bachelor’s in economics and a master’s degree in finance.

Anthony J. “Tony” Ahern, executive vice president of J. F. Ahern Co.’s Pipe Fabrication Division, has been appointed as a member of the Marian Board of Trustees.

Ahern, a Fond du Lac native, directs and manages J. F. Ahern Co.’s Pipe Fabrication Division. His board service includes the Mechanical Contractors Association of America, Pipe Fabrication Institute, St. Agnes Hospital Foundation, Fond du Lac Area United Way and St. Mary’s Springs High School.

He has a bachelor’s degree in history with a concentration in business administration from St. Norbert College and also studied at MSOE, Duke University and the Advanced Leadership Institute at Babson College.

Serving on the Board of Trustees are the following: Officers: Chairperson—John Nelson, private investor and former chief executive officer, ABN Amro Bank N.V. North America, Chicago, Ill.; Vice Chairperson—Wayne Matzke, president & CEO, Grande Cheese Company, Lomira; Treasurer—Robin Talbott ’90, vice president, Seaway Bank & Trust, Milwaukee; Secretary—David Hornung, president, Graphic Center Inc., Fond du Lac; Trustees: Anthony Ahern; executive vice president, J. F. Ahern Co. Pipe Fabrication Division, Fond du Lac; Richard Baker, president, Baker Cheese Factory, Inc., St. Cloud; Mary Noel Brown, CSA, executive leader of Sponsorship, CSA Sponsorship Ministry, Fond du Lac; Joel Cohen, retired private banker, New York, NY; Steven DiSalvo, Ph.D., president, Marian University; Terri Emanuel ’86, co-owner/operator, The Goldsmith, Fond du Lac; John Korb, Wells Fargo Advisors, Fond du Lac; Hertha Longo, CSA ’71, general treasurer, Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes, Fond du Lac; Angelo Santinelli, founder & owner, Dakin Management, LLC, Sudbury, Mass, lecturer, Babson University, Babson Park, Mass.; Mark Schwabero, president, Mercury Marine, Fond du Lac; Jean Steffes, CSA ’65, chancellor and director of the Office of Religious, Diocese of Phoenix, Phoenix, Ariz.; Eric Stone, president, NEB Corporation, Fond du Lac; Darold Treffert, M.D., author and psychiatrist, Behavioral Health Services, St. Agnes Hospital, Fond du Lac; Trustees Emeriti: John E. Ahern, chairman, J.F. Ahern Co., Fond du Lac; Richard Kleinfeldt, retired vice president–finance & chief financial officer, Giddings & Lewis, Inc., Fond du Lac; Ralph Stayer, chairman & CEO, Johnsonville Sausage, LLC, Sheboygan Falls; Peter Stone, chairman & CEO, National Exchange Bank & Trust, Fond du Lac.