Ouisconsin Scholarship Committee

Laura Bach-y-Rita (BA ’05)

holds a degree in International Studies from UW-Madison. The daughter of a UW professor, her father’s work led her to study in Mexico, France, and Sweden before graduating from high school. Her international background prepared her for the task she is currently undertaking – aiding Orion Trading, Interpublic Group’s barter advertising arm, to launch its France office. Prior to moving to Paris to complete this assignment, Laura was very involved with start-up non-profits in New York City, where she was based. She was the Managing Director and Festival Coordinator for Imagine Science Films in 2008, and advised Music Crossing Borders throughout all phases of its development.

Anders Boyd (’04)

Anders Boyd received a BS in Medical Microbiology and Immunology at University of Wisconsin, a Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology at the University of Minnesota, and a PhD in Epidemiology at Université Pierre et Marie Curie. His previous work has ranged from studying therapeutic options for women with cervical and ovarian cancer to evaluating gender difference in mental health disorders across Europe. He currently is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Agence nationale de recherches sur le sida et les hépatites virales, focusing on the treatment efficacy of nucleotide analogues for patients infected with HIV and Hepatitis B virus and the genetic variability of HBV during the course of infection.

Janine Brimbal (BS ‘71)

Janine Brimbal holds a BS from the UW-Madison in Education and an MA in Performing Arts from American University, Washington, D.C. Ms. Brimbal has been active in education as a teacher, parent, trainer, and advocate for over 40 years. She has worked with variously-abled populations of all ages in the U.S. and in France in arts, socio-cultural and linguistic education. Currently active in European social work education and several non-profit associations, Ms. Brimbal is proud to contribute to the global development of the University of Wisconsin.

Brittany Blanc (BBA ’07) Committee Co-chair

Brittany Guynn graduated from UW-Madison with a double major in Finance and International Business, as well as minors in French & German. She participated in the ESCP exchange program in Paris in 2004. Brittany also interned one summer at the Sparkasse bank in Germany. After graduation, she started in a finance rotational program for Diversey, a leading supplier of industrial cleaning products headquartered in Racine, WI. After a few rotations and many business trips across the globe, in 2011, she landed a transfer to work in the Finance department of the French subsidiary of Diversey. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, running and traveling.

Bradley Hersh (BS ’76)

Brad is a Senior Adviser at the UN Joint Program on AIDS (UNAIDS) in Geneva, Switzerland. He is responsible for strengthening collaboration between UNAIDS and the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) at the country level. Before joining UNAIDS, Brad completed a peripatetic 20 year career in international health with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with assignments in Atlanta, Bujumbura, Burundi, Washington, DC, Geneva and Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He was born and raised in Chicago and received a BS in Bacteriology from UW-Madison in 1976. He received his medical degree from the Chicago Medical School in 1980 and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Illinois in 1983. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Cook County Hospital in Chicago and a residency in Preventive Medicine at CDC. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine. In 2006, Brad was named a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Nan de Laubadère (BA ’77)

Nan de Laubadère is from Toledo, Ohio. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a B.A. in Art History. After a year of graduate studies at the University of Chicago she went to Florence for two years, working at the Palazzo Pitti and teaching English. She came to Paris in 1980 and continued art-related work with a brief stint in the catalog department at the Louvre. That ended when she met her French husband Guy while vacationing in Spain. They have 3 children pursuing career and studies in the U.S. Nan enjoys reading, golf, travelling, crafts and quilting.

Laura Monroe Singer (BS ’87)

Laura graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BS degree in International Relations in 1987, and from the University of Chicago with an MBA in Finance in 1992. She has over 20 years experience working in investment banking, with a focus on project financing in the energy sector. Laura moved to France in 2001 to work for Societe Generale where she is currently Managing Director in the Energy Project Finance group, focusing on advising clients and arranging financing in the oil and gas sector. She lives with her husband and their three kids near Paris, where they are renovating a 300-year old stone farm.

Anne Catherine Tuffery (BS ’01) Committee Co-chair

After accumulating over 10 years experience in different sales roles such as B-to-B projects and key account manager for the publisher TASCHEN and as a sports accessories key account manager for the Paris and DOMTOM regions at Nike, Anne Catherine has created her own consulting firm, destined to execute the implantation of and sales development of international companies in the French retail market. Just after graduating from UW Madison with an economics and French literature double major. She studied abroad at the ESCP with the Wisconsin School of Business, receiving a certificate in international business and a true love for Paris.

Sarah Gramer Berquet (BA ’92)

Sarah received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1992 with a major in International Relations/French Studies. This included a junior year of study abroad at the Institut International d’Etudes Françaises in Strasbourg, France (via Rosary College in River Forest, IL; now called Dominican University), with a focus on superior-level French language courses and French University-level courses in French political science, and European political, social and economic policy. She was also a resident of the French House at the UW-Madison during her final year of study (1991-92). After graduating, Sarah went to work for the French Trade Commission (economic services of the French Consulate) in Chicago as a research assistant to the Industrial Division; assisting small and mid-sized French companies in finding partners and/or distributors in the Midwest United States. Sarah moved to France in 1994. After receiving her Professional Translator Certification from the American University of Paris in 1996, She worked as a freelance translator until 2000, as a financial translator with CIC Securities until 2003, and as a scientific translator in regulatory affairs with Sanofi Pharmaceuticals until 2005 when she devoted her time fully to my family.

Megan Lachner-Maley (BA ’01; MFS ’05)

Megan Lachner-Maley has spent the last 12 years in Europe, working in France, England, and the Netherlands for Nike. She currently lives in London, where she is General Manager of Running for Nike UK and Ireland. Her French language skills have been an invaluable asset to her career, and she is now dabbling in German and Dutch to round out her Western European language portfolio. Megan is thrilled to be part of the Ouisconsin Scholarship Committee, as she wants to enable Wisconsin students to benefit from the incredible experience of living and working abroad.