Our Staff

Mike Pankratz

Hi, I'm Mike Pankratz and I am the Operating Executive here at the Mauthe Center. I am also a past Board President and longtime Board advisor, and Ecumenical Foundation Board member. My wife and I are longtime friends and travel compatriots of Father Richard Mauthe.  

I graduated from UWGB in 1973 with a Communications major and was on the academic staff that helped put the educational TV network (WPNE, channel 38) on the air. I also have a significant background in Food Science and own Proven Concepts, LLC which is a process, consulting, and engineering business in the food industry.

If you want to know more about the Mauthe Center, its history, and mission please stop by! I'm in the Center Monday through Thursday.

Abby Ledvina

Hi, I’m Abby Ledvina, the newest member to the Mauthe Center team.  My primary responsibility will be to serve as the lead for outreach efforts and gift donations to the center.

I’m proud to be back at the center working in a different capacity.  I was the Project Coordinator at the Mauthe Center back in 2014. I was raised in Green Bay, but after graduating high school my interests took me to Minneapolis. I had an amazing experience living in a bigger city and my time away gave me an appreciation for greater diversity. I moved back to Green Bay in 2013 to finish my Bachelors degree at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. After graduation, my need for adventure and curiosity took me to Vietnam where I spent a year teaching, traveling and engaging in my passion for different cultures. My experiences at the center offered me many opportunities to travel.  My times in India were working with a non-profit doing sustainability work in a rural village.  Our trip to France was for a large international peace gathering in Taize about creating and maintaining peace and justice work around the world.

Ally McCutcheon

Composting & Aquaponics System Coordinator

Hi! This is my third year here at UWGB studying both environmental science and environmental policy and planning. The Mauthe Center has given me the opportunity to explore new ideas and pursue them. 

Email: Mccuac28@mcenter.org

Kathryn Walczyk

The Conversation Room coordinator

Hi, my name is Kathryn Walczyk. Most call me Kathy. Natural abilities, life experience, and a genuine love and concern for people led to my work as a spiritual companion, workshop facilitator, advocate, and encourager. I support the Mauthe’s efforts to welcome people from all walks of life, all faith and spiritual traditions, and those who choose to be free of religious affiliation. A bachelor of the Arts degree from UWGB, a Master of Theological Studies degree from St. Norbert College, a three-year spiritual direction preparation program from the Franciscan Spirituality Center, ongoing trauma informed care training & study, and the practice of Vipassana meditation support my work.


I was invited to set up a room where students and community members can meet one-on-one with qualified and trained spiritual companions, campus ministers, life coaches, and professional listeners. The Conversation room is here to support students and community members on their spiritual path. All people are welcome to these services. For more information or to find a good fit for yourself, contact the Mauthe and they will direct you my way.

Email:  kwalczyk@mcenter.org

Olivia Nichter

Hello, I am currently a junior majoring in Marketing and German and minoring in International Business and Humanities. I currently serve as a Marketing Intern at the Mauthe Center working on social media and other promotional areas. I got involved here through my role as President for Phoenix Catholic. We have all of our club meetings here, so through this opportunity I was able to find more involvement at the Center!

Email: onichter@mcenter.org

Cassie Joosten

Hello I’m Cassie! This is my third year at UWGB. My major is Psychology with a brain, behavior and health emphasis and my minor is Democracy and Justice. I hope to continue being an in-home therapist for children with Autism after graduation or becoming a forensic psychologist. I am the Ceasing the Stigma Coordinator here at the Richard Mauthe Center which has and will continue to allow me to bring information about mental wellness to our community.

Jessica Buettner

Hi! I'm Jessica and I am currently completing my practicum for a Master of Arts in Library and Information Studies at UW-Madison with plans to finish the degree in May. I was involved as a Democracy and Justice Studies UWGB major and social justice intern at the Mauthe Center back in 2011, and have returned to learn about nonprofit operational policies and procedures, website redesign and multimedia outreach, and strategic planning initiatives to serve this unique community.

Thomas Henbest

Hi, my name is Thomas. I am currently in my 3rd year at UWGB with a degree in Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations and Organizational Communication. I am originally from Rockford, IL but still a Packers fan. I consider myself a writer, speaker, and presenter. My favorite hobbies include hiking, fishing, and movies. The Mauthe center is a great resource on campus I have used many times. I can’t wait to grow into this community and be a part of it even more.

Steffi Farrey

Hello! I'm studying Environmental Policy & Planning with a minor in
Sustainability. In the future, I plan to work in public action within
a sustainability context. I am interested in land use planning and
community redevelopment towards a sustainable and equitable future.

My family is from Whitewater, WI, where we have a small hobby farm. We
raise chickens, ducks, and goats. I love to hike and collect
houseplants. I also love gardening, cooking, and pressure canning
vegetables that I grow in my garden.