One doesn’t need a degree from the School of Human Ecology to rightfully claim the title of “human ecologist.” Teresa Hallada, loving wife of Tony Hallada (BS 1989 Consumer Science), and devoted mother to Mason and Hannah, earned this title by being the person her family and friends turn to whenever they need help. Known for her compassion and “big heart,” Teresa has always worked to make life better for others.
The first in her family to go to college, Teresa completed an undergraduate degree from Valparaiso University and a Master’s degree in speech pathology from UW-River Falls. Prior to marriage, she worked with cognitively challenged children and adults, patiently helping them recover or improve their ability to speak.
The collaborative 100 Women Chair in Human Ecology provided Tony an opportunity to honor Teresa in a special way, a tribute to the blessing she’s been in his life and to link her legacy of helping others with the School’s mission of improving the quality of life for children, families and communities.