Jean De VitaDean's Advisory Board Membershe/her/hers

With my BS degree from the School of Human Ecology, I worked in consumer nutrition education, publicity, media relations and regional planning projects in Milwaukee, WI and Norfolk, VA. After earning my MBA, I was a product manager for a major orthopedic implant manufacturer in Memphis, TN, taking products from inception through research, design, production, promotion and distribution, traveling the U.S. and parts of Canada and Europe. After returning to Wisconsin in 1985, I worked for Marshfield Clinic’s Medical Research Foundation in communications and planning, then as a consultant for 12 years with the UW–Stevens Point Small Business Development Center, guiding entrepreneurs in developing business and marketing plans, and led a CEO roundtable for mid-size businesses. Then in Milwaukee, as a volunteer, I led nutrition and wellness program development and served on the board of directors for six years with Kinship Community Food Center where I continue in an evolving emeritus role.

Why do you care about Human Ecology?

Human Ecology connects everything and everyone I care deeply about—through its problem-solving role in shaping the future and improving lives in our communities and in our world.

What excites you about your role as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board?

I enjoy team study/work projects which can enhance our service to the school and its students. Through the preparation and planning we are currently involved in, I look forward to interacting personally in service to our future human ecologists.

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  • Emeritus Board, Kinship Community Food Center, Milwaukee
  • Member of Common Ground WI


  • MBA, Marketing '80, University of Memphis
  • BS, Home Economics and Journalism '70, University of Wisconsin–Madison