Debra H. Amesqua
Fire Chief, City of Madison
Debra Amesqua was the first female fire chief for the City of Madison serving from 1996 to 2012. Under her stewardship, the department expanded to meet the needs on a senior-level management training.
She's the first president of the Women Chief Fire Officers Association.
Deputy Admin. of US Small Business
"The Alverno promise of discovery and commitment to excellence are the signature characters that I systematically developed in all life endeavors."
Nadine T. Guirl
Senior VP and Chief HR Officer of HR for ProHealth Care, Inc
"Yes. I'm an Alverno Woman. After more than 30 years since graduation, I'm still recognized for my energetic presence in public speaking; for my collaborative problem-solving abilities and positively regarded for always striving to see the whole picture. Alverno Abilities make my voice heard."
In Celebration of Alverno's 125th anniversary, alumnae members of the Alverno College Board of Trustees proudly initiated the Vanguard Society as a new tradition for recognizing and celebrating the powerful impact of Alverno Women in local communities, across the nation and around the globe. The Vanguard Society brings together alumnae whose records of distinguished service, leadership and achievement have brought pride and distinction to the College.
As we celebrate 125 years of academic success, it's important to reflect on the achievements and strength-of-character modeled by Vanguard Society members and how they will certainly inspire and challenge Alverno students for the next 125 years.
Vanguard Society's Impact
Members of the Vanguard Society have achieved many wonderful – and varied – accomplishments. Here are some of the highlights of the collective impact they are making on our society:
Deans and College
Nurse Executive of the Year
Outstanding Educator of the Year
CEOs and Senior Execs
Women of Influence
WI Manufacturer of the Year
Humanitarian of the Year
MacArthur Genius Award