Carroll University has appointed Mark D. Smith ’83 and Kristi Czarnecki '89 to its 25-member board.
Smith recently retired from STRATTEC Security Corporation after 22 years, where he served as product business manager of the lock and key product group. He previously served 14 years in management positions at A.O. Smith Automotive Products Company, a division of the A.O. Smith Corporation. He was elected to the A.O. Smith Corporation board of directors in 2001 and is a member of its audit committee. A.O. Smith, headquartered in Milwaukee, was founded in 1874 by Smith’s great-great grandfather. Smith holds an executive MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Carroll.
Czarnecki earned a diploma degree in nursing at Columbia Hospital School of Nursing in 1983 and graduated from Carroll University with a Bachelor of Science in nursing in 1989. She worked in orthopedics at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin from 1983 to 1994 before choosing to stay home with her three children. During that time, Czarnecki was active in volunteering and worked part-time at the Pewaukee School District. She now volunteers at AngelsGrace Hospice in Oconomowoc and James Place in Waukesha. She and her husband, Tom, also own and manage apartment buildings throughout Wisconsin. They have two sons, Jake, a 2015 Carroll University graduate who lives in Waukesha, and Dan, who lives in Minneapolis. Their daughter, Maggie, is an RN in St. Louis.
Leaving the board are chairman Jose A. Olivieri ’78 and Cindy Mayoras ‘09.