Alverno College Names New Executive Director for the Research Center for Women and Girls

Sept. 30, 2011

Rhonda Matthews Ware has been named Executive Director of the Alverno College Research Center for Women and Girls. In this role, she will spearhead research about women and girls by teaming with local and national agencies as well as Alverno College faculty.

“Rhonda has an extensive background advocating for community members and promoting positive social change,” said Kathleen O’Brien, senior vice president for Academic Affairs at Alverno College. “Her wealth of experience and leadership will enhance the vision of Alverno’s Research Center for Women and Girls.”

Ware comes to Alverno from the law firm of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., where she was an attorney on the litigation team. While there, she was involved in the firm’s diversity and pro bono efforts including founding and coordinating their Domestic Abuse Injunction Advocacy Team, which received the 2009 Pro Bono Organization Award from the Wisconsin Bar Association.

Prior to that, she worked for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, the United States Attorney’s Office and the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance. In that role she helped victims of violent crimes and their families identify services to help them deal with legal, medical, financial and psychological needs. Ware is also a domestic violence prevention educator who has co-facilitated numerous trainings for the Mentors in Violence Program, a national

gender violence education program that equips young men and women from all socioeconomic, racial and ethnic backgrounds to identify, prevent and confront men’s violence against women.

Ware earned her Bachelor’s degree from DePaul University in Chicago, and her Doctor of Law degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston. She currently serves on the DePaul University Liberal Arts and Science Advisory Board, and has also served on the Waukesha Women’s Center Board of Directors and the Sojourner Truth House Board of Directors. She was recognized by the Business Journal as one of Milwaukee’s Forty Under 40 in 2009, and was a DePaul University 14 Under 40 award recipient in 2010.


The Alverno College Research Center for Women and Girls is a center devoted to taking scholarly research out of the world of academia and into the real world where it can inspire, transform and support initiatives that improve the lives of women and girls in Wisconsin and beyond. The center is best known for its Status of Women and Girls in Wisconsin report, a review of the best available data on major issues affecting girls’ lives including education, health and potentially risky behaviors. The center also partners with community agencies to evaluate programs, fosters discussion about important issues and identifies emerging research topics that can make a difference in women’s lives.


About Alverno College

Alverno College, a four-year independent, Catholic, liberal arts college for women, exists

to promote the personal and professional development of its students. The college has earned accolades and respect internationally for its highly effective ability-based, assessment-as-learning approach to education, and has consulted with three U.S. presidential administrations on accountability and outcomes in higher education. For two years in a row, Alverno College has been ranked first in the Midwest for doing “the best job of educating undergrads” by U.S. News & World Report. Educators from throughout the world visit Alverno to learn about its proven, student-centered teaching methods.

Alverno offers more than 35 major program areas of study, including graduate programs in education, nursing and business that are open to women and men. For more information about Alverno, visit our website at or call 414-382-6100.



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