Board of Directors

The John W. Jung Board of Directors is comprised of friends of John who helped create the Memorial. Meet John’s friends and share in their stories.


Jessica Bloodgood, ‘99


Jessica is a fourth-generation Badger (and proud WASB alum), who graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in December 2002 with a dual Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communication Arts and a Certificate in Criminal Justice. 

While attending the UW, Jessica served as Secretary of the Wisconsin Alumni Student Board, New Member Educator of Kappa Alpha Theta and was inducted into the Iron Cross Society.  She also worked as a campus tour guide, which to this day, remains her favorite job of all-time. 

Upon graduation, Jessica worked on a dude ranch in Colorado and later taught English in Japan.  In 2005, Jessica began law school at DePaul University and graduated in 2008.  She is now currently working as an attorney in Chicago.  In her spare time, Jessica trains for triathlons, practices yoga, serves on the Associate Board of Urban Students Empowered and plays trivia as often as possible.

Jessica first met John Jung in the spring of 2000 at her WASB interview, when John served as her greeter.  Like the majority of women who encountered John, she had an immediate crush on him. 

Jessica served on the first All-Campus Party committee with John in the spring of 2001 and organized the Free Film Festival event that year.  It was during ACP planning that John coined Jessica’s nickname "J.Blo" which has followed her around the globe and into the present-day.

When John first left Madison to attend medical school in Pennsylvania, he would randomly call Jessica and leave her hilarious voicemails.  She naturally reciprocated. 

In each voice mail, Jessica told John, "I miss you all the time and every day."  It is a sentiment that remains true to this day. 


Matt Kopac, ‘97



Matt is the Social & Environmental Responsibility Manager for Burt's Bees, a natural personal care products company based in Durham, NC. Matt is also a board member for the Fourth Sector Cluster Initiative and the Institute for Sustainable Development, both of which promote sustainable business and social enterprise as drivers of economic growth in North Carolina.

Before joining Burt's, Matt served as a sustainability manager at a NC technology firm, a social enterprise consultant in Latin America and Asia, a public interest lobbyist in Washington, DC, and a Small Enterprise Development Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin. Matt is an avid international traveler and is fluent in Spanish and French.

Matt graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2001 with honors in Economics, Political Science and International Relations.  While at the university, Matt served as the Vice President of the Wisconsin Alumni Student Board and was inducted into the Iron Cross Society.

Matt has his MBA from the Yale School of Management, where he served as President of his student body and Student Director of the Yale Law School Community Economic Development Clinic.

Matt first met John Jung in choir his freshman year at UW-Madison.  Soon after, the two helped launch a popular local band called Waiting for Marco.  The two were roommates and later co-chaired the inaugural 2001 All-Campus Party.


Melissa Wollering, ‘99


Melissa Wollering graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003 with degrees in both Broadcast Journalism and Communication Arts: Radio/TV/Film Production. She is honored to be a third-generation University of Wisconsin-Madison Badger Alum and a former Wisconsin Alumni Student Board (WASB) Vice President.

Melissa spent five years as a news anchor/reporter for television stations in Milwaukee, Eau Claire and Madison. She helped create Madison’s first live weekend morning newscast at NBC 15, where she reported on-location for a full two hours every Saturday and Sunday from some of the best events on the Capitol Square and around town. Melissa’s most rewarding work was cracking a cold case surrounding the brutal murder of Marilyn McIntyre in 1980. Melissa’s work helped find and prosecute McIntyre’s killer 31 years later. Curtis Forbes, a former family friend of the McIntyre’s, is currently serving life in prison for Marilyn’s death.

Melissa has also worked as a sports reporter, producer and photojournalist, covering everything from the Green Bay Packers to producing shows for coaches Bruce Pearl and Tom Crean. In 2010, she was honored to work for Fox Sports Wisconsin, as one of two Milwaukee Brewers beat writers, conducting pre-game and post-game interviews, writing game recaps and feature stories and covering some of the most exciting innings of the season in the box next to Bob Uecker at Miller Park. 

Melissa now resides in Madison and works as the Corporate Communications Manager for Dean Clinic, an integrated health system with more than 60 primary and specialty care locations in south-central Wisconsin. Melissa serves as a Public Information Officer for Public Health - Madison & Dane County. She maintains a strong passion for her work in Public Relations and Media Relations, has been awarded two PRSA Alchemy Awards and is an active member of PRSA, Ad2Madison and MAGNET.

Melissa is also a dance teacher for children of all ages at the oldest known studio in the United States, Kehl School of Dance, founded in 1880 by Frederick W. Kehl. Her students compete and perform all over the country and convince her to get out on the stage and perform once in a while, too. In addition to dance, Melissa enjoys running, golfing and sailing. She is also fond of rowing, from her days on the UW Women’s Lightweight Crew Team.

Melissa met John W. Jung in September of 2000, as the two happen to enroll in the same elective course at the Natatorium—golf. Once John met Melissa, he purposefully wore his red and white-striped WASB rubgy shirt to each bi-weekly class, promising to do so until she applied to join the Wisconsin Alumni Student Board. Everyday, between chipping and putting practice, John would badger her about applying. Both John and Melissa signed up for another semester of golf and this time Melissa applied for WASB, so John could wear clothing other than that rugby!

John’s foresight proved to be brilliant. Melissa was accepted onto WASB and even though her tenure didn’t officially start until the following fall, John asked her to volunteer and/or attend every All Campus Party event during its first year in Spring 2001. That’s where she met many of the other current JWJ Memorial Board Members and became inspired by John’s leadership abilities. John was like an older brother and mentor to Melissa, who went on to hold leadership positions within WASB herself and help shape programming by guiding WASB’s six directors as Vice President in 2002-2003.

Melissa became close with Bob Jung, John’s stepfather, through the creation of the Memorial. Living in Madison and being able to work with the Wisconsin Alumni Association and the Wisconsin Alumni Student Board on a monthly basis, Melissa has been able to anchor the Memorial and foster communication over the last five years.  She is proud to call this Memorial one of her life’s greatest accomplishments and John one of her greatest inspirations.


Tracy Schampers '01


Tracy graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2001, with a degree in Economics, Political Science and International Relations. She is a proud first generation Badger and was thrilled when her brother decided to attend UW-Madison a few years later. While at the UW-Madison, Tracy served as a Co-Chair of the UW Homecoming Committee, a member of the Wisconsin Alumni Student Board and was inducted into the Iron Cross Society. She also worked as a housefellow at Ogg Hall and a campus tour guide.

Before heading to law school, Tracy worked for Oscar Mayer, serving as a corporate spokesperson and driving the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile across the United States.

Tracy received her JD with high honors from The George Washington University School of Law, where she served as the Executive Notes Editor of The George Washington University International Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.

Tracy is currently an Assistant General Counsel at Deltek, a software company based in Herndon, Virginia. Prior to joining Deltek, Tracy worked as a corporate associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Tracy lives just outside of Washington, D.C. with her husband, Jason. During their spare time, they try to travel as much as possible and make sure to return to Madison each fall to cheer on the Badger football team.

Tracy first met John Jung in during his interview to join the Wisconsin Alumni Student Board. After that, they became fast friends.

Celebrating the life of John Jung by recognizing student achievement and helping those with addictions, mentoring incoming students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and spreading awareness and researching strategies to help educational institutions and hospitals confront the issue of addiction among students and medical professionals.

Dynamic, encouraging and creative are all adjectives that friends would use to describe John Jung. John was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on February 24, 1978. As a young boy he moved back to Wisconsin and attended grade school in Waukesha. He then moved to Brookfield where he attended junior high and graduated from Brookfield Central High School in 1996.

The John W. Jung Memorial Fund is set up through the UW Foundation. If you would like to donate to the John W Jung Memorial online, please click here.


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