Amy Achter joined UW-Madison as the Managing Director of the new Office of Business Engagement on August 1, 2018. The Office of Business Engagement creates a hub for campus-wide business partnership coordination that will seek to create shared value by fostering mutually beneficial relationships between industry and UW–Madison.
Amy has spent the majority of her career leading partnerships from the industry side; most recently at The Nature’s Bounty Company as Sr. Director of Partner Development and previously with two Wisconsin-based companies – the Oscar Mayer division of Kraft Foods and Kimberly-Clark Corporation. In both those roles, Amy and her team had the opportunity to partner with UW-Madison to create several successful collaborations.
Amy has both a B.S. and M.S. in Biomedical Engineering. The former from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the latter from Northwestern University.
Joy Altwies is a Program Director in the Department of Engineering Professional Development (EPD). She develops and teaches continuing education courses emphasizing high performance building design and construction, mechanical system design and operation, energy efficiency, and commissioning. She also teaches the online “Sustainable Facilities” graduate course in the Sustainable Systems Engineering (SSE) Master’s degree. Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin in 2004, Joy worked as a consulting mechanical engineer focusing on energy efficiency and environmentally-responsible building construction projects.
Dr. Altwies is an active member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), where she currently serves as Vice Chair and Research Chair for the Building Environmental Impacts and Sustainability technical committee (TC 2.8). She has also served on committees for the U.S. Green Building Council and is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance.
Jay Bieszke is the Executive Director of Physical Plant for the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He provides the leadership and strategic vision for a department of approximately 875 personnel who maintain and operate the campus utility plants and distribution system; provide facilities maintenance, renovations, and operations; and deliver facility services for over 9,000 acres, 400 buildings, and approximately 25-million gross square feet of space.
Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin team, he served 21 years in the United States Navy with the Civil Engineer Corps and retired at the rank of Commander. His responsibilities for the Navy included planning, prioritizing, and delivering the complete spectrum of facilities and infrastructure repair, renovation, and new construction.
Noteworthy accomplishments of his career include: being responsible for construction and maintenance of Camp Patriot, a $4.5 million, 4,500-person camp that was used in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom contingency operations; instrumental in directing a 3,000-person engineering workforce spread from New Orleans, Louisiana, to Mobile, Alabama in support of the disaster recovery operations for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005; he served as the Director of Public Works in Sasebo, Japan, from 2010 to 2013 where he coordinated over $200 million of new facilities construction; and from 2015 to 2017, he directed facility investments for Naval District Washington’s six installations including Presidential Retreat Camp David, the Vice President’s Residence, and the U.S. Naval Academy.
His facilities career has taken him around the world, with major assignments including Keflavik, Iceland; Coronado, California; Gulfport, Mississippi; Sasebo, Japan; and Washington, D.C. He has managed facilities for airfields; naval ports; industrial repair facilities; education and training; research; and utilities plants and distribution systems. He has significant experience implementing data-driven facilities investment processes, condition-based maintenance, and managing critical infrastructure.
He holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Ball State University and a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a Registered Architect in the state of Florida.
Chris Calkins has been a part of UW-Madison’s Office of Human Resources (OHR) since May 2014. Prior to returning to his home state of Wisconsin in 2014, he worked as an HR Generalist for a K-8 educational institution headquartered in Michigan. For the past seven years he has utilized his BBA in Human Resource Management (Davenport University – Grand Rapids, MI) to specialize in assisting employees with their benefit and retirement needs. In March 2018 he transitioned to OHR’s Compensation and Titling team and currently serves as a Compensation and Titling Analyst. Over the last six months he has taken on new responsibilities and continues to grow as a valued member of UW Madison’s HR community.
Rebecca Chapman joined the Office of Admissions at the Graduate School in 2017. Her main responsibilities include processing over 6,000 admissions applications for 160 masters and 109 doctoral degree programs. She works in partnership with graduate program coordinators across campus, and prospective graduate students from all over the world, to ensure excellent customer service during the admissions process. Rebecca provides insight and expertise to prospective students and graduate coordinators on the details of the admissions system, processing of transcripts, and troubleshooting any hiccups along the way. Rebecca graduated from St. Norbert College with a BA in Communications. Prior to joining UW-Madison, Rebecca traveled abroad teaching English as a second language in Korea and Spain.
Megan Childers began working as the Assistant to the Chair for the UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s (SMPH) Department of Family Medicine and Community Health (DFMCH) in January, 2018. In this role, Megan interacts on a daily basis with members of DFMCH and SMPH across campus. She manages administrative and communication operations of the DFMCH Chair’s office, working closely with DFMCH’s research, clinical care and education departments.
Prior to working for DFMCH, Megan spent 4 years working at UW Veterinary Care, 2 of those years spent as the supervisor for phone reception and medical records where she managed the day to day scheduling of 14 small animal specialty departments. Megan graduated from UW Madison with degrees in Zoology and Art History and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Healthcare Administration.
Outside of work, Megan enjoys spending time with her husband, two rescue pit bulls and cat. In her free time, she is a volunteer EMT-B with Deer-Grove EMS and enjoys playing volleyball.
Prenicia Clifton is native of Kansas City, Missouri and a graduate of the University of WisconsinMadison. She has nearly 2 decades of precollege and youth programming experience under her belt. Her initial exposure to precollege started in high school as a participant in the High School Science and Mathematics Institute (HSSMTI) at the University of Missouri- Kansas City. From there Prenicia went on to serve in counselor and management roles in precollege and youth programs both domestic and abroad including: Upward Bound; PEOPLE-Madison, WI; CSDongliang- Chicago, IL and Shanghai China; and Academia Europea Florence, Italy just to name a few. She has served as a mentor in programs like POSSE and Trio. She also spent two summers working at Indian Head Camp which is a sleepaway camp in the Poconos.
Prenicia has always had a love for camp and enriching the lives of youth. At the age of 21
Prenicia made a pledge to make a difference in the lives of 10,000 kids. She achieved this goal quite easily through programming and fundraising and has now changed that goal to a million. So how does one affect the lives of 1 million children? Well Prenicia believes that this can be done at the policy and access level which led her to become the Director of Youth Programs and Compliance at the University
of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently her programs serve nearly 250,000 students per year. With this level
of access, Prenicia believes she will reach her goal of 1 million in no time.
Prenicia is trained in youth behavior and assessments as well as Youth Mental Health First Aid.
Her experiences in program development abroad has given her strengths in youth protection, program
development and implementation, as well as best practices for addressing youth protection polices at
the institutional level. Currently Prenicia is a member of the Higher Education Prevention Network
serving on the membership committee as well a chair on the Big Ten Youth Policy Consortium. One of
her major initiatives within the Big Ten Policy Consortium is “The Architecture of Compliance within
Youth Programming in Higher Ed” a research document based on youth programming nationwide
standards, historical gaps, and the translation of typical “camp” scenarios and vocabulary into higher education open campus settings.
Outside of youth programming, Prenicia is an accomplished opera singer with performance
credits around the world from opening opera houses with Placido Domingo to sharing the stage with
opera greats like Renee Fleming, Denyce Graves, Eric Owens and Grammy award winners Thomas Glenn,
Adrienne Dandrich. Prenicia plans to take her musical talents and invest them back into youth programs
through her annual Songs for Hope Benefit Gala which she will host here in Madison this holiday season.
Allison received her bachelors degree from the UW-Madison in Psychology and Spanish and her Masters degree in Maternal and Child Health-Epidemiology from the University of Illinois-Chicago. Allison recently relocated to Madison from Chicago where she spent roughly 12 years developing her career in research, management and academic administration. Most recently she was the Center Administrator for the Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center (SOQIC) at Northwestern University where she lead a team of faculty and staff researchers, conducted surgical education and outcomes research, and published various peer-reviewed manuscripts. Allison’s current role oversees a vast portfolio of educational initiatives within the Department of Surgery including; undergraduate/graduate education, continuing medical education, and faculty development.
I graduated from UW Madison in 1994 with a degree in Psychology. I returned to the University a few years later to work for the Wisconsin Union at the old Union South in their food service division, eventually working my way up to managing one of the restaurants. I transferred into the Wisconsin Union’s Cash Management division where I worked in the cash office and helped out doing payroll. I really enjoyed working on payroll so I started to spend more of my time assisting the payroll manager, eventually replacing her when she retired.
Last year I took the Divisional Payroll Liaison position at OHR Payroll Services. This allowed me to use the skills I have developed over the years and the opportunity to share what I have learned with other payroll coordinators. I currently facilitate a training cohort for division level payroll coordinators.
We have recently moved to Columbus so I have been working on getting the new house settled with my wife. When I am not working on the house I spend most nights either watching my 15 year old son play soccer or taking my 10 year old son to karate. I also am a volunteer fire fighter with the city of Columbus.
Megan Dzyuba is a Senior Human Resources Specialist for the Office of Workforce Relations in the Office of Human Resources at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In her position, Megan focuses on the work environment, including, conflict resolution, corrective action administration, employee grievances, workplace investigations, employment best practices, policy writing and interpretation, and performance management.
In addition to her human resources work, Megan is a licensed attorney in Wisconsin and Michigan, an active member of the State of Wisconsin and State of Michigan Bars and the American Bar Association. Megan earned her J.D. from University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law and her B.S. from Madonna University.
Gwendolyn (Gwen) Ezell joined UW-Madison in August 2017. In her current role as Risk Management Manager, she is responsible for providing leadership in developing, implementing and continuously improving the University’s risk management programs and services. Gwen earned her MBA in Risk Management and Insurance from UW – Madison and has 20+ years of progressive experience in insurance and corporate risk management. Prior to joining UW – Madison, Gwen held risk management positions with Abbott Laboratories, ACE Group Insurance and Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company.
Gwen’s areas of expertise include worker’s compensation claims management, global insurance program design and implementation, insurance premium allocation methodologies, and insurance broker and vendor services management. She earned her BS degree in Organizational Behavior from Northwestern University and holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation.
Stefanie Freyberger has been at UW–Madison since September 2015, when she joined the former Administrative Process Redesign (APR) office as a business performance manager. Stefanie is currently an internal consultant in the Office of Strategic Consulting. The Office of Strategic Consulting was formed by the merger of the Office of Quality Improvement and the Administrative Process Redesign office, which took effect August 1, 2017.
In her role, Stefanie partners with campus units in the areas of continuous improvement, project and performance management, data analysis, and change management by aligning work processes, people, and culture to achieve operational effectiveness and efficiencies.
Prior to coming to UW–Madison, Stefanie held several positions of increasing responsibility in supply chain management and logistics. Stefanie is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and has led many projects and change initiatives using Lean Six Sigma tools, change management, and the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control) process.
Outside of work, Stefanie is an active board member with the German School of Madison, which supports German culture and language, and a member of the UnityPoint Health – Meriter and the UW Health patient family advisory councils, which focus on improving patient care, communication, and services.
Stefanie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics, with a major in supply chain management, and a Master of Science degree in international business – supply chain management from the Maastricht University in the Netherlands.
Josh Goldman is a program manager for Conference Centers and Mail Services. In addition to leading the project management efforts for Conference Centers’ and Mail Services’ transition to the UW-Madison campus, he currently oversees Mail Services and serves on the management team for Conference Centers. He formally did project management for UW Colleges while working with the Director of Auxillary Services. In his role for UW Colleges, Josh led the team the effort to create and implement the Colleges’ campus card, from business analysis to project management and implementation.
Josh came to UW-Madison in 2005 as a graduate student in the English department, focusing on early medieval English literature. After completing his dissertation on the role of architectural imagery in Old English religious poetry, he decided to stay in Madison to work on the UW-Madison campus.
Jacob Hahn serves as the director of strategic projects and organizational assessment at the Wisconsin Union. In this role, Jacob is responsible for the creation of a large-scale, multi-dimensional organizational assessment platform – collecting and analyzing data and identifying solutions to and reporting on issues related organizational performance, staff engagement, student learning, community engagement, and inclusion and diversity. In addition, Jacob creates and coordinates annual organizational strategic planning and goal-setting processes and executes complex and consequential projects to the Wisconsin Union that require collaboration and investment by numerous areas within and outside of the Union. Jacob has thirteen years of professional administrative, managerial, and leadership experience in the field of higher education in six different functional areas. Jacob holds a BS from UW-Madison and both an MBA and an MA (in Higher Education, Diversity, and Adult Learning) from the University of Denver.
Jennifer Hanrahan joined the Law School as the faculty secretary in November 2015; in addition to supporting Law School faculty with administrative tasks and projects, Jennifer provides back-up assistance to the Accounting & Business Office; Dean’s Office; External Affairs & Communications team; and student-organizations funding committee.
As a university staff representative on the Committee on Women in the University and a chair on the Law School’s Wellness Committee and Partners in Giving campaign, Jennifer has been looking for more leadership and directorial experience and is keen to use the Kauffman program to learn more about the “big picture” administration at a large public institution.
In addition to her professional experience here at the Law School, Jennifer is an alumna of UW-Madison, graduating in 2008 with degrees in Latin and Gender & Women’s Studies; as a student, Jennifer hosted a bluegrass show on WSUM student radio and worked as a copyeditor at The Badger Herald.
A native of the Twin Cities with Chicago ties, Jennifer enjoys gardening, travel, culinary adventures, and is learning the Irish language.
Denise Hickey joined UW-Madison on August 1st as the Assistant Dean of Strategic Communications & Advancement for the College of Letters & Science. Denise’s undergraduate degree in English is from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, and her law degree is from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. After serving for nine years as a civil litigator in private practice in Michigan, she returned to higher education where she worked for 15 years as the Assistant Dean for Alumni Relations & Special Projects at Detroit Mercy Law.
Denise leads the Office of Strategic Communications and Advancement for L&S, which is responsible for communicating College-wide priorities, policies, and achievements to many groups, including L&S departments and programs, alumni, friends, Corporate Relations, University Relations, and partners within the University of Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association (WFAA). The Office develops and implements an integrated communications and advancement strategy for L&S in support of College-wide objectives.
Cindy Holzmann has worked in University Housing for nearly twenty years and currently serves as the Associate Director of Academics and Inclusion. In this role, she coordinates staffing and administration of the ten residential learning communities, oversees academic initiatives in the residence halls such as tutoring and advising, and directs efforts to create a respectful and inclusive living and learning environment for all students. Cindy has served in a variety of roles in University Housing including contributing to the development the International Learning Community, the Studio learning community for Creative Arts, and the partnership with Cross-College Advising Service to create satellite offices in the undergraduate halls. Cindy has had the opportunity to work closely with faculty, advisors, UWPD, and staff from the Divison of Student Life in addition to many other campus partners. During her time on campus, Cindy has been involved with Academic Staff Assembly, the Student Personnel Association, and is currently co-chairing the Crossroads Committee. Cindy is also a two-time alumna of UW-Madison, graduating in 1994 with a B.S in Secondary Education and French and again in 1999 with a M.S. in Counseling Psychology.
Colleen Howes is the associate dean for communications and advancement at UW-Madison’s School of Education. In this role, Howes leads a team that oversees communications, alumni relations, development, and marketing to support programs, faculty and staff across the School.
Howes comes to the School of Education after serving as Marketing Director at UW-Extension. In this position, she led integrated marketing strategy for online degree courses and degrees. Howes was responsible for all aspects of marketing, including digital strategy, print, media relations, content and social media marketing.
Howes earned a master’s degree from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. She also holds a master’s in integrated marketing communications from Northwestern University, and a bachelor’s in business administration from UW-Madison.
Anna January is an arts administrator experienced in higher education and fundraising. Raised in Madison, WI, Anna has worked with art professionals and administrators from all around the globe. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Butler University in Museum Studies and an M.A. from McGill University in Art History and Communication Studies, where she was a Fullbright Scholar.
Anna’s field focuses on social justice and museums. She has held various positions at the McCord Museum (Montreal, QC), the National Gallery of Dublin (Dublin, Ireland), the Smithsonian Associates (Washington, D.C.), the Chazen Museum of Art, and the Madison Children’s Museum.
Anna is currently the Assistant Director for Development at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of the Arts, where she raises funds for a variety of large-scale community and campus programs, including the Wisconsin Film Festival, the Madison Early Music Festival, the Arts Business Competition, and the Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program.
In her spare time, Anna volunteers with Dane Arts and is the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Young Professionals Committee Co-Chair. She is also a City Commissioner serving on the Madison Arts Commission.
Ryan Jesberger began his employment with the UW-Madison Police Department in August 2017; joining the department as a Sergeant. Jesberger supervised dayshift patrol until being promoted to the Special Services Lieutenant position in April 2018. In his current role, Lieutenant Jesberger is responsible for supervision of the UWPD Lake Rescue and Safety Team, K9 Unit, Motorcycle Unit, Personal Protection Team (PPT), Police Extrication Response Unit (PERU). Jesberger also serves as the backup Public Information Officer (PIO) for UWPD and is currently serving as the Interim Day Shift Patrol Lieutenant.
Prior to joining UWPD, Jesberger proudly served with the City of Fitchburg Police Department for 7 years. As a Police Officer in Fitchburg, he was active in emergency management, community policing, and training. Jesberger was promoted to Patrol Sergeant with Fitchburg PD in 2014, where he led the midnight shift patrol.
Jesberger is a 2007 graduate of the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Management. He received his Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from UW – La Crosse in 2008.
When out of the office, Jesberger currently serves as the President of the Sauk Prairie School Board. In this role, he also serves as the Board’s representative on the Sauk Prairie Police Department / Sauk Prairie School Board Joint Commission for School Safety.
In his free time, Jesberger enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and relaxing at home with his dog, Lambeau.
Nancy Kujak-Ford is the Conference Program Lead within the UW-Madison Office of Human Resources (OHR). In this position, she develops conference programs which support the learning of the over 16,000 faculty and staff on campus. She has collaborated with campus partners for over 20 years in various positions and committees. Her most recent past position included the Campus Event Services Director at the Wisconsin Union where she oversaw an 18-person staff responsible for over 44,000 annual events. Nancy is passionate about the paving the way in creating new roles for women in leadership on campus and beyond. Her tenure at the Wisconsin Union most notably included the creative management through a 10-year construction and renovation project, keeping her on her toes every day. Nancy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from UW-Madison and is a Certified Meetings Manager.
I recently joined the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (WVDL) as the Virology Section Head in August. My primary duty is overseeing a group of approximately twenty microbiologists in virology sections, whose primary duties are disease testing for veterinary viruses and bacteria. As a section head, I am actively involved in administrative role of the diagnostic laboratory, as one of four section heads that assist the director in the operation of the organization.
I also hold a second appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Pathobiological Sciences in the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. I will also be participating in some teaching assignment and in research area of veterinary science.
I earned my BS and MS Degree in Malaysia prior to moving to the USA. I worked in the diagnostic laboratory at Michigan State University for 5 years before I pursued my doctoral studies. I earned my PhD in Pathobiology from Michigan State University in 2010, and continued my career there for 5 more years. I then spent 3 years as virology section head at the Breathitt Veterinary Center at Murray State University in Kentucky. Coming to WVDL is an exciting adventure for my career. I am looking forward to the challenge and yet rewarding experience as part of the UW-Madison family.
Staci Lowe is the Director of Nursing Research and Sponsored Programs within UW’s School of Nursing. She assumed this role in March of 2017 after working on the health sciences end of campus in various research and administrative positions since 2004. Staci began her professional career in Boston’s non-profit health and human services sector doing program planning, evaluation, and grants management. At UW-Madison, she served as an evaluation researcher for a center focused on health disparities within the School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH), participated in an NIH-funded postdoctoral training program, and worked at the Health Sciences IRB office for more than 7 years. She holds a PhD in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University with areas of specialization in social welfare and human services.
Beth Martin, PhD, RPh, FAPhA, is a professor in the Division of Pharmacy Practice and Assistant Dean for Assessment, Teaching & Learning at the School of Pharmacy where she has taught since 1998. Her campus-level involvement has targeted teaching and learning initiatives including the Blended Learning Fellowship, co-leading the Peer Feedback on Teaching initiative, chairing the Teaching Academy, and chairing the Teaching & Learning Technology Advisory Group. She received the UW-Madison Teaching Academy Distinguished Teaching Award in 2017 and the 2015 AACP Excellence in Assessment Award. Her research program focuses on changing or improving pharmacist practice behaviors and studying patient health behavior change.
Karl Martin is the Dean and Director of UW-Madison’s division of Extension. He is responsible for staff located across Wisconsin’s 72 counties, five tribal offices and five UW System campuses. Prior to this position, Karl served as the State Program Director for Community, Natural Resources and Economic Development with the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension.
Cooperative Extension offers timely access to University research and is funded by local, state and federal partners. The division offers educational programs that address the important issues of individuals, families, businesses and communities.
Before joining the University of Wisconsin-Extension in 2014, Karl was Chief of the Wildlife and Forest Research Program with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and prior to that he was a Forest Research Scientist based out of Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Karl grew up in central Wisconsin on a dairy and ginseng farm in Marathon County and was the youngest of 11 children. He attended UW-Marathon County and UW-Madison before leaving Wisconsin for his graduate studies at Oregon State University. Karl has a doctorate in forest ecology, a master’s degree in wildlife science from Oregon State University and a bachelor’s degree in wildlife ecology from UW-Madison.
Brian W. Mayhew is the Arthur Andersen Alumni Professor in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems at the Wisconsin School of Business (WSB). He currently serves as the Associate Dean of Undergraduate programs for WSB. The undergraduate program currently has 2,700 students with plans to grow by 25% over the next four years. Mayhew is currently leading the strategic and operational planning to facilitate this growth as well as a potential second round of transformational growth five years out. His research in accounting focuses on how institutional rules impact behavior.
Mayhew’s research focuses primarily on financial statement audits and financial reporting. His research uses both experimental economics and archival data to develop and test theories related to auditing and financial reporting. He is particularly interested in institutional design factors that impact audit quality. Research topics include: audit quality, auditor independence, related party transactions, auditor industry specialization, audit market concentration, and ethics. He teaches Advanced Auditing to Master’s of Accounting Students and research to Ph.D. students.
Mayhew has published in journals such as The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance, and Auditing. He is currently an associate editor for Accounting Horizons and the Journal of Accounting Literature and serves on the editorial boards for Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, and The Accounting Review.
Mayhew previously led the BRITE Lab – a joint venture between WSB and the School of Human Ecology. The lab focuses on experimental research that explores how incentives, psychology and sociology interact to affect individual decision making. The lab also fosters cross campus interactions with a wide range of social science departments. He also leads the Arthur Andersen Center which supports research and student development in the accounting department.
He joined the Wisconsin School of Business in 1999 after working as an assistant professor at Georgia State University. He previously worked as an auditor with Coopers & Lybrand, which became PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
He received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in accounting, with a minor in experimental economics. He received his BBA in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He and his wife are proud parents of four boys, who keep their home in Middleton very active.
I am the associate vice chancellor for finance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I started here on August 6, 2018.
The associate vice chancellor for finance is responsible for financial management, planning and stewardship of UW–Madison and its $3 billion operating budget. I oversee a wide range of campus units, including the Budget Office, Business Services (including Accounting Services) and Auxiliary Operations Analysis.
Previously I had been at the University of Chicago since 2010, first as budget director and then associate vice president for finance. I also have held budget and finance leadership positions at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Harvard University and Brown University.
I have an MBA from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Fairfield University.
Missy recently joined the university to serve as the institution’s first Director of Sustainability. She has twenty-five years of experience in higher education and comes from Illinois State University where she directed their sustainability office for the past decade. She is a Wisconsin native and earned her Bachelor’s Degree from UW-Stevens Point. She earned her Master’s from Illinois State University and is currently completing her PhD in Higher Education Administration.
Missy’s research focus is on organizational systems. She is examining models of organizational hierarchies that compartmentalize knowledge and inhibit connections to larger system interactions. She has an extensive history of community service, serves on several boards, and trains and handles operational K9s for emergency first-responder agencies. She has been privileged to partner with collaborative people that work hard, develop intelligent solutions, and get things accomplished. Humor, innovation and resilience are core values in her life, work and community service.
My full name is Sarah Anne Oleksy (Weaver). I spent most of my childhood in Michigan and spent several summers in California. I’m the oldest of three children with two younger brothers. I was raised in a large Irish Catholic family by a single mom. I was a first generation college student in both my immediate and extended family. I attended Western Michigan University and graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts (Organizational Communications and General Business).
I was eligible for both a pell grant and work study during my undergraduate career which is how I came to work in the Student Activities Office on campus. During my time working in Student Activities, I discovered the field of Student Affairs. Thankfully several supervisors and mentors introduced me to the GRE and graduate school application process. I earned a Masters of Arts-Student Affairs in Higher Education from Western Michigan University in 2003. During my time in graduate school I was a Graduate Hall Director in Residence Life where I discovered the important role the residential experience can have on the undergraduate student experience.
I spent a summer at the University of Central Florida for an ACUHO-I Internship and then returned there after graduation to work professionally for 10 years in Housing & Residence Life. During that time I married Nicholas Oleksy and had my first child, Sophia. My husband and I both work in higher education so in 2014 we relocated to Ohio University in Athens, OH for new professional opportunities. I served as the Director of Residence Life for four years at Ohio University. Also during this time our second child was born, Nolan.
In June of 2018, our family made the move to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I’m currently serving as the Director of Residence Life and Assistant Director of University Housing
Mr. Peters has served as the Director of the UW Madison Agricultural Research Stations (ARS) since July 2017. In this role, Mr. Peters oversees 12 sites throughout the state that provide key land and animal resources to the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. These sites each serve a unique purpose and represent the various soils, climates, and biodiversity of Wisconsin.
Mr. Peters has over 20 years of experience managing agricultural operations. Prior to becoming the Director of ARS, he held the roles of Assistant Director of the Research Animal Resources Center and Herd Administrator for UW-Madison’s Dairy Farm Operations.
Robert (Brad) Pierce
Robert (Brad) Pierce will become the new director of the UW-Madison Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) on October 01, 2018. Pierce received his Ph.D. and Master of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in meteorology and was a physical scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) within the Advanced Satellite Products Branch on the UW-Madison campus. The Branch is co-located with the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) within SSEC. Prior to his tenure at NOAA, Pierce was a senior research scientist within the Atmospheric Sciences Division at the NASA Langley Research Center. He has more than 25 years of experience in global and regional atmospheric composition modeling, data assimilation and forecasting support for airborne field campaigns studying the chemistry of the atmosphere, including studies of stratospheric ozone loss and tropospheric pollution. In 2017 he led the Lake Michigan Ozone Study, which was a collaborative, multi‐agency field study of ozone chemistry and meteorology along the Wisconsin‐Illinois Lake Michigan shoreline using a combination of aircraft, ground‐based and ship‐based measurements.
Dan Purcell graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville in 2006 with bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Business Administration. After graduation, Dan spent the first seven years of his professional career working for the State of Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau. In 2010, while still working for the Audit Bureau, Dan became a Certified Public Accountant.
Dan joined the University of Wisconsin – Madison in June of 2014 where he currently serves as the Financial Program Supervisor for Materials Distribution Services and Surplus with A Purpose (SWAP).
Gene Purcell is the Director of Wisconsin Public Media at the University of Wisconsin. He is responsible for leading the UW’s statewide administrative operations of Wisconsin Public Television and Wisconsin Public Radio and is also responsible for maintaining the partnership with the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board to operate the two networks.
In addition, he is responsible for leading the ongoing transition of UW’s public broadcasting operations from UW-Extension to UW-Madison.
Previously, Gene served as Executive Director of the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board for over 10 years where he worked closely with his UW colleagues to oversee the operations of WPR and WPT.
Prior to Madison, Gene worked for over 25 years in the La Crosse area as a Regional Manager for Wisconsin Public Radio and at WLSU-FM. Previously, he also worked in commercial broadcasting.
Gene has served on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association and is currently on the Executive Committee of the National Educational Telecommunications Association.
Gene is a Wisconsin native and was raised in the La Crosse area; he attended UW-La Crosse where he earned a degree in Mass Communication.
Roopa is Assistant Dean/Director of International Student Services (ISS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is responsible for oversight of programs and services for over 6000 international students and approximately 1200 recent alumni from 120 countries. A former international student from India, Roopa’s background is in teaching English and Social Sciences to high school students in India. She has also taught English as a Second Language to university students in the United States. Roopa has twenty years of experience with immigration compliance, Orientation, and programming for international students and scholars, international education partnership agreements, and strategic planning for international education in the U.S. Her education at the University of Bombay, India includes bachelor’s degrees in Ancient Indian Culture and Education, and a master’s degree in Education. She has a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from California State University, Northridge and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from California Lutheran University. She has served the Massachusetts Council for International Education (MaCIE) as President and founder member of its executive board. Her contributions to the NAFSA Academy for International Education include serving as Coach for academies 13 and 14 and Chair Designate/Chair (2018-20). She is a member of NAFSA’s Trainer Corps. Roopa believes that co-curricular education is an essential complement to the academic experience and strives to incorporate the Wisconsin Experience in all ISS services and offerings.
Amanda Reese currently works for UW-Madison as its HIPAA Privacy Officer, based in the Office of Compliance. Prior to joining UW-Madison in June of 2016, she served as the Associate Counsel and Privacy Officer for the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation, Inc. (one of the “UW Health” entities) for approximately 9 years, was a partner with Michael Best & Friedrich LLP for approximately 2 years, and worked as the administrator for Madison Veterinary Specialists, SC. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Iowa State University, and a law degree from Northern Illinois University. In her free time, Amanda serves as the Secretary for the Board of Directors of Oakwood Lutheran Senior Ministries, and volunteers with Capital K9s (a not-for-profit which provides financial support for the K9 Unit of the Madison Police Department). She also stays busy with her only son (who began his freshman year at UW-Madison a few weeks ago) and her four dogs (two German Wirehaired Pointers, a Bloodhound, and a Bluenose Pit bull).
I work in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Finance and Administration on long range strategic planning and revenue expansion projects as well as specific school and college engagements. Prior to joining the University in February 2017, I worked in progressive leadership roles in finance, strategy, and product management at Allegion (Schlage Lock), Johnson Controls (Building Efficiency), and Whirlpool.
I hold a JD and MBA from the University of Notre Dame as well as an accounting degree from the University of Detroit Mercy. I have a CPA license in Wisconsin and am admitted to the Bar in Michigan. My wife Lauren Papp, a faculty member in the School of Human Ecology, and I live in Middleton with our three young daughters.
Sarah Stilp is Assistant Dean of Admissions and Student Services within Adult Career & Special Student Services (ACSSS) at the Division of Continuing Studies (DCS). ACSSS is the admitting and dean’s office for the University’s special/nondegree student population, and also provides career counseling for community adults and UW staff. Sarah’s role enables her to pursue two of her passions simultaneously: Serving as a champion for adult and nontraditional learners at the University, as well as improving processes and student experiences through technology. She proudly identifies as a “nerd” and is happiest when she can use these skills to help others, with both staff and student audiences.
Prior to her current position, Sarah spent the last 10 years as a Student Services Coordinator, then Assistant Director of Admissions & Student Services within ACSSS. She is fortunate to have witnessed and contributed to remarkable growth within the Division of Continuing Studies during the last decade and is excited about the innovative initiatives on the horizon. One of the projects she is anticipating most highly is a pilot of the Oracle Student Management Cloud product with the University’s precollege population.
Prior to DCS, Sarah spent 5 years as a transfer admissions counselor within the Office of Advising & Recruitment (OAR). She is a proud Badger alumna and currently lives in Middleton with her husband, Andy, and her children, Aaron (8) and Darcy (7). Sarah loves to read, bike, spend time with friends and family, and snuggle with her kids—she feels very fortunate that she gets to do all of these things often. She is honored to be participating in the Kauffman Seminar and excited to meet new colleagues!
Liz Valentine is the Human Resources Manager at University Health Services (UHS) and loves the challenge of helping people overcome workplace obstacles. With a broad base of experience, including work in the hospitality industry, banking, and manufacturing, Liz understands the transferability of skills across different environments and the value of an organization’s people.
Liz started her state service at the Department of Corrections in the summer of 2014. She soon moved to UW-Madison and UHS as a Human Resources Assistant Advanced. Liz was selected to fill the Human Resources Manager position at UHS in June of 2015. Her experience in human resources, gained through the supervisory positions she held throughout her career, allowed Liz to move successfully move into her new role at UHS.
Liz seeks growth opportunities by getting involved with groups and committees within UHS and across campus. She is currently a member of the Campus Diversity and Climate Committee (CDCC), the TTC Collaboration and Outreach team, and a co-chair of the UHS Equity and Diversity Committee (EDC). She has represented UHS on the VCFA Engagement, Inclusion and Diversity Council and on the EDC chairs committee. As Human Resources Manager, she is also an ex officio member of other UHS committees, including Employee Wellness and Employee Health and Infection Control. Liz stays current in human resource issues through her certification as a Senior Certified Professional (SCP) through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Liz holds a BA in political science and an MBA from the University of Iowa.
Meenu Verma is the Associate Director of UW Veterinary Care, School of Veterinary Medicine, UW, Madison. Meenu joined UW Veterinary Care in 2015. As Hospital Administrator, her role is to oversee the non-clinical aspects of the hospital. Her day-to-day work involves coordination and oversight of hospital operations and financial activities to support development and stability of the hospital for long-term success.
Meenu was born and raised in India and moved to Australia to pursue higher education. She did her MBA in 2003 from La Trobe University, Melbourne. She moved to United States in 2006 and joined UW Madison in 2008 and worked for School of Medicine and Public Health from 2008-2011 and College of Letters & Science from 2011-2015. She joined UW Veterinary Care as the Assistant Director in 2015 and excelled at her position and was promoted to Associate Director in Feb 2018.
Meenu thrives on fast paced environment, continuous learning and is always looking to improve efficiencies and make things more effective. She has strong financial background and loves spending hours crunching numbers. She strongly believes that “it is the people that make the place” and is constantly working on employee engagement and morale building activities.
Meenu lives in Madison with her husband, their 8 year old daughter, Aiyana and their dog, Sammy. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, trying new foods, hiking and cooking.
Karen Wassarman recently assumed the position of Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She has been a faculty member in the Department of Bacteriology for 17 years, maintaining a highly successful research program, embracing our undergraduate educational mission through classroom teaching and mentored research, and engaging in service to the department, college, university and beyond.