Meet the faculty and staff of the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies

The full faculty and staff consists of professors and instructors, advisors, administration, marketing, and support staff. We live the Wisconsin Idea every day, providing lifelong learning, professional development, and personal enrichment to students across Wisconsin and around the world.

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Mary Lock ALBRECHT
Media Relations Coordinator and Writer/Editor, Marketing & Communications
Phone: (608) 262-9792; email: malbrecht@dcs.wisc.edu

Mary creates marketing and publicity campaigns, is a contributing editor of "Continuum," the Continuing Studies news blog, and is the primary media contact for partners both on and off campus.

Anne ALEY
Outreach Program Manager, Music
Phone: (608) 265-0451; email: maaley@dcs.wisc.edu

Anne manages pre-college outreach for the UW-Madison Summer Music Clinic, which offers annual summer programs for young musicians in middle and high school. She also coordinates the Winds of Wisconsin, a premier high school youth wind ensemble that draws talented students from the region to audition for participation during the academic year.

Emily K. AUERBACH
Professor of English/Director, Odyssey Project
Phone: (608) 262-3733; email: eauerbach@dcs.wisc.edu

Emily Auerbach is a Professor of English, the Director of the life-changing UW Odyssey Project, www.odyssey.wisc.edu, and co-host of Wisconsin Public Radio’s University of the Air. She teaches Tuesday Morning Booktalks at the downtown library and coordinates “Eloquence and Eminence: Emeritus Faculty Lectures.”

Emily C. BAKER
Instructional Designer, Educational Innovation
Phone: (608) 262-5364; email: ebaker@dcs.wisc.edu

Emily Baker works with faculty across campus in the development of their online courses. She works primarily on post-baccalaureate master degrees and capstone certificates, and is part of the Educational Innovation initiative on campus.

Sarah C. BARBER
Summer Term Director, Educational Innovation
Phone: (608) 262-3598; email: sbarber@dcs.wisc.edu

Sarah provides coordination and leadership for the Summer Term operations campus-wide.

Steven J. BOLDT
Senior Administrative Program Specialist/Director of Online Development, Educational Innovation
Phone: (608) 262-3579; email: sboldt@dcs.wisc.edu

Steve assists academic departments with online program development, project management, and leads the DCS EI Online Course Design and Development Team.

Chelcy BOWLES
Professor and Director of Continuing Education in Music, Music
Phone: (608) 265-5629; email: cbowles@dcs.wisc.edu; full bio»

Chelcy directs and teaches courses for adult learners in the community as well as professional development programs in music, and is co-director of the Madison Early Music Festival. Dr. Bowles is an active author and researcher in the area of adult and community music teaching and learning. Chelcy was profiled in a recent Wisconsin State Journal Know Your Madisonian feature.

Judith (Judy) M. BRICKBAUER
University Services Program Associate, Professional Development and Applied Studies
Phone: (608) 263-7055; email: jbrickbauer@dcs.wisc.edu

Judith provides program support for the HIV/AIDS Outreach Grant; UW Infant, Early Childhood, and Family Mental Health Certificate Program; and open enrollment programs in the areas of Ethics, Divorce Mediation, and wellness.

Erik C. BURNS
Special Projects Manager, Professional Development and Applied Studies/Liberal Studies and the Arts/Educational Innovation
Phone: (608) 265-4077; email: eburns@dcs.wisc.edu

Erik identifies, creates, and manages strategic credit and noncredit programming opportunities through campus-wide collaboration.

James A. CAMPBELL
Professor, Assoc. Dean, Program & Partnership Development, Professional Development and Applied Studies
Phone: (608) 262-2352; email: jcampbell@dcs.wisc.edu

Jim works with faculty and staff from across campus to help develop noncredit programming, and also coordinates the UW-Madison Conference on Child Sexual Abuse.

Suzanna Waters CASTILLO
Distinguished Faculty Associate, Professional Development and Applied Studies
Phone: (608) 263-3174; email: scastillo@dcs.wisc.edu

bio forthcoming

Sharad CHANDARANA
Faculty Associate, Independent Learning
Phone: (608) 262-2152; email: schandarana@dcs.wisc.edu

Sharad is professor of mathematics. Click to view online for-credit math courses offered by Dr. Chandarana.

Narra S. COX
Department Chair/Professor, Liberal Studies and the Arts / Professional Development and Applied Studies
Phone: (608) 262-2730, 800-442-4617; email: ncox@dcs.wisc.edu

Narra is chairperson of the academic departments in the Division of Continuing Studies. She also directs a partnership project involving statewide community planning for HIV prevention and care, as well as a statewide training system for HIV service providers.

Don W. CREEDY
Student Status Examiner, Adult Career and Special Student Services
Phone: (608) 262-4851; email: dcreedy@dcs.wisc.edu

Don handles incoming admissions, phone, walk-in and email inquiries, and processes applications for admission. He also provides workshop preparation and office support.

Julie M. DAHL
Associate Faculty Assoc., Liberal Studies and the Arts
Phone: (608) 262-5929; email: jdahl@dcs.wisc.edu

Julie directs the Spanish language enrichment program and the Online Business Spanish Certificate. She also coordinates programs for Portuguese, Chinese, Italian, and other world languages. Her passion is creating practical effective language courses for adults.

Diane M. DENNIS
University Services Program Assoc., Liberal Studies and the Arts
Phone: (608) 262-3885; email: ddennis@dcs.wisc.edu

Diane coordinates many details of the Odyssey Project, providing support for Emily Auerbach, director, and Laurie Greenberg, assistant director. She keeps Odyssey student and donor databases current. She provides program support for Tuesday Morning Book Talks and the Eloquence and Eminence lecture series.

Christine A. DeSMET
Faculty Associate, Liberal Studies and the Arts
Phone: (608) 262-3447; email: cdesmet@dcs.wisc.edu

Author and scriptwriter Christine DeSmet teaches writing online and in person. She is the director of the annual June “Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop & Retreat” (with credits offered in a partnership with UW-Madison Dept. of English), director of the fall “Weekend with Your Novel,” and coordinator of “Critique Services” for writers.

Roberta (Robbi) A. DREIFUERST
Outreach Program Manager II, Professional Development and Applied Studies
Phone: (608) 262-3830; email: rdreifuerst@dcs.wisc.edu

Robbi is director of the Leadership, Management, and Workplace Skills program area, which offers professional development that supports Wisconsin’s workforce. She also directs the Wisconsin Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Program, a 300-hour nationally-accredited certificate for managers who work in federal, state, and local government and in tribal and non-profit organizations. Robbi also teaches in the CPM Program.

Christine J. DUNLEAVY
University Services Program Associate, Professional Development and Applied Studies
Phone: (608) 265-4267; email: cdunleavy@dcs.wisc.edu

Christine provides support for the open enrollment programs in the areas of Community Health; Digital Media, Marketing, and Design Classes; Emotionally Intelligent Leadership: Relationship Matters; and support for the Wisconsin Women’s Education Network on Addiction, Recovery & Prevention grant.

Katherine M. DUREN
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Summer Term, Administration, Educational Innovation
Phone: (608) 263-5114; email: kduren@dcs.wisc.edu

Katy oversees the EI Program Development team, and assists departments with curricular development, academic planning and approval, and program revenue budget planning.

Brooke A. EKVALL
University Services Program Associate, Professional Development and Applied Studies
Phone: (608) 265-3517; email: bekvall@dcs.wisc.edu

Brooke coordinates events, handling registration, venue, speakers, and catering for programs in Mental Health, Aging, Theatre Arts, Arts Management, and Dance. She also manages the Geriatric Mental Health Certificate programs and serves as the series’ student advisor, is the customer service representative and administrator for the Nursing Home Administration program, and is Registration Coordinator for the Wisconsin High School Theatre Festival.

Stephen ELMER
Accountant, Administration
Phone: (608) 262-1156; email: selmer@dcs.wisc.edu

bio forthcoming

Leslie-Anne ENDRES
Payroll and Benefits Specialist, Administration
Phone: (608) 262-9042; email: lendres@dcs.wisc.edu

bio forthcoming

Christina L. FINÉT
Creative Director/Associate Director, Marketing & Communications
Phone: (608) 262-3319; email: cfinet@dcs.wisc.edu

Christina directs artistic communications and divisional brand management, and oversees publications design and production.

Laura GALLAGHER
Senior Marketing Specialist, Marketing & Communications
Phone: (608) 263-9732; email: lgallagher@dcs.wisc.edu

Laura writes and edits a variety of print and digital copy. She also serves as account liaison for several large Continuing Studies programs, and as a member of the Brand Strategy Team works to develop and articulate Continuing Studies' brand and messaging.

Daniel A. GAONA
Financial Specialist II, Professional Development and Applied Studies
Phone: (608) 262-1156; email: dgaona@dcs.wisc.edu

bio forthcoming

David GIROUX
Director, Marketing & Communications
Phone: (608) 890-1031; email: dgiroux@dcs.wisc.edu

Dave provides overall leadership for the Marketing and Communications Team, which helps the Division and the campus develop, implement, and evaluate strategies to reach more non-traditional students and promote lifelong learning.

Samedi (Sage) GOELLNER
Assistant Professor, Languages/Humanities
Phone: (608) 262-4873; email: sgoellner@dcs.wisc.edu; full bio»

Sage is assistant professor of French and adult learning, and is the director of the department’s French programs. She teaches French language, literature, and culture in adult evening classes, online, and in educational travel programs.

Laurie S.Z. GREENBERG
Sr. Development Specialist, Assistant Director, Odyssey Project
Phone: (608) 263-6735; email: lgreenberg@dcs.wisc.edu

Laurie does fundraising and program development for Odyssey and provides support services for Odyssey students.

Jean HAEFNER
Instructional Designer, Educational Innovation
Phone: 608-262-6784; email: jhaefner@dcs.wisc.edu

Jean Haefner is an Instructional Designer and Technologist at the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies. Her research interests include emerging technologies, games for learning, and community building and student engagement in online learning.

Kyle HENDERSON
Digital Marketing Manager, Marketing & Communications
Phone: (608) 890-4853; email: khenderson@dcs.wisc.edu

Kyle manages the production of Continuing Studies digital content, including websites, email campaigns, and social media. He also assists campus partners with marketing communication needs and lectures on digital communication topics.

Jamie L. HENKE
Distinguished Faculty Associate, Music
Phone: (608) 263-6822; email: jhenke@dcs.wisc.edu

Jamie teaches music theory, composition, and history courses for DCS, and teaches Basic Concepts of Music Theory for the UW-Madison School of Music. She is a Chancellor’s Hilldale Excellence in Teaching Award and Honored Instructor recipient, and she is member of the UW-Madison Teaching Academy.

Mee HER
Special Projects Coordinator, Educational Innovation
Phone: (608) 265-5500; email: mher@dcs.wisc.edu

bio forthcoming

Florence (Flo) HILLIARD
Faculty Associate, Substance Use Disorders
Phone: (608) 265-2679; email: fhilliard@dcs.wisc.edu

Flo teaches about substance abuse, addiction, and recovery to a wide variety of professionals from health related fields. She trained nationally on The Science of Addiction and Recovery for Faces & Voices of Recovery (a Washington D.C based organization) and is passionate about creating dialogue and understanding of substance use initiation, addiction, treatment, and prevention.

Amy HOLEVAS
Instructional Technologist, Educational Innovation
Phone: (608) 262-1156; email: aholevas@dcs.wisc.edu

Amy works on the Educational Innovation Program Development team developing online post-baccalaureate master degree programs, along with capstone certificate programs, mainly for nontraditional students. Her expertise is in video editing, transcription/closed captioning work, and online course design.

Les HOWLES
Program Area Director, Distance Education Professional Development
Phone: 265-9753; email: lhowles@dcs.wisc.edu

Les is the Director for the Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning, in addition to designing curriculum, teaching, and evaluating online courses for DEPD online certificate programs.

Laura A. INGRAM
Associate Dean, Administration
Phone: (608) 262-4619; email: lingram@dcs.wisc.edu

bio forthcoming

Sunshine H. JANSEN
Program Associate, Wisconsin Certified Public Manager Program
Phone: (608) 262-4354; email: sjansen@dcs.wisc.edu

Sunshine provides student advising and administration support for the Wisconsin Certified Public Manager® Program.

Megan E. JEIDY
Senior Outreach Specialist, Southern Child Welfare Training Partnership
Phone: (608) 890-3678; email: mjeidy@dcs.wisc.edu

Megan supports the Southern Child Welfare Training Partnership, which provides trainings to child welfare staff and foster parents to improve the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families. Our service area includes 21 counties in Southern and Southeastern Wisconsin. We provide responsive trainings in partnership with other organizations across the state that are child welfare specific.

Keri JOHNSON
Special Project Coordinator, Educational Innovation
Phone: (608) 262-1156; email: info@dcs.wisc.edu

bio forthcoming

Stephanie A. JOHNSON
Instructional Designer, Educational Innovation
Phone: (608) 263-6320; email: sjohnson@dcs.wisc.edu

Stephanie works with faculty across campus in the development of their online courses. She works primarily on post-baccalaureate master degrees and capstone certificates, and is part of the Educational Innovation initiative on campus.

Joshua JUEDES
Visiting International Student Sponsored Groups Coordinator, Visiting International Student Program
Phone: (608) 265-5312; email: jjuedes@dcs.wisc.edu

Josh works closely with the student services team on the overall VISP program, meeting with UW faculty interested in bringing groups of students to campus, admitting and advising incoming international students, and planning group events.

Laura R. KAHL
University Services Program Associate, Writing
Phone: (608) 262-3982; email: lkahl@dcs.wisc.edu

Laura works with Christine DeSmet and Laurie Scheer on their writing programs, including Writers’ Institute, the Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop & Retreat, and Weekend With Your Novel. She also handles payroll for Independent Learning.

Lisa C. KAUFMAN
University Services Program Associate, Liberal Studies and the Arts
Phone: (608) 262-7389; email: lkaufman@dcs.wisc.edu

Lisa works with the School of the Arts Rhinelander as well as the Continuing Studies language programs.

Kimberly KELLY
Trainer, Southern Child Welfare Training Partnership
Phone: (608) 262-1156; email: info@dcs.wisc.edu

bio forthcoming

Moira G. KELLEY
Career and Educational Counselor, Adult Career and Special Student Services
Phone: (608) 263-7136; email: mkelley@dcs.wisc.edu

Moira counsels community adults in career transition and advises adults interested in continuing their education, through both individual career counseling and career planning workshops. She also admits and advises University Special students, coordinates all office publications, and serves as liaison to Marketing and Communication staff.

Haley KERKHOFF
Instructional Technologist, Educational Innovation
Phone: 608-263-4317; email: hkerkhoff@dcs.wisc.edu

Haley works as part of the Educational Innovation Program Development team where she assists team members in the creation of post-baccalaureate masters degrees and capstone certificates and provides editing and quality review services.

Mike KERN
Instructional Designer, Professional Development and Applied Studies/Liberal Studies and the Arts
Phone: (608) 890-4962; email: mkern@dcs.wisc.edu

Mike assists faculty and instructors with noncredit online program design and development as well as project management of course development efforts.

Wendy S. KERR
Secretary/Program Assistant, Administration
Phone: (608) 262-5823; email: wkerr@dcs.wisc.edu

Wendy supports Dean Jeff Russell and maintains his calendar. Contact Wendy if you want to know where Jeff is – she might have some idea. She also supports the PLATO Learning in Retirement program.

Jeff A. KIRSCH
Faculty Associate, Languages
Phone: (608) 262-3428; email: jkirsch@dcs.wisc.edu

Jeff earned his PhD In Spanish literature with a minor in Portuguese. He directs the Spanish Independent Learning program and instructs its upper levels. He also teaches Spanish for Reading Knowledge and administers this exam for graduate students.

Helen R. KLEBESADEL
Faculty Associate, Women's Studies
Phone: (608) 262-3056; email: hrklebesadel@wisc.edu

Helen directs the venerable Wisconsin Regional Arts Program (WRAP) as well as the UW System Women's Studies Consortium, which offer annual conferences and other programing through the Division of Continuing Studies. A nationally known artist and teacher, Helen periodically offers in-person and on-line courses in the visual arts. Her artwork can be seen at klebesadel.com»

Julie E. KLEIN
Special Projects Manager, Administration
Phone: (608) 262-5699; email: jklein@dcs.wisc.edu

Julie is the Executive Assistant to the Dean of the Division of Continuing Studies and the Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning. She manages special projects and provides support for the Division’s instructional, research, outreach, and development enterprise.

Sara KLUENDER
Marketing Strategist, Marketing & Communications
Phone: (608) 890-0433; email: skluender@dcs.wisc.edu

Sara is a Marketing Strategist for the Division of Continuing Studies. She assists departments with marketing strategy and comprehensive plan development, from identifying objectives to tactical planning of the marketing mix and evaluation of success.

Nancy J. KOBERLE-O'CONNELL
Senior Artist, Marketing & Communications
Phone: (608) 262-6192; email: noconnell@dcs.wisc.edu

Nancy designs divisional publications and direct-mail pieces. Creates catalog covers and complex artwork using the Adobe Suite software, with a focus on Photoshop.

Connie J. KOEBKE
Senior Outreach Specialist, Southern Child Welfare Training Partnership
Phone: (608) 265-6241; email: ckoebke@dcs.wisc.edu

Connie is a Training Manager for the Southern Child Welfare Training Partnership, which provides trainings to child welfare staff and foster parents to improve the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families. Our service area includes 21 counties in Southern and Southeastern Wisconsin. We provide responsive trainings in partnership with other organizations across the state that are child welfare specific.

Connie LENT
Instructor/Project Assistant, Distance Education Professional Development
Phone: (608) 890-0114; email: clent@wisc.edu

Connie is an instructor and course development assistant for the Professional Certificate in Online Education. She has taught online undergraduate and graduate level courses in Human Development and Adult Education, and is adjunct faculty for Madison Area Technical College.

Kerrie J. LOUIS
Digital Marketing Specialist, Marketing & Communications
Phone: (608) 262-7309; email: klouis@dcs.wisc.edu

As part of the digital team, Kerrie helps create, edit, and maintain the division website. She manages errors, updates, and content for new and existing program and administrative pages.

Sarah L. MARTY
Assoc. Faculty Associate, Performing Arts
Phone: (608) 263-2790; email: smarty@dcs.wisc.edu

Sarah Marty is the Arts Program Area Director and coordinates UW Continuing Studies theatre, arts management, and dance programs. She teaches “Arts Enterprise: Arts as Business” in collaboration with the Bolz Center and UW School of Business, serves as the Production Manager for the UW Varsity Band Spring Concert, and works on a per project basis as a consultant for large scale events on and off campus.

April McHUGH
Career and Educational Counselor, Adult Career and Special Student Services
Phone: (608) 262-2683; email: amchugh@dcs.wisc.edu

April counsels community adults in career transition and advises adults interested in continuing their education, through both individual career counseling and career planning workshops. She also facilitates the weekly Job Search Support Group and admits and advises University Special students.

Aphra MEDNICK
Outreach Specialist, Professional Development and Applied Studies
Phone: (608) 265-8041; email: amednick@dcs.wisc.edu

Aphra is the program director for the Professional Life Coaching Certificate (PLCC) program, and oversees multiple face to face, online, and certificate programs for human service professionals. Aphra also teaches and works directly with faculty on course development.

Mary E. MERCIER
Academic Advisor and Scholarship Coordinator, Adult Career and Special Student Services
Phone: (608) 890-0331; email: mmercier@dcs.wisc.edu

Mary advises returning adult and other nontraditional students who are interested in pursuing course work as nondegree/University Special students or who are exploring degree options at UW-Madison. Mary also coordinates the scholarship program for returning adults and single parents.

Melissa MEYER
Marketing Strategist, Marketing & Communications
Phone: (608) 262-2102; email: mmeyer@dcs.wisc.edu

Melissa is a marketing strategist for the Division of Continuing Studies. She assists with marketing strategy and comprehensive marketing plan development, and works with campus clients to identify marketing objectives, build supporting tactical plans, and evaluate the ongoing success of marketing efforts.

Vanika L. MOCK
Payroll Benefits Specialist, Administration
Phone: (608) 262-2354; email: vmock@dcs.wisc.edu

bio forthcoming

Ellen R. MORIN
Administrative Assistant Supervisor, Adult Career and Special Student Services
Phone: (608) 262-4498; email: emorin@dcs.wisc.edu

Ellen manages the overall office operations of Adult Career and Special Student Services and provides administrative support to the staff. She also supervises the frontline customer service staff and oversees the operations of customer service for the Division of Continuing Studies.

Leanne MORRIS
HR Assistant, Administration
Phone: (608) 262-1156; email: lmorris@dcs.wisc.edu

bio forthcoming

Kevin MULLEN
Faculty Associate, Odyssey Project
Phone: (608) 262-1156; email: info@dcs.wisc.edu

bio forthcoming

Elizabeth NAGEL
Associate Program Coordinator, Community Health Team
Phone: (608) 262-1156; email: info@dcs.wisc.edu

bio forthcoming

Barbara M. NEHLS-LOWE
Outreach Specialist, Community Health
Phone: (608) 890-4653; email: bnehlslowe@dcs.wisc.edu

Barbara is a member of the WI HIV Outreach Project. She coordinates the Statewide Action Planning Group (SAPG), which is a statewide body of people affected by the HIV epidemic. Additionally, Barbara coordinates professional development courses on topics such as: grief and loss, retirement happiness, forgiveness, mindfulness, and spirituality.

Alan NG
Director of Outreach Technology and Faculty Associate, Administration/Humanities
Phone: (608) 265-9529; email: ang@dcs.wisc.edu; Twitter: @alannguw; full bio»

Alan is responsible for leading and managing the use of technology within the Division, and also serves the entire campus as a leader and consultant on outreach technology. In addition he teaches German in our Humanities program.

Denise A. NOLDEN
University Services Program Associate, Professional Development and Applied Studies
Phone: (608) 263-5130; email: dnolden@dcs.wisc.edu

Denise provides administrative support for programs in the area of Community Health for the department of Professional Development and Applied Studies. She also coordinates many details of the annual University of Wisconsin-Madison Conference on Child Sexual Abuse.

Kristi L. OBMASCHER
Senior Outreach Specialist, Professional Development and Applied Studies
Phone: (608) 262-8971; email: kobmascher@dcs.wisc.edu

bio forthcoming

Sheila S. OLIG
Production Manager, Marketing & Communications
Phone: (608) 262-2723; email: solig@dcs.wisc.edu

Sheila manages production schedule. Updates direct-mail brochures and other publications. Supports catalog production process. Handles routine office management and budget duties.

Lori J. O'NEILL
Program Assistant Supervisor, Art
Phone: (608) 263-6322; email: loneill@dcs.wisc.edu

Lori works in the visual art area on continuing education art classes, the School of the Arts at Spring Green workshops, the Wisconsin Regional Art Program, and supervises the Liberal Studies and the Arts program associates.

Barry M. ORTON
Professor of Telecommunications and Director of Senior Learning, Professional Development and Applied Studies
Phone: (608) 262-2394; email: bmorton@wisc.edu; full bio»

Barry is Director of Senior Learning, which includes supporting PLATO, UW-Madison's Learning In Retirement organization. He also coordinates programs in digital media and workplace communication.

Merikay PAYNE
Senior Artist, Marketing & Communications
Phone: (608) 261-1416; email: mpayne@dcs.wisc.edu

Merikay designs publications and manages the Continuing Studies Catalog.

Kimary J. PETERSON
Senior Outreach Specialist, Distance Education Professional Development
Phone: (608) 265-4159; email: kjpeterson@dcs.wisc.edu

Kimary is the Conference Manager for the Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning, and oversees marketing for the Distance Education Professional Development (DEPD) programs.

Bridget POWELL
Program Manager, Distance Education Professional Development
Phone: (608) 263-1154; email: bpowell@dcs.wisc.edu

Bridget is Program Manager and Online Instructor for DEPD certificate programs and courses. She is responsible for designing the curriculum, teaching, and evaluating online courses.

Sybil T. PRESSPRICH
Career and Educational Counselor, Adult Career and Special Student Services
Phone: (608) 263-7207; email: spressprich@dcs.wisc.edu

Sybil counsels community adults in career transition and advises adults interested in continuing their education, through both individual career counseling and career planning workshops. She also administers the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and career-development workshops for area employers and chairs the Outstanding Undergraduate Returning Adult Student Award committee.

Erik J. PRITZL
Senior Administrative Program Specialist, Southern Child Welfare Training Partnership
Phone: (608) 890-0975; email: ejpritzl@dcs.wisc.edu

Erik supports The Southern Child Welfare Training Partnership, which provides trainings to child welfare staff and foster parents to improve the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families. Our service area includes 21 counties in Southern and Southeastern Wisconsin. We provide responsive trainings in partnership with other organizations across the state that are child welfare specific.

Megan K. READING
Outreach Specialist, Community Health Team
Phone: (608) 265-4551; email: mreading@dcs.wisc.edu

Megan is coordinator of the Wisconsin HIV/AIDS Training System. She works with the State of Wisconsin AIDS/HIV Program to provide statewide training opportunities for HIV prevention and care service providers, local public health providers, HIV case managers, and others committed to HIV/AIDS.

Naomi (Nomi) RIVERS
Program Associate, Southern Child Welfare Training Partnership
Phone: (608) 262-7291; email: nrivers@dcs.wisc.edu

Nomi provides administrative support to the Southern Child Welfare Training Partnership, which provides trainings to child welfare staff and foster parents to improve the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families. Our service area includes 21 counties in Southern and Southeastern Wisconsin. We provide responsive trainings in partnership with other organizations across the state that are child welfare specific.

Ileana RODRIGUEZ-GUNARATNAM
Senior Student Services Coordinator, Adult Career and Special Student Services
Phone: (608) 263-6787; email: irodriguez@dcs.wisc.edu

Ileana promotes engagement and continuing education opportunities at UW-Madison through programs and information booths at libraries, cultural events, businesses, and community locations. Ileana advises community adults in career transition and/or interested in continuing education and also coordinates career and educational workshops and fairs.

Martin E. ROUSE
Assistant Dean and Director, Adult Career and Special Student Services
Phone: (608) 262-5825; email: mrouse@dcs.wisc.edu

Martin directs the day-to-day admissions and student services for University Special students. Martin also works closely with visiting international students and advises community adults, especially recent immigrants, about options in returning to school.

Dr. Jeffrey S. RUSSELL
Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning and Dean of Continuing Studies, Administration
Phone: (608) 890-2318; email: jrussell@dcs.wisc.edu; full bio»

Dean of Continuing Studies since 2011, Jeff brings 25 years' experience as an educator and department chair to the division. In his role as Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning, he is striving to make UW-Madison a global leader in the service of lifelong learners. He and his work embody the importance of embracing emerging technology and higher standards, integrity, organization, leadership, hard work, and the appreciation of differences and diversity.

Maria SADOWSKI
Editor, Marketing & Communications
Phone: (608) 262-1156; email: info@dcs.wisc.edu

bio forthcoming

Susan C. SAWATSKE
University Services Program Associate, Liberal Studies and the Arts
Phone: (608) 263-6670; email: ssawatske@dcs.wisc.edu

Sue provides administrative support for music programs and coordinates data for online classes.

Jillian SAYRE
Associate Faculty Associate, Liberal Studies and the Arts/Professional Development and Applied Studies
Phone: (608) 262-1156; email: jsayre@dcs.wisc.edu

Jillian works on developing and implementing the Digital Literacies Capstone Certificate Program for nontraditional students, serves as a program coordinator for noncredit open enrollment Humanities courses, and teaches in a variety of formats, including online, blended, and face-to-face.

Laurie SCHEER
Associate Faculty Associate and Writing Mentor, Writing
Phone: (608) 265-3972; email: lscheer@dcs.wisc.edu

Nationally known speaker, author, and writing coach Laurie Scheer is the director of the UW-Madison Writers’ Institute and the managing editor for the Midwest Prairie Review Journal, a yearly publication that showcases the talent of the UW-Madison writing community. Laurie also teaches online and in-person writing courses.

Jane C. SCHIMMEL
Academic Advisor and Continuing Education Grant Coordinator, Adult Career and Special Student Services
Phone: (608) 262-2862; email: jschimmel@dcs.wisc.edu

Jane advises returning adult and other nontraditional students who are interested in pursuing course work as nondegree/University Special students or who are exploring degree options at UW-Madison. Jane also coordinates the Continuing Education Grant application, the admissions process for UW Madison’s Capstone Certificate programs, and advises high school students enrolling through the Youth Options and Traditional High School programs.

Bonnie A. SCHMIDT
University Services Program Associate, Distance Education Professional Development
Phone: (608) 890-2102; email: bschmidt@dcs.wisc.edu

Bonnie is Program Associate at DEPD and manages administrative and program support for all DEPD certificates and events. She knows DEPD programs not only as a member of the staff but also as a student, having earned DEPD’s Basic Online Instructor Certificate in 2012.

Joann E. SCHRAGE
Senior Artist, Marketing & Communications
Phone: (608) 262-0074; email: jschrage@dcs.wisc.edu

Joann manages the divisional in-house photo collection and designs publications and direct-mail pieces, exhibits, ads, and large format image pieces. She is also the account manager for both the Distance Education & Professional Development conference and the Child Sexual Abuse conference.

Jane A. SCHULENBURG
Professor, Liberal Studies and the Arts
Phone: (608) 262-8663; email: jschulenburg@dcs.wisc.edu

Jane Tibbetts Schulenburg is a Professor of History specializing in medieval social history and medieval women. She teaches and coordinates evening continuing education courses in history and leads medieval study tours to Europe.

Kyle Lee SCHWOCH
Accountant, Administration
Phone: (608) 263-7653; email: kschwoch@dcs.wisc.edu

Kyle is the Financial Program Supervisor for the Dean’s Office. He is responsible for the facilitation and supervision of the financial operations of the Division.

Anna C. SEIDEL-QUAST
Visiting International Student Program (VISP) Coordinator, Adult Career and Special Student Services
Phone: (608) 262-7392; email: aseidelquast@dcs.wisc.edu

Anna advises international students studying pursuing short term nondegree study on our campus. Helping with everything from course enrollment to finding winter coats, Anna is the main point of contact for students learning how to navigate the United States and UW-Madison for the first time.

Janice (Jan) SEVERSON
Academic Department Supervisor, Professional Development and Applied Studies/Liberal Studies and the Arts
Phone: (608) 262-0557; email: jseverson@dcs.wisc.edu

Jan directs the day-to-day leadership and management for all fiscal activities and human resources functions, and supervises the administrative support staff for both academic departments. Jan also works closely with the department chair in process improvement initiatives and provides administrative leadership in support of program planning.

Kimberly R. SEYMOUR
University Services Program Associate, Liberal Studies and the Arts
Phone: (608) 262-3731; email: kseymour@dcs.wisc.edu

Kim provides administrative support for the division’s Educational Travel Program, as well as noncredit evening history courses.

Zufang SHAN
Office Operations Associate, Adult Career and Special Student Services
Phone: (608) 263-7815; email: zshan@dcs.wisc.edu

Zufang manages financial records for Adult Career and Special Student Services, provides administrative support for the scholarship and awards program, and provides front-line customer service for the Division of Continuing Studies.

Dolores SIREK
Designer and Technologist, Educational Innovation
Phone: (608) 890-0113; email: dsirek@dcs.wisc.edu

Dolores works with faculty and staff across campus to produce and promote programs and courses that utilize Web and interactive media materials. Her expertise includes Web and interactive media design, development and project management along with computer graphics, animation, and innovative learning solutions.

Karen A. SKIBBA
Instructional Designer, Educational Innovation
Phone: (608) 265-9752; email: kskibba@dcs.wisc.edu

Karen consults with faculty on developing online courses and using technology to enhance student learning.

Sarah E. STILP
Student Services Coordinator, Adult Career and Special Student Services
Phone: (608) 263-3408; email: sstilp@dcs.wisc.edu

Sarah facilitates the admission and enrollment of university special students to unique programs at UW-Madison, such as summer language institutes and teacher workshops. She is also responsible for assisting with electronic processes and improvements, including ISIS (UW-Madison's student database).

Jesse STOMMEL
Assistant Professor, Liberal Studies and the Arts
Phone: (303) 408-9809; email: jstommel@dcs.wisc.edu

Jesse is Assistant Professor of digital humanities. He coordinates continuing studies programs in film and digital studies. His research focuses on digital pedagogy, new media, and horror film. He is also the Director of Hybrid Pedagogy, a digital journal of learning, teaching, and technology.

Judith A. STRAND
Associate Dean and Director, Adult Career and Special Student Services
Phone: (608) 265-9153, 263-6960; email: jstrand@dcs.wisc.edu

Judith directs the team of 15 who provide a range of services to adults in transition and nontraditional students. She serves as the academic dean for University Special students, advocates for adult students, and works with campus partners to extend access to learning at UW-Madison.

Kathryn Z. SWEET
University Services Program Associate, Professional Development and Applied Studies
Phone: (608) 262-7318; email: ksweet@dcs.wisc.edu

Kathryn handles logistics and support for leadership and management programs, and assists in the development of the newly-created Film and Digital Studies subject area. Additionally, she provides administrative support for the department chair.

Lynn TARNOFF
Outreach Program Manager, Art
Phone: (608) 890-1424; email: ltarnoff@dcs.wisc.edu

An award winning artist, art instructor, and community arts development professional, Lynn coordinates UW-Madison Continuing Studies visual art classes in the Madison area and online. Lynn is also the director of School of the Arts, which offers multidisciplinary, intensive community art experiences in Rhinelander and Spring Green.

Becky TARVER-CHASE
Faculty Associate, Liberal Arts and Applied Studies
Phone: (608) 890-3253 email: btarver@dcs.wisc.edu

Becky coordinates the English Language Program in Continuing Studies, providing courses in English as a Second Language (ESL) to adult learners. She also writes textbooks for people learning English worldwide in conjunction with National Geographic Learning.

Karen Sharece THOMAS
Student Status Examiner, Adult Career and Special Student Services
Phone: (608) 263-6851; email: kthomas@dcs.wisc.edu

Karen handles incoming admissions, phone and walk-in inquiries, and processes applications for adult and nontraditional students. Karen also assists with coordination of the Capstone Certificate program admissions, and provides general office support for the counselors and student service coordinators.

Mary THOMPSON
Director of Continuing Education Development
Phone: (608) 262-1156 email: mthompson@dcs.wisc.edu

bio forthcoming

William P. TISHLER
Media Specialist, Administration/Educational Innovation
Phone: (608) 890-1561; email: wtishler@dcs.wisc.edu

William is a Media Specialist with over 20 years of experience developing distance education courses that use video as the primary medium for content delivery. He is a UW-Madison alum with a master’s degree in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College.

Robert TOOMEY
Outreach Specialist/Program Coordinator, Professional Development and Applied Studies
Phone: (608) 262-2576; email: rtoomey@dcs.wisc.edu

Robert coordinates leadership and management programs, including the Servant Leadership Certificate program and several leadership, management, and supervisory programs in partnership with Wisconsin state government. His experience includes previous service with several state government agencies, and he has been a member of the Wisconsin State Training Council for 15 years, elected 3 times as Chair.

Mary J. UNMUTH
Senior Outreach Specialist, Professional Development and Applied Studies
Phone: (608) 263-4431; email: munmuth@dcs.wisc.edu

As Senior Outreach Specialist and Director of the Wisconsin Women’s Education Network on Addiction, Recovery and Prevention (WWEN Project, State of WI Dept of Health Services’ grant), Mary oversees all aspects of the project which include a statewide conference, regional trainings, women’s treatment providers’ networking system, and the WWEN e-news, web site, and video.

Jessica A. VIESSELMANN
Market Research Manager, Educational Innovation
Phone: (608) 265-3187; email: jviesselmann@dcs.wisc.edu

Jessica provides marketing research support to help determine the interest level and market needs for new programs.

Roberta (Bobbi) L. WANG
Senior Administrative Program Specialist, Professional Development and Applied Studies
Phone: (608) 262-3480; email: rwang@dcs.wisc.edu

bio forthcoming

Julie A.B. WELBOURNE
Outreach Specialist, Administration/Summer Music Clinic
Phone: (608) 263-2242; email: jawelbourne@dcs.wisc.edu

Julie coordinates all advertising, brochure mailings, payroll, and camper enrollment and correspondence for the Summer Music Clinic and Winds of Wisconsin, as well as general office management.

Ann WHITAKER
Outreach Program Manager II, Liberal Arts and Applied Studies
Phone: (608) 890-2747; email: awhitaker@dcs.wisc.edu

Ann plans professional continuing education events for mental health and human service providers, and acts as a special projects manager for the Community Health program area. Prior to her current part-time position, she worked for UW-Madison Continuing Studies for almost 30 years as a program manager.

Douglas E. WHITTLE
Faculty Associate, Educational Travel
Phone: (608) 263-7787; email: dwhittle@dcs.wisc.edu

Doug develops and leads educational trips for adults throughout the United States and the world. Domestic trips focus primarily on the performing arts, while international trips encompass many subjects, ranging from archaeology, fine arts, wildlife ecology, history, religion, and others.

Sarah ZEMPLINSKI
Marketing Outreach, Marketing & Communications
Phone: (608) 262-1156; email: info@dcs.wisc.edu

bio forthcoming

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