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Offices of the Dean, Administration & Finance

Office of the Dean

Continuing Studies’ Office of the Dean leads the division in its mission to advocate for and engage with lifelong learners through high-quality and innovative programs and services. Inspired by the Wisconsin Idea, which motivates all we do at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Continuing Studies pioneers continuously improving models of student services, policies, technologies, and partnerships to serve lifelong learners in Wisconsin and beyond.


Dean Jeff RussellDr. Jeffrey Russell, dean of the Division Continuing Studies and vice provost for lifelong learning, strives to uphold UW–Madison as a global leader in the service of lifelong learners, with a focus on high academic standards, emerging technologies, organizational effectiveness, diversity and inclusion, and mentorship of future leaders. Dr. Russell is also a professor of civil and environmental engineering for the College of Engineering.

View Jeff S. Russell’s CV.

Read more about Dean Jeffrey Russell.

Office of Administration & Finance

Under the direction of Associate Dean Hope Simon, the Office of Administration and Finance manages the financial and administrative activities necessary to support the mission, vision, and values of the division. These activities include:

  • Budget & financial reporting
  • Business services & operations
  • Information technology
  • Human resources
  • Payroll
  • Project management
  • Youth protection & compliance

Our team

Brett Currie

Position title: Instructional Designer

Jenny Hergenrother

Position title: Payroll & Benefits Manager

Sarah Korpi

Position title: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director

Steve Larsen

Position title: Media Specialist

Megan McDonald

Position title: CRM Manager

Alan Ng

Position title: Director of Information Technology

Steven Noftle

Position title: Senior Financial Specialist

Megan O'Rourke

Position title: CRM Administrator

John Oppenheimer

Position title: Instructional Design Manager

Jessica Palmer

Position title: Learning Technology Systems Administrator

Olivia Poches

Position title: Instructional Designer - Noncredit

Andy Richardson

Position title: Assistant Director of Administration

Jeffrey Russell

Position title: Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning & Dean of Continuing Studies

Kyle Schwoch

Position title: Accountant

Ann Shaffer

Position title: Editor

Jo Shaffer

Position title: Assistant Editor

Hope Simon

Position title: Associate Dean

Kelly Smith

Position title: Instructional Designer

Diana Stardragon

Position title: Enterprise Business Analyst

Gianna Taylor

Position title: Special Projects Manager

William Tishler

Position title: Senior Instructional Media Producer

Zachary Yafai

Position title: Human Resources Operations Specialist

Caressa Young

Position title: Instructional Technologist

Taylor Zeilinger

Position title: Human Resources Manager