About Us

Katherine DurenKatherine Duren, J.D., is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the Division of Continuing Studies.  Katy has over 20 years’ experience in higher and continuing professional education, including designing, teaching, and administering post-baccalaureate degree and certificate programs for post-traditional audiences.  Katy oversees the EI Program Development team, and assists departments with curricular development, academic planning and approval, and program revenue budget planning.


Emily BakerEmily Baker, M.S., is an Instructional Designer at UW-Madison, Division of Continuing Studies. Emily received her undergraduate degree from UW-Madison in Elementary Education. After spending a year teaching abroad, she decided to come back to Madison. She completed her master's degree in Educational Communications and Technology at UW-Madison in the spring of 2012. Emily is part of the development team and works with instructors across campus in the design and development of their online courses.


Libby Blanchette is an Editor for the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies. Libby assists departments with creative concept development and writes copy for varying distribution platforms. She has over seven years of experience in marketing communications, advertising and writing. Libby received her undergraduate degree in journalism from Marquette University. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from West Virginia University.


Steve BoldtSteve Boldt, M.S. is the Director of Online Development.  He assists academic departments with online program development, project management, and  leads the DCS EI Online Course Design and Development Team.  Steve has over twenty years of experience in managing, design and development, and delivering online programs/courses, workshops, and training in both the public and private sectors.  Steve has earned his BS and MS in education and Professional Master Certificates in Project Management and Leadership.


Jean HaefnerJean Haefner, M.F.A., is an Instructional Designer and Technologist at the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies. Jean holds BFA degrees in advertising design and photography, a MFA in web and interactive design, and advanced coursework in education technology. Jean has worked, taught, and presented nationally and internationally in these areas and brings more than 20 years of web and interactive design experience to the team. More recently she helped to develop UW-Stout’s Game Design and Development program, where she taught for 5 and a half years. Her research interests include emerging technologies, games for learning, community building, and student engagement in online learning.


Amy Holevas
Amy Holevas, is an Instructional Technologist at UW-Madison, Division of Continuing Studies. Amy received her Bachelor of Business Administration from UW-Whitewater in Accounting and Information Technology. At UW-Whitewater Amy worked at the College of Letters Sciences Media Lab working with faculty and staff to develop online course materials, convert video materials, capture course lectures, and provided closed captioning of all course materials. As part of the EI development team she assists in the development and design of online courses, creates promotional videos and lecture editing, and supports the closed captioning and transcription process.


Haley Kerkhoff
Haley Kerkhoff is an Instructional Designer at the UW-Madison, Division of Continuing Studies. Haley received her undergraduate liberal arts degree from UW-Madison is completing her master's degree in Educational Policy Studies in the spring of 2014. Haley assists in developing online program and certificate courses, particularly in the quality control process, and provides editing services for the development team and across the Division of Continuing Studies.


Sara KluenderSara Kluender, M.B.A., is a Marketing Strategist for the Division of Continuing Studies. Sara assists departments with marketing strategy and comprehensive plan development from identifying objectives through tactical planning of the marketing mix and evaluation of success. She has over fifteen years of experience in marketing, integrated communications, advertising, promotional strategy and event planning. She earned her undergraduate degree in communication with a focus on organizational leadership and supervision and her M.B.A with a focus in management and marketing.


Karen SkibbaKaren Skibba, PhD, is an Instructional Designer at the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies where she provides professional development and consults with faculty on developing online courses and using technology to enhance student learning.  Karen received her doctoral degree in Adult and Continuing Education from the UW-Milwaukee. Her dissertation researched how faculty members learn to teach adult learners in a blended program. Karen received a Master's Degree in Communication Studies from Marquette University and taught college-level communication, online and blended course development courses, and seminars. She authored book chapters on educational technologies, online and blended teaching and learning, and presented her research at international conferences.  Karen is also a trainer and peer reviewer for Quality Matters, a faculty-centered, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses.


Dolores SirekDolores Sirek, M.S., is an Instructional Designer and Technologist at the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies. She works with faculty and staff across campus to produce and promote programs and courses that utilize Web and interactive media materials. She has over 20 years of experience in Web and interactive media design, development and project management in the private and public sector, and higher education. Her expertise includes Web and multimedia, interactivity, computer graphics, animation and innovative learning solutions. Dolores also has a K-12 teaching license in art.


William TishlerWilliam P. Tishler, M.A. is a Media Specialist with over twenty 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.   



JessicaJessica Viesselmann, M.B.A., is a Market Research Manager at the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies.  She provides marketing research support to help determine the interest level and market needs for new programs.  Jessica earned her undergraduate degree in Marketing and Management & Human Resources from UW-Madison.  After working in the Market Research field for a few years she came back to the University of Wisconsin – Madison and received her M.B.A. from the A.C. Nielsen Center for Marketing Research.