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Kimberly Aime (MA, Ohio State Univ.) blogs and maintains steady work as a freelancer, including 2 book deals. Through her classes, she helps other writers use social media to create an online presence and writing portfolio.
Helene Androski is retired senior academic librarian at the UW-Madison Memorial Library.
DANIEL ARES LOPEZ
Daniel Ares Lopez (PhD candidate in Hispanic literature) is a native Spanish speaker who has taught Spanish to adults for many years. His areas of interest include linguistics, philology, and teaching Spanish as a second language in multicultural classrooms.
Maytee Aspuro (MA, Edgewood College) is the former Chief Information Officer/Information Technology Director of the Wisconsin Department of Children & Families. Owner of AyG Management Consulting, she offers management consulting and training services throughout the state.
Emily Auerbach is a UW-Madison English professor who has won teaching, broadcasting, and arts awards. She's the author of
Searching for Jane Austen
Tami Bahr LCSW, CSAC, ICS, EAGALA Certified, is the owner of Triquestrian, LLC, an Equine Assisted Psychotherapy program. She is also a therapist at Open Door Center for Change, LLC and a full time Lecturer at Edgewood College. Tami is on the Executive Committee for the Recovery Coalition of Dane County and is the Wisconsin Network Group Coordinator for EAGALA.
Jane Bartels (M.Ed.)is presently in private practice in Madison, WI as a psychotherapist, specializing in families affected by substance abuse. She runs groups for women, men, adolescents and children ages 7-12, and she provides individual therapy for mental health issues. Bartels is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), has been a Certified Addictions Counselor since 1990, and is a CSAC in the State of WI. Having undergone over thirty treatments and hospitalizations due to her own alcohol addiction, now in total recovery, she has established her 'street cred' with patients reluctant to work with therapists who have not 'been there' as addicts themselves. She has authored the memoir, Broken Promises, One Family's Journey through Alcoholism and Reconnection.
DENISE BAYRON KREMMER
ANTONIO BENITEZ-NOGUERA, PHD
Antonio Benitez-Noguera (PhD in Spanish, UW-Madison) is from Madrid, where he managed his own company for many years. He has taught language and culture courses at UW-Madison, Edgewood College, and Minnesota State University.
Marilyn Bonjean (EdD) has more than 20 years of clinical experience with older adults and is a nationally known speaker on issues related to their well-being.
Beatriz Botero (PhD, Spanish and Psychology) is from Bogota, Colombia. Her research focuses on contemporary American literature's relationship to philosophy, art, and psychoanalysis. She has extensive teaching experience.
Patricia Brennan (PhD, UW-Madison) is Lillian S. Moehlman-Bascom Professor of Nursing and Industrial Engineering at UW-Madison. She developed a series of web-based interventions designed to reduce isolation and improve self-care among home care patients. She is also National Program Director of Project HealthDesign, an RWJ–funded initiative designed to stimulate the next generation of personal health records. Brennan is fellow of both the American Academy of Nursing (1991) and the American College of Medical Informatics (1993) and in 2002 was elected to the Institute of Medicine.
Robert Breslow is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist (BCPS) and is an associate professor in the School of Pharmacy at UW Madison where he runs the geriatric pharmacy clinic and teaches. He has over 25 years of experience in general and geriatric pharmacy.
Erin Brooks is a specialist on music of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She teaches music history at the UW-Madison School of Music, where she enjoys working with students from a variety of different majors. Prior to coming to UW-Madison, she taught at several institutions, including a course on music and games at UCLA.
Barbara Buenger (PhD, Columbia University) is professor of art history at UW-Madison where she has been on the faculty since 1976. An expert on Max Beckmann, her areas of research and teaching include twentieth-century European artists and design, nineteenth-and twentieth-century German art, and modern women artists.
Scott Caldwell (MA) is a licensed substance-abuse counselor who has trained professionals working with youth in health care, schools, juvenile justice, and human services.
Joshua Calhoun is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Faculty Affiliate at the Nelson Institute's Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE).
Maristella Cantini (PhD, Italian) was born and raised in Tuscany and studied at the University of Pisa, Italy . She has extensive experience teaching Italian language and culture. Her research interests include Italian literature, cinema authored by Italian women directors and women screenwriters.
Otehlia Cassidy is an energetic dancer/educator whose interpretations of traditional West African dance movement reveal artistry steeped in experience. She has traveled numerous times to Mali and Guinea, studying traditional dances within their cultural context and continues to study with Malian and Guinean dancers in the United States.
SUZANNA WATERS CASTILLO
Suzanna Waters Castillo is a Distinguished Faculty Associate. She is an educator and director of professional development in geriatric mental health. Dr. Castillo has over 20 years of experience in higher education and earned her MSSW and PhD from UW Madison studying adult learning and social gerontology. Prior to this Suzanna worked in community based care for older adults and wrote long term care policy for the government. She has developed the Mental Health and Older Adult Certificate Series, the only regional, evidence-based training for professionals working with older adults.
SUZANNA CASTILLO WATERS
Christopher Chambers is a Faculty Associate in UW-Madison Continuing Studies and the author of Delta 88, a book of short fiction. He's published over 150 publications in 85 different journals and is a past recipient of a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Jana Champion (BS, Mount Mary Univ.) is the director of the Wisconsin State Crime Lab. She is a Wisconsin Certified Public Manager and currently supervises 5 direct reports and more than 160 staff in 3 laboratories.
Arsenio Cicero (PhD UW-Madison), a native of Havana, is a film producer, director, and scriptwriter. In Havana, Dr. Cicero produced more than thirty short films and videos, authored 50+ film reviews, and coordinated the international press for Cuban film festivals. He has interviewed more than 100 leading filmmakers from around the world.
Amy Clay Amy Clay (MA, University of Caen) is a PhD candidate in Second Language Acquisition. She has lived and taught in Normandy, France and has extensive teaching experience in a variety of settings.
Marshall Cook teaches writing for UW-Madison. His 26 published books include the Monona Quinn Mystery Series and the true crime book
The Great Wisconsin Manhunt of 1961
. He edits
Creativity Connection: The Writer's Quarterly Encouragement
Jessica Courtier (PhD, UW-Madison) is the Program Director in Music and Performing Arts. She oversees non-credit courses in music and dance as well as collaborative projects with other on- and off-campus arts partners. She also teaches courses in music culture and history.
JULIE M. DAHL
Julie M. Dahl (PhD, UW-Madison) directs the Continuing Studies Spanish programs and has extensive experience teaching adult language learners in a variety of contexts in the U.S. and abroad. Her area of expertise is contemporary Spanish and Portuguese culture and language for business.
Michael Daun (MPA, Cornell Univ.) is a private financial consultant and the former deputy comptroller for the City of Milwaukee.
ARTHUR DE SMET
Arthur De Smet is a professor emeritus of radiology with a lifelong interest in landscape and architectural photography. He has given seven previous Continuing Studies courses including English church and cathedral architecture, English history, and English manor homes and gardens.
Maggie Delaney-Potthoff performs throughout the United States and Europe with the highly acclaimed band Harmonious Wail. One of Madison's finest jazz vocalists, she is also a private vocal coach and a recording artist.
Christine DeSmet is an award-winning writer of novels and screenplays who teaches fiction and screenwriting and mentors other writers at UW-Madison. Her mystery series debuted in September 2013 with
Lori Devoti has garnered excellent reviews for her teaching at Write-by-the-Lake Writer's Workshop & Retreat and at Writers' Institute. The author of urban fantasy, contemporary romance, and paranormal romance, she's been a finalist for many awards. Learn more at loridevoti.com.
Mary Diman (MFA, UW-Madison), has taught studio painting for UW-Madison, School of the Arts at Rhinelander, and other groups for 30 years. Her paintings are in invitational and juried shows, museums, and collections around the United States. Learn more at marydiman.wordpress.com.
Stella Dobbins (MA, Univ. of Houston) is an artist and art historian who exhibits her artwork nationwide and is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society.
Robbi Dreifuerst (MS, UW-Madison) leads the Leadership and Management program area and directs the Wisconsin Certified Public Manager Program. She is a member of the American Academy of Certified Public Managers and the Community Partnerships and Outreach (CPO) Staff Network at UW-Madison.
Evan Engelstad is pursuing a doctoral degree in piano performance and pedagogy at the UW-Madison School of Music and is a piano instructor at Farley's House of Pianos.
Robert Enright (PhD), a licensed psychologist and a professor of educational psychology at UW-Madison, has been a leader in the scientific study of forgiveness and its effects since 1985. Time Magazine referred to him as "the forgiveness trailblazer." He is the author of more than 100 publications including 5 books. He and his colleagues have developed and tested a pathway to forgiveness that has helped incest survivors and people with drug rehabilitation, in hospice, in shelters for abused women, and in cardiac units of hospitals, among others. His recent work has been in schools within conflict regions such as Belfast, Northern Ireland, assisting teachers to deliver forgiveness programs to students.
DONNA EREZ NAVOT
Donna Erez Navot (JD, Cardozo Law School) directs the Mediation Clinic at the UW-Madison Law School. She worked in the Child Permanency Mediation Program of the New York City Family Court, where she mediated placement of children in foster care.
Deneille Erikson is a PhD candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese specializing in Spanish Literature and cultural studies. She has taught all levels of Spanish language classes to all ages.
BETH FAHLBERG, PHD
Beth Fahlberg PhD, RN, is a program director for Continuing Studies and is a board certified adult and geriatric nurse practitioner. Beth is a national leader in the palliative care movement with a focus on the importance of meeting the physical and psycho-social end-of-life care needs of older adults.
Liz Fentress is a professional playwright, director, and actor. Her play
Liz's Circus Story,
which she wrote and performed, premiered on Kentucky Educational Television; her play
The Honey Harvest
premiered at the Kentucky Repertory Theatre.
Steve Fondow (PhD in Spanish linguistics, The Ohio State Univ.) is an associate lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UW-Madison, specializing in Spanish morphology, phonology, and grammar. He also studied at the Universidad de la Complutense in Madrid, Spain.
Thais Fonseca (MA, UW-Madison). Born and raised in Brazil, she loves introducing others to her language through teaching and translation.
Jesse Gant is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at UW-Madison and a Public Humanities Fellow with the Wisconsin Humanities Council. His dissertation examines the rise and development of the Republican Party in the 1850s and 1860s.
Roberta Gassman (MSSW, UW-Madison) is a senior fellow in the School of Social Work at the UW-Madison. She previously served as deputy assistant secretary for employment and training for the United States Department of Labor.
Chariti Gent (MS, Univ. of Colorado, CPCC, PCC) founded Chariti Gent Coaching and Consulting. She received her professional coach training from the Coaches Training Institute (CTI). She is on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Women Entrepreneurs, is an active member of Phenomenal Women Wisconsin, and regularly volunteers her time and talents to train up-and-coming coaches. Chariti Gent Coaching and Consulting is a global member of the International Coaching Federation.
Kathy Germann (M.A., Ohio State Univ.) has taught, consulted, and coached for over 30 years. She practices radical hospitality and supports others in building organizations where people treat each other with uncompromising respect and dignity.
Sage Goellner (PhD, UW-Madison) is an assistant professor of French at UW-Madison and directs Continuing Studies programs in French.
Ricardo Gonzalez is a native Cuban, a scholar of Cuban history and music, and 40+-year resident of Madison. He has served on Madison's Common Council, founded the Madison-Camaguey (Cuba) Sister City Association, and owns the Cardinal Bar.
Joseph Goveas (MD) is an assistant professor and clinician in the Department of Psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin and is Board Certified in Geriatric Psychiatry.
Jack Grotsky has more than 15 year of experience in State Government and more than 10 years with TLFS. At the State level he has held multiple positions in Fiscal, Training, IT and is certified in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
Al Guyant (BS, UW-Milwaukee) is president of Guyant & Associates in Madison, a training and consulting firm specializing in human communications and services. He is a nationally recognized trainer, facilitator, media coach, and author with more than 35 years of experience.
Michael Hammer (PhD) is a psychologist and trainer in emotional intelligence, organizational change, and stress management. He has been a primary trainer for Team Leader/Facilitator Skills since 1998. He works at Mendota Mental Health Institute and also in private practice.
Jerry Hancock is a minister in the United Church of Christ. He has deep roots in the Southwest and brings an understanding of the historic and religious currents alive in the artistic traditions of Northern New Mexico. He is a graduate of the UW-Madison Law School and Chicago Theological Seminary.
LINDA P. HANCOCK
Linda P. Hancock is an award-winning artist and calligrapher whose deep family roots in the West have inspired her special interest in the art of 20th-century Northern New Mexico. She is a graduate of Colorado College. Her works are in major permanent collections including the Chazen Art Museum and the Newberry Library.
Sandy Hardie is Executive Director of Mahala's Hope, a certified Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor, Independent Clinical Supervisor and Certified Trauma Specialist and has worked in the substance abuse field for over 25 years specializing in women and trauma for 15 of those years.
Kathleen Heinen (MFA, UW-Madison) has taught drawing, design, painting, watercolor, and life drawing at UW-Madison and Madison College.
Linda Heisler is a seasoned trainer, manager and consultant. She has served as training director for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, chair of the Wisconsin State Training Council, president of La Crosse Common Council, and currently pastors a church.
JARED W. HENDRICKSON
Jared W. Hendrickson (PhD candidate, UW-Madison) specializes in 20th- and 21st-century Portuguese and Luso-African literature. He has studied at the Universidade de Coimbra in Portugal and has extensive teaching experience.
Jamie Henke (PhD, UW-Madison) is a distinguished faculty associate at UW-Madison. She teaches music for Continuing Studies and music theory for non-majors at the School of Music. She is a recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Flo Hilliard MS is a Faculty Associate with the division and has lectured throughout the state and nationally on many Substance Use Disorders topics including the special issues of women, adolescents, culture and neuroscience. She is the program director of the Substance Abuse and Motivational Interviewing Certificate Programs and the director of Wisconsin Voices For Recovery, a statewide project that advocates for reducing stigma, raising awareness and providing education around the science of addiction and recovery.
Tracy Honn is a printing history educator, curator and letterpress printer living in Madison, Wisconsin. She directs the Silver Buckle Press, a working museum of letterpress printing at UW-Madison Libraries.
Timothy Howell (MD) is a board certified geriatric psychiatrist. He has extensive clinical experience in geriatric psychiatry at both UW-Madison School of Medicine and the VA. He is also the designer of the Wisconsin Star Method of complex geriatric case analysis.
Christine Inthachith (MA, UW-Madison), provides leadership and coordination for non-credit programs in the Division of Continuing Studies developed for international audiences, and she serves as the Director of the American Culture and English residential program (ACE). She has extensive international experience, including consulting, teaching and volunteer work in Southeast Asia and Central America.
Andrew Irving (PhD, UW-Madison) is an award-winning instructor, academic adviser, and technologist. He teaches intermediate French and currently serves as the director of the French House.
Autumn Jackson (MA, Illinois State Univ.) is the director of family literacy at Literacy Network in Madison. She has taught English in Ecuador, Indonesia, and the U.S.
Gabriel Javier M.Ed. currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the LGBT Campus Center, Division of Student Life, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to working at UW-Madison, Gabe was the Senior Assistant Director of the University of Michigan Spectrum Center, the nation's first college/ university office dedicated to student services for lesbian and gay students. Gabe is past co-Chair of the National Consortium of LGBT Higher Education Professionals and past Chair of Administration for the Standing Committee for LGBT Issues of the American College Personnel Association.
Denise Jess has facilitated trainings on a wide range of human relations issues since the mid-1980s, including teaching in a learner-centered classroom for 11 years. She is committed to creating inclusive environments where all voices are respected.
JULIE TALLARD JOHNSON
Julie Tallard Johnson , MSW, LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist and author. She has taught courses on compassionate communication, group dynamics, depth psychology, and facilitated journaling circles and groups for 30 years. She has been studying the scientific basis of thought transformation, inspiration, and creativity for 35 years. She is the author of several books, including Spiritual Journaling and The Zero Point Agreement.
MARY B. JOHNSON
Mary B. Johnson , PLCC, ACC is a Professional Life Coach trained throughout the University of Wisconsin's Professional Life Coaching Certification Program. She is also a Social and Emotional Intelligence Certified Coach through the ISEI. Mary is recognized for her exceptional performance as a leader, trainer, coach and mentor in the fine jewelry industry, and has assisted hundreds of business professionals in overcoming obstacles and attaining personal and career goals. Mary is the Author of Digging for Goals and is a certified Yoga Instructor.
Christina Kay is an avid teacher and soprano in the Madison area. She frequently performs with the Madison Choral Project, Present Music's Hearing Voices, and the early music consort Eliza's Toyes, and teaches piano and voice lessons at Madison Music Foundry and Beloit College.
Marina Kelly (MFA, UW-Madison) is an interdisciplinary artist who designs situations that bring people together, creating contemporary dance works, site responsive performances, live art tableaux, looping videos, and sculptural installations.
Oxana Khramova (MM, University of Northern Iowa) is a teaching assistant in the UW-Madison School of Music. An All-Russian Piano Competition prize winner, she holds a degree from the Nizhny Novgorod Conservatory in Russia. She enjoys teaching students at all levels.
YOUNGMI J. KIM
Youngmi J. Kim (MS, UW-Madison) is a native of Seoul who has taught Korean language and culture at all levels. She has a passion for teaching language and enjoys interacting with students.
Christopher Kleinhenz is professor emeritus at UW-Madison, where he taught courses on medieval Italian literature. He has given numerous illustrated lecture series on related topics and led study tours to Italy for the UW and the UW Alumni Association.
Akira Kondo (PhD candidate in second-language acquisition) is originally from Osaka, Japan. He has taught English as a second/foreign language in various settings in the U.S. and Japan for a number of years. He also served as a pre-service foreign language supervisor (Spanish, French, and Latin).
NANCY DUNN KURR
Nancy Dunn Kurr (BA, UW-Madison) is principal violist in the Edgewood Chamber Symphony and an active chamber musician in the Madison area. She has been teaching string students of all ages for more than 20 years.
Steve Kurr (MM, UW-Madison) has taught continuing education music courses for more than a decade. He is conductor of the Middleton Community Orchestra and teaches orchestra and music history at Middleton High School.
SAMIE LAINE SCOTT
Samie Laine Scott (BFA, UW-Madison) focuses in painting and printmaking. She received multiple scholarships to pursue her studies, and holds an Art Education Certificate. A partner at Lost Lake Collective, Medford, WI, Samie creates printed textile and other functional works.
Renee Lajcak (MS in Curriculum and Instruction) teaches in the ESL program at UW-Madison. She has extensive experience teaching English to international students, tourists, and immigrants in Madison. She has lived and taught in Japan and Indonesia and has trained English teachers in Malaysia for the US State Department. Renee strives to create relaxed, relevant and communicative classes.
Barbara Landes (MFA, UW-Madison) is an artist and instructor working primarily with handmade paper. She has taught papermaking and bookmaking at UW-Madison, was the Artist in Residence at the Madison Public Library, and was recently awarded an Artist Residency at the Women's Studio Workshop. Visit www.barbaralandes.com for more.
Faith Lerner (MS) is a clinical team leader and therapist at the Journey Mental Health Center.
Elizabeth Lewis (BFA, Emerson College) is an artist, writer, motivational speaker, and stress management and personal development coach. Her areas of expertise include HeartMath, forgiveness facilitation, resilience-building, meditation, happiness, chakra healing art, and global body-mind-spirit practices. Learn more at elizabeth-lewis-coach.com
Baoli Liu is a visiting assistant professor and head piano technician in the UW-Madison School of Music. He was formerly an associate professor of piano technology at Shenyang Conservatory and a visiting scholar at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Sandra Loman is a retired history professor who taught European history at Madison College. Currently a docent at the Chazen Museum of Art, she is a veteran traveller who explores European cities with her camera to discover both their past and present spirit.
Tom Long (MBA, Cardinal Stritch) is the operations commander, a captain and second in command of the Neenah Police Department. His 26 year career includes experience at all levels of law enforcement. Tom's areas of expertise include public finance, budgeting and management of law enforcement agencies.
Joshua Ludke (art education, UW-Madison; art therapy, UW-Superior) draws, paints, and makes prints and is a substitute teacher for the Madison Schools.
Darcy Luoma (MS in organization development, Pepperdine Univ.) is a leadership coach and organization development specialist and the owner of Darcy Luoma Coaching & Consulting, LLC. She is a Master Certified Coach (MCC) and was recently voted Madison's favorite coach.
Nathaniel Maddux (PhD candidate, UW-Madison) has travelled all over the Spanish-speaking world. He has taught students of all ages in university, immersion, and study abroad settings. His interests include bilingualism, Spanish-language acquisition, and Spanish dialectology.
Andrea Magermans (PhD,UW-Madison) has taught a wide variety of French language, literature, civilization, and culture courses. She has spent time studying, working, conducting research, and traveling in French-speaking Europe, Quebec, and the South Pacific.
Mary Magray (PhD) is an Irish historian, author of the groundbreaking
Transforming Power of the Nuns,
the story of modern women's religious communities in Ireland, and a former editor of
Éire-Ireland: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Irish Studies.
Barbara Mathews (member of the WI Watercolor Society) has taught seminars at L'Ateliar, the Galena School of Art, and Raven Wish, as well as in numerous countries. She was recently inducted into the United Art Alliance Hall of Fame.
Perri Mayes (JD) has been a respected mediator and trainer for more than 20 years. A former instructor for UW-Milwaukee's graduate certificate program in mediation, she is the director/clinical instructor with the UW Law School's Mediation Clinic.
David Mays (MD, PhD) is the past forensic clinical director at the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison. He also serves on the clinical faculty at UW-Madison and the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Amy McFarland is a ragtime, classical, swing, and folk music enthusiast who has played piano for more than 30 years. She teaches music and dance to individuals and groups, and has performed for dances, concerts, and festivals throughout the U.S.
Anne McGuire has an academic background in psychology and is a Certified Professional Life Coach with a private practice in LaGrange Park, IL. She sees her work as a life coach focusing in two directions. She aims at assisting her clients to come to a place of healing in the midst of their past losses. (She is a former recipient of the UW-Madison Grief Support Services Certificate.) After leading them to a place of healing from the past, she focuses on equipping them for the future by shining a light on their uniqueness, gifts, strengths, sorrows, joys and coping skills.
Kevin Mullen (PhD, UW-Madison) teaches writing and literature with the UW Odyssey Project. His scholarly work focuses on 20th century transatlantic literature, mobility studies, and adult literacy.
Barbara Nehls-Lowe (MPH, DMin) joined Continuing Studies after nearly 20 years in cancer control work. She has recruited for the Peace Corps and has taught community college courses in rural sociology and psychology. Barbara began her career in WI working in HIV/AIDS education with the Department of Public Instruction.
Tom Nelson PharmD, RPh, is a drug information and substance abuse consultant for numerous state AODA treatment agencies and school districts. A registered pharmacist, he serves as pharmacy clinical coordinator at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, where he also directs the pharmacy residency program and investigation drug studies program. Tom's thoughtful and low-key style is well received by participants.
Robert Newton (PhD, UW-Madison) teaches online and in the classroom at UW-Madison. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of oral and performance traditions in West Africa and Celtic regions of the world. He has performed traditional Irish music for over 35 years.
Kristin Oakley (JD, UW-Madison) is a freelance writer, past president of the professional writers' organization In Print, and a board member of the Chicago Writers Association. She has led a wide variety of writing workshops and critiqued other writers' work extensively.
Cheryl Oliva is the former purchasing director for the City of Milwaukee, where she designed and implemented efficiencies in the procurement process. She currently works as an independent management consultant specializing in organizational effectiveness and efficiency.
Jenny Oyallon-Koloski is a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) through the Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies and a PhD film candidate in the Communication Arts department at UW-Madison. She uses Laban Movement Analysis in her research on dance in film.
LAURA V. PAGE
Laura V. Page (MS, UW-Madison, MS-J, Northwestern Univ.) is a Program Director for UW-Madison's Continuing Studies leadership and management group. Laura was an independent management consultant for more than two decades, and is a frequent seminar instructor and keynote speaker.
June Partoll (RNC, CLSW, NHA) is a licensed nurse, social worker and nursing home administrator, certified in gerontology. She has worked for more than 25 years in long term care, acute care, administration and patient/client advocacy. An expert witness and private consultant, June lectures on aging issues ranging from health care, Social Security, Medicare, financial and legal protections, and care giving at Madison College, UW-Madison and other venues.
ERIN J. PAUL
Erin J. Paul (PhD, UW-Madison) has extensive experience teaching all levels of Spanish language and literature classes. She has also taught business Spanish and online courses.
Donna Peckett (BA in art history) is the producing artistic director of TAPIT/new works. She is a tap dancer, actor, educator, specialist in dance and drama for young children, and award-winning choreographer. Learn more at www.tapitnewworks.org.
Jonathan Peik has been performing and recording in the Midwest since 1986. He teaches 5-string banjo, mandolin, guitar, and runs bluegrass jam classes. Jon focuses on technique building, ear training, applied theory and the use of these skills in ensemble playing.www.jonpeik.weebly.com
Kim Petersen (MD) is a board certified geriatrician and president of Elder Advocates. He serves as a consultant and trainer in dementia care across the country.
Tara Potter After losing her husband at age 31, Tara was faced with raising two young children, helping them understand and adjust to losing a father at a young age. She eventually transformed her personal experiences in grief, her background in both business and education, and her degree in psychology into her current employment as Continuing Care Coordinator for the eight offices of Cress Funeral Services. She has done numerous presentations on her unique work, including a presentation at the International Death, Grief and Bereavement Conference, presenting a workshop on various creative employment possibilities and opportunities in grief counseling.
Bridget Powell (MA, OMDE) is program manager and online instructor for Continuing Studies' Distance Education Professional Development programs. She designs, teaches, and evaluates online certificate programs. Bridget retired from the Air Force in Dec 2013.
Christopher Powers has worked as a professional acoustic musician for more than 30 years, playing and recording with many string bands in folk, bluegrass, country-blues, and jazz. He hosts a weekly radio program on WORT-FM and performs locally with several bands.
Shawn Preuss PCC, BS in Business Management, Trained CTI Coach, and Certified Myer Briggs Facilitator is a leadership and team development coach and the owner of Transitions Coaching & Consulting, Inc. Shawn has been coaching and consulting with individuals, teams, groups, and organizations for 15 years and has been in the coaching industry (sport/business/life) for more than 35 years. Shawn specializes in working with groups and teams navigating the process of team development using leadership practices and the coaching process. With an inside-out perspective, Shawn helps to draw out the best from people and organizations. Shawn's insightful and objective perspective is a stabilizing point to any group of people she works with. With her depth of experiential learning, Shawn guides others in drawing rich learning from everyday life and business. Her coaching often acts as a catalyst to dynamic shifts and changes in life and business. Shawn is an instructor in the ACTP accredited University of Wisconsin-Madison Professional Life Coaching Certificate program and she provides mentoring, coaching, and consulting to professional coaches. She is an active member of the International Coaching Federation, Chicago Coaches Federation, and Association for Psychological Type.
Maria Pulla-France (MA) was born in Cuenca, Ecuador. She has extensive experience teaching Spanish language and culture to college students and professional adults. Her teaching experience includes traditional classroom, one-on-one, and hybrid instruction. She has a passion for teaching Spanish.
Cynthia Quinn is a signature member of the Midwest Watercolor Society and has taught graphic design, oil painting, and watercolor for Madison College and UW-Madison Continuing Studies. Learn more at cynthiaquinn.com.
OLIVIA C. RIVARD
Olivia C. Rivard (BFA, BA, Univ. of Minnesota) received training in Paris at Studio Harmonic and the Centre de Danse du Marais. She organizes and teaches her own modern dance technique classes for adults and works as part of the Bare Bones Dance Collective.
Bill Rizzo is a local government specialist with the UW Cooperative Extension. He specializes in community dialog, deliberation, and civility in local government.
Kenneth Robbins (MD) is a board-certified geriatric psychiatrist and geriatrician with more than 20 years of experience in providing care to older adults. He is the medical director for the geriatric psychiatry unit at Stoughton Hospital.
Katherine Rosing (MFA, Northern Illinois Univ.) has been teaching college-level art for more than 20 years. Her quiet, rhythmic paintings abstracted from forests and patterns of water have been exhibited and collected throughout the United States and abroad.
Jeff Russell (MS, UW-Madison) is co-director of Russell Consulting, where he helps organizations successfully respond to the challenges of continuous change with a focus on leadership, strategic thinking, leading change, and performance coaching.
Angela Rydell (MFA, Warren Wilson College), has been a writing coach and instructor for Continuing Studies since 2006. She's a recipient of the
Poets & Writers'
Writers Exchange Award and a Pushcart Prize nominee. Her fiction and poetry have been published in many journals.
Noelle Rydell is an editor, author, and librarian. She has a bachelor's degree in English and a Master's in Library and Information Science from UW-Madison. She has worked as an editor for the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. Her story "Hooks" won first prize in Madison Magazine's short fiction contest. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in many publications or anthologies.
Philip Salamone (BA, UW-Madison) studied classical drawing and painting in New York City at the Art Students League, Water Street Atelier, and Grand Central Academy. He is an award-winning artist and muralist with paintings on UW-Madison campus and Epic in Verona, WI. Learn more at philipsalamone.com.
Laura Saunders (MSSW), is with the Dept. of Family medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health and for 15 years has provided MI training to physicians, nurses, medical students, psychologists, addiction-treatment providers, social workers, physical therapists, and health educators. A member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), Laura has provided MI training both nationally and internationally with consistently high levels of satisfaction from participants.
Laurie Scheer (MA, DePaul Univ.) is a writing mentor, professional speaker, and instructor for Continuing Studies. Her book
The Writer's Advantage: A Toolkit for Mastering Your Genre
is a writing manual for the transmedia arena. She is the recipient of the 2014 James T. Tiedge Alumni Award for ethics, integrity, and service from her undergraduate alma mater Marquette University.
Gary Schoener is a clinical psychologist and nationally known speaker and consultant. After 37 years as executive director of the Walk-in Counseling Center of Minneapolis, he is now the center's director of consultation and training.
Tracy Schroepfer is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work. Dr. Schroepfer's research, teaching and national, state, and local workshops focus on the psychosocial, cultural and spiritual needs of elders.
John Schultz has taught for more than 20 years, oversaw an Advanced Technical Certificate program in Quality Management, has experience as a consultant, technical services manager, product engineer, and has authored two books, magazine, and journal articles.
Cindy Severt is an award-winning director/choreographer whose work spans the realms of musical theater, ballet, opera, symphony, film, cabaret, revues, interactive murder mysteries, British pantomimes, and industrials. She is a frequent guest instructor for colleges, schools, and community organizations.
EUGENIA SHERMAN BROWN
Eugenia Sherman Brown (PhD) serves as adjunct professor of history for Trinity and Fuller Seminaries. A Fulbright scholar, she lectured in history for Carroll and Edgewood Colleges, and has taught for Continuing Studies since 1994. She enjoys the study of mosaic art.
Jenny Siklos (MEd, Univ. of Missouri-Columbia) teaches at Madison English as a Second Language School and in Continuing Studies at the UW-Madison. She has written two ESL books for Collins Language as well as children's books.
Doug Smith (MA, MSc, MDiv) is a professional speaker, trainer, and consultant with more than 25 years' experience as a counselor, therapist, and health care administrator. He has written
The Tao of Dying
Being a Wounded Healer
, and several other books.
Rose Stephenson (MA, Middlebury College) lived for many years in Germany. She has taught Continuing Studies courses in German for more than 20 years.
Dean Strang (AB, Dartmouth; JD, Virginia) is a lawyer, adjunct law professor, and author of
Worse Than the Devil: Anarchists, Clarence Darrow, and Justice in a Time of Terror
from U. Wisconsin Press.
JULIE TALLARD JOHNSON
Julie Tallard Johnson , MSW, LCSW, is an award-winning author of 10 nonfiction books, her first one published in 1989 through Doubleday. She received the Independent Book award for Best Multicultural Book for Youth for The Thundering Years: Rituals and Sacred Wisdom for Teens & Star Review in Publisher's Weekly for Teen Psychic. Julie has also written numerous articles for local papers and online magazines. She sends out a popular weekly blog: ALL-WRITE Wednesdays: World Into Word. Julie enjoys working with aspiring writers and has helped many writers become authors.
Lynn Tarnoff (MA) director of UW-Madison Continuing Studies Visual Arts and Living Well programs has degrees in education and healthcare administration. She is an award-winning artist, instructor, gallery co-founder and business entrepreneur. She has worked in education, public health, toy invention and community art development.
BECKY TARVER CHASE
Becky Tarver Chase (MA, UW-Madison) directs the English Language Program in Continuing Studies and has taught English to adults in the US, Thailand, and Mexico. She has also authored several textbooks for National Geographic Learning.
Vivian Tomlinson trained at the University of Cape Town Ballet School, South Africa, before he became a principal dancer with Wisconsin Ballet Company.
Molly Tomony (MA, ATR-BC, LPC) is currently a child and family therapist for the Rainbow Project in Madison, Wisconsin. She has taught art therapy and education for both the University of Wisconsin and Edgewood College, and has worked in several hospices, specializing in art therapy and grief work with children. Molly has extensive experience in running grief groups for both hospices and schools, having written manuals for running grief groups in elementary, middle and high school settings. She has also applied her art therapy talents to individuals with disabilities and is currently an art instructor for SALSO (Strong Artistic Ladies Speaking Out).
Robert Toomey (EdD, Edgewood College) is a program director with the UW-Madison, Division of Continuing Studies, where he works with leadership and management programs. Previously he worked in public service with several Wisconsin state government agencies in the areas of training and human resources. Robert also received a master's degree in servant leadership from Viterbo University.
Ridley Usherwood (MA, D.Min) has over 40 years of experience in education, teaching, research, and program design. He is currently grief support coordinator for Home Health United as well as a practicing marriage and family therapist, with a strong background in pastoral ministry and counseling. He has taught classes in multi-cultural studies at Edgewood College and was for 9 years the Director of the Intercultural Studies Program at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. Ridley has done work in South Korea, Brazil, Great Britain, Ghana, Germany, Argentina, the Philippines, Ecuador and Canada. He has also assisted in the development of Hope Africa University in Nairobi, Kenya.
SHARON M. VAN SLUIJS
Sharon M. Van Sluijs (MFA, Univ. of Iowa) has taught grammar, writing, and literature since 1990. She has worked at UW Press, UW-Madison, Washburn University, and SUNY and has written and edited for a wide range of clients through her manuscript consulting business.
Guy Vanrensselaer (BS, UW-Madison) is the process improvement specialist for the City of Madison. He has been an instructor for the Wisconsin Certified Public Manager program for more than 20 years. He also provides consulting services to public and nonprofit organizations statewide.
Paul Vosburgh (BA, UW-Madison) is a financial services career professional focusing on educating and helping individuals and families achieve their financial goals and dreams. As First Vice President-Wealth Management at UBS, he demystifies the financial world jargon in seminars for individuals and corporate clients.
George Watson is an Internal Consultant in the Office of Quality Improvement at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His campus roles include strategic planning, project management, and improving the effectiveness and efficiency of campus services and programs.
Lisa Webne-Behrman (PhD) Licensed Psychologist and Mediator, is Senior Partner with Collaborative Initiative, an organization that provides training, facilitation, mediation and dispute resolution systems design. Lisa is also Senior Psychologist at UW Madison Counseling Center focused on mindfully addressing life's challenges.
Sarah White 's feature articles have appeared in venues ranging from Microsoft's bCentral portal for small business to the Credit Union National Association's Googolplex website for young people. Her areas of subject matter expertise include marketing, entrepreneurship, leadership, workplace skills, and consumer awareness. She has written everything from short blog posts to books for business and consumer audiences, and crafted all sorts of corporate communications, from self-paced training to white papers to websites. She has also taught for the University of Wisconsin-Superior and Wheelhouse Studios. She holds a journalism degree from Indiana University.
Jacy Whitehead is an English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor and teacher trainer for Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification. As a lifelong educator, she has worked in a variety of environments including the Navajo Nation and Mato Grosso, Brazil. Locally, she has facilitated on-site classes at The Concourse Hotel to empower staff with English skills as well as supported international students working toward American university admission. You can find her online course Cultural Awareness for Social Service Professionals at VRDevelopmentGroup.com.
Doug Whittle (MFA, Univ of Florida) has led Continuing Studies educational tours to Egypt, Peru, Tanzania, Vietnam, Cambodia, and many other international destinations, as well as performing-arts and visual-arts travel experiences in North America.
REBECCA WILLIAMS SPINDLER
Rebecca Williams Spindler (BA, communication arts, UW-Madison) has written a 3-book, award-winning YA series with her teen daughter for Little Creek Books. She has taught writing classes for Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum, UW-Madison Literary Fest, and the South East Wisconsin Book Festival, and is currently vice president of Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum.
Janet Wood (MA, UW-Madison) is an experienced instructor of Italian for adults and a lifelong Italophile who has lived, studied, and traveled throughout Italy.
Zack Zdrale (MFA Academy of Art Univ.) is an honors graduate in figurative painting. He has taught life drawing and figure painting courses at Academy of Art University and UW-Madison and continues to teach online.
Dana Zurbuchen , ACC, CPC, is the principal at DZ+Associates and is committed to helping leaders and professional women transform their business relationships through personal brand development, emotional intelligence coaching and leadership training. Dana founded a media buying agency that she grew to an eight-figure company and her dream is for people to change the world in big ways by simply being who they are.
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