Meet The Team

Institute Management Team

Dr. Linda Reid - Director

Linda Reid is the Director of the Institute for Water Business (IWB) and an Associate Professor of Law at UW-Whitewater.  Her research interests include water law and policy, corporate social responsibility, and the role of courts in influencing private business transactions.  She holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law, where she served as the research editor of the Arkansas Law Review.

Linda is the faculty advisor to the University's Water Council student organization and leads a Global Water Business travel study course each year, most recently to Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.

She is an active member of the Water Council and Waters of Wisconsin organizations, and facilitates the University's activities as a signatory to the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).  Linda is currently pursuing a PhD in International Water Law, focusing on business and the human right to water.

She has a son, Cale, who is an undergraduate student in California, and a Whippet named Tadhg O'Connell.  For fun, she travels and spends time in and around WATER!

Eric Doescher - Outreach Coordinator

Eric Doescher completed an Integrated Science and Business with a Water Emphasis degree from University Wisconsin-Whitewater Spring of 2014. For Eric's undergraduate research he was hired as a private contractor by the Phantom Lakes Management District to create a monitoring program to show the possible effects of a new high capacity well in relations to Upper Phantom Lake's surface water. Eric works for the Institute of Water Business at University Wisconsin-Whitewater as the Outreach Coordinator. He has experience with an entrepreneur organization called Launch Pad at Whitewater's Innovation Center for his crowd sourcing business plan. Before going to college Eric worked for Costco Wholesale for four years running their customer service desk which included sales. Eric owes his interests in water to his family. His Great Grandfather was a firefighter and worked for a public works, Grandfather was a civil engineer, and mother currently manages Glenview, Illinois' water. Overpopulation, pollution, and increasing freshwater scarcity to solve local and global water problems drive him.

When not in school, Eric Doescher enjoys outside activities, sports, and traveling. He spent six weeks traveling after graduation to England, Iceland, Norway, Ireland, and Spain. Eric has also traveled all over the United States and visited the Caribbean, Mexico, and Canada. 

Taylor Andrews - Affiliated Scholar

Taylor Andrews is an Integrated Science and Business Major Water Emphasis. Taylor’s passion for water first started in the sport of swimming in her hometown of Nashotah, where there are six lakes nearby. She is actively a part of several student organizations including the UWW- Water Council, the Research Apprenticeship Program, and starting Fall 2014, she will be the President of the UWW Water Environment Federation. Taylor is interested in wastewater treatment practices and how to decrease nutrients and pollutants in freshwater.

When Taylor is not in school, she trains and participates in races such as running, duathlons, aquathons, and triathlons. You can often find her running around the Whitewater campus.

Molly Keefe - Affiliated Scholar

Molly Keefe is a sophomore at UW-Whitewater majoring in Integrated Science and Business BBA – Water Emphasis. She is the Communications Chair for The Whitewater Water Council and the Vice President of Whitewater’s student chapter of WEF. Her interest in water started at Divine Savior Holy Angels (Milwaukee, WI) when the school’s service focus one year had been the clean water crisis. She decided in order to help the clean water crisis she must be involved in water businesses to help surrounding communities and ultimately the world.

Her hope is to gain valuable experience through the Institute for Water Business to better her knowledge of the business world. She is passionate about sustainable efforts because of her love for the outdoors – especially while riding her horse, Java. Every year, she intends to travel someplace new. She spent two weeks doing community service in La Fortuna, Costa Rica (Summer of 2013) and spent two weeks studying in Iceland and Norway (Summer of 2014).

Cheston Kesselhon - Affiliated Scholar

Hi, my name is Chesten Kesselhon and I'm a senior at UW-Whitewater majoring in Integrated Science and Business with an Emphasis on Water. I have always had an interest in water, perhaps it stemmed from growing up on a lake property for many years.   I've grown a love for fishing, boating, skiing, and simply being in, on, and around water.  I'm an active person and like to get involved, I will soon be President of the student organization-Whitewater Water Council, I must say I'm very passionate about the group. 

Today I see more than just the luxuries that water can bring, but also the endless challenges we face in dealing with water.  The age of water is here and I truly understand the importance of implementing smart long term systems for managing it.  I look forward to beginning a career in this industry.  Water has led me to meet some great people and some wonderful opportunities.  I have aspirations to continue my education in water and look forward to meeting others that do too.

Spencer Stellmacher - Affiliated Scholar

Spencer Stellmacher is an Integrated Science and Business Major with a Water emphasis. After learning about what the ISB major UWW has to offer, Spencer could not think of a better major that suits him. He grew up on a lake in northern Wisconsin when he was young which sparked his relationship with water and all it has to offer. He is actively a part of the UWW- Water Council which is a student organization on campus, and has been involved with Clean Boats Clean Waters performing water tests and also teaching boaters how to properly clean their boats. Spencer would like to pursue his career in sales and marketing in the water business field. When he is not in school, Spencer enjoys spending as much time on the lake as he can. Fishing, wakeboarding, surfing, and boating are some of his favorite activates.

Dylan Waldhuetter - Affiliated Scholar

Dylan is an Integrated Science and Business Major with a Water Emphasis. He is an advocate for sustainable practices and is interested in the marketing of innovative technologies as well as water and environmental policy. Dylan’s skills include: • Leadership • Marketing and Sales • Management • Customer Outreach • Adaptability Dylan is the Vice President of the UW-Whitewater Student Government and an active member of the Whitewater Water Council. He is working hard to further the sustainable culture at UW-Whitewater. Dylan will be graduating in December 2015.
Hello, my name is Dylan Waldhuetter and I am an Integrated Science and Business Major with a Water Emphasis at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. My interest in water stems from the privileges that I have always had in regards to it. When my Environmental Issues professor three years ago returned from a small village in Africa and shared the disparity that they were experiencing there I was instantly inspired to have a direct hand in maintaining our most valuable resource. It is important that we continue to take a holistic approach in managing water and I am excited to be a part of it. I am interested in being an advocate for practices that create without destruction. Sustainability and environmental responsibility are some of my strongest passions. I am eager to continue learning more as the water industry continues to develop and evolve. Beyond the blue, I enjoy writing and playing music, hiking, running, and reading. I love to travel and immerse myself in situations that are different from the regular.

Alex Weiss - Affiliated Scholar


Alex Weiss is an Integrated Science and Business major with an Water Emphasis at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. His passion for water stems from his interest in industry…some would say that galvanizing is in his blood! Ever since he can remember his father took him to the family owned galvanizing plant for tours and he was fascinated by the wastewater treatment sector. It was clear to Alex that there is demand for skilled individuals in water management.

Since then he has been motivated to learn more about industry and water. This past summer Alex went on a travel study to England, Iceland, and Norway to study Global Water Issues. Alex also studied abroad in Belgium in 2013 to learn about international business practices.

Institute Faculty

Dr. Margarita V. Alario

I am an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and I am also a member of the Environmental Sciences Major, at UW-Whitewater. My research focuses on the natural environment-risk technology-society interactions. I am also interested in issues that concern natural resources conservation, and water-energy nexus. I am passionate about protecting our fragile biodiversity and endangered species. One day, I hope to be a volunteer in a elephant sanctuary.

Dr. Eric Compas

Eric Compas is an associate professor specializing in human-environment interactions in the Geography and Geology Department at UW-Whitewater. He has worked for the National Park Service in Yellowstone and has researched private-land development and conservation issues around the park for his Master's and Doctoral theses. He has also taught in Australia and researched the establishment of new marine parks there. He loves being outside and when he¹s not teaching or writing, you can find him kayaking, biking, or wandering around.

Dr. Shreyasee Das

Water allocation issues and the equitable and efficient use of water over the coming decades promises to be one of, if not, the most important environmental and resource problem that society will face.  The formation and focus of the IWB is an explicit acknowledgement of both the enormity and importance of the problem, as well as UW-Whitewater's desire to be at the forefront of confronting and solving this critical issue.  I am happy to be a member of the institute and involved in its mission, goals and success.  
 
Shreyasee Das joined UW-Whitewater in the Fall of 2012 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at UW-Whitewater. She got her Bachelor's, Master's and PhD degrees from the University of Houston. Shreyasee's primary areas of research are in the fields of Applied Microeconomics with a focus on Development Economics and Public Economics. Her dissertation focused on water allocation and agricultural productivity in India. She continues to pursue work on water allocation and water rights to help policy makers form better policies with respect to allocation and improving output in these areas. One of her current research agenda is based on the Colorado Basin and looking at health outcomes based on the Colorado River's allocation.
 
On any given Friday, Shreyasee can be spotted wearing red, giving a shout out to the Houston Cougars. She also is an active dancer, having learnt Kuchipudi and Odissi and choreographing Bollywood dance for various shows in Houston and in Madison. Shreyasee is also proficient in five different languages and is in the process of mastering a sixth language. A huge fan of TV (like anything on TV), she is currently going through a nervous breakdown since Breaking Bad ends soon. 

C. Holly Denning

C. Holly Denning, M.A. has served as Academic Staff Lecturer at UW- Whitewater since 2004, settling down after working at many colleges across the country from Colorado and Washington in the West to South Dakota to New England and Upstate New York, where she has deepest roots. Holly teaches in the Department of Sociology, Criminology and Anthropology and has a growing list of interdisciplinary areas of interest. Classes include Environmental Justice, Race/ Ethnic Studies, Women’s Studies, Peace and Restorative Justice. Master’s and subsequent doctoral work in feminist theory and social movements was done through Boston College in the program for Social Justice.
 
Recent research explores how Restorative and Environmental Justice models can be applied to healing from disasters, especially impacts of Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil disaster on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Water issues are one critical issue in recovery and restoration efforts from Wisconsin, down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico--hence the Institute for Water Business link. Domestic travel study opportunities from WI to LA are part of longer term goals.
 
Current projects are closer to home building academic and community partnerships through environmental education, growing sustainable agriculture and growing connections—especially sharing Indigenous Earth wisdom with diverse young people, raising consciousness of the sacred role of water.
 
At home in Milton, WI with her partner, Holly enjoys gardening, dancing and playing with her two cats. They also love hiking in the Kettle Moraine, camping and meditating on the beauty of nature.

Dr. Robert Gruber

Robert joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1986, earning tenure in 1992 and being promoted to full professor in 1995. He served as Chair of the Accounting Department from 2001 to 2009 and was recently appointed MPA Program Coordinator.
Robert is "a teacher first and an accountant second," even though he is the Chair of the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants (WICPA).

Robert considers being named a Fulbright Scholar in 2008/2009 and teaching for a semester at the University College Dublin (Ireland) as one of the highlights of his professional career. He is also very proud of growth and popularity of the Disney College Program (DCP) at UW-Whitewater, including his three term on the DCP National Advisory Board.

UW-Whitewater has honored him with the W. P. Roseman Excellence in Teaching Award (2008), University Faculty/Staff Advising Award (2007), and University Faculty Service Award (2004). Robert has also received the College of Business & Economics' Leon P. Hermsen Teaching Award (1994), Service Award (2006), and Advising Award (2007).

He received his PhD and MS degrees in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MBA and BS degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Robert is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Wisconsin and served two terms on the Mukwonago Area School Board.

"I become interested in water issues the day my Mother's water broke. But it was a few years later (OK, 40 years later) that my initial interest lead me to develop an elective graduate course for the College of Business & Economics called Sustainability & Environmental Reporting. A substantial part of that course focuses on accounting for natural resources, including (you guessed it!) WATER!"

Dr. Marjorie E. Rhine

Dr. Marjorie Rhine brings to the board her expertise in mediating across disciplinary boundaries to foster innovation and collaboration, her skills in leading workshops that combine writing and mindfulness to cultivate creativity and insight, her experience in grant-writing, and her commitment to the role of humanities in inspiring environmental advocacy.

Marjorie grew up in Tacoma, Washington, where the waters and mountains of her Northwest homeland inspired her to study biology—until her love of literature won out. She earned a PhD in Comparative Literature at UW-Madison in 1992, and taught for seven years in Louisiana before joining the UWW Languages and Literatures department in 2000. Her current research explores the interrelationship of the human body and the environment in Japanese literature and culture with the help of theories of place memory. Scholars of place memory emphasize how attachment to a place is both a biological response and a cultural creation, and showcase how studying the way people have lived in and used the natural world is a central way of understanding history. Similarly, appealing to important place memories can be a way of building community and inspiring preservation and sustainable development. Marjorie is currently involved in researching the “satoyama” initiative in Japan, which looks to traditional communities that center on sustainable human management of rural environments—the mountain village or the coastal village—as possible models of a restored, balanced ecosystem.

Marjorie lives in Madison with her husband Ron and high school daughter Mathilda, enjoying gardening, photography, biking, summer trips to the Northwest, and exploring Japan whenever she gets the chance. She looks forward to more global adventures!

Ms. Sharon Roy

Like turtles returning to the sea, I have a life-long force that pushes me back to the water.  As a California native, I spent my formative years swimming in the ocean, competing on swim teams at 6, water-skiing in California lakes at 6 and many, many pool days throughout the year. I love the therapeutic effect water has on my body and soul.

Water is an amazing elixir for me - I am instantly transformed when I am on the water to my happy and energetic youth.  My great, great grandmother was a Mohawk tribe healer in NY - I have an unlimited zest to find out how natives sustained themselves with the native food and water that provided their tribal sustenance. As it relates to business, about 6 years ago I began a world-wide journey to some of the major ports in the world including Pusan, South Korea, the Panama Canal, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Antwerp, Belgium, Dalian and Yingkou ports in China, Seattle Tacoma, US and Hong Kong and Shenzhen ports in China in the next 6 months. I am intrigued and have an insatiable curiosity to understand how cargo, people and invasive species move throughout the ocean.  The impact this trade has on the environment is of utmost importance to me and I am encourage to see a very rapid embracement of sustainability in the shipping industry - pretty amazing given much of international shipping is cartel controlled. Oh, I love logistics!! I am honored and excited to be a part of the UW Whitewater Water Institute.  I can say with certainty I was born to be a part of this endeavor.

Dr. Jeff Vanevenhoven

Jeff Vanevenhoven, Ph.D, is an Assistant Professor in Management and the coordinator of the entrepreneurship major at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He received his PhD in Organizations and Strategic Management, a M.S. in Management (eBusiness), and BS degree in Anthropology (Archaeology) from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Jeff brings in real world entrepreneurship and has conceived, started, successfully run and then sold his own businesses. Possibly more importantly, he has some spectacular failures to share while providing extensive entrepreneurial mentoring through his role as co-director of the LaunchPad in the Whitewater Incubation Program.

His primary teaching interests are Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management, and Organizational Theory. Dr. Vanevenhoven has served as the faculty advisor for a number of student groups and was awarded the annual CoBE Hermsen Teaching Award in 2008-2009. He was also the 2011-2012 Management department nominee for the College research award.

His research includes organizational turnaround, entrepreneur bricolage, entrepreneurship education, microfinance, and environmental uncertainty. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as: Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Small Business Management, International Journal of Management Technology, and others.

Dr. Matthew Winden

After completing my Ph.D. at The Ohio State University in Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, I joined the UW-Whitewater faculty as an environmental and natural resource economist in the Economics department. My specific areas of research involve improving environmental valuation techniques and utilizing value estimates to inform local, state, and national policy outcomes. My other work in the areas of discrete choice modeling and conjoint choice experiments focuses on improving the econometric foundations of discrete choice modeling, as well as the use and implementation of conjoint choice experiments in studying environmental problems. 

I've applied these techniques in several different environmental areas, all with the aim of increasing the efficient use of our planet's natural resources.  Past work involves the use and impacts of biofuels development on the environment, as well as how to incentivize farmers to reduce nutrient loadings into watersheds to improve water pollution.  Current work involves the impacts of coastal storm risks intersection with climate change and resulting outcomes for local communities in the Great Lakes region. 

Water allocation issues and the equitable and efficient use of water over the coming decades promises to be one of, if not, the most important environmental and resource problem that society will face.  The formation and focus of the IWB is an explicit acknowledgement of both the enormity and importance of the problem, as well as UW-Whitewater's desire to be at the forefront of confronting and solving this critical issue.  I am happy to be a member of the institute and involved in its mission, goals and success.