Dean Advisory Board

Dean's Advisory Board members include both alumni and friends of the university. They are civic leaders, individuals with knowledge and expertise that can be highly beneficial to both the students and faculty within the College of Education and Professional Studies.

Board members represent a range of careers, backgrounds and expertise. A strong effort will be made to include diversity with the membership itself, male-female balance, and desirable ratio of local to non-local members.

Board Members 2014

David Arbuthnot ’63
Retired Teacher, Janesville Craig High School

David Arbuthnot, Retired Teacher, Janesville Craig High SchoolIn 1963, David received his BEd degree, in three years, from then Wisconsin State University-Whitewater. He earned his MS from UW-Madison in 1967 while teaching. David did original research using the Klingberg Hypothesis on an African American sample group from Beloit for his master's thesis. Under Dr. George Mischio's guidance, David completed his Learning Disability Certification. During his teaching career, David served on reading and math committees for the Janesville School District. In addition, he was invited to serve on the district committee to plan for and implement Federal law 94-142 which set guidelines for special education students. While teaching in the Janesville School District, David was professionally involved as President of UniServ, was President of the YMCA's Men's Club, and served many years as Chairman of the Arbuthnot Family Association for the United States. Presently, David is active in the Janesville Area Retired Teachers Association, serving as Chair of the Legislative Committee, and serves on the board for the Rock Valley Education Professionals.

Anna Burish
Associate Director of The Burish Group/UBS

Anna Burish, Associate Director of The Burish Group/UBSAnna joined The Burish Group (a Madison UBS branch) in 2003 as an associate director.  She has served in many capacities throughout her distinguished career in finance. In 1984, she started with Merrill Lynch as a client service associate (CSA); in 1985, she became a financial advisor and by 1987 was a founding member of a team that is still one of the top ranked today.  From 1991 to 1993, she worked at their New Jersey corporate office in the business financial services area and she was part of the first team of marketing people to be based outside of the corporate office.  In this role, she serviced over 300 offices west of Denver including Guam, Hawaii and Alaska.  In 1996 she was recruited to UBS Financial Services and was based out of Los Angeles, California, where she was a divisional managed accounts consultant advising financial advisors on all aspects of working with professional money managers and managed accounts.  Before coming to Madison, she co-managed the downtown Chicago branch, one of the largest UBS U.S. branches, where she held the title Divisional Vice President.  Anna holds an executive master's in business administration from the UW-Madison as well as a BA degree from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.  Currently, Anna sits on several Board of Directors including St. Mary's Hospital Foundation; Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS); and United Way of Dane County.  She and her husband, Andy, make their home in Madison.

Donna Rae Clasen
Emerita UW-Whitewater Educational Foundations

Donna Rae Clasen, Emerita UW-Whitewater Educational FoundationsDonna Rae taught in the Educational Foundations Department at UW-Whitewater for 16 years. She also has taught high school English and Spanish. Her MS and Ph.D. are from UW-Madison. Her areas of interest are gifted and talented adolescents and underprivileged youth. At UW-Whitewater, she received a three-year federal grant to implement Project STREAM, a program designed to identify and academically assist minority adolescents with college potential. Following expiration of the grant, the program received support to continue from UW-Whitewater, DPI, and participating school districts. Donna Rae served as director for 12 years. She has been recognized by local and state organizations for her service to education and recently was the recipient of the Rossmiller Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Association of Talented and Gifted.  She currently serves on the Board of Eagle School, a private school in Madison for gifted students, and volunteers as a docent at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.

Cheri Cope MS '96
Owner, Athletic Mind, LLC

Cheri Cope MS '96Cheri turned a passion for sports, a BA in psychology and a MS in counselor education into a career motivating athletes and others to reach their full potential.  She grew up in Minnesota, where she played tennis and competed in downhill ski racing.  She earned her MS from UW-Whitewater in 1996, where the hands-on experience, mentorship and direction she received helped her choose her path, which eventually led her to study sports psychology in Pennsylvania and establish Athletic Mind. She now works as a performance and mental-conditioning coach for the Milwaukee-area company she founded and owns. Here she helps athletes train their minds, including helping them to overcome mental blocks, enhance their focus and determination, set goals and build confidence.

Bob Gilpatrick '66
District Administrator, Argyle School District

Bob Gilpatrick '66, District Administrator, Argyle School DistrictBob received his BSE from UW-Whitewater with a major in elementary education and a minor in business economics.  He received his MS from UW-Madison in educational administration and his PhD from Marquette University with a major in curriculum and instruction.  He has extensive corporate experience as well as educational administration experience.  He is a past Superintendent of the Verona Area School District and past Executive Director of Wisconsin AdvancED/North Central Association.  He is currently the part-time Superintendent of Argyle School District, Argyle, Wisconsin.

Todd Gray '77 MSE '82 MS '84
Superintendent, School District of Waukesha

Todd Gray '77 MSE '82 MS '84, Superintendent, School District of WaukeshaTodd received his BSE from UW-Whitewater with a major in business education, as well as an MS in Accounting and an MSE in School Business Management.  He also holds a specialist in administration leadership degree from UW-Milwaukee.  He is a candidate for a PhD in educational leadership and policy analysis with the University of Wisconsin.  He has served with two international accounting firms as well as in Assistant and Deputy Superintendent positions in the Oshkosh and Appleton School Districts.  He was recently appointed to his current position with the School District of Waukesha.  Todd's father, George Gray, taught in the School of Business Management at UW-Whitewater from 1968 to 1993.

Mary Haakenson '72 MS '80
Art Teacher, Beloit Memorial High School

Mary Haakenson '72 MS '80Mary graduated from UW-Whitewater with a BSE in art education as well as an MS in school counseling and has completed several years of graduate study at UW-Madison in curriculum and instruction.  Mary has been teaching for some 33 years.  She currently works as an art teacher at Beloit Memorial High School. She is also the Chair of the Art Department at Beloit Memorial High School.  She frequently supervises UW-Whitewater student teachers as well as student teachers from a number of other colleges and is currently on the College of Education's ad hoc NCATE/DPI Committee for cooperating teachers.
She and her husband run a dairy farm in Evansville and they have two grown sons.

Ruth E. Hammiller '74 MSE '82
Retired, School Psychologist

Ruth E. Hammiller '74 MSE '82Ruth recently retired, but continues to do consulting work in the field of school psychology.  She received her BSE in elementary education (grades 1-8) with a minor in psychology and an MSE in school psychology, both from UW-Whitewater.  Ruth has been a Nationally Certified School Psychologist since 1989 and is currently active in the Mentor Program at UW-Whitewater.    She also obtained her PhD from UW-Madison in educational administration.   Ruth has served as an elementary teacher, a school psychologist, and a director of special education and pupil services during her educational career.

Terry Hemschik MST '80 
Online Professor of Education, University of Phoenix

Terry Hemschik MST '80 Terry began her path as an educator with a BS in education from Kent State University and started teaching at the K-12 level in Minnesota.  After moving to Wisconsin as a middle school language arts teacher she earned her MS in education from UW-Whitewater.  When she retired from teaching she completed her doctorate in educational leadership with the University of Phoenix online.  Finding the online learning environment stimulating she is now an online professor of education for UOP.

Volunteering, Terry has established an educational foundation for her public school district and leads the educational program for her church.  She and her husband raised two children and hosted many from around the world.  She enjoys visiting her children in Colorado and California and keeping in touch with extended family around the world.  In her spare time she enjoys reading, downhill skiing, biking, golfing, and travel.

Kevin Hoffman '78

Owner & President, A to Z RentAll and Sales

Kevin Hoffman '78, Owner & President, A to Z RentAll and SalesKevin graduated from UW-Whitewater with a BBA in marketing in 1978.  During college he worked for Professor G. M. Naidu conducting market research projects.  This experience led to a position upon graduation with Ohio Medical Products as a Market Research Analyst where he did market research in anesthetics, anesthesia machines, ventilators, neo-natal intensive care units, and medical supplies.  Kevin received an MBA from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1985.  He joined A to Z RentAll and Sales, an equipment rental company in Madison, in 1980.  This family business was started by his father in 1954 and has grown to two locations, and evolved into two operating divisions:  tools and special events.  He has been active at his church serving as Moderator, in his state trade association serving as President, and is a member of Madison Rotary serving on the foundation board.  He lives in Madison with his wife and has two grown daughters, both graduates of UW-Whitewater - one in education and one in criminal justice.

Earl Humphrey '73

Earl Humphrey '73, EntrepreneurEarl received his BBA from UW-Whitewater with a major in general business. He currently works as the Senior Director at Interactive Data Corporation. As the Senior Director, Earl is responsible for Sales and Relationship Management for the Western, Central and South Eastern United States, Canada and Latin America.  Prior to holding this position, he served as Regional Director for Broadcasting Data/Interactive Data Corporation.

Monica Kelsey-Brown '90 MS '92
DIFI/SIFI & Student Achievement Supervisor, Milwaukee Public Schools

Monica Kelsey-Brown '90 MS '92Monica is a District Identified for Improvement Supervisor with Milwaukee Public Schools. Dr. Kelsey-Brown earned her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the UW-Madison, both her BSE and MS at the UW-Whitewater. In her previous position, Director, Academic Support Services, UW-Whitewater, she was successful with securing both federal and state grant funds to assist with building the foundation and effectively implementing a variety of college and pre-college programs. She has also taught graduate level courses for several different colleges/universities across the state. Dr. Kelsey-Brown is a member of Metropolitan Milwaukee Alliance of Black School Educators and is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

Peggy D. Kennedy ’73
President, Minnesota State Community and Technical College

Peggy D. KennedyPeggy currently serves as the president for Minnesota State Community and Technical College (M State) with campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena, MN. Prior to that Peggy served as the senior chief academic and student development officer at Saint Paul College, an urban comprehensive community and technical college. Peggy has worked extensively in the areas of strategic planning, regional and program accreditation, assessment of student learning and institutional effectiveness, program/discipline development, instructional technology, faculty and staff development, college governance, grant development and management. She is most proud of her efforts in facilitating the expansion of the college mission from a technical college to a comprehensive community and technical college. This added a much needed liberal arts and sciences program in Saint Paul which provided additional learning options to the diverse residents of the city. In addition she has authored several publications and presented at numerous conferences. Peggy earned her doctorate degree in Educational Policy and Administration in 1996, a master’s degree in Business Education in 1980, and a professional certificate in training and development in 1984 all from the University of Minnesota. Her bachelor’s degree is in business education and a minor in English from the UW-Whitewater.

Ervin Munro ’71 MSE ’76
Director of Social Services, SRO Housing Corporation

Ervin Munro ’71 MSE ’76Ervin received his BS in elementary education and MS in education (school psychology) from UW-Whitewater. He also completed several years of post-graduate study at UW-Milwaukee and Marquette University. Ervin worked for several years as an elementary teacher, as well as a school psychologist in the Milwaukee Public Schools before relocating to Los Angeles to serve as a personnel supervisor at the USC Olympic Village during the 1984 Olympics. Ervin was a co-founder of both the Labor Immigrant Assistance Project (education director) and AIDS Project Los Angeles (first acting executive director). Over the past 35 years, he’s worked with a wide range of adult populations to include homeless, refugees/immigrants, persons with disabilities, persons with HIV/AIDS, Veterans, persons with substance addictions, persons with mental illnesses, and frail/elderly. For the past 15 years, Ervin served as the director of social services for SRO Housing Corporation where he oversees 60+ staff who serve 2,300 clients in the “Skid Row” area of downtown Los Angeles at 31 different sites. He is a frequent presenter at numerous local and national conferences and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Case Management. Ervin a trainer for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health as well as many local social service agencies; and is often a guest presenter at various universities. He was the recipient of UW-Whitewater’s 2011 National Distinguished Alumni Award for Community/Regional Service.

Pauli Nikolay '72 MEPD '89
Retired Site Coordinator, Instructor and Mentor, Cardinal Stritch University

Pauli Nikolay '72 MEPD '89Pauli has served as a teacher, principal, director of instruction, superintendent, and educational consultant for over 40 years. She earned her MS in professional development in 1989 and her MEPD in reading in 1972 at UW-Whitewater. Her work as a consultant is in the areas of innovative leadership, systems change, and improving teaching and learning processes. She also develops and facilitates workshops on leadership, teamwork, culture, and improvement/innovation strategies. A former Assistant State Superintendent for Instructional Services at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, her focus is always on excellence for all students.  Among her awards, she received the WI Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Educator of the Year Award, the WI Educational Media Association Administrator of the Year Award, the WI State Reading Association Outstanding Administrator Award, and the WI Women's Leader in Education Award.  She recently retired as a site coordinator, instructor, and mentor for students in the Master's in Educational Leadership program at Cardinal Stritch University.

Joanne Robis '76 MBA '92
Admissions Specialist, Columbia College of Nursing

Joanne Robis '76 MBA '92Joanne received her BS and MBA degrees from UW-Whitewater. Her career includes service to the UW System as a senior level administrator and additional experience in software application testing, documentation and support in the food distribution, construction and dairy sectors. She recently accepted a position at Columbia College of Nursing as an admissions specialist.

CCON is affiliated with Columbia-St. Mary's Hospital System and the Ascension Health System. Her work is on the admissions side of higher education, including developing relationships with transfer institutions and clinical rotation sites. She is happy to join this fine organization and looks forward to this next stage in her career.

Joanne serves on the Dean's Advisory Board for the UW-Whitewater College of Education and Professional Studies and she completed 12 years of service on the UW-Whitewater Foundation Board of Directors. She has volunteered as an Examiner with the Wisconsin Forward Award since 1997. Joanne also volunteers for the Nazareth Project with the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. In her spare time Joanne enjoys cooking for friends, walking, biking, kayaking, and reading.

Steve Ryan MEPD '76
Retired Middle School Principal, Whitewater Unified School District

Steve Ryan MEPD '76Steve received his BA in mathematics from the University of Northern Iowa and his MEPD from UW-Whitewater.  He recently retired as Principal of the Whitewater Middle School after being named as Wisconsin's Associate Principal of the Year in 1992 and the Wisconsin Middle Level Principal of the Year in 2000.  He is past president of the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators Association and a 3-year member of the NASSP National Middle Level Commission in Washington, D.C.  Steve and his wife Melanie, recently retired French teacher at the Phoenix Middle School in Delavan, are the principal donors to the Keith L. Collins Family Scholarship in honor of Melanie's father, Keith Collins, who for many years was the administrator of certification and licensure in the College of Education.

Peggy Sauer-Clark '78
Retired Vice President of In-Flight Service AirTran Airways

Peggy Sauer-Clark '78Peggy earned a BSE from UW-Whitewater in 1978. She taught Middle School Math and Social Studies as well as Learning Disabled students for three years in the Bay Village, OH School District before entering the airline industry. Peggy has served in many capacities throughout her career in commercial aviation. Beginning in 1981, as a flight attendant with Northwest Airlines, she later held positions in Flight Attendant Training, Recruitment and Supervision. She served as Director of Labor Relations-Flight until joining AirTran Airways in 2003. At AirTran, Peggy initially served as Director of In-Flight Service and was promoted to Vice President of In-Flight Service in 2007; retiring in 2012. Peggy currently serves on several boards and enjoys spending time with her husband Dan and their three daughters. She resides in Marietta, Georgia.

Mark Schmitt '75
Principal, Delavan - Darien High School

Mark Schmitt '75Mark graduated from UW-Whitewater with a major in broadfield social studies and a minor in music. He earned his MS in education from Mount Saint Mary College and his Ed.D. from Cardinal Stritch University.  Mark has been involved in education for 35 years with extensive administrative experience in both public and Catholic schools. He currently is the principal at Delavan-Darien High School. He has previously worked for Catholic Memorial High School, Notre Dame de la Baie Academy, and Kewaunee High School.

Donna Sorensen '88
Retired Principal, Wileman Elementary School

Donna Sorensen '88Donna received her BS in family and consumer education from Iowa State University and her MS in educational administration from UW-Madison.  Her initial 2 years of teaching at the middle school level occurred in Wichita, Kansas followed by a year in Kenosha.  She has spent the last 30 years in the Delavan-Darien School District.  She was the Allied Arts Team Leader and F.A.C.E. teacher at Phoenix Middle School for eight years beginning in 1981, followed by 4 years at Delavan-Darien High School as the Associate Principal.  For the past 18 years she has been the K-5 Elementary Principal at Wileman Elementary School.  She has spent several years on the AWSA (Association of WI School Administrators) Board of Directors in various roles.  In recognition of her work at Wileman she was named NAESP National Distinguished Principal and Wisconsin Elementary School Principal of the Year in 2003-2004.

Gayle M. Corcoran Stettler '74
President of Stettler Management, Inc.

Gayle M. Corcoran Stettler '74Gayle received her BSEd in Elementary Education. She taught middle school science and math in the Evansville Public School System before becoming Director of Meadowlark School, an alternative private school in Whitewater. In 1976 she and her husband founded H&S Construction, in Edgerton, Wisconsin. It was a residential construction firm that later became Stettler Construction. She served as an officer in both of the companies. Gayle served as the Executive Director of the Edgerton Housing Authority from 1986-1998. Currently she is the president of Stettler Management, Inc. and  co-owner of Stettler Properties, specializing in student housing in Whitewater. She is the mother of three grown childrem. She and her husband have been married for 40 years and reside in Whitewater. She served as the Chair of the Edgerton Sesquicentennial Celebration and Co-chair of the Capital Campaign for the renovation of the Edgerton Public Library and currently is on the education sub-committee of the Greater Whitewater Committee.

Sandy Thorpe '78 MS '89
Retired Speech Pathologist, Beloit Public Schools

Sandy Thorpe '78 MS '89Sandy received her BSE and MS in communicative disorders from UW-Whitewater. She recently retired from Beloit Public Schools where she served as a Speech Pathologist. Prior to working in the Beloit School District, she was employed at the Beloit Memorial Hospital in a speech pathology position.

Lieutenant Colonel Brian Wolhaupter
Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategic Plans and Policy (G5), Wisconsin Army National Guard

Lieutenant Colonel Brian WolhaupterBrian's connection with UW-Whitewater began when he served at a professor of Military Science for Army ROTC from fall of 2009 to the winter of 2011.  He graduated from St. John's University, MN in 1989 with a BA in history and started a varied career with the US Army.  Serving on active duty for the first 8 years after college he was stationed at Ft. Lewis, WA and Ft. Sill, OK as a Field Artillery Officer. While at Ft. Sill, he began his experience as a military instructor teaching newly graduated and commissioned officers at the Field Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Courses.  Brian left the active Army in 1996 and worked for about 5 years in the corporate logistics and shipping field while serving as a traditional "weekend" Army National Guardsman.  In 2001, he reentered active service as a full time Wisconsin Army guardsman.  Since then he has worked in training, human resources, and command roles, highlighted with a deployment and Battalion Command in Kuwait and Iraq in 2006-2007, assignment as a professor of Military Science at UWW, and as the Deputy Director for Personnel/Human Resources (G1). Brian is currently the Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategic Plans and Policy (G5) for the 7000+ soldiers in the Wisconsin Army National Guard.  He has an MBA from Trident University and more recently a master's in strategic studies from the US Army War College. Brian has lived in Watertown, Wisconsin since 1998 and is 23 years married to his wife Cathy, with two children.