Dr. Ian Baird is Associate Professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His main geographical area of interest is mainland Southeast Asia, especially Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand, where he studies a range of issues, including political ecology (rural), human-environment relations, development and post-development, Hmong studies, and indigeneity in Southeast Asia.
Lori Bakken is an Evaluation Specialist for Cooperative Extension and a Professor in the Department of Civil Society and Community Studies at the UW-Madison. She has over 25 years of experience leading and conducting evaluation studies in the medical, public health and education fields. Her work currently emphasizes community-based participatory approaches to evaluations related to food systems and food insecurity. She also conducts research about the influence of gatekeeping on inclusive evaluation practice. Prof. Bakken is a member of the American Evaluation Association for which she served on a task force to review the Guiding Principles for Evaluators and she has authored a book titled, Evaluation Practice for Collaborative Growth.
Linda Bowen is the Executive Director of the Institute for Community Peace (ICP), a national group that national organization that transforms community by changing the structures that cause social problems. ICP integrates practice, research, and innovation to support a broad audience of local and national partners. Bowen has over 30 years of experience in violence prevention, program management and development, policy analysis, research and community engagement and development. She previously served as Special Assistant to the Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Department of Health and Human Services during the Clinton Administration. Prior to that, Bowen developed programs for a national research and demonstration project to improve child and family outcomes in a major public housing project in Chicago, IL. She has authored or co-authored several reports on adolescent pregnancy and parenting, women’s issues and issues related to poverty, violence prevention and community building. Ms. Bowen holds a Master of Arts degree in Social Work from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.
Lori DiPrete Brown
Lori DiPrete Brown is a Distinguished Faculty Associate in SOHE’s Department of Civil Society and Community Studies, and an affiliate of the Department of Population Health Sciences. She serves as the Director of the 4W Initiative (Women & Wellbeing in Wisconsin & the World) and an Associate Director ofthe Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her teaching and scholarship reflect her practice-based expertise in global public health, quality improvement in low-resource settings, child health and human rights, building civil society, and leadership. An architect of UW-Madison’s highly subscribed global health certificate programs, DiPrete Brown has developed and facilitated engaged learning opportunities around the world and throughout the state of Wisconsin. She is the author of Foundations for Global Health Practice (Wiley, 2018). Lori is also a member of UW’s the UniverCity Alliance, the Human Rights Initiative, and serves on the Campus Advisory Board for the Morgridge Center for Public Service.
Dr. Kathy Cramer is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisocnsin-Madison and has taught a service-learning course called “Citizenship, Democracy, and Difference” for the past 14 years. Her teaching and research focuses on public opinion, civic engagement, and deliberative democracy.
Ann Evensen, MD, FAAFP, is the Director of Global Health and Associate Professor in the Department of Famnily Medicine and Community Health, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Her areas of interest include international faculty development and maternity care. Since 2010 she has been a consultant for the inaugural Family Medicine residency and Advanced Life Support Obstetrics (ALSO) programs in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She is a member of the ALSO India Advisory Board and advisor to GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI), an Indian public-provate partnership that educates emergency personnel and supplies ambulance services for 800 million Indian citizens.
Dr. Mel Freitag is currently the Diversity Officer and an Associate Clinical Professor in the School of Nursing at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her PhD is in Curriculum and Instruction with minors in Rhetoric/Composition and Educational Psychology. She also holds a Master of Arts in English from Illinois State University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Augsburg College. Her research explores how students’ and teachers’ voices and stories shape how and what it means to be a welcoming, supportive, and safe(r) school for all students, faculty, and staff. In her current role in the School of Nursing, Dr. Freitag continues to serve historically underrepresented populations through mentorship, recruitment, student programs, curriculum initiatives, and faculty/staff professional development.
Dr. Lewis Friedland is a professor in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication and an affiliated professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He founded and directs the Center for Communication and Democracy. His research and teaching centers around civic and citizen journalism, communication and society, communication research methods, international news reporting, and civil society and public life.
Mari Gasiorowicz is an Evaluator at Public Health Madison & Dane County’s Division of Planning, Policy and Evaluation. She collaborates with community partners to develop their evaluation capacity and leads the health department’s initiative on Systems Thinking. Mari is particularly interested in evaluation methods that match work in the area of policy, systems, and environment.
Dr. Jean Geran, the Founder and President of Each Inc., has worked on international child protection and related policy issue in many capacities. She served as the Director for Democracy and Human Rights on the National Security Council, as Advisor on UN Reform and as an Abuse Prevention Officer for USAID in Iraq.
Dr. Leah Horowitz is an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies and the School of Human Ecology. As a critical cultural geographer, she examines grassroots engagements with environmental issues. She has studied Indigenous communities’ negotiations with and resistance to environmentally-risky industrial expansion, and various communities’ responses to both rural and urban biodiversity conservation, in New Caledonia, Malaysia, and the US. Currently, she is focusing on American Indian-led resistance to oil pipelines.
Ginny Hughes works at Community GroundWorks, a 501 (c)3 on a mission to create equitable and resilient local food communities. We believe in a world in which ALL people have nourishing food produced through ecologically sound means while fulfilling their potential as part of an empowering social ecology. We have educational programs that serve beginning farmers, youth, and educators. Our programs connect people to land, food, and one another.
I am an Experience Guide and the Director of Nonprofit Relationships for Green Lake Conference Center (GLCC). My practice and skills include International Development and Holistic Community Development. During seven years with UW-Extension I contributed to the Systems Thinking Team and provided evaluation assistance to several other statewide teams. As many of the nonprofits that gather here at GLCC are resource constrained, I often provide support as a process facilitator and evaluation guide. Green Lake Conference Center is a nonprofit facility and the spiritual home for American Baptists who founded us in 1944. We provide a place for churches and for the diverse spectrum of local and national nonprofits to retreat, renew, and equip themselves for success. We serve groups up to 1,000, and we love small groups who need to stretch their budget. We convene our own gatherings on topics we feel are of great import, such as Human Trafficking (attended by leaders from fifty countries), Leadership Development, and Youth Development.
Kasey’s research is largely concerned with the intersection of federal Indian policy and federal housing policy as well as larger ideas about land, boundaries, development, and belonging. Kasey brings together these two seemingly divergent areas of study to examine the long history of settler colonialism, land dispossession, and land tenure that gave way to twentieth century mass home construction, land development, suburbanization, and American Indian homeownership. Her research highlights the key inequalities in access to as well as distribution of federal funds for housing more generally, but for American Indian housing and homeownership in particular. This is a rich area of study because today the majority of American Indian people live off-reservation and home residence has significant influence on education and employment outcomes.
Steven Krauss is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia. Prior to his current position, he worked for six years as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Science Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia. His teaching and research centers around positive youth development in diverse cultural settings with a particular interest in intergenerational partnership as a support for youth thriving and well-being.
Laurel Lunde is the Executive Director of The Gathering Source. Founded in 2010, The Gathering Source (TGS) is a grassroots organization that began with a simple mission of delivering food to families in need. Since that time, TGS has evolved into a multipurpose organization committed to reducing hunger and providing a variety of educational programs and access to resources to improve long-term outcomes for those in our rural communities.
Dr. Gavin Luter received his PhD. in Educational Administration from the University of Buffalo in 2015. He holds a Master’s of Science degree in the Higher Education Administration from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Public and Non-Profit Management. Currently, he is the Coordinator of Educational Programs at the University at Buffalo Center for Urban Studies.
Young Mie Kim
Dr. Young Mie Kim is an Associate Professor of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and a Faculty Affiliate of the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kim’s research concerns media and politics in the digital age; specifically the role digital media play in political communication among political leaders, advocacy groups, and citizens.
Dr. Peter Miller is a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Miller focuses on issues of school and community-based educational leadership, inter-organizational collaboration, and education in contexts of homelessness.
Dr. Alfonso Morales is a professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is affiliated with a number of centers and programs, including the Department of Sociology, the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, the Agroecology Program, and the Chica/o LLatina/o Studies Program. Morales studies food systems, public marketplaces, and street vendors, and the role and function that they serve in economic development.
Paul Mross is currently a research yoga consultant for projects at UW-Madison, including Fall Prevention and Yoga Adaption for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Yoga Community. Paul is co-founder of a Madison based nonprofit called YAFA: Yoga Accessible for All. YAFA is a coalition of teachers, community partners and academia who are interested in advancing access to the benefits of yoga for all under-served communities. Paul has also created a platform to assist yoga research by developing a yoga mat and educational tools which are inspired by research and designed for accessibility.
Dr. O’Callaghan serves as an editor for the Wisconsin Collaborative Education Research Network (The Network) in the School of Education. She holds multiple degrees from UW-Madison, including doctoral and masters degrees in higher education administration, with a minor in law, a bachelors degree in psychology, and a certificate in women’s studies. She is also a proud graduate of Madison East High School. While she has lived and worked in Washington, DC (Washington Area Women’s Foundation) and New York City (Teachers College, Columbia University), she considers herself a lifelong Madison resident and has deep ties to numerous community organizations focused on racial justice, workforce development, affordable housing, and public education. In her role as editor, she works directly with School of Education faculty and graduate students engaged in new, ongoing, and longstanding community-based research efforts throughout Wisconsin. She also serves as a lecturer for the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis where she teaches a master’s level Capstone seminar.
Pam Oliver, Emeritus
Dr. Pam Oliver is a professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is well known for her work on collective action and social movements and is a leader in the area of racial disparity in criminal justice.
Rebecca Paradiso de Sayu
Rebecca Paradiso de Sayu is Program/Social Impact Director for Invest in Wisconsin, a collaborative of four prominent community development financial institutions (CDFIs). In her role, she provides strategic leadership and directs outcomes measurement and evaluation efforts. A participatory researcher by training, Paradiso de Sayu has a keen interest in exploring how diverse community stakeholders identify needs and solutions related to financial well-being among low-income, rural borrowers.
Alice F. Pauser
Alice F. Pauser is the founder and executive director of The Demeter Foundation, Inc. A nonprofit whose Mission is ” Advocating and educating for the humane treatment and civil rights of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women in Wisconsin. To reduce recidivism and gain self-empowerment, healing and strength.” Ms. Pauser has over 15 years of experience advocating for women with the lived experience of the Wisconsin Women’s Prison System. The Demeter Foundation also works towards systems change by collaborating with legislators and community partners.
Erin Peot is the Rural Development Outreach Specialist with University of Wisconsin-Extension Center for Community and Economic Development. She carries out the Wisconsin Idea by conducting applied research and educational programs that address regional food systems and value-added agriculture. Erin served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia and worked on global development policy at Woman Thrive World Wide in Washington, DC. Erin earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a master’s degree in sustainable development from SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont.
Dani Rischall is the Executive Director of Chrysalis, a Madison based non-profit that promotes mental health recovery by supporting work opportunities that encourage hope, healing and wellness. Dani has over a decade of experience working in the field of community mental health. During her tenure with Chrysalis, she has significantly expanded programming, launched a Social Enterprise, Chrysalis Pops, and continues to work on systemic changes within the mental health system.
Melanie Schmidt has a passion for facilitating progress, particularly in mission-driven organizations. Through her work, and as president of Timpano Group, she helps people get unstuck, translate ideas into action, and advance transformational change using strategic frameworks, design thinking, and intentional communication. Her particular areas of interest include organizational design, strategic management, human capital, and governance.
Mark Sidel works on civil society, nonprofits, and philanthropy in Asia (particularly China, India and Vietnam) and the US, with a focus on state-society relations and legal regulation of the sector. He has served as president of the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) and on the board of Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). Earlier he served on the program staff of the Ford Foundation in China, Vietnam, India, and Thailand. Additional information at https://law.wisc.edu/profiles/sidel and books at https://www.amazon.com/Mark-Sidel/e/B001JAM5ZS.
Dr. Revel Sims joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture (DPLA) and the Chican@ and Latin@ Studies Program (CLS) in September 2016. His research focuses on the process of gentrification and its relationship to geographies of urban displacement.
Dr. Shannon Sparks is an Evaluation and Program Development Specialist in UW-Madison’s Division of Extension, where she works primarily with Extension’s Health & Well-Being Institute. She specializes in community-engaged/participatory research and evaluation, and has over 25 years of experience partnering with racially, ethnically, and economically diverse communities to assess and address community-identified health concerns and inequities through research, programming, and evaluation.
Dr. Randy Stoecker is a professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is affiliated with the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension Center for Community and Economic Development. His interests are both academic and applied, and include community-academy collaboration, community organizing, community development, and community information information technology.
Dr. Geoffrey Swain is a Professor in the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He mostly focuses on urban population health, sexually transmitted infections, and public health advocacy and leadership.
Dr. Lynet Uttall is a professor in the Counseling Psychology department in the School of Education and a community-based researcher in the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She teaches Family Theories and a community based research course on Immigrant Families, and leads international service learning courses to Honduras and Mexico.
Linda Vakunta is a PhD student in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. She is also the program director for Project 1808. A native of Cameroon, Linda has travelled to Sierra Leone numerous times to facilitate and implement Project1808 programs in country. Linda co-lead the first UW-Madison Sierra Leone global health field course. Linda’s International community work has also taken her to Ghana as a business environment intern for USAID’s West Africa Trade Hub where she supported research work on the promotion of Sustainable Development through free movement of transport, goods and persons. She also co-hosts Panafrica Radio Show on WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin, a weekly program on music, culture, history, and issues from Africa and Diaspora.
Steve Ventura is the Gaylord Nelson Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Soil Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW). He is Chair of the Agroecology Program, and the Director of the Land Tenure Center. His expertise is in land and geographic information systems (GIS) as applied to a wide range of issues including land management and resource protection, water quality, critical habitat, agricultural conservation, precision agriculture, and land records modernization. Current research includes community and regional food systems, risk and mitigation of toxicants in the environment, farm woodlot management, and cumulative water quality impacts of hard rock mining. He was the Project Director for the Community and Regional Food Systems Project, and is currently leading the effort to create the UW School for Urban Agriculture.
Dr. Washington is an Associate Lecturer and Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Helen Bader Institute at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. He is also an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Public Administration. Dr. Washington received his PhD in Urban Education with an emphasis in nonprofit leadership from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. His research focuses on community and civic engagement, community organizing, empowerment, and systemic change. He studies organizational processes that have the ability to improve the conditions of vulnerable communities and groups.
Michel Wattiaux is a Professor in the Dairy Science Department at UW-Madison. His research focuses on the improvement of dairy farms globally in a way that fosters the social, economical, and environmental soundness of production systems. With a strong focus on sustainability, Dr. Wattiaux works to understand how to alleviate rural poverty and improve nutrition in the face of climate change effects.