Working Groups

Returning UW Cooperative Extension’s organizational home to UW-Madison creates both opportunities and challenges. The UW Cooperative Transition Steering Committee has created numerous working groups to identify and address issues associated with key features of the transition. Representatives from both institutions serve on each of these working groups.

Auxiliary Services Working Group

  • Bill Mann (lead) – Director of Auxiliary Operations, Colleges and UW-Extension
  • Adam Barnes – Director of Finance/Accounting, Fluno Center
  • Donna Halverson – Admin Officer for Auxiliary Services, UW-Madison
  • Patti Thompson – Manager for the Pyle Center, UW-Extension Conference Centers
  • Bryan Summ – Manager for Mail Services, UW-Extension
  • Joshua Goldman  – Admin Program Mgr for Auxiliary Services, Colleges and UW- Extension
  • Matt Vieth – Manager for Registration Services, UW-Extension
  • Lance Baldus – Manager for the Lowell Center, UW-Extension Conference Centers

Communications Working Group

  • Carrie Springer (lead) – Strategic Communications Specialist, UW-Madison
  • Shannon Carpenter – Director of External Relations, Cooperative Extension
  • Greg Bump – University Relations Specialist, UW-Madison
  • Lorre Kolb – Public Information Specialist, Cooperative Extension
  • Katy Kaiser – Senior Admin. Prog. Specialist, Chancellor’s Office, Colleges and Extension
  • Heather Reese – Director of Strategic Initiatives & Compliance, Public Media, UW-Extension

Facilities Working Group

  • Dan Byerly (lead) – Director, Physical Plant, UW-Extension
  • Mary Erickson – Office Mgr, Dean’s Office, Cooperative Extension
  • Kate Sullivan – Senior Institutional Planner, UW Colleges and Extension
  • Ellen Rosner – Capital Planning and Budget, UW System Administration
  • Brent Lloyd – Director, FP&M, UW-Madison & Budget/Policy Analyst, FP&M, UW-Madison
  • Paul Breen – Director of Finance, Public Media, UW-Extension

Finance Working Group

  • Tim Norris (lead) Associate Vice Chancellor, UW-Madison (Finance)
  • Angie Seitler (co-chair) Associate Dean, CALS, UW-Madison
  • Brian Diebling (co-chair) Director, Financial Services, Cooperative Extension
  • Mark Dorn Associate Vice Chancellor, UW Extension (Bus. Services)
  • Margaret Erickson – Director, Business Services, UW-Extension
  • Robert Andresen – Associate Director, Res. and Sponsored Programs, UW-Madison
  • Stephen Elmer – Accountant, DCS, UW-Madison
  • Jennifer Klippel – Senior Budget Planner, UW-Madison
  • Andy Taylor – Budget Planner, UW-Madison
  • Dan Langer – Controller, UW-Madison
  • Susie Maloney – Financial Management Supervisor, UW-Madison
  • Hope Simon – Assistant Dean, DCS, UW-Madison
  • Paul Breen – Director of Finance, Public Media, UW-Extension

Human Resources Working Group

  • Mark Walters (lead) – Director, OHR Operations, UW-Madison
  • Patrick Sheehan (co-chair) – Dir. Talent Acquisition and Retention, OHR, UW-Madison
  • Jason Beier (co-chair) – Assistant Vice Chancellor (HR), UW Colleges and Extension
  • Nena Beier – HR Manager, UW Colleges and Extension
  • Andrea Cool – Assistant Vice Chancellor, UW-Extension
  • Carol Hillmer – Associate Dean, CALS, UW-Madison
  • Diane Blaskowski – Director, Talent Rewards, OHR, UW-Madison
  • Carla Anderson – Director of Human Resources, Public Media, UW-Extension

IT Working Group

  • Werner Gade (lead) – CIO/Assistant Vice Chancellor for IT, Colleges & UW- Extension
  • Josh White – Senior Information Systems Specialist, UW-Madison
  • Sam Wiltzius – Chief Technical Officer, Colleges and UW-Extension
  • Greg Johll – Director, Educational Tech Services, Cooperative Extension
  • Sean Bossinger – Assistant Director, IT, UW-Madison
  • Patrick Christian – Assistant Director, DoIT Network Services, UW-Madison
  • Todd Friske – IS Supervisor 2, UW-Madison
  • Keith Hazelton – Senior Information Tech. Architect, UW-Madison
  • Mike Dunn – Manager of Computer Services, Public Media, UW-Extension

Public Media

  • Malcolm Brett – Director of Public Media, UW-Extension
  • Heather Reese – Director of Strategic Initiatives & Compliance, Public Media, UW-Extension
  • Carla Anderson – Director of Human Resources, Public Media, UW-Extension
  • Paul Breen – Director of Finance, Public Media, UW-Extension
  • Molly Vidal – Chief of Staff to Chancellor/Executive & Director External Relations, Colleges and Extension
  • Andy Richards – Chief of Staff to Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education, UW-Madison

Volunteer Management

  • Molly Vidal (lead) – Chief of Staff to Chancellor/Executive & Director External Relations, Colleges and Extension
  • Margaret Compton – Water Action Volunteers Prog Mrg, Env. Resources Center, Coop. Ext.
  • John DeMontmollin – Interim State Coordinator, 4-H, Cooperative Extension
  • Mike Maddox – Director, Master Gardener Program, Cooperative Extension
  • Ruth Schriefer – Interim Program Director, Family Living Program, Coop. Ext.
  • Marie Witzel – Associate Professor, Associate Professor and Dodge County 4-H youth development educator, Cooperative Extension
  • Katy Kaiser – Senior Admin. Prog. Specialist, Chancellor’s Office, Colleges and Extension
  • Jeff Wendorf – Vice President, Alumni Relations and Engagement, WAA
  • Dan Krueger – Outreach Program Manager, Colleges and UW Extension
  • Mike McKenzie – Volunteer Manager for Wisconsin Public Television, Public Media, UW-Extension

Ad-hoc Committee on Governance Issues

  • Paul Roback – Community Resource Dev. Educator, UW-Extension
  • Elmo Rawling – Geologist, UW-Extension
  • Steve Ventura – Soil Science Professor, UW-Madison
  • Bill Tracy – Agronomy Professor, UW-Madison
  • Matt Cogger – Agriculture Research Assistant, Cooperative Extension
  • Patti Thompson – Pyle Center Manager, UW-Extension
  • Nancy Kujak-Ford – HR/Talent Management, UW-Madison
  • Bernadette O’Rourke – Senior Outreach Specialist, UW-Madison
  • Katy Sticha – Office Operations Associate, Cooperative Extension
  • Dan Wanish – Accountant, UW-Extension Conference Centers
  • Jeffrey Whitman – Senior Procurement Specialist, UW-Madison
  • Josiah Redford – Library Service Assistant, UW-Madison
  • Deena Whitwam – Associated Students of Madison Shared Governance Chair