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Sustaining Members

Each year institutions of higher education in Wisconsin are invited to become sustaining members by funding activities that support current and aspiring women leaders in higher education.  The partnership between the sustaining members and WWHEL contributes to the advancement and improvement of the status of women faculty, staff, and administrators and students in Wisconsin colleges and universities.

We are indebted to the following sustaining members

President's Circle ($2500)
  • Wisconsin Technical College System
Leadership Circle ($1500)
  • Waukesha County Technical College
Support Circle ($1000)
  • Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
Challenge Circle ($750)
  • Mid-State Technical College
  • Moraine Park Technical College
  • UW-River Falls
Associate Circle ($500)
  • Chippewa Valley Technical College
  • Gateway Technical College
  • Lakeshore Technical College
  • UW-Eau Claire
  • UW-Green Bay
  • UW-La Crosse
  • UW-Parkside
  • UW-Platteville
  • UW-Stout
Participant Circle ($250)
  • Carroll University
  • Carthage College
  • Marian University
  • Mount Mary College
  • Madison College (MATC – Madison)
  • Northcentral Technical College
  • Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
  • St. Norbert College
  • UW-Stevens Point
  • UW-Superior

Institutional Representatives

InstitutionInstitutional Representative
Alverno College
Beloit College
Blackhawk Technical College
Cardinal Stritch University
Carroll UniversityTheresa Barry
Carthage College
Chippewa Valley Technical CollegeLisa Colombo
College of Menominee Nation
Columbia College of Nursing
Concordia UniversityKimberly Masenthin
Edgewood CollegeKelley Grorud
Fox Valley Technical CollegeKim Olson
Gateway Technical CollegeStephanie Sklba
Lakeshore Technical CollegeMelissa Braesch
Lawrence University
Madison CollegeTurina Bakken
Marian UniversityKathleen Candee
Marian UniversityJulia Leutschwager
Marquette University
MATC- MilwaukeeSarah Adams
Mid-State Technical CollegeBetsy Feaster
Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Moraine Park Technical CollegeEmily Hayes
Mount Mary UniversityWendy Weaver
Nicolet Area Technical College
Northcentral Technical College
Northeast Wisconsin Technical CollegeSandy Ryczkowski
Silver Lake College
Southwest WI Technical CollegeSue Reukauf
St. Norbert CollegeMindy Leiterman
UW CollegesCathy Sandeen
UW-Eau Claire Foundation on behalf of UW-ECFaith Pawelski
UW-ExtensionCathy Sandeen
UW-Green BaySue Joseph-Mattison
UW-La CrosseSharie Brunk
UW-MadisonHeather McFadden
UW-MilwaukeePhyllis King
UW-OshkoshDawn Downs Arnold
UW-ParksideHeather Kind-Keppel
UW-PlattevilleMichelle Zasada
UW-River Falls
UW-Stevens PointLisa Theo
UW-StoutKristi Krimpelbein
UW-SuperiorSandra Strom Larson
UW-System AdministrationStephen Kolison
UW-Waukesha Foundation on behalf of UW-Waukesha
WAICUCarole Trone
WCTCShelly Kuhn
Western Technical CollegeTracy Dryden
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical CollegeValerie Smith
Wisconsin Technical College SystemCarrie Morgan, Carrie Gleason

Roles Representatives

Responsibilities of a WWHEL Institutional Representative


Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership (WWHEL) exists to support women in leadership positions in academia and to encourage those seeking such positions.  Ideally, a WWHEL Institutional Representative would:

  • Serve as the campus contact for announcements of WWHEL activities and information, forwarding these items to others on campus as appropriate.
  • Be the advocate for WWHEL sponsorship to her president/chancellor.
  • Help to organize a WWHEL chapter on campus that would bring together women employed at the institution for professional development gatherings that might include speakers (external or internal) or discussions of recent research on women in academia, of books on relevant issues, or of topics of particular local interest.
  • Encourage women on campus to attend WWHEL’s regional spring workshops and annual fall conferences.
  • Consider hosting a future WWHEL workshop or conference.


The annual WWHEL state conference includes a session specifically for WWHEL Institutional Representatives.  The session includes tips on possible campus activities and an opportunity to meet and share ideas with WWHEL participants on other campuses.

WWHEL does not charge membership fees; the only costs for participants are those associated with workshop or conference attendance.  Instead, we depend on contributions from supportive institutions to enable us to continue our advocacy for women leaders in academia and our workshops and conferences offering professional development.  Please contact the WWHEL State President or a WWHEL Board member if you have questions.

At several Wisconsin colleges and universities, both public and private, groups of women meet under the WWHEL banner for professional development; regular meetings include speakers or discussions of books or new research on leadership topics. If you are interested in finding out more about any of these initiatives, please contact the WWHEL State President.

Interested in being a representative?