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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

Institution Institutional Representative Title Contact
Alverno College Julie Borgealt Interim Director; Assessment and Outreach Center
Beloit College
Blackhawk Technical College
Cardinal Stritch University
Carroll University Theresa Barry
Carthage College
Chippewa Valley Technical College Lisa Colombo
College of Menominee Nation
Columbia College of Nursing
Concordia University Kimberly Masenthin
Edgewood College Angela Salas VP for Academic Affairs/Academic Dean
Fox Valley Technical College Kim Olson Associate Vice President, College Effectiveness
Gateway Technical College Stephanie Sklba Vice President of Community and Government Relations
Lakeshore Technical College Kelly Carpenter Director of Teaching & Learning
Lawrence University
Madison College Sylvia Ramirez VP of Administration
Marian University Kathleen Candee Interim Senior VP -Advancement & Alumni Relations
Marquette University
MATC- Milwaukee Sarah Adams Interim VP of Enrollment Mgmt.
Mid-State Technical College Missy Skurzewski-Servant Dean, Business & Technology
Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
Milwaukee School of Engineering Alicia Domack Department Chair/Professor - Humanities, Social Services, & Communication
Moraine Park Technical College Emily Hayes Reading/Writing Instructor
Mount Mary University Wendy Weaver Dean of Humanities, Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies
Nicolet Area Technical College
Northcentral Technical College
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Sandy Ryczkowski
Northwoods Technical College Christy Kobernick Development & Retention Manager
Silver Lake College
Southwest WI Technical College
St. Norbert College Sarah Olejniczak Title IX and Compliance Coordinator
UW-Eau Claire Foundation on behalf of UW-EC Kim Wellnitz Academic Advisor
UW-Extension Cathy Sandeen
UW-Green Bay Sue Joseph-Mattison
UW-La Crosse Sharie Brunk
UW-Madison Heather McFadden
UW-Milwaukee Phyllis King
UW-Oshkosh Dawn Downs Arnold
UW-Parkside Dalinda Galaviz HR Business Partner Training & Development
UW-Platteville Rose Smyrski Vice Chancellor
UW-River Falls
UW-Stevens Point Lisa Theo
UW-Stout Kristi Krimpelbein
UW-Superior Debbie Seguin Executive Assistant to the Chancellor
UW-System Administration Stephen Kolison
UW-Waukesha Foundation on behalf of UW-Waukesha
WAICU Rebecca Larson Sr. VP for Advocacy
WCTC Shelly Kuhn
Western Technical College Amy Thornton & Kat Linaker VP Student Services & Engagment; VP of Academic Affairs ;
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Christy Kobernick Director of Training and Development
Wisconsin Technical College System Colleen Larsen Education Director - Student Success

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?