Professional Staff

  • Kathy Cramer | Interim Faculty Director

    Kathy Cramer is a professor in the Department of Political Science 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. In 2006, she was the recipient of a UW-Madison Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award. Kathy also currently serves on the board of the YWCA and the City of Madison Equal Opportunities Commission.

    kathy.cramer@wisc.edu | 608-262-0787
  • Randy Wallar | Associate Director of Engaged Scholarship

    Randy Wallar provides leadership for the Morgridge Center for Public Service's academic functions and provides oversight for day-to-day operations. Randy began working at the UW-Madison in 1987 and in 1994, he served on the committee that crafted the proposal that led to the creation of the Morgridge Center.  Randy also teaches a service-learning course, Community Issues and Service Learning, through the School of Human Ecology.

    randy.wallar@wisc.edu | 608-262-5781
  • Karen Crossley | Associate Director of Operations

    Karen Crossley is engaged with supporting the infrastructure and programming at the Morgridge Center for Public Service, with specific focus upon co-curricular activities. Karen joined the Morgridge Center team in fall 2012 to help launch a new focus area related to sustainability for Badger Volunteers. Karen previously has worked for The Nature Conservancy, the University of Wisconsin Foundation and, most recently, she served as Director of Dane County's Cultural Affairs Commission and Dane Arts.

    karen.crossley@wisc.edu | 608-265-8247
  • Elizabeth Tryon | Assistant Director of Community-based Learning

    Elizabeth Tryon works with community partners, faculty and academic staff and students to develop community-based learning & research courses and projects. She co-chairs Wisconsin Without Borders and chairs the Community-University Exchange. Beth also manages the Community-Based Learning Fellows program and the Wisconsin Idea Fellowships. Beth previously worked at Edgewood College and has been a recording jazz artist for over 30 years.

    etryon@wisc.edu | 608-890-3334
  • Megan Miller | Assistant Director of Civic Engagement and Communications

    Megan Miller manages several Morgridge Center for Public Service programs and events including Transportation Options, Public Service Fairs, Student Internships, and Walk the Walk. She also supports the Center's communications. Megan became involved with the Morgridge Center as a student and later served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA with the Center, supporting local youth through the Urban League and Badger Volunteers.

    megan.miller@wisc.edu | 608-262-8446
  • Steph Harrill | Badger Volunteers Coordinator

    Steph Harrill oversees the Badger Volunteers program, connecting over 650 student volunteers with community partners each semester to serve the interests of the greater Madison community. She served as a Badger Volunteers leader during the program's pilot semester in 2008, and returned to lead the program in 2013 after working at the Catholic Charities Guild for the Blind in New York City. Steph largely attributes her career path to her undergrad experiences at the Morgridge Center for Public Service.

    stephanie.harrill@wisc.edu | 608-262-0731
  • Kari Temkin | Badger Volunteers Assistant Coordinator

    Kari Temkin supports the operations, quality and growth of the Badger Volunteers program. Her experiences as an undergrad at UW-Madison propelled Kari into a life of public service. Following graduation, she completed two years of national service; one with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), and the other with Public Allies. Kari then went on to receive her Masters in Public Service from Marquette University.

    kari.temkin@wisc.edu | 608-265-8218
  • Dean Ladwig | Department Administrator

    Dean Ladwig manages the Morgridge Center for Public Service financials, hiring, office administration and the student program assistants. Dean started with the University of Wisconsin-Madison in January 2003 working in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in the School of Medicine and Public Health as a Medical Program Assistant. In April 2012, he joined the Morgridge Center for Public Service as a Financial Specialist, before moving to the role of Department Administrator. 

    dean.ladwig@wisc.edu | 608-890-3590
  • Alaura Seidl | Assessment Coordinator

    Alaura Seidl coordinates curricular and co-curricular program assessment efforts at the Morgridge Center for Public Service and leads a study with the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies concerning integrative learning outcomes for students in capstone courses. She developed and currently teaches a service-learning course in the Department of Art which looks at the function of public art and various roles of artists in society, while students across disciplines participate in community-based projects.

    alaura.seidl@wisc.edu |
  • Mark Bennett | Communications Specialist

    Mark Bennett oversees communications, marketing, promotions, design and branding at the Morgridge Center for Public Service. His work encompasses both traditional and new media, interacting with students, faculty and community members. Mark previously worked for a variety of units on the UW-Madison campus including Campus and Visitor Relations, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Memorial Union Reinvestment project with the Wisconsin Union.

    mark.bennett@wisc.edu | 608-262-6066
  • Jason Burke | Achievement Connections Campus Coordinator

    Jason Burke is an AmeriCorps member with the Morgridge Center for Public Service, coordinating campus recruitment at UW-Madison for the Achievement Connections math tutoring program. Jason's work includes recruiting and training UW-Madison students as Alegbra tutors in Madison-area high schools. He is also involved with the development of partnerships between Achievement Connections and upcoming service learning courses.

    jsburke@wisc.edu | 608-890-2134
  • Mary Rouse | Community Liaison

    Mary Rouse retired as Director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service in 2005, but has since served as a part-time Community Liaison. As Dean of Students at UW-Madison from 1987-2000, Mary was instrumental in the creation of the Morgridge Center in 1994. Mary has spent over 45 years with the University in total. Her commitment to public service, underpinned by the Wisconsin Idea, is woven through her University and personal life. She often reminds the people that she never works alone.

    mary.rouse@wisc.edu | 608-263-2432
  • Nancie Luther | Assistant to the Director

    Nancie Luther provides administrative assistance to the Morgridge Center for Public Service Faculty Director. From 2009-2012 Nancie served as the Assistant to the Chancellor for Chancellors Biddy Martin and David Ward. Prior to joining the chancellor's office, she served as the executive assistant to the CEO of Unity at the UW Medical Foundation. Her role at the Morgridge Center focuses on assisting the Director with external and campus communications, supporting the advisory boards and event planning.

    nancie.luther@wisc.edu | 608-265-8247