Professional Staff

  • Kathy Cramer | 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 has previously served on the board of the YWCA and the City of Madison Equal Opportunities Commission.

    kathy.cramer@wisc.edu | 608-262-0787
  • Lisa Chambers | Associate Director

    Lisa Chambers provides oversight for the day-to-day administration of the Morgridge Center for Public Service. Previously, she spent nine years as the director of the Centre for Community Partners at the University of Toronto. Prior to her work at the University of Toronto, she served as the Executive Director of the Michigan Campus Compact. Earlier in her career she held student affairs positions at Kent State University and St. Norbert College. Lisa is originally from Madison.

    lisa.chambers@wisc.edu | 608 263-2508
  • Elizabeth Tryon | Assistant Director of Community-based Learning

    Beth Tryon works with community partners, faculty, academic staff and students to develop community-based learning (CBL) courses and projects. She co-chairs Wisconsin Without Borders and chairs the Community-University Exchange. Beth also manages the CBL 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 many Morgridge Center co-curricular programs and events including Public Service Fairs, Be the Change Bash, Outreach, Peer Advising and Walk the Walk. She also supports 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
  • Karen Crossley | Special Projects Director

    Karen Crossley helps advance a range of special projects at the Morgridge Center for Public Service, with specific attention to development and fundraising. Karen joined the Morgridge Center 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
  • Dean Ladwig | Department Administrator

    Dean Ladwig manages the Morgridge Center for Public Service financials, hiring, office administration and student program assistants. Dean started with UW-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
  • 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
  • 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 Chancellors Biddy Martin and David Ward. She previously 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
  • Grady McHugh | Achievement Connections Campus Coordinator

    Grady McHugh serves as the Campus Outreach Coordinator promoting and recruiting for the Achievement Connections math tutoring program. He graduated from UW-Madison in 2016 with a degree in Life Sciences Communication and a certificate in Digital Studies. After his year of service with AmeriCorps, Grady plans on doing communications for non-profit and public service organizations.

    gmchugh@wisc.edu | 608-890-2134