Morgridge Center

Morgridge Center Staff

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Nancy E. Mathews (B.S. Penn State, M.S. and Ph.D. State University of New York – College of Environmental Science and Forestry) shares more than 20 years as a national expert in environmental  scholarship, teaching and national board involvement in her role as the Director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service and professor at the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Nancy distinguished herself as the leader of the 2009 reaccreditation for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was a recent fellow in the Committee for Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Academic Leadership Program in 2008, and chaired the Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development graduate program at the Nelson Institute 2009-2010. Nancy co-chaired the campus Biological Sciences Divisional Tenure Committee in 2011-2012. She was a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission from 2009-2013 and was recently elected to a four year term on their Board of Trustees, through 2017. Nancy has also served on the Board of Directors for the International Crane Foundation since 2006. Nancy’s research and teaching focus on community-based conservation. Serving as both the faculty director and executive director for the Morgridge Center since 2010, Nancy says the student volunteers and service learning students truly epitomize the Wisconsin Idea, inspiring her and her staff. “The students care deeply about working with our community partners to make a difference in their lives. The passion of these busy university students, combined with the passion of remarkable faculty and staff from across campus, enhance the Center’s reach and impact. We all look forward to 2013 as we continue to grow and strengthen our partnerships between the UW campus and the Madison community."

Contact Nancy at 608-262-0787 or

Photo of Mary Rouse.Randy Wallar (B.A. Hanover College, M.A., and Doctoral work at Ball State University) is the Associate Director of Engaged Scholarship of the Morgridge Center. He provides leadership for the Center’s academic functions and provides oversight for day-to-day operations. Randy began working at the UW-Madison in 1987, first as director of the Greater University Tutoring Service (GUTS), and later as an advisor to the Wisconsin Union Directorate, the Wisconsin Union’s student programming committees. In 1994, he served on the campus-wide committee that crafted the proposal that ultimately led to the creation of the Morgridge Center. He has served in a leadership capacity at the center since 1996. More recently he has assumed the administration of the highly successful Morgridge Match Grant program and is teaching a service learning course, Community Issues and Service Learning, through the School of Human Ecology’s Inter-disciplinary Department. In the fall semester 2013, he will direct the center’s newly created Service Learning Course Development Grant program, and will work with our leadership team and Campus Advisory Council to develop and implement an action plan and process to further advance community-based learning on campus.

Contact Randy at 608-262-5781 or

Photo of Karen Crossley. Karen Crossley (B.A. Colby College, M.S. University of Washington, Executive MBA University of Wisconsin-Madison) serves as Associate Director of Operations. She is engaged with supporting the infrastructure and programming for the Morgridge Center, 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 and environmental stewardship for Badger Volunteers. Karen's earlier career included several chapters. She worked for The Nature Conservancy for nearly ten years in Washington, Maine and Wisconsin. Then for over sixteen years, she was engaged in higher education fund development with the University of Wisconsin Foundation. Most recently, Karen served as Director of Dane County’s Cultural Affairs Commission and Dane Arts for more than five years. She participated in the second class of Leadership Greater Madison and her volunteer community involvements mostly relate to education, youth, and the environment. Karen feels honored to be part of the Morgridge Center and eager to help fulfill its mission, vision and values.

Contact Karen at 608-265-8218 or

Photo of Mary Rouse.Elizabeth Tryon (B.A. University of Illinois, M.A.Ed. Edgewood College) is the Assistant Director of Community-based Learning at the Morgridge Center, working with community partners, faculty and academic staff; and graduate and undergraduate students across all disciplines to develop community-based learning & research courses and projects; co-chairs the Wisconsin Without Borders initiative, and chairs the Community-University Exchange, an academic model for coordinating and streamlining campus-community projects. She serves on the national planning committee of the Engaged Scholarship Consortium and the International Living Knowledge Network, as well as a founding member of the Global Alliance for Community-Engaged Research, and speaks and conducts workshops in the U.S., Canada and Europe. She is co-editor with Prof. Randy Stoecker of “The Unheard Voices: Community Organizations and Service-Learning” (Temple University Press, 2009).  Beth also manages the Community-Based Learning Fellows program and the Wisconsin Idea Undergraduate Fellowship grants. Prior to joining the Morgridge Center Beth worked at Edgewood College as a Community Partner Specialist in their service-learning office, and has been a performing and recording jazz artist for over 30 years. Beth said what she loves most about her job is “working with so many talented students, staff and faculty in all disciplines and helping them create partnerships in an authentic, reciprocal fashion.” 

Contact Beth at 608-890-3334 or

Photo of Mary Rouse.Megan Miller (B.S. in Community and Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Wisconsin–Madison) is the Morgridge Center's Assistant Director of Civic Engagement. In this position she is responsible for managing several of the Morgridge Center’s co-curricular programs including Badger Volunteers, WE Badger Volunteers, the Student Internship program, and the Volunteer Transportation Program as well as coordinating volunteer fairs, and special events. Megan became involved with the Morgridge Center as a student, regularly volunteering at Glendale Elementary School and the Madison Children's Museum. She later served two terms as an AmeriCorps*VISTA with the center supporting local youth through the Urban League of Greater Madison and later overseeing the tremendous growth of the Badger Volunteers program from 100 to 300 students. Megan says what she likes most about working at the Morgridge Center is “seeing and helping students develop into citizens dedicated to making their communities wonderful places to be.”

Contact Megan at 608-262-8446 or

Photo of Mary Rouse.Mary Rouse (B.A. Michigan State University, M.A. University of Michigan–Ann Arbor) currently serves as a part-time Community Liaison at the Morgridge Center.  Mary retired from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as Director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service in July 2005, having been instrumental in creating the Center in 1994. She reflects on her good fortune to have been given the assignment by Chancellor Ward to expand the curricular and co-curricular service, learning and research opportunities for students, faculty and staff on campus, and to listen, respond and form partnerships to meet the needs of non profits, individuals and families in our diverse communities locally, nationally and internationally. In almost 38 years of full-time employment at the University, she held several positions in student and academic affairs including serving as the Dean of Students/Chief Student Affairs Officer from 1987-2000. Mary describes herself as a Mother, Grandmother, Homemaker, Educator, and Community Servant. Her commitment to public service underpinned by the Wisconsin Idea is woven through her University and personal life and evidenced in the many nonprofit organizations which she has served.  She often reminds the people with whom she is working that she never works alone. 

Contact Mary at 608-263-2432 or

Photo of Steph HarrillSteph Harrill (B.S.W. at University of Wisconsin-Madison and M.S.W. at Columbia University) is the Morgridge Center's Badger Volunteers Coordinator. In this role she connects over 500 student volunteers with community partners each semester in order to serve the interests of the greater Madison community. Back in 2008, Steph served as a leader during Badger Volunteers' pilot semester when there were just 50 students involved. She was thrilled to see that the program had grown so immensely, engaging more students and community agencies. "Badger Volunteers is a really neat opportunity for mutually beneficial campus-community collaboration, and carrying out the Wisconsin Idea." Steph largely attributes her career path in social work and program development to her experiences working with the Morgridge Center during her undergraduate studies. After obtaining her Masters in Social Work, Steph worked developing an employment training and placement program for Catholic Charities Guild for the Blind in New York City. Though she enjoyed her time in NYC, her deep Wisconsin roots drew her back home. She could not be more excited to return to Madison and the University of Wisconsin.

Contact Steph at 608-262-0731 or

Photo of Dean LadwigDean Ladwig is the Morgridge Center's Financial Specialist. Dean started with the University of Wisconsin in January of 2003 working in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in the School of Medicine and Public Health as a Medical Program Assistant until April of 2012 when he joined the Morgridge Center as a Financial Specialist. Dean is an avid fan of all Wisconsin sports teams and enjoys fishing and gardening. Dean said, “What I like most about working at the Morgridge Center is knowing I am working with an exceptional team of staff and students who are working to build relationships in our community and around the world.”


Contact Dean at 608-890-3590 or

Photo of Nancie LutherNancie Luther is the Morgridge Center's Assistant to the Director. From 2009-2012 Nancie served as the assistant to the chancellor for Chancellor's Martin and 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 will focus on assisting the director with external and campus communications, supporting the advisory boards, and event planning. Her experience includes knowledge of campus policies and practices and working with key donors, university-level executive boards and campus leaders.

Contact Nancie at 608-265-8247 or

2013-2014 Student Staff & Interns

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2012-2013 Morgridge Center Staff

Undergraduate Interns:

  • Adam Beer
    WE Badger Volunteers:
    Sophomore from Kalamazoo, MI majoring in Nutritional Sciences and Spanish
  • Jenna Bushnell,
    Social Media:
    Senior from Silver Spring, MD majoring in Journalism and International Studies
  • Shelby Lewis
    Senior from Roseville, MN majoring in Journalism
  • Annie Paul
    Badger Volunteers:
    Junior from Aurora, IL majoring in Biochemistry and Political Science
  • Lillian Rotter
    Community Outreach:
    Junior from Sheboygan Falls, WI majoring in Social Work
  • Brienne Schaefer
    Special Events:
    Junior from Sussex, WI majoring in Journalism
  • Dan Simon
    Institute for Research on Poverty:
    Senior from Waukesha, WI majoring in Psychology
  • Liz Hamel
    Campus Outreach:
  • Sophomore majroing in Political Science and Strategic Communications

Peer Advisors

  • Lucky Liu,
    Junior from Changchun, China majoring in Psychology
  • Mike Tecca,
    Senior from Lyme, NH majoring in Psychology and Political Science

Program Assistants

  • Kristen Cassarini,
    Third Year Graduate Student from Rockaway, NJ studying Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis

  • Fisnik Lumani,
    Freshman from Fort Atkinson, WI

  • Anthony Palladino,
    Senior from Chicago, IL majoring in Political Science & Classics

  • Stephanie Sauer,
    Senior from Chicago, IL majoring in International Studies, Environmental Studies, & East Asian Studies

  • Ismail Umer,
    First Year Graduate Student from Naperville, IL studying Occupational Therapy

Service Learning Fellows

Engaged Scholarship Graduate Fellows (CUE):

  • Claire Boyce:

  • Kegan Carter:                           

  • Victoria Faust:

  • Dadit Hidayat:

  • Helyn Luisi-Mills:

  • Ashleigh Ross:

  • Marian Slaughter:

  • Susan Stanton:

Wisconsin Without Borders Graduate Fellow

  • Malika Taalbi:



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