4W Directors and Leadership

Lori DiPrete Brown, MSPH, M.T.S

4W Director

Lori DiPrete Brown is the Director of the campus-wide Women and Wellbeing Initiative (4W). Lori began her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras, where she lived and worked in a residential program for teenage girls who had been orphaned or abandoned during childhood. Her subsequent work has taken her to over 13 countries, where she has focused on providing quality health care and... READ MORE

Carrie Welsh

4W Assistant Director

Carrie Welsh is the Assistant Director of 4W. She has worked as an educator, editor, and writer. Academically trained as a historian of education, her graduate research explored the creative, arts-based pedagogy of Zilphia Horton, the cultural organizer at Highlander Folk School in eastern Tennessee from 1935-1956. Carrie has a B.A. in English from the University of Kentucky and an M.A. in... READ MORE

Molly Clark-Barol

4W Program Associate

Molly Clark-Barol is the 4W Project Associate, and PhD Student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Human Ecology, with a concentration in Civil Society and Community Research. She received her BA in Anthropology and Political Science from Yale University in 2008. In the interim, she worked on issues of gender equity in academia in the USA, sustainable development and... READ MORE

Marit Barkve

4W Engagement Coordinator

Marit Barkve is a PhD Candidate in the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic and she is excited to be defending her dissertation shortly! Marit is the project assistant for 4W’s Women and Philanthropy project and she also serves as 4W’s Engagement Coordinator. She has thrived in her role and enjoys helping to connect people and ideas to serve 4W’s mission. Her scholarship... READ MORE

Olivia Dahlquist

4W Intern

Olivia Dahlquist is the 4W Initiative Intern and a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Olivia is pursuing the Community and Nonprofit Leadership major in the School of Human Ecology, as well as certificates in Global Health and Gender and Women’s Studies. She has recently returned from a semester abroad in Florence, Italy where she studied Renaissance Art History. Olivia also... READ MORE

Leadership Circle

Lori DiPrete Brown, MSPH, M.T.S

4W Director

Lori DiPrete Brown is the Director of the campus-wide Women and Wellbeing Initiative (4W). Lori began her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras, where she lived and worked in a residential program for teenage girls who had been orphaned or abandoned during childhood. Her subsequent work has taken her to over 13 countries, where she has focused on providing quality health care and... READ MORE

Carrie Welsh

4W Assistant Director

Carrie Welsh is the Assistant Director of 4W. She has worked as an educator, editor, and writer. Academically trained as a historian of education, her graduate research explored the creative, arts-based pedagogy of Zilphia Horton, the cultural organizer at Highlander Folk School in eastern Tennessee from 1935-1956. Carrie has a B.A. in English from the University of Kentucky and an M.A. in... READ MORE

Araceli Alonso, PhD, RN, MA, MS

4W Director for Gender, Clinical Practice and the Health Sciences

Araceli Alonso is an Associate Faculty in Gender and Women’ Studies/School of Medicine and Public Health. She is the Founder and Director of Health by All Means, an extension of the United Nations Award Winning Health by Motorbike. Alonso co-directs 4W-STREETS (Social Transformation to End the Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking for... READ MORE

Emily Auerbach

4W Director of the Odyssey Project

Emily Auerbach is an award-winning English Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She serves as Project Director of the UW Odyssey Project, a free, life-changing college humanities course for low-income adults. In addition, Emily Auerbach is co-host of University of the Air, a one-hour program broadcast statewide on Wisconsin Public Radio on Sundays from 4-5 PM featuring interviews... READ MORE

Sandra Adell, PhD

4W Director of the Arts and Wellbeing

Sandra Adell is a literature professor in the Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has published books and articles on African American literature. Her most recent publication is Contemporary Plays by African American Women: Ten Complete Plays (University of Illinois Press, December 2015). In 2010 she published a memoir titled CONFESSIONS... READ MORE

Jennifer Angus, PhD

4W Director of Design and Visual Communication

Jennifer Angus is a professor in the Design Studies department.  She is PI on SoHE’s Design and Microenterprise project, a partnership between UW and women artisans around the world working to improve their products and sales for increased economic empowerment and wellbeing. Jennifer has exhibited her work nationally and... READ MORE

Sumudu Atapattu, PhD

4W Director of Environmental Rights and Human Rights Law

Sumudu Atapattu is the Director of Research Centers at University of Wisconsin Law School, an affiliate of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Center for South Asia, coordinator of the Human Rights Program and is the Lead Counsel for Human Rights at Center for International Sustainable Development... READ MORE

Mary Crave, PhD

4W Director of Youth and Women in International Agriculture and Food Security

Mary Crave is a UW-Extension specialist, focusing on extension and participatory outreach education methods for program development, training, and evaluation. Internationally she works primarily in the context of equity and empowerment for women farmers, girls and youth. She currently leads three programs in Ghana affiliated with UW-Madison’s Global Health... READ MORE

Sami Schalk

Assistant Professor, Department of Gender and Women's Studies

Dr. Sami Schalk is an assistant professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on the intersections of disability, race, and gender in contemporary American literature and culture, especially African American and women’s literature. Dr. Schalk’s first book, Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race and Gender in Black... READ MORE

Lalita du Perron, PhD

4W Director of Alternative Inquiry

Lalita is the Associate Director of the Center for South Asia at UW-Madison, where she teaches South Asian culture with emphasis on gender and musical culture. She has a long-standing connection with a clinic in India which looks after children disabled by the Union Carbide chemical... READ MORE

Lara B. Gerassi, PhD, LCSW

4W Director of Sex Trafficking and Exploitation Research and Practice

Lara B. Gerassi’s research focuses on increasing the safety and security for individuals involved in or at risk of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. To facilitate this, her work aims to 1) improve the quality of the service delivery system (i.e. substance use treatment, residential services, mental health counseling); 2) strengthen organizations’ anti-oppressive and... READ MORE

Larissa Duncan, PhD

4W Director for Healthy Minds, Children, and Families

Larissa Duncan, Ph.D., holds the Elizabeth C. Davies Chair in Child & Family Well-Being in the School of Human Ecology, and is Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and Family Medicine and Community Health. She is Associate Director of the Center for Child and Family Well-Being, a faculty affiliate of the Center for Healthy Minds, and she serves as the... READ MORE

Lesley Sager, NCIDQ

Faculty Associate

Lesley Sager is a professional interior designer who has practiced in Wisconsin for over fifteen years and now teaches interior design in the School of Human Ecology. As the Interior Design Program Coordinator, Sager is responsible for managing the course curriculum, student enrollment, and ensuring that the program meets the Council for Interior Design Accreditation standards (CIDA). Sager... READ MORE

Deborah Ehrenthal, MD, MPH

4W Director of Women, Wellbeing and the Lifecourse

Deborah Ehrenthal holds the Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families Endowed Chair at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She focuses on three intersecting areas of women’s and children’s health: perinatal outcomes, women’s cardiovascular disease, and child... READ MORE

Cynthie Anderson

4W Director of Women’s Reproductive Health

Dr. Anderson works locally to globally to increase reproductive choice and health for girls and women promoting strategies such as long-acting reversible contraceptives and centering pregnancy and prenatal... READ MORE

Jerry O'Brien

Director of Kohl's Center for Retailing in the School of Human Ecology

Jerry O’Brien is the Director of the Kohl’s Center for Retailing in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to his position at UW, Jerry spent 27 years in various leadership positions with the Target Corporation. In addition to his on-campus work, Jerry has created and delivered impactful presentations to retailers, consumer products companies, and... READ MORE

Connie Flanagan, PhD

4W Director of the Environmental Commons Initiative

Connie Flanagan is a professor and Associate Dean of School of the Human Ecology at UW-Madison. Her scholarship focuses on adolescents’ political theories and on the factors in communities that foster identification with and action for the common good in young... READ MORE

Sophia Friedson-Ridenour, PhD

Honorary Visiting Scholar at the Center for Research on Gender and Women

Sophia Friedson-Ridenour is a postdoctoral research associate in the Center for Research on Gender and Women at UW-Madison. Trained as an ethnographer, she specializes in researching educational policy with a focus on development and the state in Africa. She is currently exploring how women’s empowerment in agriculture is being measured... READ MORE

Tracey Holloway

4W Director for Science and Engineering

Tracey Holloway is a Professor in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also President and co-Founder of the Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN; eswnonline.org), a leading organization for women’s advancement in science with nearly 3000 members... READ MORE

Karla Strand, DPhil, MLIS

Gender & Women's Studies Librarian

Karla J. Strand is the Gender and Women’s Studies Librarian for the University of Wisconsin System. Created in 1977, the GWS Librarian’s Office is one of the premier resources for support of gender and women’s studies scholarship and librarianship in the country. From a base at UW Madison’s Memorial Library, the... READ MORE

Janet Hyde, PhD

4W Director of Feminist Biology

Janet Shibley Hyde is the Helen Thompson Woolley Professor of Psychology and Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison, where she also serves as Director of the Center for Research on Gender & Women. Her research specialty is psychology of women and she is author of the undergraduate textbook “Half the Human Experience: The Psychology of... READ MORE

Linda Jorn

4W Director of Technology

Linda Jorn serves as Associate Vice Provost of Learning Technologies and Division of Information Technology and Director of Academic Technology at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Linda works with campus leaders to set strategic priorities, and uses an interdisciplinary approach to design efficient yet flexible organizations and teams who quickly respond to transformational... READ MORE

Carolyn Kallenborn

4W Director of Design

Professor Carolyn Kallenborn, Design Studies joined the UW faculty in 2007.  Kallenborn has been working with indigenous artisans in Oaxaca, Mexico since 2004.  Inspired by her experiences and the artisans in Oaxaca, she has created numerous gallery exhibitions and two documentary films about... READ MORE

Nancy Kendall, PhD

4W Director of Education for Global Change

Dr. Nancy Kendall is associate professor of educational policy studies, specialized in comparative, international, and global education policy. Kendall conducts comparative ethnographic research on global development education policies and their intersections with children’s and families’ daily... READ MORE

Jean M. Geran, PhD

4W Director for Human Rights, Child Protection and Global Policy

Dr. Geran is Co-Director of the 4W anti-trafficking initiative, ‘Social Transformations to End Exploitation and Trafficking for Sex’ and has extensive foreign policy experience working on human rights, trafficking in persons, and child protection. She was a 2006 recipient of the University of Wisconsin’s Distinguished Young Alumni... READ MORE

Helen Klebesadel, MFA

4W Director of Local to Global Networks

Helen Klebesadel is director of the University of Wisconsin Women’s and Gender Studies Consortium (WGSC) and co-chair of the 2016 4W Summit. An artist, Klebesadel is best known for her artworks addressing feminist and social justice issues. Her work is represented in galleries and at... READ MORE

Karen Solheim, PhD

4W Director of Nursing

Karen Solheim directs Global Health Initiatives in the School of Nursing. Dr. Solheim has conducted health related projects in Thailand, Cambodia, India and Somalia focusing on meeting population health needs and building local capacity, with an interest toward those experiencing humanitarian... READ MORE

Jan Miyasaki

4W Director of Legal Advocacy and Support

Jan Miyasaki is the Director of Project Respect, a Dane County, Wisconsin-based social service agency that provides services to adults and juveniles victimized in sex trafficking and prostitution. She holds a J.D. from Marquette University Law School and is an ad hoc faculty member in Ethnic Studies at the U.W. Madison. Miyasaki has led the discussion in Wisconsin to promote an... READ MORE

Martha Taylor, PhD

4W Director of Women’s Leadership and Philanthropy

Martha A. Taylor, the Vice President of Development of the University of Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association, pioneered the field of women’s philanthropy. At the UW Foundation since 1975, she was the first woman Vice President in Development in the Big... READ MORE

Barbara Nehls-Lowe, MPH, DMine

4W Director of Continuing Studies

In addition to coordinating the Statewide Action Planning Group, a body of people affected by the HIV epidemic, Barbara coordinates professional development courses in Continuing Studies on topics such as grief and loss, forgiveness, retirement happiness, mindfulness, and... READ MORE

Earlise Ward

4W Director of Mental Health for African American Women

Earlise Ward conducts community-based clinical research focused on older African American women’s mental health. Her research examines their beliefs about mental illness, whether these beliefs may serve as barriers to seeking mental health services, and coping behaviors in response to mental illness. This line of research is geared to develop more culturally appropriate and... READ MORE

Christopher Olsen

4W Director of One Health

Christopher Olsen is professor emeritus of public health in the School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) and Director of the Graduate/Professional and Capstone Global Health Certificate programs in the Global Health Institute and the School of Medicine and Public Health. He is also a program faculty member in the MPH program and has previously served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the... READ MORE

Dee Warmath, PhD

4W Director of Well-being via Microenterprise

Dr. Warmath examines the relationship between consumption decisions, life satisfaction and financial well-being, with a special focus on decision-making in dyads. Using a combination of qualitative and large-scale survey methodologies, she seeks to understand how consumers ranging from Americans to artisan women in Ecuador, Mexico and Kenya define well-being and the means to... READ MORE

Jeanette Roberts, PhD, MPH

4W Director of Global Public Health through Pharmacy

Roberts was named the UW School of Pharmacy’s dean in June 2003 after spending 15 years as an academic administrator and professor at the University of Utah College of Pharmacy. She returned to the faculty in July,  2014. She’s recently returned from working in Washington, DC as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation health policy fellow in the... READ MORE

Devaleena Das, PhD

Program Review Committee Member

Devaleena Das (Ph.D.) is an intersectional feminist and is a Lecturer in Women’s and Gender Studies Department at Northern Arizona University. She moved to the U.S in 2014 and has been a lecturer in the Gender Studies Department, UW-Madison and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities. Prior to joining UW-Madison, Das was an Assistant... READ MORE

Christine Whalen, PhD

4W Director of Purposeful Living

Christine B. Whelan is a faculty associate in the Department of Consumer Science. She is the director of MORE: Money,Relationships and Equality. In partnership with the Center for Financial Security, Dr. Whelan teaches and researches on topics of self-improvement, gender, relationships formation and purpose throughout the life... READ MORE

Mary Beth Collins

Director of Centers Research and Public Affairs at the School of Human Ecology

A lawyer and Latin American studies scholar by training, Mary Beth also provides organizational leadership for... READ MORE