Multicultural Awareness Program Facilitators

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Current Facilitators

Jeff Amundson

Jeff Amundson

Jeff Amundson holds a Ph.D. in experimental psychology with an emphasis in the neurobiology of learning and memory. He is employed as an instructional academic staff at UW-Marshfield/Wood County where he teaches psychology and education courses. He also serve as Chair for the campus Inclusive Excellence Committee and as senator for the same committee for UW-Colleges. He grew up on a farm in Menomonie, Wisconsin. He is married with two children. He enjoys learning, trying different foods, and playing with his family in outdoor activities.

 
Jayant Anand

Jayant Anand

Jayant Anand came to UW-Barron County in fall 2008 after gaining eight years of teaching experience in multiple disciplines (anthropology, sociology, and business) at various institutions in India, Mexico, the United States, and Puerto Rico. At UW-Barron County, he teaches the disciplines of anthropology as well as sociology that includes a wide array of courses including cultures of the world, sociology of marriage and the family, sociology of race and ethnicity, and economic anthropology. On campus, he has advised the campus student organization the Spirituality Network (formerly, FAIR) that strives to provide a platform for an open and safe inter-faith dialogue. In summer 2011, he became the first faculty member in the University of Wisconsin Colleges to be certified to facilitate multicultural awareness workshops.

 
Carla Anderson

Carla Anderson

Carla Anderson is the HR Director for BAMI.  She has a MSW and 25 years experience in HR and social work.  She aims to infuse a little joy or fun in everything she does.

 
 
Jackie Askins

Jackie Askins

Jackie has worked as the public information specialist for UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development since 2010. She graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in journalism and mass communication. In her spare time, Jackie loves to read, cook and crochet, and she’s working on cultivating a joy for exercise (with limited success). She is looking forward to using her new MAP skills to grow and strengthen relationships at home and at work.

 
 
Demetrius Brown

Demetrius Brown

Demetrius Brown Sr. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Youth Development. He has been a Multicultural Awareness Trainer since 2005, as part of the first MAP facilitator cohort group. Brown has participated in many leadership trainings which has increased his understanding of diversity issues and has many workshop which have helped to shape his worldview. Demetrius is a strong advocate for teaching, working and supporting marginalized communities. His goal is to help struggling people become empowered people by engaging and exposing them to Extension.

 
Teresa Curtis

Teresa Curtis

Teresa began learning how to effectively work across cultures while evaluating health and nutrition programs in Indonesia, Thailand, and Cambodia. In her current role as a State Specialist for the Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program (WNEP), Teresa works with colleagues serving low-income audiences to integrate cultural responsivity and humility throughout the educational process, from community in-reach to evaluation. Teresa is extremely grateful to be a Multicultural Awareness Program Facilitator.  She values sharing a set tools that enable herself and others to take responsibility for continually examining our roles in oppression, our assumptions, our biases, and how all of these affect the lenses through which we see and experience the people and world around us.

 
Erin DeMuynck

Erin DeMuynck

Erin DeMuynck is an Assistant Professor of Geography at UW-Fox Valley.  She developed a strong interest in multiculturalism while she was a Peace Corps volunteer in rural El Salvador.  She left the US thinking she was going to help poor people and promote environmentalism and came back with an entirely new perspective on poverty, environmentalism, and “helping” and with a desire to learn more about causes and consequences of inequality globally and within her own country.  She got her PhD in geography at the University of Illinois, where she studied the political economy of cities and processes and policies that produce uneven development.

 
Joe Foy

Joe Foy

Joseph Foy grew up in rural Wyoming before moving to Montana where he earned his BA in American Politics and International Relations at Carroll College (Helena, MT). Foy went on to earn an MA and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame where he also did a fellowship in Washington, D.C. with the International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES). Foy has published many books and essays on the interplay between politics and popular and consumer culture, and is a frequent contributor to public radio and print media.

Annie Jones

Annie is Associate Dean and Associate Director for UW-Extension – Cooperative Extension.  Prior to serving in that role, Annie was Professor and Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development Educator for Kenosha County UW-Extension as well as Interim Special Assistant to the Dean for Strategic Directions.

 
Shelley King-Curry

Shelley King-Curry

Shelly King-Curry is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for UWEX-Cooperative Extension. She has lived in Madison for the past nine years, and is originally from Michigan. Shelly has one son and enjoys exploring other cultures and working to build understanding across differences. 

 

Sharon Klawitter

 Sharon Klawitter is the Human Resources Director for Cooperative Extension.

Rick Klemme

Rick Klemme is the Dean of Cooperative Extension.

 
Kandi O'Neil

Kandi O'Neil

Kandi O’Neil is the State 4-H Youth Development Associate Program Director and Volunteer Specialist for UW-Extension since January 2012.  Prior to working in this role; Kandi was the County 4-H Youth Development Educator and Department Head in Washington County.  Kandi has worked for UW-Extension for over 30 years.  She believes in the WI Idea and values how Extension works with people, organizations and communities throughout the state.  Building capacity with youth and adult volunteers has been foundational in her work. She appreciates the impact youth and adult volunteers bring to UW-Extension programming.

 
Kurt Rose

Kurt Rose

Kurt Rose serves as the Human Resources Generalist at University of Wisconsin-Extension, Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning.  Previously, he has served as an Human Resources Assistant - Advanced at University of Wisconsin-Madison, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Human Resources Coordinator at UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension. His passions are dancing and helping others.

 
Victoria Solomon

Victoria Solomon

Victoria Solomon is the Community Resource Development Educator for Green County UW-Extension.  She is passionate about sustainable community development and has a background in planning and politics.  When not working, she spends her time learning to be a beekeeper, drinking copious amounts of tea, and having international adventures.

 
Kelly Thomas

Kelly Thomas

Kelly Thomas grew up in St. Louis, MO and attended the University of MO – St. Louis where she earned her BA in Psychology.  She then moved to Portland, OR where she lived for 10 years, and earned an MA in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.  Kelly has lived in Madison since 2006 and has two children; one daughter, age 22 and a son, age 11.  Kelly has enjoyed working in the field of diversity and inclusion for the past 8 years and when she is not working enjoys knitting, reading, and yoga.

 
Dan Wanish

Dan Wanish

Dan Wanish is an accountant with UW-Extension Conference Centers for nearly 14 years. Born in Manitowoc, WI and raised in Green Bay. Served on the UWEX Status of Women Committee, UWC/UWEX Equity & Diversity Council, UWEX Classified Staff Council, participated in a Diversity Circle on Poverty, and eager to facilitate MAP trainings. Enjoys outdoor activities with his family of 4.

 

Dean Yohnk

Dean Yohnk

Dean has served as the Dean/CEO and Professor of Communication and Theatre Arts at UW-Barron County since Jan. 1, 2014.   Prior to arriving at UW-BC, he served as a Professor of Theatre Arts (14 years) and  Dean of College of Arts and Sciences (4 years) at UW-Parkside, which is the most racially-diverse campus in the UW System (28% URM students). While at UW-Parkside he developed new general education courses focused on diversity issues, including Multicultural Theatre in American and Gender and Sexuality on Stage and Screen. He became a certified “Diversity Circles” facilitator at UW-Parkside and led numerous campus and community discussions on difficult topics related to multiculturalism and inclusive excellence.  He grew up on a small farm in Cornell, WI less than 50 miles from the UW-BC campus and is the proud “parent” of two rescued “senior” golden retrievers, Woody and Vita. He is a true dog lover and have volunteered with many dog rescues in Wisconsin and Illinois to help “rehome” dogs in difficult situations.

Emeritus Facilitators

Rick Mills

Rick Mills

Rick joined Cooperative Extension in April 1998 as administrative support within the Dean’s office. He currently serves as Senior IT Resources Support Technician for Coop Extension’s Program Development & Evaluation (PD&E) unit. Born in San Francisco, CA, Rick attended California State University at Hayward with studies in speech communication and information systems. Rick spends a good part of his free time exploring Wisconsin’s great outdoors, cooking, socializing with friends, farmers’ markets, camping, hiking and participating in community volunteer activities. Prior to relocating to Wisconsin, Rick completed a 5-year cultural emersion opportunity in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. Rick is in his first year of his first term on the Council and serves on the Classified Workplace Climate Issues and UPS subcommittees.

Randy Parvin

Randy Parvin is a Student Services Coordinator for CEOEL.

Affiliates

Iddi Adam

Iddi Adam

Iddi is an Associate Professor of Geography at UW-Marshfield/Wood County.

 

 

 

Maria Graciano

Maria Graciano

Maria Graciano is currently employed at UW-Washington County as the Admissions/Enrollment Specialist. She has been working there for 4 years. Maria also has been coaching Women’s Basketball for the last year. When not working, she spends all her time with her two amazing children.