Meet the Staff

Who We Are

The division’s more than 120 professional and student staff in eight departments are dedicated to helping students succeed both in and out of the classroom. The following staff members comprise the leadership team in our division.

Central Administration Leadership Team

Division of Student Life Department Directors/Assistant Deans

Contact Us

Division of Student Life
70 Bascom Hall, 500 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1380
Phone: 608-263-5700
Fax: 608-265-5646
TTY: 608-890-1682
E-mail: dean@studentlife.wisc.edu

Staff Biographies

Lori Berquam

Vice Provost for Student Life and Dean of Students

Educational background

Work/scholarship history: UW–La Crosse, UCLA, UW–Whitewater and UW–Madison

How long have you been on campus: 15 amazing years!

Primary job responsibilities: Leading the Division of Student Life — interconnecting the learning that happens everywhere

Hometown: Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota

Best part about being in Madison: The opportunities to be active and engaged

What do you enjoy most about working with students? Their energy and their inquiry!

How do you enjoy spending your time outside of work? Being outside! Golfing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, skiing, biking, etc.

Kevin Helmkamp

Photo: Kevin HelmkampAssociate Dean of Students

Educational background

Work history: UW–La Crosse, University Housing; Indiana University, University Housing; UW–Madison, University Housing; and UW–Madison, Division of Student Life

How long have you been on campus? 21 years

Primary job responsibilities: Oversight of Student Assistance and Judicial Affairs, Center for the First-Year Experience, Center for Leadership and Involvement and Associated Students of Madison. Co-chair of University Threat Assessment and Response Team.

Hometown: Avilla, Indiana

Best part about being in Madison: Being a small part of a great university.

What do you enjoy most about working with students? When I have the opportunity to be a part of a student’s educational experience.

How do you enjoy spending your time outside of work? With my kids, baseball, golf

Argyle Wade

Photo: Argyle WadeAssociate Dean of Students

Educational background

Work/scholarship experience: Director, Housing and Residence Life, Saint Louis University

How long have you been on campus? Since September 2007

Primary job responsibilities: As associate dean of students, provide support for the Multicultural Student Center; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Campus Center; McBurney Disability Resource Center and International Student Services. Coordinate divisional assessment, fundraising and IT support.

Hometown: Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Best part about being in Madison: It is incredible in so many ways: people, arts, education, community, summers, lakes, politics, science and sports — just to name a few!

What do you enjoy most about working with students: Each one has a unique story of what brought them here, what keeps them here and where they are going.

How do you enjoy spending your time outside of work? Golf, reading, movies, my family, video games, traveling, volunteer firefighter

Ervin H. “Kipp” Cox

Photo: Ervin CoxAssistant Dean and Director, Dean of Students Office

Educational background:

Work/scholarship history: Residence hall director, Ball State University; area coordinator and assistant director, Residential Life, South Dakota State University; assistant director of housing and assistant dean of students, University of Illinois; assistant dean of students, UW–Madison; director, Student Assistance and Judicial Affairs, UW–Madison

How long have you been on campus? Since the 2003-04 academic year

Primary job responsibilities: Director of Student Assistance and Judicial Affairs, which assists and provides support services to students and the university community, and manages academic and non-academic misconduct systems

Hometown: Oconto, Wisconsin

Best part about being in Madison: The incredible resources the university offers to students, faculty and staff

What do you enjoy most about working with students? Every day there is a new opportunity to help a student with an important issue that will assist them in their academic and personal success

How do you enjoy spending your time outside of work? Reading, hunting/fishing, road biking, participating in sports, tent camping, music, cooking

Laurie Cox

Photo: Laurie CoxAssistant Dean and Director, International Student Services

Educational background:

Work/scholarship history: Associate director, University of Southern California; Chaminade University-Honolulu, HI; Bentley College, Waltham, MA and Katharine Gibbs School, Boston, MA.

How long have you been on campus? Since December 2007

Primary job responsibilities: As assistant dean and director, International Student Services, I strive to provide dynamic and imaginative leadership for International student services and programs.

Hometown: Syracuse, New York

Best part about being in Madison: The warm and friendly people, the beautiful lakes, nature conservancies, rolling hills, farm stands and autumn!

What do you enjoy most about working with students? It is an honor and a privilege to work with students just as they are beginning to consider what kind of role they wish to play in the world. It is very rewarding to know that my staff and I make a small contribution in helping students to achieve some of their academic and personal goals.

How do you enjoy spending your time outside of work? Swimming at the pool; walks in the Pheasant Branch Conservancy; and checking out the latest cultural or agricultural festival

Eric Knueve

Photo: Eric KneuveAssistant Dean and Director, Center for Leadership and Involvement

Educational background:

Work/scholarship history: Program director, Bethel Horizons, Dodgeville, Wisconsin; experiential education specialist, Student Organization Office, UW–Madison; director, Center for Leadership and Involvement, UW–Madison. Teaching experience: facilitator, Student S.E.E.D. (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity), UW–Madison

How long have you been on campus? Since November 2005

Primary job responsibilities: Connect and coordinate campuswide leadership development and involvement opportunities; budget and personnel administration for the Center for Leadership and Involvement; oversight of Involvement Unit; oversight of Leadership Development Unit; oversight of Student Organization Administration Unit; and assist in advancing the mission and vision of the Division of Student Life

Hometown: Defiance, Ohio

Best part about being in Madison: Being able to bike to work in about the same amount of time it takes to drive due to the excellent bike trails

What do you enjoy most about working with students? Working with students primarily because of their passion and enthusiasm to get things done, and watching a student develop leadership skills during his or her time on campus

How do you enjoy spending your time outside of work? Camping, biking, running, playing basketball, and time with family and friends

Joanna Gurstelle

Photo: Joanna Gurstelle
Assistant Dean and Director, Staff and Programs, Associated Students of Madison

Educational background:

Work/scholarship history:

Advisor to the Student Services Finance Committee in ASM; Program Development Coordinator at the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault; Admissions Specialist, Blackhawk Technical College; Teaching Assistant, Gender and Women’s Studies Department, UW-Madison

How long have you been on campus:
4 years with ASM, plus 6 years as a student

Primary job responsibilities: Work with students in ASM on developing, implementing and evaluating their goals and projects, supervise and lead professional staff members, serve as a resource to students for student governance

Hometown: Roseville, MN

Best part about being in Madison: Summer festivals, great local foods and easy access to outdoor activities

What do you enjoy most about working with students?

Their enthusiasm, interest in new ideas and those moments when you can be a part of a student’s personal development

How do you enjoy spending your time outside of work?

Cooking, gardening, taking my daughter and dog for walks and to the many playgrounds near our house

Gabe Javier

Photo: Gabe JavierAssistant Dean and Director, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) Campus Center

Educational background:

Work/scholarship history: Past chair, National Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

How long have you been on campus? I arrived in August of 2011

Primary job responsibilities: Leading a great team of people in creating and sustaining communities that are inclusive for people at the intersection of their multiple identities

Hometown: St Louis, MO

Best part about being in Madison:It’s beautiful here, the parks and lakeshores make for great walks with my dog, Dino.

What do you enjoy most about working with students? I crave those moments of learning where experience, opportunity and openness collide. The creative tension that exists when people grow is a great thing and I am constantly pushed by the students that I am lucky enough to work with.

How do you enjoy spending your time outside of work? Cooking dinner with friends and taking Dino on long walks, or perhaps a weekend trip to Chicago.

Joshua Moon Johnson_BMR1129

Assistant Dean and Director, Multicultural Student Center

Educational background:

Work/scholarship history: Administration: University of California Santa Barbara, Semester at Sea, Northern Illinois University, Binghamton University-State University of New York, and The University of Alabama

Teaching: Intercultural Communications at Semester at Sea/University of Virginia, Pop Culture and Social Justice at Brooks Institute of Art, Multicultural Education Teaching Assistant at Northern Illinois University.

How long have you been on campus? Since July 2014.

Primary job responsibilities: As assistant dean and director, I strive to lead a team that ensures UW-Madison provides all students, particularly students of color, with an environment that is welcoming, inclusive, and gives them the chance to succeed academically and personally.

Hometown: Gulfport, Mississippi

Best part about being in Madison:There is an amazing variety of food, very friendly people, and both of the lakes provide great space to reflect and relax.

What do you enjoy most about working with students? I am honored to work with students who take ownership of their campus and strive to make it a place were all people are valued. I am privileged to work with such talented, brilliant, and passionate students who challenge me to grow as an educator and leader.

How do you enjoy spending your time outside of work? Running and other forms of physical activity, listening to live music, dance (watching and participating), and watching and critiquing trashy reality shows.

Cathy Trueba

Photo: Cathy TruebaAssistant Dean and Director, McBurney Disability Resource Center

Educational background:

Work/Scholarship History: Twenty-plus years of experience in the field of postsecondary disability services, including program directorships at Dartmouth College and UW–Madison; member, national panel of disability experts for the Educational Testing Services, Inc., providing guidance on policy and fair practice to test takers with disabilities; member of the teaching faculty, University of Connecticut’s Postsecondary Training Institute. Have particular interested in hidden disabilities, including learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury, and autism spectrum disorders.

How long have you been on campus? Since November 1987

Primary job responsibilities: As director of the McBurney Disability Resource Center, responsible for the management of personnel and programmatic and financial operations, and the development and implementation of policy at the campus office for UW students with disabilities

Hometown: Bountiful, Utah

Best part about being in Madison: There is a great combination of big city energy and funkiness and small-town friendliness. I am also a big fan of the many lakes, ski and bike trails for year-round fun.

What do you enjoy most about working with students: Their willingness to dream big and go after what matters most to them.

How do you enjoy spending your time outside of work? Working in the garden, thinking up different ways to combine ingredients to make great meals to share with friends, running, reading, and watching sons play soccer and basketball

Carren Martin

Carren Martin HeadshotAssistant Dean and Director, Center for the First-Year Experience

Educational background:

Work/scholarship history: Orientation Coordination, UW-Madison

How long have you been on campus: Since 1997

Primary job responsibilities: Currently Director of the Center for the First-Year Experience.  Oversee orientation programming and initiatives, coordinate departmental budget and assessment.

Hometown: Lee, Illinois

Best part about being in Madison: Great mix of cultural and outdoor activities with easy accessibility to rural community.

What do you enjoy most about working with students?

I love being part of their learning and development process and watching them become more confident and competent.

How do you enjoy spending your time outside of work?

Reading, cooking/baking and spending time with my family.