Meet Our Presenters

Diana Ahmad Ph.D.

Dr. Ahmad is a Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor Emerita of American history at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. She specializes in history of the American West, including animals on the overland trails and the expansion of the U.S.... Read More

Harvey Barash

Dr. Harvey Barash served as an Orthopedic Surgeon at the Jackson Clinic and UWHealth in Madison, Wisconsin from 1972-2013. He earned his BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York... Read More

Sara Benesh

Professor Benesh is currently the Associate Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Benesh interests and studies include the Supreme Court, the circuit courts, and judicial decision-making and legitimacy.

Kitty Brennan

Kitty K. Brennan retired from the Wisconsin Court of Appeals Judge for District I in September 2019. She was appointed to the court in 2008 and was then reelected on April 2009 and 2015. Judge Brennan was Chief Judge for... Read More

Mark Eberhage

Dr. Mark G. Eberhage is the President of BSI. He has spent much of his professional career dedicated to developing services for adults and the under-served geriatric population. In addition to his primarily adult outpatient practice, he has worked extensively... Read More

Dave Edwards

Dave is the former Director/General Manager of WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio. He is a consultant to nonprofit managers and organizations around the country, providing executive coaching services as well as serving as a speaker and workshop leader. Dave also teaches... Read More

Dave Fehlauer

Dave Fehlauer is a former educator and administrator. His interest in history and historical houses has led him to become involved with the Pabst Mansion. He has served as a docent, President of the Volunteer Council, and member of the... Read More

Debra Gorra Barash

Debra Gorra Barash is a nationally recognized professional sign language interpreter. Over the past 35-plus years, Debra has earned numerous specialty and advanced certificates that include the Specialty Certificate: Legal from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), Qualified... Read More

Michael Harris

Michael Harris is an educational leader with over 25 years of experience in both urban and suburban school districts. He served as a middle school teacher and high school administrator. Currently, he serves in the role of Senior Director, Talent... Read More

Daniel Haumschild Ph.D.

Dan Haumschild, Ph.D. is the Education Director at Jewish Museum Milwaukee. A public historian with 15 years of university education to his name, he enjoys creating thought-provoking experiences in any setting.

Leah Holloway

Leah’s love for all-things-water began at her family’s lakeside resort in Northern Minnesota. She earned a BA in environmental science and English from Cornell College and had a 14-year career in environmental education before returning to school to complete her... Read More

Steve Huebler

Steve Huebler has been a professional musician for 45 years and is currently the keyboard player in the Altered Five Blues Band. Wanting to give back to veterans, Huebler came up with a wonderful idea to teach guitar to veterans,... Read More

Marissa Jablonski

Dr. Marissa Jablonski is an accomplished water engineer, environmental advisor and plastics-reduction expert who has worked in more than 45 countries. Marissa serves as Executive Director of the Freshwater Collaborative and lives her life as part of a global community.... Read More

Greg Jenks

Greg is a retired school psychologist, homebrewer, amateur actor and singer, former member of the Osher Core Programming Committee and the current president for Osher Lifelong Learning. Growing up, the radio was always on in Greg’s house, and in the... Read More

Jerry "River" Kaster

Jerry “River” Kaster, PhD, is a retired Aquatic Invertebrate Ecologist at the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences, and worked at UWM for 44 years.

Dick Knapinski

Dick Knapinski has been Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EEA) Director of Communications since 2010 and has been with the organization since 1992. He serves as the liaison between the media and EAA throughout the year, particularly during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, which... Read More

Marika Kovacs-Houlihan

Marika Kovacs-Houlihan, M.Ed., is a Director for the ASL Connect at the Gallaudet University, Washington DC. Her valuable attributes are her theatrical experiences and her passion in ASL Literature. Her master’s research topic was ASL Cinematic and how to use... Read More

Rita McDonald

Rita McDonald has taught English to people with other native languages for 40+ years. During some of those years, she taught abroad and for the past 25 years, she has taught here in Milwaukee. Rita has also worked with Milwaukee... Read More

Andy Muchin

Andy has hosted the weekly “Sounds Jewish” radio show on Mississippi Public Broadcasting and since 2010. He has written about Jewish music for the Forward newspaper, “Moment Magazine,” “J.-The Jewish News of Northern California,” and other publications. He has... Read More

Alan Price Pd.D.

Professor Price hails from Lubbock, Texas. He received his BS and MS in geology from Texas Tech and a Ph.D. in geography at UCLA. Aside from a stint as a programmer, he taught at Texas Tech, UCLA, Santa Monica College,... Read More

Terry Rindt

Terry is a semi-retired certified public accountant in the Milwaukee area. He is a lifelong music fan, but his love of music took off when he started playing drum set, and then discovered the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. He... Read More

Doug Roberts

Doug Roberts is the Chief of Police at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla. He joined the university after retiring from the United States Secret Service in 2016. While with the Secret Service, Doug managed countless domestic and... Read More

Rick Rocamora

Rick Rocamora was a power systems engineer for Cooper Power Systems for 41 years and retired in 2015. Rick visited China frequently between 1995 and 2005. From 2005 to 2015, Rick worked and lived for 10 years in China, setting... Read More

Dr. Dennis Roscoe

Dr. Dennis Roscoe holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical engineering and a PhD in neurophysiology from the University of Arizona, School of Medicine. He has been a professor of biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University and a... Read More

Jeffrey Sachse

Mr. Sachse is the Director of the UW Oshkosh Center for Customized Research and Services and Economic Development. He is also the President of the Wisconsin Downtown Action Council. He was formerly an economist with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

Erika Sanders

Director of Program Services for the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council (MMFHC), Erika Sanders has been with the organization since 1998. She supervises MMFHC’s statewide Outreach and Education Program and creates informational campaigns to combat illegal housing discrimination and promote... Read More

Rebecca Shumway

Rebecca Shumway is an associate professor of History at UWM. Her focus as a historian is on West Africa and the trans-Atlantic slave trade with a particular focus on Ghana in the 18th and 19th centuries. Her first book, “The... Read More

Cary Spivak

Spivak has been a reporter since 1978 and has been with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel since 1988. He is a Chicago native and went to Northern Illinois University where he majored in journalism. As a reporter, Spivak specialized in investigative... Read More

Cory Sprinkel

Raised in Wisconsin and an alumni of UW-Madison, Cory Sprinkel is the Community Engaged Scholarship Specialist with UW-Madison’s Morgridge Center for Public Service. His work is focused on improving the connection between campuses and their local communities. He received his... Read More

Martin Strouse

Martin Strouse has been a pharmacist for over 40 years. Thirty of those years, he worked for Omnicare CVS subsidiary. Since high school, Strouse have been a student of Winston Churchill. He has read the majority of the books he... Read More

Nancy Weiss McQuide

Nancy Weiss McQuide, MS, is a professional actress, mime artist, dance teacher, choreographer, writer and speaker. She was a teaching artist for the Milwaukee Symphony. She also teaches dance at UW-Milwaukee, is a frequent workshop presenter at the State High... Read More

John Wetzel

As a Project Manager, John Wetzel is leading efforts for developing and implementing technologies aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and commercial space systems, including Research and Development (R&D) efforts for plant growth, operational support equipment such as trash management... Read More

Janice Wilberg

Jan Wilberg is Chair of the Milwaukee County Commission on Aging and a vigorous advocate on issues related to aging and homelessness. She is a retired community planning consultant with experience in homelessness, mental health, youth development and nonprofit management.... Read More

Ron Winkler

Ron Winkler is the author of three books: Images of America: Bay View; Images of America: Milwaukee’s Town of Lake; and Bay View High School 1914-2014. He writes for the Bay View Historical Society’s newsletter as well as those of... Read More

Susan Yackee

Susan Webb Yackee is Director of the La Follette School of Public Affairs and a Collins-Bascom Professor of Public Affairs at UW Madison. Her research and teaching interests include the U.S. public policymaking process, public management, regulation, administrative law and... Read More

Daphne Chen

Daphne Chen is an investigative and data reporter for the “Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.” She was part of a team whose coverage of racial disparities in electrical fires in Milwaukee was nominated for the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

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