Meet our Staff

General Contacts

Heidi ZoerbAssociate Dean for External Relations and Advancement, oversees the college’s external relations efforts, leads the CALS communications team, works with the UW Foundation to advance the college’s development priorities, and advises the dean on matters related to the college’s public image and relationships with stakeholders.
(608) 262-4849 –

News and Media Relations

Nicole MillerNews Manager, writes news releases, magazine articles and other stories about the college. She’s in charge of distributing CALS news stories, as well as sharing faculty and staff news via the eCALS web page and e-newsletter. She also serves as the office’s primary media contact.
(608) 262-3636 –

Caroline SchneiderWriter/Editor, writes news releases, magazine articles and other stories about CALS. She also manages the college’s social media sites (FacebookTwitter and Instagram) and maintains news content on the main CALS web page and the CALS News web page.
(608) 262-3172 –

Michael King, Visual Communications Specialist, is responsible for producing photographic, multimedia and written content for the college’s news service, websites, Grow magazine and other communications outlets.
(608) 263- 4781 – 


Nik HawkinsPublications Manager, is the editor of Grow magazine, the CALS life sciences and alumni magazine; manages and edits a variety of special projects, including development communications; and serves as photographer.
(608) 890-3912 –

Danielle Lamberson Philipp, Graphic Designer, is responsible for the design and layout of Grow magazine and other CALS publications. Her duties also include developing and producing a wide range of print and digital materials that preserve the college’s identity and branding.
(608) 262-1988 –

Development and Stakeholder Relations

Kara Luedtke, Development Specialist, works with the UW Foundation to advance the college’s development priorities and helps coordinate special events and other efforts to strengthen the college’s ties with alumni, stakeholders and the community.
(608) 890-2999 –

Ben VincentCommunications Specialist, supports the External Relations team with print and digital content production and event management.
(608) 263-3441 –

Administrative Support

Rebecca BockUniversity Services Associate, handles a variety of administrative support tasks, including purchasing, scheduling, contact management and supervising student workers.
(608) 262-1461 –

Development Staff

Annie EngebretsonAssociate Vice President and Managing Director of Developmentat the University of Wisconsin Foundation. Annie oversees the college’s development team. She is the department liaison for Animal Science, Biological Systems Engineering, Genetics, and the Plant Sciences Building Projects.
(608) 308-5312 –

Megan JordanDevelopment Program Specialist at the University of Wisconsin Foundation.
(608) 308-5187 –

Barb McCarthySenior Director of Development at the University of Wisconsin Foundation. Barb is the department liaison for Agronomy, Biochemistry, CDR/Dairy Plant, Entomology, Food Research Institute, Food Science, Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, Nutritional Sciences, Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics, and Plant Pathology.
(608) 308-5347 –

Brooke MulvaneyDevelopment Program Manager at the University of Wisconsin Foundation.
(608) 308-5330 –

Ale NicoletAssociate Director of Development at the University of Wisconsin Foundation. Ale is the development liaison for WALSAA and is works on behalf of the college to lead annual giving efforts.
(608) 308-5141 –

Jodi WickhamSenior Director of Development at the University of Wisconsin Foundation. Jodi is the department liaison for Agricultural and Applied Economics, Allen Centennial Garden, Bacteriology, Center for Integrated Ag Systems, Community and Environmental Sociology, Dairy Science, Farm and Industry Short Course, Forest and Wildlife Ecology, Life Sciences Communication, WI School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers, and Soil Science.
(608) 308-5315 –