Dr. Susan Bornstein-Forst came to Wisconsin in 1991 after completing NIH supported post-doctoral research at Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital in New York City. Since her initial appointment at Marian University, Dr. Bornstein-Forst has pioneered more than 25 new courses and programming in biology. She has a strong track record of structured mentorship and has devoted her career to undergraduate research in applied microbiology. Her teaching pedagogy is based upon an inquiry-to-application approach using student-active learning. As a professor, she teaches upper level courses such as Bacteriology and Immunology, and typically provides pre-service training for 4-8 students/semester in her laboratory throughout the year. Dr. Bornstein-Forst has been awarded more than $3 million in federal grant funding including two grants from the National Institute for Health for research on microbial source tracking and for two TRiO programs supporting student achievement. From 2007-2012, Dr. Bornstein-Forst served as the principle investigator and Director of the first TRiO program at Marian, named the Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program. Dr. Bornstein-Forst served as McNair Scholars Program Director from 2007-2012 and was the principle investigator on Marian’s first Upward Bound Math Science grant. Most recently, she was awarded two grants for a Bridge to Success workshop that provides pre-professional training to Fond du Lac area women. Dr. Bornstein-Forst is a recognized mentor for the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM) and for the Society for Invertebrate Pathology (SIP). Many students who are trained at Marian receive fellowships from ASM and SfAM. These students have presented their findings on microbial contamination of food and water at international conferences in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Bornstein-Forst has developed extensive academic-community partnerships with companies such as Monsanto, Miller Brewing, and Johnsonville Sausage, as well as with other academic institutions, including the Milwaukee School of Engineering, Marquette University, and Michigan State University. Many Marian students are participants in a National Science Foundation program for Connecting Researchers, Educators, Students, and Teachers (CREST) in which students learn how to build and use protein models. As an educator, administrator and researcher, Dr. Bornstein-Forst strives for the highest level of academic performance for her students and herself.
Jessica Brandt joined Marian in 2016 as an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department after earning an M.S. in Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology from Frostburg State University and a Ph.D. in Animal Sciences from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research integrates field and laboratory components to answer questions of population genetics and genomics, conservation management, and molecular ecology. In between degrees she worked as an avian field technician and as a veterinary molecular diagnostic specialist. She currently enjoys teaching a variety of biology courses, including introductory biology, anatomy and physiology, and genetics. The main goal of her classes is to make biology accessible and relevant to every student. Beyond the class she and her husband spend time chasing after her own personal genetics experiments – Lily and Jack. Her exploratory nature leads her to run, venture outdoors, and travel whenever possible.
Professor Michael Garvey received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from UW-Milwaukee, where he worked under the guidance of Prof. Wilfred Tysoe. He earned his B.S. degree at UW-Oshkosh, where he majored in chemistry and physics. He joined the Marian community in 2016 and he regularly teaches general physics courses and physical chemistry, and this year he began co-directing the Honors Program. He is currently seeking collaborative research opportunities in which he can apply and expand his computational modeling expertise, and at home he enjoys trying to teach his daughters science. He has contributed to 19 peer-reviewed articles in journals including Nature Communications, The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, Tribology Letters, and The Journal of Physical Chemistry C.
Professor Sarah L. Garvey received her Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee working under the supervision of Prof. Mark Dietz. She joined Marian University in 2014, is currently an Assistant Professor and is excited to teach the general chemistry sequence; general, organic, and biochemistry, analytical chemistry, and instrumental analysis courses. Dr. Garvey earned her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and performed undergraduate research in the lab of Prof. Charles Gibson. Dr. Garvey is interested in investigating the use of ionic-liquids in an array of applications such as dye extraction from wastewater, use as lubricants in the study of tribology, or metal ion extraction from radioactive waste. She is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and actively involved with the local chapter (Northeast Wisconsin – ACS) as an executive committee member. She has published 12 peer-reviewed articles in journals including Journal of Chemical Education, Talanta, Separation and Purification Technology, Separation Science Technology and Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research.
Dr. Hammond’s interests include, understanding how species respond to and interact with stresses such as competition, predation, disease, and changing environmental conditions. These factors all have important consequences for human health. His research brings together the perspectives of behavioral, evolutionary, community, and disease ecology with ecotoxicology to address these questions from multiple angles.
His educational philosophy is to help students develop and refine their interests and skills in critical thinking, communication, and problem solving. Biology provides myriad opportunities to foster student curiosity through observation, posing questions, and conducting experiments. In his teaching, critical analysis and reasoning skills are emphasized by focusing on alternative hypothesis, experimental design, and actual experiments whenever possible. By teaching students the process of science and what science can and cannot say, we prepare them for a lifetime of informed decision-making.
Currently the chair of the Marian Psychology Program and a member of Marian’s Social, Behavioral, and Forensic Sciences Department, Dr. Amy Hennings arrived at the school in 2007 and is an Associate Professor in Psychology. She annually travels to the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference in Chicago with Marian students and her research focus is on retention and success of high-risk first-generation college students. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from UW-Eau Claire, her Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Saint Mary’s University Minnesota, and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Psychology from Walden University Minnesota. She has worked in the field of psychology and human services for more than 20 years and additionally researches trauma informed and resilience building practices to serve survivors of trauma. Her human services experience includes working with children, adolescents, women, and families, who struggled with surviving trauma, mental health issues, chemical dependency, and domestic violence. She still works in a clinical supervisory role with a local foster care agency.
As a Professor in the Social, Behavioral and Forensic Science Department’s Social Work Program Leslie Jaber-Wilson teaches throughout the curriculum and serves as an academic advisor, while also serving as director of the social work program. She previously worked as a social worker and social work administrator in the areas of foster care, child welfare, and community mental health in Washington, Colorado and Wisconsin, and her research and professional presentations focus on foster care, mental health, and social work education. She continues to work in the field as the Executive Director of a private foster care agency and serves on the Executive Board of the Wisconsin Council on Social Work Education. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington and her Doctorate in Social Work from Aurora University.
Professor Alan Johnson, J.D. is the Director of the Criminal Justice and Homeland Security programs, having begun teaching courses at Marian in 2004 and becoming a full-time faculty member in 2014. A retired Milwaukee Police Lieutenant with 26 years of service, he enjoys using his real-world experience to explain the criminal justice system in ways that make the theoretical and practical work together. He believes students understand lessons and apply them to their professional exploits better if they understand the nuances and reasons behind their actions. Having attended a technical college himself and transferring to Marquette University to complete his degree in Criminal Justice and his law degree, Johnson has a strong understanding of the challenges students face in balancing their personal lives, families, education, and employment. He assists students with their journey as a student advisor and mentor.
Diana G. Johnson is the Director of the Forensic Science Program. She has taught at Marian University since 2015. She holds an M.S. in Entomology from Washington State University (Pullman, WA) and a B.S. in Biology from The College of New Jersey (Ewing, NJ). Before moving to Wisconsin, Diana worked for the New Jersey State Police Office of Forensic Sciences in the Forensic Serology Section (2003-2011). Her main areas of interest are forensic serology and forensic entomology.
Considering herself a Ravenclaw, Ciara Kidder (she/her) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social, Behavioral, and Forensic Sciences in the Psychology Program. Her teaching responsibilities include General Psychology, Applied Statistics, Research Methods, Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, and Neuroscience, which she instructs face-to-face and online. She earned her Ph.D in Social Cognitive Neuroscience, M.A. in Experimental Psychology, and Graduate Certificate in Quantitative Methods at the University of Texas at El Paso, where her research focus was in moral attitudes and stereotypes. Beyond work she is an avid reader, lover of sci-fi shows, and hopes to prevent her two children from becoming Green Bay Packers fans.
Heaving earned a BSE, cum laude, from UW-Whitewater and an MA in Theology from the University of Notre Dame with an emphasis in liturgy, Mary Claire Klein, EdD, now serves as Marian’s Communication program director and Leadership program director. She completed an MS, summa cum laude, in Organizational Communication at UW-Whitewater, and her doctorate in Education from Cardinal Stritch University is in the area of leadership for the advancement of learning and service. Her research emphasis is in leadership in non-profit organizations, and she was named the 1999-2000 recipient of the Underkofler Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching award. She was also the recipient of the Excellence in Academic Advising award in May 2010 and the 2016 WACADA Faculty Excellence in Academic Advising award. She is a member of the Lakeshore Chorale and plays guitar, piano, and knits. She lives near the shores of Lake Michigan in Cleveland, Wisc., where she practices sustainable landscaping for natural bird habitat.
Currently serving as an assistant professor of mathematics and chair of the Math and Natural Sciences Department, Linda Krueger came to Marian University in 2005 after gaining high school and collegiate teaching experience. She received her B.S in Mathematics with secondary teaching certification from Angelo State University in 1985 and taught high school mathematics and supervised cheerlead squads until 1992. In 1994 she received her M.S. in Mathematics from Baylor University and became an instructor there for one year before accepting a math faculty position at Central Texas College. Relocating to Wisconsin in 2005, she became Marian’s Math Specialist/Coordinator of Math Academic Services and held that role until 2017. In her spare time she spoils her grandchildren and enjoys spending time outdoors – waterskiing, hiking, and biking – with her husband, Mike, and two dogs.
Originally from central Wisconsin, Christina Kubasta is an Associate Professor of English and Chair of the Department of Letters at Marian. She completed her BA in English (writing) at Wells College and MFA in Creative Writing (poetry) at the University of Notre Dame. She teaches composition, creative writing, literature and cultural studies and is the author of several books of poetry, most recently “Of Covenants (Whitepoint Press),” as well as the novels “Girling (Brain Mill Press),” and “This Business of the Flesh (Apprentice House).” In addition to teaching, she co-coordinates the Lake Reading Series with the Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts and directs the Muriel Press. She loves helping students find their voice and learn about the ways stories and storytelling impact our lives.
David J. Leichter is chair of the Department of the Humanities and the director of the philosophy program and the social justice program. He joined the Marian community in Fall 2013 after receiving his PhD from Marquette University and MA from Northern Illinois University. While at Marian he has taught courses in Bioethics, Existentialism, the Philosophy of Love and Friendship, Monuments and Memory, and the Philosophy of Food. In addition to teaching he has published several articles on the relationship between food and memory, the philosophical significance of graphic novels, and the importance of narrative ethics for medical practice. When not working, he spends his time cooking while listening to records from his ever-growing LP collection.
John Morris received his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Washington in 1991, and his Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota in 1984; both degrees were in Chemical Engineering. Dr. Morris completed post-doctoral research at the Biological Process Technology Institute at the University of Minnesota. His dissertation and post-doctoral research involved protein separation for biochemical applications with focuses on precipitation and chromatography.
Dr. Morris entered the medical device field in 1993 working for Possis Medical, Inc. in Minneapolis, Minn. Over a period of nine years as an engineer, research manager, and consultant, he worked on the design, testing, and manufacturing of the AngioJet® Thrombectomy System. This device allows radiologists and cardiologists to quickly and safely remove blood clots from the circulation, such as in the case of heart attacks. John also worked for St. Jude Medical on devices used to correct coronary arrhythmias.
Dr. Morris moved to Fond du Lac in 2002 and made the jump to academia. He has taught classes in chemistry, biology, physics, math, statistics and environment science at Marian University, University of Wisconsin – Fond du Lac, and Moraine Park Technical College. He is very passionate about his work with Marian University’s Social Justice Committee, which he has co-chaired for a number of years. He has also been the lead in developing the Sabre Garden which is used for educational, research, and service projects with the produce being grown being donated to the local food pantry. In his free time, Morris enjoys singing and playing guitar, woodworking, biking, skiing, and competing in triathlons.
Schultz has been teaching in the psychology program for more than 10 years and has extensive clinical experience with children and families. A Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Wisconsin, she has worked as a therapist and clinical director for a foster care agency and currently provides clinical consultation to several Fond du Lac area social service agencies. She holds a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado at Denver and a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Studies from UW- Madison. She remains active in the community, serving as a member of the Zero Suicide FDL initiative, on the board of the Robert E Berry House, and previously helped establish the Kewaskum Community Pantry. She lives in Fond du Lac with her family, including three cats and dogs. When not vacuuming pet hair she enjoys kayaking, hiking, flower gardening, reading, and cooking.
Sr. Marie Scott has served at Marian University for the past 17 years as the Director of Campus Ministry and as an assistant professor of history. Sr. Marie Scott is a proud member of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes, the founder and sponsoring organization of Marian University.
On a personal note, Sr. Marie Scott enjoys traveling, reading, good movies, conversation and spending time with friends.
Brenda J. Stueber is an associate professor and social work field director at Marian University. She received her bachelor’s degree (B.S.W.) from UW-Oshkosh and her Masters Degree in Social Work, (M.S.S.W.) from UW-Milwaukee with emphasis in school social work. She has more than 25 years of combined experience practicing in the social work field and teaching general studies and social work at higher education institutions. The lifelong resident of Fond du Lac is invested in the Fond du Lac community through her work in service-learning and volunteer practices.
Originally from Hudson, N.C., Luke D. Townsend went from his family’s small farm to the campus of Appalachian State University where he majored in accounting. During a senior year internship he decided to instead pursue a career in theology, and applied and was accepted to Vanderbilt University Divinity School in Nashville, Tenn., where he earned a Master’s of Divinity degree with a focus on Church History and Systematic Theology. Living in Nashville for four years he served as a Youth Pastor and a teaching assistant at Belmont University, before continuing his theological studies at Saint Louis University. There, from 2012- 2017, he studied Historical Theology, the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Medieval Christianity, and Thomas Aquinas, and after defending his dissertation in May 2017, he joined the faculty at Marian University as an Assistant Professor of Theology. He currently lives in Fond du Lac with his wife, Mary Frances, and their dog, Gus.
Prior to joining Marian in 2001 Lance Urven attended the University of Illinois for his B.S. degree in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution, followed by a Master’s degree in Zoology at Western Illinois University. He earned a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of California-Davis, where he studied embryology of the reproductive system, and did post-doctoral research in molecular biology at the Johns Hopkins University and the Southwestern Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio. He has taught general biology, anatomy and physiology, research methods, and developmental biology, among others, and has taught and done cell and developmental biology research at UW-Whitewater and UW-Madison, with research models over the years including chickens, turkeys, quail, mice, South American opossums, cattle, horses, Siamese fighting fish, and zebrafish. He has received the UW-Whitewater College of Letters and Sciences Teacher of the Year Award and Marian’s Underkofler Award. He dotes on his grandchildren, encourages and occasionally accompanies his wife in her historic costuming and history re-enactment activities, and looks forward to visits to amusement parks at every opportunity.
Dr. Jodi Wagner-Angell graduated from Purdue University with a PhD in Victorian Literature and a secondary emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition, while also obtaining a Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing from UW- Milwaukee. Since joining Marian in 2008 Wagner-Angell has taught literature, composition, and professional writing. Some of her favorite classes to teach include drama, women’s literature, and British literature. She also serves as the faculty advisor for the International English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta, and one of her biggest joys is observing students present their work at an annual convention. When not at Marian or not with her nose in a book, she can be found on the lake with her husband and two kids.
Dr. Cooper Wakefield specializes in developing intercultural competence, the cultural differences between the U.S. and Asia, diversity, and interpersonal competence. He has been an Assistant Professor of Communication at Marian since 2014 and teaches courses including Intercultural Communication, Essentials of Interpersonal Communication, and Interpersonal Communication. He obtained his doctoral degree in intercultural communication from the University of Kansas, his master’s degree in East Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of Illinois, and his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Cincinnati. Before coming to Marian he taught at the University of Kansas, in the graduate department at Shanghai International Studies University, and at the University of Illinois. His appreciation for the field of intercultural communication came largely as he studied and taught in China from 1995-2009. He has a continuing fascination with how people’s cultural heritage profoundly influences their worldview and communication mechanisms and is gratified when he’s able to help others navigate and affirm culture. The Oshkosh resident lives with his wife and two children, and besides being in the classroom he is happiest when he toils in his garden.
Associate Professor Tom Wallestad earned his BA degree from UW-Green Bay and his MFA in Computer Graphics from Syracuse University. Having founded Marian’s Graphic Arts program in 2003, he enjoys teaching design, illustration, cartooning, animation, digital imaging, printmaking, multi-media and various studio art classes. His personal artwork is inspired by the diversity society’s visual media, ranging from fine art to lowbrow subgenres. He draws on years of experience to solve visual design problems by combining digital art methods and the traditional handmade art media. In the summer he introduces young artists to animation and comic book illustration in art camps around northeastern Wisconsin.