About Us

The Office of Strategic Consulting reports to the Provost’s Office, with additional accountability to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration (VCFA). This reporting structure reflects our commitment to – and support of – both the academic and the administrative units on campus. A number of our staff serve as internal UW-Madison consultants, providing expertise in several areas that help support and advance the mission, vision, and goals of the university as a whole, as well as those of its individual schools, colleges, and divisions. We recognize the diverse needs of the different campus units we serve and do our best to address those needs in how we approach our work.

In November 2018, the Project Portfolio Management Unit of our office was created, which is responsible for managing and supporting the transformative, strategic projects within the VCFA’s project portfolio.

TO REQUEST OUR CONSULTING SERVICES:

Contact Alyson Pohlman at alyson.pohlman@wisc.edu or (608) 262-6843.

FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT PROJECT PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT:

Contact Tara Bachman at tara.bachman@wisc.edu or (608) 265-1466.

FOR OTHER INQUIRIES:

Contact Monica Wilson at monica.wilson@wisc.edu or (608) 265-5123.

Jenny Faust

Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives & Director, Office of Strategic Consulting

jenny.faust@wisc.edu

(608) 262-6030

445 Henry Mall
Room 410
Madison, WI 53706

Dr. Jenny Faust joined UW–Madison as a consultant in the former Office of Quality Improvement (OQI) in October 2016. Prior to that, she served as the assistant to the president for student success and director of the Office of the First-Year Experience at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Additionally, she was the associate vice president for academic affairs at California State University, Fullerton, where she was responsible for all aspects of faculty affairs and faculty development, as well as leadership development for department chairs. She also served as assistant vice president for academic personnel at California State University, Los Angeles. The common thread running through her career in higher education – from faculty member to academic administrator – is a commitment to faculty, staff, and student success in high-quality academic programs. Dr. Faust holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and has over 25 years of experience in higher education.

Kathy Contezac

Communications Officer

kathy.contezac@wisc.edu

(608) 890-2374

445 Henry Mall
Room 410
Madison, WI 53706

Alyson Pohlman

Project and Fiscal Coordinator

alyson.pohlman@wisc.edu

(608) 262-6843

445 Henry Mall
Room 410
Madison, WI 53706

Monica Wilson

Department Operations Officer

monica.wilson@wisc.edu

(608) 265-5123

445 Henry Mall
Room 410
Madison, WI 53706

Consulting

Elizabeth Fadell

Internal Consultant

fadell@wisc.edu

(608) 262-8518

445 Henry Mall
Room 410
Madison, WI 53706

Stefanie Freyberger

Internal Consultant

stefanie.freyberger@wisc.edu

(608) 262-9994

445 Henry Mall
Room 409
Madison, WI 53706

Darin Harris

Internal Consultant

darin.harris@wisc.edu

(608) 262-1289

445 Henry Mall
Room 413
Madison, WI 53706

Bruce Harville

Internal Consultant

beharville@wisc.edu

(608) 262-9261

445 Henry Mall
Room 409
Madison, WI 53706

Jeremy Kautza

Internal Consultant

jjkautza@wisc.edu

(608) 263-7276

445 Henry Mall
Room 413
Madison, WI 53706

Mari Ann Ménager

Internal Consultant

mariann.menager@wisc.edu

(608) 890-1863

445 Henry Mall
Room 410
Madison, WI 53706

Charles Meyer

Internal Consultant

charles.meyer@wisc.edu

(608) 265-3539

445 Henry Mall
Room 409
Madison, WI 53706

John Miller

Policy Specialist

john.miller@wisc.edu

445 Henry Mall
Room 410
Madison, WI 53706

Gerry Pelanek

Internal Consultant

gerry.pelanek@wisc.edu

(608) 265-8636

445 Henry Mall
Room 407
Madison, Wi 53706

Lori Scroggs

Internal Consultant

lori.scroggs@wisc.edu

(608) 265-3057

445 Henry Mall
Room 410
Madison, WI 53706

Jim Thompson

Internal Consultant

jim.thompson@wisc.edu

(608) 265-9683

445 Henry Mall
Room 410
Madison, WI 53706

Project Portfolio Management

Tara Bachman

Project Portfolio Manager

tara.bachman@wisc.edu

(608) 265-1466

445 Henry Mall
Room 505
Madison, WI 53706

Ching-tzu Chien

Project Program Manager – Administrative Transformation

ching-tzu.chien@wisc.edu

(608) 263-6888

Barry Dobbs

Senior Project Manager - Procurement Automation

barry.dobbs@wisc.edu

(608) 890-3772

Jim Martin

Senior Project Manager - Administrative Transformation

james.martin@wisc.edu

(608) 262-6369

Evan O'Brien

Program Coordinator - Administrative Transformation

evan.obrien@wisc.edu

(608) 262-6361

Eric Phillips

Project Manager - Administrative IT Services Integration

eric.phillips@wisc.edu

(608) 263-6102