Smart Restart Project Teams

As we prepare for the return of students and faculty for the fall semester, resume research activities, and reopen some offices that were shut down, we are developing a comprehensive plan for resuming campus activities. Here is the project structure and members of each work and implementation team. We also acknowledge the many others who are not listed here and the work they are doing behind the scenes.

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Project Structure

Smart Restart project structure chart, depicting the planning co-directors, coordinating group, project support, and the 14 different work and implementation teams.

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Work and Implementation Teams

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Athletics Team

The Athletics Team, in collaboration with the Big 10 and the NCAA, is developing guidelines, protocols and strategies for athletic team operations. They are coordinating with University Health Services (UHS) and the Smart Restart Testing team to develop a testing protocol and contingency that aligns with current public health protocols, as well as with the Big 10 and the NCAA. The Athletics Team is also working to make necessary facility modifications and to ensure that new spectator requirements are communicated to the public.

  • Chris McIntosh (Team Lead), Deputy AD, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Adam Barnes, CFO, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Justin Doherty, Communications and Marketing, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Craig Hanson, HR, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Jason King, Assoc. AD – Facilities and Operations, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Brian Lucas (Communications Liaison), Director of Football Brand Communications, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Doug Tiedt, Assoc. AD – Student Athlete Support, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Bridget Woodruff, Assoc. AD – Career & Leadership, Intercollegiate Athletics

Business Services/Procurement Team

The Business Services/Procurement Team is planning, implementing, and managing all processes related to purchasing, distributing, and replenishing personal protective equipment (PPE) and other critical supplies needed to ensure compliance with public health protocols and the safe return of students, faculty and staff to campus.

  • David Murphy (Team Lead), Assoc. Vice Chancellor for Finance
  • Lori Getter (Communications Liaison), Public Safety Communications Specialist, University Relations
  • Dan Langer, Asst. Vice Chancellor for Business Services & Controller, Business Services
  • Chris Strang, Asst. Vice Chancellor for Environment, Health & Safety, Facilities, Planning & Management (FP&M)
  • Lori Voss, Director of Purchasing Services, Business Services

Facilities/Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Team

The Facilities/EHS Team is developing guidelines, protocols, and strategies for modified parking and transportation, physical capacity of campus spaces, cleaning and disinfecting, distribution of health and safety supplies, and support to modify campus work and meeting spaces.

  • Alan Fish (Team Lead), Assoc. Vice Chancellor, Facilities, Planning & Management (FP&M)
  • Jay Bieszke, Executive Director, Physical Plant, Facilities, Planning & Management (FP&M)
  • Gary Brown, Director, Campus Planning & Landscape Architecture, Facilities, Planning & Management (FP&M)
  • Sue Fritts, Director, Human Resources, Facilities, Planning & Management (FP&M)
  • Patrick Kass, Director, Transportation Services, Facilities, Planning & Management (FP&M)
  • Brent Lloyd, Director, Space Management, Facilities, Planning & Management (FP&M)
  • Kip McMahan, Executive Director, Facility Planning & Delivery, Facilities, Planning & Management (FP&M)
  • Kelly O’Loughlin (Communications Liaison), Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Facilities, Planning & Management (FP&M)
  • Chris Strang, Asst. Vice Chancellor for Environment, Health & Safety, Facilities, Planning & Management (FP&M)
  • Margaret Tennessen, Deputy Assoc. Vice Chancellor, Facilities, Planning & Management (FP&M)
  • Steve Wagner, Communications Director, Facilities, Planning & Management (FP&M)
  • Pam Zander, Exec. Assistant, Facilities, Planning & Management (FP&M)

Housing Team

The Housing Team is developing guidelines, protocols, and strategies to mitigate risk of viral transmission among students and staff living and working in residence halls. They are also working to ensure that dining halls are reconfigured for physical distancing and offer alternative meal options. In addition, the Housing Team is assisting with testing and isolation needs.

  • Jeff Novak (Team Lead), Director, University Housing
  • Brendon Dybdahl (Communications Liaison), Director of Marketing & Communications, University Housing
  • Kelly Ignatoski, Director of University Apartments, University Housing
  • Mike Kinderman, Director of Residence Hall Facilities, University Housing
  • Brenda Krueger, Director of Human Resources, University Housing
  • Laura Morris, University Housing
  • Sarah Oleksy, Director of Residence Life, University Housing
  • Peter Testory, Director of Dining and Culinary Services, University Housing
  • Brian Ward, Asst. Director, University Housing

HR – Faculty and Staff/Employee Team

The HR – Faculty and Staff/Employee Team is developing HR policies, procedures, and guidelines to address employee needs due to the impact of COVID-19. This includes working to address employee disruption due to childcare/school closures; expanding Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offerings; supporting the reasonable accommodations process; and expanding the campus telecommuting program.

  • Mark Walters (Team Lead), Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Greg Bump (Communications Liaison), Senior University Relations Specialist, University Relations
  • Megan Dzyuba, Director of Workforce Relations, Office of Human Resources
  • Lynn Freeman, Director, Learning & Talent Development, Office of Human Resources
  • Jessica Karls-Ruplinger, OHR Chief of Staff, Office of Human Resources
  • Patrick Sheehan, HR Strategy Lead, Office of Human Resources
  • Anna Vembu Julian, Communications Specialist, Office of Human Resources

Instruction Team

The Instruction Team is developing guidelines, protocols, and strategies to ensure physical distancing and safety in the classroom. They are also determining the modality of courses (in-person or online) based on class size and available locations, hours, and instructors. In addition, the Instruction Team is ensuring the provision of learning accommodations for both virtual and in-person instruction.

  • Steve Cramer (Team Lead), Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning

Primary and Specialty Sub-Team Leads

  • Blaire Bundy, Service Leader of SLTC, Academic Technology
  • Jessica Cebula, Industrial Hygiene Specialist, University Health Services
  • Ivy Corfis, Professor, Spanish & Portuguese, College of Letters & Sciences
  • Greg Konop, Online Course Production Supervisor, Academic Technology
  • Jocelyn Milner, Vice Provost of Academic Affairs
  • Caitlin O’Brien (Communications Liaison), Communication Coordinator, Educational Innovation
  • Scott Owczarek, Registrar, Office of the Registrar
  • Megan Schmid, Administrative Officer, Educational Innovation
  • Amber Smith, Assoc. Director of WISCIENCE, WISCIENCE
  • Mark Thompson, Power Plant Superintendent, Heating & Cooling Plants
  • Sue Zaeske, Assoc. Dean for Arts & Humanities, College of Letters & Sciences
  • John Zumbrunnen, Assoc. Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, College of Letters & Sciences

Marketing and Communications Team

The Marketing and Communications Team is overseeing the development and dissemination of all Smart Restart communications, including operational messages providing logistical information to students, faculty, and staff for their return to campus, as well as public health social responsibility messages addressing behavioral expectations.

  • Charlie Hoslet (Team Lead), Vice Chancellor for University Relations
  • Kelsey Anderson, Health Communications Specialist, University Health Services
  • Jenny Bernhardt (Communications Liaison – Student Support Team), Communications Director, Student Affairs
  • Shauna Breneman, Communications Director, Wisconsin Union
  • Greg Bump (Communications Liaison – HR – Faculty and Staff/Employee Team), Senior University Relations Specialist, University Relations
  • Kathy Contezac, Communications Officer, Office of Strategic Consulting
  • Lauren De Carolis, Asst. Director of Marketing & Communications, Recreation & Wellbeing
  • Brendon Dybdahl (Communications Liaison – Housing and Quarantine/Isolation Teams), Director of Marketing & Communications, University Housing
  • Doug Erickson, Student Life Writer, University Relations
  • Mary Evansen (Communications Liaison – Public Health-Related IT Team), Interim Director of Communications, IT Communications
  • Alissa Ewer, Asst. Dean, Professional Development & Communication, Graduate School
  • Eileen Fitzgerald, Director, Creative Services, University Marketing
  • Marilyn Gardner, Senior University Relations Specialist, Office of Human Resources
  • Lori Getter (Communications Liaison – Business Services/Procurement and Reopening Campus Teams), Public Safety Communications Specialist, University Relations
  • Denise Hickey, Asst. Dean of Strategic Communications & Advancement, College of Letters & Sciences
  • Marlena Holden (Communications Liaison – Public Health Team), Director of Marketing and Health Communications, UHS
  • Jessica Karls-Ruplinger, OHR Chief of Staff, Office of Human Resources
  • Natasha Kassulke (Communications Liaison – Research Team), Manager of Strategic Communications, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education
  • Vicki Keegan, Marketing Director, Wisconsin Union
  • Marc Lovicott, Communications Director, University Police Department
  • Brian Lucas (Communications Liaison – Athletics Team), Director of Football Brand Communications, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • John Lucas, Asst. Vice Chancellor, University Communications
  • Mari Magler, Asst. Dean & Director, McBurney DRC, Student Life
  • Meredith McGlone, News & Media Relations Director, University Relations
  • Ruben Mota, ADA Coordinator, Office of Legal Affairs
  • Tricia Nolan, Asst. Vice Chancellor, University Marketing
  • Caitlin O’Brien (Communications Liaison – Instruction Team), Communication Coordinator, Educational Innovation
  • Kelly O’Loughlin (Communications Liaison – Facilities/EHS Team), Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Facilities, Planning & Management (FP&M)
  • Alex Peirce, Assoc. Director of Strategic Engagement & WB, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration
  • Robyn Perrin, Director of Strategic Communications, School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Libby Peterek, Web Services Director, University Marketing
  • Christopher Strang, Asst. Vice Chancellor for Environment, Health & Safety, Facilities, Planning & Management (FP&M)
  • Kelly Tyrrell (Communications Liaison – Testing Team), Director, Research Communications, University Relations
  • Natasha Veeser, Head of Library Communications, Libraries
  • Steve Wagner, Communications Director, Facilities, Planning & Management (FP&M)
  • Cathleen Walters, Assoc. Dean for Advancement, College of Engineering
  • Nick Weaver, Web Designer and Editor, University Marketing
  • Carolyn Wolff, Communications Specialist, Transportation Services, Facilities, Planning & Management (FP&M)
  • Heidi Zoerb, Assoc. Dean for External Relations & Advancement, College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

Public Health Team

The Public Health Team is developing guidelines, protocols, and strategies to support COVID-19 testing, symptom monitoring, contact tracing, reporting, and quarantining. They are also developing a plan to expand the availability of influenza vaccinations and testing. In addition, the Public Health Team is working to provide increased mental health support.

  • Jake Baggott (Team Lead), Assoc. Vice Chancellor & Executive Director, University Health Services
  • Dr. Megan Crass, Primary Care Physician Assistant, University Health Services
  • Marlena Holden (Communications Liaison), Director of Marketing and Health Communications, University Health Services
  • Amanda Jovaag, Director, Prevention & Campus Health Initiatives, University Health Services
  • Dr. Patrick Kelly, Interim Director of Medical Services, University Health Services
  • Jeff Novak, Director, University Housing
  • Luke Thompson, Informatics Manager, University Health Services

Public Health-Related IT Team

The Public Health-Related IT Team is working to assess and recommend tools that enable campus public health and testing goals, while preserving staff and student privacy.

  • Lois Brooks (Team Lead), CIO & Vice Provost, Information Technology
  • Mary Evansen, Interim Director of Communications, IT Communications
  • Todd Shechter, Chief Technology Officer, Division of Information Technology (DoIT)

Quarantine/Isolation Team

The Quarantine/Isolation Team is developing guidelines, protocols, and strategies for acquiring, adapting, and running sufficient campus quarantine/isolation facilities to meet projected needs.

  • Bill Mann (Team Lead), Auxiliary Director of UW Extension and UW Colleges
  • Jake Baggott, Assoc. Vice Chancellor & Executive Director, University Health Services
  • Lance Baldus, Lowell Center Manager, Conference Centers
  • Lt. Clark Brunner, Police Lieutenant, University Police Department
  • Brendon Dybdahl (Communications Liaison), Director of Marketing & Communications, University Housing
  • Josh Goldman, Assoc. Director, Conference Centers
  • Mike Kinderman, Assoc. Director, University Housing
  • Rhonda Loger, Senior Procurement Specialist, Shared Services
  • Bill Reed, Event Planning & Sales Supervisor, Conference Centers
  • Matt Vieth, Non-Credit Enrollment Manager, Conference Centers
  • Dan Wanish, Senior Accountant, Conference Centers
  • Jesse Winters, Asst. Director, Space Management, Facilities, Planning & Management (FP&M)

Reopening Campus Team

The Reopening Campus Team is developing guidance to reopen campus offices, as well as non-classroom, research, and athletics spaces, such as the libraries, public malls, student unions, playing fields, and other facilities frequented by the public.

  • Argyle Wade (Team Lead), Chief of Staff, Student Affairs
  • Lori Getter (Communications Liaison), Public Safety Communications Specialist, University Relations
  • Danielle Saunders, Executive Assistant, Student Affairs

Research Team

The Research Team is developing guidelines, protocols, and strategies for onsite research activities to continue safely and with as little disruption as possible. They are also working to support campus testing efforts.

  • Steve Ackerman (Team Lead), Chief of Staff, Student Affairs
  • Bill Barker, Assoc. Dean for Research, College of Agricultural & Life Sciences
  • Dale Bjorling, Assoc. Dean for Research, Veterinary Medicine
  • Barbara Bowers, Assoc. Dean for Research, School of Nursing
  • Nadine Connor, Assoc. Vice Chancellor for Research Policy & Compliance
  • Cynthia Czajkowski, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research in the Biological Sciences
  • Dorothy Farrar Edwards, Director of ICTR Collaborative Center, Kinesiology
  • Brian Fox, Fermentation Biochemistry Professor, College of Agricultural & Life Sciences
  • Florence Hsia, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research in the Arts & Humanities
  • Natasha Kassulke (Communications Liaison), Manager of Strategic Communications, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education
  • James Keck, Assoc. Dean for Basic Research Training, School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Gloria Mari-Beffa, Assoc. Dean for Mathematics, College of Letters & Sciences
  • Lauren Papp, Assoc. Dean for Research, School of Human Ecology
  • Nora Cate Schaeffer, Faculty Director, UW Service Center
  • Oliver Schmitz, Assoc. Dean for Research & Graduate Affairs, College of Engineering
  • Susannah Tahk, Assoc. Dean for Research and Faculty Development, UW Law School
  • Terry Warfield, Senior Assoc. Dean for Faculty & Research, School of Business
  • Amy Wendt, Assoc. Vice Chancellor for Research

Student Support Team

The Student Support Team is developing guidelines, protocols, and strategies to create student community standards, hold safe social events, connect with students who are only learning remotely, and support mental health services.

  • Lori Reesor (Team Lead), Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
  • Ida Balderrama-Trudell, Asst. Dean & Director, Multicultural Student Center
  • Jenny Bernhardt (Communications Liaison), Communications Director, Student Affairs
  • Mark Guthier, Assoc. Vice Chancellor, Director of Wisconsin Union
  • Gabe Javier, Assoc. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Student Life
  • Kathy Kruse, Asst. Dean of Students, Dean of Students Office
  • Heidi Lang, Asst. Director for Program & Leadership Development, Wisconsin Union
  • Christina Olstad, Dean of Students, Dean of Students Office
  • Tonya Schmidt, Asst. Dean and Director, OSCCS, Dean of Students Office
  • Ning Sun, Coordinator of Student Affairs Assessment, Student Affairs
  • Argyle Wade, Chief of Staff, Student Affairs

Testing Team

The Testing Team is developing guidelines, protocols, and strategies to provide testing for the entire UW—Madison community, including drop-in testing for all faculty, staff, and students; surveillance testing of volunteer cohorts; and regular biweekly testing for those to whom we have a special duty of care (e.g., Housing residents and employees). They are also working to determine the criteria and metrics that would indicate if campus needs to ramp down operations due to virus spread.

  • Norman Drinkwater (Team Lead), Professor Emeritus, School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Jake Baggott, Assoc. Vice Chancellor & Executive Director, University Health Services
  • James Schauer, Director of Air Quality, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, Professor, College of Engineering
  • Jon Temte, Assoc. Dean for Public Health & Community Engagement, School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Kelly Tyrrell (Communications Liaison), Director, Research Communications, University Relations