Meet Your Faculty and Directors
All programs in the Division of Education at Edgewood College are offered within the context of a liberal arts educational framework and in keeping with the Dominican values of truth, compassion, justice, partnership and community. Our vision is that we aim to create equity in education. We invite you to learn about our faculty and staff here and, better yet, to contact them if you have questions or wish to get to know them.
Julie C. Luecke, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for the Division of Education, received her BS in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her M.Ed. in Curriculum from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was an elementary classroom teacher for nine years before moving into higher education. During her graduate studies, she took a year off to volunteer at Ongwediva College of Education in Namibia. Julie joined the Edgewood faculty in 2006, teaching undergraduate courses in educational foundations, courses in children's literature for the undergraduate program and Advanced Certification Elementary (ACE) graduate program, and a course for the Edgewood College COR program, The Conception of Gender. This class grows out of Julie's research interests in building support structures for gender expansive students and their peers, both through educational policy and practice and through children's and young adult literature.
Tom Holub is the Director of the department of Curriculum and Instruction and a professor in the Division of Education. He routinely teaches Education 306, 614, 671A, and 616. Tom has facilitated a partnership with Cabrini Green, in Chicago, IL and has hosted two Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction grants at Edgewood. Tom recently returned from a visiting scholar experience at the U.S Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC and is interested in patterns of oppression toward individuals with disabilities.
Suzanne serves as the Director of the EdD and MA Educational Leadership programs. She leads the EdD Research and Writing Center by coordinating consultation and academic writing programming. She is also a Sr. Lecturer who teaches courses in both the Higher Education and Leadership Studies and Doctoral Completion concentrations. Suzanne’s research interests focus on gender inclusive leadership, ethical leadership, and ethical leadership development. She brings over 20 years teaching experience that spans from 6th grade to post-secondary education and in diverse settings. She is a first-generation student who earned her BA from the College of St. Benedict, her MA from Cardinal Stritch University, and her EdD from Edgewood College.
Coordinators and Faculty Members
Dr. Kirsten Brown’s research agenda engages topics of disability, educational access, and postsecondary outcomes. Dr. Brown is interested in neurodiversity and practices that support the retention and success of students with disabilities in postsecondary education. Selected publications include a co-authored book, Disability in Higher Education: A Social Justice Approach and articles in the Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Higher Education, Journal of Community College Research and Practice and Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability. Dr. Brown’s teaching background is in Higher Education Administration, Sociology, and Disability Studies; she teaches research methodology courses for the Ed.D. Program. Dr. Brown is active in several professional organizations and has presented nationally at ASHE, AHEAD, and ACPA. She holds an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Bowling Green State University.
Brian S. Busler is a recently retired school superintendent from Oregon School District and has over thirty-five years of experience as an administrator. He holds an undergraduate degree in Finance and a master’s degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. In 1992, he earned a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. His researched focused on strategic planning, decision-making and school culture. He has taught graduate classes at Edgewood College and other universities for the past thirty years. His public-school experiences include improving educational outcomes for all students, leading numerous school/community planning sessions, advancing equity work, leading school referenda and construction projects, mentoring and training school administrators and a special interest of serving as a Schools of Hope mentor in his previous district. In his free time, you can find him spending time with his wife and adult children, training on his bicycle and fly fishing in Wisconsin and Montana.
Elizabeth Dohrn received her BA from Arizona State University (after 3 years at the University of Northern Iowa), her MA from Northern Arizona University in Educational Leadership, and her PhD from the University of Illinois-Chicago in Philosophy of Education. She was a Special Education teacher in Mesa, Arizona and Madison, Wisconsin. Elizabeth was a Behavior Specialist at the Oregon Department of Education and an Assistant Professor at Western Oregon University. She was a Director of Student Services in Lake Mills and has coordinated research projects at the University of Oregon and UW-Madison. Her doctoral dissertation focus was on Attribution Training where she worked with parents of students guiding responses to academics which focused on an internal locus of control. Other research interests include co-teaching and collaborative teams, behavior methods and serving student’s needs in inclusive environments. She is the co-author of a textbook for methods of teaching students with behavioral challenges and an author/co-author on research publications.
Maggie earned her bachelor’s degree in Sport Industry from The Ohio State University and her master’s degree in Sport Administration from Bowling Green State University. Before moving to Madison, she was an athletic academic advisor at Florida State University. In addition, Maggie spent time working with the Madison School and Community Recreation’s Cares program prior to her time at Edgewood College. As an advisor, Maggie loves to help students become independent and confident in the classroom and beyond!
Dr. Lee’s research focuses on evaluating and resolving the challenges empirical researchers may encounter in data analysis, such as evaluating the violation of normality assumption and obtaining trustworthy conclusions when complex statistical models are adopted with a small sample size. She enjoys collaborating with empirical researchers and has worked with researchers in the fields of educational leadership, policy analysis, health education, psychology, human development, and disabilities. She has a M.S. in Psychology from Chengchi University in Taiwan, focusing on psychometrics, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, focusing on statistical methods.
Gerardo Mancilla is an Associate Professor of Education for both the undergraduate and graduate programs. He holds a B.S. in Elementary Education, M.S. in Curriculum & Instruction, M.S. in Counseling Psychology, and Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, all from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to working at Edgewood College, Gerardo was working for the Madison Metropolitan School District where he was a Dual Language Immersion teacher. Gerardo teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses at Edgewood College. Gerardo’s research interests include Critical Race Theory, LatCrit, the school-to-prison pipeline, bilingual education, and immigration. Gerardo has also been active in the Madison community for many years.
Michael Meissen, a native of Madison, is a second-generation educator who has served in public education for 38 years as a classroom teacher, guidance counselor, coach, athletic director, middle school principal, high school principal, college level adjunct professor, school superintendent and, educational leadership consultant. Dr. Meissen earned a doctorate degree in educational administration and a master’s degree in counseling and guidance, both from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He earned a bachelor’s degree in social welfare from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. Meissen joined the Edgewood College Division of Education in July 2019 and serves as the Associate Director of Clinical Experiences.
Meissen’s daughter, Katelyn, BA ‘10, School of Education – Edgewood College, is a third-generation teacher in the family.
Tamara Mouw, M.H.R., M.Ed., is a systems-level, equity-focused innovative instructional leader. She has served as a high school English teacher, an instructional coach, and an administrator in curriculum and instruction where she led district-wide professional learning in literacy. Tamara is currently serving as Director of Partnerships and Equitable Practices at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction where she enacts an anti-bias, antiracist approach to creating just and equitable learning environments.
Julie Petersen is the Clinical Placement Specialist for the Division of Education. Julie coordinates and maintains the Clinical placements for all practicum, field placements and student teaching assignments, and works in collaboration with the Coordinator of Clinical Experience and Assessment to select, develop, and assign cooperating personnel. Julie received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds an associate degree in Accounting. Julie brings 16 years of experience in public K-12 classrooms including student services experience. During her public school career, Julie supported candidate teachers in her role as cooperating teacher, and served on committees focused on standards reporting and positive behavioral interventions and supports. Julie has a strong commitment to equity and inclusion in her work at Edgewood and beyond. Julie enjoys engaging in partnerships to ensure meaningful learning experiences and helping students to become successful future educators.
Dr. Trueblood brings over 25 years of experience in K-12 education. Having served as a chemistry teacher, high school associate principal and principal, superintendent, assistant clinical professor, and consultant, she brings knowledge, experience, and acumen to teaching courses in the K-12 Educational Leadership, Higher Education and Leadership Studies and Doctoral Completion concentrations. She holds a BS in chemistry education from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, MS in administrative leadership and supervision from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, and PhD from Cardinal Stritch University in leadership for the advancement of learning and service. Dr. Trueblood’s research interests include developing effective organizations, strategic thinking, success habits, gender and color biases, mentoring models, systemic partnerships, and societal values, policies, and practices. Her favorite vacation spot is where minds meet.
Donna Vukelich-Selva received her Ph.D. in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011. She also holds a Master of Arts in Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies from UW-Madison. Before coming to Edgewood College in 2008, she taught at a K-12 bilingual school in Managua, Nicaragua, where she also founded and ran a study abroad program for US college students. Vukelich-Selva teaches both undergraduate courses in the Division of Education, as well as bilingual and ESL education graduate courses in the Language and Literacy program. She also teaches in Edgewood’s COR program for first year students and piloted a course on the history of immigration in the United States that is cross-listed with Ethnic Studies. Among her college responsibilities, Donna serves on the advisory board for Edgewood’s Center for Multicultural Education. Donna’s research interests include critical race theory, education and immigration, bilingual education and restorative justice. She has been active in the Madison community for many years.
Dr. Reno D. Wright is a native of Detroit, MI and has over 20 years of professional leadership and training experience in Workforce Development, Human Services, and Adult Education. His research interests include traditional versus historical critical interpretive methods used in Christian Education; Black Church history; Black Liberation, Womanist, and Queer theologies; Queer Theory; and the intersectionality of race, gender, and sexual orientation and identity. He earned his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Communication at Michigan State University, a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) at Ecumenical Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) at Edgewood College. Dr. Wright is passionate about social justice, the exploration of systems that have historically marginalized individuals, and empowerment through education. He is also a pastor at Grace United Church of Christ in Milwaukee, WI.
Dr. Emily Zoeller is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of ESL, Bilingual, and Reading Education. Emily holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and an M.A. from the University of San Diego. She earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Edgewood College, where she researched teacher leadership in two-way dual language education. Emily’s research interests include biliteracy development, educational leadership, and bilingual teacher preparation. Prior to her role at Edgewood College, Emily worked in Madison Metropolitan School District as a bilingual teacher, a reading specialist, and an instructional coach. She is passionate about leading for equity among teachers of multilingual learners.