The La Follette School has recently welcomed several new staff members.
At the end of the fall semester, Kelly Otto joined the school as an undergraduate advisor. This is a new role to help serve the school’s growing number of public policy and health policy certificate students. Otto, who holds a master’s degree from UW–Madison’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, brings experience as a teacher and in curriculum and program development at Madison College; K-12 education; and Operation Fresh Start, an educational non-profit.
The outreach team welcomed Tommy Jaime to the faculty liaison role in January. Before joining La Follette as the liaison between faculty and the outreach team, Jaime worked in communications for the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program in UW’s Population Health Institute. He helped create and launch the program’s successful podcast, In Solidarity: Connecting Power, Place and Health.
In January, Catharine Langrehr joined the school as a payment coordinator. Langrehr studied business administration in San Diego and has worked in the private sector since graduation. She brings a wide variety of skills from working in various fields including banking, tourism, construction, restaurants, retail, and manufacturing.
Also joining the administrative team is Laura Peterson, who started her new role as administrative assistant in February. With 14 years of experience working for UW–Madison, Peterson comes to the La Follette School with a wealth of campus experience. Prior to joining the La Follette School, she worked as a parking enforcement supervisor at UW–Madison’s Transportation Services.
Anne Oyamada started her role as department administrator in late February. In this role, she supervises the school’s administrative team and oversees the budget, hiring, and personnel matters. Before joining UW–Madison, she worked as the senior advisor for Student Success Initiatives and Operations with UW System Administration. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology from the University of New Mexico and her master’s degree in educational leadership and policy analysis from UW–Madison.
Also in February, Dana Craig started in a new position of director’s assistant. She works closely with Director Susan Webb Yackee to facilitate projects supporting students, faculty, and outreach efforts throughout the La Follette School. Before joining La Follette, Craig interned in a variety of legal and political offices, helping people navigate complex systems. She supported constituent communications and outreach for Senator Tammy Baldwin, Governor Tony Evers, and Wisconsin State Senator Melissa Agard.