Patty Blair Watters, Resident Director of Operations

Patty has been Resident Director of Operations of the Wisconsin in Scotland program since August 2007 and she loves Scotland. She came to WIS with several years of experience working in various areas of student affairs including International Studies, Residence Life, Career Services, Greek Life, and Human Resources. Most recently, Patty was a Resident Director at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. Patty served two years as Assistant Coordinator of the St. Cloud State Centre for British Studies just south of the Scottish/English border in Alnwick, England. She earned her Master of Arts in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio and her Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. Patty loves working with students, especially in the unique living and learning environment created on programs like Wisconsin in Scotland. Patty married a Brit in January 2010, so she plans to stay in Scotland for a long time! Patty and her wife Natalie enjoy traveling and learning about different cultures, seeing films, cooking (and subsequently eating), and the WIS program.

Brent Greene and Mary Williams-Greene, Resident Directors of Academics

Brent Greene

Brent Greene lives with his wife, Mary Williams-Greene in a loft in Lowertown in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He retired from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls in August of 2013.  His last 12 years at UWRF he served as the Director of International Programs and the Experience Scotland (Wisconsin In Scotland) program. He and his wife Mary and their two children, Ben & Carlye lived in Scotland during the 93-94 year while Brent served as the WIS Resident Director. Brent grew up on a lazy prairie river in rural southeastern Minnesota.  He received BA degrees in International Relations and Geography from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a MA in Educational Administration from the University of South Dakota.  Brent and Mary have a two-year-old granddaughter named Clara and a second grandbaby due this October 31.  They can't wait!  Brent has had the good fortune to travel a great deal of the globe through both personal travel and his job at UWRF.  Most recently to Cuba where he and Mary spent 10 days this past February.  This makes him somewhat of an authority to state that Scotland, Edinburgh and especially Dalkeith House rank highly as some of the most beautiful and intriguing places on earth. Brent and Mary look forward to getting to know all of the adventure-seeking ExS students and faculty and helping to make it the most enriching and amazing experience of their lives.

Mary Williams-Greene

Mary Williams-Greene lives with Brent Greene in a loft in Lowertown, St. Paul after living in River Falls, WI for 23 years.  Mary and Brent love the vibrancy of downtown living and enjoy going to restaurants, museums, music festivals and theater events.  She retired from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in July, 2013.  She taught Early Childhood Education to students getting their A.A.S. degree for 24 years and loved every minute of it!  Mary also was an adjunct professor for Early Childhood Education at UWRF and worked with faculty in coordinating a yearly conference and an articulation agreement with the two institutions.  Mary (and Brent) fell in love with travel when they backpacked across Europe for three months as newlyweds 40 years ago!  Since that time she has traveled to the Tibetan Plateau, the Great Wall of China, the pearl markets of Shanghai, the beaches of Nicaragua, the rain forests of Costa Rica, the tobacco farms and colonial cities of Cuba and all of the countries in Western Europe.  Her favorite thing to do however, is to share the love of travel and all it has to offer with students. Mary has served as a group leader for many student study abroad programs to Scotland, the last being a trip with 24 faculty and students from WITC to Dalkeith House in May, 2013.  Most recently we were the co-academic directors for the program in the spring of 2015 and are very excited to meet all of the faculty and students who will be sharing this "adventure of a lifetime" in the beautiful, intriguing and amazing country of Scotland for fall, 2016!


Ashley Bochman, Assistant Resident Director


John Beaver, UW-Fox Valley, Computer Science, Engineering Physics, & Astronomy
Dave Beck, UW-Stout, Game Design & Development

Dave BeckDave Beck is a practicing 3D digital, game, and new media artist, living in Wisconsin.  He currently teaches at the University of Wisconsin - Stout, in the School of Art and Design, with a focus on 3D art, game design, and new media.   He is also the chair of the Department of Design and the Program Director of the Game Design BFA. He is the recipient of the 2010 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge Award, given by the National Science Foundation.  Beck's artwork has been featured in publications such as the New York Times, Sculpture Magazine, National Geographic, the journal Science, and the book GameScenes: Art in the Age of Videogames.  
Dave is currently working on an art video game, titled Tombeaux. This interactive experience investigates the convergence between cultures and the environment across a few hundred years of midwestern American history. Follow the dev blog at:


Jennifer Betters-Bubon, UW-Whitewater, Counselor Education 

Jennifer Betters-BubonMy name is Jennifer Betters-Bubon, and I am an assistant professor who joined the UWW Counselor Education department in 2012. I received my masters in counseling from Boston University and my phD in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A former elementary school counselor of 11 years, I am enthusiastic in my role as counselor educator and I teach courses in school counseling, practicum, social-cultural counseling and counseling across the lifespan.  

I am passionate about teaching students about the barriers that impact K-12 students' social/emotional, academic and career development, and this translates into my focus on the development of future school counselors. I maintain an active research agenda focused on the role of the school counselor within multi-tiered systems of support (e.g., PBIS, RTI) and I am active in the Wisconsin School Counseling Association, currently serving as assistant board director. As an adviser and teacher and in my relationships with my students, I believe that facilitating connection is essential. As students develop counseling skills, I help them acknowledge their unique experience and understanding to best help them develop personally and professionally as future clinical mental health and school counselors. Further, I interweave both a research and practitioner perspective to the courses I teach, ensuring students know the best practices in counseling.


Kelly Dwyer, UW Colleges-Baraboo/Sauk County, English

Kelly Dwyer graduated from Oberlin College and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, and is the author of two novels published by Penguin, two children's books, and plays that have been produced locally and nationally. As Senior Lecturer of English at UW-Baraboo/Sauk County, Kelly enjoys teaching Creative Writing, Literary Magazine, and composition. She is the advisor of the Wisconsin in Scotland Club and PUBlications Club, and is co-advisor of the Musical Theatre Leadership Club. Kelly is passionate about literature and writing, loves to share her passion with her students, and is dedicated to making learning stimulating and fun. Kelly had the great pleasure of teaching in the Wisconsin in Scotland program in 2011, so she knows where all the good places to write are...and where the ghosts are.  :)  Kelly will be accompanied, at least part of the time, by her husband and fourteen year-old daughter.  Please visit

Hilary Fezzey, UW-Superior, English

 Hilary Fezzey is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.  She teaches courses in British literature, world literature, and literary theory and serves as advisor for the English Club, Sigma Tau Delta (international English honor society), and co-advisor for the Nemadji Review student literary journal.  She received her Ph.D. from Purdue University.  She has published her scholarship on British literature and presented at national and international conferences.  Inspired by her travels in Scotland as part of her Wisconsin in Scotland (WIS) site visit, she has begun a new research project that is situated in the growing body of work on Scottish slavery and abolition.  She is delighted to teach in the WIS Program.  Scottish literature constitutes a rich part of British literature.  Edinburgh (the world's first UNESCO City of Literature) and the surrounding areas offer wonderful museums, including a poetry museum, libraries, literary tours, and literary pubs and cafes, such as the Elephant House, where J. K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter.  She looks forward to exploring these cultural landmarks with her students.  Her husband Aaron and daughter Claudia (who will be 11-years-old in 2016) are also excited to travel with her to Dalkeith.

Mark Gillen, UW- River Falls, School Counseling Program

 Dr. Gillen has worked as a school counselor, wilderness leader, educator, and adventure therapist. He trained at the Brief Family Therapy Center in Milwaukee WI and with Eve Lipchik, one of the co-founders SFT from 1987 to 1997.  Once of his passions is use of group counseling and over the years he has published articles, and presented at state and national conferences on Solution Focused Counseling, group counseling and its connection to school counseling. Dr. Gillen is professor and Department chair for the counseling and school psychology department at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Gary Keveles, UW-Superior, Criminal Justice

Gary N. Keveles

I have taught at the University of Wisconsin Superior since 1986 where I have been Director of its Criminal Justice Program and a Professor of Criminal Justice.  I also serve as a member of several organizations including the Douglas County Domestic Violence Coordinated Community Response Team, Douglas County Criminal Justice Community Committee; and the Baeumler Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration Committee. 

My teaching also includes appointments at the University of Missouri St Louis (1980-1986); University of Maryland, European Division (1974 – 1979) and the State University of New York at Albany (1973-1974)

Previously, I served as President of three municipal and state organizations:  (1) City of Superior Police and Fire Commission; (2) Wisconsin Criminal Justice Education Association; and (3) Missouri Coalition for Alternatives to Imprisonment.  I was National Advisor and Board Member of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, Alpha Phi Sigma; an Advisory Committee Member of the Correctional Sciences Program, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College; Cofounder of the Douglas County Restorative Justice Initiative; and member of Children First.  Finally I was a Confidential Assistant to the Codes Committee of the New York State Assembly and a Research Assistant in the Mental Health Research Unit, New York State Department of Mental Hygiene.

I have published or presented papers on academic service learning, restorative justice, the social construction of masculinity, violence prevention, plea bargaining, military justice, alternatives to incarceration, juvenile justice and the criminal insane.

I completed my formal education at the State University of New York at Albany, receiving a Ph.D. from the School of Criminal Justice (1981), a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice (1973); a Master's Degree in Political Science (1971) and a Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, in History with a minor in Philosophy (1969).

Professionally, I see myself as engaged in the business of "harm reduction," that is, working to lessen violence, injury or loss.  The focus includes not only diminishing harms to individuals, but also injuries to communities; not only targeting those persons who hurt others, but those organizations engaged in acts damaging to society. 

On a personal note, I was born in The Bronx, New York.  While in high school, I had a job delivering packages to businesses on a truck bicycle in midtown Manhattan; in college, I drove a yellow taxi throughout the boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and The Bronx.  As a bike messenger or cabbie, I enjoyed navigating the streets, pedestrians, horses, buses, trucks, and motorcycles.  From 1974 – 1979, my wife and I lived in Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands as roving college lecturers for the European Division of the University of Maryland.  We also taught at the residential campus of the University of Maryland in Munich, Germany.  We have an adult son, a small dog and enjoy bike riding as well as international and domestic traveling.   I am an avid baseball and football fan.  I attended World Series games in 1958 and 1964.  Guess the name of my favorite baseball team?  In recent years, I have also become a Packer fan.  GO PACK GO!

Jess McCollough, UW-Barron County ACCESS program, History

Jess McCullough is an Associate Lecturer of History for the UW-Barron County ACCESS program (which is housed at UW-Superior).  Jess is currently in the final year of his Ph.D. in Archaeology from the University of Leicester in England, where his research is on religious change in 11th century Greenland. 

In addition to instruction at UW-Barron County, Jess has also taught for UW-Superior, Northland College, and the College of St. Scholastica.  Since 2013 Jess has also been a staff member for the Ardnamurchan Transitions Project – an ongoing archaeological study of human habitation in Western Scotland.  Jess is particularly excited to share his enthusiasm for Scotland with students due to the outstanding levels of access to significant historical and archaeological resources there.  Jess’s courses will include regular excursions to historical and archaeological sites, museum collections, and collaboration in the field with archaeologists and heritage professionals.  Jess is also excited to be bringing his wife Harmony and their two daughters to Scotland for the first time!

Amelia Reigstad, UW-River Falls, Marketing Communications Program

Amelia ReigstadAmelia Reigstad is an Associate Lecturer in the Marketing Communications program at the University of Wisconsin River Falls and teaches public relations, advertising and writing for the mass media. Originally from Vancouver, BC Canada, she has a love for international travel and a passion for teaching. Having taught in Vancouver, Canada, Vienna, Austria and Dubrovnik,Croatia, she is excited to be a part of the Wisconsin in Scotland program.

Amelia is currently in her second year of her Ph. D. in Media and Communications from the University of Leicester in England and is studying gender differences in communication styles and how it influences the practice of public relations.

She is thrilled to be joining the Wisconsin in Scotland program and will be bringing her family with her to experience Scotland and Dalkeith Palace.

David Van Doren, UW- Whitewater, Counselor Education

David Van DorenMy name is David Van Doren, and I am an associate professor in the Counselor Education Department at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater and joined the department approximately thirty-three years ago. I graduated with my Bachelors and Masters from Lehigh University and my doctorate from the University of Maine. I have developed a knowledge base and expertise in the area of trauma and addictions and have developed multiple courses and presented many workshops related to these important areas of counseling. I retired from private practice a few years ago after twenty-five plus years of clinical work. 

I believe all counselors need to become trauma-informed and trauma competent.  My passion is to increase the awareness of the extent of trauma in our world and help counseling professionals and others to explore behaviors in a trauma responsive manner. Processing trauma and enhancing post-traumatic growth can change lives and build safer, less traumatic future generations.

 All counseling and learning begins with positive caring relationships. As an advisor and educator I recognize students need to learn within a safe environment.  I believe that learning is an ongoing process and appreciate the mutual learning which takes place in the classroom. The UW Whitewater program provides a solid base of learning and an opportunity within the program to follow your passion to specialize within the counseling field.  I hope you will join the excitement of our counseling program. It provides a pathway to personal learning and professional growth which will dramatically enhance your ability to facilitate change.


Rex Hanger, UW-Whitewater, Geography, Geology, & Environmental Sciences

Growing up as an "Army brat", my family moved almost every year from one military base to another for my father's career. By happenstance, in every location, I was always near localities where I could collect rocks and fossils outside, and so I've known I wanted to be a geologist/paleontologist since elementary school. My professional training began in the South at Texas A&M University where I received my B.S and M.S. degrees in Geology. I then moved West, where I completed my Ph.D. in Paleontology at the University of California at Berkeley, which was followed by a cross-country trip back East for a post-doc in Paleobiology at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. To complete my tour of all four geographic quadrants of the lower 48, I then traveled North and did a one-year Visiting Professorship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and finally landed my tenured position at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where I've taught now for 15 years. My research interests are in Late Paleozoic and Cretaceous marine invertebrate fossils and Recent freshwater gastropods.

I am looking forward to working with my students as we examine outcrops of rocks from this era – even right on the grounds outside Dalkeith House – and monitor water quality on both branches of the River Esk! Even after all of these years, I still cherish the thrill of collecting and studying fossils, and I love seeing this develop in my students.

Paige Miller, UW-River Falls, Sociology

Paige Miller is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.  She received her PhD from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA in 2009 (Geaux Tigers!!), with research and teaching interests at the intersection of gender, globalization and development, and science and technology studies.  She has never taught abroad before, but her research and service commitments have taken her to Ghana, Kenya, India, and Japan, among a number of other locations.  These experiences have instilled in her a love of meeting new people and learning about different cultures, and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to share that love and excitement with students.  As a sociologist, she tries to encourage students taking her classes to adopt the perspective of 'the other' in order to recognize the uniqueness of our own lives and culture.  There is no better opportunity to do this than when traveling abroad.  She is looking forward to teaching Gender Roles, Social Problems, and Introduction to Sociology using Scotland as a laboratory to make the topics come alive.     

Joan Navarre, UW-Stout, English & Philosophy

Joan NavarreJoan Navarre, PhD, UW-Stout, Department of English and Philosophy

Joan is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.  She teaches writing, literature and film studies.  She also serves on the board of trustees for The Museum of Soho, London (  

Her devotion to Great Britain began when she was an undergraduate:  She enrolled in the St. Cloud Centre for British Studies and lived in Alnwick Castle (Harry Potter's castle, near the Scottish/English border) for a full academic year.  

Joan loves teaching, experiencing live theatre and introducing students to The Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  She is looking forward to the Wisconsin in Scotland program (Fall 2016)!

Angela Williamson Emmert, UW-Fox Valley, English

Angela Williamson Emmert  

As an undergraduate working towards her B. A. in English at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, Angela Williamson Emmert spent a year studying in Bielefeld, Germany – her second international trip and proof that her childhood dream of "traveling the world" (usually without a lot of cash) is totally achievable!  Since then, she has traveled both domestically and overseas, both alone and with her family, by plane, by car, by foot, and by boat.  Greyhound Bus has taken her to both coasts and across the southwest, and she once boarded a steam train that was supposed to carry her into the foothills of the Himalayas to the city of Darjeeling.  When the train broke down along the way, she and her sister caught a ride in the back of a modified SUV.  Cramped and seat-belt free, she suffered car-sickness and altitude sickness beneath mountains so big they became the sky.  She has recently discovered the pleasures of Amtrak, and is eagerly awaiting the second revolution of domestic rail travel.  As a graduate student at the University of North Dakota, she fell in love with Scottish Renaissance poet Hugh MacDiarmid's long work A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle.  About this same time, she also came to realize that global social justice cannot be achieved without a fuller understanding and a deeper love of the natural world.  Scottish literature, with its historical preoccupation with identity, justice, and place, and its tendency  to veer off into the extremities of horror or the sublime, fits well into Professor Williamson's personal and academic interests.  She looks forward to learning alongside her students this fall.


Fay Yokomizo Akindes, UW-Parkside, Communication

Fay Yokomizo Akindes, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Professor, Communication 
Ph.D. – Mass Communication – Ohio University

     Scotland has a historical tie to my home, Hawaii, where I was born, raised, and public schooled on the least touristy island of Molokai. Princess Victoria Kaiulani, who was heir to the Hawaiian Monarchy, was Scottish. Her father, Archibald Cox Cleghorn, was born in Edinburgh. I'm wondering what traces of his family I'll find there? Historical connections to Scotland – a place I have never been – endear it to me. I look forward to experiencing Scotland in Spring 2017 and connecting my classes to everyday life outside of Dalkeith House. 

I am a professor of Communication at UW-Parkside where I teach media, cultural, and ethnic studies. My goal is to engage students using high-impact practices (HIPs): experiential assignments, digital and social media, collaborative projects, and interactive discussions, and to create a sense of community among students. Wisconsin in Scotland provides the ideal setting for HIPs, for extending our learning beyond the four walls of a room and, in this case, beyond the borders of our state and country.  

Living abroad is electrifying. Your senses are heightened and things that you take for granted in the United States may seem special and, at times, even strange. I experienced this in 2005-'06 when I spent a year in Benin, West Africa as a Fulbright Teaching Scholar. I have traveled to several European countries, including Estonia, which I visited a few years after it gained independence from the Soviet Union. In Summer 2014, I spent a few weeks in Ethiopia, where I toured medieval rock-hewn churches in Lalibela and had injera and scones at Ben Abeba, a surprising restaurant on a hill created by a Scottish woman (Ben / hill) and an Ethiopian man (Abeba / flower).  Our world is a small, interconnected place.