Your on-site staff in Scotland have over 25 years of combined service to the Experience Scotland program. The on-site staff will be invaluable resources to you throughout your experience. Learn about them below, and be sure to utilize their expertise when you're in Scotland!
Resident Director of Operations and Student Life
Patty has been Resident Director of Operations and Student Life of the Experience Scotland program since August 2007 and she loves Scotland. She came to the program 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 Experience 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 Experience Scotland program.
Resident Director of Academics (Fall 2019)
I live in a loft with Mary in Lowertown in St. Paul, Minnesota. I retired from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls in August of 2013. I served as the UWRF Director of International Programs and the Director of the Wisconsin In Scotland (ExS) program. My wife Mary and I and our two children, Ben & Carlye lived in Scotland during the 93-94 year while I served as the WIS (ExS) Resident Director.
I grew up on a lazy prairie river in rural southeastern Minnesota. I 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. Mary and I have two beautiful grandchildren, Clara 5 (May ’19) & Grant 3 (November ’19) and are enjoying being a part of their lives. I had the good fortune to travel a great deal of the globe through both personal travel and my job at UWRF. This makes me 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.
Mary and I look forward to getting to know all the adventure-seeking Experience Scotland students and faculty and helping to make it the most enriching and amazing experience of your lives.
Resident Director of Academics (Fall 2019)
I live with Brent in a loft in Lowertown, St. Paul after living in River Falls, WI for 23 years. We love the vibrancy of downtown living and enjoy going to restaurants, museums, music festivals and theater events. I retired from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in July 2013. I taught Early Childhood Education to students getting their A.A.S. degree for 24 years and loved every minute of it! I was an adjunct professor for Early Childhood Education at UWRF as well and worked with faculty in coordinating an annual nature conference and an articulation agreement with the two institutions.
We fell in love with travel when we backpacked across Europe for three months as newlyweds 43 years ago! Since that time, I have 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 beautiful savanna of Africa and every country in Western Europe. My favorite thing to do however, is to share with students the love of travel and all it has to offer.
We served as Academic Directors for Experience Scotland during the spring of 2015 and the fall of 2016 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!
Assistant Resident Director
A native of the Twin Cities, Ashley completed her Bachelor of Science degrees in History and Political Science. As an undergraduate student, she studied abroad in Egypt, China, and Belize, developing an enthusiasm for authentic and immersive international experiences. Ashley then attended the University of Edinburgh and earned her Master of Science degree in International and European Politics. During this period, Ashley served as a Graduate Scholar in Residence for the Experience Scotland program. Currently, she is pursuing her J.D. degree.
Ashley has served as the Assistant Resident Director since January 2015 and is passionate about maximizing the student experience in Scotland. Previously, Ashley worked at Target HQ in Minneapolis for several years. She is excited to help students define their career goals and works closely with the those enrolled in the ‘Career Exploration in an International Setting’ course. Ashley is happy to answer your questions about the Experience Scotland program and looks forward to meeting you at Dalkeith House!