Wisconsin in Scotland

Meet the Staff

On-Site Staff

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!

Patty Watters

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.

Elizabeth (Liz) Blue

Resident Director of Academics (Fall 2018)

My partner, Dan Strobel, and I are delighted to have the opportunity to be part of the Experience Scotland Program in Fall 2018.  We were introduced to the program at Dalkeith during the 2012 site visit, and I was lucky enough to return to teach there in the summer of 2015. Dan will be there until the end of September, and I will be there all fall.

Two years ago, this summer, I retired as a social work professor (23 years) and Interim Dean of Faculties (4 years) for UW-Superior.  In my life as a social work practitioner, I worked in various Native American and non-Native American communities in northern Minnesota and with numerous culturally specific programs in the Twin Cities as well; these experiences were in the fields of child welfare, Indian Child Welfare, chemical dependency, and mental health, all focused around youth, families and women.  I grew up in a blended Native American and non-Native family in southern Minnesota.  I, myself, am a Friend of Bill and Bob, and have been for the past 37 years.  

I graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, longer ago than I care to mention. My MSW is from the School of Social Development at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and my PHD work has been at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities.  I had completed all my class work and my preliminary exams, when it became necessary for me to take on primary care for my elderly mother, who was with me for eleven years before she died.  It was such a blessing to be able to share this final phase of her life. In our 60s, Dan and I decided to take one another on as life partners. Life has been busy, interesting, challenging and so much fun.

I have traveled to Italy, Norway, England (London), as well as Scotland.  I have led student group excursions and camping trips to many places in the United States and also to Canada.   While at UW-Superior, my house was often filled with many international students, for holidays and graduation festivities.  Students most often came from Sri Lanka, Nepal, Japan, and Malaysia (I think the biggest draw was the two small dachshunds, who live with us, Wini and Numpa).

Dan and I very much look forward to meeting you, and, I, to working with you all. 

Ashley Bochman

Assistant Resident Director

Ashley Bochman has served as the Assistant Resident Director of the Experience Scotland program for two years.


Administrative Office Staff

Our administrative office staff are based on the UW-River Falls campus. We are here to assist you throughout your application process, during your time abroad, and after your return. We look forward to working with you!

Sonja Johnson_Program Associate
Sonja Johnson has been working with the Experience Scotland program since 2010. A lifelong traveler, she enjoys visiting different places, seeing new things, taking local transportation, and trying new foods. As a Peace Corps Volunteer she developed a love of experiencing a place rather than just visiting. Any spare time is spent keeping her Wheaten Terrier, Shay, from digging up the garden and harassing the pet chickens. Sonja is excited to share her passion for the Experience Scotland program with students and faculty.

Kelsey McLean Program Coordinator
Kelsey McLean's love for Scotland began the spring of her sophomore year during her own Dalkeith House study abroad experience. Kelsey's time as a student in Scotland affirmed her desire to work in a university setting and, since that time, she has had the incredible opportunity to continue working with the program in various capacities; first as a student Ambassador, then as an Assistant Resident Director and, since 2009, as the Program Coordinator. Kelsey is grateful for the opportunities she has had to travel throughout the U.S. and abroad - to learn new things, in new places, from new people and perspectives - so loves working in a role where she is able to help students pursue their own study abroad experiences. When not working, Kelsey and her husband keep very busy with their two young children and two dogs - trips to the park are a favorite and regular occurrence!

Partner School Campus Contacts

Lake Superior State University

LSSU Study Abroad Office
Deborah J. Faust, Director of Financial Aid & Study Abroad
Fletcher Center for Student Services, Room 101
Phone: 906-635-2677

Normandale Community College


UW-River Falls

Office of International Education
102 Hagestad Hall
Phone: 715-425-3238
Email: or


Office of International Programs
Callie Ronstrom, Study Away Coordinator
337 Old Main
Phone: 715-394-8020

Murray State University

Robyn Pizzo, Senior Education Abroad Advisor
Phone: 270-809-2959

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Academic Programs Abroad
Office of International Education UC 226
Phone: 361-825-2688


International Student Services/Study Abroad Office (ISS/SA)
Laine Philippa
Phone: 262-595-3215 or 262-595-2701
Email: or


Office of International Education
70 Harvey Hall
Phone: 715-232-2132


Center for Global Education
Milliam Lor, Global Experiences Coordinator
Hyland Hall 1227
Phone: 262-472-5759
Email: or

Contact Us

Experience Scotland
102 Hagestad Hall


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