Psychology Board of Visitors

The Board of Visitors is a group of alumni and friends who assist the UW-Madison Psychology Department in achieving its goals in education, research, and service as well as maintaining its reputation as one of the premier university psychology departments in the country. Specific aspects of the Board of Visitors’ mission include assisting the Department in:

  • increasing awareness among alumni, students, friends, peers, and the general public, of the Department’s achievements in education, research, and service
  • fundraising, in conjunction with the UW Foundation, for needs that are not met by general purpose revenue
  • advising, mentoring, and supporting students concerning career paths and opportunities
  • increasing departmental alumni involvement in the current affairs of the Department
  • advocating for the Department with the College of Letters and Science and the UW administration.

Fostering greater communication and cooperation, the Board forms a vital bridge between past and present students, between faculty and alumni, and between the University and the larger communities of state, region, and nation in an interconnected, globalized world. Board members’ expertise and commitment are valuable human resources for the department’s renewal and growth.

We are alumni of one of the preeminent psychology departments in the country. With your support we can maintain that position and ensure our students obtain the education they want and need.

Sefarina Benavides

Position title: Undergraduate Student Representative

Michelle Bergholz Frazier

Position title: Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer

Advocate Health

John Dolan

Position title: Global Account Director


Amanda Durik

Position title: Professor of Psychology

Northern Illinois University

Lauren Duxstad

Position title: Associate

Winston and Strawn LLPBA

Tamar Kelber

Position title: Partner

Gass Weber Mullins

Joseph Kemnitz

Position title: Professor Emeritus

University of Wisconsin–Madison

Andrea Konz

Position title: Board Chair | Adjunct Professor - UW Madison | Consultant - Konz Consulting


Fisnik Lumani

Position title: Manager of Talent

UW Credit Union

Anna Rehfeld

Position title: Undergraduate Student Representative

Amanda Riek

Position title: Attorney

Lagmann, Inc.

Joyce Rosevear

Position title: Homemaker

Brooke Sasia

Position title: Graduate Student Representative

Sigmund (Sig) Sattenspiel

Position title: Physician

Sattenspiel Surgical Arts Pavilion

Peter Shapiro

Position title: Vice President, Advanced Analytics & Consulting


Steve Suomi

Position title: Chief of the Laboratory of Comparative Ethology

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Linda Vakunta

Position title: Deputy Mayor

City of Madison

Ezgi Yuksel

Position title: Graduate Student Representative

Selamawit Zewdie

Position title: Sustainability Organizational Psychologist

Alamo Navajo Health Center

Caitlin Ziegler

Position title: Mental Health Therapist

On Purpose Psyche