Meet the Team
Phone: (920) 424-2442
Amy has worked at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh for more than six years in various roles throughout the University. She has a strong background in writing and copyediting and graduated from UW Oshkosh with a bachelor’s degree in English.
Phone: (920) 424-2067
Media Line: (920) 267-0628
Mandy has spent her career working in marketing and communications roles and has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minor in English from UW-Milwaukee. Prior to working at UW Oshkosh, Mandy worked in healthcare and performing arts marketing and was a journalist with the Oshkosh Northwestern and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and wrote for various other publications, blogs and organizations. Mandy serves on the board of directors and provides marketing assistance for the Women’s Fund of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, Oshkosh Area United Way, Growing Oshkosh, Friends of Oshkosh Community Media and is a member of the Northeast Wisconsin Chapter of the American Marketing Association. Mandy’s expertise is content strategy launch and execution, storytelling and writing/copyediting.
Alumni Communications Manager
Phone: (920) 424-3362
Natalie has more than 25 years of experience as a journalist and higher education communicator and has a bachelor’s and master’s in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an emphasis in natural science writing. Prior to working at UW Oshkosh, Natalie worked at New Mexico State University.
Phone: (920) 424-0838
Liz earned a bachelor’s degree in history and sports management from UW-Parkside and a master’s degree in sports management from Robert Morris University. Prior to coming to UW Oshkosh, Liz spent 14 years working in higher education athletics communications at Longwood University, Gonzaga University and University of Oklahoma. Liz’s expertise is in social media, media relations and athletics.
Phone: (920) 424-2489
Laurie has more than 20 years of experience as a journalist. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism with an emphasis in advertising and a minor in business administration from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She also has a two-year degree in public relations. Her focus is on writing, editing and project management.
Operations and Photo/Video Team
Director of Marketing Operations
Phone: (920) 424-1133
Peggy has more than 20 years of experience as a writer, editor and manager and has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Peggy is a skilled people and projects manager and experienced writer and editor with extensive publications production experience.
Senior Media Specialist
Phone: (920) 424-1348
Julie Thyssen has worked at UW Oshkosh for 16 years and has a bachelor’s degree from Winona State University. She oversees the Print Production Lab and assists in graphic design. She is also the University Qualtrics Administrator and is Qualtrics Silver Certified.
Michael Van Vonderen
Associate Media Specialist
Phone: (920) 424-7425
Michael has worked at UW Oshkosh since 2013 and has a bachelor’s degree in management information systems. Prior to working at UW Oshkosh, Michael worked as a service engineer, service desk agent and IT intern. Michael’s specialties include: technology management, networking, server administration, systems administration, telecommunications, help desk management, training/development, PC assembly and design, visual basic, VBA, C#, ASP.NET, HTML and CSS.
Darren has more than 15 years experience working in marketing and graphic design. Prior to UW Oshkosh, he managed multiple areas of marketing including the creative/design team at Network Health, a Menasha-based health insurance company. Darren also spent time as a graphic designer for a local health care system and two publishing companies. His expertise and passion is in brand management. Darren is a graduate of UW-Platteville where he earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and minor in graphic arts.
Kathryn graduated from UW Oshkosh in 2017 and has a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a visual emphasis. Prior to joining the design team in UMC, Kathryn worked at a design agency in downtown Oshkosh as well as the University admissions office.
Jenny received her bachelor’s degree in visual communications in 2013. Prior working at UW Oshkosh, she spent four years on the creative team at the Experimental Aircraft Association.
Director of Digital Marketing
Phone: (920) 424-0822
Jennifer is a digital marketing professional with seven years experience in higher education marketing. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from UW Oshkosh and a master’s of science in project management and marketing from UW-Platteville. She has experience marketing undergraduate, graduate and online degree programs, as well as continuing education opportunities. She has a special focus on digital inbound marketing strategies and is a Hubspot certified inbound marketer.
Phone: (920) 424-0840
Joseph is a staff member in Information Technology, supporting marketing and web technology. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer science with an emphasis in software engineering and minors in Spanish and music. Prior to working at UW Oshkosh, Joseph interned at PortalMedia, Inc. in Monona, Wis. Joseph specializes in UX/UI design, responsive design and WordPress development.
Phone: (920) 424-0764
Trevor has been coordinating the social media efforts at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh since 2016. Prior to working at UW Oshkosh, Trevor studied communication science, rhetoric and digital media at UW–Madison while teaching classes in software and web development.
Phone: (920) 424-3088
Carey has spent 11 years working in development and marketing for non-profit organizations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Arts Management and Theater from UW-Stevens Point. Carey’s specialties include content strategy, event promotion and management, email marketing and web content management.
Phone: (920) 424-4439
Madisen earned a bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has a certification in Social Media Marketing. Prior to working at UW Oshkosh, Madisen served as the Outreach Specialist for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Animal Sciences and Meat Science Extension.