Since 2008, Dr. Dingfelder has been responsible for the overall direction and leadership for the WSU Outreach & Continuing Education Department. Passionate about providing educational opportunities for adult learners and working professionals, she finds her job wonderful, because, in her own words, “I get to work with a great group of dedicated people”.
Dr. Dingfelder earned her Doctorate of Education from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Her doctoral studies were focused in the area of Higher Education Policy and Administration with an emphasis in organizational leadership. A patron of the theatre and the performing arts, Diane also enjoys nature and the outdoors.
Karen provides the primary administrative support for the day-to-day management of multiple budgets for the WSU Outreach & Continuing Education Department. Karen also manages the directors’ calendar, and provides customer service for internal and external WSU OCED customers. After four years as an Office and Administrative Assistant in WSU Facilities Services, Karen joined the WSU OCED staff in 2010. A graduate of Winona Senior High School, Karen enjoys helping people achieve their goals.
Excited about the opportunity to help meet the continuing education and life-long learning needs of adult learners, Tina arrived in Winona from Portland, Oregon in February 2011 to accept the newly created position of program coordinator for the WSU Outreach & Continuing Education Department. In her position, Tina collaborates with departments, faculty and staff to make it easier than ever to offer, expand and promote Extension and non-credit/CEU classes and programs in the classroom, online and in the workplace. Toward this goal, Tina also manages the OCED information, budget and registration systems, and supervises OCED operations and support staff.
With a career long focus on adult education and professional and organizational development, Tina has worked with institutions of higher education and national associations including the American Dental Association, the Higher Learning Commission, and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Most recently, as a member of the faculty at Clackamas Community College in Oregon, Tina was a project coordinator for Customized Training and Development Services. Tina holds a MA in Education from California Lutheran University and is a Certified Facilitator for Development Dimensions International (DDI) Learning Systems.
Jenny advises Adult Entry Program students and Individualize Studies majors and minors, and is responsible for coordinating a variety of programming for the WSU Outreach & Continuing Education Department including online non-credit offerings, Wilderness First Responder certification and Road Scholar offerings. She is also responsible for summer session marketing. Jenny has worked for OCED since 2002 and enjoys helping students achieve their educational goals. An alumnus of WSU, Jenny earned both her BA and MA degrees from WSU. She is also a Certified Program Planner (CPP) and holds a certification in Career and education Advising from the council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL).
Dustin is the man to see about information technology at the WSU Outreach & Continuing Education Department. Responsible for tasks related to non-credit/CEU student registration, non-credit/CEU class entry, and initiating instructor contracts for customized training, Dustin also works with the OCED social media and email communications, web site, web promotions and design. Recognizing how valuable continuing education is in today's society, Dustin especially likes being able to help working adults continue on their career path through his work at OCED.
Pursuing his interests in audio, video, photography, and design, Dustin earned an AS in Applied Science and Visual Communications from Western Technical College in La Crosse and came to work at the Information Technology Department in 2008. He joined the staff of OCED in 2009.
Dustin is a member of the Police Reserve in Spring Grove.
Adrianna’s role in OCED has her working largely with assessment, research, technology, and social media strategies. Adrianna also shares a split position with the Graduate Studies department.
Stephanie started as a Graduate Assistant in the fall of 2013, applying over a decades’ worth of communication experience to the mission of Winona State University’s Outreach and Continuing Education office. As she delves into her coursework within WSU’s Counselor Education program Stephanie will apply her experience as a former non-traditional student, as well as her education, towards academic advising via the Undergraduate Adult Entry Program. Further bolstering her knowledge-base Stephanie hopes to facilitate the OCED team’s determination to provide dynamic leadership that supports the delivery of quality, innovative continuing education in the classroom, online and in the workplace for the region’s adult learner population.
Najeejaras Bothdamrih (Penloy) has been a student employee with the Outreach Continuing Education Department since summer 2012. As a receptionist, Penloy greets visitors, answers the phone and general questions about Outreach and Continuing Education programs, sets up appointments, and helps out with various other office tasks such as running errands and making copies. As a data specialist, Penloy is responsible for entering and maintaining data in the various database systems and spreadsheets used by the department
Penloy, is from from Bangkok, Thailand. She is a sophomore at Winona State University, and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She is a member of the professional business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi and is interested in business, marketing, advertising, art, and design. Penloy likes working with technology and actively searches for new activities to increase her experience. She was a foreign exchange student at Rushford-Peterson High School in 2008 and is looking forward to completing her undergraduate degree and working in the United States. Penloy loves traveling, scrapbooking, fishing, and cooking.
Sam is a student employee joining the Outreach and Continuing Education Department in the fall of 2012. As a receptionist, she answers general questions about the Outreach and Continuing Education programs, and greets visitors directing them to the staff they wish to see. Sam also helps with general office tasks such as answering the phone, running errands, and making copies. Furthermore, Sam is accountable for entering data into the spreadsheets and data systems used by the department.
Sam is a junior at Winona State University and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She is a member of the Winona State Nursing Club and also a member of the Minnesota Student Nurses’ Association. In her spare time Sam enjoys running, watching sporting events, refereeing volleyball and basketball, and spending time with her family.
Joining the Outreach and Continuing Education Department in the fall of 2010, Misun helps coordinate professional development workshop series and community outreach events, on the WSU-Rochester campus. She greatly enjoys being a part of the collaboration between faculty, staff and community partners, and appreciates being part of a team that works towards providing learning opportunities for adult learners and working professionals.
Misun received her BA from Concordia College, in Moorhead, Minnesota in Business Administration, English Writing and Art. Having the experience in going back to school to receive her MS from WSU as an adult learner, Misun understands personally the challenges of pursuing higher education unique to many adult learners. As a result she enjoys her work in providing educational opportunities that are advantageous to them.
In her spare time Misun enjoys volunteering in the community, reading, and cooking for family and friends.