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 Professional 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).
Amy’s responsibilities at the WSU Outreach & Continuing Education Department include marketing WSU Summer Session, advising adult entry students, developing and publishing web page content, and providing data stewardship for OCED customer/prospect data. She also researches trends in higher education and continuing education. She has enjoyed applying her personal experience as an adult student with her graduate work in community counseling to help adult entry students get off to a great start at WSU.
Amy brings a wealth of business skills and knowledge to her work with OCED, including her experience as the Director of Software Marketing, Data Quality, for SAP. While working part time at WSU, she also works as a Counseling Intern at the Tomah VA Medical Center, providing both group and individual counseling services to Vietnam, Gulf War, Iraq, and Afghanistan veterans struggling with posttraumatic stress disorder. Amy earned her BS from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, with a major in Computer Science and a minor in Psychology. She will complete her MS in Community Counseling at WSU in December 2011 and is working toward her National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential.
Amy enjoys volunteering, walking, biking, baking, and collecting wheel-thrown pottery. She looks forward to finishing her degree so that she has more time for these activities!
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.
Under the leadership of Dr. Dingfelder, Debra works with OCED and other stakeholders to help gather and analyze data in an effort to monitor the effectiveness of various programs on campus. She is currently involved in an initiative to standardize the articulation process for the university.
Hailing from Galesville, Wisconsin, Debra earned her BS in Education from WSU in 1999 and has ten years of experience teaching and coaching in Wisconsin public schools. She is in the process of completing her MS in Counseling Education and looks forward to graduating in May of 2013. Debra hopes to be a school counselor some day.
Heather’s role in OCED has her working closely with Summer Session marketing, Adult Education Program advising, web editing, social media strategies, research, and grant project coordination.
Kristina helps facilitate collaboration, program enhancement, and development for the Outreach & Continuing Education Department and Graduate Studies at WSU. She is excited by the constant need for the services of OCED and the ability of OCED to evolve to meet the needs of non-traditional students, adult learners, and working professionals. Kristina has served many roles on the WSU campus, and has held positions with Career Services, Disability Services, Travel Study, and since 2004, OCED.
Kristina has a special place in her heart for the WSU College for Kids program, which she attended as a child. As a teenager, she went to work for this community outreach program housed in OCED. Through her work with College for Kids Kristina developed an appreciation for the collaboration that exists between the community at WSU and the larger community of this region. She finds it amazing how one program can attract and provide an educational experience to so many young students, which in turns, interests them in pursuing higher education later in life.
Kristina is a graduate of WSU with a BA in Law and Society and is pursuing a MA in School Counseling (K-12).
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 sophomore 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.