Kayla Behnke is an undergraduate pursuing a double major in Community and Nonprofit Leadership and Environmental Studies with a certificate in Global Health. She is empowered by the work being done at the institute and the projects she is involved in as the education programs intern. Covering a broad range of academic interest, she is allowing her passions to collide in the nonprofit and environmental world, preparing her for whatever the future may hold.
Catherine Goslin is a senior pursuing a degree in Journalism with a concentration in Reporting, with certificates in Global Health and French. She is an avid supporter of all of the Global Health Institute’s work, and is particularly passionate about climate change, women’s rights and health access and equity. In her free time, she enjoys photography, trying new vegan recipes and reading the news. She is thrilled to be a part of the GHI team and to support the institute’s mission.
Maggie Grabow (Koszewski) is a Complementary and Integrative Health Research (CIHR) Fellow in the School of Medicine and Public Health’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and the UW Global Health Institute. She works on issues surrounding the built environment and health.
Grabow completed her Ph.D. in environment and resources in 2013 from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and completed her Master of Public Health and Master of Science in Land Resources from UW-Madison in 2010 and 2007, respectively.
Grabow’s efforts have focused on quantifying and understanding the many health and climate co-benefits of transforming communities to support bicycling and walking opportunities, as well as understanding and evaluating the many predictors of active transportation behaviors. As a CIHR Fellow, she devotes some of her time to the Mindful Climate Action study, led by Dr. Bruce Barrett, which is an education and behavior change program designed to help people reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprint while enhancing personal health and happiness. She is also working to advance the notion of “lifestyle prescriptions,” in which medical providers advise lifestyle options such as prescriptions for bikeshare memberships or fruit and vegetable Community Supported Agriculture shares (CSA).
Communications Specialist Ann Grauvogl believes we are shaped by the stories we tell, and telling them well is critical to effectively engaging the world. An award-winning journalist, author and copywriter for more than 30 years, she is committed to finding new and compelling lens to share GHI’s vision of improving health for today while ensuring resources are available to provide health for all tomorrow. Her work includes managing print and electronic communications for GHI. A Wisconsin native, she has worked for several midwestern newspapers and the University of Wisconsin Foundation, as well as managing her own freelance business.
Monet Haskins, BA, is the Institute Administrator, managing the central campus office, the GHI grants program and Advisory board, and overseeing administrative support for the GHI leadership team. Haskins grew up from Port Washington, Wisconsin, and is a proud Badger, having received her Bachelor’s degree in Art History from UW-Madison in 2002. Monet’s family is Swiss, and she spent time in Switzerland as a child and teenager. She also studied abroad in the Netherlands while a student at UW-Madison and has traveled throughout Europe and to Thailand and Central America. Haskins has worked on campus since 2008, with experience at the School of Medicine & Public Health and the International Division prior to joining GHI. Besides travel, Monet enjoys music, cooking and eating good food, and playing with her human and animal family.
Daegan Miller is a grant writer for the Global Health Institute and focuses on development. He also is the communications coordinator for the Health and Air Quality Applied Sciences Team, led by Tracey Holloway at the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Miller holds a doctorate in American environmental history from Cornell University, and he originally came to the UW-Madison as an A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities. When he’s not writing for GHI and SAGE, he’s working on his own projects (his first book is soon to be published by the University of Chicago Press), running, or, more likely, wrangling his two perfect, wild boys.
Robin Mittenthal studied biology and Chinese at Carleton College in Minnesota before serving as an agricultural advisor with the Peace Corps in The Gambia, West Africa. In the mid 1990s, Robin returned to the United States and worked as a farmhand and manager on both conventional and organic farms in several states. He earned master of science degrees in Nutrition (Tufts University) and Library and Information Science (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign). He also completed most but not all of a doctorate in entomology at UW-Madison, exploring the impact of organic fertilizers on both plants and their insect pests. He has worked with K-12 students as both a librarian and teacher and now enjoys helping college students think about local food production, the concept of sustainability and other food-related aspects of health. Mittenthal has travelled in China, speaks rusty Mandarin and reads about Chinese environmental issues when not gardening or working to address the large health disparities that exist in Madison.
Denise Roberts has a dual role as the Accountant for the Global Health Institute as well as for the Office of Sustainability. She is responsible for budget preparation and analysis, everyday payments, reimbursements and deposits, disbursement of seed grants awarded by GHI, as well as sponsorship of local and national global health events. In addition, she acts as the research administrator for submission and management of extramural grants.
After more than 37 years working in various capacities for the University of Wisconsin, she has acquired an in-depth knowledge of the administrative and financial policies and procedures for the University of Wisconsin as well as government and corporate sponsors.
Her outside interests include gardening, catch/release fishing, cross stitch and painting/drawing, as well as an informal interest in alternative and holistic medicine.
Kim Santiago holds a degree in international relations, and a certificate in Environmental Studies, and has completed courses in the Global Health Institute certificate program. An advancement professional with extensive international experience, she spent eight years abroad as UW’s Asia Coordinator, supporting alumni relations, development, corporate relations, research collaboration and technology transfer issues. She strongly believes in the ethic of the Global Health Institute, its commitment to advance equitable and sustainable health for people, animals, and ecosystems – and is also interested in issues of equity and justice in health care systems, particularly how these issues affect women and children. At GHI, she is responsible for alumni relations, international development and engagement strategies.
Sweta Shrestha is the Assistant Director for Education for the UW-Madison Global Health Institute, where she serves as an advisor and instructional specialist for both the graduate and undergraduate Certificates in Global Health and the associated field experiences. Ms. Shrestha has a background in neurobiology and earned her Masters in Public Health and Graduate Global Health Certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. Her previous global health experience includes community based family planning in Uganda and health care services in her native Nepal. Currently she leads the global health field experience in Nepal and is engaged with a range of Global Health Institute initiatives including Quality Improvement and Orphans and Vulnerable Children.
Betsy Teigland is the Programs Coordinator at the Global Health Institute. She is responsible for administering the Graduate and Capstone Certificate program, the Global Health Faculty and Staff Travel Award program, and the SMPH International Clerkships. She also oversees the planning and organizing of the Global Health Seminar Series and the Annual Global Health Symposium. Betsy participated in a Study/Service semester program in southern India while earning a BS in Nursing from St. Olaf College. She and her husband also lived in Swaziland for a year where she participated in various volunteer activities. Currently, Betsy is very active with the Bhutanese refugee community here in Madison.
Jason Vargo comes to the Global Health Institute from Atlanta. He was a fellow with the GHI and the Center for Sustainability & the Global Environment in UW’s Nelson Institute working with Dr. Jonathan Patz on issues related to urbanization and health. Jason’s work has examined the influences on the built environment on healthy behaviors among residents in Bogotá, Colombia and the US. Most recently, he investigated the potential for urban planning and design to manage dangerous thermal exposures during extreme heat events.