Cynthia Brun

Cindy BrunCourse/Subject Area: Coaching, Mentoring, Introduction to Liberal Studies and Senior Capstone

Cindy has been with the Division of Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement since fall 2006.  She comes to the Division with more than 25 years of experience in nontraditional adult education.  She is the Program Coordinator for the bachelor's of Fire and Emergency Response Management degree, as well as an instructor for the Division.

Cindy received her bachelor's degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska  and her master's degree in Continuing Adult & Vocational Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Contact Info:

UW Oshkosh, Lincoln Hall

(929) 424-1458

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith

Course/Subject Area: Liberal Studies Capstone Seminar, Options & Strategies

Sarah Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree in Higher Education Counseling, all of which was attained as a nontraditional student.  Her professional experience includes work in banking,  manufacturing, telecommunications and human services.  In addition to teaching for the Division of Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement, Sarah is a full time program manager.  

Contact Info:

UW Oshkosh, Lincoln Hall

(920) 637-0059

Coy Sabel

Course/Subject Areas: Writing, Human Resources Management and Organizational BehaviorCoy Sabel

Coy Sabel has been teaching adult non-traditional students since 1998.  She has taught for the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and Marian College in Fond du Lac.  Courses taught include writing, composition, research, management and leadership.  For each class, Coy attempts to address all learning styles with a lot of hands-on activities and real-world applications.

She has spent 20 years in the business sector in various positions:  Business Research Analyst, Communications Manager and, most recently, Training & Development Manager. When Coy is not teaching, she enjoys spending time reading and writing. 

Kay Chitwood

Course/Subject Area: Presentations in the Virtual Workplace, Liberal Studies and the WebKay Chitwood

Kay has been the Director of Learning Innovations since 2005. Chitwood retired from her position as director of the Wisconsin Online Resource Center at Fox Valley Technical College, where she led statewide initiatives of the Wisconsin Online Resource Center, a repository of more than 2,200 learning objects.

Kay received her master's degree in Educational Media from the University of Northern Colorado. Since 2001, she has presented nationwide on a variety of topics, including developing learning objects, building online repositories, establishing curriculum processes for faculty, identifying assessment strategies and integrating technology.

James Poltrock

Course/Subject Area: Politics of Emergency Management, Conflict Resolution, Mediation, Arbitration and NegotiationJim Poltrock

Jim Poltrock’s philosophy of teaching is based on a belief that learning should be student focused.  Now that the majority of his teaching is in a cyber classroom he believes that his primary role has shifted from being a provider of information to a cyber classroom facilitator. 

Poltrock earned an A.A.S. in Fire Protection Technology from Madison Area Technical College, a BA and MA in Public Service from Marquette University and a professional graduate certificate in Public Safety and Security from Northwestern University.   His graduate studies and research at Marquette were focused in the areas health care administration, service quality improvement and dispute resolution.  He earned a certificate in Public Administration from UW-Milwaukee. Poltrock has been employed at the Kenosha Fire Department for 20 years and has served as a firefighter/paramedic, apparatus operator, lieutenant and Assistant Division Chief.  He currently serves as the Division Chief of Emergency Medical Services.

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Anna Filipova Ph.D.

Course/Subject Area: Liberal Studies Capstone Seminar and Public Administration coursesAnna Filipova

Dr. Anna A. Filipova is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Administration (DPA) at  UW Oshkosh. She teaches undergraduate public administration courses for the Division of Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement and graduate public administration courses with health care emphasis in the DPA. She received her PhD in public administration from Western Michigan University in 2007 and her Master’s degree in leadership in public administration from Saginaw Valley State University, Michigan, in 2002. She has published in the journals of Nursing Ethics, Journal of Applied Gerontology, and Public Integrity.

Peter O'Leary

Peter O'LearyPeter O’Leary holds a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University, a Master of Public Administration from Illinois Institute of Technology and recently earned his Executive Fire Officer certificate from the National Fire Academy. He has held various positions throughout his fire service career in Illinois, New Hampshire and Wisconsin, where he currently serves as fire chief in Fond du Lac.

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