Board of Visitors

The Department of History Board of Visitors volunteers its time, performing three critical functions for the Department. First, the Board facilitates career, internship, and other professional opportunities for History majors. Second, the Board provides an external relations and advocacy network for the department, promoting the Department's cutting-edge research and award-winning teaching in cities across the country. Finally, the Board supports the Department's development and fundraising initiatives. Board members, who serve three-year terms, are History alumni who have excelled in a wide variety of careers and life pursuits. Together, our goal is to expand our intellectual community, inviting alums back into the fold of History learners and generating new excitement around the work of History.

Current Members

Tom Burney Tom Burney (’72) was a Mosse-Goldberg cultural history phile during his time at UW. His interest in U.S. History was rekindled by Bob Dole's attacks in the '96 election on "liberal education" and a footnote in Stephen Ambrose’s "Undaunted Courage" that led him to Dumas Malone's Jefferson biography. He is a Chicago lawyer specializing in: land use entitlements including zoning, subdivision and permit approvals; negotiating and drafting annexation, development and recapture agreements; and municipal finance. During the course of his career he has represented clients before the First and Second District Appellate Courts and the Illinois Supreme Court on over 20 appeals.

Thomas A. Dubbs
Thomas A. Dubbs is a leading securities class action attorney for the firm Labaton Sucharow in New York City. Tom concentrates his practice on the representation of institutional investors in domestic and multinational securities cases. He has been named as a top litigator by Chambers & Partners for six consecutive years and a Leading Lawyer by The Legal 500. He has argued before the United States Supreme Court and has argued 10 appeals before the United States Courts of Appeals. He is a prolific author of articles related to his field, publishing in both the US and UK. Prior to joining Labaton Sucharow, Thom was Senior Vice President & Senior Litigation Counsel for Kidder, Peabody & Co. Incorporated. Before joining Kidder, Tom was head of the litigation department at Hall, McNicol, Hamilton & Clark.

Jeffrey Engel
Jeffrey A. Engel is founding director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. A Senior Fellow of the Norwegian Nobel Institute and graduate of Cornell University, he received his M.A. (1996) and Ph.D. (2001) in American history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying under Thomas McCormick and John Cooper. Having taught at Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Texas A&M University where he was the Kruse ’52 Professor, Engel is author or editor of nine books on American foreign policy.

Katherine Engel
Kate Carté Engel teaches history at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, after receiving her M.A. and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1996 and 2003). She is the author of Religion and Profit: Moravians in Early America (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009), and has published articles in Church History and Early American Studies. Her current book project, The Cause of True Religion: International Protestantism and the American Revolution, chronicles how that conflict transformed both the ideal and the reality of international Protestant community in the Atlantic world between 1763 and 1792.

Thomas Gilligan

Thomas Gilligan (’86) is a District Court Judge in Ramsey County, Minnesota.  Prior to his appointment to the bench in 2014, Thom was a trial lawyer and practiced for 24 years with the St. Paul law firm of Murnane Brandt in Minnesota and Wisconsin.  He has been recognized for his pro bono work as a guardian ad litem and on behalf of victims of domestic violence.  Thom was deeply influenced by the scholarly energy and activism of Professor Harvey Goldberg.  Thom lives in St. Paul with his wife Ann and their three children.

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Harry Handler serves as an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley in the Global Wealth Management Division. Mr. Handler works in the Capital Markets Group and is responsible for Equity and Options Trading and Securities Lending. Additionally, Mr. Handler serves as Chairman of the Global Wealth Management Group’s Best Execution Committee. In his prior position, Mr. Handler was a Systems Director in Information Technology, in charge of Equity and Fixed Income Trading Systems along with the Special Products. Prior to this transfer, Mr. Handler managed the Foreign Currency and helped build the Precious Metals Trading Operation of Dean Witter, a financial services firm and predecessor company to Morgan Stanley. Before joining Dean Witter, Mr. Handler worked as an Assistant to the Chairman at Mocatta Metals, a precious metals trading firm and futures broker where his work included building a computerized Futures Trading System and writing a history of the company. Mr. Handler graduated on the Dean’s List from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA degree and a double major in History and Political Science.

Patty Kaeding
Patty Kaeding (’89) is the Chief Regulatory Counsel for GE Healthcare, a unit of General Electric Company. Based in the Milwaukee area, she focuses on healthcare product regulatory compliance and strategy globally. Before joining GE in 2006, she spent ten years at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s Office of Chief Counsel in Washington, DC. Her FDA litigation, policy, administrative, and legislative work included three cases resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court, tobacco regulation, and First Amendment issues. She also worked for a Wisconsin-based law firm. She received her JD in 1992 from the University of Chicago.

Sherry Kaiman
Sherry Kaiman (’79) is a consultant in the areas of education, workforce development, health, and the environment. Her current consultation portfolio includes facilitation initiatives and strategic development for RESOLVE, Inc., which is a Washington, DC based nonprofit organization that assists clients in building solutions through collaboration. Sherry spent over two decades on Capitol Hill where she held an array of senior legislative positions. Sherry also staffed the 1988 Presidential Commission on the HIV Epidemic, and served as the policy development director for the Trust For America’s Health (TFAH).

Richard D. Kalson
Richard D. Kalson, Esq. is a partner in the Construction Law Group of Benesch Friedlander. Mr. Kalson is based in Pittsburgh and works out of Benesch Friedlander’s Columbus office. He represents large contractors and specialty subcontractors on projects located throughout the country. Rick graduated from the University of Wisconsin with Honors in History in 1990. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1993. Rick is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium and a Past President of Temple Sinai and the Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh.

Amy Lambert
Amy Lambert is a Vice President in the Legal Department at Google Inc. where she leads the global employment law team from the company's headquarters in Mountain View, California. Her team was recently recognized as Employment Team of the Year in the Legal 500 U.S. in-House awards from U.S. General Counsel Magazine. Amy graduated with distinction from the University of Wisconsin in 1983 with a B.A. in History and then earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan. Amy lives in San Jose, California with her husband, and has one daughter currently attending the University of Wisconsin (B.A., History), another daughter who will be attending the School of Engineering at the University of Michigan this fall, and a son who plays trombone and guitar in his high school bands.

Jon Leibowitz
Jon Leibowitz is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Wisconsin with an Honors degree in American History (1980). He received his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1984. After law school, he worked for the late Senator Paul Simon (D-Ill.) and for Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI), becoming his Chief Counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Leibowitz served as an FTC Commissioner from 2004-2009 and as FTC Chairman from 2009-2013. During his tenure at the FTC, Leibowitz dedicated himself to a variety of competition and consumer protection issues, including the protection of privacy. He is currently an attorney at the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell, and lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

Philip Levy
Philip Levy, a proud student of George Mosse, William Appleman Williams, Harvey Goldberg and Robert Starobin, has a BA in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison ('68) and serves on the Board of Directors of The Play Company. After experimenting with work at IPS (a radical think tank), The Old Mole (a Cambridge-based underground newspaper), for Ralph Nader, and as manager of the The Key Theater, Philip put his well-rounded, Madison education to use as a lifelong bookseller and owner of Bridge Street Books. A favorite of such bibliophiles as Mario Vargas Llosa, Azar Nafisi and Elvis Costello, Bridge Street has operated independently in Washington, DC for the past 35 years.

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Christina Dykstra Mead was energized by the lectures and teachings of Harvey Goldberg and George Mosse. After earning her BA in history from Madison, and subsequently her MPA from New York University, she moved to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where she worked as a researcher for McKinsey and Co. After her return, she worked in the nonprofit sector, serving as Vice President, Finance for Reading Is Fundamental; Chief Administrative Officer for the International Trachoma Initiative; and Provost/Chief Operating Officer for the Washington National Cathedral. Her strength is in working with nonprofits facing strategic challenges. Additionally, she has served on the Board of New Futures DC, a nonprofit supporting low-income youth pursuing post-secondary educational opportunities, and is serving on the Board of Collington, a Kendal-affiliated Continuing Care Retirement Community, located outside Washington DC.

Barry Medintz
Barry Medintz is the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Rubicon Global, the world’s leading cloud-based provider of waste hauling and recycling services. Barry joined Rubicon following a career as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Company Secretary of Recall Holdings Ltd. Senior Legal Counsel at Motorola, Inc., Trademark Licensing Counsel at The Coca-Cola Company, and an associate at Perkins Coie LLP. Barry specializes in corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, and dispute resolution. Barry earned his B.A. in History and Political Science with distinction from UW in 1990 and his JD from Emory University in 1994. He is a member of the State Bars of Georgia, Illinois, and the District of Columbia.

Constantine Dean Pagedas
Constantine “Dean” Pagedas (’91) is Executive Vice President and COO, International Technology and Trade Associates, Inc. (ITTA), a small consulting company in Washington, DC. He works with senior officials from U.S., Japanese, and European companies, government agencies, and industrial associations in the areas of aerospace, space, defense, intelligence, cybersecurity, and information technology; cross-border mergers and acquisitions; U.S. national industrial security policy and export controls; transportation and infrastructure; as well as government research and development activities. He is also the Editor of the Mediterranean Quarterly: A Journal of Global Issues, and a frequent contributor to many scholarly books and journals.

Rick Schlesinger
Rick Schlesinger is the Chief Operating Officer for the Milwaukee Brewers. He oversees all aspects of the Club’s business affairs and during his tenure with the Brewers has spearheaded projects such as “Brewers Heritage Games,” a new Bob Uecker, “Last Row” statue, and “The Selig Experience.” Schlesinger graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UW-Madison in 1983 and afterwards received his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. Before joining the Brewers, Schlesinger served as the vice president, business and legal affairs/assistant general manager for the Anaheim Angels. Schlesinger has additionally held positions with the law firm of Latham and Watkins and Walt Disney Pictures and Television. Schlesinger is a native of Bayside, Wisconsin, and resides in Oconomowoc with his wife and their five children.

Greg Sinaiko
Greg Sinaiko received his B.A. degree with Honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been in healthcare ever since. After earning a Masters of Public Health in Healthcare Finance from the UCLA School of Public Health, Greg served as a Nursing Home Administrator for Care Centers, Inc. in Chicago. In 1998, Greg was recruited as the Administrator for the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging. In 2003, Greg founded The Coding Source, LLC. As CEO, Greg grew the business into a nationally recognized and industry-leading provider of outsourced medical coding services, reaching over 25 million dollars in annual sales. The 2010 sale of The Coding Source, joined the company to the newly formed Altegra Health Inc., with Greg serving as President of four of the company’s five divisions. In April 2012, Greg decided to move into an Advisory role while remaining a member of the Board of Directors for Altegra Health. Greg also serves on the Board of Advisors for POSSE Los Angeles and UW-Madison Hillel.
Dale Smith
Dale Smith is an Executive Vice President in Wealth Management & Securities Services at U.S. Bank. Over his 38 year career in financial services, he has served as systems analyst, project manager and development team manager within enterprise IT; corporate consultant for business process architecture; and currently manages U.S. Bank's global securities custody operation and federated IT business units. Smith earned his B.S. with distinction in History and Computer Sciences from the University of Wisconsin in 1982 having been elected Phi Beta Kappa his junior year. The poetic license in Shakespeare's "Histories" first led him to pursue his education focused on medieval studies, particularly 15th C. England, that remains a passion today. He serves on the Board of Visitors for the Department of Computer Sciences, the Operations Advisory Committee of the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, and is a director emeritus of the American Heart Association. Smith is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and resides in Jackson, Wisconsin with his wife, Allison.