The Gerontology Center

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Distinguished Affiliate Faculty Members


Karen Dalke, Ph.D.

Dr. Dalke teaches courses in Anthropology and Sociology. Dr. Dalke’s dissertation entitled Real and the Imagined: An Ethnographic Analysis of the Wild Horse in the American Landscape (2005), focusing on what the wild horse symbolizes to American culture, continues to be a primary focus of her ethnographic research. Dr. Dalke’s research helps to illuminate political, economic and environmental issues between humans and animals. She has published and presented papers on this issue in Australia, Finland, and the United States. Dr. Dalke also developed and teaches a First Year Seminar entitled: Animals and Society, and has previously been active in visiting nursing homes with her therapy dogs.

Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Ph.D

Susan Gallagher-Lepak, RN, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Professional Program in Nursing. She received a PhD in Rehabilitation Psychology from UW - Madison (1996), MSN from UW-Milwaukee (1989), and BSN from Marquette University (1983). She has current licensure as a Registered Nurse and Licensed Psychologist. Several of her clinical interests and research projects include chronic illness and aging and quality of life. She has worked in a variety of professional roles in nursing and psychology over the past 20+ years (e.g., Psychologist in a rehabilitation setting, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Case Manager). Some of the courses that she has taught at UW-Green Bay in this area are Healthy Aging, Adaptation to Chronic Illness, Pharmacology, and Global Aspects of Healthcare. She uses many types of teaching strategies in campus and/or virtual classroom (e.g., small group discussion, lecture, discussion boards) to enhance learning and foster student participation in the learning experience.

Karen Lacey, M.S

Senior Lecturer and Director of the Dietetic Program
Karen Lacey completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Foods and Nutrition from Valparaiso University, Valparaiso Indiana and her Masters of Science in Dietetics with an emphasis in Clinical Dietetics and Management from Mt. Mary College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She completed a Dietetic Internship at the University of Michigan Hospitals in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Ms. Lacey has been and remains very active with the national, state and local dietetic associations. She has served in the past as a board member of the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education (CADE) and continues to be a Dietetic Program Reviewer. Karen is a former delegate from Wisconsin and has also chaired ADA’s Quality Management Committee. She was a member of the ADA’s Standardized Language Task Force and chaired the work group that developed the Nutrition Care Process and Model.

She has authored several articles including those published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Associatio and DPG Newsletters. She has also written a chapter in the textbook; Promoting Wellness; A Nurses Handbook. Her most recent publications include co-authoring the 2nd edition of the text: Nutrition Therapy and Pathophysiology and the third author in Medical Nutrition Therapy: A Case Study Approach, 3rd edition.

Karen is a frequent presenter to the American Dietetic Association, The Wisconsin Dietetic Association and several district and state dietetic associations as well as other organizations. She is the recipient of ADA's Outstanding Dietetic Educator Award for both Didactic Programs and Dietetic Internships from Area 2 as well as Wisconsin Dietetic Association’s State Medallion Award.

William Lepley, Ph.D.

Bill Lepley has been teaching finance classes at UW-Green Bay since 1996. He has taught classes in corporate finance, banking, investments, and financial markets & institutions. Bill's "pre-ivory tower" background was in the banking field—and thus, much of his academic research has been on bank-related topics. He's also become interested in the investment choices made by people as they age—no doubt motivated by his own "progression" in the aging process!

Dennis Lorenz, Ph.D.

Dennis N. Lorenz graduated from George Washington University in 1972 and completed his doctoral degree in Neurobiology and Behavior at the Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences in 1977. He continued his scholarly interest as a post-doctoral NSF fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. In the years that followed, his research was funded by NIMH, NIHCHHD, plus institutional grants and a small grant from the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling.

Dr. Lorenz has published numerous research articles on ingestion, suckling, and satiety in infant mammals. More recently, his interest has shifted from infant mammals to adult humans, and from the pleasure of ingestion to the pleasure and addiction associated with gambling. Dr. Lorenz, Associate Professor of Human Development at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, is now attempting to define the public (student) concept of gambling. He has gathered a large data set by surveying students at the university during the past eight years and shared many of the results at Wisconsin's Twelfth Annual Compulsive Gambling Awareness Conference, Sheboygan WI, 2010.

Jan Malchow

Jan Malchow is the Manager of Student Outreach which is a UW-Green Bay Professional Program in Nursing. Jan graduated from UW-Green Bay in 1977 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, Social Work and Humanistic Studies. He returned to UW-Green Bay joining the Academic Staff in 2003. He is active in efforts to recruit nursing students, including developing relationships with Associate Degree Programs, associations and major employers for the BSN-LINC Online RN to BSN Program. Jan also worked from 2003-2006 with the Northeastern Wisconsin Partnership for Children And Families at UW-Green Bay that provides professional training to Child Welfare Social Workers. For 26 years prior to returning to UW-Green Bay, Jan served as the Executive Director of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin. His interest in gerontology stems from having two grandmothers, one who recently deceased at 100 years of age and another who is 98 years. The concerns and the blessings of having both has ignited an interest in Jan in learning more about aging and being an advocate for services for seniors.

E. Nicole Meyer, Ph.D

Dr. Meyer is an Assistant Professor of French, Humanistic Studies and Women's and Gender Studies. Dr. Meyer teaches all levels of French literature, language, and culture, as well as literature in translation and in the broader humanities. Dr. Meyer is author of numerous publications on Flaubert, French and Francophone women’s autobiography, twentieth-century French literature, Descartes, and Business French. Professor Meyer is currently a Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at UW-Madison where she is working on her book project, “Fractured Families in Contemporary French and Francophone Women's Autobiographies” and is pursuing her interest in memoirs and autobiography.

Steven Mutzako, Ph.D.

Steve is an Associate Professor of Accounting. He received his B.S. in Accounting from UW-Green Bay in 1985 and his Ph.D. from UW-Madison in 2000. Steve teaches undergraduate classes in auditing, accounting, and financial information systems. Steve's research interests include auditor's liability, internet related assurance services, and auditor-client conflict resolution. In terms of service, Steve serves as the advisor for the Accounting Students Association. He has also served on several department and university committees.

Uwe Pott, Ph.D.

Christine Smith, Ph.D.

Dr. Smith is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Human Development and is affiliated with the Women and Gender Studies Program. She received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. Her current research interests address body image, partner preferences, and predictors of classroom participation. She teaches a number of courses, including Introduction to Psychology, Experimental Psychology and Psychology of Women. She is developing a course entitled “Gender and Aging” that will be offered in Spring 2011.

Sandra Stokes, Ph.D.

Sandra M. Stokes, Ph.D. is Professor Emerita of Education and Gender Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Dr. Stokes has authored a textbook on reading assessment for the International Reading Association, edited a volume of course readings published by CourseWise; she is the editor of the Wisconsin State Reading Association Journal. Dr. Stokes was appointed by Governor Doyle as a member of the Wisconsin Council on Physical Disabilities. She is writing a book on academic mobbing and gave a keynote address on that topic to the International Ombudsmen Association.

Le (Leanne) Zhu, Ph.D.

Dr. Leanne Zhu joined the faculty at UW-Green Bay as an Assistant Professor in Nutritional Sciences in the Department of Human Biology in 2008. She holds a Ph.D. in Food Science from Cornell University, an M.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a B.S. in Chemistry from Peking University in Beijing, China. Dr. Zhu's current research interests include the effects of functional foods on aging, and both the application and policy aspects of food fortification. She is especially interested in developing and supporting community nutrition programs for older adults with multi-cultural backgrounds.