University of Wisconsin–Madison

Board Members

Wyl Schuth |President

Wyl is an academic advisor in the School of Education. A native of the Driftless Area, Wyl enlisted in the United States Marine Corps after graduating from culinary school in 2002. He deployed to Iraq in 2004. With support from the G.I. Bill, Wyl attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an undergraduate & graduate student, nurturing interests in Eastern European intellectual history and United States civil-military relations. Wyl won teaching awards as an ethics & authenticity instructor in the School of Business and as a teaching assistant in the Integrated Liberal Studies program. He is the poetry editor of The Deadly Writers Patrol, a literary journal concerned with war & its aftermath. Wyl is a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans. He joined the Phi Kappa Phi board in 2014.

Debbie Cole | Administrator is the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Academic Awards at UW-Madison. Debbie has been in higher education since 1998, first as a Transfer Admissions Counselor in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at UW-Madison, and most recently as the Director of Academic Success Programs at UW-Baraboo/Sauk County. Debbie is the main contact for new Phi Kappa Phi initiates and current members, and keeps the chapter running smoothly. Students may contact her by calling (608) 265-2428 or emailing Her office is located in 6 Ingraham Hall.

Julie Stubbs | Scholarships Officer

Director of the Undergraduate Academic Awards office, Julie received her B.A in History from Marquette University. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan. Julie is passionate about academic award opportunities for students and is devoted to helping students obtain both campus-wide and national scholarships.

Kristy Burkholder | Executive Member

Kristy received her PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from the School of Human Ecology at UW-Madison where she currently works as a Faculty Associate and Career Advisor.

Mary L. Daniel | Executive Member

Mary is a native Madisonian and three-time Badger alumna (B.S., Secondary Education/Spanish, 1958; M.A., Spanish, 1959; Ph.D., Portuguese, 1965). She founded the Portuguese program of the University of Iowa and taught there for twelve years before returning to the UW-Madison as Visiting Professor (1976-77) and Professor of Portuguese and Co-Editor of the Luso-Brazilian Review (UW Press). Her broad research and teaching interests include the language, literatures, and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world (Portugal, Brazil, and Lusophone Africa), and she taught courses in all literary periods and genres at the U.W. before retiring in 1998. She is Professor Emerita of Portuguese, a Fellow of the U.W.-Madison Teaching Academy, a continuing member of the Luso-Brazilian Review editorial board, and an Honorary Member of the Summer Institute of Linguistics/Brazil, for which she translates technical volumes into Portuguese on a full-time volunteer basis during her retirement. Prof. Daniel was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi in 1958 and joined the Phi Kappa Phi executive board in 2010.

Ralph Grunewald |Executive Member

Ralph is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with appointments in the Department of Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies and the Center for Law, Society, and Justice. He is a German-trained lawyer and received his Ph.D. in Criminal Law from the University of Mainz (Germany) and a Master of Laws Degree (LL.M.) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Elizabeth Sawyer Kelly | Executive Member

Elizabeth is a Faculty Associate in the Department of Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, teaches introductory microeconomics and macroeconomics as well as the intermediate macroeconomic theory class. Elizabeth received her undergraduate degree from Smith College in 1977, majoring in Economics and English. She attended graduate school in economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has taught at the University of Wisconsin since 1988. Prior to teaching here she taught at Clemson University, Pennsylvania State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Debora Bellinzani | Student Vice President

Debora is a PhD student in Italian literature in the Department of French and Italian. She is an Italian professional journalist and a teacher of Italian as a foreign language with Masters Degrees in Sociology (University of Rome “La Sapienza”), Italian Literature (Middlebury College, VT), and Teaching Italian as a Foreign Language (University of Milan). Debora’s doctoral research focuses on 19th– and 20th-century Italian literature (Verga, Capuana, De Roberto, Pirandello). At UW-Madison she is also a Future Faculty Partner in the Teaching Academy. She has two published pedagogical articles on teaching language through cooperative writing and through the “learning in motion” technique.

Brett Ranon Nachman | Student Vice President

Brett is a PhD student in the Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi in 2013 at Arizona State University (ASU), where he served as a student vice president for that chapter. In 2015 he attained his B.A. in journalism and mass communication from ASU. Brett recently served for two years as a national representative on Phi Kappa Phi’s Council of Students, and was a recipient of a$5,000  Phi Kappa Phi fellowship in 2015. At UW-Madison he studies the experiences of students at two-year colleges, his academic passion, as a graduate researcher in the School of Education. His hobbies include writing, watching movies, reading, working out and traveling.

Katherine M. Robiadek | Student Vice President

Katherine is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science.  Her first field of study is political theory with a graduate certificate in European Studies and a second field in comparative politics.  Katherine’s doctoral research focuses on early modern European political thought and she has benefited greatly from the programming of the Center for Early Modern Studies on campus.  At UW-Madison she is also a Future Faculty Partner in the Teaching Academy as well as the Administrator for the Wisconsin Experience Grant in the Center for Leadership and Involvement.

Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi as an undergraduate student, she is grateful to have recently received a Zillman Summer Research Fellowship as a graduate student.  Katherine is honored to be on the board of an inclusive organization such as Phi Kappa Phi that serves to honor excellence in all academic disciplines.