New Employees

Welcome Joe Motacek

Joe started on August 26, 2013, at UW-Green Bay as a Web Applications Developer.  He was previously employed at College Kids for two years.  He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and a 1st Lieutenant in the National Guard.  He earned is bachelors in Web and Digital Media Development at UW-Stevens Point.  He is married and is from Stratford, Wisconsin.

Welcome Rachel Buck

Rachel started on August 20, 2013, at UW-Green Bay as Assistant Director, Athletics Communications.  Rachel is a native of Merrill, Wisconsin.  She comes to UW-Green Bay from the athletics program at George Mason University in Virginia, where she served as the primary media relations contact for seven sports.  She holds a bachelor’s in Public Relations from Marquette University and a master’s in Sport Industry Management from Georgetown University.  She has worked as a media relations fellow for the Washington Capitals, as Promotions Director for the Wisconsin Woodchucks, as a Media Relations Intern for the Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Admirals, and Milwaukee Wave.

Welcome Diane Nagy

Diane started on August 19, 2013, at UW-Green Bay as the Director of Marketing, Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.  She returns to the Weidner Center staff after a previous stint as Advertising/Marketing Coordinator from 1996 to 2005.  She has spent the last eight years as a Marketing and Media Specialist for the Insight Creative agency.  She holds a bachelor’s in Arts Management from UW-Stevens Point and her hometown is Hortonville, WI.

Welcome Kimberley Reilly

Kimberley started on August 26, 2013, at UW-Green Bay as an Assistant Professor, Democracy and Justice Studies.  She received a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago in 2008.  She previously taught at the University of Baltimore, where she was a postdoctoral teaching fellow in the College of Arts and Sciences and a research fellow in the Law School.  Her research focuses on the growing importance of intimacy and emotion in marriage in the early twentieth century U.S., and has been published in Law and History Review.

Welcome Bryan Carr

Bryan started at UW-Green Bay on August 26, 2013, as an Assistant Professor, Information and Computing Science.  Bryan served previously as a graduate assistant with the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, where for three years he taught courses in audio production and race, gender, and the media, and created his own course called survey of gaming and interactive media.  He studied broadcast and cinematic arts, and political science in earning his bachelor’s from Central Michigan University, where he also earned his master’s in Electronic Media Management.  His Ph.D. is from the University of Oklahoma.  He is originally from Alpena, Michigan.

Welcome Ben Geisler

Ben started at UW-Green Bay on August 26, 2013, as a Lecturer, Information and Computing Science.  Ben comes to UW-Green Bay having worked at four video game development studios over the past twelve years, contributing to best-selling games for Xbox 360, PS3 and others.  He has also been involved with publisher relations at THQ, Activision and others.  His past credits include Soldier of Fortune 2, X-Men Legends, Quake 4, The Incredible Hulk, Prey 2, and Prototype, along with publications on game research and practical applications.  A graduate of UW-Madison with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Computer Science, he has taught various computer science and game development courses for UW-Milwaukee and ITT-Tech Green Bay.

Welcome Aaron Weinschenk

Aaron started at UW-Green Bay on August 26, 2013, as an Assistant Professor, Public and Environmental Affairs.  Aaron is a native of Northeast Wisconsin; he earned his bachelor’s in Political Science and Public Administration, summa cum laude and with distinction in the major.  He holds a master’s and doctoral degrees from UW-Milwaukee, where he was an instructor prior to coming to UW-Green Bay.  His current research interests include the influence of individual personality traits and psychological dispositions on political and civic participation, the influence of campaigns during mayoral elections, and the determinants of campaign spending across local elections.  His research has been published in Political Research Quarterly, Political Behavior, American Politics Research and others.


Welcome Rachel Russell

Rachel started at UW-Green Bay on August 26, 2013, as an Assistant Professor, Public and Environmental Affairs. She earned her Ph.D. in geography from the University of Southern Californian.  She holds a master’s in Geography from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s in International Affairs from George Washington University.  At USC, she worked with the Spatial Sciences Institute, and at UW-Green Bay plans to develop a local research program on green stormwater infrastructure in Green Bay and Milwaukee, with a particular focus on how this infrastructure improves access to green space and urban agriculture for low-income communities and communities of color.

Welcome Sawa Senzaki

Sawa started at UW-Green Bay on August 26, 2013, as an Assistant Professor, Human Development.  She completed her Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Alberta in Canada.  A native of Japan, she earned her bachelor’s from UW-Superior. Her research interests involve social, cultural, and developmental psychology, particularly examining mechanisms and consequences of cultural diversity in various cognitive processes, and exploring the sources of cultural diversity in lifespan development. Her latest project explores the process of cultural transmission from parents to their children.

Welcome Laleah Fernandez

Laleah started at UW-Green Bay on August 26, 2013, as an Assistant Professor, Information and Computing Science.  She is a doctoral candidate in Media and Information Studies at Michigan State University, where she earned a bachelor’s in Journalism and a master’s in Advertising.  At MSU she taught undergraduate classes in public relations writing and courses in advertising and society.  Her research interest includes network analysis and the role of new and emerging media in community-level and global mobilization efforts.  She has published research and reviews in the areas of economic development, mobilization and science communication.  Prior to commencing her doctoral studies, she worked in legislative news writing, public opinion polling and political public relations for various public and private agencies in Michigan.