Madison College Cabinet Members
Turina Bakken, Ph.D
Jennifer Zarrinnam, (608) 245-5862
Turina Bakken is the provost at Madison College. She has served as vice provost, associate vice president, dean, associate dean, program director and faculty member. Bakken is a member of the College Assembly and holds board of director positions for multiple organizations outside of the college.
She was awarded the Distinguished Teacher of the Year award in 2006 and received the college’s Outstanding Employee award in 2010. In 2016, she received the Dr. Idahlynee Karre Exemplary Leadership Award from the national chair committee.
She holds a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Bakken earned a master of science in marketing and organizational theory, bachelor of applied arts in marketing with a specialization in international business, bachelor of arts in French area studies and a certificate from the Faculte des Lettres in Aix en Provence, France.
In addition to her accomplishments at Madison College, Bakken has served as color commentator for University of Wisconsin-Madison women’s hockey and hosted a sports radio show on the BIG1070 and ESPN radio.
- School of Academic Advancement
- School of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology
- School of Arts and Sciences
- School of Business and Applied Arts
- School of Health Education
- School of Human and Protective Services
- Academic Strategy and Analysis
- Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)
- STEM Center
- College and Career Transitions
- University Partnership Center
- Emeritus Status
- Strategic Partnerships and Innovation
- School of Workforce and Economic Development
- School of Professional and Continuing Education
- Entrepreneurship Center
- Student Development and Success
Dr. Howard Spearman
Vice President of Student Affairs / CSSO
Laurie Beardsley, (608) 258-2461
- Administrative Services
Chief Financial Officer and Vice President
Jill Spilde, (608) 246-6037
Mark Thomas has been the chief financial officer and vice president of Administrative Services at Madison Area Technical College since 2014.
Thomas worked in the public and nonprofit sectors in Chicago and southwestern Michigan for more than 20 years as a chief financial officer, chief administrative officer, chief of staff and budget director.
He has guest-lectured on public finance and administration at the University of Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Thomas serves on the finance committee and executive board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dane County, and is a trustee of the Wisconsin Investment Series Cooperative, a $1.5 billion nonprofit that provides investment fund options to local Wisconsin units of government. In 2017, he was grateful to receive the Outstanding Chief Business Officer of the Year award from the Community College Business Officers.
Thomas has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western Michigan University, master’s in public policy from the University of Chicago, and has received additional training at the University of Michigan and Harvard University.
- Special Assistant to the Vice President
- Financial Services
- Auxiliary Services
- Public Safety Services
- Office of Budget and Management
- Director of Operations
- Human Resources
Associate Vice President of Human Resources
Title IX Coordinator-Employees
Contact Executive Assistant:
Michelle Abreu, (608) 243-4265
- EEO/AA & Title IX
- Employee Relations
- Human Resources Information Systems
- Professional Development
- Talent Acquisition
- Compensation & Benefits
- Institutional Learning and Effectiveness
Tim Casper, Ed.D
Institutional Learning and Effectiveness
Kimberley Brudny, (608) 246-6035
Dr. Tim Casper is the vice president for Institutional Learning and Effectiveness at Madison Area Technical College.
In 2016, he led the successful process of the college’s re-accreditation. From 2015 – 2016, he organized the development and communication of the needs analysis related to the college’s Madison Metro campus facilities. During 2017, Casper led community engagement efforts related to programmatic and facility needs for a new campus in South Madison.
Presently, Casper is leading a college-wide effort to improve student course success by providing faculty with specific student engagement best practices in the classroom.
Casper earned his doctorate from Edgewood College, obtained a master of arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and bachelor of arts from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
- Institutional Research and Effectiveness
- Technology Services
- Government Relations
- Communications and Strategic Marketing
- Institutional Accreditation
- Strategic Planning
- Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement
Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement
Vicki Weber, (608) 246-6183
Lucía Nuñez is the vice president of Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement for Madison College. She has more than 30 years of experience in the public, nonprofit, social service and education sectors, in addition to publishing educational books for teachers. Nuñez has previously been a teacher, trainer and Peace Corp volunteer.
She received her master’s in international education from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Nuñez also holds a bachelor of arts in political science and Hispanic studies from Connecticut College.
Originally from Cuba, she grew up in the Caribbean from the Guantanamo Naval Base to the U.S. Virgin Islands before coming to the United States to study and live.