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Wisconsin Academy Staff

Madison Buening

Madison is the External Relations Coordinator for the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters. She joined the Academy in the fall of 2022. Madison graduated from the University Wisconsin – Madison in May 2022 with a BS in Community & Nonprofit Leadership and a Certificate in Sustainability. Throughout her nonprofit experience, Madison has been focused on building welcoming, diverse, and equitable communities.

Jody Clowes

Jody Clowes is the director of the Academy's James Watrous Gallery and arts editor for Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine. Jody's favorite exhibition projects emphasize connections between contemporary art and other disciplines and issues, from environmental concerns to social and economic history, technological change, and the history of craft.

Lizzie Condon

Lizzie is the Director of Science and Climate Programs at the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, & Letters. Lizzie grew up in the Chicago suburbs and received her degree in biology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She then completed her master’s degree at University of Minnesota. She has a strong background in ornithological field studies and her master’s project focused on diversity and abundance of Neotropical migrant songbirds at urban stopover sites.

Ana Garcia Sanchez

Ana Garcia Sanchez (An-na) is the weekend front desk attendant for the James Watrous Gallery. She is currently attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison, majoring in Management and Engineering. She is fluent in Spanish and English. You can find her at the gallery desk on most Saturdays and Sundays.



Jennifer Graham

Jennifer Graham is the Exhibitions and Outreach Coordinator at the Academy's James Watrous Gallery. Graham has a B.A. in Anthropology and a M.A. in Library and Information Studies with a certification in Archives and Records Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Faris Hazim

Faris is the Database and Analytics Intern for the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters. Hailing all the way from Malaysia, he successfully secured a full-ride scholarship in 2021 to study in the United States. Currently, Faris is a rising senior at UW-Madison, majoring in Data Science, Statistics, and Economics. Despite the constantly demanding course load, he still manages to strike a balance between academic excellence and out-of-classroom involvements.

Suchita Hothur

Suchita Hothur is the James Watrous Gallery Intern for the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters. She is a rising junior pursuing a B.S. in Art History and Information Sciences with a certificate in Computer Sciences at UW Madison. Originally from halfway across the world in Southern India, Suchita moved to Madison to pursue her education. Her academic interests lie at the intersection of art, technology and society.

Jessica James

Jessica James is the Climate & Energy Program Manager for the Wisconsin Academy. She joined the Academy in the fall of 2020 after graduating from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a BS in Environmental Sciences. She is deeply invested in understanding, communicating, and promoting interdisciplinary solutions to society’s most pressing environmental and societal concerns. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, running, and learning new things in the Northwoods. 

Erika Monroe-Kane

Erika Monroe-Kane is the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. In a range of professional settings, Monroe-Kane has distinguished herself as an innovator, collaborator, and strategic-thinker. She has previously held leadership positions at national, state, and local organizations such as the National Center on Media Engagement, Wisconsin Department of Justice, United Way of Dane County, and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.

Matt Rezin

Matt Rezin is the Operations Manager for Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters, he's been with the academy since 2016. Matt uses his varied experience in nonprofit administration to provide technical and logistics support across the organization.

Zack Robbins

Zack is the Director of Development at the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters and brings 30 years of development, corporate relations and networking experience to the role. While Zack was born in Washington, DC, and met his wife Laila there, he grew up in New England and received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Bates College and Master’s degree in Management from the University of Maryland.

Lily Spanbauer

Lily is the Climate and Energy Intern for Wisconsin Academy. She is currently a student at UW-Madison studying Reporting and Multimedia Journalism and working as a member of the production crew at PBS Wisconsin. Above all else, Lily believes in the power of storytelling, and values how the Academy utilizes it as a tool for education and change in the community. 

Julie Steinert

Julie Steinert is the Administrative Assistant for the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters. She worked in events and marketing in Dallas for 3 years before moving to Wisconsin in 2016. Since moving, Julie has worked as a data specialist for a variety of mapping companies and as a barista at a local yarn and coffee shop. She graduated from Mississippi State University in 2013 with her B. A. in Anthropology.

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