Valentina Ahedo, Vice President
Valentina Ahedo oversees Madison College’s Goodman South Campus; the School of Academic Advancement which offers programming in high school completion, developmental education and English Language Learning; the School of Human and Protective Services, with programming in protective services such as Criminal justice, Legal Studies/Paralegal, Human Services and Early Childhood Education; the Early Learning Campus; prison education programming, K-12 and workforce strategies; and the College Access Navigator unit, which works closely with our district’s 61 high schools to better serve students with the college’s career pathway options.
Having worked in higher education for twenty-five years, she is delighted and humbled to be part of an institution that commits itself to access, opportunity and success for all of its students and stakeholders. Having had the privilege of working alongside tireless advocates to expand opportunity in our communities, she is honored to continue this work, which is rooted deeply in her experience as a member of an immigrant family where she sought to make sense of the two worlds, the two cultures that she encountered daily.
Valentina has a bachelor’s degree from UW-Madison, a master’s from Iowa State University and expects a doctorate in education in 2024.
Rose Buschhaus, Vice President
Human Resources, Chief Human Resources Officer
Rose Buschhaus has nearly 25 years of experience working in human resources. Rose has been with the college since 2009 and has served in a variety of roles within the Human Resources department including, Associate Vice President of Human Resources, Director of Employment and Employee Relations, and as a Human Resources Business Partner.
Rose earned a Juris Doctor degree, Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law, a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Purdue University, and holds a certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).
Tim Casper, Executive Vice President
Tim Casper is leading a college-wide effort to improve student course success by providing faculty with specific student engagement best practices in the classroom.
Tim has been with Madison Area Technical College since 2011. Prior to Madison College, he was the deputy secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. He was a senior adviser to Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle.
Tim has also held positions at the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, the Wisconsin Legislature, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, a master’s degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a doctorate from Edgewood College.
Cory Chrisinger, Chief Information Officer
Cory Chrisinger is an experienced information technology professional with a demonstrated history of working in higher education technology services. Skilled in information security, risk management, systems engineering, network engineering, and IT leadership. Chrisinger has worked for over twenty years at a variety of institutions including University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin Colleges and Extension, and Madison College.
Cory holds a Bachelor of Science of Telecommunications Management from DeVry University, a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Certification, and is a graduate of the WLDI Academy for Leadership and Development.
Cory currently serves on the WiscNet Board of directors as the Technical College representative, WiscNet is a non-profit internet service provider, providing internet and technology services to state and local government organizations, libraries, K-12 public and private schools, as well as public and private colleges in Wisconsin.
Beth Giles, Interim Provost
Beth Giles has spent her career in education at multiple levels and multiple systems. She began as a TA during her master’s degree program at Miami of Ohio and quickly realized teaching was where she wanted to spend her energy. She went on to teach middle school in both public and private schools but the most impactful experience to her was being a Milwaukee Public Schools teacher. This work drove Beth to pursue a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction. Upon her completion, she taught in the teacher education field, lead teacher education efforts and ran the University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Urban Education which provided UW System students with a pathway to become a well-prepared urban educator in the Milwaukee Public School District. She then led the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Office of Education Outreach and Partnerships for many years. The office provided meaningful professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers and other education professionals. After a year in policy work at the Department of Public Instruction, Beth returned to higher education becoming the Associate Dean for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science at Madison College. Her love for Madison College and its mission is evident in the relationships she built with faculty, leadership and students. She is currently serving as the Interim Provost for the College and providing strategic leadership for Academic Affairs.
Damira Grady, Vice President
College Culture and Climate
Dr. Grady has a Ph.D. in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service in Higher Education from Cardinal Stritch University, a master of science in Educational Psychology, and a bachelor of science in Educational Studies with an emphasis on Youth Leadership and Adult Education. She is also a licensed professional counselor.
She served as the associate vice-chancellor of academic support for inclusive excellence and is the university diversity officer at UW–Oshkosh. Prior to that position she was at MATC – Milwaukee, working with adult education and student accommodations and served as a counselor. Prior to her tenure at MATC, she worked at Gateway Technical College as a career counselor.
She has also taught at both technical colleges and universities. Throughout her career she has been very involved in issues of equity and inclusion and has led education and training initiatives focusing on equity and inclusion.
Sylvia Ramirez, Executive Vice President
Finance and Administration, Chief Operating Officer
Sylvia has been dedicated to serving Madison College's students and the district since 2014. Prior to working at Madison College, she worked at the University of Wisconsin Colleges, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Florida.
Originally from Florida, Sylvia attended the University of Florida earning a B.A. in English, earned a master's degree at UW-Madison's La Follette School for Public Affairs, and a Ph.D. from UW-Madison's Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis program.
Mark Thomas, Executive Vice President
Institutional Policy and Strategy, Chief of Staff
Dr. Mark Thomas has served Madison College for the past decade, overseeing the college’s policy, strategy, finances, administration, and operations. He currently is the college’s Chief of Staff and Executive Vice President for Institutional Policy and Strategy. Prior roles at the college include Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration, as well as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance and Administration.
Prior to working at the college, Dr. Thomas held executive leadership positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors in Chicago and southwestern Michigan for 20 years, serving in roles such as Chief of Staff, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Administrative Officer, and Budget Director. He has lectured on finance and administration at the University of Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, and the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Dr. Thomas holds a doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration from Edgewood University; graduate certificate in Education Management from Harvard University; Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago; and Bachelor of Business Administration from Western Michigan University.
Bryan Woodhouse, Vice President
Corporate and Regional Affairs
Bryan Woodhouse is the acting Dean for the School of Technologies and Trades, and Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Madison College. In this role Bryan oversees entrepreneurial programming, the School of Professional and Continuing Education, customized training platforms, the School of Business and Applied Arts, and the Digital Credentials Institute which is a world leader in micro-credentialing. In addition to delivering high-quality degree programming this cross-functional unit serves as the primary driver of cost recovery initiatives and the development of new business models for the college. Prior to this role, Bryan served as the Dean for the School of Business and Applied Arts at Madison College, and as a Regional Director for Adult and Continuing Education at Concordia University Wisconsin. Bryan is also an instructor at Concordia University Wisconsin having taught courses in Student Success, Management, and Business Ethics. Bryan has been recognized by the League for Innovation in the Community College for excellence in leadership, and serves on the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin.
Ali Zarrinnan, Vice President
Ali oversees the research and data management functions of Madison College and serves as the Accreditation Liaison for Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Ali is the college’s Public Records officer, is responsible for the College’s planning process, and co-leads the Achieving the Dream initiatives.
Ali has held leadership positions in the healthcare, technology, and banking sectors. In his role prior to Madison College, he managed the Technical Project team at Bank of America in Charlotte, NC. where he was responsible for review and implementation of new workload changes in the data warehouse production environments.
He is a graduate of Schiller University in Heidelberg, Germany.