Margaret WilderDr. Margaret Wilder
Executive Director
Ph.D. in Urban Geography and Urban Planning (University of Michigan); M.A. and B.A. degrees from University of Texas-Arlington. Began faculty career at Indiana University, and served as tenured faculty member at Cornell, SUNY-Albany (also as department chair), and University of Delaware (also as director of graduate program). Recipient of Best Paper awards from UAA and American Planning Association. Former Chair and Member of UAA Governing Board.



Dr. Deidre Beadle
Administrative Manager
Ph.D. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy, University of Delaware. Masters in Urban Affairs and Public Policy (University of Delaware). Sociology/Criminal Justice, Cabrini College. UAA Special Projects Assistant (2010-2013). Research assistant with the Center for Community Research and Service, University of Delaware (2006-2011). Recipient of the Pauline E. Loessner Memorial Award (2011) and the Milton and Mary Edelstein Scholarship for Public and Community Service (2007).


Maggie McCollumMaggie McCollum
Finance/Membership Manager
Bachelor’s in Business Administration-Accounting, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2007).  Documentation and Online Content Manager with Centre of Resilient Development, Kathmandu, Nepal (2016-present). Accountant/Financial Analyst at Stein’s Garden and Home (2015-2016). Bookkeeper/Budget Committee Member with Common Ground, Inc. (2013-2015).  Accountant at Wm. K. Walthers, Inc. (2007-2015)


Shelvia (Shelly) Tillinghast
Conference Meals and Special Events Manager
Professional event planner/nonprofit organization specialist. Administrative Assistant, Wilmington Economic Development Corporation (1999-2007). Manager of Teller Operations, First Union Bank (1995-1998), PNC Bank (1986-1995). Associate Arts Degree, Science and Business, Wesley College. American Institute of Banking Certificate in Accounting, Customer Service and Economics for Banking.


Megan BruzanMegan Bruzan
Website and Social Media Manager
B.S. in Information Resources from the School of Information Studies at University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (2004), Technology Consultant (2011-present), Technology Coordinator (2007-2013)


Peter Burress
Special Assistant
Master’s student in International Relations at the University of Edinburgh. MS in Urban Studies from the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee (2018). BS in Psychology and Organizational Leadership from Carroll University (2016).



Kayla Naus
Event Planning Specialist
Master’s student in Urban Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (2018 – Present). BS in Community and Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Wisconsin – Madison (2017)



Kong Pheng ThaoKong Pheng Thao
Administrative Support Specialist (2018 – Present)
Master’s student in Urban Planning and Public Administration at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (2018 – Present). BS in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse (2013)