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Dale Burke Headshot Dale Burke, retired from the UW-Madison Police Department as Assistant Chief in 2010 after 31 years with the department. He began with the department in 1979 as a security officer and was promoted to police officer four months later. During his career with the department, Dale achieved the ranks of sergeant, lieutenant, captain and Assistant Chief.

Dale was selected to serve as the classified representative co-chair for the Campaign From Within fundraising effort under Chancellor John Wiley and for the Great People Scholarship campaign under Chancellor Biddy Martin. Dale also received a Classified Employee Recognition award from Chancellor Martin in 2009.

Dale has been a past president of the Fitchburg Lions Club, the Fitchburg Police and Fire Commission, the Dane County Chiefs of Police Association and the UW-Madison Retirement Association.

John Dowling is Senior University Legal Counsel Emeritus, having retired from the Office of Legal Affairs in July 2014. During his 18+ years at UW-Madison, John’s legal practice touched almost every aspect of the university. He was always involved in employment matters, working on a daily basis with all levels of the university’s administration, faculty and staff, including the Chancellor’s office, the Provost, Vice Chancellors, Deans and Directors.

In addition to employment matters, John’s work at UW-Madison included serving as the primary contact for public records and open meetings, constitutional issues, and policies on the use of university facilities. For many years, he also served as the primary legal advisor for the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.

During his career, John served on many committees of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) and made many presentations to legal colleagues and other university administrators. In his retirement, John has reinvigorated his lifelong love of music, playing the double bass and serving on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO).

Rosa Garner headshotRosa Garner, Ombuds Emerita, retired from the School of Medicine and Public Health in January 2015, after 17 years serving both Medicine and Pharmacy. Before moving to Madison in 1996, Rosa lived in Anchorage, Alaska, for 22 years, serving as ombudsman for the City of Anchorage and deputy ombudsman for the State of Alaska.

With more than two decades of commitment to ombuds service and principles, Rosa’s work complements her personal and professional values including: 1) exploring possibilities for self-advocacy, resiliency and action; 2) supporting creative constructive strategies for challenges to successful engagement in our work; and 3) honoring the human experience through stories and narrative dialog.

When not ombudsing, Rosa enjoys gardening, cooking, and experiencing our beautiful city and state in a canoe or on a bicycle.

Jean Petersen, retired in 2014 after 31 years of service. Jean worked in the Genetics Department in two major capacities. For the first half of her service, she was a Lab Manager and Research Specialist in a Genetics lab studying a variety of aspects of the human immune system. Jean retired as the Senior Student Services Coordinator where she was a primary adviser for the Genetics undergraduates and graduate students and a recruiter of graduate students. She enjoyed helping the next generation of scientists be successful.

Jean is excited to join the Ombuds team in providing service to the University community.

Since 1987 Jean has volunteered with the Boy Scouts. She started as den leader for her son and for many years chaired Cub Scouts summer camping programs. She currently mentors older Scouts in their leadership skills.

Charles (Chuck) Snowdon retired as Hilldale Professor of Psychology in 2012 after spending his entire career (44 years) at UW. His research focused on paternal care, development, cognition and communication in cooperatively breeding primates, combining laboratory and field research. He has been PI on NIH and NSF grants for more than 30 years, and has served on grant review committees for both agencies. He has also been editor in chief of two major journals in his field of biological psychology.

On campus Chuck has served two three-year terms on the Social Studies Divisional Committee, a term on the Graduate School Research Committee, several terms on the Letters and Science Animal Care and Use Committee. From 2001 to 2005 he was Chair of the Psychology Department and from 2007-2012 was Director of the Letters and Science Honors Program. In retirement he served as the founding chair of the Faculty Advisory Committee for International Academic Programs.

Chuck enjoys music, dance and theater and serves as Secretary of the Madison Opera and teaches Scottish Country Dance for the Madison Community School Recreation program.


Roster of former Ombuds

Steven (Steve) Bauman

Ann Burgess

Jo Ann Carr

Peg Davey

Ted Finman

Sandra (Sandy) Guthrie

Roger Howard

Christopher (Chris) Kleinhenz

John Mather

Linda Newman

Richard (Rich) Ralston

Thomas (Tom) Schaub

Doris Slesinger

Kathryn (Kay) Simmons

Jane Voichick

Patricia (Pat) Wolleat