About us: Board of Directors

We are thankful for the thoughtful guidance and oversight that we receive from our talented Board of Directors. Each of our Board members brings something special to our ministry, and we treasure their ongoing investment of time, wisdom, and support.

Barbaradick(Small)Barbara Dick, President

A member of Wellspring United Methodist Church, I serve on the Spiritual Formation Resource Team for the Wisconsin Annual Conference. I work as a freelance editor for Abingdon Press, Westminster John Knox, and other religious publishers on a wide variety of leadership, worship, and preaching resources, including The Wesley Study Bible. I am coauthor of Equipped for Every Good Work (with my wonderful husband Dan). I believe in the strength of relational leadership for the church shared between caring, informed clergy and laity who understand the responsibility of the freedom we have chosen in following Christ. I am the proud mom of Greg, a true inspiration and a firefighter in Asheville, NC, and of stepson Joshua, a fine young man and a student of mathematics in NYC. I am thrilled to serve on The Crossing board. This ministry is a witness of light and hope for all people of faith.

Dan R. Dick, Vice President

Dan R. Dick currently serves as Assistant to the Bishop with the Wisconsin Annual Conference. He served as the Director of Connectional Ministries (2009–2015). Dan worked for the General Board of Discipleship in Nashville, TN for 15 years: providing resources in stewardship, leadership development, spiritual formation, congregational and conference planning, spiritual direction, spiritual gifts discovery, and conflict transformation. He continues to author the blog, United Methodeviations (doroteos2@wordpress.com), and has been a speaker and teacher around the world. Author of fourteen books and hundreds of articles, Dan is also an avid reader and loves to play with new ideas. He and his wife, Barbara, live in Sun Prairie.

melissa chanMelissa Chan, Treasurer  

The Crossing Ministries has opened doors that continue to enrich the quality of my life and shape the decisions I make.  Since being on the first S.A.L.T. team in 2006, I discovered a love for Central American culture after traveling to Honduras, formed a connection with people living in oppression after joining the Israel/Palestine Quest trip, and developed strong ties to community living after being a part of the Wayland community. Today I work with Supporting Families Together Association in serving children throughout Wisconsin, volunteer teaching English with the Literacy Network, and tutor Microsoft Excel with the Central Public Library.  While supporting The Crossing, I also participate in services held by the Kadampa Buddhist Center. It is my pleasure to serve The Crossing Board of Directors, help foster these positive experiences for other students and alumni, and give back to the Pastors who have done so much.

 KristenKristen Seashore, Secretary

I began attending The Crossing as a student during my junior year of college in 2007. I fell in love with Vespers services and kept coming back. The pastors, staff, musicians, and students were welcoming and helped guide me as I followed my own faith journey. In 2010 I was able to go on the first Quest Kenya trip, which was a life-changing experience. Since then, I have been a big proponent of The Crossing’s Quest trips and their impact on the students. I have since graduated and now work as an engineer at GE Healthcare in Madison, but I continue to stay tied to The Crossing. My husband and I were lucky enough to have Rev. Karla Schmidt perform our wedding ceremony in 2013, which made it even more meaningful to both of us. I am excited to join The Crossing’s Board of Directors and start a new journey with this wonderful ministry!

GilGil Emmert

I retired from the UW faculty (Dept. of Engineering Physics) in 2001. I am still involved in research part-time at the UW as a way to keep my brain cells functioning. I attend First Baptist Church, where I help with the sound system, building issues, and the church web page. I am committed to ecumenical campus ministry, having served on the boards of directors for Madison Campus Ministry, United Ministries in Higher Education – Wisconsin, Francis Wayland Foundation, and now The Crossing. I have been an admirer of The Crossing’s vital and creative ministry since its creation; it has been a great pleasure to me to watch the ministry develop.

Bill Fiore

I came to Madison in 1993 after taking an early exit from my corporate job. I have been blessed to work with students ever since arriving. I have always loved the youth and young adults, and the opportunity to serve them once again inspires me. I am in my 19th year as a daily volunteer at O’Keefe Middle School, working in a 6th grade math class. I began serving in Campus ministry in 1994 and have served continuously since then, taking off only a year in 2016. Returning this year excites me because working with the incredible staff and board of The Crossing is simply a pleasure.

Paul HarBoard Member Paul Harrisris

After retiring from my career as an attorney, I am pleased to serve on the Board of Directors for the Crossing because I want to support this welcoming and inclusive ministry for students. It is vital for students to have this safe place at The Crossing, with wonderful, caring staff and students sharing spiritual exploration. The Crossing’s service opportunities on the UW campus, in the Madison community, and around the world (through the Quest program) provide joyful and inspiring ways for students to serve others. Through The Crossing students can explore new horizons and grow in faith! Enjoy your faith journey at The Crossing!

Don HauschDon Hausch 

I’m thrilled and honored to be a member of the Board of The Crossing and help support the work of our extraordinary staff in its ministry to students. I’ve been on the faculty of UW–Madison since 1984. I also serve as associate dean of the Wisconsin Evening and Executive MBA Programs and faculty director of the very special Bolz Center for Arts Administration. My wife, Joanne Thomson, and I have two adult children and worship at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Madison.

Breanna Illéné

I am the pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, located less than a mile from The Crossing. I believe in the power of campus ministry and credit my own undergrad experiences with helping shape who I am today. I have a strong interest in social justice, multicultural ministry, and thinking about where the church is headed in the future—all things that happen at the Crossing. When I’m not working, you can find me hanging out with my husband, Andy, traveling, or having friends over to eat interesting foods.

Jason Mack

The Rev. Jason Mack is an ordained pastor in The American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin and the associate pastor at First Baptist in Madison where he leads an alternative worship service: “Common Table” (www.commontablemadison.org). Pastor Jason has a degree in Theatre from the University of Washington and an M.Div from Wesley Seminary. Jason is married to Tara Drozdenko, and together they have one son, Ethan, in elementary school. Jason is passionate about the church, reaching out to all people with the good news of God’s universal love, and helping to foster beloved community where people’s lives can be changed.

Mel VanceMel Vance

My wife, Linda, and I are retired United Methodist Ministers. Much of our professional life was in spent in urban ministry. We are members of First United Methodist Church in Madison. I have a doctorate in religious studies and have taught full time at Carroll University, Waukesha, where I continue in part-time teaching along with teaching at the Madison center of Lakeland College. We have two daughters, Carrie, a lawyer working for the Social Security Administration, and Amy, is a social worker with Care Oregon. As soon as I found out about the variety of programs provided by The Crossing and the approach the staff brings to its ministries I wanted to help as a member of this board.

PeggyPeggy Williams

The Rev. Dr. Peggy M. Williams is a native of Greenville, AL, the second oldest of five children born to the late Deacon Claude Williams and Thelma Cook Williams. She earned her MDiv and a DMin in Christian Community Development from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, IL; and her BA in Business Administration and MA in Science in Management from Faulkner University in Montgomery, AL. Peggy was ordained February 28, 2010 by the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Madison, WI through American Baptist Churches, USA. As an Associate Minister, she has served in many capacities, currently serving as Associate Minister Leader as well as facilitator and coordinator of Singles Ministry. Peggy is also active in the region through American Baptist Churches—Wisconsin, currently as a Board Member at large of the Ministers Council. Peggy Williams is a sold out woman for Christ who dwells in the secret place of the Most High and abides under the shadow of the almighty. For the Lord is her is refuge and her fortress, the God in whom she trusts (Ps 91:1-2)! Serving on the board is meaningful to me because I remember and understand, as a young college student, the need for a place to process and ponder the conundrums of life and not be judged. The Crossing gives me an opportunity to help create that safe space for this generation.