URW Leadership Team 2016-17
Melissa Haunty – President
Melissa serves as the events, hospitality, and volunteer lead at Upper House, an initiative of the Stephen & Laurel Brown Foundation. She joined the Upper House staff and became a member of URW in June 2015, readily joining the community of religious workers at UW-Madison. Melissa is honored to serve in the presidential role and is passionate about connecting with fellow religious workers on campus and developing on-going relationship with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Being a native of this city, Melissa has a deep love for Madison, including the University, and wants to see its communities and students thrive. In her free time, she enjoys reading, journaling, singing, traveling, and dining at local eateries.
Irina Konetzke – Vice President
Irina currently works at St. Paul’s University Catholic Center as the Associate Director of Student Ministry. She has been downtown since 2010 when she began her undergrad at UW – Madison, majoring in psychology. After graduating, she took a job with St. Paul’s and has been working in campus ministry ever since. Outside of work, Irina and her husband enjoy the many bike paths Madison has to offer, as well as the scrumptious cuisine of Madison’s many flavorful neighborhoods.
Jake McClanahan – Programming
Jake works with His House Christian Fellowship as the head campus minister on UW-Madison’s campus. Jake first connected with His House as a student at UW while completing degrees in Neuroscience and German language. He is currently in his second year as a religious worker on campus.
Ginger works as the Director of Residential Community at Pres House Apartments. She joined the staff at Pres House and became a member of URW in 2012. After two years serving on the leadership team as President, Ginger is now working to update and improve our internal and external communications. She values URW for the opportunity to be in conversation with other religious leaders about UW-Madison students, to hear about trends in student life, and the opportunity to meet and hear from University faculty and staff. In her spare time she enjoys disc golf, playing cards and catch with her kids, or enjoying a good movie.
Mynda L. Joe – Administrative Manager
This year marks my forth year with URW. Over the past few years I have been blessed to be a part of this wonderful organization of religious leaders on the UW – Madison campus. During my time as admin I have developed new friendships with members, deepened in my own faith, and found our meetings to be fruitful on many levels. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family. I also love reading about history, education, and social justice issues, and have become an active member of Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church.