Mr. Charles Konsitzke
Mr. Charles Konsitzke is the Associate Director of the UW Biotechnology Center and the Team Lead for the UW MIA RIP. Charles has been employed at the University of Wisconsin - Madison for 18 years. He has facilitated over $100M in research and administrative operation costs over his career at UW-Madison. He is exceptional at strategizing and developing all levels of research and non-research activities.
His family and extended family have served over 300 years within the military and participated in over a dozen conflicts from the Korean War through current conflicts.
He founded the UW Missing in Action Recovery and Identification Project in 2015 after assisting with the identification efforts for Private First Class Lawrence S. Gordon in 2014. Mr. Konsitzke lead the team in the successful recovery efforts of 1st Lieutenant Frank Fazekas near Buysscheure, France in summers 2016 and 2017, 2nd Lieutenant Walter B. Stone near Quercamps, France in summer 2018, as well as the team's most recent American MIA service member attempted remains recovery mission in Northern Europe in summer 2019, the efforts of which are ongoing.
Dr. Christopher A. Bradfield
Biological Principal Investigator
Dr. Chris Bradfield is a Professor in the Department of Oncology, and Director of the UW Biotechnology Center. Dr. Bradfield’s involvement with the UW MIA project is focused on the development of field identification analysis to improve accuracy and reliability, as well as to reduce site effort so that an increased number of projects can be completed. In his other research, Bradfield leads a transdisciplinary team of population health scientists, geneticists, molecular biologists, and clinician scientists to study the role of Per-Arnt-Sim (PAS) sensors in environmentally-influenced diseases such as cancer and obesity. Their overarching goals are to increase understanding of PAS family signaling pathways and to develop interventions and therapeutic strategies to improve human and environmental health.
Dr. Bradfield traveled with the team in summer 2019 to assist with an attempted remains recovery mission in Northern Europe, the efforts of which are ongoing.
Dr. Gregg Jamison
Field Principal Investigator
Dr. Gregg Jamison is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Waukesha. He received his PhD from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Jamison is an archaeologist with broad interests including the origins of cities and states, prehistoric technology and craft production, and experimental and ethnoarchaeology. His primary research focuses on the Indus or Harappan Civilization (2600-1900 BCE) of ancient Pakistan an India, one of the world's earliest and most unique urban societies. Dr. Jamison is the author of multiple peer-reviewed research articles and co-editor of two recently published edited volumes on ancient administrative technologies and current south Asian archaeological research. He has conducted fieldwork in India, Pakistan, Oman, France, and throughout the midwestern United States, especially Wisconsin.
Dr. Jamison joined the team in summer 2018 and traveled to the vicinity of Quercamps and La Wattine, France to assist with the successful recovery of the remains of 2nd Lieutenant Walter B. Stone, and again in summer 2019 to another location in Northern Europe on an attempted remains recovery mission, the efforts of which are ongoing.
Dr. Ryan Wubben
Dr. Ryan Wubben is a Clinical Associate Professor with the UW School of Medicine and Public Health; and is an Emergency Physician in the BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine. As a board certified emergency physician, he works full time as a flight physician with the UW Med Flight program, and has also been the medical director of Med Flight since 2008. He serves as the team physician for the MIA program. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana with an emphasis on archaeology; before moving on to medical school here at UW and then specialty residency training in Emergency Medicine at Indiana University in Indianapolis. As an undergraduate, he did a field school with the SMU-in-Taos program at Pot Creek Pueblo outside of Taos, New Mexico where he learned the essentials of archaeological excavation. He then went on to spend two summers at Grand Canyon National Park working in Resources Management doing archaeological survey work in preparation for prescribed burns.
Dr. Wubben traveled with the team in both summers 2016 and 2017 to the vicinity of Buysscheure, France to assist with the successful recovery of remains of 1st Lieutenant Frank Fazekas, in summer 2018 to the vicinity of Quercamps and La Wattine, France to assist with the successful recovery of remains of 2nd Lieutenant Walter B. Stone, and in summer 2019 on the team's most recent American service member remains recovery attempt mission in Northern Europe.
Captain Christopher Zaczyk (United States Army)
Captain Christopher Zaczyk is an US Army armor officer on active-duty orders to graduate from UW-Madison's School of Business MBA program, in which he is entering his second and final year. Since spring 2019, Captain Zaczyk's focus and expertise in the realm of data analytics has tremendously assisted the team in developing engaging and interactive visualizations of the in-state origins and last known global locations of Wisconsin MIA service members, as well as conceptualizing and implementing a business model by which to develop the UW MIA Recovery and Identification Project. Captain Zaczyk traveled with the UW MIA Recovery and Identification Project to Northern Europe in summer 2019 to assist the team with its most recent American service member remains recovery attempt mission. Captain Zaczyk commissioned as an US Army officer in 2010 after his graduation from St. Norbert College with a degree in economics (math emphasis), and previously served two deployments overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Dr. John W. Hall
Historical Principal Investigator
John W. Hall is the inaugural holder of the Ambrose-Hesseltine Chair in U.S. Military History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He previously served fifteen years as an active duty infantry officer in the U.S. Army and is a former member of the faculty at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. As a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, he currently serves as a historian in the U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany. His academic research focuses on early American warfare with a particular emphasis on intercultural conflict and cooperation between European and Native American societies during the eras of the American Revolution and the Early Republic. He is the author of Uncommon Defense: Indian Allies in the Black Hawk War (Harvard, 2009) and numerous essays on early American warfare. His current book project, Dishonorable Duty: The U.S. Army and the Removal of the Southeastern Indians, examines the Andrew Jackson administration’s use of military force to complete the transformation of a contested borderland into part of a factious national domain. Within the field of military history, his research has focused on “small wars” involving irregular forces and U.S. defense policy. A recipient of a University of Wisconsin Distinguished Teaching Award and an Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award, Prof. Hall presently serves as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and is the vice president-elect of the Society for Military History. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Dr. Leslie Eisenberg
Forensic Anthropologist/Archaeologist Principal Investigator
Honorary Fellow, Department of Anthropology
Dr. Leslie Eisenberg received her Ph.D. from New York University and Board Certification in Forensic Anthropology from the American Board of Forensic Anthropology (D-A.B.F.A.). She is one of approximately 85 actively practicing Board Certified forensic anthropologists in North America and the only Board Certified forensic anthropologist in Wisconsin. Her experience includes university teaching, legislative work, consulting for the New York City Medical Examiner’s office in forensic anthropology (1986-1993) and for many jurisdictions in Wisconsin and neighboring states. Leslie works full-time in the Division of Historic Preservation at the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison as an archaeologist and was recruited in 1993 as the Program Coordinator for the Burial Sites Preservation office. She has worked on many prehistoric and historic archaeological sites in the United States and in southwestern France and has received numerous federal and state research grants, as well as financial support from the Centre de Recherches Scientifiques (CNRS) in France.
For seven years, Leslie served as the North American Editor of the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology and currently serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Forensic Sciences. In 2005, she completed an elected six-year term on the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, serving as Board Secretary for the last three years of her tenure. Professional memberships include the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Fellow), the Society for American Archaeology, the Register of Professional Archaeologists, the Wisconsin Association for Identification (WAI), the Wisconsin Association of Homicide Investigators (WAHI), and the Wisconsin Coroner’s and Medical Examiner’s Association, among others.
Leslie is a Region V Team member of the Department of Health & Human Services’ Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT) where her most recent deployment took her to southern Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. She also serves as the on-call forensic anthropologist for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Disaster Response Team in Chicago.
Dr. Eisenberg was part of the initial group that helped identify the remains of Pfc. Lawrence Gordon in summer 2014 before the team was officially formed. Dr. Eisenberg traveled with the team for both recovery missions to recover the remains of 1st Lieutenant Frank Fazekas near Buysscheure, France in summers 2016 and 2017.
Dr. Nam Kim
Recovery Project Principal Investigator
Nam C. Kim is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology. He holds a BA in International Relations (University of Pennsylvania, 1996), an MA in Political Science (New York University, 1998), and a PhD in Anthropology (University of Illinois at Chicago, 2010). He investigates prehistoric societies using data gathered through archaeological fieldwork, and he is interested in the cultural factors and historical trends that led to the emergence of some of the earliest forms of urbanism and archaic states. He has performed fieldwork in Belgium, France, Guatemala, Mexico, Vietnam, and the US. His fieldwork in recent years has been focused on the site of Co Loa, an ancient settlement located near modern-day Hanoi in Vietnam. Believed by many to be the first political capital of an incipient, proto-Vietnamese civilization over two thousand years ago, Co Loa is connected to national meta-narratives regarding the origins of Vietnamese identity and culture. In addition to his study of Vietnamese archaeology, Kim performs research on organized violence and warfare. This work explores various dimensions of violence through time and space, including associated cultural practices, attitudes, and belief systems, and how both competitive and cooperative behaviors may have been linked to our biological and social evolution. He is the author of numerous publications, including The Origins of Ancient Vietnam (Oxford University Press, 2015) and Emergent Warfare in Our Evolutionary Past (with Marc Kissel, Routledge, 2018). Kim has served as a faculty member at UW-Madison since 2010, and is affiliated with the Center for East Asian Studies and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. He has taught hundreds of undergraduates in large, introductory lectures and smaller-scale seminars, while directing and advising PhD-level studies for students working around the world.
Dr. Kim joined the team in summer 2017 and traveled to Buysscheure, France to assist with the successful recovery of the remains of 1st Lieutenant Frank Fazekas.
Ms. Samantha Zinnen
Historical Research Lead
Ms. Samantha Zinnen graduated from UW-Madison in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in History. Ms. Zinnen joined the team in fall 2017 after learning about the project through her History 600 Seminar, in which her seminar section pieced together events involving soldiers from Wisconsin in the 32nd Infantry Division at the Battles of Buna and Sanananda, New Guinea as part of the Pacific Theater of WWII. In this project she worked with her instructors, Dr. David Harrisville and Dr. Daniel Hummel, conducting archival research at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) facilities in St. Louis, MO, and Washington, D.C. Ms. Zinnen traveled with the UW MIA Recovery and Identification Project in summer 2018 to Quercamps, France to assist the team with its successful recovery of 2nd Lieutenant Walter B. Stone's remains, and to another location in Northern Europe to assist with the team's most recent American service member remains recovery attempt mission in summer 2019. Ms. Zinnen continues to be an indispensable member of the team with her contributions and thorough insight in researching, compiling, verifying, analyzing, and synthesizing unclassified historical documents from both federal and local sources.