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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Missing in Action

 
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Leadership

Charles Konsitzke
Team Lead

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, and 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 led 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 Western Europe in summer 2019, the efforts of which are ongoing. 

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Christopher A. Bradfield, PhD
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 Western Europe, the efforts of which are ongoing. 

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Gregg Jamison, PhD
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 Western Europe on an attempted remains recovery mission, the efforts of which are ongoing.

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Vaneesa Cook, PhD
MIA Historian

Dr. Vaneesa Cook previously served the team as the full-time historian through the "Hub and Spoke" research program, in partnership with the DPAA and the UW-Madison MIA-RIP.  She received her PhD in US history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015, and has taught a variety of history courses at UW-Whitewater, Queen's University (Ontario), and UW-Madison.  In Spring 2020, she taught HIS 428, the Military Experience, at UW-Madison. Her research and writing interests include political history, religious history, diplomatic history, foreign policy, and military history.  In 2019, her first book Spiritual Socialists: Religion and the Remaking of the American Left was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.  During the pandemic, Vaneesa also conceptualized and implemented the team's "Soldiers on Screen" film webinar series. She is involved in public relations and helps oversee the historical and archival research volunteer staff for the UW MIA-RIP.

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Jeff Leibow
Development Program Manager


Jeff Leibow has spent the last ten years in the world of nonprofit fundraising. Originally inspired by his daughter, who was born with the neurological disorder, Neurofibromatosis (NF), he founded a series of live concerts aimed at raising awareness for NF and monetary support for NF Network and their national programs dedicated to helping the NF community. As Director of Development for NF Network, he has now raised more than $1.2 million for the organization and is focusing his sights on doing even more. In 2020, determined to help nonprofits fundraise during the pandemic, he launched Leibow Entertainment and produced numerous virtual events that reached audiences of thousands in three dozen countries. 
Prior to his development career, he performed professionally on stage and screen for more than 25 years. HIs film credits include Sebastion Lelio's GLORIA BELL and THE OTHER GUYS. His numerous stage credits include the Tony Award-winning musical, JERSEY BOYS, THE LAST 5 YEARS (Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle nomination), MISS SAIGON, AIDA, SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE, the world premieres of the Tony Award-winning MEMPHIS and Tony-award nominated BANDSTAND and more. In 2014, after more than 7 years and 2,700 performances in JERSEY BOYS, he stepped down to dedicate more of his time to the cause that means so much to him and his family. 

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Ryan Wubben, MD
Field Physician

Dr. Ryan Wubben serves as the team physician for the MIA program. Dr. 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 with the UW Med Flight program and has also been the medical director of Med Flight since 2008. Dr. Wubben 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-Madison. 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 the summers of 2016 and 2017 to Northern France to assist with the successful recovery of the remains of 1LT Frank Fazekas, in summer 2018 to France again, this time to assist with the successful recovery of remains of 2LT Walter B. Stone, and in the summer of 2019, he traveled to Western Europe to assist with the team's most recent MIA service member remains recovery attempt mission, the efforts of which are ongoing.

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Major Christopher Zaczyk, MBA
Operations Manager

Maj. Christopher Zaczyk is an US Army armor officer who graduated in spring of 2020 from UW-Madison's School of Business MBA program as class president, after completing two years of study while on active-duty orders. Since joining the team in late fall of 2018, his 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. Maj. Zaczyk traveled with the UW MIA RIP to Western Europe in summer of 2019 to assist the team with its most recent MIA service member remains recovery attempt mission, the efforts of which are ongoing. Maj. 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. 
In January 2021, Maj. Zaczyk was awarded an honorarium appointment to continue to support the UW MIA Recovery and Identification Project. 

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Alicia Lawson
Historical Research Lead


Ms. Alicia Lawson previously served as the Historical Research Student Lead for the project. She works alongside student historical and archival research volunteers, researching Wisconsinite MIA cases as part of the project’s Wisconsin initiative. Alicia graduated from UW-Madison in Spring of 2021, with B.A. degrees in Anthropology and History along with Archaeology, Classical Studies, and Leadership Certificates. The UW MIA RIP offers a unique intersection of her scholarly interests and studies on campus. She joined the UW MIA RIP in September 2019 as a historical researcher, collaborating with the team to grow the investigative aspect of the project. She conducts document and primary source-based research along with overseeing and training project volunteers.


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Nam Kim, PhD
Recovery Project Principal Investigator

Dr. Nam C. Kim is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at UW-Madison. 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). Dr. Kim investigates prehistoric societies using data gathered through archaeological fieldwork and 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. His fieldwork in recent years has been focused on the site of Co Loa, an ancient settlement located near modern-day Hanoi in Vietnam. Dr. Kim also performs research on organized violence and warfare, exploring various dimensions of violence including associated cultural practices, attitudes, and belief systems. Dr. 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.

Dr. Kim joined the team in the summer of 2017 and traveled to France to assist with the successful recovery of the remains of 1LT Frank Fazekas.

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Leslie Eisenberg, PhD, D-ABFA
Forensic Anthropologist & Archaeologist

Dr. Leslie Eisenberg received her Ph.D. from New York University and Board Certification in Forensic Anthropology from the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. 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 consulting 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.
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 to France for both recovery missions to recover the remains of 1LT Frank Fazekas in the summers of 2016 and 2017.

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John W. Hall, PhD
Historical Research Fellow

Dr. 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. 
Dr. Hall is a historical research fellow who provides valuable insight for the UW MIARIP team, aiding in the research aspects behind recovery missions.

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