Steering Committee

The Steering Committee, composed of leaders in business, government and non-profit leaders from across the region, guides A Greater Madison Vision. Capital Area Regional Planning Commission staff provide support, and Steering Committee members also participate in sub-committees working on specific elements of the process.

Sub-Committee Co-Chairs:committee relationships

Mayra Medrano, Latino Chamber of Commerce
Larry Palm, Capital Area Regional Planning Commission
Frank Byrne, President Emeritus of St. Mary’s Hospital
Bill White, WhiteFish Partners

Steering Committee Roster

Members of the Executive Committee have an asterisk (“*”) by their name.

Ruben Anthony
President & CEO, Urban League Greater Madison
Bio

Dr. Anthony has been a manager for nearly 30 years. He started RowJAC Consulting, a Management and Planning Firm that Specializes in Civil Rights in government contract compliance, in 2013. Through RowJAC he has served as the interim Director of Milwaukee County’s Community Business Development Program which is responsible for enforcing compliance in procurement and contracting. Dr. Anthony has also served as a disadvantage business enterprise capacity building adviser to the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, the Minnesota Department of Transportation and to the Dulles Airport in Washington D.C. The majority (19 years) of his career has been as a manager with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation where he started as a first line supervisor and eventually became the Deputy Secretary and the Chief Operations Officer from 2003 to 2010. Dr. Anthony is currently the President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Madison. While the League focuses on many aspects of Social Justice, Dr. Anthony is particularly interested in identifying strategies to get individuals into employment.

Betty Bergquist*
Vice President for Business and Workplace Services, American Family Insurance
Bio

Betty Bergquist is the Vice President of Business & Workplace Services at American Family Insurance in Madison, Wisconsin. She began her career at AmFam in 1989 as an intern while attending college. Betty has a double major in Finance and Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix. She is an active member in her community, currently serving on various committees. Betty and her husband Tracy have been married for more than 20 years. They have two sons, Jon and Andy.

Zach Brandon*
President, Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce
Bio

Zach Brandon became President of the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce in November 2012. The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce represents more than 1,300 organizations and is focused on creating a foundation for growth for the Greater Madison region. Prior to joining the Greater Madison Chamber, Zach was the director of the Wisconsin Angel Network, an early stage investment organization focused on increasing equity investments in Wisconsin’s entrepreneurs. Zach also served as the vice chair of public policy for the national Angel Capital Association.Previously, Zach served as Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce and served in the agency’s senior policy and external affairs role. Zach advised the Governor, Commerce Secretary and the Legislature on global trade and business development strategies with a heavy emphasis on expansion, investment and entrepreneurial development.An experienced entrepreneur and small business owner, Zach was part of the leadership team of three startups. He was president and chief executive officer of Laundry 101, which in 2003 topped USA Today’s “Best Places” to do laundry. Zach earned a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Management from Kent State University.

Dave Branson
Executive Director, Building and Construction Trades Council of SC WI
Bio

Dave Branson is the Executive Director of the Building and Construction Trades Council of South Central Wisconsin. Prior to becoming the executive director of the building trades council Dave was a Business Agent for Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 434 in central and western Wisconsin.

Dan Brown
Executive Manager, Ho-Chunk Gaming
Bio

Daniel Brown earned his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Ball State University in 1990. Following an internship with the Marion County Superior Court in Indianapolis, he served as a Probation Officer. He then worked a short time for a major retail chain as an Asset Protection Officer. In late 1993, he moved his family to Wisconsin where he began his career in the casino industry at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells (formerly Ho-Chunk Casino) with his tribe, the Ho-Chunk Nation. There, he began in Surveillance where he worked as an Agent, a Supervisor, an Investigator and part-time Director of the department. He then transferred into management where he served as the Director of Casino Operations (managing Tables and Slots), the Assistant General Manager and then the General Manager, where he managed the Nation’s flagship casino for 4 years. From 2007-2011, he served a successful 4-year term as Vice President of the Ho-Chunk Nation. Since 2012 to the present, Mr. Brown serves as the Executive Manager of Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison where he endeavors to develop 40-plus acres near Madison’s casino in a collaborative effort with the City of Madison.

Frank Byrne*
President Emeritus, St. Mary’s Hospital
Bio

Frank D. Byrne MD is president-emeritus of St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. He served as president of St. Mary’s from 2004-2015, during which time St. Mary’s was named one of the 100 Top Hospitals (2006), one of the 50 Top Heart Hospitals (2014), achieved Magnet re-designation twice from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, implemented a HIMSS Stage 7 electronic health record, and completed a $184 million expansion. He previously served in a variety of clinical, administrative and governance leadership roles at Parkview Health, Fort Wayne, Indiana from 1982-2004.Frank has extensive governance experience, serving on the boards of two publicly-traded companies, not-for-profit hospitals and health systems, health plans, multi-specialty physician practices, physician-hospital joint ventures, foundations, and professional societies, including the Wisconsin Hospital Association, the Wisconsin Medical Society, and the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has served on the boards of numerous not-for-profit and community organizations, including the Madison Community Foundation, the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, the Urban League of Greater Madison and Edgewood College. He was named one of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives by Modern Healthcare in 2011, inducted into the InBusiness Magazine Business Hall of Fame in 2012, designated a Champion of Women’s Health by the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation in 2012, and received the InBusiness Executive of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.

Sharon Corrigan*
County Board Chair, Dane County
Bio

Sharon Corrigan serves as the Chair of the Dane County Board of Supervisors. Sharon first took office in 2010. Prior to becoming Chair she served on the Public Protection and Judiciary Committee, the Public Safety Communications Center Board, the UW Extension Committee, the Environmental Council, and the Lakes and Watershed Commission. She also chaired the Personnel & Finance Committee and the DaneCom Governing Board. Before running for office, Sharon held public policy positions focusing on health care, education, pension, state finance, and employee issues. Sharon and her husband Dan live in Middleton and have four grown children.

Jack Daniels
President, Madison College
Bio

Dr. Jack E. Daniels, III has over 30 years of higher education experience ranging from community and technical colleges to graduate institutions. Dr. Daniels has a wide breadth of expertise in strategic and master planning, economic development and community engagement. He has also been a leader in visioning and guiding initiatives focused on student success.

Dr. Daniels has served in various capacities in higher education. In addition to serving 18 years as a community and technical college president, Dr. Daniels has held several positions of distinction including psychology professor, associate dean of math, science and physical education, dean of instruction, and vice-president of academic affairs. As president of Madison College, he has led the college in creating and implementing a shared governance environment, reshaped how the college responds to its varied communities, guided the transformation of an institutional culture that respects open dialogue and shared decision-making. Dr. Daniels continues to advance a college leadership model that is inclusive, respectful of a diversity of thought and action, and empowers individuals to lead within their scope of influence.

Prior to his current role as President of Madison College, Dr. Daniels served as president of Los Angeles Southwest College, Lincoln Land Community College and Houston Community College – Central College. Dr. Daniels also served as a psychology faculty member at Laney College. In addition to his work locally with economic and community development, and educational initiatives, Dr. Daniels’ has been actively engaged in leadership positions in national and statewide organizations and has been a requested presenter and advisor on student success and leadership. Dr. Daniels’ credentials include a bachelor’s degree from Huntington (Indiana) College and a Ph.D. from the Wright Institute Graduate School of Psychology in Berkeley, California.

Denise Demarb
Council President, City of Madison
Bio

Chris Ehlers
President, Ehlers Development Co.
Bio

Chris Ehlers is a developer of residential, multi-family, commercial and worship sites in Dane County. He holds a BA in Real Estate from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. During his 12 years at a large national developer in Phoenix, AZ, Chris gained valuable experience on the development of several master plan communities, including Del Webb’s award-winning Sun City Anthem communities. In 2010, Chris accepted an offer to become president of a national homebuilder’s Wisconsin division and returned home to Dane County. Over the next five years, he turned the once-struggling division into one of the company’s most profitable divisions in the country.

Upon realizing his passion for land development, Chris set out on his own in 2016 to start Ehlers Development Company. Today he not only develops land but also lends support to local farmers and land-owners by providing advice on how their property should be developed to achieve highest and best use. Chris’s commitment to the community has resulted in excellent relationships among alders and commission members of Dane County’s municipalities, and has even inspired him to consider running for office. Chris is currently the 2018 president-elect for the Madison Area Builders Association.

Paul Esser
Mayor of the City of Sun Prairie, City of Sun Prairie
Bio

Paul Esser was elected Mayor of the City of Sun Prairie in April 2015. He had previously been elected Mayor for two terms starting in 1987. Mr. Esser has a degree in Accounting and has been retired since 2008. His vision for Sun Prairie is focused on human diversity, transportation and comprehensive planning. His administration has created an Ad Hoc Diversity Committee that will focus on increasing the diversity of City employees and communicating in appropriate ways with people in the community. He is married and have four children and six grandchildren and, unfortunately, none of them live in Sun Prairie.

James Hegenbarth
President/CEO, Park Bank
Bio

Paul Jadin*
President, Madison Region Economic Partnership
Bio

Paul Jadin joined MadREP as President in November 2012. Prior to that, Paul served as both the Secretary of Commerce and Secretary/CEO of the new Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation since January 2011. He was charged with transitioning from a state agency that had responsibility for economic development and regulatory activities to a public/private authority that is 100% focused on economic development. That reorganization has brought an expanded emphasis on international activities, with networks being developed in over a dozen countries; it has fostered a significant investment in entrepreneurship and innovation; and it has enabled the state to better understand and support its key industry sectors. The WEDC, under Paul’s leadership, has also produced a new state brand to be unveiled in September 2012.

From April 2003 until his appointment, he was president and CEO of the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, which has 1,400 members employing 93,000 workers. He directly oversaw economic development, government affairs, member services, and education functions. In partnership with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, he led the development and growth of a 50,000-sq.-ft. business incubator, which has become a model for collaborative efforts involving small business activities.

From 1995-2003, Paul served two terms as Mayor of Green Bay. He led economic development efforts that yielded a 50 percent increase in the tax base over his two terms in office. He also represented the city in all private and intergovernmental negotiations, including the Lambeau expansion agreement with the Green Bay Packers and the fee-for-service agreement with the Oneida Nation. In partnership with the Department of Commerce, he established the award-winning On Broadway Main Street Program.

Prior to his terms in office, Paul spent 14 years in human resources management, first as personnel director for Portage County from 1981-1988 and then as director of personnel and labor relations for the City of Green Bay from 1988-1995.

Paul was born in Green Bay and raised in Kewaunee, WI. He earned a B.A. in Political Science from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and an M.S. in Public Administration from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. He and his wife Jane have four children and have been married for 30 years.

Sharyl Kato*
Director, The Rainbow Project
Bio

Sharyl Kato, MS, LPC, is Director and Child/Adult & Family Therapist with the Rainbow Project Child & Family Counseling and Resource Clinic and is a Clinical Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health.

Ms. Kato specializes in areas of prevention, early intervention, crisis support, and treatment of childhood/family trauma, including child abuse, neglect, domestic violence, child sexual abuse, community violence, grief/loss, natural disasters. She has special interest in strengthening resiliency for child-adult caregiver and family relationships, parent education, cultural competency, play therapy, social emotional development, and helping children/adults manage stress. She is also active in community networking & interagency coordination, to maximize effectiveness of services and coordinate resources for children and families.

Ms. Kato also serves as chair of the Children, Youth and Families Consortium, Child Abuse and Neglect Coordinated Response Task Force, the Children’s Mental Health Collaborative, Commission on Sensitive Crimes and the Domestic Violence Task Force.

Additionally, she serves as Chair of the Wisconsin Organization for Asian Americans; Member of Women in Focus; Downtown Madison Rotary Board of Directors; Member, Wisconsin Women of Color Network; and is a member of TEMPO, a Women’s Networking & Service Organization.

Mayra Medrano*
President, Latino Chamber of Commerce
Bio

Born in Los Angeles, California to Mexican parents, Mayra Medrano moved to Wisconsin and graduated from Sun Prairie High School in 1999. Mayra attended Herzing University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Business Management. While at Herzing University, Mayra was part of Phi Beta Lambda, a business career student organization, in which she competed nationally in a range of business and career-related fields.

Mayra is the Business Community Service Manager for Madison Gas and Electric and works with businesses on energy efficiency and sustainability. She is also President of the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County, an organization that provides economic development assistance to Latino entrepreneurs. Mayra is also part of the United Way Rosenberry Advisory Council and is a former member of the Moxie Conference Committee of the YWCA of Madison. Mayra enjoys spending time with her Little, Sanyi, through the Big Brothers-Big Sisters program.

Ezra Meyer
Water Resources Specialist, Clean Wisconsin
Bio

Deb Nemeth
Interim Executive Director, 1000 Friends of Wisconsin
Bio

Leslie Orrantia
Director, Community Relations, UW-Madison Office of Community Relations

Kevin Oppermann
Owner, Highland Spring Farm
Bio

Larry Palm*
Chair, CARPC
Bio

Larry Palm is a City of Madison for District 12 on Madison’s Northside. He has long-term interest in the improving the community, serving on the Madison Public Library Board for nineteen years, as an Alder for eleven years, and as a commissioner for the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission since its formation in 2007.

Larry has also been the Chair of his neighborhood association, co-founded what is now GSAFE, a Vice President of his union, the treasurer of Friends of Starkweather Creek and biked 300 miles to raise funds for AIDS Network.

Harold Rayford
President, African American Council of Churches
Bio

Keith Reopelle
Director of Dane County Office of Energy and Climate Change
Bio

Keith is the Director of Dane County’s Office of Energy and Climate Change. Prior to coming to Dane County, Keith was the Senior Policy Director at Clean Wisconsin where he worked for 32 years leading clean energy campaigns at the state and regional levels. He has served on numerous energy and climate -related task forces and advisory committees. He was a member of Governor Doyle’s Task Force on Global Warming where he served on the full Task Force and co-chaired the cap and trade working group. Keith also was a member of the Midwestern Governor’s Association Greenhouse Gas Accord advisory committee and served on the group’s modeling working group for two years where he helped advise on IPM and macro-economic modeling. Keith has a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife ecology and a Masters of Science degree in environmental communications from the University of Wisconsin -Madison.

Andy Ross
President, CCEDC
Bio

Carl Ruedebusch*
Owner, CEO, Ruedebusch Development & Construction Inc.
Bio

Robin Schmidt
MPO Member, Madison Area Transportation Planning Board
Bio

Schmidt has served on the Dane County Board representing District 24 (Monona/East Madison) since 2008. In that capacity, she has also served on the MPO (transportation planning board) and other transportation-related committees and subcommittees. She has a MS in Land Resources from UW Madison, is a licensed professional hydrologist, and is currently employed as a program manager at the WI DNR.

Sue Springman
Board Member, Village of Waunakee & Senior Project Manager, The Mullins Group
Bio

A Madison native and commercial broker and developer since 1982, much of Susan’s career has focused on downtown Madison. Her passion for the downtown was ignited when she was hired as Executive Director of the Central Madison Council (CMC) now named Downtown Madison Inc (DMI). It was during her tenure at CMC that the State Street Mall/Capital Concourse was first constructed. Later, as an Assistant to Mayor Joel Skornicka, she played a role in the opening of the Civic Centre, development of the Capital Centre, approval of the first TIF assisted housing development downtown and numerous other urban initiatives. She went on to the private sector becoming Vice President of Development and Commercial Leasing for the Munz Corporation where she helped the company secure approval and construct the Department of Administration Building. It was at the Munz Corporation that she and Richard Munz led the effort to reorganize the Central Madison Council into what is now called Downtown Madison Inc. Susan left the Munz Corporation to start her own consulting company, Springman Real Estate LLC and was hired by the Mullins Group to help them gain city approval, construct and lease the 22 East Mifflin Building. She was then appointed Division Administrator for the State of Wisconsin Department of Administrations Buildings and Police Services overseeing the management and leasing of all state owned and privately owned real estate and leases. Later as President of Executive Management Inc. she worked with its owner to develop the 1.1 million square foot mixed use University Square. Susan is currently the Senior Project Manager for the Mullins Group where she is involved in leasing, management and project work on their downtown real estate holdings. She also is their community liaison with the Business Improvement District (BID), DMI and the Greater Madison Visitor and Convention Bureau. Susan spends a considerable amount of time involved in public policy issues that impact development and real estate in Madison in addition to serving as a Trustee on the Board of the Village of Waunakee.

David K. Stark
President, Stark Company Realtors
Bio

David Stark is the president of Stark Company Realtors, for whom he has worked since 1978. He has held several offices in national, statewide, and local real estate organizations and associations, including the Wisconsin Realtors Association, the Greater Madison Board of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors. David was elected to In Business Magazine’s Executive Hall of Fame in 2008. Alongside his years of work in the real estate industry, David has been very involved with the United Way of Dane County, serving on many committees and campaigns and as chairman of the board from 2001 to 2003, and with the Madison Community Foundation, where he currently serves on the board of directors. A graduate of Memorial High School and the UW-Madison, David lives in Middleton with his wife, Marcie, and has three children.

Steve Staton*
President of the Village Board, Village of Oregon
Bio

Andrew Statz
Executive Director of Accountability, Madison Metropolitan School District
Bio

For nearly five years, Andrew Statz has been the Executive Director of MMSD’s Department of Research, Accountability & Data Use. This department includes the district’s enrollment and research offices and GIS functions, which in combination are responsible for issuing annual official enrollment counts, five-year enrollment projections, and official building capacity rates. These offices also support the district’s development of its long-range facilities plan. All of these efforts will benefit from MMSD’s participation in CARPC’s visioning process. Andrew’s involvement in local and regional planning includes over five years of serving in City of Madison government in the office of Mayor Dave Cieslewicz and over seven years with the state Department of Administration handling local budget and policy issues. He also holds a master’s degree in urban planning from UW-Milwaukee.

Nia Trammell
Board Member (serving as President), Urban League Greater Madison
Bio

Nia Trammell is an Administrative Law Judge for the State of Wisconsin in the Worker’s Compensation Division. She formerly worked as an associate attorney in the commercial litigation section of Michael, Best & Friedrich LLP, handling cases in a variety of legal disciplines. Nia is the current Board Chair of the Board of Directors of the Urban League of Greater Madison. She co-founded the Urban League of Greater Madison Young Professionals and served as its President from 2012 to 2015. She is a recent appointee to the City of Madison Police and Fire Commission.

James Tye
Executive Director, Clean Lakes Alliance
Bio

Lyle Updike
Board Chair, Town of Sun Prairie & Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission
Bio

Troy Vosseller
Co-founder, Gener8tor
Bio

Troy Vosseller is the Co-Founder of gener8tor, a “Top 15” ranked startup accelerator. To date, gener8tor has invested in 38 high-growth startups that have cumulatively raised $50M in follow-on venture capital. He is a three-time graduate of the University of Wisconsin, having earned his bachelor’s degree, law degree and master’s of business administration in entrepreneurial management at the UW’s Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship. Prior to gener8tor, Vosseller practiced law as a supervising attorney at the UW Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic. As an undergraduate, he founded the apparel company Sconnie Nation, a line of clothing that focuses on celebrating the Wisconsin lifestyle.

Donna Walker*
Economic Development Manager, Alliant Energy
Bio

As an Economic Development Manager for Alliant Energy, Donna implements and assists in the development of comprehensive strategies to effectively promote regional and community economic development activities including but not limited to the attraction, expansion and retention of business and industry and community development. Donna has more than 18 years of experience in the energy field, including strategic planning, creation and implementation of annual budgets, customer service, labor relations, human resources, contract negotiations and management, and regulatory compliance at the federal, state and local levels.

Prior to joining Alliant Energy, Donna managed the overall operations, strategic planning, design, administration and delivery of energy efficiency programs for utilities in six states and other territories. For 10 years, she worked for Xcel Energy as the primary contact for builders and developers in new business, residential and commercial sales in Wisconsin and Michigan.

Active in numerous organizations such as the Beloit Chamber of Commerce Executive Board, Blackhawk Technical College Foundation Board and United Way of Rock County, Donna holds an M.B.A. and B.A. from Lakeland College.

Dan White
CEO, Filament Games
Bio

Dan White is a founding partner and CEO at Filament Games, a learning game development studio in downtown Madison with 60 employees and over 80 titles to its credit. White earned an MS in Educational Communications and Technology from the UW-Madison and a BS in Communication Technologies from Cornell University. White serves on the advisory board for Games for Change and is a founding member of the GLS (Games Learning Society) organization at UW-Madison. He has presented on the business and design of learning games at numerous conferences, including Games for Change, SXSWedu, Games Learning Society, EdNet, the Serious Games Summit, the European Conference on Games Based Learning and the SIIA Ed Tech Industry Summit.

William White*
Attorney, WhiteFish Partners
Bio

William F. White is a partner in WhiteFish Partners, LLC, a problem-solving entity focused on development issues. Previously, he was a partner in the Madison office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. Mr. White has initiated and litigated land use and development issues on behalf of property owners, developers, municipalities, and businesses. He is special counsel on land use issues to towns, villages, cities, and counties and has participated extensively in the development of cooperative plans, boundary agreements, “smart growth” comprehensive master plans, and annexations and municipal incorporations. He is a frequent speaker on land use and development issues.

Tom Wilson
Town Attorney/Administrator/Clerk-Treasurer, Town of Westport
Bio

Wilson has served as the Attorney/Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer for the Town of Westport in Dane County since 1999. Previously, he was a partner in the Wisconsin law firm Stafford Rosenbaum with a practice focus on local government and administrative law. He serves on several local and regional government boards, commissions and committees, including the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District and Dane County Towns Association. He received both his BA in Political Science and his JD from the UW-Madison.

Gary Wolter*
Chairman, MG&E
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