Melissa R. Soberalski is an immigration attorney at Lopez & Soberalski Immigration Law, LLC. Her firm specializes in family-based petitions and visas for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assult. Ms. Soberalski obtained her law degree with pro-bono honors from Marquette University Law School. For her services as a law student in the Milwaukee-area immigrant community, she received the 2011 Public Interest Law Student of the Year Award from the Wisconsin State bar. From 2011 until 2013, Ms. Soberalski served as an editor and author for the American Bar Association's Pro Bono and Public Interest Newsletter. In her free time, Ms. Soberalski volunteers as a "Big" for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee and as an immigration attorney for various Milwaukee-area non-profits.
Susan A. Lueger is a Retired Vice President of Human Resources from a local Fortune 150 company, after serving in that capacity for 16 years. As part of her responsibilities, she was staff liaison to the company's board committee responsible for human resources and corporate governance. She has been actively involved at the national level in human resources policy issues and currently is an outplacement advisor for executives with a national outplacement firm. Ms. Lueger has graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Western Illinois University, Macomb. She received two degrees from Loyola University, Chicago; an M.A. and a Ph.D., both in applied social psychology. She held teaching positions at both Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas and Marquette University.
Ms. Lueger was elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources in 2006. She is a past chair of The Conference Board Senior Human Resources Advisory council and past executive committee member of the Personnel Roundtable. She was honored with the YWCA Outstanding Women of Achievement Award in 1997 and served on her village's civil service commission.
Carlos Pastrana is an attorney at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP in the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group in the Milwaukee office. He focuses his practice in the areas of labor and employment law, including discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, unemployment insurance, workers compensation, and labor relations issues. Mr. Pastrana has extensive English and Spanish litigation experience in Court and administrative forums at both the State and Federal level, which includes trial and hearing experience, as well as discovery, motion, and appellate practice. Mr. Pastrana also advises and trains local, national, and international employers with both English- and Spanish-speaking unionized and non-unionized work forces on how to handle day-to-day issues that arise from managing employees. Mr. Pastrana also provides legal advice in labor and employment matters to clients who are in the process of setting up operations in Latin America and California.
Daniel T. Dennehy is a graduate of St. Louis University (summa cum laude), The University of Minnesota, and Marquette Law School (magna cum laude). As an attorney, Mr. Dennehy advises private sector clients, especially health care providers on all aspects of employment, personnel, and labor matters. As part of this advising, he has conducted management seminars, including those for MRA, Wisconsin Society for Healthcare Risk Management (WSHRM), Health Care Mega Conference, Wisconsin Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (WSHHRA), American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM), and Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). Mr. Dennehy also litigates employment-related claims in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. He has successfully defended clients against hundreds of employment discrimination claims.
Mr. Dennehy has authored the Wages and Hours chapter of Wisconsin Employment Law and the Wisconsin Wages & Hours Handbook (1st, 2nd, and 3rd Editions), both published by the State Bar of Wisconsin. He was the first Legal Liaison to the Board of Directors of WSHHRA (2008-2010). Mr. Dennehy’s professional memberships include the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Wisconsin. He also is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the Milwaukee Bar Association. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Sigma Nu.
Mary K. Bruno is the Human Resources Manager for the Lubar School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is a graduate of UW-Whitewater. After working as a HR Manager in healthcare and manufacturing, she joined UWM in 2011. Ms. Bruno administrates all personnel actions in the Lubar School of Business including the coordination of recruitment and selection processes, employment relations, benefits, classification and compensation processes, and the interpretation and implementation of various federal, state, and campus regulations and guidelines. She also serves as a liaison with the Provost’s Office, the Department of Human Resources, Payroll, and Accounting on personnel matters relating to the Lubar School of Business. In 2013, Ms. Bruno was awarded the Lubar School Business Advisory Council Outstanding Performance Award.
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