Retirement Sustainability Taskforce Members
The Retirement Sustainability Taskforce is comprised of stakeholders representing employees, organized labor, retirees, the business community, elected leaders, taxpayers and county officials. The objective of the taskforce is to study larger pension system modifications that ensure retirement security for future retirees and long-term fiscal sustainability for the County. The taskforce will develop recommendations to Milwaukee County on pension system modifications that should be considered.
Chris Abele is the Milwaukee County Executive. Milwaukee County, through the dedication of its employees, has held bus fares flat while adding nearly a million new route miles, paid down millions of dollars in debt and deferred maintenance, established a dedicated Office of Economic Development that has helped to create thousands of family-supporting jobs and leverage $500 million in new development just around the downtown area, and is ahead of schedule on its plan to end chronic homelessness. After being re-elected to a second term in April 2016, County Executive Abele has committed to reducing racial disparities in our community. Central to these efforts is implementing the Office on African American Affairs that will be focused on workforce development and eliminating racial inequities in our criminal justice system.
As secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) since January 2012, Mr. Conlin is responsible for overseeing the provision of employee benefit plans covering over 620,000 participants and approximately $96 billion in assets. Mr. Conlin has over 25 years of public service experience in Wisconsin, including 11 years at ETF. Prior to his 2007 appointment to deputy secretary, he was the agency’s director of legislation, communications and planning. Before joining ETF, Mr. Conlin served as a senior staff attorney at the non-partisan Wisconsin Legislative Council. A native of Durand, Wisconsin, he holds a law degree from the University of Wisconsin and a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University (Minnesota).
Ms. Daun is corporation counsel for Milwaukee County. In that capacity, she is responsible for the provision of legal services to all departments and elected officials in Milwaukee County, as well as various community-facing legal services including guardianship and commitment proceedings. In particular, her extensive financial sector and benefit plan experience is being put to use as the County seeks to implement massive pension administration improvements and corrections. The Office of Corporation Counsel is comprised of nearly 20 legal professionals and, under her leadership, they advise and serve General Mitchell International Airport, the county’s behavioral health hospital, the county parks, its transportation system, its jail and house of correction, human resources and the pension system. She also directly advises County Board Supervisors and the County Executive on development and other transactions, as well as general policy matters, operations and administration.
Norb Gedemer, a 25-year employee of Milwaukee County, began his career as a correction officer within the Sheriff’s Department in 1992 and two years later became a deputy sheriff. He is a member of the Milwaukee Deputy Sheriff’s Association (MDSA), where he served 15 years on the executive board: 12 years as treasurer and three years as vice president. Norb is the MDSA employee representative on the Milwaukee County Pension Board (2012 to present) and currently serves as chairperson of the board. Norb has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from UW–Milwaukee and is a proud veteran who served in the United States Army from 1985 to 1988.
Representative Evan Goyke
Evan Goyke began his career at St. John’s University, where he holds a degree in political science. He received his juris doctorate from Marquette University Law School in 2009. Prior to joining the Assembly, he worked as a public defender for the state of Wisconsin. He is a member of St. Michael’s/St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, American Federation of Teachers Local 4822, ACLU, NAACP, Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association, Historic Concordia Neighborhood Association, Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America, and a board member of the Progressive Community Health Center.
Ralph E. Hollmon’s public service work spans more than 45 years. He used his long career leading non-profit organizations and government agencies to improve the lives of under-represented members of our community. Most recently, he served as president and chief executive officer of the Milwaukee Urban League, a position he held for 14 years before retiring in early 2017. Under his leadership, the League improved the educational, housing, employment and financial opportunities for thousands of members of our community. Mr. Hollmon also has served as director of the Milwaukee County Department of Human Services, chief executive officer of the Private Industry Council, and executive director of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District.
Waylon Hurlburt has worked for Governor Walker on budget and policy issues since January 2011. He previously served as the senior advisor to the governor. He is currently the state budget director. Prior to working for Governor Walker, Hurlburt worked in various state legislative offices since 2006
Representative Dale Kooyenga
Dale Kooyenga began his career at Lakeland College and Marquette University, where he holds a master’s degree in business administration. He went on to become a Certified Public
Accountant at KPMG and was in the assurance practice for ten years. In 2005, Dale enlisted in the United States Army alongside his two brothers and, in 2008, was called to serve in Iraq under the command of General David Petraeus and was awarded the Bronze Star. Elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2010, Dale has been Wisconsin’s legislative lead on the most recent Wisconsin tax reforms and a part of the CPA Caucus, which uncovered $1 billion that was undisclosed to the public at the University of Wisconsin System. Today, Dale remains a captain in the United States Army Reserve and a member of the State Assembly, owns a small business, and is most proud of his roles as ahusband and father. Dale and his wife Jennifer live in Brookfield with their four children.
Maria Lopez Vento
Maria is the vice president of programs and partnerships at Bader Philanthropies, Inc. As a foundation team member since the foundation’s first year of operation, Maria provides strategic guidance to program staff working on aging, employment, youth and other key program interests. In addition, she directs various foundation efforts to enhance Milwaukee education, bring arts to underserved audiences, and support a stronger nonprofit sector in the region. Maria shares her expertise through service on a number of local boards and advisory committees that address youth development, urban education and nonprofit management. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University and a master's degree in business administration from Alverno College.
Scott B. Manske is the elected Comptroller for Milwaukee County. He has been in this position for the past five years. Prior to being elected, he served as the controller of Milwaukee County for a 20-year period. Milwaukee County has budgeted revenues exceeding $1 billion and employment of over 3,500. Milwaukee County provides services in many areas including human services, parks and recreation, transportation, courts and public safety. Besides being responsible for monitoring the fiscal condition of Milwaukee County, issuing debt on behalf of the County, preparing payroll, payables and the annual financial audit report, Scott has been involved in many varied projects including fiscal analysis of resolutions and policies. Scott received his bachelor's of business administration degree from the UW–Madison. He became a CPA a few years after graduation. He resides in the Milwaukee area with his wife.
Jodi Mapp is the Senior Executive Assistant at the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division of the Department of Health and Human Services. Ms. Mapp has been in public service since 1992 and has held multiple positions within Milwaukee County. She is a graduate of Concordia University where she received a liberal arts degree in court reporting. In addition to serving on the Retirement Sustainability Taskforce, she also has served on the internal county workgroup that has explored the option of joining the state of Wisconsin’s WRS system.
Born raised in Milwaukee. Grew up on north side of city of Milwaukee, middle son of former Alderman and County Supervisor William E. Meaux. Attended Marquette University High School, UW–Eau Claire 1972-75, graduating with a business degree in finance from California State University Fullerton 1976. Earned master’s of business administration from DeVry University, Keller Graduate School, Milwaukee. Worked as seasonal Milwaukee County park worker while attending school, appointed Milwaukee County Deputy County Clerk, elected to State Legislature, elected to Milwaukee County Board, appointed Milwaukee County Treasurer and in 2000 appointed as Ozaukee County’s first county administrator. Retired in March 2017. Named president of Ansay Holdings LLC in May 2017.
Kerry Mitchell has been the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) at Milwaukee County since November 2011. She leads change initiatives that touch all aspects of human resources and the workforce: talent acquisition, organizational development, employee relations, employee and retiree benefits, learning and development, diversity and inclusion, leadership development, compensation and HRIS. Prior to her work at Milwaukee County, Mitchell served as an HR Director for U.S. Bank, where she worked for nearly 20 years in a variety of human resources leadership roles. She is an active member of TEMPO Milwaukee, where she chairs the Placement Committee for the Mentor Circle Program. Mitchell holds a master’s degree in management and organizational behavior, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and business.
Ron is as an actuary retired from Northwestern Mutual last May. His primary areas of focus during his 35- year career were annuities, investment products, and individual retirement strategies — including income generation models, spending patterns in retirement, and the impact of longevity. He is also currently a member of the Society of Actuaries Committee on Post-Retirement Needs and Risks. As an encore career, he recently accepted a position as an adjunct professor at the Milwaukee School of Engineering teaching a financial mathematics course in their actuarial science program. Ron’s community service experience includes past board memberships at the Hunger Task Force, Plymouth UCC, and the Milwaukee Kickers Soccer Club. He also currently serve as a tax preparer in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
Tim is has served as president of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) since 1993. The MMAC serves as an advocate for member businesses, which employ more than 300,000 people in the greater Milwaukee area. The association is led by a diverse board of 60 of the region’s leading CEOs and business owners from Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Waukesha and Washington Counties. He was appointed to the State of Wisconsin Investment Board in 2016. He is a Ford Foundation Fellow on Regional Sustainable Development, a graduate of the Institute for Organizational Management, and a certified chamber of commerce executive. He is a graduate of the UW-Madison, with a bachelor's degree in political science.
Ms. Siegel is the village president of the village of Whitefish Bay and is a member of the Milwaukee County Intergovernmental Cooperation Council. She has served in this role since 2011 and served as a trustee for three years before being elected to village president. She is a graduate of the UW–Milwaukee, where she holds a bachelor’s of business administration/ finance and also a master’s of social work. She also has a bachelor’s of social work from Mount Mary College. In addition to her duties as village president, she is employed by Froedtert Hospital as a social worker.
Mr. Smith is an executive-in-residence and lecturer at the UW–Milwaukee’s Lubar School of Business. Greg teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in financial institutions, management analysis and corporate finance. In addition, he advises students and is a mentor to student teams pursuing experiential learning opportunities. Greg also serves as the curriculum director of the American Bankers Association’s Stonier Graduate School of Banking, which meets annually at and in conjunction with The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania. Greg’s responsibilities include planning course offerings, designing relevant content, selecting faculty and coordinating with Wharton. Before joining UWM, Greg served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of the Marshall & Ilsley Corporation and M&I Bank from 2006 until the company’s sale to BMO Harris Bank in 2011.
Sheldon Wasserman was elected to the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors on April 5, 2016, to represent the residents of Milwaukee County’s 3rd District, which includes Milwaukee’s castside, the village of Shorewood and the village of Whitefish Bay. Dr. Wasserman is a Milwaukee native. He graduated from John Marshall High School in 1979. He also attended Marquette University and the UW–Milwaukee, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He went on to medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he graduated with a medical degree in 1987. In November 1994, he fulfilled a life-long dream of being elected to represent Wisconsin’s 22nd Assembly District where he served 14 years until 2009. He was then appointed by Governor Jim Doyle to the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board.
To provide support to the Retirement Sustainability Taskforce, the County has assigned several key staff and engaged third parties to assist with facilitation and research. The Taskforce meetings will be facilitated by Public Policy Forum (PPF), a private, non-profit, independent research organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of public policy decision-making in southeast Wisconsin. The Taskforce will also include technical expertise from subject matter experts including The Pew Charitable Trusts’ public sector retirement systems project. Included here are a few key individuals from each entity that will be assisting the Taskforce.
David Draine, a senior researcher at the Pew Research Center, serves as a principal investigator and methodologist on Pew’s research agenda on state fiscal health, economic competitiveness, and other state policy issues, particularly in the area of state budgets and fiscal health. Draine has been a lead researcher on a number of groundbreaking studies looking at state-run public employee retirement systems. Pew’s work in this area has been cited widely in national media, as well as by state and local print and broadcast outlets. In addition to his expertise on public sector retirement benefits, Draine has conducted research and analysis across the 50 states that inform state policy decisions on a wide range of issues, including state transportation investments, state revenue systems, economic development and mortgage lending.
Rob Henken is the president of the Public Policy Forum, a 104-year-old non-partisan think tank dedicated to fact-based public policy research on key issues facing southeast Wisconsin. Since joining the Forum in January 2008, Henken has authored or co-authored four reports that won national awards from the Governmental Research Association. Prior to becoming PPF president, Henken worked in Milwaukee County government for nearly 10 years, serving as director of research for the County Board, director of health and human services, and director of administrative services. In addition to leading the Public Policy Forum, Henken is an adjunct associate professor at the UW–Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning. He also is immediate past president of the Governmental Research Association.
Chris is a senior associate at the Pew Charitable Trusts’ public sector retirement systems project. The Pew Charitable Trusts uses evidence-based, non-partisan analysis to solve today’s challenges. To inform policymaking, Pew performs research on all aspects of state and local public pension systems, including their fiscal health, investment practices, benefit design and governance. Drawing on that research, Pew also offers technical assistance to policymakers considering ways to ensure that their retirement systems are affordable and sustainable and put workers on a path to a secure retirement.
Teig is the director of the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) for Milwaukee County and has been assigned as the project manager to the Retirement Sustainability Taskforce. As DAS director, Teig is responsible for oversight of the county budget, facilities, procurement, economic development, information technology and several other divisions. Teig and his team have led the Consolidated Facilities Plan to reduce the County’s footprint by nearly 1 million square feet without impacting services to the public, developed the County’s web-based Administrative Manual of Operating Procedures, and negotiated the County’s role in the Couture project, Milwaukee Bucks arena, and many more major transactions with expected construction value exceeding $1 billion. Teig is a graduate of UW-Madison and received his juris doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School.
Fatima is a senior associate at the Pew Charitable Trusts’ public sector retirement systems project. The Pew Charitable Trusts uses evidence-based, non-partisan analysis to solve today’s challenges. To inform policymaking, Pew performs research on all aspects of state and local public pension systems, including their fiscal health, investment practices, benefit design and governance. Drawing on that research, Pew also offers technical assistance to policymakers considering ways to ensure that their retirement systems are affordable and sustainable and put workers on a path to a secure retirement.