Speaker Biographies

Keynote Speakers

Nicolas Lampert

Nicolas Lampert

Interdisciplinary Artist and Author

Saturday Art Build

Saturday, June 22, 2024 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM
Pioneer Indoor Terrace (P.I.T.), Campus Center

Stop in on Saturday for a “Democracy and Governance” themed art build, coordinated by Nicolas Lampert.

Nicolas Lampert is a Milwaukee-based interdisciplinary artist and author whose work focuses on themes of social justice and ecology. His artwork is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Library of Congress, and over sixty archives and special collections across the world. Collectively, he works with the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative – a worker-owned printmaking cooperative of over forty artists in North America that formed in 2007. 

He also works with the Art Build Workers – a group of seven artists, designers, photographers and educators who are based in Milwaukee and who work locally and travel around the country organizing multi-day art builds that help unions, organizations and movements amplify their messages through visual art, media, and archiving. The Art Build Workers primarily collaborates with the National Education Association (NEA) that is the largest union in the country with an estimated membership of over 2.7 million members. 
Lampert also collaborates with Voces de los Artistas – an art-affinity group established in 2016 that works in collaboration with Voces de la Frontera – an immigrant rights organization based in Wisconsin. His first book A People’s Art History of the United States: 250 Years of Activist Art and Artists Working in Social Justice Movements was published by The New Press in 2013 and is part of the People’s History Series edited by Howard Zinn. Lampert is a full-time faculty member (academic staff appointment) in the Writing and Critical Thinking area in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Meagan Wolfe

Meagan Wolfe

Administrator, Wisconsin Elections Commission

Keynote Presentation #1

WAS 2024 Opening Remarks
Saturday, June 22, 2024 at 7:00 PM, Shattuck Auditorium

Wolfe is an administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, serving as the state’s chief election official. Meagan was appointed by the bi-partisan, six-member Commission in February of 2018 and unanimously confirmed by the Wisconsin State Senate in May of 2019 for a four-year term. Serving as an election security advocate and ambassador for the needs of Wisconsin’s clerks and voters are among her highest priorities. A significant part of her job is ensuring that Wisconsin’s 1,922 local election officials (the most of any state) have the resources and technology they need to conduct elections. Meagan previously served as WEC’s Deputy Administrator and IT Director, managing the teams that develop and maintain the statewide voter registration system, election security, and all other IT applications of the Commission. Meagan joined state service in 2011, starting as the state’s voter outreach coordinator and later as an elections IT project manager leading a major redesign of the MyVote Wisconsin voter information portal (myvote.wi.gov).

Buey R. Tut

Buey R. Tut

Executive Director, Aqua-Africa, CEO Spark CDI

Keynote Presentation #2: “Misogyny: It’s Still Here”

Sunday, June 23, 2024 at 7:00 PM, Shattuck Auditorium

Buey Ray Tut immigrated from East Africa to the US at the age of 11. Buey grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. After graduating from High School, he became the first in his family to attend college. Buey earned a degree in Political Science from the University of Nebraska Omaha.

For the past decade, Buey founded and led an international development organization, Aqua-Africa. Under his guidance, the organization grew to impact over 22,000 lives and expanding its donor base to include international foundations and the U.S. government.

Prior to Aqua-Africa, Buey served in various capacities, including as Omaha District Representative for the Boy Scouts of America and as a congressional aide in Washington, DC.
Active in the Omaha community, Buey serves as a board member to InCommon housing and Nebraskaland Foundation. Buey is Married to Mariana Nieto and is a proud father of Nilo Tut.

Kareem R. Muhammad

Kareem R. Muhammad

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Carroll University

Keynote Presentation #3: “The Fight For Black Empowerment in the USA: America’s Last Hope”

Monday, June 24, 2024 at 10:00 AM, Shattuck Auditorium

Dr. Muhammad, who has nearly two decades of teaching experience, most recently served as the Dean of the Division of Business, Education and Social Sciences at Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina. During his tenure with Allen, he led the creation and development of several new majors in response to market demand, hosted academic conferences to raise his division’s profile, and led curriculum redesign so that all students could see themselves reflected in their coursework. His focus on student success within his division led to increased student scholarship opportunities and dramatically improved student graduate school acceptance rates. In addition, he revised assessment practices to better align with university processes and created structures to support the academic achievement of students of color.
Dr. Muhammad earned his bachelor’s degree in Technical Writing from Chicago State University, his master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University, and his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Illinois.  His academic research focuses on the intersection of culture and race, with a specific interest in hip-hop subculture’s preeminent role in informing the contemporary black public sphere.

Bethany Rentsch

Bethany Rentsch

Psychological Associate, State of Wisconsin

Keynote Presentation #4: “Nation Building in Afghanistan: How it Began, Why it Failed, and What Happens Next”

Monday, June 24, 2024 at 7:00 PM, Shattuck Auditorium

Bethany Rentsch studied Terrorism at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. She went on to lecture at the University of Leipzig in Germany and teach English in Palestine. She was later recruited as a US military advisor for the NATO mission in Afghanistan, where she worked for 16 months.

Since returning from her deployment, Bethany changed course to become a clinical mental health counselor. She now works as a trauma recovery therapist for women who are incarcerated within the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. She is a past Fulbright and Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, as well as an Outstanding Young Alumni from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.

Jennifer Kim Sohn

Jennifer Kim Sohn

Multimedia Artist and Activist

Keynote Presentation #5: “25 Million Stitches: One Stitch, One Refugee”

Tuesday, June 25, 2024, at 10:00 AM, Shattuck Auditorium

Jennifer Kim Sohn is a multimedia artist and activist whose work highlights the pressing issues of our time. Her art has been exhibited in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and California. Her work on Biodiversity/Extinction through the Art & Science Collaborations was shown in the New York Hall of Science, The Pennington School, and in online exhibits for the Queens Chronicle and the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation. Most recently, she has organized and curated a crowd sourced installation called 25 Million Stitches: One Stitch, One refugee aims to raise awareness of the international refugee crisis by marking the number of displaced people via stitches on embroidered panels. Over 2,300 stitchers from 37 countries worldwide have participated to create this immersive and emotional experience.

Emigrating from South Korea to the USA in the last year of high school, it took “Jungeun” more than a decade to find her voice through her art: commentaries of her American life as an immigrant, daily struggle as a mother, then as an advocate for a fairer world.  Jennifer studied design and received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and MFA from Stanford University. Her fiber work began after taking classes with Carole Beadle at College of Marin. Juxtaposing “domestic” craft such as embroidery and paper felting against challenging current events, Jennifer’s goal is to provide a quiet space for reflection and to inspire people to action.

“Confronted with escalating environmental and social trials daily, I often felt responsible, yet paralyzed to act. I believe that small, sustained changes in our habits both as a consumer and in social interactions are the tools for paradigm change. By working in “traditionally feminine” craft, such as embroidery and textile arts, I hope my art engages others by tapping into our shared experiences and emotions. Ultimately, I hope it empowers viewers to advocate for change and find solutions for the crises and conflicts facing the world today.”

Alberto R. Coll

Alberto R. Coll

Director, Global Engagement; Vincent de Paul Professor of Law

Keynote Presentation #6: “Democracy and Governance: Evolving Global Perspectives”

Tuesday, June 25, 2024, at 7:00 PM, Shattuck Auditorium

Alberto Coll is the Vincent de Paul Professor of Law and the Director of Global Engagement at the DePaul College of Law. Coll has substantial experience and an extensive research background in foreign policy and international law. He is the author of The Wisdom of Statecraft and has edited several other books on topics relating to international relations. In the past, Coll served as dean of the Center for Naval Warfare Studies and as the Charles H. Stockton Chair of International Law at the Naval War College. Coll also served as principal deputy assistant secretary of defense from 1990 to 1993. Dr. Coll received his B.A. in history from Princeton University and his J.D. and Ph.D. in government and foreign affairs from the University of Virginia.

This presentation is co-sponsored by the Jack Miller Center.

Cassie Barnhardt

Cassie Barnhardt

Associate Professor, College of Education, University of Iowa

Keynote Presentation #7: “What do Universities Have to do with Democracy?”

Wednesday, June 26, 2024, at 10:00 AM, Shattuck Auditorium

Dr. Cassie L. Barnhardt is Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, and a Senior Research Fellow with the Public Policy Center at the University of Iowa. She holds her Ph.D. in higher education, organizational behavior and management from the University of Michigan, a Master’s of Arts in student affairs administration from Michigan State University, and two bachelor’s degrees, also from the University of Michigan – one in dance and the other in psychology.
Dr. Barnhardt’s research focuses on how universities contribute to democracy and civic life, and how postsecondary students learn about and enact social responsibility. Of particular scholarly interest to Barnhardt is examining how different campus stakeholders mobilize around contentious public issues, and how campus administrators respond. Over the years her work has evaluated the tactics and strategies associated with topics such as the student anti-sweatshop movement, access and opportunity for undocumented immigrant students, affirmative action, and faculty labor concerns. More recently she has been studying how graduate degree programs prepare scholars to be globally engaged researchers, and how international universities pursue strategies to enhance labor market opportunities for students.
In 2019, Barnhardt was a Fulbright Scholar to the Republic of Kosovo where her post was with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. In 2020-2021, she was a Fellow with the University of California National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement. Barnhardt’s other professional experiences include being a senior researcher with the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good, and with the Core Commitments initiative of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Before her faculty career she was an educational administrator, which included time working at Dartmouth College. Before her faculty career she was an educational administrator, which included time working at Dartmouth College. Presently, she leads a five-year, $3.9 million dollar project called Private Sector Partnerships to Strengthen Higher Education, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Kosovo.
Dr. Barnhardt has published in the Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, Higher Education, Review of Higher Education, and Theory and Method in Higher Education Research, among others; and she has been a contributor to the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Higher Education Today blog. Some of her funded work has been supported by the John Templeton Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, DIKU- the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education, among others. She teaches courses on higher education administration, policy, organizational behavior and management, and research methods.
When not working, Barnhardt serves on an equity board for a local private performing arts academy in her community and holds a position on the Courage Ride board- an organization which hosts an annual bike ride in Iowa that raises funds that directly supports sarcoma research at the UI Holden Cancer Center. For fun she enjoys fitness and cooking, and spending time with her partner (a sarcoma survivor) and children.
Stephanie A. Urchick

Stephanie A. Urchick

President-Elect, Rotary International

Rotary Club of McMurray
Pennsylvania, USA

Keynote Presentation #8: Rotary International President-elect 2023-2024

Thursday, June 27, 2024, at 10:15 AM, Shattuck Auditorium

Stephanie Urchick is a member of the Rotary Club of McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA. She will serve RI as president in 2024-25. She has been an RI director and Rotary Foundation trustee. She has served RI in numerous capacities, including as training leader, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, and RI president’s representative. In addition, Stephanie was a representative and member-at-large to three sessions of the Council on Legislation.

Stephanie has also served as chair of the Rotary Strategic Planning Committee and The Rotary Foundation’s Centennial Celebration Committee, as well as a member of various Rotary committees, including the Election Review Committee and Operational Review Committee.

A Rotary member since 1991, Stephanie has participated in a variety of international service projects, including National Immunization Days in India and Nigeria. In Vietnam, she worked with clubs to help build a primary school and traveled to the Dominican Republic to install water filters. A student of several Slavic languages, she has mentored new Rotary members in Ukraine and coordinated a Rotary Foundation grant for a mammography equipment and a biopsy unit for a hospital in Poland. In its commemorative book, the Rotary Club of Krakow, Poland, noted Stephanie as a key figure for helping the re-birth of Rotary in post-Communist Poland.

Currently, Stephanie is helping to partner clubs and districts in the U.S. with Rotary clubs in Albania, Kosovo, and Ukraine for humanitarian and educational services.

Stephanie’s professional background is in the higher education, consulting, and entertainment industries. She received her doctorate degree in Leadership Studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has been recognized and awarded by The Rotary Foundation and numerous community and international organizations.

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Breakout Speakers

Breakout Session #1
Monday, June 24 at 2:30 PM CDT

Delegates choose from one (1) of the following:

Peter Gerlach & Sunday Goshit

Peter Gerlach & Sunday Goshit

“Who Cares About the Global Refugee Crisis and Democratic Backsliding in 2024?”

Peter Gerlach

Dr. Peter Gerlach is assistant professor of instruction in the International Studies Program at The University of Iowa and executive director of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC). He received his BA and MA degrees in English from Ripon College and the University of Northern Colorado, respectively. After serving in the US Peace Corps in Mongolia, he earned a PhD in Cultural Foundations of Education from Syracuse University where he conducted dissertation research on the lived experiences of international students at Grinnell College. Dr. Gerlach’s teaching areas include international studies, international education, refugee and immigrant studies, and community engaged learning. He serves on the board of directors at the Refugee and Immigrant Association, the planning committee of the Refugee Alliance of Johnson County, and is a member of the inaugural Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Higher Education Ambassador program. He lives in Iowa City, IA with his wife and two children. 

Sunday Goshit

Sunday Goshit is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the International Studies Program at the University of Iowa. He came to the US from Nigeria over two decades ago and obtained a PhD in Physical Geography with emphasis in Synoptic Climatology from the University of Iowa. Sunday taught geography at the University of Jos Nigeria. He obtained a BSc and MSc in geography and environmental and resources planning from the University of Jos. Over the past two decades he has been very active with the immigrant and refugee community in the Iowa City area and is on the Board of Iowa City Foreign Relations Council, President of the Board of Directors of Iowa City Compassion, Co-convener and Board Member of the African Communities Network of Iowa, the planning committee of Refugee Alliance of Johnson County and most recently called to serve on the advisory board of the Community Outreach and Engagement of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Sunday lives in Coralville with his wife. They have four grown children and five grandchildren.

Jonathan Ward

Jonathan Ward

Retired diplomat, Army veteran, Rotarian

“How Diplomats promote Democracy around the World”

Jon is a retired U.S. diplomat.  His Foreign Service postings included Saudi Arabia, Papua New Guinea, Iraq, Pakistan, India, and Brazil.   He also served as Director for South and Central Asia at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and as a Middle East Foreign Policy Advisor in the Directorate of Strategic Plans and Policy at the Joint Staff.  He later worked as the Executive Director of the Miami-Dade County International Trade Consortium, and Director of International Trade and Investment for the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.  Jon holds J.D., MBA, and BS degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is an Army veteran of Operation Desert Storm.

Emma Nelson

Emma Nelson

Senior, Oconomowoc High School

“Understanding Global Youth Civic Engagement and Engaging in Opportunity”

Emma Nelson is an 18-year-old from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. A recent graduate of Oconomowoc High School, Emma intends to pursue a degree in International Affairs while attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Emma’s interest in world affairs had always existed but became understood and relevant on a much deeper level following her participation in the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship, a Department of State exchange program.

Jacob Schueller

Jacob Schueller

Teacher Education Fellow, Jack Miller Center

“Balancing Competing Interests in a Democracy”

Jacob Schueller taught AP US Government and Politics, among other Social Studies courses, for 11 years in Wisconsin. Now, as the Teacher Programs Manager for the Jack Miller Center, Jacob facilitates professional development for K-12 teachers by connecting those teachers with top notch Political Scientists and Historians to deep dive primary sources related to the American Political Tradition.

This presentation is co-sponsored by the Jack Miller Center.

Eric Pullin

Eric Pullin

Professor of History and Asian Studies, Carthage College

“Comparing Constitutional Democracy in the United States and India”

Eric Pullin is a Professor of History at Carthage College. He teaches courses on International Relations, World War II, the Cold War, Nineteenth-Century America, the Civil War, Twentieth-Century America, and the History of India. Pullin’s research focuses on India-United States foreign relations during the twentieth century, and has published in journals including Intelligence and National Security, The Historian, Contemporary European History, and Diplomatic History. He is also co-founder and co-director for the Humanities Citizenship Initiative, a Great Books program devoted to helping underserved high school students to succeed in college. Dr. Pullin earned a B.A. in History from Rockford College, an M.A. in History from Northern Illinois University, an A.M. in Labor and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

This presentation is co-sponsored by the Jack Miller Center.

Dr. Barbara Engebretsen

Dr. Barbara Engebretsen

Professor of Exercise Science and Public and Global Health, Wayne State College

“What the Health is Going On?”

Dr. Engebretsen is a professor of Exercise Science and Public and Global Health at Wayne State College (WSC). At WSC, she coordinated the development of a minor in Public and Global Health, authoring a textbook on “Applied Perspectives of Personal, Public, and Global Health.” Collaborating with WSC colleagues and regional and global partners, she has coordinated the proposal for a novel interdisciplinary major in One Health Studies with anticipated implementation at WSC in Fall 2024.
Dr. Engebretsen is an active member of professional and service organizations, having held leadership positions in several, including the American Physiological Society, American College of Sports Medicine, and the American Public Health Association and Rotary International.
Dr. E, as she is known by students, is an active member of professional and service organizations, including the American Physiological Society, American College of Sports Medicine, the American Public Health Association, and Rotary International. She has held leadership positions in the Nebraska Physiological Society and Rotary Clubs. She advises the ACSM Exercise Is Medicine on Campus and co-advises the WSC Rotaract clubs, and is very involved with International Student Organization.  
She has been honored as the Outstanding Student Presenter Award at the 2003 International Hypoxia Symposium in Banff, Canada, the 2015 State Nebraska Bank Teaching Excellence Award, the Wayne Rotarian of the Year in 2011, 2014, and 2016, and the 2022 Siouxland Women of Excellence Award. She was awarded the Fulbright Global Scholar Award (2017-2018) to address health capacity and promotion with colleagues in Ethiopia and Nepal.

Breakout Session #2
Wednesday, June 26 at 2:30 PM CDT

Delegates choose from one (1) of the following:

Dante Cottingham

Dante Cottingham

Racine Office of Violence Prevention

“Felony Disfranchisement in Wisconsin”

Dant’e Cottingham, at 46 years old, is a remarkable individual with a powerful story of resilience and advocacy. As a Juvenile Lifer, Criminal Justice, and Prison Reform Advocate, Dant’e’s journey is one of transformation and impact.

A native of Racine, Dant’e’s life took a turn at the age of 17 when he was tried as an adult and received a Life sentence. For 27 years, he navigated the challenges of incarceration until his release in 2022. Since regaining his freedom, Dant’e has emerged as a prominent leader in Racine and across Wisconsin.

His contributions to the community are vast, including his role as the former interim associate director of EXPO (Ex-Incarcerated People Organizing), a statewide network. Currently serving as the Intensive Outreach Specialist for the city of Racine, Dant’e is dedicated to advocating for criminal justice and prison reform with unwavering passion.

Through his work, Dant’e aims to share his experiences to educate the public and humanize the incarcerated, fostering understanding and empathy. His commitment to creating positive change and empowering others is a testament to his strength and determination.

Dant’e Cottingham is a beacon of hope and resilience, using his voice to make a difference and inspire change in the world of criminal justice and beyond.

Juan Arevalo & Jessye Hale (송진주)

Juan Arevalo & Jessye Hale (송진주)

“Democracy 101: Elements of Local Government”

Juan Arévalo

Juan Arévalo first joined the Milwaukee Turners as an intern from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee for the course Writing Internship in the Humanities in the Spring of 2022. Juan joined the Sound Ming Program as a program coordinator after graduating from UW-Milwaukee and obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in Community Engagement and Education and in English in the spring of 2022. During his time at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee he was a Student Undergraduate Research Fellow, where he translated and curated the Cuentos Website, which focuses on the accounts and battle for reproductive justice of Latina women in Wisconsin. He also interned at Northwestern University’s ISGMH (Institute of Sexual Gender Minority Health). Along with his passion for helping others and working with youth, Juan is also passionate about writing, film, soccer, history, and different cultures.

Jessye Hale (송진주)

Jessye Hale (송진주) joined Milwaukee Turners in 2022 as a rock-climbing instructor and began working on the Sound Mind team as a Program Coordinator in 2023. In 2018, after graduating from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Jessye was awarded the prestigious US State Department’s Critical Languages Scholarship and proceeded to work in South Korea as a research scientist from 2019-2021. After reconnecting with her birth culture in Korea, she decided to return to Milwaukee and began involvement in non-profit work. Her interest in Milwaukee Turners comes from a passion for community work, education, and advocacy for people of all backgrounds, abilities, and experiences as well as a strong connection and love for Milwaukee.

Amber West

Amber West

Lead High School Organizer, Leaders Igniting Transformation (LIT)

“Building Youth Political Power”

Leaders Igniting Transformation is a Wisconsin based non-profit that focuses on youth advocacy, youth leadership development, and youth civic engagement. We work with 10 Milwaukee Public High Schools and 11 UW-system colleges. Our students work year-round on political education and engagement in their communities. Amber has been an organizer with LIT for 3 years organizing high school students in Milwaukee and La Crosse. 

Laura Braza

Laura Braza

Associate Artistic Director, Milwaukee Rep Theater

Civic Engagement in the Theater – What the Constitution Means to Me

Laura is a stage director, arts leader, and teacher based in Milwaukee, WI.  Select Milwaukee Rep credits: What the Constitution Means to Me, Much Ado About Nothing, Steel Magnolias, Songs for Nobodies (American Premiere), Dial M for Murder, Grounded, and others.  Select Regional Credits: It Came from Outer Space (Chicago Shakespeare Theater & Theater Squared, Jeff nominee for Direction of a Musical), We are Out There (Chicago Shakes), Theophilus North (Dog Days Theater), The Dispute (Hangar Theater).  Select NY Credits: 10 plays for The Attic Theater Company, including The Notebook of Trigorin (NY Premiere), Strictly Dishonorable (NY Times Critics Pick), and Jericho (World Premiere);  work at Keen Company, NYMF, FringeNYC, Atlantic Theater Company Stage II, and more. BFA from NYU/Tisch School of Drama, Drama League Directors Project Alumnus, SDC Member, World Premiere WI Leadership Team.  Laura was Artistic Director of Attic Theater Company in NYC from 2009–2019 before moving to Milwaukee to join the artmakers of the Midwest. 

Isiah Holmes

Isiah Holmes

Reporter, Wisconsin Examiner

Democracy and the Media

Isiah Holmes is a journalist and videographer, and a lifelong resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His writing has been featured in Urban Milwaukee, Isthmus, Milwaukee Stories, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Services, Pontiac Tribune, the Progressive Magazine, Al Jazeera, and other outlets. 

David D. Haynes and Scott McCallum

David D. Haynes and Scott McCallum

“A Cross-Partisan Approach to Building Political Trust”

David D. Haynes

David D. Haynes boasts decades of experience in Wisconsin media. He worked in a variety of roles at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, including business editor, opinion editor, Ideas Lab editor, and community engagement coordinator. In 2017, he founded the Ideas Lab, aiming to address Milwaukee and Wisconsin’s challenges through commentary and solutions journalism. As the leader of the organization’s statewide editorial board and the Journal Sentinel’s community engagement efforts, he collaborated with partners statewide to foster relationships centered on listening to the public.
Before joining the Journal Sentinel, Haynes served as a senior editor at The Sun in Lowell, Mass. Prior to that, he worked in his home state of Indiana, where he was part of the team at the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel that won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting. Haynes’ journey in political reporting began with covering a stop in the Hoosier state by Walter Mondale during the 1976 presidential campaign.
Today, Haynes resides in a Milwaukee suburb with his wife, Lisa; they have two adult children.

Scott McCallum

Scott McCallum served as Wisconsin Governor from 2001 to 2003 following a 14-year tenure as Lieutenant Governor and 10 years in the State Senate. He holds a B.A. from Macalester College, a M.A. from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, an Honorary J.D. from Marian University, and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
From 2005 to 2015, former Governor McCallum was President and CEO of the Aidmatrix Foundation in Dallas, TX. Under his lead, Aidmatrix expanded from a regional nonprofit to one of the world’s largest technology providers in the humanitarian sector, collaborating with over 32,000 clients across five continents.
McCallum taught at the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, and later as an adjunct professor in the LaFollette School of Public Affairs. Currently, he teaches in the UW-Milwaukee Bader Institute of Nonprofit Management.
He has published and presented globally on technology for humanitarian purposes, its impact on jobs, and public policy. He also facilitates collaborative projects for health care and technology companies globally. His academic research sheds light on the technology revolution’s influence in the world economy.
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