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Challenges of 2024 & Beyond: What We Need to do This Year to Move Through Them Together

Straw Baskets

LWV Greater Green Bay Fundraiser


Donate a basket to the silent auction fundraiser from your local League!






FRIDAY, May 31


3pm - 5pm

Attendee arrival and meeting check-in 

Networking room and refreshments

Hotel check-in

5pm - 5:05pm

General welcome from Colleen Gruzynski, LWVGGB, and announcements

5:05pm - 5:15pm

Land acknowledgement

5:15pm - 6:15pm


6:15pm - 6:30pm

Parade of Leagues (viewing 1 of 4)

6:30pm - 7:45pm

Malkasian Keynote Presentation:

Battlegrounds for Democracy: Voting, Elections and the Information Ecology in Wisconsin

Michael Wagner, Professor & Dir. of Graduate Studies at UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication

7:45pm - 8pm

Closing announcements

8pm - 10pm

Networking reception and dessert

7:45am - 8:35am

Attendee arrival and meeting check-in

Breakfast with coffee + tea

Hotel check-out


8:35am - 8:45am

Greeting from LWVUS Board Liaison, Joan Hunault

8:45am - 8:55am

General welcome from Tehassi Hill, Chairman for Oneida Nation, and announcements

8:55am - 9:10am

MENTOR Highlights

Presentation of Meg McClane Award for Advocacy

9:10am - 9:25am

LWVWI Staff: Overview of Impact in 2023-2024

9:25am - 9:40am

Parade of Leagues (viewing 2 of 4)

9:40am - 9:50am


9:50am - 10:50am


Artificial Intelligence and Elections: Hype vs Opportunity?

Sonya Reynolds, Dir. of Special Projects at The Movement Cooperative

10:50am - 11:05am

Parade of Leagues (viewing 3 of 4)

11:05am - 12:05pm


Making Civics Education Fun & Meaningful

  • with Jill Underly, State Superintendent of Public Education

Fair Redistricting at the Local Level

  • with Anneliese Waggoner LWVGGB Redistricting Committee, Dan Theno, Brown County Board Member, and Andrea Kaminski, Retired, Executive Director LWVWI

Building the Next Generation of League Leadership

  • with Dawn Smith, VP LWVGGB (President Elect),  Emilie Rhode, LWV Milwaukee Co. Member, and Christy Schwan, President LWVOz/Wa

12:05pm - 1:00pm


LUNCH BONUS- 12:45pm: 1pm Superintendent Underly's State of Education in Wisconsin Update (during the lunch period)

1:00pm - 1:10pm


1:10pm - 1:25pm

Parade of Leagues (viewing 4 of 4)

1:25pm - 2:15pm

Discussion and Q&A on upcoming transition to the centralized dues system

  • with Nora Pullen, LWVUS Membership Manager

2:15pm - 2:30pm


2:30pm - 4:30pm

Plenary Session


Conclusion and farewell

Many thanks to Greater Green Bay for hosting!

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Building the Next Generation of

League Leadership

with Dawn Smith,

VP LWVGGB (President Elect),

Emilie Rhode, LWV Milwaukee Member, and

Christy Schwan, President LWVOz/Wa

Fair Redistricting

at the

Local Level

with Anneliese Waggoner, LWVGGB Redistricting Committee Member, and

Dan Theno, Brown County Board Member and Andrea Kaminski, Retired, Executive Director LWVWI

Making Civics Education Fun & Meaningful

with Jill Underly, State Superintendent of Public Education 



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Michael W. Wagner

Professor & Dir. of Graduate Studies at UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Professor Wagner's research, teaching, and service are animated by the question, "how well does democracy work?" He approaches this from a variety of perspectives, incorporating political communication, political parties, journalism, public opinion, political psychology/behavior, and more. Michael instructs courses on reporting, political communication, media and behavior, physiology and communication, fact-checking, public opinion and opinion writing. He was named the Hazel R. McClymont Distinguished Teaching Fellow in 2012, and the UNL student body named him the 2009 Outstanding Educator of the Year.





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Sonya Reynolds

Dir. of Special Projects, The Movement Cooperative

Sonya has over a decade's experience in social justice and progressive data, having overseen data and innovation at the NY Civic Engagement Table and The Movement Cooperative for 11 cycles. She's tackled projects for the AFL-CIO, Movement for Black Lives, PDI, Family Equality Council and Latino Justice. Sonya was also the Treasurer and Co-Founder of The People's Tech Alliance and a digital security trainer for NYC Stronger Communities - a project of Mozilla Foundation and the NYC Mayor's Office.


Speakers listed alphabetically by last name

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Andrea Kaminski

LWVWI Legislative Committee, Voting & Election Portfolio

Andrea Kaminski covers voting and election law on the LWVWI Legislative Committee. She was executive director of the state League from 2004 until she retired in 2017. She also served on the Dane County Redistricting Commission in 2021 and is a poll worker for the City of Madison.

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Emilie Rohde

Member, LWV

Milwaukee County

Emilie Rohde is a third-generation member of the League of Women Voters and a new member of the League of Women Voters of Milwaukee. Currently, she is a corporate and intellectual property associate attorney at Amundsen Davis LLC, and a recent graduate of Marquette University Law School.

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Christy Schwan

President, LWV Ozaukee & Washington Counties

Christy has been President of the Ozaukee & Washington local League since 2021. She is also an active member of the statewide Community Alliances Committee and the DEI Committee. Christy is now retired and in her professional life owned an employee benefits consulting firm. A lover of learning, she recently completed her Masters in Business Design & Innovation from Carthage College. Christy is also a rock hound, wildflower seeker, and loves to kayak, canoe and snowshoe.

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Nora Pullen

LWVUS Membership


Nora is the membership manager for the League of Women Voters. In this role, she is assisting with the League's transition to a new membership system, while also coordinating with local and state League treasurers regarding PMP and Ed Fund issues. After studying Linguistics at American University, Nora spent time in San Diego and Chicago before returning to DC. She was the Assistant General Manager at a non-profit youth hostel in downtown DC, where she gained operations experience while interacting with guests from all over the world.

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Dan Theno

Brown County

Board Member

Dan served four terms as a State Senator from northwestern WI, two-terms as Mayor of Ashland, was Government Affairs Mgr for a Fortune 500 company, managed local government administrator and served as executive dir. of a statewide association in OH. He is now retired and lives in Green Bay, where he's a member of the Brown Co. Board of Supervisors, Brown County Human Services Board, Green Bay Traffic Commission and Dir. of the Brown Co. Historical Society.

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Dawn Smith

VP, LWV Greater

Green Bay (President Elect)

Dawn Smith is the President Elect of the League of Women Voters, Greater Green Bay, and Financial Analyst at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. She is also the mother of two daughters - one of whom is a new member of the Milwaukee Co. LWV. Dawn has also served two years on Green Bay’s Nominating Committee, and co-chairs Green Bay’s Voter Services Committee


Jill Underly

State Superintendent of Public Education

Dr. Underly was elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2021. She has a deep background in public education and has worked in all facets of public education including at the college level, state and district levels as a teacher and administrator. With over 25 years of public education experience, Dr. Underly is committed to ensuring that every child has the opportunity for a first-class public education in Wisconsin.

*Image property of WI Dept. of Public Instruction. Biography adapted from the WI Dept. of Public Instruction's website


Anneliese Waggoner

LWVGGB Redistricting Committee Member

Anneliese has been a member of the League for over 25 years, and has served as the Chair for LWV Greater Green Bay's Redistricting Committee. Prior to her retirement, Anneliese worked in healthcare and public education.

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