The State, University & UW Health Employees Combined Campaign of Dane County

Administrative Board and Committees

Welcome to Partners in Giving! Partners in Giving is the name of the charitable fundraising campaign for state, UW and UW Health employees who work in Dane County.  The volunteer-run workplace fundraising drive combines smaller efforts at agencies, the UW and UW Health to raise over $2 million each year for more than 500 state, national and international charities!

The eight-week fall campaign is run almost entirely by volunteers and is the Dane County portion of the State Employees Combined Campaign. Employees can donate to the charity or charities of their choice and quickly and efficiently pay by cash, check, credit card or payroll deduction.

Employee volunteer Chairs and Coordinators at various worksites host agency or UW Department campaigns to generate donations. Employee volunteers also sit on various Partners in Giving Board Committees and the Committee Chairs comprise the Partners in Giving Administrative Board, which oversees the campaign.

While there is an administrative cost to organizing and operating the annual campaign, The Board strives to continually maximize the campaign’s efficiencies of scale to hold costs to an absolute minimum. Total administrative expenses for the Partners in Giving campaign in 2017 was only 3.94%. In 2017, employees donated more than $2.5 million to charities of their choice.

The state of Wisconsin does not specifically sponsor the state employee combined campaign, but it supports it in state Administrative Code. Chapter 30 formally authorizes state employees to designate payroll deductions for charitable purposes approved by the Department of Administration and the Governor. The purpose of Chapter 30 is to ensure that only approved charitable organizations are permitted to be designated for payroll deductions by state employees and donations by payroll are used for the announced purposes of the charitable groups.

Charities which apply to be part of the campaign are carefully screened by the Eligibility Committee each year, must meet strict eligibility requirements and then be formally approved by the state.

We invite you to read more and then join us to support the charities of your choice. Together, we can Change a lot!


Board members Greg Zalesak (Board member), Connie Chesnik (Board member) and Phyllis Fuller (Board Co-Chair) at recognition ceremony

2018 Administrative Board

Co-Chair Phyllis Fuller, 242-6207,

Co-Chair Tammy Kuhn Martin, 265-0504,

Chief Kristen Roman, Co-Chair, University Committee, UW Police Department, 262.4527,

Jeff Russell, Co-Chair, University Committee, Division of Continuing Studies, UW Madison, 890.2318,

Connie Chesnik, Co-Chair, State Coordinating Committee, Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, 422-7040,

Thomas Smith, Co-Chair, State Coordinating Committee, Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, 422-6920,

Kristi Heming, Co-Chair, Training & Special Events Committee, Department of Chemistry, UW-Madison, 262-6815,

Lindsay Johnson, Co-Chair, Training & Special Events Committee, Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds, 267-7782,

Tammy Kuhn Martin, Co-Chair, Training & Special Events Committee, College of Engineering, UW-Madison, 265-0504,

Linda Eggert, Chair, Marketing Committee, Wisconsin Department of Corrections, 240-5409,

Rachel Meek, Chair, Eligibility Committee, Wisconsin Department of Administration,  270-2535,

Greg Zalesak, 263-0590,


2018 Eligibility Committee

  • Rachel Meek, Chair, Wisconsin Department of Administration, 270-2535,
  • Matt Bodden, Wisconsin Department of Transportation
  • Tim Coulthart, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
  • Laura Jirsa Dille, Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions
  • Kathryn Egeland, Wisconsin Department of Administration
  • Gale Johnson, Wisconsin Department of Health Services
  • Angela Keelan-Martinez, Wisconsin Department of Administration
  • Andrea Ruiz, State of Wisconsin Investment Board
  • Denise Nechvatal, Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands
  • Julie Last, College of Engineering, UW-Madison
  • Maggie Wolfe, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
  • Carol Brockman, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin


2018 Marketing Committee

  • Linda Eggert, Chair, Wisconsin Department of Corrections, 240-5409,
  • Jelena Gagula, Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
  • Kristi Heming, Department of Chemistry, UW-Madison
  • Bob Paolino, Legislative Reference Bureau
  • Amanda White, UW Hospital & Clinics


2018 State Coordinating Committee

  • Connie Chesnik, Co-Chair, Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, 422-7040,
  • Thomas Smith, Co-Chair, Department of Children and Families, 422-6902,
  • Patricia Bakken, Retired
  • Rebecca Murray, Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Board
  • Gloria Palencia, Department of Corrections
  • Dorothy Ruff, Retired
  • Thomas Ryan, Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
  • Shelly Schueller, Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds
  • Shawn Theis, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
  • Lori Whitney, Legislative Mail Room


2018 Training & Outreach Committee

  • Tammy Kuhn Martin, UW Co-Chair, College of Engineering, UW-Madison, 265-0504,
  • Lindsay Johnson, State Co-Chair, Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds, 267-7782,
  • Kristi Heming (Co-Chair), Department of Chemistry, UW-Madison, 262-6815,
  • Celia Braker, UW-System Administration
  • Renae Beier, Wisconsin Department of Transportation
  • Julie Anderson, Department of Economics, UW-Madison
  • DeAnna Sellers, Wisconsin Department of Revenue
  • Jonathan Eckelberg, Wisconsin Department of Tourism
  • Mou Vang, Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority
  • Roxy Walker, Wisconsin Department of Revenue
  • Sheree Rayford, Wisconsin Department of Corrections
  • Jerry Grimshaw, Wisconsin Department of Health Services


2018 University Coordinating Committee

  • Jeff Russell, Co-Chair, Division of Continuing Studies, 890-2318,
  • Chief Kristen Roman, Co-Chair, UW Police, 262-4527,
  • Lindsey Honeyager, School of Education
  • Lauren Gruber, Divison of Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Tammy Kuhn Martin, College of Engineering
  • Kate Miller, Office of Human Resources
  • Diane Stojanovich, Nelson Institute
  • Lisa Waters, Office of Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration
  • Brian Rust, Division of Information Technology
  • Greg Zalesak, UW School of Medicine and Public Health


Umbrella group representatives receive 2015 Partners in Giving Check for $2.5 million dollars

Umbrella group representatives receive 2015 Partners in Giving check for $2.5 million dollars

2018 Umbrella Representatives to Administrative Board and Committees

  • Kathy Schoepp, Access to Community Services
  • Jackie Ruggles, Community Health Charities of Wisconsin
  • Justin Williams, Community Shares of Wisconsin
  • Darren Blankenship, EarthShare Wisconsin
  • Ashley Hosking, United Way of Dane County
  • Carli Wilke, United Way of Dane County