The State, University, and 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 Partners in Giving 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.

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 (Former board member) and Phyllis Fuller (Former board co-chair) at recognition ceremony

Administrative Board

Co-Chair Lindsay Johnson, 267-7782,

Co-Chair Tammy Kuhn Martin, 265-0504,

Eligibility Committee

Rachel Meek, Co-Chair, Retired, 516-8888,

Kathryn Egeland, Co-Chair, Wisconsin Department of Administration, 266-2996,

  • Matt Bodden, Wisconsin Department of Transportation
  • Tim Coulthart, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
  • Gale Johnson, Wisconsin Department of Health Services
  • Denise Nechvatal, Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands
  • Andrea Ruiz, State of Wisconsin Investment Board
  • Dan Subach, Wisconsin Department of Administration

Marketing Committee

Linda Eggert, Co-Chair, Wisconsin Department of Corrections, 240-5409,

Jelena Predaina, Co-Chair, Marketing Committee, Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, 

  • Kristi Heming, Department of Chemistry, UW-Madison
  • Bob Paolino, Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau
  • Vanessa Taulbee, Division of Information Technology, UW- Madison 

State Coordinating Committee

Gloria Palencia, Chair, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, 608-220-1141,

  • Malia Bonno, Wisconsin Historical Society
  • Catherine Grothe, Wisconsin Office of the State Public Defender
  • Shelly Schueller, Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds

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, UW Co-Chair, Department of Chemistry, UW-Madison, 262-6815,

  • Julie Anderson, Department of Economics, UW-Madison
  • Nathaniel Javid, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, UW-Madison
  • Hannah Strelchenko, Genetics, UW-Madison
  • Jenny McGraw, Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds
  • Roxy Walker, Wisconsin Department of Revenue
  • Rachel Laubmeier, Police Department, UW-Madison

University Coordinating Committee

Jeff Novak, Co-Chair, University Housing, UW-Madison, 262-6982,
Jeff Russell, Co-Chair, Division of Continuing Studies, UW-Madison, 890-2318,

  • Kyle Henderson, DoIT, UW-Madison
  • Ed Elder, School of Pharmacy, UW-Madison
  • Lori Finkel, School of Business, UW-Madison
  • Faye Reber, University Housing, UW-Madison
  • Diane Stojanovich, Nelson Institute, UW-Madison
  • Gianna Taylor, Division of Continuing Studies, UW-Madison
  • Kelley Novak, Office of Human Resources, UW-Madison
  • Miranda Winkelman, Center for Teaching, Learning & Mentoring, UW-Madison
  • Niki Virnig, Department of Neurological  Surgery, UW-Madison 
  • Ruth Vater, School of Education, UW-Madison 
  • Greg Zalesak, School of Medicine and Public Health, UW-Madison

Umbrella Representatives

  • Chad Hershner, Access to Community Services
  • Deanna Neiers, Global Impact
  • Jackie Ruggles, Community Health Charities of Wisconsin
  • Kewiana Pollard, Community Shares of Wisconsin
  • Beth Gunter, EarthShare Wisconsin
  • Ashley Hosking, United Way of Dane County
  • Christin Ferrall, United Way of Dane County
  • Brittney Claridades, America’s Charities
  • Jesse Beisler, America’s Best Charities
  • Jonathan Hansen, Hunger Relief Fund
  • Lynn Karbowski, WI Assoc. for Environment Educatio