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

Administrative Board and Committees

Welcome to Partners in Giving! We are volunteers at state agencies, UW Madison and UW Health workplaces who make up the Dane County portion of a state employee combined campaign that raises money for charity.

The annual fundraising campaign allows state employees to donate to the charity or charities of their choice and efficiently pay for it by cash, check, credit card or payroll deduction.

The eight-week fall campaign is run almost entirely by volunteers. Employee volunteers also work on various Partners in Giving Board Committees and sit on 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 2015 was only 4.1%. In 2015, 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 Co-Chair), Connie Chesnik (Board member) and Phyllis Fuller (Board Co-Chair) at recognition ceremony

Administrative Board

Co-Chair Phyllis Fuller, 264-6065, phyllis.fuller@wisconsin.gov

Co-Chair Greg Zalesak, 263-0590, zalesak@neurosurgery.wisc.edu

Lori Berquam, Chair, University Committee, UW Dean of Students,
263-5702, lori.berquam@wisc.edu

Connie Chesnik, Co-Chair, Special Events Committee, Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, 267-7295, connie.chesnik@wisconsin.gov

Linda Eggert, Chair, Marketing Committee, Wisconsin Department of Corrections, 240-5409, linda.eggert@wisconsin.gov

Kristi Heming, Co-Chair, Special Events Committee, Department of Chemistry, UW-Madison, 262-6815, heming@chem.wisc.edu

Lindsay Johnson, Co-Chair, Training Committee, Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds, 267-7782, Lindsay.Johnson@etf.wi.gov

Tammy Kuhn Martin, Co-Chair, Training Committee, College of Engineering, UW-Madison, 265-0504, tamara.kuhnmartin@wisc.edu

Rachel Meek, Chair, Eligibility Committee, Wisconsin Department of Administration,  270-2535, rachel.meek@wisconsin.gov

Thomas Smith, Chair, State Coordinating Committee, Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, 266-2562, ThomasA2.Smith@wisconsin.gov

 

Eligibility Committee

  • Rachel Meek, Chair, Wisconsin Department of Administration, 270-2535, rachel.meek@wisconsin.gov
  • Godwin Amegashie, Wisconsin Department of Administration
  • Matt Bodden, Wisconsin Department of Transportation
  • Tim Coulthart, Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau
  • Laura Jirsa Dille, Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions
  • Gale Johnson, Wisconsin Department of Health Services
  • Angela Keelan-Martinez, Wisconsin Department of Administration
  • Andrea Ruiz, State of Wisconsin Investment Board
  • Marcus Miles, Wisconsin Department of Administration
  • Denise Nechvatal, Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands
  • Julie Last, College of Engineering, UW-Madison
  • Maggie Wolfe, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

 

Marketing Committee

  • Linda Eggert, Chair, Wisconsin Department of Corrections, 240-5409, linda.eggert@wisconsin.gov
  • Christina Finet, Division of Continuing Studies, UW-Madison
  • Kristi Heming, Department of Chemistry, UW-Madison
  • Bob Paolino, Legislative Reference Bureau
  • Amanda White, UW Hospital & Clinics

 

Special Events Committee

 

State Coordinating Committee

  • Thomas Smith, Chair, Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, 266-2562, ThomasA2.Smith@wisconsin.gov
  • Patricia Bakken, Retired
  • Rita Black-Radloff, Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds
  • Rob Hamilton, Wisconsin Department of Health Services
  • Dorothy Ruff, Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority
  • Thomas Ryan, Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
  • Shelly Schueller, Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds
  • Lori Whitney, Legislative Mail Room

 

Training Committee

  • Tammy Kuhn Martin, UW Co-Chair, College of Engineering, UW-Madison, 265-0504, tamara.kuhnmartin@wisc.edu
  • Lindsay Johnson, State Co-Chair, Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds, 267- 7782, Lindsay.johnson@etf.wi.gov
  • Renae Beier, Wisconsin Department of Transportation
  • Roxy Walker, Wisconsin Department of Revenue
  • Jennie Brady, Wisconsin Department of Transportation
  • Jonathan Eckelberg, Wisconsin Department of Tourism
  • DeAnna Sellers, Wisconsin Department of Revenue
  • Becky Kikkert, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
  • Sheree Rayford, Wisconsin Department of Corrections
  • Mou Vang, Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority
  • Larissa Leist, Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority

 

University Coordinating Committee

  • Lori Berquam, Chair, Dean of Students, UW Madison, 263-5702, lori.berquam@wisc.edu
  • Melissa Amos-Landgraf, School of Education
  • Michael Childers, UW-Extension
  • Tammy Kuhn Martin, College of Engineering
  • Kathryn May, School of Nursing
  • Margy May, General Services/OHR
  • Zach Robbins, Arts Institute
  • 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

Umbrella Representatives to Administrative Board and Committees

  • Darren Blankenship, EarthShare Wisconsin
  • Cheri Buckner, Community Shares of Wisconsin
  • JoEllen Graber, Access to Community Services
  • Jackie Ruggles, Community Health Charities of Wisconsin
  • Carli Wilke, United Way of Dane County
  • Justin Williams, Community Shares of Wisconsin
  • Nick Wood, United Way of Dane County