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    Jerry Deschane

    Executive Director

    Jerry Deschane is the Executive Director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities. Working with the League board and staff, Jerry is responsible for engaging appointed and elected city and village officials in the state legislative process and for motivating state policymakers to support vibrant Wisconsin communities. He is the fifth League Executive Director since the organization was founded in 1898.  Deschane is a longtime lobbyist and association executive. He also has experience in state government and the news media. Contact Jerry by email.  You can find Jerry on Twitter @DeschaneJerry

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    Curt Witynski

    Deputy Executive Director

    Curt manages the League's lobbying program, representing the League before the Legislature, the Governor’s office, and state agencies. He writes the Legislative Bulletin and Capitol Buzz newsletters and organizes legislative material on the League's web page.  He answers questions from the media and members about legislation, levy limits, state aid programs, and legal issues.  Additionally, he helps plan and often presents at League conferences and meetings. He has given presentations and written numerous articles on many aspects of municipal law.  He is the co-author of several guidebooks for local officials published by the League. Curt joined the League staff as assistant legal counsel in 1987.  Before becoming Deputy Executive Director, Curt served as the League’s Legal Counsel for eight years.  Contact Curt by email.
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    Toni Herkert

    Government Affairs Director

    Toni is the former long-time policy advisor for Wisconsin State Senator Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay). She most recently served as a Policy Analyst and Clerk of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy.  She is an expert on issues related to water regulation, including permitting and zoning. Toni holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and Political Science from St. Norbert College and M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. She has also previously worked at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Lakes and NEW Water (formally Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District).

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    Claire Silverman

    Legal Counsel

    Claire Silverman is Legal Counsel for the League of Wisconsin Municipalities.  Claire’s responsibilities include supervising the legal services provided by the League, answering questions of a general nature for officials and employees of member municipalities, writing legal articles for the League’s magazine and amicus briefs in appellate cases involving issues of statewide concern to municipalities, organizing an annual institute for municipal attorneys, and educating local officials on a variety of topics pertaining to their duties.   In addition, she coordinates legal material for the League's web page. Claire joined the League staff in 1992. Contact Claire by email.
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    Maria Davis

    Assistant Legal Counsel

    Maria Davis is Assistant Legal Counsel for the League. Maria’s responsibilities include answering legal questions of a general nature for officials and employees of member municipalities, writing legal articles for the League’s magazine and amicus briefs in appellate cases involving issues of statewide concern to municipalities, assisting in writing League handbooks, assisting in planning the Municipal Attorneys Institute, and educating local officials on a variety of topics pertaining to their duties. Maria joined the League staff in 2018.  Contact Maria by email
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    Gail Sumi

    Member Engagement and Communications Director

    Gail Sumi is the League's Member Engagement and Communications Director. She works with League members and staff to strengthen member involvement, provide strategic direction for and implement the League's communications plan, manage outreach and connect with partners. She also manages the League's social media including Facebook, Twitter @LeagueWIMunisLinkedIn and YouTube and is responsible for other strategic communications and publications including the magazine content and coordination of the web. She joined the League after a 20+ career as a lobbyist. Contact Gail by email
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    Carrie Jensen  

    Event Manager

    Carrie Jensen is the League's Event Manager. She is responsible for planning and coordinating League training programs and meetings. She works with the various League Sections, such as the Clerks, Assessors and the Building Inspectors, to develop their programs.
    Her duties include negotiating contracts with hotels, restaurants, and guest speakers and handling the financial administration of all meetings. Carrie joined the League staff in 2015. Contact Carrie by email
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    Robin Powers

    Director of Marketing & Administration

    Robin is responsible for all things sponsor and advertiser related for all League publications and conferences. He also is responsible for the League’s Business Member program and is the liaison for the participating organizations. Robin administers the League's database, maintains and updates records, designs and generates database reports and calculates the League dues for all members. He provides information for the mailing of various League publications and training program notices, and is responsible for the sale of various mailing lists from the League's database. In addition, Robin manages office vendors and coordinates IT services. Robin joined the League in 2016 after a career in law enforcement and the fire service. Contact Robin by email

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    Elizabeth Yanke

    Member Services Director 


    Elizabeth Yanke is responsible to connect with all new member elected officials and staff to introduce the League and assess training and information needs, while seeking feedback from members and League Mutual Insureds to improve offerings. She hosts and moderates League web programming and participates in evaluation of all member programming and makes recommendations for revision. Elizabeth joined the League as a Project Manager in 2019 and prior to that spent more than 12 years in private industry strategic human resources.

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    Tracy Kern



    Tracy joined the league in 2019 and is responsible for the creation and maintenance of financial records while monitoring and troubleshooting those processes for accuracy.  Tracy also helps members and customers with financial inquiries. Tracy is a Certified Professional Accountant and comes to the League with over 10 years of professional accounting experience. 


    Sandra Scott

    Administrative Assistant 

    Sandy is the newest member of the League team and serves as the primary point of contact for our customers and member officials and helps them find answers to their inquiries.  She is responsible for phones, mailings, check payment entry, and maintaining the shared League calendar.  If you need to update your contact information or mailing address for the Municipality Magazine, Sandy is the person to speak with.