Panelists

Bewley

Senator Janet Bewley

State Senator
Wisconsin’s 25th Senate District

State Senator Janet Bewley Represents Wisconsin’s 25th Senate District.  Janet was elected to the Senate in the fall of 2014 after serving two terms in the Wisconsin State Assembly.  Prior to that she served on the Ashland City Council for two years.  Janet was born in 1951 in Cleveland, Ohio, the second of four children in a hard-working family.  In 1973 she became the first member of her family to graduate from college, Case Western Reserve.  After a few years working in the ocean freight business, Janet went on to graduate school and earned a Master’s in Academic Administration from the University of Maine in 1977.  And then she moved to Northern Wisconsin……and found her home.

Janet’s professional career spans more than 30 years, including working as a Senior Community Development Officer for the  Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, Family Administrator at HRK Group in Bayfield, executive Director of the Mary H. Rice Foundation and Dean of Students at Northland College.  Janet was one of the original cast members at Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua and continues to perform as part of the Rittenhouse Chamber Singers.  She is married to David Saetre, Professor of Religion and Campus Minister, Northland College.  She and David have five grown children and four fantastic grandchildren.

Janet is a member of the Senate’s Committee on Universities and Technical Colleges, Committee on Education, Committee on Insurance, Housing, and Trade, Committee on Economic Development, Commerce and Local Government, and the Committee on Senate Organization.  Janet also serves on the Governor’s Council on Tourism, the State Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and on the board of the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority.


French

Jeff French

Barron County Administrator

Jeff French is currently the County Administrator for Barron County, a position he has held since January 2010. Jeff has worked for Barron County for 16+ years, first serving as Chief Administrative Accountant, followed by Finance Director. He oversees a budget in excess of $60M, working cooperatively with 15 various department heads and 29 County Board members.

Jeff earned his master’s degree in Business Administration at Lakeland College in Sheboygan, WI. He is also a Certified Public Accountant and an Enrolled Agent. Jeff has previous work experience as a Governmental Auditor and Tax Preparer.


Quinn

Representative Romaine Quinn

State Representative
Wisconsin’s 75th Assembly District

Representative Romaine Quinn was first elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2014. Romaine was born and raised in Rice Lake where he attended St. Joesph’s as well as Rice Lake High School. He was elected to serve on the Rice Lake City Council at the age of 18 and was elected Mayor of Rice Lake at the age of 19. Serving as mayor taught Romaine the intricacies of governing and the importance of working with a local constituency.

Romaine attended UW-Barron County in Rice Lake and earned a B.A. in political science and public leadership from UW-Green Bay. Prior to his election to the Wisconsin State Assembly, Romaine worked as a salesman at Viking Coca Cola’s Rice Lake branch.

He serves on the following Assembly Standing Committees for 2017-2018: Committee on Science and Technology (Chair), Committee on Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage (Vice-Chair), Committee on Colleges and Universities, Committee on Education, Committee on Labor, Committee on Regulatory Licensing Reform and Committee on Rural Development and Mining.


Arcand

Meredith Arcand

4-H Youth Development Educator & Assistant Professor of Youth Development
UW-Extension & University of Wisconsin-Barron County

Meredith Arcand is the 4-H Youth Development Educator for Barron County. Meredith has been with UW-Extension since February 2016. Prior to working for UW-Extension, she served as a 4-H Coordinator for two years with University of Michigan Extension.

Meredith began her journey working with youth as an Activities Director in Neenah, WI, at Youth Go, Inc, a drop-in youth center. During this eight year time span, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from UW-Oshkosh and her Graduate degree in Non-Profit Organization Management from Northeastern University of Professional Studies in Boston, MA. She is currently working on her MBA from Tiffin University while she works with volunteers, youth and the community in her role as 4-H Educator.

Meredith is a trained facilitator in the Real Colors and Communicating Across Generations curriculum. She has also served on the Dickinson County United Way and Fox Cities Mid-Day Women’s Alliance Professional Board.


Brett

Malcolm Brett

Director
Broadcasting and Media Innovations, UW-Extension

Malcolm Brett is the Director of Broadcasting and Media Innovations for the University of Wisconsin-Extension and General Manager of WHA-TV, the flagship station of Wisconsin Public Television. He oversees the University’s public radio and public television stations which are part of Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) and Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR). He also oversees UW-Extension’s distance learning facilities and Instructional Communications Systems.

During the past 33 years at Wisconsin Public Broadcasting, Malcolm has served as WPT’s director of development as well as production manager for the national show “The New Tech Times.” He was named PBS Development Professional of the Year in 1998 for his system-wide contributions and for his leadership of WPT’s development program.

Malcolm led WPT’s digital conversion and has helped guide, design, fund or implement several of WPT’s national public television models, including Portal Wisconsin, the National Center for Community Engagement, Wisconsin Hometown Stories and extensive Veterans programming including the national project; Veterans Coming Home. He led the development of University Place, built out multicast and Internet streaming services for delivery of programming featuring University research and community based services on-air and online.


Edwardsen

Doug Edwardsen

Regional Director of Continuing Education
University of Wisconsin Colleges

Doug Edwardsen is the North Region Director of Continuing Education and is responsible for directing the development of programs at UW campuses at Marinette, Marshfield, Marathon and Rice Lake. He began as the CE Director for UW Barron County in 2014 and became the Region Director in 2016.

Prior to joining UW Colleges, he held leadership positions at two Iowa manufacturing companies in sales and marketing and was responsible for marketing commercial products to the trucking industry through a field-based sales and technical workforce in the U.S. and Canada.

Doug is a graduate of UW Stevens Point with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and English. He earned a Masters of Business Administration Degree from the University of Iowa. He serves on the UW Barron County Foundation Board and was recently elected to the Rice Lake City Council.


Lampe

Greg Lampe

Provost and Vice Chancellor
University of Wisconsin Colleges

Greg Lampe is the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the University of Wisconsin Colleges (UW Colleges). He was appointed to this position in May 2009. As the UW Colleges Chief Academic Officer, Greg provides leadership for long-range institutional growth and access, curricular oversight and management, and academic and program review at the academic department and program level.

Greg has been serving the UW Colleges as an administrator since July 2000. From July 2007 through April 2009, and from July 2003 through December 2005, he served the UW Colleges as the Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. When he was not serving in this interim role, he was the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, a position in which he had served since 2000. Prior to coming to the UW Colleges’ administrative offices in Madison, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts at the UW-Rock County campus in Janesville. In 2004, Greg was promoted to full professor.

Greg began his career with the UW Colleges at the Marshfield/Wood County campus in 1983. Prior to becoming a faculty member at the UW Colleges, Greg taught at UW-La Crosse in the Speech and Theatre Department for five years. Born in New Rochelle, New York, he received his bachelor’s degree from Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania (1976), his master’s degree from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb (1978), and his doctorate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1995).