Panelists

Evan Goyke

Representative Evan Goyke

State Representative
Wisconsin’s 18th Assembly District

Evan Goyke has been proudly representing Wisconsin’s 18th Assembly district in the Wisconsin State Assembly since 2012. Prior to being elected to the Assembly, Evan served in the State Public Defender’s Office, following his graduation from Marquette Law School. Additional appointments in 2017 include: Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority Board; Evidence-Based Decision Making Subcommittee of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.

Current Committees:

Veterans Legislation Accomplishment Highlights:

  • 2015-2017 Session: Authored and Passed AB 707/SB 575 – Signed into law by Governor Walker. This legislation creates a logotype for veteran-owned and Disabled Veteran-owned businesses.
  • 2017-2019 Session: Author of “The Wisconsin Veterans Farm Bill of 2017” – AB 302/SB 224 – This bill creates a veteran farmer assistance and outreach program within DATCP. It also creates a veteran farmer logotype. Extension in support of this bill.
  • Author of AB 80/SB 47 – Creates parity with the federal government on who is certified in Wisconsin as a service connected disabled veteran-owned business.

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Kathy Still

Assistant Deputy Secretary
Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs

Kathy Still serves as the Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.  As a member of the senior management team, she serves as the chief legislative liaison and directs public affairs and policy making.

Since joining the department in 2013, Kathy has served in various assignments, overseeing many of the department’s programs, benefits adn services.  Prior to joining the WDVA, Kathy worked more than 10 years as an aide in the Wisconsin State Legislature. She retired from military service after more than 24 years in the Army Reserve and National Guard, including several years of activated service. Her active duty service included the establishment and command of one of the Army’s first-in-the-nation units designed to provide command and control, administration, medical case management, and transitional services to wounded, injured, and ill reserve component members.

Kathy is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin Law School. She resides in Madison with her husband Tom.


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Neil Lerner

Associate State Director — Strategic Operations
Wisconsin Small Business Development Center, UW-Extension

Neil Lerner works with Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) center directors, business consultants and SBDC central office staff at UW-Extension to improve service delivery and operations in support of customers, funders, and stakeholders.  He also manages and trains new consultants with broad regional or statewide scope of work.

Neil’s leadership as SBDC center director at UW-Madison for 22 years, his involvement in regional and state stakeholder groups, and his insight into the trends affecting the formation and growth of small companies are most valuable as the division grows.  Neil started out as an SBDC business consultant, helping aspiring entrepreneurs to start and existing companies to grow.  His experience gives him a unique perspective on what an SBDC consultants and directors need to be successful.

Neil has a BA from Temple University and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


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Jacqueline Sacco

Financial Aid Advisor/Veterans Benefits
Veterans Services Office, UW Colleges

Jaci Sacco joined UW Colleges in August 2011 and currently serves as the Veterans Services Coordinator for six of the UW Colleges campuses plus UW Colleges Online and the Flexible Option Program. A native of Minnesota, Jaci earned a B.A. in Business and Sociology from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.

She began her career in higher education with the Graduate School of Business at UST, transitioned to the private sector with a focus on organizational development and then returned to higher education after a relocation to NW Wisconsin. As a Veterans Services Coordinator, it is her priority to help veterans and their family members utilize their education benefits and achieve their educational goals.


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Ruth Schriefer

Interim Program Director
Family Living Programs, UW-Extension

Ruth Schriefer was recently appointed Interim Director for UW-Extension’s Family Living Programs. She brings more than 3 decades of experience in multiple programs and many counties to this senior administrative position. Ruth worked most recently in Iowa County focusing on Family Financial Security and developing local collaborations that support families. Ruth considers herself a lifelong learner and has degrees in Family & Consumer Education from UW-Stout and Administrative Leadership with an emphasis in Adult Education from UW-Milwaukee.