Lee served as President of Western Technical College from 1989 to 2017. Throughout his career, he has actively promoted leadership development, continuous improvement, economic development and sustainability at the national, statewide and local levels. He has written articles and given numerous presentations on these topics. Lee was Chair of the Legislative Committee for the Wisconsin Technical College System for more than 15 years. He was a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Congress in 1994 and 1996.
Richard Kyte is the Endowed Professor of the D. B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin where he teaches a variety of ethics courses dealing with issues in business, leadership, and the environment. He received his undergraduate degree from Hamline University and his Ph.D. in philosophy from The Johns Hopkins University in 1994. Rick writes a regular column for the La Crosse Tribune titled “The Ethical Life.” His latest book, Ethical Business: Cultivating the Good in Organizational Culture, was published by Anselm Academic Press in 2016. He gives numerous presentations on ethics and leadership to organizations all over the country. Rick is a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Downtown Rotary Club of La Crosse.
Brandon works in Information Technology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse while serving as Chair of the University Staff Council. He also represents University Staff on the campus Joint Planning and Budget Committee. Outside of work, he serves as the President Elect Nominee for the Rotary Club of La Crosse-After Hours and President Elect of the La Crosse area Rotary Works Foundation. While juggling these responsibilities, he is actively pursuing MBA and MS in Information Systems degrees from Indiana University-Kelly School of Business.
Brent is a partner in the Law firm of Johns, Flaherty and Collins. He has served as chair of both the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, and the Wisconsin Technical College System State Board, swerving both boards with distinction. He has served on numerous local boards and committees, notably the board for the La Crosse Center. he was a past chair for the La Crosse County Democratic Party.
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Tom Lister served as judge on the Jackson County Circuit Court for sic years, retiring in 2014. During his tenure, he was instrumental in helping form the treatment courts for the county and Ho Chunk Nation. he also was instrumental in establishing the Welding Institute, where some treatment court participants are taught welding to support employment and industry demand.
David Peterson is retired Minnesota District Court Judge having served the state for 23 years as a full time Judge and two years as a Senior Judge. Peterson received a Bachelor of Science degree from Saint John's University and a J.D. degree from the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining the Bench Peterson practiced private law as well as serving as an Assistant County and eventually County Attorney for several years in Marshall Minnesota.