Program Officers

LeaderEthics-Wisconsin is fortunate to have a dedicated group that provides direction and guidance in producing speaker events and programs.

Sam Scinta- Program Chair

Sam Scinta received his BA in Political Science from Yale University and his Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the University of Denver College of Law. He worked as a public finance attorney, where he assisted with dozens of projects across the West. Sam has over twenty years experience working in publishing, and served as Vice President and Associate Publisher at Fulcrum Publishing, before being named Publisher in 2006. In 2015, Sam founded IM Education, Inc., a non-profit focusing on education programming, and currently runs critical thinking and writing programs in several area schools. 

He is also an Associate Lecturer in the Political Science Department at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, focusing on political theory, civil discourse, and American government. 

 Gwyneth Straker - Program Officer

  Gwyneth is a retired Professor of Physical Therapy at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She has     been an active member of LeaderEthics-Wisconsin and is actively involved in promoting community         wellness and fitness. 

Maggie Rauschl - Program Officer

Maggie is a La Crosse area local. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire with a double major in Spanish and Theatre. While in college, she became interested in politics and servant leadership. She is fortunate to now work at Festival Foods as an executive assistant. Through her position at Festival, she has learned practical servant leadership due to the principles that are infused into the culture of the company. Maggie has been married to her husband, Tim, for over 8 years.

Kyle Rohan - Program Officer

 Kyle is a student at the University of Wisconsin - La  Crosse. He plans to  graduate in December 2021. He has served as an intern for LeaderEthics-Wisconsin since January 2020. He has been instrumental in assisting in the  development of new programs and expanded presentations statewide. He has  completed his internship and now serves as a Program Officer.

Chapter Purpose and Responsibilities

The local chapter plays a key role in LeaderEthics-Wisconsin. Next generation leaders are likely to be developed at the local level. Moreover, healthy communities can serve as a foundation for ethical leaders. The local chapter has the following purpose:

Candidate Development

A key focus of the local chapter is the development of candidates who actively support ethical leadership practices as a cornerstone to their candidacy. LeaderEthics-Wisconsin asks local chapters to develop a plan for Candidate Development. The plan should include: a) a program to encourage new candidates to embrace LeaderEthics Principles, b) a format for dialog with experienced individuals, and c) the use of practical campaign tools (such as grassroots campaign development).

Community Development

Local chapters should develop a plan for expanding community awareness. This plan can include developing programs with keynote speakers to discuss ethical leadership in practice. These speaker events are an opportunity to invite guest attendees. Furthermore, local chapters may embrace plans to engage with local editorial boards, the social media, and the community at-large, Local Chapters may opt to develop a local performance grading survey for local officials.

Other Responsibilities

Local chapters should develop a plan to encourage membership development as well as a plan to share information regarding membership-grading results for elected officials and candidates.

Chapter Organization

  1. The local chapter should designate three officers.

  2. Chapter Chair – The Chapter Chair serves as the official representative of the chapter and is responsible for chairing Community Development and Candidate Development meetings. The Chapter President will be responsible for convening Chapter meetings, as well as planning/organization meetings, if needed.

  3. Chapter Vice-Chair – The Chapter Vice-Chair serves as the alternate senior representative for the chapter and is responsible for organizing the annual program for Community Development and Candidate Development activities. This includes securing speakers and presenters for these activities.

  4. Secretary/Treasurer – The Secretary/Treasurer will be responsible for maintaining financial records for the chapter and for external correspondence.

  5. Chapter Officers may organize the chapter to utilize additional members in chapter leadership roles.

New Chapter Approval

Members may decide to form a chapter. A minimum of ten members is required. These members may already be listed in another local chapter, or be listed as members-at-large. Typically, a new chapter is formed within a community or region. However, a virtual chapter may form if developing a local chapter is not feasible.

Member of the proposed new chapter must submit an application letter to, addressed to the LeaderEthics-Wisconsin board containing the following information:

  1. The name of the proposed chapter;

  2. The community or region represented by the chapter;

  3. A list of the names of the initial members in the chapter;

  4. The names of the Chapter Officers: Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary/Treasurer.

  5. A written plan, describing how the chapter intends to meet the stated Chapter Purpose and Responsibilities; and

  6. Signatures of the Chapter Officers.

Once the application is approved, the new Chapter should invite a representative of LeaderEthics-Wisconsin to meet with the officers and address the initial meeting.

La Crosse Chapter Chair, Sam Scinta, addresses the membership.

Local Chapters

La Crosse -      

The La Crosse Chapter was established in September 2018.  

Madison -

The Madison Chapter was established in July 2019. 

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LeaderEthics - Wisconsin is organized as a 501(c)4 non-profit organization.  P.O. Box 371, La Crosse, WI 54602

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