Lee Rasch, Executive Director

Lee is the Executive Director of LeaderEthics-Wisconsin since March 2018. He 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.

Executive Board

The Executive Board is responsible for policy development leading to the general oversight of LeaderEthics-Wisconsin.

Brandon Harris - President

Brandon works in Information Technology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Outside of work, he is a past president of the Rotary Club of La Crosse-After Hours and President of the La Crosse area Rotary Works Foundation. He holds an MBA and an MS in Information Technology Management from Indiana University-Kelly School of Business and a BS in Information Systems from UW-La Crosse.


Tom Fitzpatrick 

Tom was born and raised in La Crosse, obtained a Bachelor’s degree from UW-L in Political Science and History; a Master Degree from UW-Madison in Political Science, and J.D. Degree from UW- Madison Law School. He taught political science at Albright College in Pennsylvania for three years, and at UW-L for two years before entering law school. In 1975, he was Assistant District Attorney for La Crosse County. He has been engaged in the private practice of law since late 1975 as a civil trial attorney, and has been the managing partner of Fitzpatrick, Skemp & Associates for over the past 20 years. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin in 1992. He is married and has 9 adult children, 4 of whom are also lawyers.

Jill Grennan - Vice President

Jill grew up on an organic dairy farm in Cashton, Wisconsin. She is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse with a double major in Public Administration and Political Science. During her undergrad, she was a legislative intern with the National Farmers Union in Washington D.C. for two months. Right out of college, Jill worked on a third district congressional campaign during 2010 for Dan Kapanke. Following that, she worked for U.S. Senator Ron Johnson for two years in Wisconsin as a Regional Director covering agriculture, banking and housing. Currently she works at Western Technical College as the Evaluation and Compliance Coordinator. Jill has completed her master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh. Jill is a strong advocate in servant leadership. She believes it is our responsibility as civil servants to provide moral leadership and to serve the public. "We as current or upcoming leaders must lay the foundation of accountability for the future of our communities." Jill, her husband John, and two children, reside in Monroe County.

Rick Kyte

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.

Joe Heim
Joe Heim is an emeritus professor of Political Science and Public Administration at the   University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, from 1985 to present. He has been active in a number of state and local organizations, and also an occasional guest political analyst on WKBT-TV, WIZM Radio and Wisconsin Public Radio. Many of his former students went on to successful careers as elected officials or public servants, representing the full political spectrum.

Catherine Kolkmeier -Treasurer

Catherine Kolkmeier is currently the Executive Director of the La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium and was former owner of Plain English Professional Writing Services.  Her background is in the biological sciences and nonprofit management, and she was the Director of Development and Communications for Mississippi Valley Conservancy.  She is past chair of the Family Policy Board in La Crosse and a member of the Rotary Club of La Crosse, where she co-chaired the Humanitarian Committee.  In the community, she has served on multiple boards and was the Voter Services Chair for the League of Women Voters of the La Crosse Area. She is also a member and past chair of the Wisconsin Advocacy Committee of the American Heart Association-Midwest Affiliate in Madison. Catherine has lived in La Crosse since 2000.

Jack Lawlis - Secretary

 Jack is a former intern at Leader Ethics-Wisconsin  and holds B.A.’s in Political Science    and Public  Administration from the University of Wisconsin-La  Crosse. At UW-L, he led  a series of voter engagement  efforts, registering over 1,200 students in an initiative that  garnered national attention. He has conducted award-  winning research on the voting habits of  legislators in the  Wisconsin State Legislature, and founded UW-La  Crosse’s “Students for  Ethical Leadership within  Government;” a student-led affiliate of Leader Ethics-WI.  Jack  currently works in legislative affairs and outreach for  the Catholic Church in Minnesota. 

Brent Smith

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, serving 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.

John Smalley

 John Smalley's career in journalism spans 39 years. He retired as Editor of the Wisconsin State Journal in 2020 after nearly 12 years in that role. In 2021-22, he has served as the interim media representative for the Wisconsin Elections Commission. He has long been a champion of engaging people to move the community forward.

Rusty Cunningham

Rusty Cunningham is the highly respected and accomplished former Publisher at Lee Enterprises and Executive Editor of the La Crosse Tribune. In his distinguished career, he has more than 40 years experience in the newspaper industry, serving as a champion for integrity and community collaboration.

Ashley Skoczynski

 Ashley Skoczynski is the Leadership and Career Development Manager at the Greater Green  Bay Chamber. She holds a BA in Education and Sociology/Anthropology as well as a MA in  Servant Leadership from Viterbo University. Ashley has served in various roles in the fields of  education, religious, and non-profit organizations. She appreciates being an engaged  member of the community and helping to create better systems for all people.


Juan Jimenez                                                   

 Juan JimĂ©nez is the Associate Dean of General  Studies at Western Technical College in La  Crosse,  Wisconsin. In this capacity, he oversees all general  education courses and the      Associate of Science in  Liberal Arts transfer program. Outside of work, he is a  past president  of the Viterbo University Alumni  Association, Emeritus Member of the Viterbo  University  Board of Advisors, President of the School  District of La Crosse Board of Education,  President of  the La Crosse Promise Board of Directors, and  Treasurer of the National  College Learning Center Association. He received his Bachelor of Science in mathematics  education, Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, and a Certificate in Ethical Leadership  from Viterbo University. Recently, he earned a Doctor of Education in Developmental Education Administration from Sam Houston State University.

Geoffrey Peterson

 Geoffrey Peterson is the Chair of the Political Science  Department at the University of Wisconsin - Eau  Claire. He has extensive experience and engagement  in the local political dynamics in the Eau Claire area. 

Ellen Rosborough


 Ellen has been active as a member of the League of  Women Voters in La Crosse and Madison.


Judges Panel

The Judges Panel will be comprised of at least three individuals who are not members of LeaderEthics-Wisconsin. The Judges Panel members are approved by the LeaderEthics-Wisconsin board based upon their experience and reputation of balance, fairness and objectivity. The content of The Ethics Report must have unanimous support from the Judges Panel. Any content that is determined to lack balance, fairness or objectivity will be removed from The Ethics Report prior to distribution.

Tom Lister

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

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.

Dale Pasell

Dale served as a judge for the La Crosse County Circuit Court, Branch 5, in La Crosse County, Wisconsin from 1999 to 2014. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1975, and his from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1978. He served as a public defender for the Wisconsin State Public Defender's Office from 1979 to 1999. In 2014, Dale was selected as Judge of the Year for the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.  


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