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CSG Forecast for Legislative Leaders

Oct 18-20, 2021 — Scottsdale, AZ

The CSG Forecast for Legislative Leaders convenes legislative Chamber leaders in an intimate, non-partisan environment of peers to discuss emerging public policy issues facing the states, examine fiscal forecasts and gain insights on how to best lead and govern during times of transition and transformation. The program is held each fall to embolden Chamber leaders as they set legislative priorities and expand upon their abilities to lead in upcoming General Sessions.

Agenda

Speakers

Patricia Buckley, Managing Director for Economics, Deloitte

Patricia started at Deloitte in September 2012 and serves as the leader of the US firm’s economic team.

She regularly briefs members of Deloitte’s executive leadership team on changes to the US economic outlook and is responsible for producing a series of economic reports tailored to the business audience, including “Issues by the Numbers,” a data-driven examination of important economic policy issues. Additionally, she partners with various practice areas to produce topical eminence and is a frequent speaker at Deloitte events discussing current economic policy and trends.    

Previously, Patricia served as the Senior Economic Policy Advisor to four Secretaries of Commerce where she provided regular briefings to the Secretary in preparation for Cabinet meetings, press interviews, and discussions with business and foreign leaders.  While at Commerce, she served as policy point person for several key strategic initiatives related to maintaining U.S. competitiveness, revitalizing the manufacturing sector, and reforming the country’s immigration system.  She also served as executive director to the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on “Measuring Innovation in the 21st Century.” Earlier in her career, Patricia was an economist at the Manufacturers Alliance, a policy research organization, and the Joint Economic Committee of Congress.

Patricia has a Ph.D. in Economics from Georgetown University and a B.S. degree in Economics from Clemson University.

Shelby Kerns, Executive Director, National Association of State Budget Officers

Shelby Kerns is the Executive Director of the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) in Washington, D.C.  She joined NASBO in March 2020.

Founded in 1945, NASBO serves as the professional organization for all state budget officers of the fifty states and U.S. territories.  NASBO collects data and publishes numerous reports on state fiscal conditions and organizes meetings and training for budget and finance officials. 

Prior to coming to NASBO, Kerns served as Deputy Director at the Idaho Department of Labor, having previously worked in the Idaho Division of Financial Management from 2009-2019. In her prior position as Budget Bureau Chief, she led staff in developing, presenting, and advocating for the Governor’s Executive Budget. As a past member of NASBO, Kerns served for two years on the association’s Executive Committee.

Earlier in her career, Kerns was executive director of the Idaho Rural Partnership, program director at the Idaho Association of REALTORS®, and assistant executive director of the Idaho Wool Growers Association.

Kerns received a master’s degree in business administration from Northwest Nazarene University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Idaho.

Jeff Chapman, Director – State Fiscal Health, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Jeff Chapman directs Pew’s state fiscal health initiative. Through cutting-edge research and customized technical assistance, he and his team help states maintain a balanced budget, prepare for downturns, invest in long-term economic growth, and strengthen local governments. Chapman provides strategic direction, including leading the development of additional innovative solutions for improving fiscal management.

Before coming to Pew, Chapman was research director for the Washington State Budget & Policy Center and was a member of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors in Washington. Previously, he was an economist with the Economic Policy Institute. Chapman has over 15 years of experience working to improve state and local fiscal and economic policy.

Chapman holds a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Oregon State University and a master’s in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Rep. Matt Bradford, Pennsylvania

Matt Bradford proudly represents the citizens of central Montgomery County, while serving in Democratic leadership as chair of the House Appropriations Committee. Matt is committed to ensuring taxpayer dollars are invested and used responsibly in the state budget to provide the best quality of life for all Pennsylvanians.

Prior to being elected Appropriations Chair, Matt served for two years as chair of the House State Government Committee and spent eight years as a member of the Appropriations Committee, where he fought harsh cuts to public education funding, advocated for good, family-sustaining jobs, and prioritized affordable and accessible health care. As a father of school-age children, Matt has seen first-hand the vitally important role a school plays in shaping lives and has dedicated his work as an elected official to ensuring all kids have access to high-quality public schools.

A life-long resident of southeastern Pennsylvania, Matt earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from Villanova University. Before he was elected to the legislature in 2009, Governor Ed Rendell appointed Matt to serve as municipal administrator and chief executive officer of Norristown Borough. In less than three years, he led the municipality away from bankruptcy, securing public and private investments and overseeing major improvements to public services.  Today, Matt continues to represent Norristown at the state level and remains deeply committed to the community’s long-term success.

Matt is an avid Philadelphia sports fan and lives in Worcester Township with his wife, Renee, and their four children.  

Sen. David Gowan, Arizona

David Gowan was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2009. During the 2015-2017 legislative session, he was elected to be the 52nd Speaker of the House. Most recently, he was elected to the Arizona State Senate, where he serves as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. He resides in Sierra Vista in Legislative District 14, which also encompasses all of Cochise and Greenlee counties, southern Graham County and a portion of Pima County.

David is a proud graduate of the University of Arizona, holding a B.A. in Secondary Education/Social Studies. He has been married to his wife Jessie for nearly 30 years, and they have two sons. They’ve lived in Southern Arizona for nearly 25 years. David is engaged in his local educational community where he sits on the Board for Veritas Christian Community School. He is a member of the ELKS Lodge #2065, a committed martial artist, and is the Chairman of Tai Shin Ki Do Martial Arts System founded by Hanshi Barnes.

Dr. Rachel Villanueva, M.D., President, National Medical Association

Rachel Villanueva, MD FACOG is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She earned a BS in Biology at Yale University and MD, cum laude, from the Yale School of Medicine. She is board certified in Obstetrics/Gynecology and practices in New York City.

Dr. Villanueva is a women’s health expert and advocate who is committed to reproductive justice, health equity, workforce diversity, and disease prevention. She is an active member of the National Medical Association, the nation’s oldest and largest professional organization representing African-American Physicians and their patients. She has held numerous local, regional and national leadership positions including Chair of the Board of Trustees, Speaker of the House of Delegates, and Chair of the Council on Concerns of Women Physicians. She was recently elected NMA President-Elect, becoming the first former Student National Medical Association President to hold this position. Dr. Villanueva has served as an advisor to the SNMA Board and Strategic Planning Council. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Alumni in Yale Medicine; assisting in the creation of its first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion subcommittee. As a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, she has served on the Pregnancy and Heart Disease Task Force and currently on the Health Equity Subcommittee of the District 2 Safe Motherhood Initiative. Dr. Villanueva recently became part of the Medical Advisory Group of the Black Health Trust, a group of physicians and health care professionals, committed to educating and serving communities of color. She is a medical advisor to Expect, a streaming video app that provides safe at-home prenatal fitness classes. As a former competitive gymnast, Dr. Villanueva believes that fitness and exercise are crucial components of a woman’s total health and wellness. She is an avid snowboarder, Bikram Yogi and tennis player. Dr. Villanueva has been named one of the Influential African–American and Caribbean New Yorkers in Health and as one of the Top Black Physicians in New York City by The Network Journal. She is also a proud native New Yorker of Haitian descent.

Dr. Pierre R. Theodore, M.D., Vice President, Scientific Innovation, Thoracic Surgical Oncology, Johnson & Johnson

Pierre R. Theodore is Vice President, Therapeutic Area Expert, Thoracic Surgical Oncology for Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies. In this role, he is responsible to help accelerate innovation, advance the standard of care within early stage science and to elevate existing and adjacent technologies.  Additionally, Dr. Theodore is a Health Sciences Associate Professor of Surgery and holds the Van Auken Endowed Chair in Thoracic Surgery at The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.

He has over two decades of experience in cardiothoracic surgery, surgical education, entrepreneurship and innovation.   Pierre’s practice focused on minimally invasive surgical approaches in thoracic surgery, interventional pulmonary procedures, and Global Surgery initiatives to expand surgical capacity in low-income countries.

Pierre has engaged in innovation across a wide range of domains including:  health informatics, surgical oncology, and post-surgical rehabilitation.  Pierre has founded and served in leadership roles in several start-up companies devoted to health information technology and integrated care and is a co-inventor of several medical devices and drug delivery platforms. 

Pierre has served as an advisor to numerous venture capital and private equity firms in Silicon Valley, helping to guide strategy in healthcare investments across the digital health, biotech, and medical device sectors.  Pierre is a commissioned officer in the United States Navy Reserve Medical Officer Corps, holding the rank of Commander.

After obtaining an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Princeton University, Pierre received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Virginia.  He completed general surgical and cardiothoracic surgical training at Johns Hopkins Hospital and  Hôpital Universitaire Pitié-Salpêtrière in Paris. Pierre completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital Transplant Biology Research Center, Harvard Medical School.

Marshall Clement, Deputy Director, CSG Justice Center

Moderator and Presenter

Marshall Clement provides strategic leadership across the breadth of the CSG Justice Center’s policy and programmatic work to increase public safety and strengthen communities. Previously, Marshall served as the organization’s director of the State Initiatives Division. Over a 13-year tenure at the CSG Justice Center, Marshall led the growth and evolution of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative program, which assists policymakers seeking to reduce spending on corrections and reinvest savings in strategies that lower recidivism rates and increase public safety. As part of this process, Marshall coordinated the work of a team of policy analysts and national experts to analyze corrections data and policy and develop policy options for policymakers in 27 states. He regularly facilitated meetings among judicial and state agency officials and testified before legislative committees in various states across the country; his findings have been used to inform policy initiatives that have enjoyed overwhelming bipartisan support. Marshall received his BA in public policy with honors from Brown University.

Sen. Elgie Sims, Illinois

SEN. ELGIE R. SIMS, JR. serves as State Senator for the 17th Illinois Senate District, which includes portions of the South Side of Chicago, Chicago’s South Suburbs, and Will and Kankakee counties. Prior to joining the Illinois Senate, he served nearly four terms as State Representative of Illinois’ 34th House District. An attorney by trade, Elgie continues to make a positive impact on every community he is a part of, as he was always taught: “To whom much is given, much is required.” He remains active in many civic organizations whose mission is to improve the quality of life for the communities they serve. As a community leader, he has worked to provide scholarships and books to children in need and worked to make our communities safer. Born in Chicago, Elgie holds a B.A. in political science from Illinois State University, an M.P.A. from the University of Illinois and a J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He and his wife reside in Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood with their two daughters.

Rep. Wendy McNamara, Indiana

Representative Wendy McNamara represents Indiana House District 76, which includes portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties. She was born and raised in Indiana and received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Indianapolis, teacher certification from Valparaiso University and master’s in education and Educational Leadership from the University of Southern Indiana. Throughout her tenure as a representative, Rep. McNamara continues to advocate for pro-business polices, education and the creation of a better Hoosier state. She lives in Evansville with her dog Mercury.

Sen. Tara Nethercott, Wyoming

Sen. Nethercott is a Wyoming native committed to providing superior legal representation to the businesses and people of Wyoming. Her practice is concentrated in employment law, probate and estate administration, higher education, personal injury and appellate work. She represents District 4 in Laramie County. She serves on the judiciary committee, corporations and elections committee, and the management audit committee. Sen. Nethercott received her B.A. in Communication and Criminal Justice from the University of Wyoming. She also earned her J.D. from the University of Wyoming, College of Law.

Jon Clifton, Global Managing Partner, Gallup 

Jon Clifton is the global managing partner of Gallup, an advisory firm specializing in big data analytics of employees, customers, students and citizens. Jon’s mission is to help seven billion citizens be heard on their most pressing work and life issues through the Gallup World Poll, a 100-year initiative spanning 160 countries and regions.

Jon is a nonresident senior fellow at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion. He serves on the boards of directors at Gallup and the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy organization. He previously served on the boards of directors of three nonprofits and a startup — Meridian International, StreetWise Partners, Chess Challenge in DC and Findyr.

Because of his expertise, Jon has been interviewed on BBC News, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal and Al-Jazeera. He has testified in front of the U.S. Congress on the state of American small business and entrepreneurship. He is a frequent contributor on Gallup.com and has written for The Hill, The Diplomatic Courier and The Global Action Report.

Jon received a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from the University of Michigan and a juris doctor in international law from the University of Nebraska. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Midland University.

James Collins, General Manager, Microsoft Consulting Services

James Collins is the General Manager of Microsoft Consulting Services for state and local government, and education. Prior to Microsoft, Collins served as the CIO for the State of Delaware and previously in several leadership roles including Deputy Secretary of State, Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff, and the Director of Professional Regulation. These roles afforded him the opportunity to develop deep expertise in government policy, legislation, and fiscal planning as well as broad exposure in constituent service delivery. He is also a former president for the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) and a Council of State Governments (CSG) Henry Toll Fellow. In 2020 he received the NASCIO Meritorious Service Award and the State Scoop State Executive of the Year Award in 2019. He is a graduate of Wesley College and received his master’s degree in Managing Innovation and Information Technology from Champlain College.

Leslie Scott, Executive Director, National Association of State Personnel Executives 

Leslie Scott serves as Executive Director of the National Association of State Personnel Executives. Since joining NASPE in 1999, she has led the organization as the recognized authority in state government human resource management while developing networking and information-sharing channels among state governments and their corporate partners. Prior to joining NASPE, Scott worked with other state government associations including the National Association of State Procurement Officials, the National Association of State Chief Administrators and the National Association for Government Training & Development. She is an advisory board member for Route Fifty.

Scott is a resident and native of Lexington, Kentucky where she has volunteers regularly for local civic and school organizations.

Del. Cliff Hayes, Virginia 

Del. Hayes serves the 77th House Distroct and is on several committees to include:  Appropriations (Higher Education and Capital Outlay Subcommittees); Communications, Technology, and Innovation; Health, Welfare, and Institutions.  He also serves as a member of the Joint Commission on Technology and Science (Chairman), Joint Commission on Health Care and the Substance Abuse Advisory Council.  By vocation, Cliff has over 20 successful years in Technology management. Del. Hayes earned his B.S. in Management Computer Information Systems with a minor in General Business from Norfolk State University and received a Master of Management/Business from Cambridge College. He also attended Carnegie Mellon University, has a certificate in ‘Innovation in Government through IT’ from Harvard University, and a certificate in Cybersecurity from MIT. He is married to Kecia Brothers Hayes and they have two daughters, Felecia and Tonecia.

Rep. David Rogers, Massachusetts

Dave was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 2012.  He serves as Chair of the House Committee on Cannabis Policy. He is a also member of the Steering Committee of the Progressive Caucus in the House where he plays an active role in both shaping public policy and formulating legislative strategy to help advance those policy goals. He is also a member of the MBTA Caucus and the Manufacturing Caucus. Dave comes from a large happy family of seven children and has many nieces and nephews to whom he is quite close. To this day, the entire family (over 20 strong) vacations together at least once a year.  Having lost his father very early in life, he realizes the enormous importance of family and community bonds. In his free time (such as it is), he likes biking, the arts (including playing that guitar) and travel.

Rep. Rick Carfagna, Ohio

State Representative Rick Carfagna is serving his third term in the Ohio House of Representatives. He represents the 68th House District, which includes the eastern half of Delaware County and all of Knox County.

A native of the Columbus area, Rep. Carfagna earned his B.A. in Political Science from John Carroll University. Following graduation, he was accepted into the Ohio Legislative Service Commission’s Fellowship Program and later served as a legislative aide in the Ohio House of Representatives where he staffed the House Public Utilities Committee.

From 2002 until 2017, Rep. Carfagna worked as Government Relations Manager for Time Warner Cable, where he oversaw legislative and regulatory issues at the local, state and federal levels. He also served as the company’s primary liaison to more than 400 municipalities and townships throughout Central and Southeast Ohio. Rep. Carfagna’s accomplishments during his time at Time Warner include his work to help expand broadband infrastructure to unserved households, and his effort to coordinate the provision of complimentary video services to scores of K-12 schools, local government facilities and local first responders.

In 2009, Rep. Carfagna was elected to the Genoa Township Board of Trustees and was re-elected in 2013. He was appointed by his peers to serve as Board Chair in 2011, 2014, and 2016. In 2016, the Genoa Township Business Association recognized him with its “Public Servant of the Year” Award.

Other examples of Rep. Carfagna’s community involvement include service on the Knox County Area Development Foundation Board, Delaware County Transportation Improvement District Board of Trustees and Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Development Task Force, as well as participation on the Westerville City School District’s Fiscal Review Committee, co-chairing BalletMet’s Advocacy Committee, serving on assorted teams with the United Way of Delaware County and cooking at his church’s annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser. He also remains politically active as a longtime elected member of the Delaware County Republican Party’s Central Committee, and has assisted with numerous political campaigns over the years.

Rep. Carfagna and his wife, Jill, reside in Genoa Township and are the proud parents of a daughter, Isabella.

Rose Feliciano, Director of State Government Affairs, Internet Association

Rose is Director, State Government Affairs, Northwest Region for Internet Association. She leads state advocacy efforts for IA in the northwest states.

Rose Feliciano has worked in and around the Washington State Capitol for a number of years for state and local governments. During her time she has worked on a variety of policy matters ranging from public safety, to environmental issues, to energy-related issues. She has been successful working with coalitions on some contentious and some mundane issues.

In her spare time she serves on the Board of NeighborCare Health, a community health clinic in Seattle. She has completed seven Ironman distance triathlons, ten marathons (four of them the Boston Marathon) and has run every day since November 29, 2014.

Jim Halpert, Partner, DLA Piper

Jim Halpert advises clients regarding compliance, crisis management, corporate governance, and risk management strategies relating to transnational, federal and state security and privacy regulation, industry best practices and self-regulatory initiatives, and has represented clients in numerous transactions and major security and privacy cases in federal courts and before the Federal Trade Commission and State Attorneys General. He has helped clients through more than 650 cybersecurity incidents, including several of the most high-profile breaches in the world, and has helped over a hundred clients shape their preventive cybersecurity and privacy programs.

Jim has defended clients in many FTC and State AG investigations and in major privacy cases in federal and state courts.

In the course of his 25 years in these fields, Jim has extensive experience helping clients on the full range of data risk issues domestically and internationally and across most sectors. Jim has extensive experience with European, Asian and Latin American privacy regimes, and regularly leads teams across DLA Piper’s highly ranked global network advising on complex international security and privacy matters.

Representing a coalition of Fortune 500 companies, Jim has helped to draft more than two hundred US state privacy, data security, security breach notification laws and consumer protection laws.  He has also helped to draft many of the United States’ Internet privacy laws, including the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, CAN-SPAM Act of 2003, the USA Patriot Act of 2001, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and Communications Decency Act.

He has personally counseled clients regarding responses to more than 390 data security breaches since 2005, and advised many clients on global privacy and security requirements.

Jim has defended clients in numerous FTC investigations and enforcement actions, and has litigated major privacy cases in federal courts, including Maine Newspaper Association v. Mills, Parker v. Time Warner Cable, and Los Angeles Police Department v. United Reporting Co.

Scott Jennings, Political Commentator, CNN  

Strategic communications pro. Nationally known conservative commentator and writer. Harvard professor. Chicken farmer.

Scott Jennings is a founding partner of RunSwitch, providing senior level political, communications, public affairs, media relations, and crisis communications counsel for national and international clients.

Scott’s expertise often lands him in the national press. He’s an on-air Political Contributor for CNN, writes regular columns for Gannett, the LA Times, and CNN.com, and is frequently quoted by reporters the world over because of his expert analysis. Scott is frequently booked by corporations and organizations for lectures and briefings on the state of American politics.

Scott’s career has taken him across the country as part of four presidential campaigns and numerous U.S. Senate, congressional, state, and local races. He served in key roles in both of President George W. Bush’s campaigns in 2000 and 2004, before becoming Special Assistant to the President in 2005, working under Karl Rove. At the White House, Scott served as a liaison to members of Congress, state and local officials, and key business, political and community leaders nationwide. His office advised the president on numerous issues and was part of the confirmation process for two Supreme Court Justices.

Scott has served in senior positions and advisory roles on several highly targeted races, helping U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, Congressman Brett Guthrie, and numerous other candidates and organizations for over 20 years.

In 2018, Scott began his association with Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, first as a Resident Fellow in the Institute of Politics and now as an Adjunct Lecturer. He teaches a class called “Modern American Politics,” a popular offering for aspiring public servants that explores the nuts-and-bolts of modern campaigns. Scott has also taught at Tufts University and served as a Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics (Fall 2020).

Scott was born in October 1977, in Princeton, Kentucky. He grew up in Dawson Springs, Kentucky, and graduated from the University of Louisville. Scott is married to the former Autumn Stiff of Whitesville, Kentucky, and they have four sons: Everett, Winston, Thatcher, and Harlan.

Oh, the chickens. Scott and his family raise a growing flock, routinely fighting off hungry hawks and delivering eggs to their friends and family.

Steve Arthur, Vice President, Stateside

With over 20 years of public and private sector policy experience, Steve Arthur directs Stateside’s Attorneys General practice, helping clients build relationships with state Attorneys General and educating those AGs on client business interests.  Steve also leads Stateside’s retail industry practice and advises retailers on working with state government officials and trade associations. Steve helps those retail clients to connect with a wide range of state officials to provide a clear picture of their operations, minimize barriers to growth and advance public policy goals.

Early in his career, Steve worked as a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate, then held a series of appointed positions in California state government, including Assistant Secretary for Economic Development for the state and Chief Deputy Director for the Department of Conservation, which regulated the state’s mining, oil, and gas industries. Steve’s private-sector work has included directing state government relations for an international manufacturer, a food industry trade association, and one of the world’s largest retailers.

Steve’s public service career could be said to have begun in college, when he worked as a police department aide and dispatcher, answering 911 calls and directing police officers to calls for service.

Steve holds a B.A. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Kurt Braddock, Assistant Professor of Public Communication, American University School of Communication

Kurt Braddock is an Assistant Professor of Public Communication in the School of Communication at American University. Kurt also holds faculty fellow positions at the SOC’s Center for Media and Social Impact (CMSI) and the Center for University Excellence’s Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab (PERIL). His research focuses on the persuasive strategies used by violent extremist groups to recruit and radicalize audiences targeted by their propaganda. Kurt also explores how theories of communication, persuasion, and social influence can be used to inform practices meant to prevent radicalization among vulnerable audiences. His first book, titled Weaponized Words: The Strategic Role of Persuasion in Violent Radicalization and Counter-Radicalization (Cambridge University Press, 2020), provides examples of how terrorist groups persuade audiences to adopt their ideologies, and how this process can be fought. Kurt is presently interested in the development of communicative counter-radicalization strategies that prevent white supremacism, neo-Nazism, and the adoption of other violent far-right ideologies. In addition to publishing his work in key communication and security journals (e.g., Communication Monographs, Terrorism and Political Violence, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism), Kurt also provides input to key institutions in D.C. to inform how they fight terrorism. Some of these institutions include the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Department of Defense. His work has also been used at the international level, where Kurt has advised the U.K. Home Office, Public Safety Canada, the United Nations Counterterrorism Executive Directorate, and others.

Sen. Joan Ballweg, Wisconsin

Joan Ballweg was born the oldest of four to a first generation American in West Allis, WI on March 16, 1952, and she is the state senator for the 14th District located in south central Wisconsin. Joan and her husband, Tom, live in Markesan in Green Lake County.

Joan and Tom own and operate a John Deere Farm Equipment dealership in Waupun and a yard and garden store in Beaver Dam, and they have been in that business since 1976. Joan graduated in 1974 from UW-Stevens Point, and was a first grade teacher before she and Tom went into business.

Her public service began in Markesan, where she served as alderperson on the Markesan City Council for 4 years, and then served as mayor for another 6 years. Later, she sat on the Waupun Memorial Hospital Board of Directors and was Chair from 2002 to 2004. From 2003 to 2004, she also served on the management committee of Agnesian HealthCare Enterprises. Most recently, Senator Ballweg served as the state representative for the 41st Assembly District from 2004 through 2020. 

Rep. Kevin Ryan, Connecticut

State Representative Kevin Ryan serves the towns of Bozrah, Montville and Norwich in the 139th House District. He is a Deputy Speaker and a thirteen term General Assembly veteran. Kevin also served eight years as the House Chairman of the Labor and Public Employees Committee. He also served as co-chair of the School Building Subcommittee. Under Speaker Sharkey he had the opportunity to chair the Municipal Organization Regional Efficiencies subcommittees of Education and Municipal Efficiencies.

One of Representative Ryan’s top priorities is health care, especially health care for children. He has been a member of the Public Health Committee since 1993. He was a member of the Pilot Studies Committee which dealt with Children on Medicaid under the Age of 21 and Emergency Medical Services for Children. He was also involved with the Certificate of Need for Health Care Facilities. His concern for the well being of children continued with a study on the Constitutional Amendment on the Rights of Children. He also served on the Children in the Recession Task Force. He worked for the passage of a bill allowing for the use of medical marijuana by children.

Representative Ryan has been a member of the Appropriation Committee since 1993, has served as a vice–chair as well as having served on many subcommittees; co-chairing the Health and Hospitals subcommittee, Regulation and Protection subcommittee, and Transportation subcommittee. Currently Rep. Ryan continues to, be a member of the Health and Hospitals, Regulation and Protection, Conservation and Development, and Transportation subcommittees. Rep. Ryan is also a member of the Environment Committee.

Representative Ryan is committed to working on behalf of his residents in the 139th District. He was instrumental in preserving the historic beauty of Bozrah by preventing a quarry from locating in the downtown

Kevin is a resident of the Oakdale section of Montville and served on the Montville Board of Education, six years as its Chairman and one year as its Secretary before being elected to the House of Representatives. He also served on the Montville Public Safety Committee, which works with the correctional centers located in the town. He is currently a member of the Rotary, Elks, and Knights of Columbus. He served on He is a past Chair of the Montville Democratic Town Committee and he currently serves as a Justice of the Peace. Kevin has also served as President of the Board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southeastern Connecticut and also served on the Alliance for Living Board of Director and the Eastern Connecticut Cable TV Advisory Board. He currently chairs the Nuclear Energy Advisory Council.

Rep. Ryan attended Montville schools until he entered St. John’s Junior High School. After graduating from St. Bernard Boys High School, he entered Villanova University where he received a B.A. in English and a B.S. in Biology. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania College of Optometry with a Doctorate in Optometry with a certificate in Public Health and a Bachelor of Science degree, where he served as a member of their Board of Trustees. Kevin also received a Master of Arts in Community Psychology from the University of New Haven.

Kevin worked part-time at the Connecticut Visual Health Center in Bridgeport during which time he also worked for Uncas Foods, Inc (a family business). He has been a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of New Haven teaching Physics since 1980. He also worked for a number of years for Mobile Medical Testing Service which later became Exemplar Health Services until 2003.

Rep. Ryan has received the following recognitions from various organizations.

Sen. Sam Hunt, Washington

Senator Sam Hunt was elected to the Senate in 2016 after serving 16 years in the House of Representatives. He is chair of the State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections Committee and is also a member of the Ways & Means and Early Learning & K-12 Education committees. In addition, he the serves on the Legislative Oral History Advisory, Capitol Campus Design Advisory, Public Records Accountability and Exemptions and Public Records Committees, and the Washington-Hyogo Friendship Council. A former member of the Washington State Historical Society Board of Trustees, Sam volunteers with the National Institute for Civil Discourse, working to promote and improve civility among members of state legislatures.

A graduate of Washington State University, Sam was a schoolteacher in Pasco (where he also served as a city council member and mayor pro tempore) and Montesano. He also worked for the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, served as staff director for the Washington Senate Majority Leader, was education advisor to Governor Booth Gardner, and served as legislative director at the Department of Information Services.

In 2017, Sam chaired the Council of State Governments West, an organization composed of legislators from the 13 western states, the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, and several Mexican border states. He is Chair-Elect of the Council of State Governments, which works with legislators and state elected officials across the nation.

 

David Adkins, Executive Director/CEO, CSG

David Adkins, a former Kansas state senator, leads The Council of State Governments as its executive director and CEO. Prior to joining CSG, Adkins served as vice chancellor for External Affairs at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Adkins, a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law, was a Kansas state senator from 2001 to 2005 and served in the Kansas House from 1993 to 2001. He had also served as the founding executive director of the Community Foundation of Johnson County, an affiliate of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. 

While in the legislature, Adkins was an active CSG member serving on the executive committee of the national organization and as chair of the 11-state Midwestern Legislative Conference of CSG. He also is an alumnus of CSG’s Toll Fellows Leadership program, Class of 1993. His gubernatorial appointments in Kansas include chairman of the Kansas Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Higher Education. He received the Kansas Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyer Award in 1996. 

Maggie Mick, Chief Advancement Officer, CSG

Maggie Mick serves as the chief advancement officer for The Council of State Governments (CSG), where she leads strategies to grow resources and partnerships to support CSG programs and services.

Prior to CSG, she served as an aide in the United States Congress, and previously held public office as a two-term member of the city council in Lancaster, Kentucky.

Mick serves on the boards of directors for the American Council of Young Political Leaders and the Washington DC Area State Relations Group. She is past president of the Living Arts & Science Center in Lexington.

She and her husband, Nathan Mick, have a daughter, Birdie, and a son, Hank.

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