CPM instructors

  • Marni Bekkedal is a neuroscientist with expertise in brain chemistry and the processing of emotions. Her teaching emphasizes the importance of the brain in emotions and controlling our behaviors, making complex neuroscience understandable and applicable to daily life. Teaches: The Psychology of Managing Difficult People

  • Eng Braun is former administrator of the Division of Research and Analysis in the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. Teaches: Policy Analysis for Non-Analysts

  • Jana Champion is the deputy director for the Wisconsin State Crime Lab Bureau. She is a Wisconsin Certified Public Manager and currently supervises 5 direct reports and over 160 staff in 3 laboratories. Teaches: Effective Supervisory Strategies

  • Harold Coltharp recently retired from the State Records Center of the Wisconsin Department of Administration, where he worked for over 15 years. He is a Wisconsin Certified Public Manager and has been a member of the Madison chapter of the Association of Records Managers and Administrators for over 10 years. Teaches: Records Management

  • Jeanine Critchley is the former director of the UW-Madison Office of Risk Management. Teaches: Risk Management

  • Michael Daun is a private financial consultant and the former deputy comptroller for the City of Milwaukee.  Teaches: Budgeting; Financial Management

  • Robbi Dreifuerst is an outreach program manager in the Division of Continuing Studies at UW-Madison and director of the Wisconsin Certified Public Manager Program. Teaches: Management Assessment for Personal Planning & Development

  • Boris Frank, president of Boris Frank Associates, is a nationwide consultant on fundraising, proposal writing, and grants development. Teaches: Grantsmanship; Writing Effective Grant Proposals

  • Phillip Freeburg is a local government law educator in the Local Government Center of the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension. He specializes in the powers and duties of local government bodies and officials; local government law; open meetings and records; as well as ethics and conflicts of interest. Teaches: The Public Official in Court; Working with Councils, Boards & Commissions

  • Susan Fuszard is a trainer with Living on Purpose Training & Consulting who has a wealth of experience in the field of employee assistance. Teaches: Essential Time & Stress Management Techniques; Healthy Boundaries in the Workplace

  • Roberta Gassman is a senior fellow in the School of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training for the United States Department of Labor. Teaches: The Public Management Profession & Environment

  • Sarah Gibson is president of Accent Business Communication in Madison, a training and development firm she founded in 2004. Teaches: Strategies for Effective Communication; Communicating Across Generations; Executive Writing

  • Al Guyant is a retired public administration and nationally recognized trainer, facilitator, coach, and author with over 40 years of experience. Teaches: Ethics, Values & the Public Manager; Advanced Issues in Ethics; Presenting Yourself to One or Many; Media Relations

  • Dan Hill is a local government specialist with University of Wisconsin-Extension's Local Government Center. He specializes in leadership development, running meetings of governmental units, open government laws, parliamentary procedure, and conducting local elections. Teaches: The State Budget Process

  • Mary Hoddy coordinates Staff Education and Training at UW-Madison's Wisconsin Union, where she develops and facilitates programs in communication skills, coaching, management, learning styles and workshop design. Teaches: Keys for Coaching Employees

  • Alice Honeywell has helped adults improve their writing skills for more than 30 years. She has worked at both the University of Wisconsin Press and the UW-Madison La Follette School of Public Affairs, and has written and edited for a variety of business, nonprofit and public sector organizations. Teaches: Executive Writing

  • Sue Hunter is a trainer with Living on Purpose Training & Consulting. She has been a trainer in the areas of wellness, stress management, EAP, alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and intervention for over 25 years. Teaches: Essential Time & Stress Management Techniques; Healthy Boundaries in the Workplace

  • Larry Larmer is a professor emeritus of communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also serves as an outreach specialist in the areas of parliamentary procedure, conducting government meetings, and minutes with the Local Government Center of the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Teaches: The Conduct of Public Meetings; Working with Councils, Boards & Commissions

  • Mordecai Lee is a professor of governmental affairs at UW-Milwaukee and coordinator of UW-Extension's Governmental Affairs Consortium. He has also served 3 terms in the Wisconsin State Assembly and 2 terms as a State Senator. Teaches: Legislative Relations; Phase III Capstone

  • Tyrone Letto is manager of Middleware in the Division of Information Technology at UW-Madison. He formerly served as a section chief in the Division of Enterprise Technology, Wisconsin Department of Administration. Ty is also a Wisconsin Certified Public Manager. Teaches: IT Issues in the Public Sector

  • Gregg Miller, co-director of ProfCen Enterprises, Inc., specializes in supervisory strategies and employee retention. Teaches: Effective Supervisory Strategies, Managing Difficult People, Angry People

  • Cheryl Oliva is former director of procurement for the City of Milwaukee. Teaches: Contract Administration

  • Laura V. Page has been an independent management consultant for 20 years, assisting hundreds of businesses and nonprofit organizations on issues of communication, conflict resolution, team building, and leadership development. Teaches: Emotional Intelligence & Resilience; Conflict Resolution

  • Paul Riehemann is founder of the wellness training, consulting and coaching practice, Well TodaySM. He is certified by the National Wellness Institute and National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association, and has completed two Ironman World Championship races in Hawaii. Paul is also a Wisconsin Certified Public Manager. Teaches: Wellness Strategies for Managers

  • Jeff Russell, co-director of Russell Consulting, Inc., specializes in helping organizations successfully respond to the challenges of continuous change with a focus on leadership, strategic thinking, leading change, and performance coaching. Teaches: Strategic Thinking, Planning & Org Transformation; Problem Analysis & Problem Solving; Advanced Problem Solving; Facilitating Effective Meetings; Public-Private Relationships; Improving Public Participation; Customer Service as a Strategic Issue; Measuring Customer Satisfaction; Managing Organizational Change; Organizational Analysis & Assessment

  • Jerry Schuetz is administrator of the City of Milton where he previously served as police chief. He also served as chief of the Manawa Police Department and is a Wisconsin Certified Public Manager. Teaches: Addressing and Responding to Employee Misconduct

  • Robert Toomey is coordinator of programs in Leadership, Management and Other Workplace Skills in the Division of Continuing Studies at UW-Madison. Previously he served as training officer for several State of Wisconsin agencies. He is also a member of the Wisconsin State Training Council. Teaches: Leadership

  • Will Strycker is a private consultant with extensive experience in human resources, labor relations and management development. He previously served as vice president of Human Resources, director of Labor Relations, chief labor negotiator, and director of Diversity at Madison Area Technical College, and also served as a commissioner with the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission. Teaches: Human Resource Management; Labor/Employee Relations

  • Guy VanRensselaer is an organizational improvement specialist with the City of Madison who leads the city’s Leadership Institute & Supervisory Academy. Teaches: Productivity & Quality Improvement; Productivity Tools; Project Management; Organizational Performance Measurement; Benchmarking; Lean Times, Lean Government; Analyzing and Presenting Your Performance Measurement Data; Phase III Case Studies

  • Sharon VanSluijs has taught grammar, writing, and literature since 1990; worked at UW Press, UW-Madison, Washburn University, and SUNY; and written and edited for a wide range of clients through her manuscript consulting business. Teaches: Executive Writing

  • Brad Wentlandt is chief of the City of Greenfield Police Department. Brad is also a Wisconsin Certified Public Manager. Teaches: Internal Investigations in Law Enforcement; Phase III Case Studies

  • Susan Webb Yackee is an associate professor in the LaFollette School of Public Affairs and Department of Political Science at UW-Madison. Teaches: The Public Management Profession & Environment


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