CPM Instructors

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CPM Instructors

Maytee Aspuro is the former chief information officer/information technology director of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. Owner of AyG Management Consulting, she offers management consulting and training services throughout the state. Teaches: Project Governance and Portfolio Management; Information Technology Issues in Public Management.

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 had a 27-year career as an economist and tax policy analyst with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, retiring as administrator of the Division of Policy and Analysis in 2005. Teaches: Policy Analysis for Non-Analysts.

Harold Coltharp worked for Wisconsin state government for over 38 years, the last 21 with the State Records Center of the Department of Administration. He is a Wisconsin Certified Public Manager, was the executive secretary for the State Public Records Board, and a past president of the Madison chapter of the Association of Records Managers and Administrators. Teaches: Records Management.

Robbi Dreifuerst is an outreach program manager in the Leadership and Management program area and director of the Wisconsin Certified Public Manager® Program. Teaches: Management Assessment for Personal Planning & Development, Phase III Case Studies, Phase III Capstone.

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 UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension. He specializes in the powers and duties of local government bodies and officials, local government law, and open meetings and records, as well as ethics and conflicts of interest. Teaches: The Public Official in Court; Working with Councils, Boards & Commissions.

Sarah Gibson is president of Accent Learning & Consulting in Madison, a training and development firm she founded in 2004 to help companies understand the impact of workplace communication and individuals increase their credibility and effectiveness. Teaches: Strategies for Effective Communications; Communicating Across Generations; Executive Writing.

Al Guyant is president of Guyant & Associates, a training and consulting firm that specializes in human communications and services. He is a nationally recognized trainer, facilitator, media coach, and author with more than 35 years of experience. Teaches: Ethics, Values & the Public Manager; Advanced Issues in Ethics; Media Relations; Presenting Yourself to One or Many.

Bob Hanle retired in 2011 from the State Budget Office in the Wisconsin Department of Administration, after a 33-year career in state government. He currently works part-time as a policy consultant for the Department of Public Instruction. Teaches: The State Budget Process.

Ed Henschel served more than 40 years as a municipal administrator and consultant in cities and villages throughout Wisconsin. A former executive director of the Wisconsin City/County Management Association, Ed currently teaches part-time in UW Milwaukee’s Masters in Public Administration program. Teaches: The Public Management Profession & Environment.

Dan Hill is a local government specialist with UW-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: Working with Councils, Boards & Commissions.

Mary Hoddy is a consultant with Justice and Sustainability Associates, an alternative dispute resolution and civic engagement firm. She formerly coordinated Staff Education and Training at UW-Madison’s Wisconsin Union, where she developed and facilitated programs in communication skills, coaching, management, learning styles and workshop design. Teaches: Keys for Coaching Employees.

Patrick Jackson has strategic human resources experience in large multi-national companies as an HR generalist, compensation specialist, and project manager. Jackson also has advised senior business leaders and developed HR strategy to achieve business goals and resolve unique business challenges. Teaches: Human Resources Management, Teambuilding, Using Data for Better Decisions.

Jeff Karcher is the director of Risk Management for UW-Madison, and previously the director of Risk Management for UW-Stevens Point. His areas of expertise include risk management, worker’s compensation, environmental health and safety, emergency response, workforce development and facility management. Teaches: Risk Management.

Yunji Kim is an assistant professor in the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture at University of Wisconsin-Madison and a local government specialist in UW-Extension’s Local Government Center, where her research focuses on local government service delivery, public finance, and community development. Teaches: Budgeting for Public Managers.

Dan Kramarz is a project manager with the state of Wisconsin where he focuses on program development, evaluation, and process improvement initiatives. He has trained and coached hundreds of working professionals in government agencies, university settings, and the private sector on communication skills and decision making. Teaches: Executive Writing.

Jane Kraus is a supervisor in the project and portfolio management unit at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, where she provides support for the analysis, development, and implementation of strategic IT initiatives. She is also a Wisconsin Certified Public Manager. Teaches: Information Technology Issues in Public Management.

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.

Bob Lavigna is director of the Institute for Public Sector Employee Engagement of CPS HR Consulting. He formerly served as assistant vice chancellor and director of human resources for the UW-Madison, administrator of merit recruitment and selection for the state of Wisconsin, and began his career in the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Teaches: Leveraging the Power of Employee Engagement in Government.

Kay Lawrence is training coordinator and employee assistance program director at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. She creates and facilitates professional development in the following areas: leadership, diversity, facilitation skills, contract management and other soft skills. Teaches: Essential Time & Stress Management Techniques.

Mordecai Lee is a professor of governmental affairs at UW-Milwaukee. He served 3 terms in the Wisconsin State Assembly and 2 terms as a State Senator. Teaches: Legislative Relations; Phase III Capstone.

Tom Long is the former operations commander, captain, and second-in-command of the Neenah Police Department. His 29-year career includes experience at all levels of law enforcement, and his areas of expertise include public finance, budgeting, and management of law enforcement agencies. Teaches: Budgeting.

Cheryl Oliva is the former purchasing director for the City of Milwaukee, where she designed and implemented efficiencies in the procurement process. She currently works as an independent management consultant specializing in organizational effectiveness and efficiency. Teaches: Contract Administration, Preparing RFPs & Bids.

Laura V. Page is a program director for Continuing Studies leadership and management group. Page was an independent management consultant for more than two decades and is a frequent seminar instructor and keynote speaker. Teaches: Emotional Intelligence & Resilience; Having Challenging Conversations; The Art of Coaching.

Paul Riehemann is founder of the wellness training, consulting and coaching practice, Well Today SM. 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 is co-director of Russell Consulting, where he helps organizations successfully respond to the challenges of continuous change with a focus on leadership development, strategic thinking, leading change, understanding and dealing with behavioral styles, and performance management. Teaches: Strategic Thinking, Planning & Organizational Transformation; Problem Analysis & Problem Solving; Advanced Problem Solving; Facilitating Effective Meetings; Public-Private Partnerships; Improving Public Participation; Customer Service as a Strategic Issue; Measuring Customer Satisfaction; Managing Organizational Change; Organizational Analysis & Assessment.

Cindy Schaefer-Padilla is the organizational development specialist at St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital in Janesville, WI. She is an accomplished organizational development and training professional in the areas of talent management, employee engagement, leadership development and mentoring, employer branding, and organizational change. Teaches: Succession Planning and Mentoring; Managing a Multigenerational Workforce.

Jerry Schuetz is administrator of the Milton School District. He previously served as the city’s administrator as well as its police chief. Jerry is also a Wisconsin Certified Public Manager. Teaches: Addressing and Responding to Employee Misconduct.

Laura Smythe is founder and owner of Communication Connections, LLC where she works as an Organizational Culture Diagnostician. She is an experienced mediator, consultant, coach and instructor about topics including conflict management and communication skills. Teaches: Cultural Competence: Embracing the Other in All of Us.

Will Strycker is a private consultant with extensive experience in human resources, labor relations and management development. He has served in several leadership roles at Madison College and as a commissioner with the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission. Teaches: Human Resource Management; Labor/Employee Relations.

Robert Toomey is a program director for UW-Madison’s Continuing Studies leadership and management programs. He is a member of the Wisconsin State Training Council, and previously served as training officer for several State of Wisconsin agencies. Teaches: Leadership, Personality Preferences: Understanding Yourself and Others through MBTI®.

Guy VanRensselaer is the process improvement specialist for the City of Madison. He has been an instructor for the Wisconsin Certified Public Manager program for more than 20 years. He also provides consulting services to public and nonprofit organizations statewide. 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.

Brad Wentlandt is chief of the City of Greenfield Police Department. Brad is a Wisconsin Certified Public Manager and coordinator of the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Command College. Teaches: Internal Investigations in Law Enforcement; Human Resources in Law Enforcement; Phase III Case Studies (Command College).