League Staff

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Jerry Deschane

Executive Director

Jerry Deschane is the Executive Director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities. Working with the League board and staff, Jerry is responsible for engaging appointed and elected city and village officials in the state legislative process and for motivating state policymakers to support vibrant Wisconsin communities. He is the fifth League Executive Director since the organization was founded in 1898.  Deschane is a longtime lobbyist and association executive. He also has experience in state government and the news media. Contact Jerry by email.  You can find Jerry on Twitter @DeschaneJerry

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Zach Vruwink -- Chief Operating Officer

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Toni Herkert -- Government Affairs Director

Toni is the former long-time policy advisor for Wisconsin State Senator Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay). She most recently served as a Policy Analyst and Clerk of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy.  She is an expert on issues related to water regulation, including permitting and zoning. Toni holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and Political Science from St. Norbert College and M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. She has also previously worked at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Lakes and NEW Water (formally Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District).

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Katie Scott -- Government Affairs Specialist

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Claire Silverman -- Legal Counsel

Claire Silverman joined the League in 1992 and serves as Legal Counsel.  Claire’s responsibilities include supervising the legal services provided by the League, answering questions of a general nature for officials and employees of member municipalities, writing legal articles for the League’s magazine and amicus briefs in appellate cases involving issues of statewide concern to municipalities, organizing an annual institute for municipal attorneys, and educating local officials on a variety of topics pertaining to their duties.   In addition, she coordinates legal material for the League's web page. Contact Claire by email.

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Maria Davis -- Assistant Legal Counsel

Maria joined League staff in 2018 and serves as Assistant Legal Counsel. Maria’s responsibilities include answering legal questions of a general nature for officials and employees of member municipalities, writing legal articles for the League’s magazine and amicus briefs in appellate cases involving issues of statewide concern to municipalities, assisting in writing League handbooks, assisting in planning the Municipal Attorneys Institute, and educating local officials on a variety of topics pertaining to their duties.  Contact Maria by email

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Robin Powers -- Director of Marketing and Administration

Robin joined the League in 2016, is responsible for all things sponsor and advertiser related for all League publications and conferences. He also is responsible for the League’s Business Member program and is the liaison for the participating organizations. Robin administers the League's database, maintains and updates records, designs and generates database reports and calculates the League dues for all members. He provides information for the mailing of various League publications and training program notices, and is responsible for the sale of various mailing lists from the League's database. In addition, Robin manages office vendors and coordinates IT services. Robin previously had a career in law enforcement and the fire service. Contact Robin by email

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Carrie Jensen -- Event Manager

Carrie joined the League in 2014 and serves as the Event Manager. She is responsible for planning and coordinating League training programs and meetings. She works with the various League Sections, such as the Clerks, Assessors and the Building Inspectors, to develop their programs. Her duties include negotiating contracts with hotels, restaurants, and guest speakers and handling the financial administration of all meetings. Contact Carrie by email

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Elizabeth Yanke -- Member Services Director

Elizabeth joined the League in 2019 and represents both League of Wisconsin Municipalities and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities Mutual Insurance (LWMMI). She connects with staff and elected officials from member municipalities, listens to needs and highlights services that match specific needs. Elizabeth hosts and moderates League web programming and offers workplace training for LWMMI insureds. Prior to joining the League, Elizabeth worked in Strategic Human Resources roles in the private sector providing training and support across the globe.

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Kristin Mickelson -- Communications Specialist

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Tracy Kern -- Accountant

Tracy joined the League in 2019 and is responsible for the creation and maintenance of financial records while monitoring and troubleshooting those processes for accuracy.  Tracy also helps members and customers with financial inquiries. Tracy is a Certified Professional Accountant and comes to the League with over 10 years of professional accounting experience. 

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Sandra Scott -- Administrative Assistant

Sandy joined the League team in 2020 and serves as the primary point of contact for our customers and member officials and helps them find answers to their inquiries.  She is responsible for phones, mailings, check payment entry, and maintaining the shared League calendar.  If you need to update your contact information or mailing address for the Municipality Magazine, Sandy is the person to speak with.