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Scott Neitzel
Scott Neitzel, Secretary

Secretary Scott Neitzel was appointed by Governor Walker in March of 2015.  During his tenure as Secretary of the Department of Administration (DOA), he has served as Chair of the Wisconsin Center District Board, overseeing lease negotiations for the new Milwaukee Bucks Arena. He served as co-chair of the Governor’s Commission on Government Reform, Efficiency, and Performance, and currently is a member of the Board of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and the State of Wisconsin Investment Board. 

 

Prior to his appointment, he gained eighteen years of private sector experience, as well as bringing extensive federal, state, and local public sector experience to the post of DOA Secretary.

 

Scott served as a Commissioner of the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) and was a Special Assistant at U.S. Department of Energy and a Special Assistant at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington D.C. Beyond these roles, Scott also served as the Register of Deeds for Sauk County and as the Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Development (which preceded the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation). Scott also had a previous stint at DOA as a division administrator in the mid-eighties.

 

Along with this public service, Scott joined the private sector in 1997 when he took a job with Madison Gas and Electric Co. (MG&E). Scott worked in various roles for MG&E, working his way up to the position of Senior Vice President.

 

Scott was born in Baraboo, WI and currently lives with his family in the Madison area. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Executive Program.

   
Photo Cate Zeuske Cate Zeuske, Deputy Secretary 

Cate Zeuske served Wisconsin for nearly twenty years in public office and leadership positions.  Cate represented part of northeastern Wisconsin in the State Legislature for four terms, was elected statewide as State Treasurer, and served in Governor Thompson’s Administration as Secretary of the Department of Revenue for five years.

In addition, Cate served as President of Forward Wisconsin—the state’s former Economic Development Marketing Agency and as Deputy of WHEDA.

Cate has worked for a non-profit member organization for the last fourteen years, serving as the Director of Administration for the Taxpayers Network, Inc. in Green Bay.

Cate volunteers for Green Bay community organizations and serves on the UWGB Council of Trustees and St. Francis Xavier Cathedral parish council.  She is the founder of the Wisconsin State Capitol Ornament fundraiser for the State Capitol Restoration Fund.

Cate is a native of Shawano and graduate of UW-Madison.  She is married to former State Assembly Speaker, John Gard and they have two grown children.  Their home is in Suamico, outside of Green Bay.

   
Photo John Hogan
John Hogan, Assistant Deputy Secretary

John Hogan was appointed to the position of Assistant Deputy Secretary of DOA on January 12, 2015.

Prior to joining DOA, John served as the Deputy Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer for the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA).  Before joining WHEDA, John worked in the State Senate Majority Leader’s office where he was a senior staff member responsible for operations and day to day administration of the Wisconsin Senate. 

John has held various leadership positions in state government and has a strong background in the principles and practices of state government, public administration, budgeting, office management and public relations.

 
  Steve Michels, Communications Director

 

   
Dana Burmaster   Dana Burmaster, Policy and Performance Advisor

Dana serves as the Policy and Performance Advisor for the Secretary’s Office. She provides enterprise expertise on strategic planning, performance management, data analytics, and citizen engagement. She works closely with agencies to identify opportunities and solutions and assists with planning and implementation strategies. She is also a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and provides oversight of the state’s Lean Government Program.

Prior to joining the Secretary’s Office, she managed enterprise IT projects for both the Department of Administration and UW.
 
   
Vacant, Administrator-Division of Administrative Services

 

   

David Erwin, Chief-Capitol Police

David Erwin serves as Administrator of the Division of Capitol Police and Chief of Capitol Police.  The State Capitol Police Department is responsible for providing police and security services to the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, legislators, Supreme Court, visiting dignitaries, and State facilities.  The Capitol Police have statewide jurisdiction and they investigate criminal, domestic, and traffic related incidents throughout Wisconsin.  

Chief Erwin spent 16 years with the State Patrol and served as Captain of the Dignitary Protection Unit, as well as Commander of the State Patrol Air Support Unit.  He also spent 11 years with the U.S. Marines and is a licensed pilot. 

 

   
 

Sara Buschman, Administrator-Energy, Housing and Community Resources


 

 

 

   
 Photo James Langdon Jim Langdon, Administrator-Enterprise Operations

Jim Langdon is Administrator of the DOA Division of Enterprise Operations, a position he has held since July 2015. He previously served as Administrator of the DOA Division of Administrative Services and Chief Operating Officer at the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA). From 2001 to 2010, Jim managed the DOA Divisions of Intergovernmental Relations, Enterprise Operations and Energy Services. He served in several senior management and policy positions at WHEDA between 1989 and 2001.

Jim earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a Certificate in Executive Leadership from the University of Notre Dame, Mendoza School of Business. He serves on the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Foundation Board and WHEDA Foundation Board, and is editor of Wisconsin Great Lakes Chronicle, an annual publication about the Lake Michigan and Superior coasts.

   
Photo David Cagigal David Cagigal, Chief Information Officer-Enterprise Technology

David Cagigal serves as the Administrator for the Division of Enterprise Technology (DET).  David also serves as the State’s Chief Information Officer, or CIO.  DET manages the state’s information technology assets and provides computer services, voice-data-video telecommunications, and print and mail services to state agencies. 

David is a seasoned executive with more than 25 years of experience in information technology visioning, strategic planning and management.  He has held executive IT positions at Alliant Energy, DeVry University, DePaul University, Maytag and Amoco. 

David holds a Bachelors of Science and a Masters of Business Administration degree from DePaul University.  David was also honored to serve as Edison Electric Institute – Technology Advisory Council, Chair; Urban League of Greater Madison, Board Member; University of Wisconsin, Erdman Center (MBA), Advisory Board Member; DePaul University, College of Computing; and Digital Media, Leadership Council Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders.

   
 Photo Michael Heifetz Michael Heifetz, Administrator-Executive Budget and Finance

Michael Heifetz serves as the Division of Executive Budget and Finance Administrator, as well as State Budget Director.  His division provides accounting, budget and financial services for state government, including fiscal and policy analysis for the Governor. 

Prior to his appointment as Administrator, Michael served as Vice President of Governmental Affairs at Dean Clinic and SSM Health Care of Wisconsin for the past 11 years.  Before that, he served in State government as a Policy Advisor to the Assembly Majority Leader, and in the State Budget Office as an Executive Policy and Budget Analyst.

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ichael has Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Relations from UW-Madison, as well as a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from UW-Madison’s Lafollette Institute of Public Affairs.  He serves on the City of Madison Plan Commission, as well as the City of Madison State Street Design Oversight Committee.  Michael also serves on the Jewish Federation of Madison Board of Directors and is a past member of the Urban League of Greater Madison Board of Directors.
   
 

John Klenke, Administrator-Facilities Development


 

   
  John Klenke, Acting Administrator-Facilities Management

   
  Jack Melvin, Administrator-Gaming

   
 Photo Brian Hayes Brian Hayes, Administrator-Hearing and Appeals

Brian Hayes serves as Administrator of the Division of Hearings and Appeals (DHA), which is an independent division attached to the Department of Administration for budgeting and support services.  This division's administrative law judges are all licensed attorneys and are selected from the Wisconsin’s civil service to avoid conflicts and to maintain their independence and neutrality. Administrative law judges hear and decide all matter of disputes between state agencies and Wisconsin citizens or corporations, as allowed under state and federal law.  

Brian has worked for the Wisconsin Department of Administration for the last fourteen years, including ten years as an administrative law judge.  He was previously the Division Administrator of Executive Budget and Finance, managing the State’s budget, accounting, and capital finance functions, and has also served as Deputy Secretary.  Prior to working for DOA, Brian worked in the Wisconsin Legislature for seven years.

Brian holds a law degree UW-Madison and graduated from Miami University (Ohio) with degrees in business and liberal arts.  He is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer. 

   
  Dawn Vick, Administrator-Intergovernmental Relations
   
  Chris Green, Chief Legal Counsel- Legal Services

 

   
 Photo Joe Knilans Joe Knilans, Director-Office of Business Development

Working in various industries in the private sector coupled with serving a term in the Wisconsin State Legislature, Joe Knilans has seen the creation of regulation and the effects that regulation has on the business community.  The son of a Rock County Veterinarian, Joe grew up knowing the hard work and challenges a small business faces.

Governor Walker recently appointed Joe as a Director of the Office of Business Development.  Working in this position gives Joe the opportunity to advocate for the small businesses in our state.  Joe also works with the Small Business Regulatory Review Board to reduce regulations that burden small business owners.

While serving in the State Legislature, Joe worked alongside a pro-growth Governor on many promising pro-business pieces of legislation.  He understands that there is much more to be done in creating a smart regulation environment in Wisconsin.  While meeting with many groups of business owners, associations and economic development groups he is learning what changes need to be made.  Using this information to make changes sometimes can be a challenge however working in the Office of Business Development gives Joe a unique opportunity to make changes that small businesses owners need to succeed.

   
 Photo Nancy Mistele Nancy Mistele, Director-Office of Business Development
Nancy Mistele has seen both sides of government rules and regulations.  She has more than 30 years as a private sector entrepreneur and 15 months within a regulatory agency for the State of Wisconsin.

Nancy was recently appointed by Governor Scott Walker as a Director in the newly created Office of Business Development where she serves as an advocate for small business.  Nancy and her team work with the Small Business Regulatory Review Board to remove red tape and reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens that impact business owners.   They also help businesses connect to various resources and investment networks that small business owners might not know about otherwise. 

Working for a pro-business, pro-growth Governor, Nancy sees tremendous opportunity for business owners to reduce the impact of government on their everyday lives.  Nancy meets with business owners, economic development and trade associations to gather firsthand knowledge of what they see as needed changes.  She then takes this information back to the legislature, state agencies and the Governor’s office to help improve the business climate in Wisconsin.

   
 Gregory Gracz

Greg Gracz, Administrator-Division of Personnel Management

Greg received a Bachelor of Science degree, in Business Administration, from Marquette University in 1970. He also has received two Associate’s degrees from Milwaukee Area Technical College—one in Liberal Arts in 1968 and another in Fire Technology in 1983. From 1978 through 2006, Greg was a member of the Milwaukee Fire Department, serving as a Lieutenant in the Department from 1984 through 1998, as a Captain in the Department from 1998 through 2006, and as President and Contract Administrator of the Milwaukee Professional Firefighters Union from 1987 through 2006. In 2007, Greg became the Director of Labor Relations in Milwaukee County. He served in that position until Governor Walker appointed him Director of the Office of State Employment Relations in 2011.

Greg served on the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents from 1999 through 2006, and he was a member of various committees during his tenure. He also has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Survive Alive House, a member of the Governor’s Council for Vocational Education, and a member of the Milwaukee Task Force on Health Care Cost Controls. Greg is the founding member of a fund that raised over $850,000 for families of New York City firefighters impacted by the 9/11 tragedy.