AAUW National Board Chair
Friday Night Welcome: “AAUW – Preparing for the Future”
Julia Brown is a public administrator having served as both a City and County Manager and for various levels of government in Oklahoma, Washington, D.C., California and New Mexico, as well as in Corporate America.
Ms. Brown is a licensed attorney who graduated from Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where she was law class President. Julia also served both as an enlisted soldier and an Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) Officer, Julia retired as a Lieutenant Colonel, and Deputy Commander of the 75th Legal Support Organization.
She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors related to her work experience and community and civic volunteer efforts in addition to her extensive work with non-profit organizations in the areas of organizational formation and governance. Julia is a life member of AAUW and serves as the National Board Chairman. She also serves on the regional Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest Board; and is a life member of both Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and the National NAACP.
First Lady of Wisconsin
Friday Night Welcome
First Lady Kathy Evers was born and raised in Plymouth, Wisconsin and met her future husband in kindergarten. They had their first date at the junior prom and have been married for more than 40 years.
Kathy graduated from Plymouth High School and later received an associate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac. In a career spanning more than three decades, Kathy held IT management positions with private companies and provided computer software training and hardware technical support in Wisconsin public school districts, technical colleges, and in the private sector. She and the Governor lived and worked in various communities throughout Wisconsin including Tomah, Oakfield, Verona, Oshkosh, and Madison.
Throughout her long career, Kathy has worked with people of all ages in technical support, training and management roles. Now that Kathy is retired from that field, she is an avid pickleball player and yoga practitioner. She and the Governor have three adult children, all public school graduates, and nine grandchildren.
Suffragist Performer: Jesse Jack Hooper
Featured Speaker: Friday Night Welcome
Helen Bannan has been a member of AAUW for 3 decades, including service as a co-president in the Oshkosh branch. She is now a dual member of the Oshkosh and Milwaukee branches.
Helen retired early as director of Women’s Studies and Associate Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in order to complete a biography of Oshkosh suffragist Jessie Jack Hooper. Between Sierra Club trips she and her husband lead, Helen is still working on the book, but in the meantime, she enjoys bringing Hooper to life in a different way.
Suffragist Performer: Carrie Chapman Catt
Featured Speaker: Friday Night Welcome
Pam Thiel has a long history with AAUW, and is passionate about gender equity and GOTV (Get Out The Vote). She has served on the national board, been a Great Lakes regional director, president of Wisconsin, and a La Crosse branch president.
Pam is retired and a certified River Rat awarded for her years of service as a biologist and manager with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on the Upper Mississippi River System.
She enjoys making history come alive with her first person portrayals of Carrie Chapman Catt, Eleanor Roosevelt, Lavina Goodell, and a one-woman show on Mary Todd Lincoln.
Wisconsin State Legislator, 77th Assembly District
Keynote Speaker: Saturday 11:00 to 12:00
“Opportunities to Listen: A Conversation with a Black Woman”
Representative Shelia Stubbs was born in Camden, Arkansas, and moved to Beloit, Wisconsin when she was five years old. Upon her graduation from Beloit Memorial High School, she obtained a BS in Criminal Justice Administration, a BA in Political Science, and a Masters in Science & Management. She went on to teach all of the courses offered for Criminal Justice at Mount Senario College, in Ladysmith, Wisconsin. She is an Alumnus of Delta Sigma Theta Inc. As a community leader, Representative Stubbs has served as President of the Bridge/Lakepoint Neighborhood Association, and is the Co-Founder of End Time Ministries International.
Shelia Stubbs has since represented her community at both the state and municipal level, working towards a more just and equitable Wisconsin. As Dane County Supervisor, Stubbs has prioritized implementing policies that actively combat racial injustice. Her work has helped implement crisis intervention teams, and acknowledge racism for the public health crisis that it is. As a State Representative, Shelia Stubbs is currently Co-chair of the Speakers Taskforce on Racial Disparities, and the Chair of the Wisconsin Legislative Black Caucus. She was the first Black person from Dane County to be elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly, and is the first to serve as chair of the Wisconsin Legislative Black Caucus.