Julia T. Brown, Esq.

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.

Kathy Evers

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.

Helen Bannan

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.

Pam Thiel

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 held many AAUW positions of leadership:   National Board member; Great Lakes Regional Director for Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio; president of Wisconsin; and 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.

Shelia Stubbs

Wisconsin State Legislator, Assembly District 77

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.

Lyn Hildebrand

AAUW Program VP

Breakout Session 1: Saturday, 12:10 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Programs that are Mission Driven

Lyn Hildenbrand is a member of the Milwaukee & West Suburban branches of AAUW, currently serving on the State Board as Program Vice President. Previously she served as the State President. Lyn has a over 30 years’ experience working in and leading Milwaukee area non–profit agencies: contesting social justice and advocating for equity. She is presently serving as the Executive Director of The Gathering of Southeast WI, where they provide over 60,000 hot home cooked meals annually to those who would otherwise go without.

She has served as a program manager at several agencies in Milwaukee where she was responsible for overseeing the achievement of larger organizational goals while coordinating efforts between different projects leading the overall program with strong attention to strategy, implementation, and delegation.

Lyn is an accomplished visionary executive with a demonstrated ability to deliver mission-critical results. She is knowledgeable, versatile, and adept in developing relationships and strategic alliances with a unique ability to interact with and motivate diverse populations to think globally and respond locally. Lyn is always leading with passion and enterprise.


Christine Ebert

AAUW Membership VP

Breakout Session 2, Saturday, 12:10 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Membership: Balancing Goals, Hopes and Realities in 2021-22

Christine Ebert currently serves on the AAUW-WI State Board as Membership VP and has served as District V coordinator. As a member of the Northwoods Branch since 2012, she served as Program VP, President-Elect and President from 2015-2019. “In these roles, I was always interested in growing the branch through expanded communication, relevant and excellent programs and community outreach.” She is a retired mathematics professor from the University of Delaware.

Joan Schneider

AAUW WI State President

Breakout Session 3:  Saturday 12:10 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Sharing of Ideas by Members about Interest Groups, Group Outings, and more

When I joined AAUW in Janesville around 1980 I wasn’t looking for interest groups or outings or social options. I wanted speakers and issues. After moving to Appleton I joined my first interest group: evening book group. Since then I have participated in numerous interest groups, have traveled to interesting destinations and learned some social customs. Friendships formed in interest groups are just a little different than at a meeting. Shared interests and experiences form strong bonds. Join me in a conversation about interest groups, travel, and social occasions.

Dr. Laura Alwin

Founder of the Unity Project, Fort Atkinson

Breakout Session 1: Saturday, 1:10 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Promotion of Social Diversity and Justice

Dr. Laura Alwin is the founder of the Unity Project, a practicing licensed clinical psychologist, and an advertising veteran.  She is originally from Chicago and is currently living in rural Wisconsin.   A graduate of Adler University, an institution focused on social justice, Alwin is passionate about bringing people together in the community.  With the help of many like-minded community members and businesses, she was able to bring to her community the first bilingual festival (now in its fourth year), the first Gay Pride event, and the first event geared at inviting the differently-abled from local group homes to dance with others in their community.  Alwin is grateful every day for the support she receives from Fort Community Credit Union, Fort Hospital, Madison Area Technical College, and US Cellular.  Without these organizations and their leadership, there would be no Unity Project.


 It was in the course of her clinical practice that she learned that beneath the natural beauty of rural Wisconsin and its endearing small-town ways, was an unsettling thread of racism. 



Whitney Townsend

Co-Chair of the Unity Project’s School Partnership Committee

Breakout Session 1: Saturday, 1:10 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Promotion of Social Diversity and Justice

Whitney Townsend volunteered with the Unity Project in 2019 as emcee for the Fort Fall Fiesta. In 2020, she co-chaired The Unity Project’s School Partnership Committee. She was awarded a $15,000 grant for the committee’s diverse literacy project. A leader in her community with a passion for personal development and empowering others, she earned her BBA from UW-Whitewater in 2016 after four years of night classes and summer semesters.  She values education and believes there is an opportunity to learn something new every day. A certified yoga teacher and holistic health coach, she weaves these two modalities into her work at Fort Community Credit Union where she is a branch manager, mortgage loan officer, and financial coach.

Born and raised in Fort Atkinson, Whitney values service to her community and is a member of the Rotary Club of Fort Atkinson and an executive board member for Badgerland After School Enrichment program.  In 2015 she spearheaded the community-wide health fair “Eating Clean in 2015,” which featured the documentary Fed Up and offered education and healthy options to Jefferson County residents. In 2019 Whitney joined a team of volunteers to host a two-day meal packing event with Feed My Starving Children, packing 282,312 meals with the help of 1,084 volunteers.  In 2020 Whitney and her husband Jose Mieses, who immigrated from the Dominican Republic twenty years ago, donated building materials and school supplies to an elementary school in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The partnership with the school continues with support from for Rotary Club of Fort Atkinson.

Katy Grogan

Climate Activist

Breakout Session 2:  Saturday 1:10 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Climate Change Issues and Action

Katy Grogan graduated from Lawrence University with a degree in Political Science. She completed a year of public policy studies at the University of Michigan’s Institute of Public Policy Studies. She later earned a teaching degree and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction and went on to teach for 30 years, primarily in the Milton School District. Katy has been a climate activist for several years and now serves as Citizens’ Climate Lobby Liaison to the First Congressional District of Wisconsin as well as the leader of the Janesville Chapter of CCL.

Lidia Madrid &
Mia Henry

Students at School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Breakout Session 3:  Saturday 1:10 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Social Media for Visibility & Communication

Lidia Madrid is a Chicago-based designer and fourth-year student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in the Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects (AIADO) department. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lidmad/

Mia Henry is a senior at School of the Art institute of Chicago. She is also an executive board member of NOMAS branch at SAIC. Mia is majoring in the Architecture department and is also a furniture designer and maker.

Lidia and Mia are members of the SAIC chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS).  NOMAS fosters communications and fellowship among minority architects, acts as a clearing house for information, and maintains a roster of practitioners.  The mission of NOMAS, rooted in a rich legacy of activism, is to empower local chapters and membership to foster justice and equity in communities of color through outreach, community advocacy, professional development, and design excellence.



Jessica Michna

Performer/Historian: “Women Who Dared”

Featured Speaker: Saturday 2:10 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Originally from Pennsylvania, Jessica Michna developed a love of American history from an early age, visiting the many Revolutionary and Civil War sites. Jessica earned a BS in Psychology from the UW system, and worked 10 years as a researcher and teaching assistant at the UW-Parkside campus. After several years in the healthcare field, Jessica decided to return to her two great loves: History and the Theatre. The result was the birth of her business: “First Impressions.”

For twenty years, Ms. Michna has used her remarkable acting and teaching skills to recreate notable women of history. She has been called a “National Treasure” and has received the Presidential Service Center’s Distinguished Service Award. Jessica portrays six Presidential First Ladies, ten notable women, and two original characters; in addition, she has released a program on women’s suffrage. Jessica has no plans to slow down. She is also presently developing a new program based on the wife of a Civil War general for debut in 2021. For 2022 she has a program in development based on the sister of famous siblings.

Jessica has been honored to perform at historical sites in Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, and many other states. Among her most treasured memories are Valley Force, Lincoln Boyhood site, and the National Churchill Memorial.  

https://www.historicalfirstimpressions.com .