Meet The Council

​​​The 15-member Women’s Council is appointed by the Governor and legislative leaders, including 11 public members and four current state legislators.  By statute, the Governor holds a seat on the Council, which he or she fills with a Governor's Designee.  The Governor also appoints the Council's Chair.  


 

 PUBLIC MEMBERS

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Patty Cadorin, Chair
Milwaukee, WI

Executive Committee
Trailblazer Awards Committee

Biography 

 


 

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Dr. Lisa Armaganian

Brookfield, WI

Governor's Appointee 

Biography 


 


 

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Cindy Block

Cottage Grove, WI

Senate President's Appointee 
Trailblazer Awards Committee


 

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Denise Hutchison

New Franken, WI

Governor's Appointee


 


 

Alderwoman Chantia Lewis 

Milwaukee, WI

Governor's Appointee  

Biography


 

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Rosalyn McFarland

Brown Deer, WI

Governor's Appointee

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Nerissa Nelson

Stevens Point, WI

Governor's Appointee

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Kim Nickel

Middleton, WI

Assembly Speaker's Appointee
Trailblazer Awards Committee


 

 

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Carrie Richard

Mazomanie, WI

Assembly Speaker's Appointee

Biography


 

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Shelby Schmudlach

Cottage Grove, WI

Senate President's Appointee

 
 


 

Ze Xiong Yang

Madison, WI

Governor's Appointee




Four Women’s Council seats are designated for current members of the Wisconsin State Legislature.

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Senator Luther Olsen

Ripon, WI
Senate District 14

Senate President's Appointee

Senator Olsen Biography

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Senator Janis Ringhand

Evansville, WI
Senate District 15

Senate President's Appointee

Senator Ringhand Biography

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Vacant​

City Name, WI

Seat Designated for Assembly Member 

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Vacant

City Name, WI

Seat Designated for Assembly Member


Women’s Council Staff

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Christine Lidbury
Executive Director


 

Biography


 


Appointments

Women's Council appointments are made through the Governor's Appointment Office and the Offices of the Assembly Speaker and Senate President. 

 
For Governor's appointments, visit the "apply to serve" link on the Governor's website and complete the application form. 
For Legislative appointments, provide a letter and resume to the respective offices.  Contact information can be found at: 

  
 
Governor's Designee
Women's Council seat designated for the Governor, or his or her designee.