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.  


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Mary Jo Baas, Chair
Brookfield, WI

Governor's Appointee
Executive Committee
Trailblazer Awards Committee

Baas Biography 

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Patty Cadorin

Hartland, WI

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

Cadorin Biography

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Dr. Lisa Armaganian

Brookfield, WI

Governor's Appointee 

Armaganian Biography 

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Cindy Block

Cottage Grove, WI

Senate President's Appointee
Trailblazer Awards Committee


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Karen Katz

Madison, WI

Governor's Appointee
Executive Committee 

Katz Biography

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Katie Mnuk

Oregon, WI

Governor's Appointee
Executive Committee 

Mnuk Biography 




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Jessie Nicholson

Wauwatosa, WI

Governor's Appointee 

Nicholson Biography

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Kim Nickel

Middleton, WI

Assembly Speaker's Appointee
Trailblazer Awards Committee

Nickel Biography

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Carrie Richard

Mazomanie, WI

Assembly Speaker's Appointee

Richard Biography

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Shelby Schmudlach

Cottage Grove, WI

Senate President'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


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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: