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WCA Educational Webinar Series: DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSIVITY – Getting Started: Moving from Words to Action


Sarah Diedrick-Kasdorf
Join the Wisconsin Counties Association in February for our four-part webinar series on diversity, equity and inclusivity. The four webinars will be on consecutive Mondays from February 1-February 22, 2021 from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Getting Started: Moving from Words to Action


Benoy Jacob, Ph.D, Director, Community Development Institute, University of Wisconsin – Madison Division of Extension

Benoy Jacob is the Director of the Community Development Institute at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Division of Extension. He is also an Affiliated Faculty with both the LaFollette School of Public Affairs and the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture.

Prior to UW-Madison, Benoy was an Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy and Leadership at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he also served as the Interim Director of the MGM Resorts Public Policy Institute. Benoy also served as an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado, Denver, and at the School of Politics and Economics at Claremont Graduate University.

Benoy’s research focuses on the growth and governance of cities. He explores issues of public finance, state and local relationships, and social equity. Benoy serves on the Executive Committee for ASPA’s Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management and sits on the editorial board for the State and Local Government Review. Benoy has also served as a Research Fellow with the ICMA, and his work has been supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and ASPA’s Center for Accountability and Performance.

Jennie Tunkieicz, Chief of Staff to the Kenosha County Executive

Jennie Tunkieicz is Chief of Staff for Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser. She joined Kenosha County Government in June 2008 after 21 years as a newspaper reporter and editor. Much of her journalism career was spent covering County Government in Wisconsin. Jennie was born and raised on a farm in Kenosha County, and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. In her spare time, Jennie is a singer in a classic rock and roll band.

Jerry Gulley, Kenosha County Supervisor

Jerry Gulley lived in Tennessee, North Carolina, New York, San Francisco, Birmingham, AL, and Seattle before moving to Wisconsin to be near his in-laws. But Kenosha is the first place he has called “home.” He was elected in April 2020 (with a mandate of 13 votes) to represent District 16 on the Kenosha County Board of Supervisors, where he serves on the Human Services and Judiciary & Law committees. He is also currently chairing the county work group charged with launching a Racial Equity Commission.”

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