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May 30 2017

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Jan 6 2016

Milwaukee, WI: Emerge Wisconsin is excited to announce their tenth class of Democratic women. The 2016 Class will follow in the footsteps of current and former elected officials, including Senator Nikiya Harris Dodd ‘11 (Milwaukee), Representative Dianne Hesselbein ’09 (Middleton), County Board Chairwoman Tara Johnson ‘10 (La Crosse) and Alderwoman Jackie Moore ’14 (Ashland).

The Emerge Wisconsin Class of 2016 members are:
Alice Belcher (Brown Deer), Marianne Bloch (Westport), Rebecca Bonesteel (Hudson), Kathryn Carley (Green Bay), Catherine Emmanuelle (Eau Claire), Sarah Gaskell (Verona), Joyce Hall (Hudson) , Kara Hawes (Janesville), Arkesia Jackson (Milwaukee), Kimberly Lawton (Washburn), Lindsay Lemmer (Madison), Autumn Linsmeier (Manitowoc), Angela McManaman (Milwaukee), Marcelia Nicholson (Milwaukee), Stephany Pruitt (Milwaukee), Kaeleen Ringberg (Ashland), Caroline Russell (Madison), Jeanine Schneider (Madison), Briana Schwabenbauer (Holmen), Shonita Skinner (Madison), Inrgid Wadsworth (Poynette), Angeline Winton (Springbrook)

Oct 20 2014

MILWAUKEE – Emerge Wisconsin is pleased to announce the hiring of Erin Forrest as the new Executive Director.  In her role, Erin will represent Emerge Wisconsin throughout the state and direct the curriculum for the next generation of Emerge leaders.

Jul 28 2014

MADISON, WI: This past Sunday, twenty-one women completed the Emerge Wisconsin training program and stepped out armed for success as future candidates. The graduation ceremony, held at a private residence in Madison, featured a keynote address from Emerge Advisor Peg Lautenschlager, the first women elected as Wisconsin Attorney General.

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Jul 25 2014

Milwaukee – Emerge Wisconsin welcomes five new members to its 2014-2015 Board of Directors:

  • Carmen Cabrera (Milwaukee), Centro Hispano MKE Latino Round Table Director
  •  Analiese Eicher (Sun Prairie), Emerge Alumna and former Dane County Board Supervisor
  • Katy Phillips (Eau Claire), Democratic Party leader and activist
  • Diane Odeen (River Falls), Emerge Alumna and City Council member
  • Rep. Melissa Sargent (Madison), Emerge Alumna and State Assembly Representative

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Dec 9 2013

Madison – Congratulations to Emerge Wisconsin Board Member Carousel Bayrd on being elected to the Emerge America board.  Carousel was selected by a coalition of several states' representatives to represent their interests on the national board.

Jul 22 2013

Madison- Emerge Wisconsin congratulates the newest graduates of their training program. On Saturday, June 20th, twenty-two Democratic women joined the growing ranks of Emerge Alumnae. Emerge participants complete a seven month course covering topics from campaign messaging to fundraising and public speaking.

Jan 18 2013

Emerge Wisconsin Introduces their 2013 Class

Madison – Emerge Wisconsin is excited to announce their seventh class of Democratic women ready to run for elected office.  The 2013 Class follows in the footsteps of current and former elected officials, including Senator Jessica King ‘07 (Oshkosh), Representative JoCasta Zamarripa ’10 (Milwaukee), County Board Chairwoman Tara Johnson ‘10 (La Crosse) and Alderwoman Kelly Westlund ’11 (Ashland).

Jan 6 2013

Madison – Emerge Wisconsin is proud that as of today, there are eight Emerge Wisconsin alumnae serving in the State Legislature.  Five alumnae - Senator Nikiya Harris (Class of 2011), Representative Dianne Hesselbein (Class of 2009), Representative La Tonya Johnson (Class of 2012), Representative Melissa Sargent (Class of 2012) and Representative Mandy Wright (Class of 2012) – join returning alumnae - Representatives Penny Bernard Schaber (Class of 2007), Jill Billings (Class of 2011) and JoCasta Zamarripa (Class of 2010). 

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