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Training and Standards Bureau

Mailing Address:

Wisconsin Department of Justice
Training & Standards Bureau
17 W. Main St.
P.O. Box 7070
Madison, WI 53707-7070
608/266-7869 (fax)

Management Team

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Vacant

Bureau Director

Stacy Lenz<

Stacy Lenz

Bureau Deputy Director

608/267-3870

Stacy is the Deputy Director, overseeing the direction of policy and operations of the Curriculum, Certification and Justice Program Sections.

Curriculum & Certification Unit

Dana Vike

Dana Vike

Curriculum & Certification Staff Supervisor

608/267-2781

Dana oversees the certification and training teams within the Training and Standards Bureau. The certification team processes officer employment and certification requests. The training team processes instructor certification and recertification requests; monitors training at the 21 training academies certified by the Law Enforcement Standards Board; develops curriculum for basic law enforcement, jail, and juvenile detention officer training; and develops and administers advanced/specialized training for officers and instructors.

Curriculum Staff

Stephanie Pederson

Stephanie Pederson

720 Law Enforcement

608/261-8641

Stephanie's primary duty includes working with advisory committees, instructors, and practitioners to develop law enforcement training curricula for the basic recruit academies. She also helps develop other curriculum and training events for law enforcement around the state as needed. Any questions regarding law enforcement training curriculum should be directed to Stephanie.

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Vacant

720 Law Enforcement

Shelly Sandry

Shelly Sandry

200 Jail/SJD Training

608/267-1327

Michelle (Shelly) oversees the jail and secure juvenile detention curriculums, and assists with training projects and marketing events throughout the year.

Jerry Mullen

Jerry Mullen

Compliance Officer

608/266-7380

Jerry is the Compliance Officer for the Training and Standards Bureau. Jerry works closely with the regional field representatives to ensure academy, officer, and agency compliance with Wisconsin State Statute ?§ 165.85, Wisconsin Administrative Code ?§?§ LES 1-9, and the policies and procedures of the Law Enforcement Standards Board. Jerry maintains and updates the LESB Policy and Procedures Manual and the Academy Director's Manual. Jerry also receives and reviews requests for law enforcement and jail reciprocity, college credit waiver requests, and requests for extensions of the time limits to complete basic officer training, and he makes recommendations on all of these requests to the Law Enforcement Standards Board at the quarterly LESB meetings.

Certification Staff

Richard Williams

Richard Williams

ACADIS Database Manager

608/266-7883

Richard is the System Administrator for the ACADIS (officer database) system. He is also in charge of law enforcement, jail, and juvenile detention officer certification and makes recommendations for certifications to the Law Enforcement Standards Board quarterly. Richard sends out certification notification letters and certificates to officers certified at the quarterly meetings.

Thessa Phillips

Thessa Phillips

Instructor Certifications

608/267-1931

Thessa Phillips serves as the Instructor Certification and Recertification Specialist for the Training and Standards Bureau. Thessa processes requests for instructor certification and recertification, Master Instructor Trainer certification and recertification, and Credentialed Instructor registration and registration renewal. She makes recommendations on waiver requests for instructor applicants to the Law Enforcement Standards Board at their quarterly meetings. She also helps coordinate and facilitate instructor updates around the state for the over 3,000 certified instructors.

Katie Maule

Katie Maule

303 Applications

608/266-7682

This position processes the DJ-LE-303 Verification of Employment Standards and Application for Certification form, the DJ-LE-303N Notification of Officer Status Change form, and Wilenet and Acadis accounts and registrations. This position also serves as a backup to the main administrator for the ACADIS (officer database) system, and provides general support to the rest of the Training and Standards Bureau.

Andrea Waters

Andrea Waters

Wilenet Accounts

608/264-6377

As the Communication Specialist, Andrea is responsible for managing and maintaining the T&S Twitter and Facebook accounts as well as coordinating, designing and distributing the T&S Express. She also provides administrative support for both the Certifications section and the Justice Programs section in addition to our supervisory staff and directors.

Regional Field Representatives

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Ed Liebrecht

Region 1

608/301-6880

Ed works in Region 1 as one of the five LTE-Field Representatives on the compliance team. He provides assistance to agencies and LESB certified training schools to ensure understanding of, and compliance with, applicable Wisconsin Statutes, LESB rules, and LESB policies and procedures. His primary role is to conduct on-site audits of basic training, instructor training and recertification training curriculum delivery and academy operations at LESB-certified academies for compliance with Wisconsin State Statute ?§ 165.85. Ed will also conduct on-site visits at law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin to ensure compliance with Wisconsin State Statute ?§ 165.85 certification standards.

Region 1: Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha, Walworth, Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington counties.

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Carol Curfman

Region 2

608/301-7077

Carol works in Region 2 as one of the five LTE-Field Representatives on the compliance team. She provides assistance to agencies and LESB certified training schools to ensure understanding of, and compliance with, applicable Wisconsin Statutes, LESB rules, and LESB policies and procedures. Her primary role is to conduct on-site audits of basic training, instructor training and recertification training curriculum delivery and academy operations at LESB-certified academies for compliance with Wisconsin State Statute ?§ 165.85. Carol will also conduct on-site visits at law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin to ensure compliance with Wisconsin State Statute ?§ 165.85 certification standards.

Region 2: Green, Lafayette, Grant, Iowa, Dane, Columbia, Sauk, Richland, Crawford, Vernon, Jefferson, Dodge and Rock counties.

Daniel Ruzinski

Daniel Ruzinski

Region 3

608/301-7027

Dan works in Region 3 as one of the five LTE-Field Representatives on the compliance team. He provides assistance to agencies and LESB certified training schools to ensure understanding of, and compliance with, applicable Wisconsin Statutes, LESB rules, and LESB policies and procedures. His primary role is to conduct on-site audits of basic training, instructor training and recertification training curriculum delivery and academy operations at LESB-certified academies for compliance with Wisconsin State Statute ?§ 165.85. Dan will also conduct on-site visits at law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin to ensure compliance with Wisconsin State Statute ?§ 165.85 certification standards.

Region 3: Fond du Lac, Calumet, Brown, Winnebago, Outagamie, Shawano, Sheboygan, Brown, Kewaunee, Door, Menominee, Oconto, Langlade, Marinette, Forest, Florence and Manitowoc counties.

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Region 4

John Shilts

John Shilts

Region 5

608/215-4842

John works in Region 5 as one of the five LTE-Field Representatives on the Compliance Team. He provides assistance to agencies and LESB certified training academies to ensure understanding of, and compliance with, applicable Wisconsin Statutes, LESB rules, and LESB policies and procedures. His primary role is to conduct on-site audits of basic training, instructor training and recertification training curriculum delivery and academy operations at LESB-certified academies for compliance with Wisconsin State Statute ?§ 165.85. John will also conduct on-site visits at law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin to ensure compliance with Wisconsin State Statute ?§ 165.85 certification standards.

Region 5: Eau Claire, Dunn, St. Croix, Chippewa, Taylor, Lincoln, Oneida, Price, Ashland, Sawyer, Rusk, Barron, Polk, Burnett, Bayfield, Iron, Vilas, Pierce, Pepin, Douglas, and Washburn counties.

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Jim Art

Chiefs Liaison

608/381-0734

Jim provides statewide leadership and coordination to develop, revise, maintain and implement leadership and management education training programs to meet identified needs for all levels of integrated law enforcement instruction. Responsibilities include the following: conduct needs assessments, select and facilitate curriculum design teams, define instructional objectives and performance standards and develop instructional materials for training. He coordinates and consults with other training providers, including the University of Wisconsin System and the Wisconsin Technical College System, to develop, review and maintain ongoing training programs designed for the particular needs of law enforcement officers with emphasis on career-development education, leadership and management training.

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Dave Graves

Sheriffs Liaison

608/514-2183

Dave provides statewide leadership and coordination to develop, revise, maintain and implement leadership and management education training programs to meet identified needs for all levels of integrated law enforcement instruction. Responsibilities include the following: conduct needs assessments, select and facilitate curriculum design teams, define instructional objectives and performance standards and develop instructional materials for training. He coordinates and consults with other training providers, including the University of Wisconsin System and the Wisconsin Technical College System, to develop, review and maintain ongoing training programs designed for the particular needs of law enforcement officers with emphasis on career-development education, leadership and management training.

Support Staff

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Mitch Geiger

LTE

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Tina Marshalek

LTE

Justice Programs Unit

Matt Raymer

Matt Raymer

Justice Programs Supervisor

608/261-4374

Matt manages federal and state criminal justice programs including the Justice Assistance Grant program, Project Safe Neighborhoods, the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment program, National Criminal History Improvement program, National Instant Check System, Juvenile Accountability Block Grant, Title II, Title V, Justice System Training, Treatment Alternatives and Diversion, and others. He provides broad policy guidance in applying federal and state program priorities and supervises professional program experts who help develop, implement, and analyze program participants' standards and outcomes.

Criminal Justice Program Staff

Dennis Powers

Dennis Powers

Program Manager

608/266-9441

This position is primarily responsible for the administration of federally-funded criminal justice programs that include: Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, National Criminal History Improvement Program, NICS Act Records Improvement Program, and Project Safe Neighborhoods. In addition, this position staff three subcommittees of the State Criminal Justice Coordinating Council: Data Sharing/Benchmarks, Problem-Solving Courts, and Evidence-Based Practices.

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Caroline Kull

Program Manager

608/267-1928

Renee Lushaj

Renee Lushaj

TAD Program Manager

608/266-7864

This position is primarily responsible for providing technical assistance related to the Treatment Alternatives and Diversion Program (TAD) and Drug Court Program throughout the State of Wisconsin. The position provides support, both remotely and in-person, to participating counties and tribes in their efforts to establish, implement and administer a successful TAD project in their communities. This position also performs on-going analysis of TAD projects to ensure utilization of evidence-based practices and fidelity to program standards.

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Heather Kiercek

TAD Technical Advisor

Juvenile Justice Program Staff

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Juvenile Program Manager

Nina Emerson

Nina Emerson

Compliance Manager

608/261-6626

Nina Emerson works in the Justice Programs Section as the Juvenile Justice Specialist and Compliance Monitor. In this combined role, she is responsible for administering the juvenile justice grants, monitoring grantees, staffing the Governor's Juvenile Justice Commission and conducting compliance monitor site visits to insure that facilities comply with the core requirements of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA). Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Nina was the director of the Resource Center on Impaired Driving at the University of Wisconsin Law School where she worked for 21 years. She earned her undergraduate degree in 1989 from Regis University in Denver, Colorado, and her juris doctor in 1992 from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Linda Schmitz

Linda Schmitz

Compliance Officer

920/517-9845

Mary Pat Lieven

Mary Pat Lieven

Compliance Officer

608/354-3225

Mary Pat works in the juvenile justice programs section as a compliance monitor. Mary Pat conducts site visits to ensure compliance under the office juvenile justice and delinquency prevention (OJJDP) act. Core requirements are sight & sound separation from adult offenders, 6 hour hold compliance, de-institutionalization of status offenders, and reduction of disproportionate minority contact (DMC). Mary Pat retired from the Washington County Sheriff's Department after 33 years where she was both the juvenile detention superintendent and juvenile court intake worker.

Justice Program Support Staff

Sabrina Gentile

Sabrina Gentile

Federal & State Programs
GJJC Coordinator

608/266-7639

The Justice Programs Coordinator provides professional support for the operation of the program planning and administration activities of the Justice Programs Section of the Department of Justice. The Justice Programs Coordinator works extensively with the Criminal Justice and Juvenile Justice programs.

Sara Tupper

Sara Tupper

Federal & State Programs
CJJC Coordinator

608/266-9764

This position is responsible for providing high-level program support to the Justice Programs Section. This position also provides program and policy assistance to the Sections' other program and policy analysts and grants specialists, and assists with the administration and program support for the Section's various federal grant programs.

Donna Hahn

Donna Hahn

Federal & State Programs

608/267-1304

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Alex Hader

Support Staff

608/261-7665

Operations & Grants Staff

Stacy Lenz<

Stacy Lenz

Bureau Deputy Director

608/267-3870

Stacy is the Deputy Director, overseeing the direction of policy and operations of the Curriculum, Certification and Justice Program Sections.

Grant Specialists

Jannifer Ayers

Jannifer Ayers

Federal & State Programs

608/267-2115

Jannifer works in the Criminal Justice Programs Section as a Grants Specialist. She is responsible for managing state and federal award balances of assigned Criminal Justice Programs as well as all sub-grantees awarded the funds. She manages the flow of grant applications from the application process through the award stages to the end of the project. Federal programs include: Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG), National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP), NICS Act Records Improvement, COPS Anti-Heroin Task Forces, COPS Anti-Meth Task Forces and National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI). State programs include Law Enforcement Specialized Training, Treatment Alternatives and Diversion and Beat Patrol.

Katie Hawkins

Katie Hawkins

TAD & JJ Programs

608/266-7949

Katie works in the Juvenile Justice Programs Section as a Grants Specialist. Katie is responsible for coordinating state and federal award balances of assigned Juvenile Justice and Criminal Justice programs and all the subgrantees awarded the funds. She is also responsible for coordinating the flow of grant applications from the initial application through the award stages to the end of the project. She also processes sub-grant payments, tracks federal award and sub-grantee balances and reports data back to the Federal Government.

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April Little

Federal & State Programs

608/267-1314 (office)

608/215-4125 (mobile)

Susan Fischbach

Susan Fischbach

Law Enforcement Funds

608/266-8803

This position is responsible for the law enforcement training funds and issuing reimbursement for training for both basic recruit academy programs and the annual recertification training funds. This position is responsible for auditing all records related to these events and ensuring that the mandatory requirements are met.

Training Support Staff

Sara Phelan

Sara Phelan

Training Coordinator

608/264-6364 (office)

608/284-1273 (mobile)

Andrea Waters

Andrea Waters

Training Support Staff

608/264-6377

As the Communication Specialist, Andrea is responsible for managing and maintaining the T&S Twitter and Facebook accounts as well as coordinating, designing and distributing the T&S Express. She also provides administrative support for both the Certifications section and the Justice Programs section in addition to our supervisory staff and directors.

David Perlman

David Perlman

Assistant Attorney General
4th & 5th Amendment

608/266-1420

Dave's primary duties include training police and prosecutors on constitutional issues as well as litigating appellate cases dealing with search and seizure and confessions.

Miriam Falk

Miriam Falk

Assistant Attorney General
Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

608/267-4582

Miriam Falk joined the division of law enforcement services, Training and Standards Bureau as an assistant attorney general on August 11th. Miriam previously worked as a prosecutor for the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office for 27 years. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Marquette University and a juris doctor from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Opioid Initiative & Drug Take Back

Danielle Long

Danielle Long

Opioid Advisor

608/266-7114

Danielle is a criminal justice program analyst within the Training and Standards Bureau of the Wisconsin Department of Justice; she is the project manager for the Restraining Order Service Tablet project and coordinates the SANE training program.