Five DOC Women Graduate From Government Leadership Training

Five Wisconsin Department of Corrections employees graduated from a prestigious government leadership training program at the University of Wisconsin’s La Follette School of Public Affairs on Feb. 12:

Daisy Chase, bilingual offender classification specialist, Dodge Correctional Institution

Lisa Jeschke, probation and parole agent, Milwaukee area

Heather Paulsen, institution complaint examiner, Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility

Erin Thorvaldson, corrections program specialist, Division of Adult Institutions

The DOC employees were among 23 women who received scholarships from Wisconsin Women in Government to attend an annual public policy graduate seminar sponsored by WWIG in cooperation with UW’s La Follette School of Public Affairs.

“Wisconsin Women in Government was thrilled to welcome five women from the Department of Corrections to this year’s Public Policy Graduate Seminar program,” said Lisa Schultz, WWIG President. “Holly, Heather, Lisa, Erin and Daisy were tremendous assets to this year’s class and we hope they gained valuable skills and insights to help them continue their promising careers at Wisconsin’s largest state agency,” she said.

Graduates completed the six-week, 32-hour course that began Jan. 19 and explored a wide range of topics, including writing and presentation skills, networking and gender and power.  They celebrated their accomplishments at Tuesday’s graduation in the company of elected officials, legislative aides, lawyers, police engineers, health care workers and other state agency workers.

“It was a great opportunity to network with other women who are also active in state government agencies and who can relate to the challenges that occur when trying to balance life and your career,” said Thorvaldson. “The seminar has helped me feel more empowered to make a positive difference in the work that I do for the Department as well as in future opportunities in my career.” she said.

Chase, another graduate who works at DOC, agreed. “The seminar has been an amazing experience … and learning opportunity,” said Chase. “I have gotten the privilege of meeting amazing, powerful women who I will always have the honor of knowing.“These are women who … understand the challenges that being a woman in government brings. I am truly honored,” Chase said.


“DOC was very fortunate to have had five women in this exceptional training class,” DOC Secretary Wall said. “It is a testament to both the caliber of female leaders we have within our agency and the great potential for career advancement for women in the corrections field,” he added. “We are proud of their accomplishment and dedication to public service.”

DOC staff member Keeley Crowley is also committed to helping women succeed in government careers. Crowley, grant coordinator for DOC’s Prison Rape Elimination Act unit,  is one of six new members appointed to the 2012 WWIG board of directors in October.