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Community & Professional Leadership

At Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., we believe that it is our responsibility and privilege to support organizations and activities whose efforts result in stronger communities. Many of our attorneys and staff members serve as officers, directors and trustees for charitable associations, assist as volunteers for civic organizations and events, and contribute financially to worthy causes.

To see a representative list of organizations for which our attorneys serve as officers or directors, click here.

Eric Meier Appointed President of the Wauwatosa Mayfair Rotary Club  - August 21, 2012

Eric Meier was appointed President of the Wauwatosa Mayfair Rotary Club. The Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and around the globe.

JULY 2014


Ariane Strombom Appointed as Vice-Chair to International Technology Law Association Young Lawyers' Committee

Ariane Strombom was appointed as Vice Chair of the International Technology Law (ITechLaw) Association Young Lawyers' Committee. The mission of the Young Lawyers' Committee is to assist young technology lawyers by engaging them in the work of the Association, while also providing global networking, leadership and educational opportunities designed to build and enhance the fundamentals of their legal practice.


Donald Daugherty Appointed to the Zoning Board of Appeals for the Village of River Hills

Donald Daugherty has been appointed to the Zoning Board of Appeals for the Village of River Hills. The Board of Appeals consists of five regular members who hear cases of persons appealing decisions of administrative officers, boards or commissions in the Village, such as building permits denied by the Building Inspector or items denied by the Plan Commission.

MAY 2014


Jeff McIntyre Invited to Serve on Porchlight, Inc. Board of Directors

Jeff McIntyre has been invited to serve as a member of the board of directors of Porchlight, Inc. Porchlight is a non-profit organization which provides emergency shelter, food, employment services, counseling, and affordable transitional and permanent housing to homeless people in the Dane County area. Porchlight's services are designed to foster independence and the transition into permanent housing and employment.


Lisa Lange Elected to Board of Directors of Madison Children’s Museum and Madison Children’s Museum Foundation

Lisa Lange has been elected to the board of directors of the Madison Children’s Museum and the Madison Children’s Museum Foundation. She will serve on the Museum’s executive committee as secretary. Madison Children’s Museum (MCM) connects children with their families, their communities, and the world beyond through discovery learning and creative play. MCM challenges and inspires every visitor who comes through its doors. Its dedicated staff drives its mission by creating custom-crafted, award winning exhibits; providing programming that brings all ages together; and focusing on sustainability, from the parking lot to the rooftop.


Arthur Phillips Elected as Vice President and President-Elect of Marquette University Law School Alumni Association Board

Arthur Phillips was elected to serve as the vice president and president-elect of the Marquette University Law School Alumni Association Board for the 2014-2015 academic year. Arthur’s term is effective immediately, and as president-elect he will go on to serve as president of the Board for the 2015-2016 academic year. The Marquette University Law School embraces the broader University's Mission as "the search for truth, the discovery and sharing of knowledge, the fostering of personal and professional excellence, the promotion of a life of faith, and the development of leadership expressed in service to others." The purpose of the Law School Alumni Association, in turn, is to further the mission of the law school, and to support positive alumni relations.


Patrick Coffey Invited to Serve on Advisory Board of American Society of Physician Advisors

WHD’s Patrick Coffey has been invited to serve as a member of the Advisory Board of the American Society of Physician Advisors (ASPA). The ASPA is a non-profit professional member association, which serves as an essential resource for the development and advancement of physician advisors and medical directors. It provides affordable education, tools and resources including publications, and collaboration and networking opportunities for its members. The Advisory Board will assist the ASPA in the development of a financially sound, best-in-class professional organization for physician advisors.

APRIL 2014


Michael Lauer Elected to the American Heart Association’s Board of Directors

Michael Lauer was elected to the American Heart Association’s Board of Directors. The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Founded by six cardiologists in 1924, the American Heart Association now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters whose driving mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. They fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to save and improve lives.

MARCH 2014


Hal Karas Appointed as Milwaukee County Condemnation Commissioner

Hal Karas was recently appointed as a Milwaukee County Condemnation Commissioner. He was voted into office by the Milwaukee County Circuit Court judges and his term is effective immediately. Condemnation Commissioners serve as an alternative means for aggrieved property owners to appeal condemnation awards instead of proceeding directly to Circuit Court.



Lydia Chartre Reelected Secretary of the Milwaukee Public Museum Board of Directors

Lydia Chartre has been reelected Secretary of the Milwaukee Public Museum Board of Directors. The Milwaukee Public Museum, one of the largest in the United States, is a museum of human and natural history providing a dynamic and stimulating environment for learning, with exhibits to excite and challenge visitors with a diversity of interests. Lydia’s reappointment offers the Museum another year of excellent service and dedication to its academic mission.


Tiffany Hutchens Appointed to Board of Directors of Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health

WHD’s Tiffany Hutchens has been appointed to the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health Board of Directors. WAWH strives to advance comprehensive women’s health in Wisconsin by engaging, educating, empowering, and mobilizing individuals and organizations. Healthy women lead to healthy families, and healthy families lead to healthy communities. Thus, WAWH envisions Wisconsin as an environment where all women have the opportunity to realize their optimal health and well-being at every stage of life.



Nathaniel Hoffman selected to Board of Advisors for Commercial Lease Law Insider

WHD’s Nathaniel Hoffman was selected for inclusion on the Board of Advisors for Commercial Lease Law Insider. The monthly digital newsletter is a premier national leasing publication. It details the latest techniques and ideas to help commercial property owners and managers structure smart lease deals, negotiate the most favorable lease terms, plug risky lease loopholes, and take advantage of the latest court rulings that affect the way professionals draft and negotiate leases.


Rebecca Mitich Appointed as Vice President of the Board of Directors of Northwest Side Community Development Corporation

Rebecca Mitich has been elected as Vice President of the Northwest Side Community Development Corporation’s Board of Directors. The NWSCDC works to enhance the standard of living on Milwaukee’s northwest side by improving the business environment for our low-income communities through community economic development. Since being founded in 1983, NWSCDC has served the economic development needs of Milwaukee’s low-income communities. The NWSCDC has assisted with neighborhood strategic planning to improve safety, land use planning and development on the Northwest Side to spur retail growth, and numerous business and workforce development programs.



Tom Godar Appointed to the Kettle Moraine Curling Club Board of Directors

Tom Godar has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Kettle Moraine Curling Club. The Kettle Moraine Curling Club is a vibrant organization with over 200 regular and 25 social members from 16 to 86 years old. Curling as a sport provides a wonderful mix of competitiveness and opportunities to socialize. The Club’s excellent ice sheets and club house offer inviting spaces for members to enjoy the grand old game.


Tom Godar Named as Secretary to Okauchee Lake Management District Board

Tom Godar was reelected to the Okauchee Lake Management District Board by the riparian owners on Okauchee Lake in Waukesha County. Tom serves as the secretary. The Management Board is charged with maintaining the quality of Okauchee Lake, and oversees lake management and environmental initiatives. OLMD cooperates with local law enforcement and the DNR to manage the lake resources insuring a quality experience for riparian owners and recreational users of the lake.


Andy Schlidt Named Trustee for the Milwaukee County War Memorial, Inc.

Andy Schlidt has been named a Trustee of the Milwaukee County War Memorial, Inc. He was also elected by the Board of Trustees to serve as its Corporate Secretary. The War Memorial Center was born out of the collective vision to create a fitting memorial to honor our Country’s veterans and does so through its mission "To Honor the Dead by Serving the Living." Today the War Memorial Center partners with numerous veteran's organizations to provide services to veterans and to host a variety of community events.


Barbara Zabawa Appointed Vice Chair for the American Health Lawyers Association’s Behavioral Health Task Force

Barbara Zabawa was appointed as Vice Chair to the AHLA’s Behavioral Health Task Force. The Behavioral Health Task Force is committed to advancing the understanding of laws impacting behavioral health, including the delivery of services to those living with mental illness, certain neurological conditions, substance use disorders or developmental disabilities, and reimbursement for such services. Scientific, legislative, and other developments, including healthcare reform, have presented new issues and opportunities in this area, including primary and behavioral healthcare integration initiatives, insurance coverage parity mandates, changes to Medicaid, and evolving public policy. The BH Task Force will monitor and evaluate these laws and developments through written materials, webinars, and in-person educational activities so that AHLA members are better equipped to advise clients on behavioral health topics. In addition, the work of the BH Task Force will serve to raise awareness about how behavioral health laws influence health improvement efforts, and will include collaborative efforts with AHLA's Public Interest activities.



Michael Dahm and Steve Lyons Appointed to 2013 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium Steering Committee

Michael Dahm and Steve Lyons were appointed to the steering committee that is planning the 2013 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium which will be held November 5-6 at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison. The symposium helps entrepreneurs learn how to pursue capital and offers investor pitch opportunities.


Mindi Giftos Elected Chair of the Board of Directors of Girls on the Run Dane County

Mindi Giftos was elected Chair of the Board of Directors of Girls on the Run Dane County. Mindi is also the founder of a Girls on the Run program in her community, Cottage Grove, and is an active coach in the program.

Girls on the Run is a non-profit prevention program that encourages preteen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running. Its curriculum addresses all aspects of girls’ development – including their physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual well-being. Girls on the Run strives to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident. Girls on the Run Dane County is currently serving more than 600 girls this fall season in over 40 sites throughout Dane County.