Selected for their diverse backgrounds—as well as professional expertise—the following individuals sit on the GWAAR Advisory Council. The Advisory Council’s role is to advise the Board of Directors on the area plan, be engaged in advocacy activities, and be motivated in making a difference in how the aging network responds to the needs of an increasingly older population.
Robert Wilkinson, Chairperson, Janesville: Rob is a veteran and retired police officer. He has volunteered for a number of organizations and has also served on both GWAAR’s Board and Advisory Council. He also participates in WI Aging Advocacy Network meetings and advocacy activities.
Jane Deau, Merrill: Bio coming soon.
Nancy Gagnon, Middleton: Nancy is a lawyer who served many years as an administrative law judge and has served on a local school board and union board. Nancy joined the Advisory Council mid-2017.
Kathy Gauger, Whitehall: Kathy has been a resident of Whitehall for 40 years. She began employment with the Trempealeau County Department of Human Services in 1983. She was also part of a team that wrote a grant to allow Trempealeau County to pilot an ADRC in 1998. Kathy retired January 2017 as supervisor of the ADRC
Marie Lewis, Tomah: Prior to retirement, Marie worked for the Tomah Veterans Administration and also the Ho-Chunk Nation, including several years as the tribal aging unit director. Marie recently joined the Ho-Chunk Nation Clan Mothers and enjoys traveling and volunteering in her community.
Dave Lowe, Janesville: Dave is recognized throughout the aging network for his many years of public service to transportation system development. Now working as an independent consultant, Dave continues to advocate for specialized transit systems to serve the elderly and adults with disabilities.
Cynthia Welch, Menominee: Bio coming soon.