Who We Are

  POWRS is a group of concerned citizen volunteers. Meet our steering committee members:

      William A. "Bill" Franks, Jr.

Bill retired from the Department of Workforce Development, Division of Employment and Training in 2013, as an Equal Opportunity Specialist, Senior. The Division of Employment and Training administers the Statewide Employment and Training program ($50,000,000-approx). Franks was the Statewide Equal Opportunity Officer and Complaint Officer.

Additionally, Franks served as a Union Steward for the AFT-W Local 4848 from inception (1993-1994) until and beyond retirement. The Local was at one time the largest public employee union, with approximately 4,800 in the bargaining unit. From 2005-2010 Franks was the Chief Steward (an elected position), served on the Local's Executive Committee and was Bargaining Support Committee Chair for 2 of 3 Bargaining Sessions.

Currently, he Chairs the Labor & Industry Committee of the NAACP of Dane County and has been a POWRS Member since retirement.

     Kathleen Marsh

Kathleen taught English in the Kaukauna Public Schools from 1968-2002. She retired in Townsend, became an author, and established Otter Run Books LLC. In December 2011 she posted an online petition: Save the Wisconsin Retirement System. To date, it has garnered 55,000+ signatures. Her POWRS Facebook posts are read and shared by thousands each week. In July 2015 Kathleen was instrumental  in preventing alarming changes to the WRS Oversight Committee when half a million people received her informational post. Tens of thousands contacted their legislators to object and the legislation was deleted from the bill.

      Roger Springman

Roger retired from the Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection in summer 2010 ending a 35-year year career in Wisconsin public service. In the Dept. of Agriculture, Roger managed Wisconsin's very successful Clean Sweep Program for hazardous chemical collection and disposal. He also worked at UW-Madison, Departments of Agricultural Engineering and Soil Science and taught high school in Denmark, Wisconsin in the late 1960s.

Roger served as a Wisconsin Science Professional union steward and is now a member of the American Federation of Teachers-Retiree Chapter. He has always maintained a high state of alert on all matters affecting public policy and is very active in numerous grassroots political organizations throughout the state. He enjoys public speaking, harassing public officials, and believes retirement security cannot be a privilege for the few, but the right of the many.

    Patrick Murphy

January 9, 2019 Pat passed away after an protracted illness. Pat was a dedicated public servant in his work life and in his many volunteer activities after retirement. He is missed by many.  

Pat retired from Waukesha County Human Services in 2001 after 33 years, mostly performing various administrative functions. Although having a Master’s degree in Social Work, he learned computer programming skills and ended his career developing Excel and Access Data Base applications for staff and management. He supported his wife’s efforts as a union steward in her State Probation and Parole  job. Since retirement, he has been active in numerous progressive efforts as a member of the Democratic Party in Washington County.

  Phil Anderson

Phil is a retired Wisconsin public servant with 26 years. He started as a grain sampler with the Department of Agriculture in Superior.    Most of his service was with the Department of Workforce Development working to help people find jobs in welfare-to-work programs and assisting the general public in the Superior Job Center. He retired from the Madison central office as a Program Planning Analyst where   he developed policy, employee training, and web site content.

Phil is also a retired military reservist with 20 years of service in the Army, Wisconsin Army National Guard, and Naval Reserve. He is an activist for many progressive causes including labor rights, peace, and environmental issues. He is a member of the American Federation of Teachers retiree chapter, Wisconsin Professional Employees Council retiree chapter, Veterans for Peace, US Labor Against War, Wisconsin Alliance for Retired Americans, Sierra Club, and the North Country Trail Association

    Joyce Luedke

Joyce Luedke has had a variety of work experiences: at her parents’ restaurant while growing up, cleaning houses, and as an audit processor at Wausau Insurance. She taught fifth graders in Barron and Mosinee. The experience that changed Joyce and her outlook on life happened while teaching Hmong women and men who attended the Even Start Family Literacy Program--a partnership between the Wausau School District and Northcentral Technical College. Joyce is a contributor to Middle Wisconsin and is a member of the Women for Women Caucus of Marathon County.

   Kay Johnson

Kay (Weis) Johnson taught Art in Tomah, Colby, and Marshfield from 1973-1994. She taught Spanish in Gillett, Oconto Falls and Oconto from 1994-2006. She has years of training and experience in organizing, negotiating, and advocating for education employees. She then retired in Pulaski to care for her mother-in-law and grandchildren. To continue working with WEAC and teachers, she teaches Professional Development Writing to help teachers with license renewal. She continues to advocate for educators and public education issues especially in the areas of educator effectiveness and licensing.

   Doug Leuck

Douglas Stewart Lueck is a founding member of POWRS (2011). Doug worked at UW Milwaukee as a recruiter. admissions examiner, adviser, and  counselor from 1970 to 1986. He was an Organizational Development Specialist with WEAC from 1986 to 2004. Doug is a veteran and served in the U.S Air Forcefrom 1962 to 1966.  

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