In the Ring Season 3 Episode 5: “Wisconsin Workforce Shortage: A blow-by-blow analysis” with Dale Kooyenga, Joel Brennan, and Tara Treglowne

Published May 15, 2024
By: LSS Staff

WATCH NOW: It’s 3-on-1 as Héctor steps “In the Ring” with Dale Kooyenga, Joel Brennan, and Tara Treglowne

Joel Brennan
Greater Milwaukee Committee

Joel Brennan was selected as the President of the Greater Milwaukee Committee in December 2021 and began his tenure in January 2022. Joel Brennan brings more than 25 years of experience in and around public policy in Wisconsin to his current role. Prior to his selection as President of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, Brennan served in the Cabinet of Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers as the Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Administration. Joel served as President & CEO of Discovery World from October 2007 through January 2019. He grew up in the Milwaukee area and worked his way through Marquette University, graduating with bachelor’s degrees in English literature and political science. He was selected as a Harris Fellow and earned a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. Brennan lives with his wife Audra and their two children, Allison (18) and Conor (17), in Milwaukee’s Brewers Hill neighborhood.


Dale Kooyenga
Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce

Dale Kooyenga is president of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of commerce. He is also a Lt Colonel in the US Army Reserves and is currently serving as the Battalion Commander of the 407th Civil Affairs Battalion.  Dale has served in the US Army for over 19 year and was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Iraq.  He maintains his C.P. A. license and has over twenty years of experience as a C.P.A including 10 years at KPMG and twelve years working as a C.F.O, for start-up, early stage, and private equity companies.  Prior to joining MMAC, Kooyenga was elected and served in the Wisconsin State Assembly followed by four years of service as a Wisconsin State Senator.  Kooyenga played NCAA Div III basketball at Lakeland University and graduated with bachelor’s degree in accounting.  He obtained an M.B.A. from Marquette University. He is married with four children.

Tara Treglowne
Vice President
Adult Residential & Long-Term Care, Lutheran Social Services of WI and Upper MI

Tara M. Treglowne serves as Vice President of Connections. Since 2001 Tara has welcomed the opportunity to support various programs within LSS serving first within youth residential and foster care before moving on to housing and urban development. Beginning in 2014 Tara had the unique opportunity to help build Connections, an IRIS Consultant Agency of LSS.  Connections was built from the ground up with a philosophy build around Collective Leadership, Empowering Collaboration through Contribution.  Tara strives to create space for her team that is focused on collaboration and co-creation, which can only happen authentically if all colleagues have an opportunity to be included, to lead. In 2015 Tara graduated with an MBA degree from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. Tara was part of a newly developed executive MBA path specifically developed for executives and leaders, which focused on building skills and conceptualization at an enterprise and leadership level. She received her undergraduate degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.

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