Season 3 of In the Ring with Héctor Colón Continues

Up Next! Héctor goes glove-to-glove with high-impact leaders making a big difference across our two-state reach. Episode 5 drops May 15th at noon CST. Become a LSS Partners Circle Participant by May 10th and you will be included in the LIVE interview at No Studios on May 14th.

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Episode 5 Guests:

Joel Brennan – President, 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 a bachelor’s degree 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 – President, Milwaukee Metropolitan 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 years 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.  Before 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 a bachelor’s degree in accounting.  He obtained an M.B.A. from Marquette University. He is married with four children.









Tara Treglowne – LSS Vice President of Adult Residential & Long-Term Care


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 built 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 and 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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High-impact leaders get real In the Ring with Héctor Colón

This year, sector champions will share how they are connecting the dots across several components to elevate social services as a quality, values-based provider of best practice services.

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  • compensate their colleagues fairly
  • advance programs and policies that provide real community solutions and
  • create systems that support financial viability

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Episode List


Tough questions about the challenges facing social services are asked and answered by the most influential thought leaders of our time. Episodes don’t just dwell on the barriers, but they offer ideas and hope around the opportunities and innovations already underway and in the works. Watch on YouTube or listen wherever you find podcasts every third Wednesday of the month as Héctor “gets in the ring” with people representing all facets of social services including CEO’s, philanthropists, policy makers and more.





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Each episode offers real advocacy ideas and opportunities for listeners to connect on, move forward and share with the people and systems around them.



In the Ring Season 3, Episode 1: Changing the "Terrible Truth" with Alesia Frerichs

Héctor Colón kicks off the third season of “In the Ring” with Lutheran Services in America President & CEO Alesia Frerichs Alesia Frerichs President & CEO, Lutheran Services in America Alesia Frerichs is the President...
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In the Ring Season 2 Episode 9: Moving from I/Me/Mine to We/Us/Ours with Mike Victorson

Héctor Colón concludes season two with M3 Insurance CEO Mike Victorson  Mike Victorson CEO, M3 Insurance Mike Victorson is the chief executive officer (CEO) of M3 Insurance, responsible for the strategic direction and vision of the agenc...
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In the Ring Season 2 Episode 8: Fresh Perspectives on Mental Healthcare with Meg Kissinger

Héctor Colón speaks with journalist and author Meg Kissinger in episode eight of our second season   Meg Kissinger Journalist, Author of “While You Were Out” Meg Kissinger spent more than two decades traveling across the country ...
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In the Ring Season 2, Episode 7: The Power of Peer Support with Brittany Nessel and Sara Kieffer

Héctor Colón speaks with both Brittany Nessel and Sara Kieffer of LSS in episode seven of our second season Brittany Nessel Licensed Professional Counselor, Clinical Substances Abuse Counselor, Independent Clinical Supervisor Brittany Nes...
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In the Ring Season 2, Episode 6: The Changing Landscape of Mental Health Treatment with Jill Chaffee

Héctor Colón speaks with Jill Chaffee in episode six of our second season Jill Chaffee Vice President Community Based Services, LSS Since 2018 Jill Chaffee has led the LSS community-based services team as the Vice President of Community B...
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In the Ring Season 2, Episode 5: Evolving Milwaukee County Mental Health to Prevention-Centered Care

Héctor Colón speaks with Mike Lappen in episode five of our second season   Mike Lappen Administrator Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Services Mike Lappen is the Administrator of Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Services. He lea...
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In The Ring Season 2, Episode 4: Making Health Insurance an "Honest Business"

Héctor Colón speaks with Common Ground Healthcare CEO Cathy Mahaffey in episode four of our second season.   Cathy Mahaffey CEO, Common Ground Healthcare Cathy Mahaffey is a 25-year veteran of the health insurance industry, starting ...
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Season 2, Ep. 3: How You Can Get Closer to "Yes" on State Budget Considerations

Héctor Colón speaks with Bill McCoshen in episode three of our second season Bill McCoshen Bill is a Partner with Michael Best Strategies. His combined decades of experience in the Wisconsin Governor’s office, as cabinet secretary, and ...
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Season 2, Ep. 2: Maximize ROI by Harnessing Your Organizational Superpower

Héctor Colón speaks with Melanie Varin in episode two of our second season Melanie R. Varin Melanie is an author and insightful business leader and change-agent combining strategy, Lean Six Sigma, sales, marketing and international leader...
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Season 2, Ep. 1: Amplifying Sector Voices for Change and Impact

Héctor Colón speaks with Jody Levinson-Johnson in episode two of our second season Jody Levison-Johnson, PhD, LCSW Jody Levison-Johnson, PhD, LCSW has over 30 years of experience in human services. She currently serves as the President an...
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Ep. 10: Champion Leaders Address Justice, Innovation, and Mentorship

High-impact leaders get real In the Ring with Héctor Colón Marian Baldini Marian Baldini is the CEO and President of KenCrest, a human services and early learning provider throughout Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Delaware; that serves o...
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Knocking Out the Real Social Issues in Wisconsin with Governor Evers

Episode 9 of In the Ring with Héctor Colón with guest Governor Tony Evers airs Wednesday October 19, at 12 noon.  High-impact leaders get real In the Ring with Héctor Colón. Podcast guests talk about their challenges with systemic b...
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Ep. 8: Mike Victorson & Chris Kenyon - Not All Employees Are Treated Equal

Chris Kenyon is a partner and the managing director of senior living & social services practice atM3 Insurance. She serves as a subject matter expert, strategist, and thought leader for M3’s senior living and social services practice and ...
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Episode 7: Jose Olivieri - Living the Duties of Care, Loyalty and Obedience Over Self

José A. Olivieri is LSS' current President of our Operating Board of Directors.  He is a partner with Michael Best & Friedrich LLP Milwaukee office. He is Chair of the Labor and Employment Relations Practice Group and Co-Chair of the Gov...
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ITR S3, E3: Overcoming Legislative Pitfalls & Partisanship with Rep. Barb Dittrich

WATCH NOW: State Representative Barb Dittrich is “In the Ring” with Héctor! State Representative Barbara Dittrich is a lifelong resident of Southeastern Wisconsin, currently residing in Oconomowoc with her husband Steve as she ...
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In the Ring Season 3, Episode 2: "Flipping the Script" on Héctor

We flipped the script in Episode 2! In this episode, LSS Director of Communications Sharon Hudy interviews Héctor to learn about his experience so far and his vision and goals for 2024!
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About the Host

Héctor Colón is the President and CEO of Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan (LSS). Under Colón’s visionary and innovative leadership, LSS has adapted new models and business strategies to increase relevancy and operational efficiency. Before the start of Colón’s tenure in 2017, the organization had not met its budget for four consecutive years. Since that time, LSS has experienced a $17.6 Million dollar turnaround. He recently was named the Nonprofit Executive of the Year by BizTimes Media and the Hispanic Man of the year by UMOS. He is the host of LSS’ first podcast, “In the Ring with Héctor Colón”, released on March 16, 2022.

As Executive Director of the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services, Colón led several countywide initiatives, including efforts to reform the juvenile justice system, end chronic homelessness, transform mental health care, and end a 30-year waitlist for disability services.

Héctor will say that his own personal and professional turnaround began in boxing. As a member and champion of the national USA Boxing team, he won seven national titles and competed in the 1992 Olympic trials. At the height of his boxing career, Colón stepped away from a lucrative boxing career to serve God. Today, he is the USA Boxing Board Vice President where he and the organization focus on inspiring athletes to discover their own path towards personal and professional greatness. He also serves on the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, and the Board of Directors for M3 Insurance, as well as Nicolet Bankshares, Inc. (NASDAQ; NCBS), the holding company for Nicolet National Bank.

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