Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Reception, award presentations draw over 200 people

Reception, award presentations draw over 200 people

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Gladfelter Awards were presented to Kirsten Johnson, Thomas Meaux, and Joshua Schoemann.

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Wisconsin Employee Trust Funds (ETF) employees Tarna Hunter and Shelly Schueller along with Pam Henning, who nominated them for the Gladfelter Award.

Alumni spanning four decades of graduation years gathered with La Follette School faculty, students, friends, and staff February 2 for a mid-winter reception at The Madison Club. With more than 200 people in attendance, it was one of the largest La Follette School receptions in recent history.

“We are immensely thankful for our numerous alumni and friends who give back to the La Follette School is so many ways,” said La Follette School Director Don Moynihan. “Their commitment to improving public policy is beyond compare.”

During the reception, the Wisconsin Alumni Association honored alumnus Peter Tempelis (MPA, JD ’06) with a Forward under 40 Award, and the La Follette School presented the Lloyd D. Gladfelter Award for Government Innovation to a team of public employees in Washington and Ozaukee counties and to two co-workers at the Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF).

Tempelis, who was nominated by the La Follette School, is an assistant attorney general in the Medicaid Fraud Control & Elder Abuse Unit of the Wisconsin Department of Justice. His twin brother, Eric, and their sister Melinda (Mindy) – both La Follette School alumni – were among the many people celebrating with Tempelis.

Gladfelter Awards were presented to Kirsten Johnson, Thomas Meaux, and Joshua Schoemann for their efforts to combine the Health Departments in Washington and Ozaukee counties, while ETF employees Tarna Hunter and Shelly Schueller were honored for developing a statewide campaign to raise awareness about the retirement savings gap facing women. A $2,500 cash prize accompanies each award.

Several La Follette School faculty members as well as Board of Visitors members Bob Lang and Michael Youngman also attended. In addition, the La Follette School Student Association hosted a silent auction to raise funds for their graduation celebration in May.