Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

News from alumni and friends


Terry Lierman, 1971, has started a venture capital and consulting company, Summit Global Ventures, after stepping down in late 2011 as chief of staff for U.S. House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland. He also is one of the founders of Global Virus Network, a non-profit organization that brings together medical virologists from more than 31 countries to track pandemic viruses, educate the public and train virology researchers. He will give the keynote address at this year's commencement of his undergraduate school Winona State University in Minnesota 


Kevin Hayden

Bill Cosh

Mary Carr Lee

Kevin R. Hayden, 1984, is now chief executive officer of Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin. Prior to starting that position in 2013, Hayden served as president of WellPoint State Sponsored Business, where he had national responsibility for the company's Medicaid managed-care business in 10 states. Hayden earlier was chief administrative officer at Dean Health System, and he served as secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services in 2006-08.


Brad Kelly, 1993, is now the committee administrator for the Senate Education Committee in the Minnesota Senate.

Bill Cosh, 1993, is communications director of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Cosh had been the department's spokesperson. Prior to joining the DNR, he served as the spokesperson for the state Department of Justice and attorney general J.B. Van Hollen. He previously served as a research assistant for state representative Dan Meyer and as the senior education policy advisor under governor Scott McCallum. Cosh began his career as an assistant in the office of the chancellor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison while he was a graduate student at the La Follette Institute.

Mary Carr Lee, 1995, is marketing communications manager of Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin. Earlier, she supervised all external affairs programming at the Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Prior to that, she spent a decade in broadcast journalism, then held public relations positions at UW Hospital and Clinics and Meriter Health Services. In addition to her master's degree in public policy and administration, she has a certificate in health management.


Isaac Eagan, 2011, is helping the nonprofit organization Spirit of America respond to needs identified by American military and civilian personnel serving around the world for items, support and expertise that will help local people.

Joe Davison, 2009, has been promoted to major with the Wisconsin National Guard. In May he becomes deputy commander of the 54th Civil Support Team, Wisconsin's full-time response team for emergencies or terrorist events that involve weapons of mass destruction or toxic industrial chemicals.

Future Bobs 

2009 grads Emily Engel and Jennifer Hassemer announce the birth of their daughter, Willa Susan Hassemer. She was born October 29 and weighed 10 pounds. Hassemer is a public finance attorney at the Dorsey & Whitney law firm in Minneapolis, and Engel is a health and human services executive budget officer with the Minnesota Management and Budget department.

2002 alum Hilary (Murrish) Benedict and her husband, Ian, welcomed their first child in January. "Our son, Dillon Reese Benedict, was born on January 16 at 7 pounds 11 ounces, 20.5 inches," she reports. "We are all doing well and adjusting to life with our little one." Benedict is a senior analyst with the Government Accountability Office in Denver, Colorado.

This compendium appeared in the spring 2013 issue of La Follette Notes