Legislative and Policy Committee 

Wisconsin state Capitol

The Governor’s Council on Domestic Abuse works to make the issue of domestic abuse visible to the residents and policy makers of the State of Wisconsin. The Legislative and Policy Committee of the Governor’s Council plays an important role in accomplishing this mission. The Committee’s work focuses on the following goals: 

  • To address issues of justice for victims and accountability for perpetrators in the criminal, civil and family law systems. 
  • To monitor and respond to legislation related to the justice and other systems. 
  • To proactively identify and research relevant policy issues that impact the safety and well-being of survivors of domestic violence and accountability for perpetrators.

Committee Members

Members represent a diverse group of people from around the state, council and non-council members alike. Current members include:

  • Alena Taylor*
  • Elizabeth Lucas*
  • Rosalind McClain*
  • Virginia Escudero*
  • Shawn Balke
  • Jan Bruder
  • Krystal Chase
  • Samantha Collier 
  • Jenna Gormal
  • Jessica Honish
  • Marlys Howe
  • Shannon Jarecki
  • Ann Kappauf
  • Kari LaScala
  • Donna Meiselwitz
  • Kelsey Mullins
  • Courtney Olson
  • Olivia Olszewski
  • Cheeia Lo
  • Jaime Sathasivam
  • Bronson Stein
  • Kaitlin Thorpe
  • Holly U'Ren
  • Karate Zubek

*annotates council members


The Legislation and Policy Committee has assisted in the research and development numerous council deliverables, including:

2024 Meetings and Materials 

The Legislation and Policy Committee meets at least four times per year: February, April, June, and October. Additional meetings may be scheduled by the committee co-chairs. 

February 12, 2024 | 10 - 11 a.m.
April 8, 2024 | 10 – 11 a.m. 
July 9, 2024 

Agenda and public meeting notice will be posted at a later date. 

October8, 2024

Agenda and public meeting notice will be posted at a later date. 

December 10, 2024

Agenda and public meeting notice will be posted at a later date. 

These dates may change due to unforeseen issues. All council meetings will be noticed at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting per Wis. Stat. § 19.84(3).

To view meeting materials from prior years, please visit our archive page


Disclaimer about council content

This content reflects the views and opinions of the council. It may not reflect the official policy or position of DCF.