Members of the Commission
Mark Barrette was a general practice dentist in Beaver Dam, where he had practiced in the same location for 35 years. He attended Purdue University majoring in Chemical Engineering and graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1976. Barrette has been a member of the Columbia Dodge Marquette County Dental Society since 1976 and served as chair of its Peer Review Committee from 1980 until 2005. He also served on the Legislative Committee for the Wisconsin Dental Society from 1990 until 2005. Since 1981, Barrette has been a representative of the Wisconsin House of Delegates for the Columbia Dodge Marquette County Dental Society and has served as a mentor for the Marquette University School of Dentistry since 2003. Barrette served on the YMCA of the Dodge County Board of Directors from 1985 until 1994. He is a member of the Beaver Dam Lions Club and served as president in 2008. In 2010, he received the Melvin Jones Award for distinguished service to the community. The Senate confirmed Barrette's appointment in March 2012.
William W. Brash, III has served as a judge on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, District I, since 2015. From 2001 until 2015, Judge Brash was a Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge. His complete biography can be found here.
Eileen Burnett is a graduate of Marquette University's College of Nursing. She worked as an oncology nurse and as a Medicaid fraud investigator prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom. While raising her five children, she owned and operated a home-based medical linen business. She is a long- time civic activist and community organizer with a lifelong commitment to the protection of the dignity of all life, particularly the unborn. Dedicated to neighborhood preservation, Eileen has salvaged and personally assisted in the renovation of neglected historic homes. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of Animarum Salus, and formerly served on the Board of Directors of The Power of Life and Wisconsin Abstinence Coalition. Burnett was confirmed by the Senate in March 2012.
William E. Cullinan, Ph.D. is a professor of Biomedical Sciences and dean of the College of Health Sciences at Marquette University. He also serves as director of the Integrative Neuroscience Research Center at Marquette. Cullinan received his bachelor's degree in physical therapy from Marquette in 1981 and earned his Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Virginia in 1991. He did post-doctoral research at the Mental Health Research Institute at the University of Michigan (1991-95) before joining the Marquette faculty in 1995. His research laboratory, which has received funding from the National Institute on Mental Health and the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, focuses on brain circuits involved in the regulation of stress and their relation to neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression and anxiety disorders. He has authored numerous research articles and chapters on functional neuroanatomy, stress neurobiology, and neuroendocrinology. Dr. Cullinan teaches courses in anatomy, neuroanatomy and neuroscience at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as to medical students and medical residents. He received the university's highest award for teaching excellence in 2002. He also established and directs an annual summer Neuroanatomical Dissection seminar that draws professionals and educators from across the country. Dr. Cullinan received Senate confirmation in March 2012.
Frank J. Daily is a retired senior partner with Quarles & Brady in Milwaukee. He has specialized in the trial of major product liability cases, and is a leader in the Firm's national Product Liability Practice Group. Daily attended the University of Iowa and is a cum laude graduate of Marquette University and its Law School where he served as an Editor of the Marquette Law Review. He is a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and has represented numerous manufacturers on a regional and national basis. He has tried numerous product liability jury cases representing both plaintiffs and defendants in both state and federal courts throughout the country. Daily has lectured extensively on product liability law and trial practice subjects at Marquette, Wisconsin and Harvard Law Schools, and is past president of the Marquette University Law Alumni Association. He is a member of the Circle of Champions at the University of Alabama and a member of the Board of Trustees, Farrah Law Society at the University of Alabama School of Law. He also is a life member of the American Law Institute, a sustaining member of the Products Liability Advisory Council and the Wisconsin representative on the Lawyers Committee for the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). Daily was appointed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court to the Commission in September 2012.
Kendall M. Kelley has been a circuit court judge in Brown County since 2002. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in politics from the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas in 1981 and 1984, respectively. Judge Kelley received his Juris Doctoris from Marquette University Law School in 1987. Prior to becoming a judge, he served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General's office stationed near Seattle, Washington (Honorably Discharged), was an Assistant District Attorney for Brown County, and was in private practice in both Washington and Wisconsin. Additionally, Judge Kelley served as a Municipal Court Judge for the Town of Suamico from 1995 to 1998. Since 1992, he has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses concerning the law at several colleges and universities in Washington and Wisconsin. In addition to his criminal and civil court dockets, Judge Kelley established and presides over the Northeast Wisconsin Veterans Treatment Court. He has been married since 1981, has eight children, and (as of 2017) ten grandchildren. Judge Kelley was appointed to the Commission by the Supreme Court in June 2016, and he was elected chair of the Commission in August 2019.
Steven C. Miller is President of BeneCo of Wisconsin, Inc., and Vice President of The Benefit Companies of Green Bay. He has spent his entire career of almost 40 years in employee benefits. He leads a team of benefits professionals and also manages his own book of business. Miller graduated from Carroll University in Waukesha, had the privilege of serving as a University Trustee for nine years, and served as the Chair of the Carroll University AcademicStudents Committee. He has also served as a Vice President and member of the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Association of Health Underwriters. Miller is also a member of several local and national organizations including Crosspoint Community Church, the Waukesha County Business Alliance, and the National Association of Health Underwriters. He is a mentor for undergraduate students at Carroll University and a volunteer for the Oconomowoc Food Pantry. Miller has been married for 40 years and has three children and four grandchildren. Miller was appointed to the Commission in April 2016 and received Senate confirmation in February 2017. Miller was elected vice-chair of the Commission in August 2019.
Joseph L. Olson is a partner with the law firm of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. Mr. Olson is a trial and appellate attorney primarily focusing on class action. Mr. Olson also serves as co-chair of his firm's risk management committee. Mr. Olson's achievements and skills have been recognized by numerous organizations. Mr. Olson was listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation (2015-2016). He was also recognized as a Rising Star in Employment Category, by Law360 (2015). In addition to his law practice, Mr. Olson serves as Vice-President of Michael Best Strategies, a full-service government relations firm, and as a Director of Concordia Publishing House, the largest Lutheran publisher in the world. Attorney Olson was appointed to the Commission in December 2015.
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