About the Board
Jason Rae, Milwaukee, Chair
Greta Voit, Waukesha, Vice-Chair
Marthea (Marty) Fox, Fitchburg, Treasurer
Michael Louis Vinson, Green Bay, Secretary
Martha De La Rosa, Milwaukee
Kristen Dexter, Eau Claire
Ross Draegert, Fox Point
Rev. Julie Forest, Fox Point
Jeanne Geraci, Milwaukee
Laura Goetz, Wisconsin Rapids
Gary Goyke, Madison
Laurie Guilbault, Milwaukee
Dennis Kohler, Germantown
Nancy Nusbaum, De Pere
Mark Webster, Madison
Martha De La Rosa is a long time native of the City of Milwaukee and a graduate from Cardinal Stritch University with a Bachelor of Science in Management. In 2010, she became the Wisconsin Program Director with the Center for Progressive Leadership, a national civic training institute that develops diverse leaders who can effectively advance progressive political and policy change. Martha is committed to volunteerism. She is an active board/committee member for several local nonprofit organizations including: Cardinal Stritch University, African American Civic Engagement Roundtable, NAACP Young Adult Committee, Milwaukee Urban League for Young Professionals, Human Trafficking Task Force of Greater Milwaukee, Wisconsin Anti-Human Trafficking Consortium, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). WILPF was recently nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for its recent development and special expertise in three of their main program areas: Disarmament (Reaching Critical Will), Human Rights, and the Peace Women project. Martha resides on Milwaukee’s northwest side with her partner, Carl and two sons, Sean and Seth.
Kristen Dexter and her husband are the parents of two daughters in college and a son in high school. Her public service began in 2002 when she was elected to a local school board. In 2006 Kristen became the volunteer coordinator for a successful state senate race and two years later she ran for the state assembly and served as State Representative for the 68th Assembly District. She is happy to be a new member of Team Baldwin and will serve Senator Tammy Baldwin as her Regional Representative for Western Wisconsin.
Ross Draegert lives with his life partner in Fox Point, Wisconsin. He has served on the board of Fair Wisconsin since 2007. He has been on the board of Cream City Foundation, southeast Wisconsin’s LGBT charitable foundation. He currently is on the board of Adoption Resources of Wisconsin.
Rev. Julie Forest is the minister of Unitarian Church North in Mequon, Wisconsin. She was married to her wife in 1993 and is still working for the legal benefits accrued to different sex couples to be available to her. She and her wife are the proud moms of a sixteen year old daughter. In explaining her motivation for serving on the Board, Rev. Forest says “I am a minister devoted to justice… The ongoing discrimination against our GLBT population is ugly and unjust. I am committed to eradicating it. Beauty is a call to be just, and beauty is the outcome of living justice, and living justly. At its best, beauty calls our attention to what is absent from our world: symmetry and fair proportions. I am a minister committed to fair proportions which is why I am honored to serve on the Fair Wisconsin board. Wisconsin has a lot of work to do to become a fairer, more equitable beautiful place.”
Marty Fox lives with her life partner in Fitchburg, WI. Together they run a financial consulting firm specializing in providing training, analysis and financial leadership for non-profit organizations. Marty has served on the boards of GSAFE and OPEN, the Out Professional & Executive Network. She was formerly the Executive Director of the Alliant Energy Foundation.
Jeanne Geraci has worked on social justice issues in the non-profit sector for over 15 years. She is currently the Executive Director of the Benedict Center, a criminal justice agency. Jeanne previously served on the board of Equality Wisconsin and looks forward to working for the gains we will win as a new, unified statewide organization.
Laura Goetz is a Social Worker, Mediator and LGBTQ advocate. She is the Wisconsin State Coordinator for the national group PFLAG (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbian and Gays). As an outgoing community activist, Laura has worked with various advocacy groups including educational justice organizations, universities, and GSAs. She has worked as a university continuing education instructor and presented numerous workshops on a variety of topics including LGBTQ issues and Safe Schools trainings.
Gary Goyke is the Legislative Director for the Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired (WCBVI). Gary spearheads the Council’s legislative activities. He has been active in the Association of Fundraising Professional, National Public Relations Society and the Wisconsin Communicators Council and the Association of Wisconsin Lobbyists. Prior to working at WCBVI, Gary was a Wisconsin State Senator from the Oshkosh-Neenah/Menasha area and is a former political staff member for the late Senator and Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey. Gary is also the principal in Goyke and Associates, a Madison-based lobbying organization representing 16 associations and alliances. He has been a consultant and lobbyist for over 25 years. In addition to serving on the board of Clean Wisconsin’s 501(c)3 organization, Gary is the chair of the Clean Wisconsin Action Fund, the 501(c)4 arm. Gary is also the Secretary of the Board for the Urban Economic Development Association, Chair of the Board of the Healthy Homes Healthy Families organization and very active in other significant community and statewide organizations.
Laurie Guilbault has over 20 years of experience with political, electoral, and advocacy groups promoting positive change for Wisconsin citizens. She was one of the founders of Action Wisconsin (predecessor to Fair Wisconsin) in 1994 and part of the Milwaukee LGBT Center Project in 1995 to create a safe environment for LGBTQ people in Milwaukee. After Milwaukee’s Human Rights League Political Action Committee (HRL-PAC) joined Fair Wisconsin creating one statewide LGBTQ PAC, she has had the privilege of serving on the Fair Wisconsin PAC.
Dennis Kohler lives in Germantown, Wisconsin with his partner and their four children. He runs a small business and is a stay-at-home dad. He served on the HRL PAC (Human Rights League Political Action Committee) board for five years.
Now retired, Nancy Nusbaum was Brown County Executive, De Pere Mayor and Director of Wisconsin Crime Victim services. A mother of two children, one gay and one straight, she’s determined to fight for the day when they will be treated equally under law. Her son, Joe, serves on the Vermont Freedom to Marry Task Force.
Jason Rae, originally from Rice Lake, Wisconsin, is a graduate of Marquette University. He is an elected member of the Democratic National Committee and active in progressive politics. He currently works as an associate at Nation Consulting and with the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Jason lives on Milwaukee’s east side.
Michael Louis Vinson is a Business Development Manager on the McDonald’s account at Schreiber Foods in Green Bay, where he previously worked in Corporate Communications. Prior to joining Schreiber, he was a reporter and blogger at The Post-Crescent newspaper, in Appleton, where he covered Appleton City Hall, state politics and national politics. The Washington Post listed Michael as one of the top voices to follow on Twitter about Wisconsin politics. He is a graduate of Harvard University (AB, Government), where he was a Jackie Robinson Foundation scholar. Prior to joining The Post-Crescent, he was a Fellow and Wallace Engagement Associate at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. Michael also has a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where he concentrated in Interactive Publishing as a McCormick Foundation Scholar. He also received a certificate in Media Management at Medill, a joint program with Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. Michael lives with his partner, Todd, in Green Bay. Follow him on Twitter @michaelvinson.
As a progressive activist, Greta Voit has been involved in a number of political efforts, including campaigning against the 2006 same-sex marriage amendment as a student organizer for Fair Wisconsin. In her professional life, she is a teacher at Waukesha North High School, serving as the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance adviser. In addition, she has been an advocate for strong public schools as part of her union work within WEAC (Wisconsin Education Association Council). She has served as a local union Vice President/Negotiator while also holding a position on the WEAC Board of Directors.
Mark Webster is a public relationships consultant with 25 years experience helping Fortune 500 companies and international organizations with their strategic communication and change management needs. Prior to his current public relations work, Mark ran the Congressional offices of US Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and US Rep. Les Aspin as well as several Wisconsin lawmakers.