Gary Goyke is the Legislative Director for the Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired (WCBVI), spearheading the Council’s legislative activities. He has been active in the Association of Fundraising Professionals, National Public Relations Society, Wisconsin Communicators Council, and 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, and is active in numerous community and statewide organizations.
Laurie Guilbault has over 25 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.
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.