Judging Panel for Local Spark Grant Program

Judging Panel

Jerry Deschane

Executive Director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities

One of Jerry’s mains goals is to support vibrant Wisconsin communities. When WEA Trust approached him and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities with the idea for an award to invigorate local cities and villages, Jerry wholeheartedly supported its mission, exclaiming, “Make it awesome!”

Jerry Deschane, CAE, IOM, is the Executive Director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities and the Urban Alliance. He also serves as the Secretary of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities Mutual Insurance board of directors and is an ex officio member of the board of the Local Government Institute. Working with the League board and seven-person staff, Jerry is responsible for engaging the League’s membership in the state legislative process and for motivating state policymakers to support Wisconsin communities. He is the fifth League Executive Director in 116 years.

Deschane spent 20 years with the Wisconsin Builders Association and also has experience in state government and the news media.

Mayor Dan Devine

Mayor, West Allis

Mayor Dan Devine is currently serving his third term as mayor of West Allis through 2020. Prior to serving as mayor, Dan worked as County Supervisor for Milwaukee County. He received his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Dan Hill

Former Local Government Specialist at the UW-Extension

From a relatively early age, Dan knew he wanted to serve the public through teaching. Be it tutoring math to members of the United Steelworkers of America in Gary, Indiana, demonstrating soil conservation techniques to subsistence farmers as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay, or designing and delivering community development programs as a UW-Extension CRD educator in Southwest Wisconsin, Dan has cherished the challenges and rewards intrinsic to the teaching/learning process.

As a local government specialist, Dan continues that work with his colleagues at the Local Government Center. Together, they design and deliver educational programs for the thousands of appointed and elected officials who manage and govern Wisconsin's local units of government. Dan earned Master’s Degrees in Adult Education and Agricultural Economics at UW-Madison and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Indiana University.