UWPD Police Advisory Council

Formed in 2017, the UWPD Police Advisory Council (PAC) is comprised of stakeholders from across the UW–Madison community. The purpose of the group, which meets on a monthly basis, is to share community concerns, share relevant feedback with UWPD staff, and offer perspectives about various aspects of the department’s operations (practices, policies).

We are always open to reevaluating the PAC’s membership to ensure appropriate representation from around campus. If you are interested in attending a future PAC meeting or would like to learn more about joining the soon-to-be-formed UWPD Review Committee outlined in the department’s Racial Equity Initiative, please contact us.

Asst. Chief Brian Austin

Headshot of Brian AustinBrian is the Assistant Chief (AC) of the Investigative & Specialized Services Section of the City of Madison Police Department, overseeing the operation of the Violent Crimes, Special Victims, Burglary, Gang, Narcotics, and Criminal Intelligence units. AC Austin is also the Deputy Commander of the MPD SWAT team. During his 24 years with MPD, AC Austin has served as a patrol officer, a training officer, a detective, a SWAT operator, and an operations lieutenant. AC Austin received a BA in History and Psychology from UW–Madison, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Prior to joining MPD, AC Austin served as an Assistant District Attorney for Milwaukee and Kenosha counties.

Stephanie Díaz de León

Stephanie Díaz de León is a proven professional in outreach, engagement, and workplace diversity. She is currently the Diversity Coordinator for the UW-Madison Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs’ Leadership and Engagement Division and the Signature Events Coordinator for the Wisconsin Union. She has also served on the Engagement, Inclusion and Diversity Committee at the Wisconsin Union and the Engagement, Inclusion and Diversity Council for the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Division. She has overseen and executed many of the Wisconsin Union’s major events, including the Memorial Union’s reopening, the grand opening of the new Union South, and many more. She also works as 365 Media Foundation’s Director of Outreach and Engagement and is the lead planner and designer of the Wisconsin Leadership Summit, the state’s premier professional development and community-building event for leaders of color throughout Wisconsin.

James Garvey

Headshot of James GarveyJames Garvey currently serves as a Residence Life Coordinator for Witte Residence Hall within the Department of Residence Life and University Housing at UW–Madison. Witte Hall is the largest residence hall on the UW–Madison campus and is home to the Center for Cultural Enrichment and the Multicultural Learning Community. This year will mark James’ third year working for University Housing. Prior to working at UW–Madison, he graduated from UW–Oshkosh in 2017 with a master’s degree in Higher Education and also worked for their Department of Residence Life for one year.

Brenda González

Photo of Brenda GonzalezAs Director of Community Relations, Brenda González serves as UW–Madison’s primary point of contact with local community and nonprofit organizations. She is responsible for developing strategies to ensure the university is engaged with these organizations and the broader community.

Prior to joining UW–Madison, Brenda worked as the Diversity Manager for Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care and as a Community Marketing and Health Equity Manager for Group Health Cooperative of South-Central Wisconsin. On campus, she served as the Health Equity Career Development Program Manager with the Collaborative Center for Health Equity at the School of Medicine and Public Health.

Lisa Imhoff

Lisa Imhoff currently serves as Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at the School of Pharmacy at UW–Madison. Before this role, she worked for over sixteen years as a mental health counselor and has held various leadership positions. Lisa has experience working with incarcerated adults and adolescents. Through her years of social work practice, she noticed the unequal legal and mental health care treatment for individuals involved with the legal system. While employed at UW Health, these glaring inequities propelled Lisa to advocate and champion a new mental health treatment delivery model. Instead of only delivering office-based services, this treatment model served adolescents and families in their homes and their communities and allowed for more advocacy within the juvenile justice system.

Lisa also worked at University Health Services as a mental health counselor and substance use coordinator. There, she also advocated for culturally responsive and equitable services for underrepresented and underserved students and took a central role in raising awareness and educating staff and peers about inequities in the mental health care system.

Lisa grew up on the northside of Madison and is a proud, lifelong resident. She’s a Badger through and through and graduated from UW-Madison with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Women’s Studies and a Master of Science in Social Work degree.

Moira Kelley

Moira Kelley has been with the Division of Continuing Studies since 1997, holding various roles within Adult Career and Special Student Services. As a counselor and advisor, and in her current role as communications manager, much of her work has been with returning adult students and community members who often find UW–Madison intimidating and seemingly impenetrable. Her passion has been to help these students and prospective students navigate our very traditional campus to successfully reach their academic and career goals. She finds advocating for and supporting these students necessary as often they are overlooked when policies and procedures are put into place. She hopes to bring their diverse voices into the dialog on the PAC and the equity work being done by campus. Moira holds a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from UW-Whitewater and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Carroll University (formerly Carroll College). She is the solo parent to a 16-year-old son, two standard poodles, two cats, and a guinea pig, and loves observing both flora and fauna while walking through her beloved, nearby Warner Park.

Caroline Krell

Caroline Krell (she/her/hers) is a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying Economics with certificates in Criminal Justice and Public Policy. In the future, Caroline is hoping to work either in environmental or immigration law and policy to work towards social justice through a means of achieving environmental, racial, and economic justice. Caroline values community organizing and civic engagement as shown through her experience in grassroots organizing and volunteering. She has worked in community organizing both on campus and in her hometown (Ann Arbor, Michigan) as an environmental and humanitarian advocate. As a student and member of the Madison community, Caroline is committed to improving inclusivity, safety, and well-being in the UW-Madison community.

Louis Macias

Dr. Louis Macias (he/him) serves as the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW-Madison. Prior to this role, between 2019 and early 2022, Louis served as the inaugural Executive Director of Recruitment, Diversity and Inclusion for the UW-Madison Police Department where, among other accomplishments, he led the development and launch of the UWPD Equity Dashboard. 

Louis began his career as a middle and high school social studies teacher and, since transitioning to higher education, has served in a number of formal leadership roles at universities in Florida and at UW-Madison. These roles have included work in areas such as academic advising, pre-college programs, admissions/enrollment management, fundraising and diversity, equity and inclusion, among others. Through this work, Louis has had the opportunity to continue deepening his passion to lead the creation of spaces where people can individually and collectively realize their greatest potential. 

Louis is a proud two-time alumnus of Florida State University, having earned both his undergraduate degree in psychology and his doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration at the institution. He moved to Madison from his hometown of Miami, Florida in 2015, and now resides in the Madison area with his wife and two daughters. 

Josie Montañez-Tyler

Josie Montañez-Tyler has more than 20 years of activism experience with a focus on civil rights and rights for the queer community. She has spent the last 15 years passionately working in social services to assist with access to housing, food, clothing, medication, and mental health services. She received a BA in English and a BA in Women’s Studies from UW-Whitewater and a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Edgewood College. She is currently working as a psychotherapist at University Health Services as a crisis specialist for the UW-Madison campus.

Kate Moran

Photo of Kate MoranKate Moran has a background in specialized transportation and a B.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of Nebraska. She has coordinated the SAFE Nighttime Services program through Transportation Services since 2012. In her spare time, Kate chairs the board of Disability Pride Madison and recently received the “Relentless Badger Award” from the Wisconsin Independent Living Council. Kate and the crew of SAFEwalkers are proud of the work they do to ensure every Badger can move safely around campus at night.

Carmen Romero González

Headshot of Carmen Romero GonzálezCarmen Romero González is the Director of Cultural Linguistic Services (CLS) in the Office of Human Resources at UW–Madison. CLS provides translation and interpretation services in six different languages, inclusive communication training, and a comprehensive workplace English program for campus employees. Under Carmen’s leadership, CLS has received several recognitions at the national and international levels for being a model program in the areas of diversity, inclusion, and language access.

Carmen holds a master’s degree in Business Administration, a master’s degree in English-Spanish Translation, and a bachelor’s degree in Labor Relations. She is also a certified professional and executive coach credentialed by the International Coach Federation.

Dennis Yandow

Dennis Yandow is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying Finance, Investment, and Banking and Real Estate. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Dennis has had an interest in policing and law enforcement since the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings. He is an active member in the Greek life community where he serves as the External Vice President where he keeps relations between his fraternity, the university, and the Madison community. Recently, Dennis worked with the UWPD’s Downtown Liaison Community Officer, Officer Diego Lema Hernandez, to build a stronger relationship between students and the law enforcement within the area.