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 Dr. Louis Macias, Exec. Director of Recruitment, Diversity, and Inclusion.
Capt. Brian Austin
Brian is the Captain of the Investigative 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. Capt. Austin is also the Deputy Commander of the MPD SWAT team. During his 24 years with MPD, Capt. Austin has served as a patrol officer, a training officer, a detective, a SWAT operator, and an operations lieutenant. Capt. Austin received a BA in History and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Prior to joining MPD, Capt. Austin served as an Assistant District Attorney for Milwaukee and Kenosha counties.
Ida Balderrama-Trudell has over 20 years of higher education experience, ranging from her own graduate education, to student services, academic administration, advising, teaching, and health and wellness. She practices a socio-ecological approach to her work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a fierce social justice practitioner and advocate. She holds a master’s degree in Human Development & Family Studies from UW-Madison and bachelor’s degrees from Texas Tech University, in both Psychology and Human Development & Family Studies and is currently an EdD student at UW LaCrosse in their Student Affairs Administration Program.
She enjoys making meaningful connections with students and being a small part of their life journey. Ida is currently the Interim Director for the Office of Inclusion Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She’s also a Girl Scout leader for both of her daughter’s Girl Scout Troops, loves cooking, reading, and most importantly spending time with loved ones and dear colleagues. She is committed to life-long learning, self-care, and advocacy and is a proud Chicana, born in California, raised in Texas, and living in Wisconsin.
Alex Franke is a UW-Madison student and ASM Representative on the PAC. He intends to graduate in December 2020 with majors in Economics and Political Science. In addition to his involvement with ASM at UW-Madison, he is the Treasurer of UW Wishmakers on campus, which helps raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Alex is also politically active and has worked for both the State Senate and Assembly in the past 4 years. He is also a member of the US Army Reserves and will commission as a Second Lieutenant in following his graduation in December. Alex hopes to help foster open dialogue regarding policing and safety for all students in his final year with the PAC.
James 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 in and also worked for their Department of Residence Life for one year.
As 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.
Cecelia Klingele is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she teaches courses in criminal law, constitutional criminal procedure, policing, and sentencing and corrections. She is also a faculty associate of the Frank J. Remington Center, the La Follette School of Public Affairs, and the Institute for Research on Poverty.
Professor Klingele’s academic research focuses on criminal justice administration, with an emphasis on community and institutional corrections. She has served as Associate Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Model Penal Code: Sentencing revision (2012-2018), External Co-Director of the University of Minnesota Robina Institute’s Sentencing Law & Policy Program (2013-2018), and co-chair of the Academic Committee of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section (2009-2013).
After receiving her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2005, Professor Klingele served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Barbara B. Crabb of the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, Judge Susan H. Black of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and Associate Justice John Paul Stevens of the United States Supreme Court. She returned to the University of Wisconsin in 2009 as a visiting assistant professor and has been a permanent faculty member since 2011.
Professor Klingele and her husband live in Madison. They have four grown children, and six more at home who ensure life is never boring.
Kacie Krueger joined the Offices of Academic Services and Career & Leadership in 2014. She manages a host of important office functions for both areas and also assists in planning events, such as the Buckinghams, December/May Graduation Receptions, and Student-Athlete Career Night. Prior to joining the Wisconsin Athletic Department, Kacie spent almost two years as a Department Administrator and Events Coordinator at the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
In the ten years prior to coming to UW-Madison, Kacie was a meteorologist at Weather Central, where she forecasted the weather for numerous locations across the United States and around the world. Krueger is a 2004 graduate of UW-Madison, where she earned a B.S. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. She also earned her M.S. in Athletic Administration and Student Affairs from UW-Madison in 2017.
Kacie is originally from Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, and currently lives in Madison with her husband, Austin, and her two labrador retrievers, Forest and Victory.
Kate 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
Carmen 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.
Chris Rudolph is a law student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School. He grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin and graduated from UW-La Crosse with a B.S. in Public Administration. Prior to entering law school, he was a public affairs fellow at Coro Southern California. As a law student, he has clerked for the D.C. Office of Police Complaints and conducted jail oversight with the Los Angeles County Office of the Inspector General. Chris has presented research on the increasing role of algorithms and automation in county jails and is a research assistant at the law school.
Bonniejean Zitske (she/her/hers) is a graduate student studying Higher, Post-Secondary, and Continuing Education within the Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) Program at the UW-Madison School of Education. She received her B.A. degree in International Relations with a certificate in Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian studies from UW-Madison in 2002. In addition to her role as a graduate student, she serves as the Assistant Director for Research Financial Services at the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, which manages more than $1 billion in research expenditures annually.
Bonniejean has worked fulltime for UW-Madison since 2003 and is committed to creating an inclusive and equitable environment for every student, faculty, and staff member who calls UW–Madison their home.