About Us

The Riseling Group comprises a number of professionals in various fields. Their biographies are listed below:

Sue Riseling

Sue started consulting in 1983.  In 2007, she founded Decision Makers, LLC to focus on the needs of Universities, Colleges, businesses, K-12, and police. In 2015 Riseling formed The Riseling Group to respond to growing demands.   She currently leads the Police Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as Chief of Police and Associate Vice Chancellor.  Prior to her appointment in 1991, she served as the second in command at the State University of New York–Stony Brook Police Department.  Chief Riseling began her career at the University of Maryland–College Park as the Manager of Security for Residence Life.  She attended the University of Maryland for both her undergraduate and graduate work.  

At the University of Wisconsin, Chief Riseling has woven problem solving policing with community oriented policing to form an effective approach in dealing with University safety and crime issues.  Chief Riseling is considered an expert in date and acquaintance rape, crowd management, emergency management, and active shooter prevention.  Sue has experience with the Clery Act, Title-IX and VAWA.   

Chief Riseling served four years as the Vice President-at-Large for the International Association of Chiefs of Police.  As Vice President, she had oversight of the Homeland Security, Organized Crime, Terrorism, Juvenile Justice and Police Research committees.  She served on the Executive Committee of the IACP and has done so for 19 years.  She has served for years on Civil Rights, Patrol and Tactical and Homeland Security committees of the IACP.  She is the Past General Chair of the College and University Section.  

Chief Riseling is a Past President of the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association.  She is the first woman and the first University Chief ever to serve as President.  She spent six years on the Wisconsin Police Leadership Foundation Board.  She is a Past President of the Wisconsin Police Executive Group, the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives and the Dane County Chiefs of Police Association.

Sue was named the NAWLEE Motorola Law Enforcement Executive of the Year in 2003.  She was awarded the Student Personnel Association Chancellor’s Award in 2013.  Her recent book “A View From the Interior: Policing the Protests at the Wisconsin State Capitol” was released in October of 2013.  In May 2014, her book won the ‘Midwest Book Award’.

Richard Barnhouse

Dr. Rich Barnhouse began his appointment as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at the University of Wisconsin Colleges in July 2011. The University of Wisconsin Colleges is a single institution comprised of 13 campuses throughout the state and enrolls approximately 14,000 degree seeking students and 28,000 non-degree seeking students. As the senior and chief student affairs officer, Dr. Barnhouse is responsible for providing leadership and oversight to all student affairs, enrollment management, marketing, and athletics departments on all campuses throughout the institution. This includes the leadership for approximately 180 staff members. 

Throughout his career, Dr. Barnhouse has been intimately involved in, and ultimately responsible for collegiate threat assessment, crisis planning and management, student conduct and compliance, and behavior intervention. Included within his current portfolio, Dr. Barnhouse has oversight of 13 campus behavior intervention and threat assessment teams located throughout the state of Wisconsin. He has been fully engaged in the leadership and oversight of departmental and institutional safety committees; including the coordination of safety programs, the development of strategic emergency procedures, training for campus personnel, and the coordination of campus needs with campus, city, and county police departments. In 2007, Dr. Barnhouse was appointed to the University of Wisconsin System President’s Commission on University Security. This 17 member committee was assembled to address the needs of all 26 campuses comprising the University of Wisconsin System in response to the Virginia Tech tragedy. The resulting report has served as a template for many university systems and institutions throughout the United States.

Prior to his current appoitnment, Dr. Barnhouse served as the Dean of Students at Morain Park Technical College (Fond Du Lac, WI) from 2007-2011, and from 2004- 2007 he served as the Assistant Campus Dean for Administrative Services at the Unviersity of Wisconsin-Sheboygan. Dr. Barnhouse has also served in student affairs at the University of South Carolina-Columbia, and at Rice University.

Dr. Barnhouse received his Ph.D. in education and leadership from Cardinal Stritch University (Milwaukee, WI). He earned a Master's of Arts degree in sport administration from Central Michigan University, and a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education/Excercise Physiology from Brock University (Ontario, Canada).


Lori Berquam

Lori has over 30 years of experience in student affairs administration. She has worked at a variety of different institutions across the United States. Lori has a PhD in Higher Education Leadership and is a creative leader and skilled facilitator. She currently serves as the Vice Provost and Dean of Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.   

Berquam is an accomplished administrator and leader.  She is a collaborative problem solver and a sought-after presenter.  

Lori brings experience with implementing Federal regulations involving the Clery Act, Title IX, Americans with Disabilities Act, FERPA and HIPAA.  She developed the first Behavior Management Team and Threat Team at UW-Madison.  Lori has served on the Cabinet of three Chancellors.  She has hands-on experience in crisis management, involving Emergency Operations Centers and Executive and Policy Groups.  Organizational structures, personnel management, organizational behavior, strategic planning and assessment round out her portfolio.  


Dale Burke

Dale has over 36 years of law enforcement experience.  Between May of 2013 and August of 2015, Dale served as the Acting Chief of Police for two different communities in southern Wisconsin who were seeking experienced leadership to ensure continuity and quality of service delivery until their new chiefs could be recruited and hired.

Prior to those interim positions Dale rose through the ranks to Assistant Chief of Police Emeritus from the UW-Madison Police Department. Since retiring from the university he has continued to hone his law enforcement and leadership skills. He currently serves a special investigator for Title IX complaints in the UW-Madison Office of Compliance and he serves as an Ombuds for the UW-Madison Faculty and Staff.  

He is a past president of the City of Fitchburg, Wisconsin Police and Fire Commission and the Fitchburg Lions Club.  Dale is a past president of the Dane County Chiefs of Police Association and the Wisconsin Chapter of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). He also served for several years on the legislative committee of the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association (WCPA) and was a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). Burke is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Staff and Command (82nd class).

Chief Burke has been retained by law firms, communities and institutions to conduct independent investigations and/or reviews for a variety of law enforcement related and employment issues. While the majority of his expertise centers on his in-depth knowledge of how academic institutions function, an ongoing desire to learn and willingness to assist have resulted in an increased and more diverse knowledge base and skill set.   

An outgoing personality with excellent inter-personal and problem-solving skills, Dale brings specific expertise to the areas of personnel investigations, department reviews, ethics, public relations, crisis planning/communications/response, dignitary protection, and event planning.  


Liz Feagles

Elizabeth Feagles spent her career with the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) as a Special Agent.    Following her graduation from the University of Wisconsin in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, she was hired by DCI in May 1977, and assigned to the Narcotics and Vice Bureau.  Liz worked as an undercover narcotics and vice special agent in southeastern Wisconsin for seven years. In 1984, she transferred to the White Collar Crimes Bureau where she investigated fraud, embezzlement and government corruption.

In 1990, Liz transferred to the Special Assignments Bureau, where her primary duty was death investigations.  As a result of a particularly gruesome "whodunit" homicide, one of her cases was featured on A & E Cold Cases with Bill Curtis. Other cases included the deaths of Jeffery Dahmer and Jesse Anderson in a Wisconsin State prison, and the sexual assault of a blind woman, in which the woman was previously disbelieved by a local agency and charged with obstructing an investigation. The case went to trial and the offender was subsequently found guilty.

Liz was actively involved in the bi-annual Death Investigation School instructing local officers until she retired in May, 2007.
Following her retirement, Liz worked for the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office for one year continuing in death investigations.  Liz conducts investigations for attorneys, insurance companies, and private citizens.  



Debra Hettrick

Debra spent her 28 year career with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department.  She served as a Police Officer, Detective and then rose through the ranks to attain the position of Assistant Chief of Planning and Development, which includes Emergency Management and Infrastructure Security.

Debra is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Letters and Science earning a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a certificate in Correctional Administration.  She is also a graduate of the Wisconsin Executive Leadership Development Program and is a Certified Ethics Trainer.  

As Lieutenant and Captain of Field Services, Debra was responsible for police, security and dispatching functions.  She led a team which developed the University’s first Crisis Response Plan and implemented the Department’s first Field Training Officer program.  

In 2007, Debra was responsible for developing training in Surviving a Mass Casualty Incident for faculty and staff of the 26 UW System schools, teaching over 200 police officers to deliver that training, and training faculty and staff in prevention of such incidents.  She also served on the team that developed UW Madison’s Threat Assessment Team and assisted in the planning and development of annual Threat Assessment Training seminars for staff from 26 UW System Campuses.  

In Debra’s role as Assistant Chief of Planning and Development, she was responsible for the overall administration and command of the entire department in conjunction with the Chief and second Assistant Chief.  Specific accomplishments include leading the Emergency Management Unit in conducting on July 17, 2014, a day long real-time full scale exercise, which involved over 600 participants and 20 agencies, and was the largest full scale exercise in Wisconsin history.  The Infrastructure Security Unit has an $8 million overhaul of the UW-Madison's Surveillance and Security Camera System underway. The goal is to analyze the placement and effectiveness of the 1300 video surveillance cameras on the campus to improve security and protect lives and property.  This involves selection of the best camera technology, purchase of a video management system for recording and storing video data, and development of a funding model to sustain, repair and replace cameras in the future.


Jerald Jansen

Jerry has spent 28 years in law enforcement, 25 years in the Village of Shorewood Hills Wisconsin, the last eight of those years as Chief.  After retiring in 2004, he spent an additional three years as Assistant Chief at the University of Wisconsin–Madison Police Department, supervising the Planning & Development division.  This included managing the campus Infrastructure Security unit as well as the Emergency Management unit.

Jerry served as the President of the Dane County Chiefs, served on the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association (WCPA) board for five years, was the President of the Wisconsin Police Leadership Foundation (WPLF) and was a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).  He also served as the Director of Emergency Medical Services for a Madison suburb.

Jerry earned his B.A. and M.S.S.W. in Social Work with a criminal justice emphasis at UW-Madison and worked concurrently for the Dane County (WI) Juvenile Court program for many years.  After retiring in 2007 from UWPD, Jerry continued to work for the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance managing a smaller police agency federal grant program for three years, and then moved to the Department of Corrections working on tracking non-compliant sex offenders.

The last few years, Jerry has served as a consultant on various law enforcement issues including officer selection, campus security, executive selection, as well as federal Title IX and Clery Act issues.


Kenneth G. Kerl

Ken was born in southern Wisconsin and grew up on a small farm in Marquette County. After graduating from high school Ken pursued a career in law enforcement; starting as a part-time jailor/dispatcher for Marquette County until accepting a full time position as a Police Officer for the Village of Poynette.

After funding for the Poynette positon ended, Ken worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for eight years as a general laborer and Park Ranger before being hired by the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs as a Security Officer at Volk Field Air Force Base at Camp Douglas.

In September of 1990 Ken transferred to the University Police Department in Madison as a Police Officer where he worked second shift until his promotion to Sergeant in 1997.  During his time as Sergeant, Ken worked third shift patrol, supervised the departments Community Officers and served as the University Hospital Sergeant.  In 2003 Ken was promoted to personnel lieutenant where he continued until his retirement in 2010.  During his time at the U.W., Ken was a residence hall liaison officer, field training officer and supervisor; and a firearms instructor.  Ken graduated from the Northwestern University Police School of Staff and Command in 1999.


Rachel Laubmeier

Rachel began her career with the University of Wisconsin Police Department in 2006 with the Records and Court Services units.  In 2012, she was promoted and is currently the executive assistant for the Associate Vice Chancellor/Chief of Police.  She is responsible for the scheduling and logistics for the senior commanders of the Department.  In addition, she is trained in emergency management and crisis management.  

Prior to her employment with the police department, Rachel worked in the residential building and real estate industries. She has a degree in interior design.  



Joseph LeMire

Chief Joseph LeMire is a career law enforcement officer with over 23 years of experience and a solid reputation for principled leadership and implementing collaboration efforts between police and community.

Chief LeMire’s law enforcement experience covers multiple departments and jurisdictions to include three years as an officer with the Hannahville Indian Community in Wilson, Michigan and over 13 years as a police officer/firefighter with the Escanaba, MI Department of Public Safety where he worked as a Sergeant, Detective/Sergeant and Detective/Lieutenant.   Chief LeMire was a Lieutenant with the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh from 2008-2010 and Chief of Police from 2010-2015.  He began his position as Chief of Police at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in July 2015.

Chief LeMire received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN in 1990 and his Masters in Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2015 where he received the “Stephen Hintz” outstanding graduate award.  Chief LeMire is also a graduate of the Criminal Justice Executive Development Institute and the FBI Regional Command College in Appleton, WI in 2014.

As a state certified Professional Communications instructor in Wisconsin, Chief LeMire believes in a highly trained staff and community in the areas of threat assessment, classroom safety, and civilian response to active shooters.  As Chief of Police at UW-Oshkosh, Chief LeMire implemented the concept of “Building Relationships, Protecting Community.”  This collaborative policing style earned him the “Sole Man Award” from the Women’s Center, “Friend of Students in Residence Halls” award, and the LGBTQ “Outstanding Ally/Faculty Award” at UW-Oshkosh.  His focus today remains on community policing and building relationships due to the strong belief that collaboration makes for a stronger, safer community.

Chief LeMire is an active member of the Milwaukee County Law Enforcement Executives Association, Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.


David J. Mahoney

David Mahoney is a career law enforcement officer having begun his profession in 1979.  He has served in a Village Department of less than five officers, a City Department of less than one hundred officers, and County Sheriff’s Office of over five hundred.  David currently is serving his third term as Dane County Sheriff having first been elected in November 2006 to become the 52nd Sheriff of Dane County.

David has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Mount Senario College and course work through the University of Virginia and University of Wisconsin.  In addition David is a graduate of the 92nd National Sheriff’s Institute, Executive Management Program, the 234th Session of the FBI National Academy and 36th Session of the FBI National Executive Institute (NEI) for Executive Management.

Along with his law enforcement duties in Dane County, WI. David serves on several statewide and national committees to include: National Sheriff’s Association – Board of Directors, Major County Sheriff’s Association – National Secretary, Major County Sheriff’s Association – Committee on Jail Mental Health, Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), and Wisconsin Governor’s Council on Homeland Security.

David has extensive experience in labor management having serve over twelve years as a local, state and national labor leader and has a passion for effectuating change in law enforcement culture from a rules-based to a values-based organization and building trust and legitimacy between law enforcement and the communities they serve.


Becci Mehghini

Becci serves as Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Workforce Strategy, Equity and Engagement at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. In this role, she has a dual focus; she provides the direct oversight of and has day-to-day responsibility for the Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office, and also provides top-level, strategic leadership and management of division-wide projects and pan-University efforts. The Workforce Strategy, Equity and Engagement division is responsible for the University’s Human Resources, Diversity, Title IX and Equal Opportunity and Compliance functions.
Prior to assuming the role at UNC, Becci served as Chief of Staff in the Office of the Chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a post she held for just over six years, serving three Chancellors. In that role she was responsible for strategic problem solving, management of communications among campus leadership, and larger-scale project management for central campus units. She was a member of the Chancellor’s executive team and had delegated authority for the Chancellor on several on-and-off campus committees and boards.
Becci also has extensive experience in alumni relations and development. She served as Executive Director of the Alumni Association at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro after spending eight years on the staff at the Wisconsin Alumni Association. She later returned to Madison, where she worked as a Senior Development Officer with the Morgridge Institute for Research.

Becci holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania. She wrote her dissertation on how institutional presidents manage crises, and brings expertise to questions of emergency response on college and university campuses and reputation management in crisis.


Benjamin Newman

Ben is the Director of Public Safety, Chief of Police at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. As Chief, Ben is responsible for safety, security and law enforcement services for the university.  Before entering law enforcement Ben spent time in the fire service.  Prior to being named Chief at SIU he served as a Lieutenant at the University of Wisconsin – Madison responsible for CALEA, WILEAG and IACLEA Accreditation and Infrastructure Security.  

Ben received a Bachelor of Science degree from Francis Marion University and earned his Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin–Platteville.  Ben is also a graduate of the 113th Administrative Officer’s Course at the University of Louisville.
Ben is an experienced law enforcement trainer, a use of force analyst, and a policy writing professional.


Paige Reed

Paige specializes in advising institutions of higher education on legal issues in student affairs, employment, labor and safety on college campuses.  She also has a wide range of experience in developing and presenting preventive law programs on multiple legal topics in higher education.  

Paige currently serves as a Senior System Legal Counsel in the Office of General Counsel at the University of Wisconsin System and has held this position since January of 2010.  In this role, she, along with her colleagues, provides legal advice and assistance to 26 institutions, colleges and extensions within the UW System.  She is also an instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and teaches a graduate level course on Legal Issues in Higher Education in the Higher Educational Leadership Program in the School of Education.  Prior to coming to the University of Wisconsin, Paige served as an Associate General Counsel in the Office of General Counsel at Southern Illinois University (SIU) from November 2003 until January of 2010.  Prior to that, Paige served as the City Attorney for the City of Carbondale, Illinois for approximately 6 years.  Paige received her undergraduate degree in Administration of Justice from SIU Carbondale and her law degree from SIU School of Law.  

Paige has over 20 years of collective experience advising boards, administrators and employees at public entities and higher education institutions on multiple legal topics, such as labor and employment, student affairs, health care, transactions, public records and open meetings, affirmative action and diversity, policy development, litigation management, law enforcement and campus security and governance.  Paige has also developed numerous training programs for multiple clients on issues such as Title IX, Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation, Disability Rights of Employees and Students in Higher Education, Threat Assessment and Behavior Intervention Teams, Legal Issues in Student Medical Clinics and Counseling Services in Higher Education, Litigation, HIPAA, and many more.  


Annette Spicuzza

Annette is with Stanford University’s Department of Public Safety as a civilian manager overseeing their Support Services Division. Chief Spicuzza has worked in five different police departments ranging from a major municipality, to a small town, to building a department from the ground up, to university law enforcement,  in three states across the country. Annette’s law enforcement experience spanned 27 years beginning with the Chicago Police Department.  Her career began in 1985 where she served 6 years as a police officer; and she later spent 14 years working with the Kennewick, Federal Way, and the University of Washington Police Departments in Washington State. She was the first woman to hold the position of Chief of Police for the University of California-Davis Police Department and served seven years in the post. Her law enforcement expertise encompasses the areas of patrol, investigations, training, and administration.   

Annette holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern Illinois University; and a Master of Public Administration degree from City University of Seattle.  Moreover, she is a graduate of the Northwestern University Traffic Institute School of Police Staff and Command and the Northwest Law Enforcement Executive Command College.  

Her public speaking has included the following annual conferences: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE), the California College and University Police Chiefs Association (CCUPCA), Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command Re-Trainer Seminar, the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Campus Public Order Focus Group Meeting, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Connecticut, and at the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) national conference.  She, also participated in Women Leaders in Law Enforcement Conferences as a ‘Mentor’.  Additionally, Chief Spicuzza was chosen as the “2008 Campus Safety Director of the Year,” a national award presented by the publication, Campus Security.  


Julie Underwood

Julie is a nationally recognized authority on education law, including areas of equity, diversity, and constitutional rights.  

She was the dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education from 2005 - 2015.  The UW School of Education is the #1 public School of Education in the U.S.  

Underwood holds a bachelor's degree in political science and sociology from DePauw University (1976), a law degree from Indiana University (1979), and a Ph.D. in educational leadership from the University of Florida (1984).

She taught at UW-Madison from 1986 to 1995 on the faculty of the Department of Educational Administration (now Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis) and the School of Law.

From 1998 to 2005 Underwood was Associate Executive Director and General Counsel for the National School Boards Association in Washington, D.C. At the NSBA, she led a legal advocacy program on behalf of the nation's public school boards, including producing friend-of-the-court briefs and legal strategies before the U.S. Supreme Court and lower courts. She also was responsible for the 3,000-member Council of School Attorneys.


Mary Ann Viverette

Mary Ann retired in May 2007 after serving in the Gaithersburg Police Department (MD) for 28 years, with 21 years serving as the Chief of Police. She graduated from the FBI National Academy, Session 155 in 1988.

Chief Viverette holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement/ Criminology from the University of Maryland (1986) and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Maryland (1998).

Chief Viverette is a Past-President (2006) of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. She was the first woman to serve as President of the Association in the IACP’s 113 year history. She has over twenty-two years of experience as an assessor and Team Leader with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and also served as a CALEA Commissioner and Vice President of the Board of Officers.  The Gaithersburg Police Department has been nationally accredited since 1993 and the agency was awarded Flagship Agency status in 2007.  

Mary Ann continues to work as a management consultant for municipal government organizations, serving as a subject matter expert in pattern and practice investigations with the U.S. Department of Justice, and is currently under contract as a Court-appointed Federal Monitor for the New Orleans Police Department.


Ann Zanzig

Prior to becoming the President of AZ Consultants, Ann spent many years in higher education administration, including serving as Dean of Students, Edgewood College, Madison, WI, and Director of Student Orientation Programs, University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to her private practice, Ann recently retired as a consultant for the Office of Quality Improvement at the UW-Madison, specializing in strategic planning and accelerated process improvement, meeting facilitation, leadership development, and principles and tools of quality improvement.

She offers an additional focus in workplace climate and culture issues, customer-centered service delivery, process design, workforce alignment and organization redesign. She has done work with colleges and universities nation-wide, not-for-profit organizations, school systems, governing boards, hospitals, state agencies, credit unions and small and large businesses.

Ann has a Master's Degree in Education and Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.  Ann's expertise in these areas, as well as her background in planning and implementing performance review systems, employee motivation workshops, and personal goals setting, makes her a perfect presenter in the area of creative employee incentive programs, professional development,  improving workplace relationships, leaders’ change readiness, and "best practices" in project management.









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