Keynote Speakers

Featured Keynoter

Cathy Stepp, Regional Administrator for U.S. EPA Region 5

Cathy Stepp serves as the Regional Administrator for EPA Region 5. Her responsibilities include overseeing environmental protection efforts in the Great Lakes states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin, as well as 35 federally recognized tribal governments. One of her roles is manager of EPA Great Lakes National Program, in which she leads restoration and protection of the largest freshwater system in the world. Before joining Region 5, she was principal deputy regional administrator for EPA Region 7.

Ms. Stepp served as the secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources from 2011 to 2017. As state cabinet secretary, she led the third largest state agency with about 4,000 employees and was responsible for state enforcement and protection of wildlife, fisheries, state parks, trails, forests and environmental permitting.

Ms. Stepp also served as a Wisconsin state senator from 2003 to 2007, where she represented nearly 160,000 constituents and authored and advanced legislation on regulatory reform, job creation and other issues. Prior to entering public service, Ms. Stepp owned a small business, a home-building company.  Cathy will speak at the Thursday, October 25th Luncheon.


David Maack, CEM, CPM, WCEM, Emergency Management Coordinator, Racine County Office of Emergency Management

David has built a program that has received national recognition from both the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). Two Racine County Emergency Management Programs were included in FEMA’s Compendium of Exemplary Practices and in 2003, FEMA highlighted the efforts of Racine County in implementing a disaster drill to test the response capabilities of emergency responders and local Boy Scout camp staff in the event of an emergency.

Elected in 2001, David was a five term alderman in Racine as well as serving on 15 different committees, boards or commissions during his tenure. In addition, he has garnered 16 Media awards from the International Association of Emergency Managers since 1995 and has written numerous articles on Emergency Management, including a chapter on emergency management for the Wisconsin Counties Association’s County Handbook.

He has also spoken extensively on emergency management for various groups including the Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Emergency Management and the National Training & Exercise Conference held at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland and the Wisconsin Counties Association.  David will speak at the Wednesday, October 24th Luncheon.