District Directors

District Director Bios

District Director - Northwest
Mary Vogl-Rauscher, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Mary currently serves as the President of Dodge County SHRM and had previously held the President Elect and Treasurer positions for several years. She also founded the student chapter at MPTC.

Mary’s education includes a MBA from Marquette University and a BBA from UW-Oshkosh.  Previous employers include Shopko Stores where she was their Director of Executive Staffing and Development. She has also worked for Proctor and Gamble and Corporate McDonald's.

Her current community activities include Community Development Commission (CDC) for the City of Beaver Dam; Beaver Dam Library Board, Beaver Dam Area Orchestra-- Treasurer; Blue Zone Workforce Committee; and Church Health Services Board member.

District Director - Southwest
Jeff Palkowski, MHRM, SHRM-SCP, PHR
Jeff Palkowski, MHRM, SHRM-SCP, PHR is a Workforce Relations Specialist and Divisional Disability Representative with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Information Technology. He has worked in both private and public sector human resources roles and has been an active member with the Society for Human Resource Management at national, state, and local chapter levels since 2003.

Jeff currently serves as the District Director – Southwest and Director of Communications/Social Media with Wisconsin State Council SHRM, SHRM Advocacy Captain for Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District and is a SHRM Foundation Leadership Circle member. He previously served as the Director of Government Affairs for Wisconsin State Council SHRM and as a volunteer leader for the Greater Madison Area SHRM and Blackhawk HRA chapters.

Jeff is active on social media and currently serves as a SHRM Social Media Ambassador. He was a member of the 2021 SHRM Annual Conference Influencer Team, 2019 SHRM Annual Conference Blogger Team, has appeared on HR-related podcasts including the HR Social Hour and HR Break Room podcasts, and has been cited in several media publications. Jeff is a frequent contributor to the SHRM Blog and posts on his personal blog, HR Sushi Bar. You can follow Jeff on Twitter (@JeffPally) and on LinkedIn.

Jeff is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and received his Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications-Journalism (BA) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and earned a Master of Human Resources Management (MHRM) with distinction from the Keller Graduate School of Management. He has completed additional coursework at Cardinal Stritch University, Purdue University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

District Director - Southeast
Sheree Yates, SHRM-CP, PHR

Sheree Yates is a HR professional with nearly 20 years of Human Resources experience, with the majority of that time in a lead Human Resource position.  Sheree is the Senior Director of Human Resources for Educational Credential Evaluators a non-profit located in Milwaukee.  She has a strong knowledge of strategic planning, recruitment practices, succession planning, organizational change, leadership, employee development, benefits, and training.

Sheree has a BA in Psychology from the University of WI - Milwaukee, and an MS in Organizational Change Leadership program from the University of Wisconsin - Platteville.

She is an HR Certified Professional (SHRM-CP, PHR) and an active leader in the Wisconsin HR community having served on the SHRM Racine and Kenosha (SRKA) and Milwaukee Metro SHRM (MMSHRM) chapters boards in such roles as President, President Elect, Secretary, Social Media Director, Workforce Readiness Director, and Certification Director.  Sheree also severed on the WISHRM State Council as Certification Director.  
She is also actively engaged in high school and university alumnae groups.  Having served on Pius XI High School Board of Directors, UW Platteville Distance Education Alumni Board, UW Platteville Student Advisory Board, UW Platteville Alumnae Ambassador and UW Milwaukee Alumnae Ambassador Program. 

Sheree currently lives in McHenry, IL with her husband, two sons, and their dog Duke.


District Director - Northeast
Jane Kurylo, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Jane Kurylo is an HR professional with more than 20 years of HR experience the majority of which has been in manufacturing companies.  She is the HR Manager for A&E Incorporated located in Racine, WI.  Jane has served in HR management and generalist roles with a focus on talent acquisition, employee relations and engagement.

Jane as a BS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and holds the SPHR and SHRM-SCP Certifications.

Jane was a founding member of SHRM – Racine/Kenosha Area (SRKA) in 2007 and has been actively involved in the Chapter ever since. She served as President from 2017-2019 and more than doubled the membership from 72 to 179 during that three-year stint. She attributes this to crafting a hardworking and dedicated Board who planned and executed fantastic programming, networking events and partnerships with the local business community.

Prior to her role as president, Jane had been a chapter leader as a Foundation CLA, VP of Membership, and Social Media CLA.  She is serving as Past President for the 2020-21 term. 

Jane has also been recognized in the community and was invited to serve on the Gateway Technical College Foundation Board starting in 2019.

Jane resides in Bristol, WI with her husband and two children.

District Director - Northcentral
Katelyn Spanbauer, PHR

Katelyn is an HR Generalist at SMC Metal Fabricators. Katelyn received a BBA in Human Resource Management and Economics, as well as an emphasis in Supply Chain and Operations Management from the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh and is a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and a Certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR).

Katelyn has been a volunteer leader with SHRM since 2011, serving in the roles of Secretary, College Relations, President-elect, President and current Past President. She enjoys the networking and friendships that she has gained throughout her involvement with SHRM and is thankful for the continued opportunity.

Katelyn stays busy with her husband, three children and the family dog. She also enjoys being part of the volleyball community while both playing and coaching. Currently, she coaches at the high school level.



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