The WPT staff is a committed group of individuals who come from different areas and all walks of life. Each person brings something unique to the organization, but shares in several common goals; assisting members wherever possible; advocating for increased government transparency and responsible spending; and lessening the state's reliance on property taxes.
I’m Mike Marsch President of Wisconsin Property Taxpayers. I came to work for WPT on October 10, 1987.
I was hired as a member representative. When I started with the organization, we had less than 1,500 members. Today thanks to all the hard work of many member representatives WPT is Wisconsin’s largest taxpayer organization with over 18,000 business, farm and homeowner members. We are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to taxation and spending.
In November of 2011, my wife Kim and began managing the organization from Nancy Dohm, who operated the organization for about 10 months after the passing of her husband Tom Dohm who founded the organization in 1985. As you visit through the archives of this website, you will realize how instrumental WPT has been in all of the significant taxation and spending policy our great state of Wisconsin has adopted into law saving hundreds of millions of dollars over the years for Wisconsin taxpayers.
I am proud of the hard work and dedication of our past and present staff. No other organization in Wisconsin works harder to serve the interests of ALL taxpayers in pursuit of fair taxation and fiscal responsibility. I also want to thank our 18,000 members who stand in the gap with us every day. Without them, we would be just another fading voice in the wind. Instead we are a chorus of voices standing united for fairness and reform, which is heard loud and clear.
Paul has lived in Wisconsin most of his life. Working jobs through high school, UW-Whitewater, and an online M.B.A., he has seen business from many different perspectives. On the hard work side of being an employee, he has held jobs including manufacturing and landscaping. On the high risk side of business ownership, he spent a year launching a startup and over nine years an independent contractor and small business owner. He has seen the issues both sides face and the different struggles to succeed.
His mission is to help the hard working underdog get ahead. Personally, he has volunteered for organizations like St. Vincent de Paul, Pregnancy Helpline Sharing Center, Parish Council and various soup kitchens. Professionally, he has regularly worked to be a connector for business professionals different networking groups, meetups, & associations, and sees WPT as a great resource to make improvements in their business and influence how the legislature impacts their business.
Paul currently lives in Madison with his wife Abbie and their five kids. They enjoy seeing all parts of Wisconsin by attending Packers, Badgers and Brewers games, visiting family in New Richmond, Medford, Coloma & Milwaukee, and going to the lake in Eagle River. They also enjoy camping trips to visit National Parks, Monuments, and other landmarks. Paul enjoys watching good television, reading, coaching/attending his kids activities, and running more than cleaning gutters or writing bios
My role within WPT is to support our lobbying effort through the creation of communication tools such as website development, newsletter production and public forums. We as personnel know the great job we do for our member’s every day, but if the member doesn’t realize it, then we have not communicated adequately the seriousness of the issues or the opportunity presented to make a change in the way government works. A lobbying organization is only as strong and powerful as the membership it attempts to engage in the process this change.
Our Membership Representatives also rely on me to perform many of the day-to-day functions of the organization, assisting them in servicing our members, and of course the mundane administrative work that accounts for the payables and receivables of WPT. The bottom-line for me: I do whatever I can to make the organization better and more functional for our members.
Hello! My name is Laurie Rauk and I work as the Business Analyst and Accounts Manager for Wisconsin Property Taxpayers, Inc. In my role, I work closely with our team member representatives to help them achieve their goals and to expand our organization's reach in various communities around the state. Being part of a team that supports the ordinary citizen's voice in the Wisconsin government is something I am very passionate about, especially in today's world where it can be challenging to actively participate in the discussion of proposals, laws, and budgets.
I recently completed my bachelor's degree in Organization Management, which was a long-term goal of mine. I also hold a Computer Science Degree in System Analysis, and my work experience in the IT field is something that comes in handy when dealing with various technical issues that arise. Additionally, I enjoy photography and producing digital content. I believe that creating artistic and engaging visual content enhances communication with our members, which is essential in helping them stay informed and engaged. As a lifetime resident of Wisconsin, I love exploring new places around our state. There's always something new to discover!
I was born in Racine, but grew up in rural Central Wisconsin, in farmland country. This instilled in me an appreciation for the outdoors and love for wildlife. I graduated from high school and went to the UW of Marshfield, now part of UWSP. I obtained an Associates of Arts and Science Degree. I went to the UW of Stevens Point for two years, then furthered and completed my education at Mid-State Technical College, with a degree in Business Management and Accounting.
I am proud to be able to utilize my college degrees for WPT and make a difference.
I still live in the countryside of Central Wisconsin and enjoy doing hiking, camping, martial arts, and spending time with my family.
I grew up in Babcock, Wisconsin in the heart of cranberry country. My family instilled in me a love for the outdoors, the value of hard work and love of country. After high school I went to work in t cranberry production, working my way up from summer help to cranberry marsh manager. In 2003 I left cranberry growing to start a small business which my wife and I operated successfully for 17 years. After selling the business in 2020, my desire to make a difference and wanting to see our rural way of life preserved led me to work for WPT.
I live in Arpin, Wisconsin with my wife and three younger children. I’m the father of six and grandfather of 3. We enjoy hunting, fishing, gardening and other outdoor activities.
Keith joined the organization in 2015. Since then he has traveled thousands of miles meeting WPT members, and prospective members. Keith's mission is to serve members and to keep them updated on WPT initiatives and member benefits -- which have been greatly expanded!
Prior to his WPT calling, Keith served in jobs as wide ranging as media, radio news, newspaper ad sales, insurance, and inside sales- for one of Wisconsin’s largest privately held firms. His belief is in the value of WPT and the connections it brings to make Wisconsin a better place to live, work and play. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from UW Oshkosh.
Keith and his wife, Wendy, have three grown children and live in Oshkosh. He grew up in Sheboygan and enjoys outdoor pursuits, especially fishing. Keith loves to root for our state’s sports teams. According to Keith, there is no better place than Wisconsin!
Kari is originally from Nevada but has lived in Wisconsin for several years. She is a woman who has worn many hats in the business world. Along with having experience as a hard working employee she has several years as a business owner under her belt as well.
She was the co-owner of two successful businesses! One a hunting ranch and the other a fiber optic cable installation company. With that being said she has seen first hand the many challenges and rewards of owning a business.
Kari currently resides in Altoona with her two dogs and young daughter. Her favorite things to do involve spending time with her daughter. She loves to take her new places, teach her new things, and is always in the stands at any school events.
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