Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance Staff

Todd A. Berry, PhD,


Todd Berry has been President of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) since 1994. WISTAX, and Todd, fervently believe that, more than ever, voters and taxpayers need objective, factual information about their government. Prior to joining the Alliance, Todd combined private business experience with service in state and local government. For 10 years, he was a marketing executive for one of the state’s oldest food manufacturers. In the late seventies and early eighties, he was Wisconsin’s Assistant Secretary of Revenue. Berry has served on a number of gubernatorial and legislative commissions and task forces, among them the 2000 Kettl Commission. He also served on the Dane County Board, the Jefferson School Board, the CESA  #2 Board of Control, and the North Central College Board of Trustees, Naperville, Illinois. With bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from UW-Madison, Todd is a loyal and committed "Badger." He also holds master’s degrees from Harvard University and the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Todd, and his wife, Margaret Lewis, have 3 adult children and reside in Middleton, Wisconsin, where their lives are run by a typically bossy Welsh Corgi.



Dale J. Knapp, M.A.,

Research Director

Dale Knapp has been with WISTAX since 2000. Previously, he was a regional labor market economist for the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development where he specialized in labor-shortage issues and economic forecasting. Before that, he spent more than seven years in the private sector in corporate sales positions in Wisconsin. A UW-Whitewater graduate, Dale holds a Master's degree in Economics from UW-Madison and completed the Master's in Applied Economics program at Marquette University. He is A.B.D. in Economics at UW-Madison.


David Callender, M.A.

Communications Director

David Callender is Communications Director for the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). He oversees the Alliance’s media relations, civic education, and public outreach efforts, and contributes to its online and print publications. For more than 20 years, he was an award-winning journalist who covered Wisconsin politics and state and local government. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The London Sunday Times, The Guardian, and The Capital Times of Madison. Prior to joining WISTAX, he spent seven years advising state agencies, the legislature, state Supreme Court, Congress, and local officials on public policy. His areas of expertise include taxation and finance, public safety and the courts, and labor relations. David has also taught political science at Edgewood College in Madison. He received his bachelor’s degree in journalism and master’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Gina Staskal

Gina Staskal, CNAP

Business Manager

Gina Staskal joined the WISTAX staff in 2013, bringing substantial experience in payroll, accounting procedures, database management and donor and financial record keeping for various businesses and non-profit organizations. In addition to keeping WISTAX office procedures up-to-date, Gina also maintains the accounting system, financial records and manages and coordinates the membership process. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Lakeland College and is a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (CNAP).