Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance Staff
Todd A. Berry, PhD,
PresidentEmail Todd Berry
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 DirectorEmail Dale Knapp
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.
Sharon Schmeling, M.A.,
Communications DirectorEmail Sharon Schmeling
Sharon joined the WISTAX staff in 2010, bringing substantial experience in state and local government and media relations. She worked for ten years as a reporter for The Milwaukee Journal, The Capital Times and the Allentown (PA) Morning Call. She worked in government relations and project management for a variety of non-profit education organizations, and served eight years on the non-partisan Jefferson County Board of Supervisors, including six as its chairman. Sharon is a graduate of Marquette University and holds a Master's degree from Villanova University, where she studied medieval government and ethics.
Public Policy Research Analyst
Stephanie joined the WISTAX staff in 2013 from Fredericksburg, Va. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA. As captain of the women's tennis team, she led the Bearcats to their first conference championship. In addition to supporting the general research mission of WISTAX, Stephanie is responsible for content for the Wisconsin Taxpayer magazine and the annual MunicipalFacts periodical.
Business ManagerEmail Gina Staskal
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 an associate degree in accounting from Northwest Technical College and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Lakeland College.