Officers








Richard "Dick" Kratz
Secretary

Dick retired from the Divi- sion/Department of Cor- rections,(DOC), in 1997 after 34 years of service.

"Thought I would be golfing everyday of retirement but lost interest. Family, travel and too many other activities to enjoy. Like most retirees the days are all to short, or maybe too fast", says Dick.

Raised in Fox Lake, Wisconsin, Dick graduated from Milton College and Florida State University. He joined the WI Retired Corrections Personnel in 1997 and the Wisconsin Coalition of Annutitants,(WCOA), as a DOC represen- tative, in 2001.

Elected Secretary in June 2004, he knew it would be interesting to learn more about the Wisconsin Retire- ment System, (WRS) . He's found the members of WCOA to be an interesting and diverse group, sincere in protecting our investment and addressing issues and concerns for all WRS retirees.

Dick is married and has been a resident of Stoughton since 1971. He and his wife, Joan, have four children, and seven grandchildren.
Jim Palmer
President

Jim Palmer is the executive director for the state's largest law enforcement group, the Wisconsin Professional Police Associa- tion (WPPA). He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and a law degree from the Valparaiso University School of Law.

In addition to being a licensed lobbyist, Jim is admitted to practice law before all state and federal courts in Wiscon- sin and Indiana. He is an active member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Wisconsin, and the Association of Wisconsin Lobbyists.

Jim has served as the WCOA's president since first being elected in 2007. He recognizes how vital the Coalition's role has been in not only functioning as an informational resource for Wisconsin's public pension annuitants, but in its watchdog capacity with respect to the State of Wis- consin Investment Board and the Department of Employee Trust Funds.
Jerry Vreeland
Vice-President

Jerry grew up in North Milwaukee, served in the Navy and in 1960 joined the Wauwatosa Police Depart- ment. Jerry promoted to Road Supervisor in 1971 and in 1981 was promoted to Detective, serving the City of Wauwatosa until he retired in January of 1993.

Jerry received an Associate Degree in 1972 and continued further studies at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. In 1984 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Professional Police Associa- tion and continues to serve on the board.

Upon retirement, Jerry was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Coalition of Annuitants representing the City of Wauwatosa.

Jerry and his wife Joan have been married for 47 years, have one daughter, two sons and five grand children. He enjoys hunting, musky fishing and bowling.

Twice a week Jerry picks-up clothing and food that is given away at his churches food and clothing pantries, where he is also a Stephen Minister.

John F. Maydak
Treasurer

John retired from the West Allis Police Department, as a Sergeant, with 32 years of service. He served on the Wisconsin Professional Police Association's Board of Di- rectors for 16 years.

John is the current President of the West Allis Retirees Association with 285 mem- bers and is the city's repres- entative on the Wisconsin Coaliton of Annuitants. He is also a current board member of the City of West Allis Community Celebrations committee.

The West Allis Retirees Association is a charter mem- ber of the Wisconsin Coalition of Annuitants, (WCOA). Mr. Bill Guerin of the Retirees Association was one of the founders and original board members of WCOA.
John says, "Thanks to Bill and other past retirees for their groups involvement and hard work in forming WCOA."

John has volunteered for 28 years with the Special Olympics State Games held annually in Stevens Point.

He likes to stay involved with his grandchildren, and try's to do the best he can in all his volunteer activities.