Michael Stevens – President
Michael Stevens is currently PLATO vice-president. He has been a PLATO member since 2013, a member of the board of directors since 2016, and chair of the Communication Committee, 2016-17. Michael retired from the Wisconsin Historical Society in 2013. A Milwaukee native, he earned a PhD in history from the UW-Madison and was as an officer and board member of several national historical organizations. His volunteer work in retirement includes membership on the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the National Historic Landmarks Committee (National Park Service), and the Fitchburg Landmarks Commission as well as president of his condominium association. He continues to write and publish history. With adult children and grandchildren in Pennsylvania, Colorado, and France, Michael and his wife, Therese, continue to rack up frequent flyer miles.
Kathy Brown – Vice President
Kathy retired from SSM Health/St. Mary’s Hospital in 2014 where she worked in the Human Resources Department with primary focus on new employee orientation, and she continues to facilitate an occasional orientation class as a consultant. Kathy received her B.S. from Northern Illinois University and her M.S. in Continuing and Vocational Education from the U.W. Madison. She has taught at the high school and college levels, plus she has spent most of her teaching career in the business world helping employees with their software skills. Kathy joined PLATO in 2014 and the Curriculum Committee in 2015. She is currently serving as co-chair of that committee. Kathy has 2 children. Her only grandchild lives in Boston, so she can often be found checking out the Nor’easters and other exciting happenings in New England. Kathy is an active advocate for the disabled, speaking for the needs of her daughter and others.
Patricia Herrling – Secretary
Patricia is a retired librarian from the UW-Madison and a certified Braillist, transcribing print into braille for the blind and visually impaired. She has also been the library coordinator for Braille Library & Transcribing Services, Inc (BLTS) in Madison for the past 9 years. Patricia has been a PLATO member since she retired and has taken several PLATO courses throughout those years. She also co-coordinates a course held in the fall of each year on the Sacred Feminine in various religions. Patricia is a member of the PLATO Communication Committee, as well as the PLATO Website Committee. Her hobbies include reading, walking and knitting.
Scott Kolar – Treasurer
Scott grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia. After graduating from Jacksonville University, he served for 9 years in the US Navy as a Naval Flight Officer. He earned a masters degree in Management Information Technology from Boston University and then worked in the information technology industry for over 20 years while his wife, Mary, pursued her career in the Navy. Scott and Mary moved to Madison in 2008 when she retired after 28 years. They were drawn to Madison for the wonderful quality of life. Scott has been a PLATO member since 2009. He chaired the Website Redesign Taskforce in 2010. He was an At-large member of the Board of Directors from 2013 until he was elected Vice President in 2015. He became President in 2016. He was re-elected as President in 2017 and about to complete his second terms.
Meg Taylor – At-Large
Meg retired from a long career in public health in 2015. Her experiences included over 30 years in State government managing a wide variety of public health programs. She also worked at the local level at the Seattle-King County agency looking specifically at the new Public Health Accreditation process and the agencies readiness. Her other experiences were at the National Level again in Public Health Accreditation- a leadership initiative evaluating public health agencies at all levels to meet the needs of their constituents in the 21st Century. Working at the national level on this critically important initiative was one of the highlights of her career.
Meg has been a member of PLATO since 2013, enjoying many of the enriching classes. She is currently the Co-facilitator of the Current Events-West class. She also enjoys working on various fiber art projects in her studio most every day.
Patricia Eaton – At-Large
Patricia has a BA in English and Philosophy from Marymount Manhattan College in NYC. She worked in corporate America negotiating contracts for information management systems. She come to Madison in 2004 from California where she and her husband lived for 20 years. Married for 55 years they have 3 children and 5 grandchildren.
She has served on the board of RSVP where she brought Chapter 11 for retirees to the Alicia Ashman library. She has served on the board of Who’s New in Madison and is currently chair of the special interest group Diversity in Madison.
She is on Plato’s Diversity Committee and was a convener of the first Volunteer Café. She is currently one of the three presenters of the PLATO Course, Injustice and Inequality.
Hobbies include cooking, equestrian sports, music and reading. She belongs to three book clubs and a memoir writing group.