|Edjuana Ogden, budget, contracts and operations manager (l-r), Kabura
Mukasa, human resources manager, Carrie Braxton, manager of Equal
Employment Opportunity, Dr. Martha Stacker, administrator
of the DCHS Division of Children, Youth & Families and Theola Carter,
manager of policy and program improvement in the Tamera Grigsby
Office of Equity & Inclusion
Five Women Who Impact Dane County Government
The Managers of Dane Co.
began her career with Dane County as an economic support specialist before transferring to the state and holding different managerial positions there.
At one time, she managed 25 people. She left the WI Dept. of Administration where she was bureau director in Energy, Housing and Community Resources. Due to
workplace climate reasons, Carter came back to Dane County to work as the manager of policy and program improvement in the Tamera Grigsby Office of Equity &
Inclusion, in part, due to the leadership of County Executive Joe Parisi.
While Carter doesn’t supervise anyone directly, she does make a big impact.
“I deal with all departments, from the airport to the zoo to highways to human services,” Carter said. “We deal with the issues as it relates to equity. I look at policies
and try to look at it with an equity and inclusion eye and then ask tough questions, when necessary, as to who isn’t at the table and who is going to get injured by
some of the things that we do. I try to keep those things in the forefront. That way, when things occur, when it is emergency management stuff, people of color are not
forgotten and they get the services that they need and deserve like any other person in Dane County.”
By Jonathan Gramling
For one of the few times in Dane County — if not the first time — five African American
women hold important managerial jobs in county government, jobs that impact policies,
budgets and personnel decisions.
One is responsible for a budget twice the size of the city of Beloit’s annual budget. Another
impacts the lives of many Dane County families and children, helping to empower them to
move ahead in their lives in a positive manner. Another is helping to decide what the
future Dane County workforce looks like. And the last two work to help the values of equity
and inclusion permeate every level of Dane County government.
What they have in common is that each has worked hard during their professional careers,
slowly moving up the ranks to earn the positions that they hold today.
Theola Carter came to Madison after graduating from Fisk University and earned her
master’s degree in public administration from the La Follette School of Public Affairs. She
Dr. Martha Stacker, administrator for the DCHS Division of Children, Youth & Families
basically worked her way through the ranks of the human service field while
supplementing her experience with education, first a bachelor’s degree with a double
major in social work and criminal justice, a master’s in human services and a doctorate
in human services with an emphasis on social and community services. She has worked
in a variety of agencies including St. Charles Youth & Family Services in Milwaukee, the
Wisconsin Resource Center in Oshkosh, the division of Milwaukee Child Protective
Services under the WI Dept. of Children & Families, Oakhill Correctional Institution and the
WI Dept. of Corrections. Stacker’s wide range of experience suits her well for her role as
“I have oversight of collaborations with the public health community and local law
enforcement agencies, school districts, state, local and federal agencies and contracts,
human service organizations for children, youth and families and home schools in the
community,” Stacker said. “Some of the examples I can provide to you are Child
Protective Services, Joining Forces for Families, Youth Justice, Alternative Care — which
features foster and kinship care and other human and mental health services for youth —
Community Restorative Circles, PASS/AmeriCorps, the Dane County Youth Commission,
the Neighborhood Intervention Program, the Early Child Care Initiative, the Northside Early
Childcare Zone and Purchase of Services contracts, which falls under oversight working
with Edjuana. I have approximately 100 of those. And I work with other community
stakeholders. At full capacity, there are 205 staff and growing and oversight of a budget
around $57 million of the DCHS budget.
Edjuana Ogden may be the quietest of the group of managers, but she has the largest
impact as the budget, contracts and operations manager for DCHS. Ogden has been an
accountant with Dane County since 1992 and was promoted to her present position in 2001.
“We do the budget for the Dept. of Human Services, a more than $200 million budget over
five divisions,” Ogden said. “I supervise the staff that does all of the state claiming and
revenue receipts. I also manage the contract compliance unit. We have over 200 purchase
of service providers with different kinds of contracts that are being managed in that
process. There are some small cities that have smaller budgets than the one I manage.”