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Richard H Gruber


richard.gruber@rockcountycivicsacademy .org


Richard Gruber brings a unique perspective to the arena of community service. With more than 25 years experience as a successful local government manager, administrator, and executive he is able to share the dynamics of relationships with elected officials and the governing boards he served. Add to that experience of more than 15 years as a health care executive serving in the dual roles of community and business development as well as government relations, and five years as a member and President of the Janesville City Council, he can expertly speak to service from both sides of the dais. Over the course of his professional career, he has worked as a member of the Board of Directors of more than twenty not-for-profit community-based organizations. That brings yet another perspective of community service and leadership to the discussion.

Paul B Murphy


paul.murphy@rockcountycivicsacademy .org


Community activism is a lifelong pursuit of Paul B. Murphy. Paul got is start in community activism in the turbulent 1960’s. At the ripe youthful age of 6 he led his first informational assembly/picket (protest march) on Simonsen’s Grocery in Janesville, over 20% increase in Taffy Apple prices. At the conclusion of the 1-day protest, owner Hal Simonsen raised the price by 50% to 15 cents, in response. A Janesville WI native, served six (6) years (1 as president), on Janesville City Council. He currently serves as a Board of Directors of the Janesville Downtown Business Improvement District Board. He is the immediate past President of the Janesville Velo Club after serving for seven years and is co-chair of the annual Janesville Town Square Gran Prix bike race.

DuWayne Severson


duwayne.severson@rockcountycivicsacademy .org


DuWayne, recently retired and with over 30 years at Mercy Health System in various leadership roles in the areas of finance and insurance, is dedicated to nurturing outstanding, informed, and knowledgeable leaders for our community.

Having served 9 years on the Janesville School Board and 3 years on the Janesville City Council, serving as President of both Boards, he understands what it takes to be successful in citizen leadership role. Also, his years of service as a board member to a prominent local not-for-profit organization, gives him unique insights of what it takes in shared governance to grow and thrive in this challenging arena.

In the past year alone, he has worked with over 60 individuals in their quest to serve in various School Board, Town, City Council and County Board positions.