Friday, April 24, 2015

Bonus buzz words from DNR Sec. Cathy Stepp

Nothing lifts the spirits at a once-distinguished public service agency now run with a partisan,  "chamber-of-commerce mentality" - - especially when there's a hiring freeze, budget cuts and layoff notices floating around - - than an all-staff end-of-the-week email from the corporately-obesiant boss celebrating "very exciting...cutting edge" reassignments "improving and enhancing" the Human Relations staff.

Take it away, WI DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp - - ex-developer, former agency hater - - though I will show some true human relations compassion and edit out the details from her email about who among her newly-elevated management team enjoys camping, is fixing up a new house, or roots for the New England Patriots, among other personal information:

Good afternoon DNR Colleagues,
I am pleased to announce some very exciting changes to Human Resources at the DNR.  We have assembled a leadership team that we believe will transform our human resources function into a unified set of cutting edge services that support DNR managers and employees.

This team includes Amber Passno as the new Human Resources Bureau Director and Jennifer Gebert as a Deputy Bureau Director.  Additionally, Julie Graziano, who has done a significant amount of organizational development work for our agency, has also accepted a special assignment to partner with Amber and Jennifer to develop recommendations for improving and enhancing the services offered by Human Resources.

Amber Passno has been with the Department since 2011 as the Workforce Relations Section Chief in the Bureau of Human Resources...

Jennifer Gebert has spent the last sixteen years of her state career at the Office of State Employment Relations (OSER), with the last 12 years as the Bureau Director of Outreach Services...

Julie Graziano is a twenty plus year veteran of the DNR, with experience in human resources and organizational effectiveness...  

Human Resources plays a critical role in our agency’s success.  The combination of leadership skills of Amber, Jennifer and Julie have the potential to build the best Human Resources program in state government, a program of superior service excellence.
We are committed to service excellence.

Cathy Stepp
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
101 S Webster Street
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 267-7556


Anonymous said...

Steppes attacks on her own people are becoming down right weird. How can she hate these people this much? She obviously he absolutely use for anything related to this agency or the environment. What a total b.... .

Anonymous said...

Quick take a picture of Wisconsin's environment and natural resources because the damage has just begun. I bet Walker's office is orchestrating all of this and calling the shots as to whom moves in and who moves out. Walker's office has total control over every agency with the exception of DPI and the GAB but we know the latter will soon be under his control. None of this is moving Wisconsin forward and how can those who voted for him see it any differently?

Anonymous said...

Sooooo...what happened to the folks that used to be in these positions? Were they forced out?

Like the other DNR higher-ups that 'resigned' last year?


Anonymous said...

I have lived and enjoyed WI my whole life and can honestly say Stepp is a breathe of fresh air to a stagnant, eco-unbalanced department with no clue on how to progress. The lay-offs and resignations are welcomed.

Anonymous said...

Born and raised in WI, I cannot believe the evil that has beset this beautiful state. Walker is not a good man. He's not even from WI and has no loyalty to the state or appreciation of it's (declining) pristine beauty. In what condition will he leave the state? What happens after this new DNR head, with NO education or experience relative to the job, destroys the agency from within?
It's hard to believe that so many people support this abomination of a government and the damage they are doing.