MADISON (WKOW) — Governor-elect Tony Evers has announced more selections to his cabinet. Evers and Lt. Governor-elect Mandela Barnes announced the three new members of the administration Friday in Madison.
Evers selected Mary Kolar as Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary, Kathy Koltin Blumenfeld as Secretary of Dept. of Financial Institutions, and Brian Pahnke will be the state budget director.
Evers’ transition team provided the following biographies for Kolar, Koltin Blumenfeld, and Pahnke.
Capitol Bureau Chief Emilee Fannon is covering the Evers transition and will have more on today’s announcement at 5 and 6PM on 27 News.
Mary Kolar, Department of Veteran Affairs
Mary Kolar is currently a Dane County Supervisor for the first district. She was elected in 2013 and is serving her third term as a director on the Wisconsin Counties Association Board of Directors. She is a retired U.S. Navy Captain who served twenty-eight years on active duty and chaired the Dane County Veterans Service Commission. Kolar has also served as the vice president of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation Board of Directors.
She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and graduate degrees from the U.S. Naval War College and the University of Rhode Island.
Kathy Koltin Blumenfeld, Department of Financial Institutions
Kathy Koltin Blumenfeld is currently the executive vice president of special operations at TASC. Before joining TASC, she worked for CUNA Mutual Group for twenty-five years, most recently as vice president of lending and payment security. Blumenfeld served as a certified public accountant at two large firms and worked for State Senator Joe Strohl.
She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Brian Pahnke, Department of Administration, State Budget Office
Brian Pahnke currently serves as the assistant state superintendent for finance and management at the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). He has held numerous budget and finance positions at several state agencies during his twenty-eight years of state service, including nearly five years in the state budget office during the Thompson administration.
He received his undergraduate degree from Miami University in Oxford, OH and his master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.