Leadership Forum-Tough Conversations with Staff, Board and Volunteers

Tough Conversations with Staff, Board and Volunteers

Welcome back Tricia Perkins, Senior Strategic HR Advisor, and Jane Clark, Attorney, from Lake Effect HR & Law, LLC.

Having tough conversations with staff, board and volunteers is part of everyone’s role in keeping operations running smooth and keeping your nonprofit’s values alive and well.

Jane Clark is a founding partner of Lake Effect HR & Law, Attorneys at Law. She has 20 years of human resources, labor, payroll and benefits experience as a law firm attorney, Director of HR at a multi-site Wisconsin company, and as Chief Operating Officer at a statewide comprehensive HR company. At the latter, she directed the human resources, payroll and benefits practice, with for-profit and not-for-profit clients located all over the country.

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Jane has deep HR, payroll and benefits experience, and is a frequent speaker is a frequent speaker on a variety of HR and employment law topics, including anti-harassment, wage and hour, independent contractor compliance, social media, employee management and performance, and much more. Over the years, she has partnered with established and start-up companies and non-profit organizations in various industries throughout Wisconsin and the U.S. to provide employment law services and stand-alone human resources services, as well as integrated human resources, payroll and benefits services. Jane is also licensed as a broker for health, life and disability insurance.

Since 2008, Jane has served as a Dane County (Wisconsin) Court Commissioner, a position to which she was appointed by Dane County Circuit Court Judge William Hanrahan. Previously, Jane was an attorney with Wisconsin based law firms Chernov, Stern & Burbach (Milwaukee) and Balisle & Roberson (Madison). She has extensive legal experience in diverse areas, including employment, family, real estate, appellate, and corporate law. During her career, Jane has advised clients on wide-ranging employment matters, from COBRA, ADA and ACA guidance to harassment and discrimination claims, from labor relations to wage and hour compliance.

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Labor & Employment Section
  • Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin (1995)
  • U.S. District Court, Federal District of Wisconsin (1995)


  • University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 1995)
    • Recipient of the Shaw Fellowship
  • Amherst College, Amherst, MA, cum laude (B.A., 1992)
    • Recipient of the Friends of Amherst Athletics Award
    • Women’s Tennis, Captain

Honors & Recognition

  • InBusiness Madison “40 Under 40” recipient
  • Brookfield Academy Athletic Hall of Fame two-time inductee

Community Involvement

Jane is an active volunteer on educational, preservation, political and women’s and children’s issues. Her current involvements include the following:

  • Dane County YMCA Board of Directors
  • Doyenne Group Board of Directors
  • Taliesin Preservation Board of Directors
  • Madison Area Sports Commission Board of Directors and Bucky on Parade Committee
  • Associated Bank Regional Advisory Board
  • Edgewood High School Athletic Association Board and Principal Search Committee
Past involvements include the following organizations:
  • Wisconsin Women’s Council (Madison)
  • WPS Insurance Company Subscriber Advisory Council
  • TEMPO Madison Membership Committee (Madison)
  • Blessed Sacrament School Education Commission (Madison)
  • Blessed Sacrament School Endowment Committee (Madison)
  • Henry Vilas Zoo Auxiliary Board (Madison)
  • Legal Association of Women (Madison)
  • American Heart Association (Madison)
  • Camp Randall Rowing Club (Madison)
  • Preschool for the Arts (Madison)
  • Dane County Bar Association Family Law Clinic (Madison)
  • Madison Children’s Museum (Madison)
  • Family Services of Milwaukee (Milwaukee)
  • Task Force of Family Violence (Milwaukee)
  • WI AIDs Fund (Milwaukee)
  • Council for the Spanish Speaking (Milwaukee)
  • Association of Women Lawyers


Jane lives with her husband, three sons, and adorable dog. Her husband is the Head Coach of the University of Wisconsin Men’s Rowing Team.

Tricia joined Clark & Gotzler in 2017 and recently joined the newly formed Lake Effect HR & Law, LLC, with over 20 years’ experience in the Human Resources profession. Prior to joining the Firm, Tricia held various in-house human resources positions in the hospitality, property management and financial industries and advised leadership of start-ups, small and large businesses and non-profits as a human resources consultant. Most recently, Tricia worked as a human resources advisor through her own consultancy business.

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Tricia is frequently retained by clients to navigate difficult employee situations, align HR processes with the organization’s culture, conduct sensitive workplace investigations based on harassment and discrimination, facilitate mediations to improve workplace relationships and train staff on management development and compliance topics, such as interviewing, performance management, professionalism and anti-harassment. Tricia is a certified trainer in DISC and Myers-Briggs.

Key Accomplishments

  • Strategic HR consultant advising senior leaders on employee-related issues, employment law compliance and HR policies aligned with best practices and the strategic direction of the organization
  • Customer service focused, senior level HR professional with expertise in I-9 compliance, interviewing, performance management, employee relations, policy writing, training, investigations and HR assessments
  • Thorough interviewer conducting sensitive workplace investigations in response to harassment or discrimination allegations
  • Energetic, interactive presenter identifying training solutions, creating content and facilitating supervisory and compliance-related workshops to develop a strong leadership team

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Greater Madison Area Society for Human Resource Management (GMASHRM)
  • Fox Valley Society for Human Resources (FVSHRM)


  • University of Wisconsin Stout, Menomonie, WI — BS Hospitality and Tourism Management

Certifications & Licenses

  • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), 2004
  • SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), 2015
  • DISC
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

Community Involvement

  • Olbrich Botanical Society, Board Advisor (Madison)
  • Friends of the Arboretum, Board Member (Madison)
  • Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, HR Community Volunteer (Appleton)
Registration Fees:
Fox Valley Area Nonprofits: free
Green Bay, Oshkosh and other nonprofits: $20 per participant

Please note that registration for this program will not be reimbursed due to cancelation or no-show, nor can payment for this session be transferred to a future program.

Here’s what last year’s attendees had to say:

“I’m already working off the list of things I compiled at the workshop. I am excited to be working on this.”

“Their synergy/energy was great! Tricia and Jane were down to earth, which led to the most fun, yet informative presentation I have been to in a while.”

“There was so much to cover so I hope you can bring them back for more! We could have spent an entire day on this topic with these great trainers.”


Jan 30 2020


7:30 am - 12:00 pm


Fox Valley Technical College, Bordini Center
5 N Systems Dr.


Kim O'Brien
[email protected]
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