OUR TEAM

MEET THE DSPN TEAM

With a passion for advocacy, dedication to education/training, hands on experience as disability service providers, and more, our team’s wealth of knowledge can assist your organization in any area you may require.

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LISA
DAVIDSON
CHIEF EXECUTIVE
OFFICER

Lisa Davidson loves to empower people to share their voice in a meaningful way that leads to a healthier future. She has the great ability to partner with legislators, staff and constituents across the political spectrum to advance policies to improve health status in our state.

An unexpected meeting (her husband), led her to Wisconsin and a front row seat in influencing public policy and regulations.

Throughout her career, Lisa has increased advocacy capacity and engagement resulting in laws and regulations that improve health in Wisconsin. Her proudest accomplishment is establishing a smoke-free environment for all to enjoy in Wisconsin. She has also built grassroots capacity for organizations to increase member engagement, build relationships statewide, and successfully move forward legislative priorities. She translates process, legislation and regulations to educate, engage and motivate those who have been on the sidelines.

She always looks forward to exploring opportunities to build on her skills and relationships to benefit our communities. 

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KATHY MEISNER
DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS AND PROGRAM OPERATIONS

Kathy Meisner has worked with people with disabilities for over 30 years. She started her career in residential services and transitioned to supportive employment services. Kathy was one of the first work incentive benefits specialists in Wisconsin and helped grow the field to the point that work incentive benefits counseling services are now available throughout the state of Wisconsin. She participated on a national committee that assisted with the passage of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act which was signed into law in 1999 and was invited to the bill signing ceremony by the Clinton White House. For the past 26 years, Kathy has worked in the field of independent living services and was the Director of Independent Living Services at an Independent Living Center. 

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TODD
SMET
DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP
AND DEVELOPMENT

Serving in the healthcare association space is an intentional decision for Todd. An opportunity to join a local supportive care agency over 13 years ago revealed a long-sought path towards meaningful work. More recently, he was fortunate to serve the Wisconsin Assisted Living Association for more than eight years prior to joining the DSPN team. Having witnessed the collaborative strength and value of membership organizations, he is excited to support DSPN’s mission. 

 

Todd looks forward to helping deliver a relevant member-centered experience for those confronting a multitude of operational challenges every day. Opportunities to meet with members in their settings and witness the remarkable work taking place are among the most energizing aspects of his role.