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After 31 years as the Executive Director of Disability Rights Wisconsin (formerly the Wisconsin Coalition for Advocacy), Lynn Breedlove has announced his retirement, effective at the end of December 2011.

“Lynn Breedlove has been an extraordinary leader of Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW), having grown the agency from a staff of five in a small Madison office with a budget of $160,000 to an agency with a staff of 65 in three offices (Madison, Milwaukee, and Rice Lake) and a budget of over $5.5 million,“ said DRW Board President, Jeff Timm. “The list of DRW accomplishments during Lynn’s tenure is impressive. The DRW Board and people with disabilities and their families throughout Wisconsin are deeply indebted to Lynn. The DRW Board is prepared for the challenge of finding Lynn’s replacement for the next chapter in our successful history and look forward to working with him during this transition time. It’s a bit early, but we certainly wish Lynn well in retirement and in the next stage of his career.”

The DRW Board has already developed an Executive Succession Plan and will convene a Transition Committee composed of members of the DRW Board to lead the process of hiring a new Executive Director. Within the next few weeks, the Board will make a formal announcement of the availability of the position and will begin a nationwide search. The process is projected to include some overlap transition time with the new Executive Director.

Disability Rights Wisconsin, a private non-profit group, is part of the federally mandated national system of disability protection and advocacy agencies across the United States to ensure the rights of individuals with disabilities. DRW is a statewide resource for individuals, families, service professionals, elected officials, government agencies and others concerned with disability issues and systems change.

DRW helps people across Wisconsin gain access to services and opportunity through advocacy and legal expertise. We regularly challenge systems and society to create positive change and improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Contact: Joan Karan, Assistant Director, 608-267-0214,