Meet the Team
The Welch Group is a full service government relations and public affairs firm specializing in providing a complete package of issue and project management for organizations in Wisconsin. Our clients rely on us for effective representation on their behalf whether they are dealing with local or state governments, national or international interests, the media, or the general public.
The Welch Group reached the status of a top 25 lobby firm for Wisconsin in 2005, its first year in operation. Among individual lobbyists, Robert Welch ranks in the top ten. Since then the firm has continued to grow, adding web design, media buying, and international business development to its list of client services.
Drawing on our extensive experience in Wisconsin public affairs, we provide a customized hands-on approach to any project.
The Welch Group principals are Bob and Jeanne Welch.
Bob Welch | Founder & President
A graduate of MATC and Ripon College, Bob is a land-surveyor by profession, and served in the State legislature for twenty years. Bob was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1984, quickly rising to leadership positions. After ten years of service, Bob was elected to the State Senate in 1995, serving until 2004. The eventual sale of the surveying business allowed Bob and Jeanne to expand and diversify the services of The Welch Group. An active member of national political organizations, Bob has expertise in both national and international policy and business.
Jeanne Welch | Founder & Vice President
An alumnus of UW-Madison, Jeanne was business manager and logistical coordinator of the surveying business for 14 years. She has over twenty years experience as an organizational coordinator with an emphasis on performance, fundraising, and public relations. Jeanne also has extensive experience in writing, coordinating and administering grants.
Peter Welch | Chief Operating Officer
Peter has over a decade of experience in public affairs in health care, education, and non-profit management. Most recently he served as the COO at the state Medical Society, overseeing all aspects of advocacy, membership, and communications. His expertise includes strategic planning, organizational growth, non-dues revenue, and partnership development. At The Welch Group, Peter oversees association management operations, helping our clients and their members thrive. Peter holds a BA from Lawrence University, and a MA from Arizona State University.
Laura Kocum | Association Manager & Communications Director
Laura has a B.A. in Communications from Hastings College. She has more than 20 years of experience in communications and marketing, and has worked as a television journalist, media relations adviser, public relations and marketing manager, fundraiser and event planner. Laura serves as Executive Director for a professional association, manages membership and outreach for The Welch Group clients, writes website content, plans events and contributes to other writing projects. She is skilled in the administration of several web-based membership programs including Your Membership and MemberClicks.
Anne Hauer | Director of Association Operations
Anne joined The Welch Group in the winter of 2021 after working in membership and health policy at the Wisconsin Medical Society. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse with a B.A. in Public Administration. At The Welch Group, Anne combines her skills in association management and organization to not only meet the clients’ needs, but to exceed their expectations.
Jonas Hackett | Senior Associate
Jonas is a graduate of Lawrence University and a native of central Wisconsin. He has extensive work experience in the areas of management and logistics, as well as working with non-profits. Jonas serves as Senior Associate with the Welch Group concentrating on Legislation, Communications, Media, and IT. He is a talented writer, graphic artist, and web designer
Samantha Stohlman | Associate Lobbyist
Samantha has a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology from Concordia University Wisconsin. After interning with The Welch Group during the spring of 2019, she joined the team full time as an Associate. Samantha was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for Wisconsin Women in Government and will be a co-chair for their Development and Outreach Committee. Her background includes working for a large public policy organization in Washington D.C. and providing client support for non-profits in Wisconsin. She fills various roles within the Welch Group including writing, tracking legislation, coordinating client services, and project assistance.
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