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Meet the CESA Purchasing Staff

Lisa Melby

Coordinator, CESA School Nutrition

Since 2004, Lisa has supported CESA Purchasing in numerous roles including contract development and deployment, the creator, developer and executioner of formal procurement and partnerships. Among her other duties, she is currently the CESA Nutrition Director.  The CESA Nutrition program has more than 60 member districts with combined purchasing totally over $18 million in the Prime Vendor program.  Other Nutrition offerings include formal procurement for USDA Foods, bread, milk, and produce.  Before starting with CESA Purchasing in August of 2004, Lisa earned her Bachelors of Business Administration from the UW-Whitewater, and worked in banking, payroll, customer service, and education. Lisa is a member of numerous statewide professional associations. She enjoys spending time with her four kids, her grandson, and a good book.

Gary Albrecht

Agency Administrator, CESA 2

CESA Purchasing is a statewide program of CESA 2. As the Agency Administrator, Gary leads and manages all programs and operations for CESA 2, and has served in this position for 13 years. With degrees in music, music education, and educational leadership, he has earned a Ph. D in curriculum and instruction. In his previous role as superintendent, he led the district through the passage of a $25 million building referendum and a construction renovation project that earned the high school an award for the first closed-loop geothermal system in a major facility in the state. An active musician and conductor, hunter, and traveler, he is also a self-proclaimed “gym rat”.

Bill Barrow

Financial Director, CESA 2

CESA Purchasing is a statewide program of CESA 2. After teaching business, coaching athletics, and serving as business manager for two different Wisconsin districts, Bill joined CESA 2 in 1996 to head the financial services department, where he oversees all accounting and budgeting matters, including financial oversight of CESA Purchasing. He earned both his BSE in Business Education/Coaching and his MSE in School Business Management from UW-Whitewater. Bill is an active member of state and national organizations and currently serves on a number of teams and committees within CESA 2.