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Chad Lawler | Executive Director

Chad Lawler is an experienced and accomplished association, legal, and government relations professional who has assisted clients on local, county, state and federal issues.

After serving as MABA's Director of Government Affairs starting in 2016, Mr. Lawler was named Executive Director in 2018.  During his tenure with the Association, MABA saw substantial growth in membership, revenue, and member and community engagement.  Mr. Lawler has led the Association in a major workforce development initiative with the Boys & Girls Club, while consistently introducing new initiatives to modernize and diversify the Association and Industry.  Mr. Lawler is a Director-At-Large with the Executive Officers Council (EOC) through NAHB.

He resides in Rome, WI with his wife, Kelly; son, Reid; and daughter, Avery.

Phone: (608) 288-1135


Lisa Kratz | Operations Manager

Lisa Kratz joined MABA in July, 2018 as the Operations Manager. She comes to us with an extensive background in non-profit accounting and contract management.

Prior to joining us Lisa worked for the Wisconsin Partnership for Housing Development, a 501(c)(3) in Madison, WI, for over 23 years. As their Chief Financial Officer she provided all accounting functions for the organization and its subsidiaries, including financial statement preparation, budgeting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and participation in the annual audit. As their Director of Operations she managed down payment and rehab loan programs that provided over $55 Million to over 10,000 Wisconsin households, and consulted with many cities, counties, and states on their federally funded programs.

Lisa is a graduate of Edgewood College in Madison, WI with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting.

Phone: (608) 288-1134


Julia Biedenbender | Marketing Manager

Julia Biedenbender joined MABA in September, 2022 as the Marketing Manager.

Prior to joining our team, Julia graduated from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a Marketing degree and digital marketing emphasis. Throughout college, Julia gained experience through two marketing internships at Ansay International and most recently, Kohler Power Systems.

In her free time, Julia enjoys watching the Packers, attending live events and music, staying active, and trying new restaurants.

Phone: (608) 288-1133 ext. 16


Peggy Meskan | Membership Director

Peggy Meskan joined MABA in February, 2021 as the Membership Director.

Peggy was born and raised in Madison. She has spent 19 years of her career in association management working in event planning, membership recruitment and retention, fundraising, sponsorship development and sales, and management.

In her free time, Peggy enjoys cooking with her husband Scott, entertaining friends and family, spending time with her dogs, and traveling.

Peggy worked for MABA in the late nineties as the Event Coordinator and is looking forward to working with familiar faces from the past and new members!

Phone: (608) 288-1136


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