Divisions

​​​The Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) is responsible for ensuring the safe and competent practice of licensed professionals in Wisconsin. The department also administers and enforces laws to assure safe and sanitary conditions in public and private buildings. It provides administrative services to the state occupational regulatory authorities responsible for regulation of occupations and offers policy assistance in such areas as evaluating and establishing new professional licensing programs, creating routine procedures for legal proceedings, and adjusting policies in response to public needs.

DSPS licenses and regulates more than 200 different types of credentials. The agency also provides centralized administrative services to nearly 100 boards, councils, and advisory committees. The boards, councils, and advisory committees have varying levels of responsibility and professional oversight based on statutory provisions.

The Department is organized into five divisions and the Office of the Secretary. The divisions are Industry Services, Legal Services and Compliance, Management Services, Policy Development, and Professional Credential Processing. Information on each division can be viewed by clicking on each of the titles below.


Division of Industry Services (DIS)

DIS is divided into two bureaus, an Administrative Services Section, and the Fire Prevention program.

  • The Bureau of Field Services performs inspections of commercial buildings, amusement rides, boilers, elevators, pressurized gas systems, and electrical systems. The bureau also performs plan reviews of elevators, boilers, and private onsite wastewater treatment systems. The bureau is also responsible for auditing third party and municipal inspection agencies.
  • The Bureau of Technical Services performs commercial building, plumbing, and fire suppression plan review. The bureau is also responsible for administering the Uniform Dwelling Code program, the federal HUD Manufactured Housing program, and provides consultations and training to local building officials, as well as commercial and residential contractors.
  • The Administrative Services Section provides administrative support to internal and external stakeholders. It also administers the Rental Weatherization program for rental properties.
  • The Fire Prevention Program administers the 2% Fire Dues program and provides consultation, support, and training to over 800 fire departments throughout the state.

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Johnny Winston, Jr.

DIS Division Administrator

Johnny Winston, Jr. has been appointed as the Division Administrator for the Division of Industry Services, effective March 2019.

He will oversee the Bureau of Field Services, the Bureau of Technical Services, the Administrative Services Section, and the Fire Prevention Program. Winston has more than two decades of hands-on experience in the Fire Service and Emergency Medical Services. He has served as a firefighter/EMT, fire investigator, training officer, Fire Lieutenant and Division Chief.

Winston holds a Master’s in Business Management from Cardinal Stritch University, Bachelor’s in Public Administration Management and an Associates in Fire Science from Mount Scenario College, certificates in Public Manager and Servant Leadership from UW-Madison, and Chief Fire Officer Designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

Division of Legal Services and Compliance (DLSC)

DLSC provides legal services to professional boards and the Department regarding the investigation and discipline of licensed credential holders for violations of professional regulations. The Division is also responsible for the complaint intake process, compliance monitoring and a confidential program for impaired professionals. In addition, the Division conducts business compliance inspections and financial audits.


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Thomas Ryan

DLSC Division Administrator

Tom Ryan was appointed as the Division Administrator for the Division of Legal Services and Compliance, effective March 2019.

He has been an administrator in the Division of Policy Development at DSPS for over 16 years. Tom has served several Boards, Councils, and Committees, assisting them in advancing their public protection mission. His prior experience in consumer protection includes four years with the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (1993-97) and over two years as a practicing attorney with Legal Action of Wisconsin (2000-03).

Tom has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the LaFollette School of Public Affairs and a Law Degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Division of Management Services (DMS)

DMS provides administrative services to the Office of the Secretary and all other Divisions within the Department. These services include human resources, employment relations, affirmative action, payroll, planning, budget, accounting, information technology, safety, fleet management and facilities management.


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Kim Henderson

DMS Division Administrator

Kim Henderson was appointed as the Division Administrator for the Division of Management Services, effective March 2019.

She will oversee administrative services to the Office of the Secretary and all other Divisions within the Department. Henderson previously served as Special Events & Citation Appeals Manager for UW-Madison Transportation Services with responsibilities including program administration, policy development, and management. Previously, she served as Department Administrator for Legal and Executive Affairs at UW-Madison and as Contract Specialist, Executive Assistant, and Child Support Specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

Henderson holds a degree in Business Administration from Upper Iowa University.

Division of Policy Development (DPD)

DPD is responsible for providing administrative support and policy guidance to the professional boards in the state by facilitating board meetings, serving as a liaison between the boards and the Department, and managing the administrative rule promulgation process for self-regulated professions. The Division also manages the administrative rule promulgation process for professions and technical programs that are directly regulated by the Department. This Division is also responsible for continuing education and examination requirements for regulated professions and administration of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).


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Yolanda McGowan

DPD Division Administrator

Yolanda McGowan has been appointed as the Division Administrator for Policy Development, effective March 2019.

She spent the majority of her legal career as a litigator i​n private practice prior to joining the Department in 2008, where she has since served in multiple capacities including as Executive Director, Legal Counsel, and most recently as a prosecuting attorney in the Division of Legal Services and Compliance.

Yolanda graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. In 1993, she obtained her Law Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Division of Professional Credential Processing (DPCP)

DPCP is responsible for all credential application processing, including determination of credential eligibility and renewal. The division is responsible for licensure, renewal and verification of health, business, trades and manufactured home owners/communities credentials, operation of the Department’s Customer Service Center and regulation of the state’s mixed martial arts/boxing program.


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Michelle "Bea" Beasley

DPCP Division Administrator

Michelle "Bea" Beasley was appointed Administrator for the Division of Professional Credential Processing in June 2017. 

Bea previously served as the Budget and Finance Manager from January 2013 until June 2017 and as Budget and Policy Analyst Agency Advanced from October 2011 until January 2013. 

Prior to joining the Department, Bea served as Budget and Policy Analyst Advanced at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources from December 2007 until September 2011.  Prior to moving to Wisconsin, Bea served in various management and administrative capacities at the County of Maricopa (Phoenix) Arizona from 1997 until 2007.

Bea is originally from Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agribusiness. Bea holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Western International University.