MADISON — The Wisconsin Catholic Conference (WCC) announced Tuesday that executive director John Huebscher will retire in January and associate director Kim Wadas will succeed him.

John HuebscherThe WCC was organized by the state’s Catholic bishops in 1969 to coordinate various interdiocesan activities and public affairs interests of the five Roman Catholic dioceses in Wisconsin on a statewide level.

A primary responsibility given to the Conference is to represent the dioceses in the Wisconsin Legislature and to study and develop public policy positions that reflect the teachings and values of the Catholic Church.

Huebscher is the WCC’s second director, having succeeded Charles Phillips in July 1992. Prior to becoming executive director, Huebscher was the WCC’s associate director from 1987 to 1992.

Wadas is a graduate of Marquette University and the University of Iowa College of Law.  She has been with the WCC since 2007, serving as Associate Director for Education and Health Care.

Kim WadasShe lives in Madison and is a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, where she serves as a lector. Wadas also acts as secretary for the Advisory Board of Directors of St. James Catholic School in Madison.