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Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin locations are part of the Froedtert Health system. Learn more about executive leadership at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee and executive leadership at the community hospitals, Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital and Froedtert West Bend Hospital.

Froedtert Health executive leadership includes:

Michael Anderes

Chief Innovation and Digital Officer, Froedtert Health; President, Inception Health

Mike Anderes, PT, MBA, FACHE, is the chief innovation and digital health officer for Froedtert Health and president of Inception Health, a company formed by the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network to accelerate the adoption of digital health, identify and partner with innovative companies and increase the innovation capacity of the network. 

Mike is passionate about the potential to improve people’s health status in ways we were never able to imagine 10 years ago.  He is especially interested in the evolving field of technology and applications that empower individuals to manage their medical conditions 24/7.

Before moving to innovation and digital health, Mike was responsible for leading the strategy and performance of the orthopaedic, neuroscience and spine service lines across the health system that includes: an academic medical center, medical college practice, community hospital division and an employed community physician practice.

Prior to coming to Froedtert Health, Mike was the director of strategy at Poudre Valley Health System, a Malcolm Baldrige–award-winning organization in northern Colorado. He spent the preceding 13 years with Carondelet Health Network in Tucson, Ariz., as a physical therapist, department leader, orthopaedic and neuroscience service line leader and director of health system strategy. During his tenure, he was recognized for starting the first full-time physical therapy program in an emergency room in the country.

Mike is a fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives. He received a bachelor of science in physical therapy from the University of Connecticut and master’s degree in business administration from the University of Arizona. Mike is also a board member of AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin.

Steve Basilotto

Senior Vice President, Chief Experience Officer, Froedtert Health

Steve Basilotto serves as chief experience officer for Froedtert Health, charged with identifying and executing leading edge opportunities to provide customers, patients and staff with an experience they want and value.

Steve draws upon his 30 years of pairing a people-centric approach with technology and analytics to deliver consumer-guided innovations. His additional responsibilities for corporate marketing, communications, strategic planning, performance measurement, innovation and a digital health company for Froedtert Health, directly support the creation of an atmosphere of engagement and discovery.

Steve’s direct-to-customer experience spans financial services, health insurance, technology and now health provision services. In recent years, he served as head of enterprise consumer experience and consumer service operations for Aetna. Previously, Steve was COO of USAA Bank, a US financial services firm consistently recognized at the top of Forrester’s annual US Customer Experience Index. Prior to USAA, Steve held senior leadership positions in operations, technology, analytics and strategy at HSBC, GE Capital and Fidelity Investments.

Steve’s refreshing approach inspires purpose-driven customer interactions grounded in respect, possibility and fun. His team members describe his leadership style as emotionally intuitive and collaborative. In describing his own leadership philosophy, Steve says “Everyone benefits when we align our strengths with dynamic business opportunities. I set high standards but empower and trust my team with the next challenge.”

An adventure-seeking family man, Steve loves his time with his wife and son, including playing or watching sports and trying new restaurants. His interest in classic and exotic cars hints at his passion for innovation.

Mark Behl

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

Mark Behl has served as Froedtert Health executive vice president and chief operating officer since July 2020. In this role, Mark leads operations and care delivery for the Community Hospital Division, including the community hospitals initiatives, service lines and ambulatory clinic operations.

He has broad leadership responsibility for initiatives to improve the quality of care, patient experience, operational effectiveness and efficiency, management processes and financial performance.

Mark has worked in markets with a significant concentration of value- and risk- based payment arrangements. He brings additional expertise to population health strategies. Additionally, he has knowledge and experience with turnaround, start-up, mergers and acquisitions, planning and project management.

Mark was previously senior vice president with CommonSpirit Health in California. His career has included progressive management and leadership roles across several organizations, including UC San Diego Health System and Renown Health System in Nevada.

He earned an MBA from the University of Nevada, Reno, and an MHA from Seton Hall University. He earned his bachelor’s degree at UW-Parkside.

Jim Bremenkamp

Vice President of Business Administration IT Strategy

Jim serves as the principal technology advisor to the administrative (non-clinical) business leaders and a champion for leading information technology transformation. He leads efforts to shape IT strategy based on business demands, focusing on business value to develop ideas and solutions.

Most recently, Jim served as system director of IT corporate applications for Advocate Aurora Health, Milwaukee. In that position he led a team in managing 300-plus IT solutions for more than 50 leaders, spanning compliance, legal, library, marketing, credentialing, innovation, physical security, facility operations, clinical engineering, food and nutrition, philanthropy functions, as well as oversight of enterprise custom software engineering for solutions that were not available within the market.

Jim is a Milwaukee native who lives in Mequon with his wife and three boys. He is actively involved in coaching youth sports.

Susan Collins

Vice President, Clinical Service Lines

Susan Collins, MBA, RN, FACHE, joined Froedtert Hospital on Dec. 10, 2018, as the vice president for Clinical Service Lines. She is responsible for setting strategies that advance the mission to deliver outstanding care while providing tactical operations of the system’s heart, vascular and transplant services. In her role, she is accountable for the safety, health and quality of services for patients while driving the development and growth of service line programs.

Susan is a Registered Nurse with a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Baker College in Flint, Michigan. Susan’s passion for health care leadership led her to earn Fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Administration in 2014.

Susan is trained in Six Sigma and lean methodologies. She is passionate about the influence of organizational structure on quality and value-based care. She has presented nationally and internationally on program development and organizational structure for strategy and quality care.

Prior to joining Froedtert Health, Susan held the corporate role of executive administrative director of the Heart, Lung, and Vascular Institute for UC Health and the University of Cincinnati. During her time as executive administrative director, she was responsible for driving the integration of research, education and clinical care across the system. Along with her work in the University of Cincinnati, Susan has had experience developing and leading similar leadership positions at for the All Children’s Health System at Johns Hopkins in various institutes such as the Pediatric Heart Institute and the Maternal, Fetal, and Neonatal Institute.

Eric L. Conley

Executive Vice President, Froedtert Health
President, Froedtert Hospital

Eric L. Conley was appointed president of Froedtert Hospital and executive vice president of Froedtert Health on July 1, 2020. He is responsible for the overall functions of the hospital; leading the execution of performance with respect to strategic priorities and plans in the areas of service, quality, staff development, growth and finance; coordinating operational performance among system entities; and oversight of ambulatory services in partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Eric joined the health system in July 2018 as senior vice president and COO for Froedtert Hospital. As COO, Eric had an immediate impact and several key successes, including completing the planning and approval process for the system-wide capacity command center; implementing a system-wide security governance committee; leading a turnover reduction effort that successfully lowered first year turnover in key support areas from over 90 percent to less than 30 percent; and implementing the Value Based Care (VBC) acute care team.

Eric has significant experience in leading academic medical center and health system operations. Prior to joining Froedtert Health, Eric served as vice president of service lines and surgical services for KentuckyOne Health and vice president of operations for Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the 854-bed academic medical center and primary teaching hospital for Northwestern University.

Eric earned his master’s in health care administration from The Ohio State University. He has supported his communities through leadership in organizations such as the YMCA, chambers of commerce and nonprofit arts and social services organizations and as a member of the National Association of Health Service Executives (NAHSE).

Tina Curtis

Vice President, Cancer Services

Tina Curtis, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, is the vice president of Cancer Services for Froedtert Health. Tina is accountable for the operations and strategic planning of Cancer Services. She drives Cancer Services growth for the health system and leads the expansion of the Froedtert & MCW Cancer Network Affiliation program in partnership with physician and clinical leaders and other health systems throughout Wisconsin.

Tina joined Froedtert Hospital in 2005. She previously served as executive director for Cancer Services and over the past 15 years held a variety of leadership positions within Froedtert Health. She started as a staff nurse in the Emergency Department/Trauma Center at Froedtert Hospital and quickly moved to nursing leadership roles. Prior to that she was a nurse at Children’s Wisconsin and began her career as a Forensic Investigator with the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Tina earned a Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Healthcare Systems Leadership, a Master of Science, in Nursing - Healthcare Systems Leadership and a Master of Business Administration degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee. She also received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and a bachelor’s in clinical laboratory science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Tina is certified as a Nurse Executive – Advanced and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She currently sits on the board of directors for Kathy’s House, in Wauwatosa.

Tina lives in Greendale, Wis., with her husband Lanny, son Blake and daughter Brynn.

Diane Ehn

Vice President, Post-Acute Care

Diane Ehn serves as the Froedtert Health vice president of post-acute care. Diane’s responsibilities include developing strong partnerships with nursing homes, home health agencies, DME, hospice, rehab facilities, senior living and long term acute care hospitals. In her role, she collaborates with the post-acute facilities to align and manage patient care along a continuum. The partnerships focus on quality and safety through optimal care plans and communication workflows between sites of care.

Diane has spent more than 30 years devoted to the health system with past responsibilities overseeing quality, safety, regulatory and case management for the Community Hospital Division. She is passionate about supporting the needs of our community by bridging care between the health system and post-acute sites creating a seamless experience for our patients.

Diane graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in health information management and received a master’s degree in organizational leadership and quality from Marian University.

Allen Ericson

President, Community Hospital Division, and President, Froedtert West Bend Hospital

Allen Ericson is the president of the Community Hospital Division and president of Froedtert West Bend Hospital. Ericson leads Froedtert West Bend Hospital and oversees the strategic direction and daily operations of the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Community Hospital Division, which includes Froedtert West Bend Hospital and Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital.

Ericson has more than 26 years of health care leadership experience in numerous settings. He was previously the senior vice president and chief operating officer of Catholic Medical Center, Manchester, N.H. Catholic Medical Center is a 330-bed facility in the largest city in New Hampshire.

Prior to Catholic Medical Center he was chief operating officer of Memorial Hospital of Salem County, N.J., part of the for-profit health system of Community Health Systems. Ericson has a master’s of business administration from Widener University in Chester, Penn., and his bachelor’s in economics from Rutgers University, Camden, N.J. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a veteran of the United States Air Force, Medical Service Corps.

Caryn Esten

Vice President, Strategic Planning and Experience Management

Caryn Esten serves as vice president of strategic planning and experience management. In this role, Caryn has responsibility for key enterprise business functions including strategic planning and implementation, business development, market research, customer experience, strategic analytics, and performance measurement. Prior to joining Froedtert Health in 2005, she held leadership roles with companies in the interactive marketing and financial services industries.

Caryn holds a Master of Business Administration degree, a Master of Science degree in Computer Science with an emphasis in Adult Education, and a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, with majors in accounting, marketing and management information systems from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee.

An active community leader, Caryn currently serves as president of the Board of Directors of First Stage, a Milwaukee-based children’s theater company and as a member of the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center Board of Directors. She is also a member of the College of Undergraduate Studies Advisory Council for Cardinal Stritch University, the Next Generation Leadership Council for the United Performing Arts Fund, and the PRIDE United Leadership Council for the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County.

Caryn lives in Cedarburg with her husband, Jim, who together have raised/are raising eight children ranging in age from 10 to 29.

Kerry Freiberg

Vice President, Community Engagement

Kerry Freiberg was named vice president of Community Engagement in May 2013. In this role, Kerry leads community engagement and benefit activities for all entities in the Froedtert Health system.

Kerry’s responsibilities include engaging Froedtert Health and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin in the communities it serves, including underserved and underinsured populations. She works with non-profit organizations, community liaisons, civic organizations as well as government, chambers of commerce and other leaders and organizations to create meaningful partnerships to position Froedtert as an active and important partner in all of the communities it serves.

Kerry has been with the health system since 1992, serving in various roles for Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital and the Community Hospital Division. Kerry holds a Master of Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Carroll University. 

Andres Gonzalez

Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer

Andres Gonzalez, vice president, chief diversity officer for Froedtert Health, is responsible for overseeing the integration of diversity initiatives throughout the organization, including expanding workforce diversity and strengthening community relationships. 

Prior to joining Froedtert Health, Gonzalez was chief diversity and inclusion officer at Baystate Health System, an integrated health care delivery system in Springfield, Mass. He also spent five years at Cleveland Clinic as director of diversity, community outreach and supplier diversity. In both positions, Gonzalez created and championed programs and processes to foster and sustain cultural competence. 

Gonzalez has a master’s degree in education and a bachelor of science degree in biology, both from Cleveland State University. He completed Cornell University’s industrial and labor relations-diversity executive program in 2014, and is a credentialed Cornell certified diversity professional/advanced practitioner. He also has served as a diversity consultant for a number of national companies and organizations.

Jacob J. Groenewold

Vice President, Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer

Jake Groenewold joined Froedtert Health as vice president and chief supply chain officer in August 2021. In this role, Jake plans, directs and manages enterprise supply chain activities for the regional health network. This includes overseeing more than 170 personnel in key areas such as the Integrated Service Center, procurement, logistics and distribution.

With more than 30 years of experience in healthcare, Jake previously served as the area vice president and chief resource officer for AMITA Health in Illinois and Wisconsin, where he was responsible for supply chain management contracting, operations and logistics services for the 19-hospital system. Prior to AMITA, Jake served as the system vice president of supply chain at Presence Health in Chicago. Earlier in his career, Jake also held executive level positions with Vizient, Consorta, Premier, Owens and Minor and Lutheran General Health System.

Jake received his bachelor's of business administration from Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Mich. and his MBA from DePaul University in Chicago. He has many professional affiliations, including with the Health Care Financial Management Association (HFMA), the Association for Healthcare Resource and Materials Management (AHRMM) and the International Healthcare Federation.

Scott Hawig

Executive Vice President of Finance, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer and Treasurer

Scott Hawig, CPA, CMA, MBA, executive vice president of Finance, chief financial and administrative officer and treasurer, is responsible for all strategic and operational matters related to finance and administration for the health system including financial planning and budgeting, financial reporting, decision support, revenue cycle management, managed care contracting, insurance products and risk, supply chain operations, facilities planning and plant operations, information technology and strategic initiatives.

Hawig comes to Froedtert Health from Duke University Health System, Durham, North Carolina, where he served as the executive leader over the health system’s revenue cycle organization. In this role, he managed more than $2.8 billion in net revenue for three hospitals (including a large academic medical center,) a 1,300-member faculty practice plan and a primary care group. 

He previously served as vice president of finance at Shands HealthCare at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Hawig received his master’s in business administration from Duke University and bachelor’s in business administration in accounting and finance from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. 

Mary Hendrickson

Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer and Privacy Officer

Mary Hendrickson is the chief compliance officer and privacy officer for Froedtert Health.

In this role, Mary is responsible for the organization-wide corporate compliance, privacy, internal audit, enterprise risk management (ERM) program and the office of clinical research and innovative care compliance (OCRICC). She provides advice and guidance to executive management, business operations, joint ventures and subsidiaries in these areas.

Mary joins Froedtert Health with more than 15 years of executive leadership experience in compliance. She started her career as a pharmacist and holds a JD from the University of Illinois-Chicago, John Marshall Law School. Her background and expertise in regulatory compliance, legal and pharmacy have led to success in developing sustainable compliance programs, reducing regulatory risk and increasing operational efficiency. Most recently, she was the senior vice president of regulatory, compliance and ethics with McKesson Corporation. She has also held compliance roles with CVS Health and Walgreens.

Mary earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy from St. Louis College of Pharmacy and a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from the University of Florida. She also holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University and she has earned a Juris Doctor (JD) from the University of Illinois-Chicago, John Marshall Law School.

Todd Holling

Vice President of IT Strategy, Services and Business Applications

Todd Holling is vice president of information technology strategy, services and business applications for Froedtert Health.

In this position, Todd manages a portfolio of business-critical applications and strategic services in support of the mission, vision and organizational goals of Froedtert Health. He has responsibility for daily operations of Froedtert Health's business application team, including development, administration, upgrades and project management. He also has strategic responsibilities to ensure the business applications portfolio is meeting long- and short-term business goals as the health system continues to grow and transform. Todd is responsible for the design, execution and management of strategic services for the health system, including application portfolio management, contracting, budgeting, Help Desk, Epic Help Desk and other critical IT processes.

Prior to joining Froedtert Health, Todd served as system director information technology for Northwestern Medicine, Chicago, where he was responsible for implementation, support and advancement of clinical and business applications. He also served in the United States Air Force, Peoria, Ill., as an executive officer prior to joining Northwestern Medicine.

Todd received his bachelor’s degree in information decision sciences and master’s degree in management information systems from University of Illinois at Chicago.

Susan Huerta

Enterprise Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety

Susan Huerta, PhD, MSN, RN, was appointed enterprise vice president for Quality and Patient Safety for Froedtert Health in July 2014. Prior to that Sue served for two years as Froedtert Hospital’s first vice president for Quality, Patient Safety and Performance Improvement. In her new role, she will expand these responsibilities across the hospitals and clinics in the Froedtert Health network. Sue will work collaboratively with the entity quality leads along with other entity and service line quality staff who will report to her.

Prior to joining Froedtert in April 2013, Sue spent three years as the chief quality and process improvement officer at the University of Virginia Medical Center. Before that, she spent 12 years at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

At Rush, she worked closely with the Quality Department, directing improvement teams and providing data mining and analytical services for the organization. She also helped lead the organization’s Epic implementation. In 2007, she was promoted to associate vice president, Patient Safety and Clinical Effectiveness at Rush University Medical Center.

Sue began her career as a nurse in the Trauma Unit at Cook County Hospital and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Northern Illinois University and her Ph.D. in nursing from Loyola University in 2008.

Eric Humphrey

Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

As senior vice president and chief human resources officer, Eric Humphrey provides executive-level HR leadership for the health network. This role in the Human Resources (HR) division encompasses leading compensation, benefits, internal wellness, talent delivery, HR services and analytics, internal occupational health, patient experience, organizational learning and organizational development. Eric also provides HR strategy for the health network and leadership roles in regional workforce development.

Eric joined Froedtert Health in 2016 as vice president of human resources operations and was promoted to senior vice president and chief human resources officer in 2017. Eric came to Froedtert Health with 25 years of health care human resources experience, including vice president of human resources for Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allenton, Pa., a four-hospital, multi-campus health care system with approximately 14,000 employees.

An Ohio native, Eric earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Baltimore. He began his HR career as the benefits officer for the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Center for Human Resources in Washington, D.C.

Sony Jacob

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Sony Jacob, MS, MBA, is senior vice president and chief information officer for Froedtert Health. Sony joined Froedtert Health in 2020. He has more than two decades of information technology leadership, most recently as chief information officer for SSM Health Care in St. Louis, where he oversaw the consolidation of four separate IT organizations and built an electronic health record hosting system that served 21 community hospitals.

Previously, he served as chief information officer for Presbyterian Health Care Services in Albuquerque, N.M., and was also interim CIO for Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee. Prior to that, Sony was CIO for Presentation Services PSAV, a hospitality technology company, and also served as CIO at Tecta America Corporation.

Sony holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in electronics and telecommunications from Mangalore University in India, a Master of Science degree in technology management from Devry University’s Keller School of Management in Chicago and an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in health administration from Central Michigan University.

Catherine Jacobson

President and CEO, Froedtert Health

Catherine Jacobson serves as president and CEO of Froedtert Health, a regional health care system based in Milwaukee, Wis. Jacobson joined Froedtert Health in 2010 as executive vice president of finance and strategy, chief financial officer and chief strategy officer. She was promoted in 2011, becoming president and in 2012, she assumed the CEO role. Prior to joining Froedtert Health, Jacobson spent 22 years at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago in various leadership roles.

Current board appointments include Vizient, United Way of Greater Milwaukee, the Greater Milwaukee Committee and Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce as well as other boards representing partnerships of Froedtert Health. She is also a past chair of the board of the Wisconsin Hospital Association and is currently serving on the board.

Jacobson’s recognitions include Distinguished Executive of the Year from the Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame in 2018. She was recognized as a Women of Influence by the Milwaukee Business Journal in 2013 and received an honorable mention as Executive of the Year in 2014 and runner up in 2016. Jacobson received an honorary degree of Doctor of Healthcare Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2015 and was recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review 2014 Health Care Leaders Award and one of Becker’s 24 Leading Women to Know in Healthcare.

Jacobson is a member of Healthcare Financial Management Association serving as national chair of the board in 2009-2010. She is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Healthcare Institute. She is a member of the Chicago Network, an organization for women executives and Professional Dimensions in Milwaukee.

Jacobson is a Certified Public Accountant. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois.

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Julie Kerk

Vice President, Clinical Service Lines — Musculoskeletal, Neurosciences and Spine

Julie Kerk, BA, PT, MS, is the vice president for Clinical Service Lines for Froedtert Health. Julie joined Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network in 1998. Over the past 16 years, she has held a variety of leadership positions at Froedtert Hospital, primarily within the Neurorehabilitation and Neuroscience areas. In November 2015, she transitioned to a new role as vice president for Musculoskeletal, Neurosciences and Spine service lines for Froedtert Health.

Julie is responsible for leading strategic growth and tactical operations of the service lines across the health system which includes: an academic medical center, medical college practice, community hospital division and an employed community physician practice. Julie promotes the safety, health and quality of service for patients while guiding the creation and growth of the designated service line programs.

Julie began her career as a physical therapist at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Milwaukee. She received a bachelor of arts in psychology from the University of Nebraska, a bachelor of science in physical therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a master’s degree in human kinetics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Julie is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives.

James Klauck

Senior Vice President of Ancillary Services 

Jim Klauck is senior vice president of Froedtert Health Ancillary Services. Formerly the director of Pharmacy Services at Froedtert Hospital, Jim assumed the role of vice president for Froedtert Health Supply Chain Services in 2007, was named vice president of Ancillary Services in 2013 and promoted to senior vice president in 2016. He led the system consolidation effort in Supply Chain and followed that with the integration of system-wide Pharmacy, Rehabilitation and Surgery Center operations. Jim has also played a key role in the organization and leadership of Froedtert & the Medical College's value-based care initiative across the health system.

As senior vice president of Froedtert Health Ancillary Services, Jim oversees several system-wide ancillary services, including Pharmacy, Imaging, Lab, Rehabilitation and Ambulatory Surgery Centers, as well as other ancillary services across all settings, inpatient, outpatient and ambulatory across the health network. Jim has a long record of success with Froedtert Health. In addition to the career path noted above, he has also facilitated expansion of Froedtert Health’s growing retail pharmacy network to eleven different sites; helped launched Froedtert Health’s Information Management Steering Committee and serves on numerous professional boards and committees, including several with University HealthSystem Consortium and Vizient Group Purchasing Organization at the local and national level.

Patti Kneiser

Vice President of Employer Services

Patti Kneiser joined Froedtert Health as vice president, Employer Services, in October 2011. At the time, she was already a familiar figure at Froedtert Health through her previous position as principal consultant for Healthcare Consulting where she provided a variety of management consulting services for Froedtert Health and its members.

In her role as vice president for Employer Services, Patti has responsibility for several related initiatives including: providing strategic direction and leadership for Froedtert Health employer services through Workforce Health and aligning efforts of departments and clinics providing employer-based services; coordinating external occupational health services across the system; partnering with Froedtert Health’s human resource leaders to jointly develop and implement best practices as part of the overall Employer Health strategies; and providing leadership for Business Health Solutions, a component of Integrated Health Network of Wisconsin that provides physicians and health system partners with cost effective tools and programs that improve patient care and outcomes.

Patti holds a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from the University Of North Dakota and a Master of Hospital and Health Care Administration from the University of Minnesota. Her previous positions ranged from entry into health care as a medical technologist to serving as a research assistant at a major university, then moving through the ranks from administrative fellow to assistant administrator at a 600+ bed tertiary hospital, to director of Planning for a multi-hospital system which included both Froedtert Hospital and Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital, to establishing her own consulting firm.

Steve Little

Senior Vice President, Froedtert Health Network Development

Steve Little is the senior vice president for Froedtert Health Network Development. He joined Froedtert Health in November 2020 and is responsible for the continued expansion and development of the Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin health network. In this role, Steve collaborates with key local and regional partners to develop and implement strong partnerships aligned with Froedtert & MCW’s health network’s broader business strategies.

Steve previously served as chief operating officer for SSM’s Wisconsin Region. Prior to that, he held progressive executive roles at Agnesian HealthCare, including seven years as president and CEO. Steve also has prior experience in health care finance and accounting.

Steve earned his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Business Administration from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Teresa M. Lux

President, Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital, and Chief Operating Officer, Community Hospital Division

Teresa M. Lux (Teri) serves as president of Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital and chief operating officer of the leadership team for the two community hospitals within Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin network, Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital and Froedtert West Bend Hospital as well as the Emergency Department at Moorland Reserve Health Center in New Berlin. She has responsibility in leading all areas of hospital operations and management. This includes establishing strategic direction; ensuring the presence of safe, quality patient care; applying sound, evidence-based processes that contribute to successful patient outcomes; engaging staff, leaders and physicians; and strengthening partnerships within the communities served by Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital.

Teri began her career at Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital as an acute care nurse practitioner in 1999. She has held various positions within the clinical and support areas; from direct patient care to leadership her contributions have been plentiful. Most recently, Teri has held the role of vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer for both Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital and Froedtert West Bend Hospital since 2008. Prior to joining the Froedtert Health team, Teri held nursing positions at Evanston Hospital in Evanston, Illinois and Rush St. Luke’s Presbyterian Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Teri earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Alabama and her Master of Science in nursing from Rush University.

Amy Marquardt

Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel

Amy Marquardt, RN, JD, joined Froedtert & MCW health network in 2016 as senior vice president, chief legal officer and general counsel. In this role, Amy sets strategy and policies for the organization and gives advice on key legal issues, legislative initiatives and regulatory changes relevant to an academic health system environment.

She joined the Froedtert & MCW health network from Springfield, Ill.-based Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS). During her four-and-a-half year tenure as vice president and general counsel at HSHS, she standardized processes for contractual legal reviews, participated on the senior strategy team, provided counsel to the HSHS board of directors and leadership on numerous legal transactions, including the HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and HSHS Holy Family and Door County Medical Center affiliations.

Prior to HSHS, Amy spent a number of years at St. Mary’s Hospital in Milwaukee (now Columbia-St. Mary’s) beginning in a nursing role, before earning her law degree and moving into the legal function, ultimately serving as the CSM general counsel.

Amy earned her law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She also served as a captain in the United States Army Reserve – Nurse Corps.

Doug Marx, DO

Chief Medical Officer and Vice President, Froedtert & MCW Community Physicians

Doug Marx, DO, is a family medicine physician at Germantown Health Center and continues to see patients there, along with serving in his leadership role.

In July 2019, Dr. Marx accepted the interim chief medical officer and vice president role for Froedtert & MCW Community Physicians, while retaining his clinical practice and executive medical director responsibilities. He was formally appointed to the position in January 2020.

Prior to that, Dr. Marx served as executive medical director for Froedtert & MCW Community Physicians since 2015, providing oversight and accountability for operational, service, quality and financial performance the medical group. He has bolstered medical group performance metrics by personally achieving top decile CG-CAHPS and WCHQ (Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality) quality metrics while caring for a patient panel size exceeding the highest MGMA reported percentile. He holds the appointment of assistant clinical professor within the Family Medicine Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Throughout his career, Dr. Marx served in several leadership roles, including site medical director, director of primary care, regional medical director, counsel member of the physician leadership committee, nursing home medical director and mentor for learners from multiple medical disciplines.p>

A champion of patient and consumer-centric care, Dr. Marx works closely with Inception Health — the Froedtert & MCW innovation hub. This forward-thinking arm of the organization drives innovation and collaborates with innovative companies to solve key health care problems, develop new ideas and scale those solutions across the health network.

Vincent Mathews, MD

Interim President, Froedtert & MCW Community Physicians; Interim Chief Executive Officer, Medical College Physicians; MCW Professor and James E. Youker Chair of Radiology

Dr. Mathews joined MCW as department chair of Radiology in February 2014 following a 22-year faculty career at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C., and the Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Mathews also served as president and CEO of Northwest Radiology Network (Indiana) from 2009-2014.

In Indiana, Dr. Mathews served as president and CEO of a large, private radiology practice called Northwest Radiology Group. Prior to that, he was chief of neuroradiology at Indiana University.

Maureen McNally

Vice President, Governance and Government Relations, Strategic Advisor to the CEO

Maureen McNally is vice president of Governance and Government Relations and strategic advisor to the CEO at Froedtert Health. In this role, Maureen provides leadership for the system’s governance, reputation management and government relations efforts.

Before joining the health system in 2002, Maureen previously held professional roles in the Wisconsin State Legislature and in marketing communications.

Maureen earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She is a member of the Wisconsin Hospital Association Public Policy Council and the Wisconsin Policy Forum Economic Development Committee.

Maureen was raised in Wauwatosa and is proud to work for the health network that connects communities, family and friends to exceptional care.

Amy Miller, MD

Associate Chief Medical Officer, Froedtert & MCW Community Physicians

Amy Miller, MD, accepted the new role of associate chief medical officer for Froedtert & MCW Community Physicians in March 2020.

Dr. Miller has been with Froedtert & MCW health network since 2004 and most recently served as the regional medical director for our West Bend region since 2016. She is a family medicine physician practicing at Germantown Health Center and also previously served as site medical director of both Germantown and Sussex from 2014-2016.

Dr. Miller has provided physician leadership in a number of quality improvement initiatives, clinical care process improvement and the design of our new ambulatory clinic sites.

David Olson

Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer

David Olson is senior vice president and chief strategy officer for Froedtert Health. In his role, David provides executive leadership for employer services, marketing, communications and community engagement. In addition, he serves as Froedtert Health chief strategy officer, leading, directing and executing strategies to support the organization’s growth objectives.

Prior to joining Froedtert Health, David served as president of Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital–Ozaukee and executive vice president for the Columbia St. Mary’s system, both in southeastern Wisconsin. His experience also includes more than a decade as president and chief executive officer for Bay Area Medical Center, Marinette, Wisc.

David received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. He also holds master’s degrees in both hospital and health administration and business administration from the University of Iowa.

David is board certified in healthcare management as an American College of Healthcare Executives fellow. He served on the ACHE Board of Governors as governor from 2014 to 2017 and as the ACHE Regent for Wisconsin from 2004 to 2007. In 2001, he was selected as the organization’s Hudgens Memorial Award winner for Young Healthcare Executive of the Year and in 2018 was named ACHE chairman. In addition to his service to ACHE, David served on the Wisconsin Hospital Association board of directors from 2003 to 2013, and in 2010 he served as the organization’s chair.

Matt Partridge, CPA, MBA

Vice President of Froedtert Health Finance, Ambulatory and Ancillary Services

Matt Partridge, CPA, MBA, joined Froedtert Health as the vice president of finance, ambulatory and ancillary services on September 16, 2019. Matt, in partnership with the Froedtert Health operations leadership team, serves as the lead finance executive responsible for the financial planning, development and financial oversight of Froedtert Health's Ambulatory and Ancillary Services to ensure financial goals are met. He is responsible for supporting finance and business planning in Froedtert & MCW Community Physicians and the health network’s ambulatory businesses in pharmacy, lab, imaging, rehab and ambulatory surgery services.

Matt possesses 15 years of health care finance experience. Most recently, he served as the senior director of finance, clinical operations at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where he provided financial leadership for operations with $5 billion of operating revenue, 4,000 providers and 15,000 caregivers. Matt’s prior professional experience includes accounting, finance and budget management roles at Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, in Bethesda, Md., as well as University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio.

Kathi Perlewitz

Vice President of Marketing and Communications

As vice president of Marketing and Communication at Froedtert Health, Kathi Perlewitz is responsible for developing and implementing the multiple approaches and vehicles that attract people and business to the system and its members, such as advertising, brand management, communications, promotions, e-business, community education and referral development.

Following her graduation from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Allied Health, Kathi joined the American Heart Association in Milwaukee where she held a variety of positions, eventually assuming the role of Metro executive director.

Through her work with the Heart Association, Kathi often met and collaborated with members of the Froedtert Hospital management team.  She joined the Froedtert Marketing team in 2002 as director of Access Services. As director of Access Services, Kathi worked primarily with referring physicians and hospitals to facilitate patient access to Froedtert Hospital. She demonstrated leadership in creating fiscally sound initiatives that attracted patients and clients to the hospital and became known for her constant focus on customer service and return on investment that still drives her today.

While leading Access Services, she also dedicated time to earn her Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. With those credentials and twenty-two years of management, marketing and program delivery experience, Kathi was well-suited for her leadership role in marketing at the system level, a position she assumed in 2008.

Holly Reilly

Vice President of Human Resources

Holly Reilly is the vice president of operations for Human Resources at Froedtert Health.

In this role, Holly is accountable for HR operations at Froedtert Hospital, the Community Hospital Division and Community Physicians. Holly has more than 30 years of experience in health care human resources and extensive experience in operations.

Holly previously worked for Johns Hopkins Health System in Baltimore, where she served as the director of human resources consulting and labor relations. She has a successful history of supporting other large, complex organizations, including the Cleveland Clinic and the University Hospitals Health System in Cleveland.

Ryan Marks

Vice President of Facility Planning and Development

In his role as vice president of Facility Planning and Development for Froedtert Health, Ryan oversees several key areas. These include operations and maintenance; campus planning, design and construction; remodeling; new construction; real estate development; energy and utility operations; space use; and real estate-related capital planning.

Ryan most recently served as vice president of real estate development for Ryan Companies, Milwaukee, where he was involved in many Froedtert Health projects. These included the Integrated Service Center and Pewaukee Community Hospital. He also held leadership positions at Irgens Development Partners and Grandbridge Real Estate Capital.

Ryan’s background includes rich experience in site selection, financial analysis, permitting, government regulations and acquisitions. He ensures teams and systems are on track to achieve design, budget and scheduling goals.

Siddhartha Singh, MD, MS, MBA

Enterprise Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer

Siddhartha Singh, MD, MS, was appointed enterprise chief quality and patient safety officer for the Froedtert & MCW health network on July 1, 2020. He also serves as MCW’s associate dean for quality.

Sid received his medical degree from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi and completed an MS in epidemiology from the Medical College of Wisconsin and MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition, he has extensive training and experience in process improvement, patient safety and operations management. He maintains an active clinical research effort with a focus on readmissions and health care delivery sciences and continues his clinical work as a hospitalist.

As the chief quality officer for the health network, Sid works collaboratively with leaders to be responsible for the strategic vision, quality outcomes, process improvement, clinical change management and clinical stewardship for the health network. He is responsible for enhancing a culture of excellence in the delivery of clinical services and to design and strengthen a quality infrastructure that advances the overall quality agenda to be the best in the nation.

Janice Simmons

Vice President, Chief Culture and Learning Officer

Janice Simmons, PhD, is vice president and chief culture and learning officer (CCLO). In this role Janice leads the Organizational Development and Organizational Learning teams, overseeing the functions of clinical and online learning, clinical support systems and organizational development initiatives. The CCLO is also responsible for overseeing the creation and implementation of knowledge management processes and tools and leading change management throughout the organization.

Most recently, Janice worked as principal director of talent strategy and organization development for Accenture, a worldwide consulting company, where her clients included a Fortune 25 health care company, as well as clients in the airline, automotive and hospitality industries among others. She also held the roles of senior director of human performance for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and vice president of talent and organization for Johnson Controls.

Janice holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind., and a PhD in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University, Bloomington. She holds a number of professional certifications including certified Cognitive Coach and a certificate in neuroscience from the NeuroLeadership Institute.

Pavel Slavin

Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer

Pavel Slavin, vice president and chief information security officer for Froedtert Health, oversees the enterprise security/cybersecurity strategy to protect the health system’s information assets.

With the health care sector increasingly the target of cyber threats, innovative cybersecurity technology helps the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network continue to provide uninterrupted care and protect patient information.

Pavel has over two decades of experience developing and operating cyber security programs. He came to Froedtert Health from Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where he served as cybersecurity managing principal, creating powerful brand-differentiation through highly-adaptable, business-focused security services. Pavel has also served in cyber security leadership positions at Baxter Healthcare Corporation and Health Care Service Corporation.

Pavel holds a degree in mathematics and computer science from the University of Illinois.

Paul Spencer

Vice President, Managed Care and Revenue Cycle Services

Paul Spencer, MBA is the vice president for Managed Care and Revenue Cycle Services at Froedtert Health. In this role, Paul is accountable for managed care contracting and payer relations for the health system and its clinically integrated network. Paul oversees the revenue cycle function for all of Froedtert Health, which includes scheduling and registration, charge capture and coding and billing and collections.

Paul joined Froedtert Health in 2011. Prior to that he served as vice president of Network Management for UnitedHealthcare, where he led provider contracting and network development for the state of Wisconsin. His experience also includes health care consulting and product development for Solucient in Chicago, IL (now part of IBM Watson).

Paul earned master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Iowa. He is actively in involved in the Healthcare Financial Management Association and currently serves as board president for Family Service of Waukesha.

Paul lives in Sussex with his wife, Tricia, kids Ryan and Lauren, and dog, Benny. In his free time, he loves sports of all kinds such as golf, cross country skiing and a good game of pickup basketball.

Ann Tesmer

Senior Vice President, Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Operations

Ann Tesmer is senior vice president of Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Operations. Ann oversees operational leadership of the ambulatory clinics at Froedtert Hospital and at the Froedtert & MCW Community Physicians health centers and sites.

Ann began her career at Froedtert Hospital as a hand therapist. Since joining Froedtert & MCW health network in 1997 she has served in various leadership roles throughout academic and community settings. Most recently she was vice president of Froedtert & MCW Community Physicians and led the community practice’s strategic planning efforts and daily operations. Ann continues this work in her expanded role for the health network’s clinic operations.

She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in occupational therapy from Mount Mary University. She has an MBA from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.

Jonathon D. Truwit, MD

Senior Vice President, Enterprise Chief Medical Officer, Froedtert Health and the Medical College of Wisconsin

Jonathon D. Truwit, MD, joined Froedtert Health and The Medical College of Wisconsin on Jan. 13, 2014, as enterprise chief medical officer. Dr. Truwit also holds the rank of tenured professor of medicine (pulmonary) at the Medical College.

As enterprise CMO, Dr. Truwit is responsible for the development, management and implementation of a strategy and vision to improve enterprise quality and safety outcomes across the continuum of care, improve physician alignment and satisfaction and lead evidence-based programs, practices and activities that deliver results. Additionally, he will provide leadership and expertise for clinical quality and safety, disease management, care coordination, clinical integration and the overall patient experience, and play an integral role in expanding the health system’s clinical footprint.

Dr. Truwit was formerly professor of medicine with tenure, chief medical officer and senior associate dean for clinical affairs at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

Dr. Truwit received a BSE from Duke University School of Engineering in 1979, his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1983 and an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business in 2009. Dr. Truwit served his internship and residency in the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine from 1983-1986. He completed a fellowship in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine from 1986-1989. Dr. Truwit is currently certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and holds subspecialty certifications with the ABIM in Critical Care and Pulmonary. 

Jeffrey Van De Kreeke

Vice President of Finance

Jeff Van De Kreeke has oversight and responsibility for business operation functions including general and subsidiary accounting, financial reporting, decision support, budgeting, payroll, reimbursement, corporate internal control, patient services/business office, admitting/registration and health information management/medical records.

Jeff brings strong credentials to his role. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a master’s in business administration from Drake University. A Certified Public Accountant, he worked for several years in audit and consulting with Ernst & Young before entering the field of healthcare finance. He first served as director of finance and financial planning for the 673-bed Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, and then joined the 535-bed Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., as vice president and Medical Center controller.

Born and raised in Sheboygan, Jeff left D.C. and came back to his Midwest roots in 2001 to assume the role of controller at Froedtert Hospital. Jeff moved from controller to vice president of finance for Froedtert Hospital before being appointed to his current role for Froedtert Health in January 2008. Today, Jeff’s responsibilities span four operating entities and the Froedtert Health parent corporation.

Jeff serves as a board member and Finance Committee chair for Horizon Home Care Hospice, is a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association and belongs to the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Keith F. Woeltje, MD, PhD

Vice President, Chief Medical Information Officer

Keith F. Woeltje, MD, PhD, is vice president and chief medical information officer for Froedtert Health. In this role, he develops the strategy for and oversees the employment and adoption of clinical information systems. He is board-certified in internal medicine, infectious diseases and clinical informatics. He most recently served as vice president and chief medical information officer at BJC HealthCare, St. Louis.

Dr. Woeltje received his medical and doctorate degrees from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas. He completed his residency in internal medicine and his fellowship in infectious diseases at Barnes Hospital and the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis.

After a year as medicine chief resident at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Woeltje joined the faculty at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta. He served there as hospital epidemiologist until returning to Washington University in 2004. Dr. Woeltje joined the BJC HealthCare Center for Clinical Excellence in 2010, and was Director of Healthcare Informatics from 2011 until assuming his most recent role as vice president and chief medical information officer for BJC HealthCare from 2016.

Dr. Woeltje is most interested in the application of medical informatics tools to automated surveillance, as well as clinical decision support to reduce adverse events and improve care.

He lives with his wife, Gabrielle, who is a special education reading teacher and an author of children’s books in the Irish language. Their oldest daughter is a pediatrician, their son works in cybersecurity, and their youngest daughter is an environmental scientist and mechanical engineer. In his free time, he enjoys robotics as a hobby.

Mary Wolbert

Vice President, Chief Risk Officer and President of Captive Risk Solutions

Mary Wolbert serves as vice president, chief risk officer and president of captive risk solutions. She transitioned to this role in Feb 2020 to focus on Froedtert Health’s expanding captive and insurance product portfolio and manage risk across the growing enterprise.

Mary Wolbert joined Froedtert Hospital in 1994 as the director of Health Information Management. Before assuming her position in 2006 as vice president, chief compliance and project officer, she was the chief compliance officer and most recently was vice president, chief compliance and risk officer.

Mary holds a Masters of Project Management Degree from Keller Graduate Institute and a Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Record Administration from the University of Wisconsin.

She is a member of the American Health Information Management Association, Health Care Compliance Association and the Project Management Institute.