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:
Vice President, Chief Technology Officer
Tahir Ali serves as Froedtert Health’s chief technology officer of information technology, providing the leadership and vision to grow the Froedtert & MCW network further through technology acquisitions, leveraging existing technology investments and the use of technological resources. His primary areas of responsibility include the effective management of the daily operations of all technology, including the data center, telecommunications, technical services, desktop engineering, network operations, vendor management and field support.
Prior to joining Froedtert Health, Tahir served as chief technology officer for Balanced Health ITS, Los Angeles. In this role he was responsible for delivering IT strategy, assessments, oversight, architecture direction and innovative technical solutions to digitally transform health care by optimizing technology investments. He also worked at City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, Calif., as a chief enterprise architect prior to joining Balanced Health.
Tahir received his bachelor of science degree in computer science from New Jersey Institute of Technology – Newark, NJ. He is certified in enterprise architecture and received a patent on storage technology.
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.
Vice President, Facility Planning and Development
John A. Balzer, vice president of Planning and Development for Froedtert Health, was named by his peers as one of the top 20 professionals who have made a significant difference in advancing the design of health care facilities. (Healthcare Design, December 2008.)
That "making a difference" has been a hallmark of John Balzer’s career. He took an interesting path to his current position, beginning his professional life as an elementary school teacher. Armed with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and math from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Balzer immediately received his teaching credentials and set about instituting innovative teaching practices that would engage and excite his young students. His efforts brought him recognition as a "State of Wisconsin Outstanding Young Educator."
Balzer supplemented his teaching with a part-time maintenance position. Eventually the intrigue of that work captured him and led him to earn a Master of Science in Engineering Management, specializing in construction management, construction finance and construction law, from Milwaukee School of Engineering.
He joined Froedtert Hospital in August 1980 as a second-shift maintenance worker. From the start he applied the same energy, skill and enthusiasm that he brought to teaching and steadily earned his way to his current position.
As head of facility planning and development, Balzer has made his mark by promoting the theme of "logical, not lavish" to all facility development initiatives. This approached has allowed Froedtert Health to gain the most value from every construction dollar. He bases all his projects on the key factors of flexibility, customer service goals, positive work environment for staff, operational efficiencies and capacity/growth accommodation all within a reasonable schedule and cash flow. Each and every project is subjected to a "what gets measured, gets done" mandate.
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 positons 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.
Catherine Buck, MSN, RN
President of Froedtert Hospital
Catherine J. Buck joined Froedtert Hospital in 1982 and was appointed president of the hospital in 2010. She was executive vice president and chief operating officer from 1999 until 2010. Since joining Froedtert Hospital, Cathy served in progressive leadership capacities, pioneering numerous patient safety and quality improvements.
Her work in bringing Six Sigma and Lean to health care has been recognized nationally through numerous presentations, awards and business media.
Buck received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from DePaul University in 1976 and her master’s degree in nursing from Rush University in 1979. She worked as a staff nurse at Swedish Covenant Hospital, Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s and the University of Chicago, prior to joining Froedtert.
Senior Vice President of Finance
John Ceelen is senior vice president of finance for Froedtert Health. John joined Froedtert Health in October 2016. He oversees system financial operations and provides support to the three inpatient campuses of Froedtert Health: Froedtert Hospital, Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital and Froedtert West Bend Hospital.
John plays a key role in the development and analysis of business opportunities, capital planning, business plan development and target setting for the hospitals.
He joins Froedtert Health from Ministry Health Care where he served in a variety of roles in strategy, finance and business development for more than 25 years, most recently as system vice president of strategy/business development. He helped grow Ministry Health Care to be a 17-hospital, 650-provider health system throughout northern Wisconsin.
John is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. He is a founding board member of Progressive Community Health Centers, the federally qualified health center in Milwaukee with which Froedtert Health partners. John received Bachelor's degrees in finance, economics and accounting and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Robert F. Donnell, MD, FACS
Chief Medical Informatics Officer
Associate Professor, Urology, The Medical College of Wisconsin
Robert F. Donnell, MD, FACS, is the vice president and chief medical informatics officer for the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network. He joined the clinical informatics team in 2003 and was appointed to CMIO in July 2016. He leads efforts to enhance care models and the network’s population health infrastructure through the electronic medical record. He is recognized nationally for his leadership and expertise in real-time clinical decision support.
Dr. Donnell is a practicing urologist at Froedtert Hospital and Pleasant Valley Health Center and an associate professor of Urology at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
He is a nationally renowned and received five National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute research grants in the area of benign prostate disease and prostate cancer prevention earning him a position as one of the principle authors on the national guidelines committee for Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH). He is an academic leader in the management of BPH and the utility of cryosurgery for prostate cancer.
Dr. Donnell received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering at Marquette University before earning his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin’s affiliated hospitals and a Research Fellowship in Prostate Disease and Ultrasound from Riverside Research Institute - New York, UC Irvine - Calif., and the Medical College of Wisconsin. He received his board certification in Clinical Informatics in 2015 and is board certified in Urology.
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.
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.
Vice President, Strategic Planning & Performance Measurement
Caryn Esten joined Froedtert Health in 2005. She currently serves as Vice President of Strategic Planning and Performance Measurement. In her role, Caryn has responsibility for key business functions including strategic planning and implementation, business development, market research, customer experience, strategic analytics and performance measurement. Prior to joining Froedtert Health, she held leadership roles in both the Interactive Marketing and Financial Services industries.
Caryn received 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.
Caryn is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development and the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Institutional Planning. She participated with colleagues from across the country on the development of the Patient Experience Body of Knowledge for The Beryl Institute.
Caryn is active in her community and currently serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of First Stage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is also a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Council for Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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. She also continues to serve as executive director of the Community Memorial Foundation.
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.
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.
Vice President, Supply Chain
Before joining Froedtert Health, Ed Hardin served as senior vice president Supply Chain Management at Beaumont Health, Michigan’s largest health care system. In this role, Hardin oversaw a team of nearly 450 personnel responsible for sourcing, contracting, purchasing, value analysis, inventory management, distribution, transportation, records management, supply chain informatics and mail services. In all, his team managed $1.4 billion in non-labor spending.
Prior to joining Beaumont Health, he served in a similar capacity at CHRISTUS Health, a faith-based, international health care provider with locations in the United States and Latin America. Prior to CHRISTUS Health, he served at Resource Optimization & Innovation, the supply chain division of Mercy in St. Louis, Missouri. His more than 25-year career in supply chain performance and management solutions also includes consulting positions at Alvarez & Marsal, Deloitte & Touche and Ernst & Young.
Ed is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Certified Materials & Resource Professional for the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management. He was elected to the national board of AHRMM to begin a three-year term in January 2017. A strong advocate of his profession, he serves or has served on several industry advisory boards including the IDN Summit, Wayne State University Global Supply Chain Program, Stryker, Amazon Health, McKesson and Health Connect Partners.
Ed earned his master’s degree in health care administration from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and his bachelor’s degree from Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. He’s been married for nearly 30 years to his childhood friend, Julie, and together they are the proud parents of two grown children and two Labrador retrievers. Ed and his wife are huge fans of the sports, restaurants and night life that Milwaukee has to offer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Senior Vice President of Ancillary Services
Jim Klauck is senior vice president of Froedtert Health Ancillary Services, reporting to Froedtert Health Executive Vice President Dennis Pollard.
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.
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.
Vice President of Enterprise Applications
Janet Kummeth has served as Froedtert Health’s vice president of enterprise applications and services since June 2018.
In this position, Janet helps lead the business and clinical technology vision that supports the mission, vision and organizational goals of Froedtert Health. She is responsible for developing the network strategy to establish a centralized vendor management plan and the entire portfolio of IT business and clinical applications for Froedtert Health.
Prior to joining Froedtert Health, Janet served as clinical application and technology director for MidMichigan Health – University of Michigan Health System, Midland, Mich. In this role she was responsible for ancillary IT systems such as for lab, radiology, transcription, cardiology, electronic medical records, integration, population health and revenue cycle. She previously held other positions at MidMichigan Health, including Epic program director, clinical application and technology director, and CISO and technology director. She also worked in IT leadership positions at Partners Healthcare System, Boston, and Accenture, Toronto and Montreal, prior to joining MidMichigan Health.
Janet received her MBA from Northwood University DeVos Graduate School of Business, Midland, Mich., and Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Marquette University, Milwaukee. She is a CHIME Certified Healthcare CIO, Certified Information Systems Security Professional and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Chief Analytics Officer
Stephanie Lenzner serves as chief analytics officer, having joined the organization in 2016. Stephanie directs strategies to leverage data as an asset to drive health care value, quality improvement cost savings and innovation throughout the organization.
Stephanie comes to the health network with a wealth of experience quality improvement, business intelligence, data warehousing, analytics, electronic health record deployment and adoption, information management technology and business development. Most recently, Stephanie served as vice president of clinical integration for Integrated Health Network of Wisconsin.
Prior to this role she served as vice president of enterprise performance management and, earlier, as vice president of information management services for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Stephanie has been recognized as a Most Powerful Women in IT by Health Data Management and as a "40 Under 40" Recipient by the Milwaukee Business Journal.
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.
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
Interim Chief Medical Officer and Vice President
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.
Dr. Marx has 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.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Marx attended medical school at Midwestern University-Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Downers Grove, Ill. He completed his family medicine residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin where he was chief resident. He began his practice in 2000 and has been at the same location throughout his career while the group expanded and eventually joined the health system.
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.
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.
Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer
Kathryn McClellan, senior vice president and chief information officer, is responsible for information technology strategic planning, implementation and maintenance for all of Froedtert Health.
Prior to joining Froedtert Health in August 2017, Kathryn served as vice president and chief information officer for Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, Ga. Previously, she was the VP of IT systems, integration, design and implementation at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York. She is respected nationally as a dynamic and innovative executive with more than 25 years of experience in health care, including clinical care delivery, business transformation, business operations, product development, customer service, consulting and information technology management.
A certified health care chief information officer, Kathryn earned her bachelor’s degree from Valdosta State University, Georgia, and associate of nursing degree from Abraham Baldwin College, Georgia.
Vice President, Finance, Community Physicians
Randy is a CPA and brings more than 20 years of financial leadership in the health care industry. In his current role as vice president of Finance for Community Physicians he oversees the financial functions of the group, evaluate business development opportunities, develop the physician compensation plan and achieve financial targets and performance objectives.
Randy has an extensive background in senior level financial management, strategic planning, budgeting, contract negotiations, shareholder compensation, acquisitions, divestitures, health care compliance, joint ventures and risk management. Randy joined Froedtert Health in 2010 and was a key member of the acquisition team that purchased the former Medical Associates clinics for Froedtert Health.
He was previously vice president of Operations for Froedtert Health Medical Group. He has established himself in the community as a strong leader and is currently village president of Menomonee Falls. He is a board member of Investors Associates, LLP and a member of the Kiwanis Club of Menomonee Falls.
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.
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.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Froedtert Health
Dennis M. Pollard is executive vice president and chief operating officer for Froedtert Health, primarily responsible for overseeing the health network’s shared corporate support services, Community Hospital Division and major elements of its ambulatory network strategy. Dennis is also focused on the health network’s value-based care initiative – redesigning the system’s cost structure while advancing quality outcomes and overall patient experience.
Dennis joined Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital in October 1990 as the program manager for Rehabilitation Services. Four years later, in January 1994, he became part of the executive team as vice president of Ambulatory Care Services for Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital. Dennis became vice president of Planning and Program Development for Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital in January 2001 and in March 2004 was promoted to senior vice president of Planning and Program Development for Froedtert Health.
Dennis has been senior vice president and chief operating officer of Froedtert Health since June 2007. On July 1, 2009, Dennis was also appointed president of the Community Hospital Division and president of Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital; roles he maintained through Dec. 31, 2016. In August 2016, Dennis was promoted to executive vice president.
Earning a master’s degree in health management from Cardinal Stritch University in 1990, Dennis completed his undergraduate studies with a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Marquette University in 1978. Read Dennis' full bio.
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.
Vice President, Operations, Community Physicians
Ann Tesmer is the vice president of operations for Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Community Physicians. In her role, she leads the Froedtert & MCW Community Physicians strategic planning efforts and provides oversight of day-to-day operations to ensure that practice management has the focused operations and resources to achieve optimal quality, financial and performance outcomes. She also concentrates on establishing best practices, operational standardization and system integration as we continue to align operations across our physician practices. Ann has a dual reporting relationship to Dr. Mathews as president of Froedtert & MCW Community Physicians, and to Dennis Pollard as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Froedtert Health.
Ann has served in a variety of leadership roles for Froedtert & the Medical College for over 25 years and has extensive experience in clinic operations leadership in both our academic campus and community settings. She began her career at Froedtert Hospital as a hand therapist and most recently held the role of executive director, Clinic Operations with Froedtert & MCW Community Physicians since August 2014. Prior to that she was the director of Access Services, where she successfully led and drove improvements in the Access Center, physician liaison program, community education, after-hours answering service and community resource hotline. Ann received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Mount Mary University. She also received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.
In addition to her operational leadership capabilities, Ann has a passion for patient care and the vision of Froedtert & MCW health network as a high performing clinical enterprise.
Senior Vice President, Service Line and Network Development
Dean Thomas joined Froedtert Health as senior vice president of planning and service line development in 2013. Dean is accountable for planning, driving growth and improving the value and performance of clinical service lines throughout the Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin health network.
Dean has a successful track record in health care administration and prior to joining Froedtert Health was vice president of clinical service lines and business development with Honor Health in Arizona. Prior to his work with Honor Health, Dean served in multiple service line and operational leadership roles at Ochsner Health System in Louisiana.
Dean is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and master’s degrees in both health services administration and business administration from Arizona State University.
Jonathon D. Truwit, MD
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. His peers also have selected him to be included in Best Doctors in America annually since 2005.
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
Vice President, Chief Compliance and Risk Officer
Mary Wolbert joined Froedtert Hospital in 1994 as the director of Health Information Management. Before assuming her current position in 2006 as vice president, chief compliance and project officer, she was the chief compliance 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.