“The Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Administrative Fellowship gave me the unique opportunity to experience the challenges and innovations in healthcare from both a community and academic medical center focus. During my fellowship, Froedtert was aligning as a system, and our community and academic physicians and administrators needed to come together to address their unique perspectives on delivering healthcare services to their communities, their priorities moving forward and how to preserve the strengths and individualities of each organization while delivering high quality, standardized care to our patients. It was an invaluable process to watch as high level leaders and providers put their pride and personal agendas aside to do the right thing for our patients and support the mission, vision and values of the organization. I am grateful for the time each of those leaders also spent mentoring me throughout the process and seeking my prospective and opinion on next steps. I have been fortunate to continue my career with Froedtert, and the insight I gained from exposure to alignment and year as a fellow has guided me and made me a much more effective leader in my current role.”

— Kara Waggoner
Master of Healthcare Administration, University of Iowa, 2009
Current Role: Vice President of Business Operations, Froedtert Health Community Hospital Division

“The Fellow is engaged in strategic planning and plays an active role in implementing programs and projects. Taking on lead project roles and interacting with physicians, staff, and leaders from across the organization sets the Fellow up to learn tactics to most effectively take on the challenges healthcare leaders face. Through exposure to a diverse array of leaders and leadership styles, the Fellow gets an incredible experience in influencing change, learning communication techniques, and understanding the value contributions made by all disciplines in support of being a top performing academic & community health system. Through these experiences as the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Administrative Fellow, I feel prepared to advance confidently in my career as a leader in healthcare.”

— Zach Timm
Master of Health and Human Services Administration, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, 2009
Current Role: Executive Director Heart and Vascular Service Line, Froedtert Health

"The administrative fellowship at Froedtert & the Medical College is a unique opportunity to be part of an academic medical center with an expansive and growing ambulatory footprint that is still locally run. The fellowship is well established and supported by leadership - with the majority of past fellows still working at the organization. The opportunity to work on high profile projects across the enterprise and to shadow in any area of the health system is an amazing opportunity for someone seeking to be a health care leader."

— Caitlin Dunn
Master of Health Administration, Saint Louis University, 2013
Current Role: Director of Population Health, Froedtert Health

“The F&MCW Administrative Fellowship gave me the unique opportunity to build a strong foundation in leadership while working across multiple care settings from an academic medical center, to community hospitals, to an outpatient medical group. During my fellowship, I lead the planning and implementation of strategic initiatives across the system to enhance care delivery. In addition, I was able to serve as an interim clinic manager. One of the most rewarding projects I undertook was coordinating multiple efforts within Froedtert’s COVID-19 response. Being able to step up and serve my community through an uncertain time is a memory I will always be grateful for. I have been fortunate to continue my career within Froedtert and the insight I gained during the fellowship has proven invaluable to my ability to be an effective leader. I will always be appreciative of the time and resources the executive team invested in me during the fellowship and beyond.”

— Kaila Mitchell
Master of Health Systems Management, Rush University, 2018
Current Role: Manager, Guest Relations, Patient Transport & Entrance Screening, Froedtert Hospital

“The Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Administrative Fellowship provided me with the opportunity to hone my leadership skills and kick-start my career. Being able to learn from diverse leaders across the health system allowed me to develop a foundation to start my leadership journey. Through taking on projects, initiatives, and interim roles during the program, the F&MCW Administrative Fellowship has provided me with both experiences and exposure to several areas of healthcare. The learning opportunities and relationships I was able to build also offered exceptional support and guidance during and after the program ended. I am thankful for all the leaders who helped mentor me throughout the two years and am grateful for the opportunity to stay with the organization after the fellowship ended.”

— Jacob Meyer
Master of Health Administration, Saint Louis University, 2019
Current Role: Manager of Behavioral Health, Froedtert Hospital