EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM
Sue Ann Thompson
Founder and President
Throughout her career as a mother, wife, teacher, and 14 years as First Lady of Wisconsin, Sue Ann has focused much of her attention on women’s health issues, education, and volunteerism. Out of love and compassion for her daughters and all the women of Wisconsin, Sue Ann established the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation in 1997 during her tenure as First Lady, and after 34 years in the classroom she retired from teaching to assume a full-time role as the Foundation’s president.
Sue Ann herself is a breast cancer survivor, and has worked with many breast cancer organizations. In addition, she has received numerous national and state awards for her work in the field of women’s health, most recently the Pope John XXIII Distinguished Service Award in 2007.
Tommi Thompson has worked for the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation since its first year of operation and has over the past fifteen years become an advocate for women’s health at both the state and national level. Her focus is to identify and implement innovative ways to get information to consumers, connect them with resources, and to help them make lifestyle changes.
Tommi serves on committees for Community Health Charities, Wisconsin Health Access Network, National Partnership to help Pregnant Smokers Quit Smoking and the National Health Initiative on Domestic Violence, National Health Care Standards Project. Her work has resulted in such recognition for the WWHF as the Community Health Care Leadership Award from Johnson & Johnson, a domestic violence leadership award from the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and a Robert Wood Johnson’s Vice President’s Award.
Strategic Initiatives Director
As Program Director since 1997, Julie Whitehorse’s focus is on our outreach program operations. She relates to all WWHF audiences but specifically to program staff, our partners, the professional community, and volunteers. She insures that program efforts are consistent with and supportive of the WWHF’s overall strategic plan, mission, and vision.
Julie is a member of the Wisconsin Heart Disease & Stroke Alliance, participates on the Steering Committee for Wisconsin United for Mental Health, and serves as the WWHF liaison to the Wisconsin Well Woman Program.
Lisette is an attorney with over a decade of experience in nonprofit management and administration. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (BS, 2000 – High Honors; MS, 2002 – Population Health Sciences) and Marquette University Law School (JD, 2007 – Cum Laude). Lisette oversees all WWHF outreach, services, and health education programs. Prior to taking the Operations Director role with the Foundation in 2011, Lisette worked in Nashville, TN at Family & Children’s Service as the organization’s Grants Manager, and before that she was Interim Director at Centro Legal in Milwaukee, WI.