The Champions in Women’s Health Awards honor individuals who have demonstrated exemplary leadership and devoted themselves to improving the quality of life for women and families in their professional career. Past champions have been instrumental in raising the level of awareness about women’s health issues, and have impacted the quality of care that women in this state receive.

Champions will be honored for their work during a private dinner reception on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Madison Concourse Hotel, and also during our Spring Gala at the beautiful State Capitol Rotunda later that evening.


2014 Champions in Women’s Health are a stellar group of individuals making a difference in the health and lives of many women and their families. They include:

Dr. John Mielke and Ms. Sally Mielke
Active Visionaries and Community Leaders

The Mielke’s have dedicated their lives to the healthcare of their community by practicing nursing and medicine and volunteering where needed for over 56 years. They are currently working upstream on healthcare through education.

Dr. John Mielke received his MD from UW Madison in 1958, followed by his MMD from the University of Minnesota/Mayo Clinic in 1965. He practiced cardiology for 35 years and has since worked for Community Health for Theda Care for 14 years. Dr. Mielke has been involved in rural health, obesity, accessibility of care and more. In addition to his medical involvement, Dr. Mielke serves on the Appleton Area School Board and the Children Museum Board.

Ms. Sally Mielke, MSN received her BS in Nursing Educaiton and Ward Management in 1958 from UW-Madison. In 1990, she obtained her MSN from UW-Oshkosh. Ms. Mielke taught nursing for 23 years at St. Mary’s Hospital, Fox Valley Technical College, and UW-Oshkosh. In addition to her career in nursing education, Sally investigated, established and served on various boards: County Board (24 years), Harbor House (6 years), Fox Cities Community Health Center (20 years), and Tri county Community Dental Clinics (12 years), and the FVTC Board (14 years – current).

Ms. Gina Green-Harris
Director, Milwaukee Outreach Program and Services

Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute

Ms. Gina Green-Harris has worked in minority health for over 15 years in the areas of HIV/AIDS, cancer, diabetes, SLE Lupus, and substance abuse and domestic violence. Her experiences include community outreach, training and leadership development, grant administration and management, coalition building, creating and sustaining statewide advisory teams and councils. Currently, Ms. Green-Harris serves as the Director of the Milwaukee Outreach Program & Services, designed to provide resources and recruit minorities into culturally specific research, at the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute. Ms. Green-Harris serves on the Milwaukee County Family Care Governing Board, WI’s Alzheimer’s State Planning Committee, the Stigma group, and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) National Alzheimer’s Planning Advisory Council. She is a member of the Federal Office of Minority Health’s Health Equity Council as a Region V representative and is an active member with the SE Alzheimer’s Association’s Challenging Behavior’s Task force.

Ms. Phyllis K. Holder, RN, MSN
Founding President & Special Projects Director
Sisters Network Inc, Milwaukee Affiliate

Ms. Phyllis Holder earned her nursing degree from UW-Madison 1976 and went on to earn an advance practice degree. After her own experience with stage 3 metastatic breast cancer and denial, Phyllis has provided counsel about health neglected, services unknown and resources not explored, in addition to providing escort, interpretation of medical information and transportation services. Ms. Holder is the founder of Sisters4Cure in Milwaukee, a cancer support and mindful lifestyle education organization. She also founded the Milwaukee chapter of Sisters Network Inc., a national African American Breast cancer survivorship organization. She is president and a volunteer of the Milwaukee Chapter, and director of special projects. In addition, she is an After Breast Cancer Diagnosis mentor, a Project Lead Graduate and a congressional lobbyist with the National Breast Cancer Coalition. Phyllis remarks that her current endeavor, teaching Creation Health Life coursework to breast cancer survivors and their families has been one of her most rewarding experiences. As a survivorship advocate, she wants everyone to live life to its fullest.

Ms. Clare Janty
Physician’s Assistant, Certified Master Life Coach

Mayo Clinic Health System

After graduating cum laude from the University of Wisconsin as a physician assistant (PA), Clare joined a family practice as the first female provider and PA. From the beginning, she was involved in improving the health of the community. Clare was the first Barron County Domestic Abuse Project president and continues to support their mission and vision. In 2006, Clare completed her master’s certification in life coaching and was named 2007 Coach of the Year by the International Center of Coaching. She was the lead coach for the Healthier Cumberland Coalition community grant project working on diabetes prevention and childhood obesity. Clare, along with other coaches, has offered Camp Jumpstart, a healthy lifestyle boot camp for women. She, along with other local women, created Pink Ribbon Advocacy, which funds noncovered expenses for breast cancer detection and treatment in Barron County. In 2010, she was instrumental in starting the Rice Lake Area Free Clinic, Volunteers in Medicine and continues as board president. At her employment with Mayo Clinic Health System Northland, she created an employee wellness committee, which sponsors wellness activities for all employees. Clare continues to be an advocate for women improving their health and the health of their families. Collaboration with others is what fuels her energy and her motto would be “Begin with a baby step.”

Dr. Adedayo A. Onitilo, MD, PhD, MSCR, FACP

Marshfield Clinic – Weston Center

Dr. Onitilo is a practicing hematologist/oncologist at the Marshfield Clinic, board certified in internal medicine, hematology, oncology, and palliative and hospice care. He holds a Master of Science in Clinical Research and a PhD in Epidemiology. He serves as Chair of the Marshfield Clinic Eastern Division Hematology/Oncology Department, Director of the Marshfield Clinic Eastern Division Breast Program, and Director of Marshfield Clinic Hematology/Oncology service line. Dr. Onitilo’s research topics are carefully selected based on his clinical practice and the needs of his patients. Over the past several years, he has placed particular emphasis on mammography use and stage of breast cancer at diagnosis, barriers to regular mammography screening, genetic biomarkers of breast cancer, biomarkers for breast cancer treatment-related cardiotoxicity, the relationship between type 2 diabetes mellitus and breast cancer, and surgical breast cancer treatment outcomes. Recent research related to barriers to mammography brought special attention to the unique challenges to mammogram screening faced by women living in Wisconsin, namely geographic access and the influence of seasonal weather patterns. Dr. Onitilo is Chair of the Wisconsin Cancer Council, and member of the American Cancer Society Wisconsin State Leadership Council and Consortium on Breast Cancer Pharmacogenomics.


Past Champions in Women’s Health Award Recipients

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