Recipients of the Champions in Women’s Health Award



LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Dr. John Mielke and Ms. Sally Mielke – Cardiologist (retired) and Registered Nurse, Appleton, WI

Gina Green-Harris, MBA – Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute, Milwaukee

Phyllis K. Holder, RN, MSN – Sisters Network Inc., Milwaukee

Clare Janty, PA – Mayo Clinic Health System – Northland, Cameron

Dr. Adedayo A. Onitilo, MD, MSCR, FACP – Marshfield Clinic, Weston


LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Jim Riordan – President & CEO (Retired), Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corp., Madison

Frank Byrne, MD – President, St. Mary’s Hospital, Madison

Susan Gadacz, MA – Director of the Community Services Branch, Milwaukee Co. Behavior Health Division, Milwaukee

Mindy Gribble, RN, HNB-BC – Program Coordinator, WINGS Survivorship Program, Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield

Claudia Guevara – Breast Health Advocate, Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital, Milwaukee

Gale Johnson – Program Director, Wisconsin Well Woman Program, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Madison

Carol Williams, PhD – Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Wauwatosa


Georgiana Wilton, PhD – Scientist, Department of Family Medicine – WTOP & Great Lakes FASD Region Training Center (GLFRTC),Madison

Pamela Propeck, MD, FACR – Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation, Madison

Ellen Hartenbach, MD – Associate Professor & Vice Chancellor for Education & Faculty Development
UW Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology – Division of Gyn-Onocology, Madison

Barbara Beckert – Milwaukee Office Director, Disability Rights Wisconsin, Milwaukee


Mary Starmann-Harrison – President & CEO, Hospital Sisters Health System, Wisconsin & Illinois

Alonzo Walker, MD – Director, Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Breast Cancer
Program; Chief, Division of General Surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Carol Meils, MD, FACP – Retired; Former Chief, Cardiovascular Services, Wheaton Franciscan
Healthcare – All Saints, Racine

Ellen Schumann, MD, MS – Marshfield Clinic, Pediatric Hospitalist, Chief Medical Information
Officer and Medical Director for Inpatient Services, Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital, Weston

Mary Lou Ballweg – Founder, President and Executive Director, Endometriosis Association,

Susan Conlin Opheim – Co-chair, Prevent Suicide Wisconsin, Tomahawk


Ann B. Nattinger, MD, MPH – Lady Riders of Breast Cancer Research and Chief of General Internal
Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin

Sara Finger-Warmuth – Executive Director, Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health

Susan R. Davidson, MD – Director of Perinatology, St. Mary’s Hospital Perinatologist, Dean Clinics

Gloria Sarto, MD – Professor Emeritus, Obstetrics & Gynecology, UW School of Medicine
and Public Health

Robyn Hussa – Executive Director, NORMAL in Schools

Myron Gadke – Manager, Mobile Health Screening, Marshfield Clinic

Jeanette Olsen, MSN, BSN, RN – Healthier Cumberland Project Director

Theresa Guilbert, MD, MS – Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, UW School of Medicine
and Public Health


Colette Salm-Schmid, MD, Green Bay

Denise Mitton, RN, Level One Heart Attack Program Coordinator, Madison

Leslie Myers, MS, CRC, CDVC, Domestic Violence Specialist, Milwaukee

Katie Weiss, Community Advocate, Menasha

Diane S. Postler-Slattery, RN, PhD, FACHE, President & COO-Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Wausau

Luann Simpson, MSW, CAPSW, Consumer Advocacy Team Program Coordinator, Racine

Anne Hoch, DO, Director, Women’s Sports Medicine Program, Milwaukee

Jean Riedasch, RN, Parish Nurse, South Range

Lezli Redmond MPH, Assistant Director Intervention, Madison

Carol Lendle, RN, Public Health Nurse, Chippewa Falls



Julie Wallace, BS, CHES, Marshfield, WI

Melodie Wilson Oldenburg, BA, West Allis – Achievement in the Area of Breast Cancer

Bonnie Anderson, LPN, Milwaukee – Advocacy in the Area of Breast Cancer

Jill Poarch, RN, BSN, SANE-A, SANE-P, Madison – Achievement in the Area of Domestic Abuse

Arline Hillestad, BS, Wisconsin Rapids – Advocacy in the Area of Domestic Abuse

Michele Geiger-Bronsky, MSN, RN, Bailey’s Harbor

Lila J. Connolly, MSED, APSW, Superior

Carol Lueders Bolwerk, RN, PhD, Mequon – Achievement in Parish Nursing

Rhonda Strebel, BS, Shawano

John R. Milbrath, MD, FACR, Milwaukee

Check out this segment from Wisconsin Public Television’s In Wisconsin series highlighting 2008 Champion in Women’s Health Award recipient Rhonda Strebel, for her work in rural women’s health. WPT Video


Margie Carrington, Smoking Cessation, Racine

Rebecca Cohen, Mental Health, McFarland

Jean Darling, PT, LAT, Rural Women’s Health, Shawano

Elizabeth “Betsy” Knight, RN, General Women’s Health-Best Advocate, Madison

Sally Lundeen, RN, PhD, FAAN, General Women’s Health-Best Advancement, Milwaukee

Eberhard Mack, MD, Lifetime Achievement Award, Madison

Sally Mattingly, MD, Breast Cancer, Wausau

Stormy Mercadel, Domestic Violence, Milwaukee

Gail Zorn, Domestic Violence, Fond Du Lac


Gail Baldwin, MD, Rural Women’s Health, Superior

Meg M. Fay, Breast Cancer, DePere

Francine Feinberg, PsyD, LSCW, Mental Health, Milwaukee

Camille Haney, General Women’s Health, Madison

Alice Kramer, MS, RN, CNS, Domestic Violence, Milwaukee

Barbara K. Miller, General Women’s Health, Madison

Wende Nelson, MHA, Rural Women’s Health, Superior

Kathleen “Kat” Rondeau, MS, RD, Cardiovascular Disease, Marshfield

Beth TenPas, RN, BSN, Smoking Cessation, Sheboygan


Sally Johnson, RN, Smoking Cessation, Balsam Lake

Mary T. Krueger, Rural Women’s Health, Weston

Mildred Leigh-Gold, MS, Breast Cancer, Milwaukee

In Memory of Leslie Rohde Katzman, RN, MSN, Cardiovascular Disease, Madison

Peggy Weber, RN, BSN, Distinguished Service Award, Madison

Teresa Woods, PhD, Mental Health, Madison

Nancy Worcester, PhD, Domestic Violence, Madison


Dr. Roseanne Clark, PhD, Mental Health, Madison

Lynn Downing, RN, Rural Women’s Health, Phillips

Sue Engelbaugh, MS, RN, Cardiovascular Disease, Madison

Dr. Rachel Rodriguez, PhD, RN, Underserved Populations, Madison

Carey Tradewell Monreal, Domestic Abuse, Milwaukee

Mary Tunson, Breast Cancer, Milwaukee

Susan Webb-Lukomski, RN, Smoking Cessation, Madison


Jeanne Cole, RN and Olga Myers, RN, Smoking Cessation, Beloit

Pamela S. Douglas, MD, Cardiovascular Disease, Madison

Ann Haney, Breast Cancer, Madison

Mary James, Rural Women’s Health, Marshfield

Knupp & Watson Advertising, Area of Business Support, Madison

Mary Lauby, Domestic Violence, Madison

Linda Denise Oakley, PhD, RN, Mental Health, Madison

Chee Chee Wallman, Gatekeeper for Women’s Health, Watertown


Christy Carter, EdD, Mental Health, Marshfield

In Memory of Paul Carbone, MD, Breast Cancer, Madison

Mary Beth Elliott, PhD, PharmD, Osteoporosis, Madison

Michael Fiore, MD, Tobacco Use, Madison

Carol Harbort Longfield, Gatekeeper of Family Health, Fitchburg

Marcus Theater Corporation, Domestic Violence, Milwaukee

Cheryl Martin, MD, Cardiovascular Disease, Milwaukee

Elizabeth “Betty” Turmo, Gatekeeper of Family Health, Madison