Board of Directors
Lake Area Free Clinic Board of Directors
Retired. formerly Director of Strategic Planning and Business Develoopment with Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital
I vividly remember when two very enthusiastic nurses and a member of the hospital board of trustees stealthily walked into my office closed the door behind them and convinced me to support the Lake Area Free Clinic. To my amazement, Vicki Dallmann-Papke, Donna Voight and Maureen Stapleton were able to convince me to play the role as Maxwell Klinger for the M*A*S*H gala fund raising event. It is an honor working with all the caring and compassionate volunteers that are dedicated to the health of our community. Helping people whose last option is the clinic is very rewarding
Early in my career, I helped lead patient education efforts at Group Health in Madison, and The Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN. These experiences as well as being a patient quite often while in high school, helped me understand the need for early care, and the fear of not being able to pay for care.
While I was with Aurora Central Region, I worked with a sliding fee scale clinic in Appleton and behind the scenes with the Salvation Army as they attempted to expand their clinic in Sheboygan. I have also been a part of the United Way efforts in several communities. I bring a perspective from 30 years as a leader in various health care organizations and will be a conduit for the flow of needs between the Lake Area Free Clinic and Aurora Healthcare. Thirty years of healthcare leadership has helped me to understand that every person deserves the best care.
A growing awareness of the number of people in our community without access to affordable health care moved me to start volunteering at the LAFC. After retiring from more than 30 years in the medical field, I started volunteering at the LAFC in 2008. I saw that the organization is made up of a very dedicated group of individuals who selflessly give of their time to provide medical care to those in need. I am proud to be part of an organization that believes that quality care, delivered compassionately, to all in need is an important service that should be available in our community.
I became interested in the Lake Area Free Clinic because I had a colleague who was very involved at the Clinic. It was at a point in my life that I had the time and desire to help others.
Rev. David Dukovan
I believe that my experience as a leader in the surgical department of four different hospitals will be of some value to the board. I also have experience in teaching nurses in the operating room. My times as a parish pastor also have helped me to deal with people who are experiencing difficult times. I think I would bring compassion and patience as well as leadership talents to the board.
Molecular Imaging – Installed Base Strategy Leader, GE Healthcare
When asked why he joined the Lake Area Free Clinic Board: To help others who do not have access to healthcare… something (healthcare) that many of us take for granted.
Community Relations and Business Development, Ewald Automotive Group
In 2008, I was asked by the clinic to help bring new ideas and collaborate with a team of community leaders to take the LAFC to the next level. It has been an honor and a privilege to be a part of such a loving and caring organization where PEOPLE come before everything else. I work with the marketing and PR team to keep the clinic in the community and increase the awareness of what LAFC is all about.
Dr. Peter Geiss
Chief Medical Officer, ProHealth Care
The Lake Area Free Clinic fills a critical need in our community. Due to a variety of factors the number of our neighbors who are unable to afford adequate medical care continues to grow and there are no other resources in the area capable of meeting their needs. Due to the generosity of many in the community we are able to provide access to a wide variety of medical services including management of chronic conditions such a diabetes and hypertension as well as treatment of acute problems like pneumonia, strep throat and minor injuries. I am proud to be a member of the board as well as a clinic volunteer knowing the significant role the clinic plays in improving the health our community.
Principal, Silver Lake Intermediate School, Oconomowoc School District
I serve on the Lake Area Free Clinic Board because I believe that community service helps to sharpen our understanding of the community and world around us. As a responsible and caring person I feel it is my duty to always help those who are in need in my community and world. As a principal, I love working with children, teachers, and families and am proud of my profession. I believe I’m making a contribution to the future everyday. As a board member, I also believe I can make a difference in the lives of others
I joined the Lake Area Free Clinic because I wanted to help provides services to others. I knew I could learn and well as use my skills to assist others. Working in an organization that is in place to provide services for those less fortunate is a privilege.
I started at the Lake Area Free Clinic as a volunteer and was immediately impressed by the compassion, commitment, and dedication of the other Clinic volunteers. I was equally impressed by the apparent need for a clinic that provides free medical care for the uninsured in our area. We are fortunate to live in a community that recognizes the needs of it’s residents and then creates viable solutions and supports them financially and physically. We strengthen our community by making sure that everyone has access to quality health care. I am honored to serve on the Board of the Lake Area Free Clinic and will do my best to support the organization, making sure that we continue to provide excellent health care to those in need in a financially responsible manner.
I am honored to serve on the Board of Directors of the Lake Area Free Clinic. I want to support an organization that provides such a valuable service to the community. The services provided by the clinic have a direct impact on the health of people in our community and I’m sure in many cases, the Clinic has provided services that have saved lives. Given what’s happening with the economy, the services provided by the clinic are going to be more important than ever. I also want to serve an organization that provides services to the community in which I live.
CPA, Winter, Kloman, Moter & Repp
I had heard that the Free Clinic was in need of a treasurer through a colleague. I am excited to volunteer my time to a great organization that helps my local community. I had previously begun volunteering in pre-hospital care as an EMT in my local community. I began as the treasurer for the Lake Area Free Clinic at the beginning of 2010.
Dr. Dan Miller
I have been on the Board of Directors since the Clinic’s inception. I knew there were those in the community that “fell between the cracks” in terms of access to health care, but the reality of just how many there were was surprising. The disappointment and setbacks in the initial years meant we had to strive harder to get going, but the final result, especially our second clinic site, has made it particularly worthwhile. The other gratification is how wholeheartedly the community has supported the concept of a free clinic for those in need.
Retired, Nursing Instructor at Waukesha County Technical Institute
I joined the Lake Area Free Clinic Board of Directors because I wanted to contribute to this important service — providing healthcare to people who have no insurance, and cannot afford to purchase it.
It has been exciting to participate in the planning and implementation of strategies to provide health care that is excellent and that the clinic can afford to provide. It is very rewarding to work at the clinic, realizing we exist in an area that has supported the clinic–financially and with the many volunteers required to make this venture a success.
Since moving to Oconomowoc, I had watched the growth of the Free Clinic and was very impressed with the great work it was doing in the community. Maureen Stapleton asked if I would be interested in serving on the board and I jumped at the chance. I hope to contribute through my present position as building and grounds chair and with the Gala in any way possible. It is obvious that the clinic is very much in need due to the increases we see from year to year and month to month. I enjoy challenges and know that with a major funding source disappearing in two years, we will need to be creative in finding new funding sources through personal contacts as well as other innovative ideas to raise money for the clinic. I look forward to working on the board.
Attorney, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek
Mr. Purtell began his law practice in a general practice law firm in 1965. He concentrated his professional activities in assisting numerous hospitals, healthcare systems, nursing homes, Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital, other health care providers and not for profit organizations in addressing legal and regulatory requirements. Having assisted in creating the Greater Milwaukee Free Clinic, he volunteered to help create the LAFC and serve as an initial Board of Directors Member. He is a member of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek, s.c. in Milwaukee.
Mary Reich, Executive Director
Always having an interest in medical mission work and serving the underserved, a chance to volunteer at a free clinic was a perfect fit – mission work without the limits of time and travel! Being involved with the Lake Area Free Clinic since its beginning, I have had the opportunity to work with inspiring, dynamic people whose first priority is the patient, while unknowingly mentoring those around them. I am continually awed by the support of the community and honored to be associated with an organization focused on people taking care of people.
Co-Owner, The Write Source
My husband and I have been involved with the Lake Area Free Clinic since 2002 when we were recruited to join the board of directors to help the Clinic with its mission to become more visible in the community. Since that time, we have seen firsthand the result of many people coming together to take care of those in our community who desperately need the wonderful services the Clinic provides. The passion on the part of our volunteers, staff and those that support us is truly inspiring. We are proud to be a part of an organization that offers such a high level of compassionate, quality care.
Co-Owner, The Write Source
The growing problem of the uninsured in our community moved us to get involved with the Lake Area Free Clinic. If we don’t help those of us among us who need care, the result will ultimately affect all of us. Our experience with the Clinic has convinced us even more of the need for its services. The Clinic provides high quality health care services for people who would otherwise go without and we are so glad that the community has stepped up to embrace its mission.
Dr. Susan Russler
The Free Clinic gives me the opportunity to act on my belief that, if each of us give of our time and talent to help others, the world will be a better place for everyone. As a long-time volunteer, I have always found that the joy and satisfaction resulting from contributing to an organization such as the Free Clinic is an energizing force that keeps me engaged and involved.
Volunteering in my community and my belief in the Lake Area Free Clinic mission are the two most significant reasons serve on the board. While assisting with the 2010 Gala, I had the pleasure of meeting several individuals associated with the Lake Area Free Clinic and found them to be people I respect and would enjoy working with on a long-term basis
Dr. Thomas Schroeder
I think that the clinic fills a need for many people in the area that otherwise would not get care. After my association with many of the staff during the reconstruction of the clinic, I feel that these are people that I want to work with.
With husband B.J. Schumacher M.D. co-chaired the steering committee and the first board of directors for the Lake Area Free Clinic and served as Clinic Administrator for the first year. My professional experience in Nursing made me aware of the large number of people without health insurance who were unable to pay for basic health care. I believe health care is a right to which all people should have access, not just those fortunate to have insurance through employment or wealthy enough to pay for care. I also believe that free clinics have an important role to play in providing health care to the uninsured. Any community with health care systems in place has the resources to set up a free clinic and should do so.
Because I have sold real estate in the Lake Country for over 30 years, the evolution of our area is abundantly clear to me. This place that I have called home for my whole life makes me proud. As a community advocate I am aware of the needs of the City and its surrounds. The Free Clinic is a vital ingredient in making Oconomowoc, and the whole Lake Country, a welcoming home to everyone who lives here. The Clinic has grown with the needs of the population and our move to a larger location was needed and a long awaited necessity. Made up of only one full-time paid employee, the rest of the staff is all volunteer and many of the drugs and pharmaceuticals that keep us operating are donated. All money raised goes directly to keep the doors of the Clinic wide open. We are grateful to all who contribute to this much needed service and urge you to continue to do so in the future.
As a community member and Associate Dean of Nursing at WCTC I am honored to serve on the board. The LAFC serves the needs of the uninsured with dignity and quality. Most clients never thought that they would be in this position; out of work and no insurance. WCTC also uses the clinic as a learning opportunity for nursing students. They all come away from the experience with a better understanding of compassion and the need for community service once they graduate. Lake Country is lucky to have such a wonderful clinic available for those in need!
Serving on the Lake Area Free Clinic Board of Directors is truly an honor. As someone who has spent their career in healthcare it excites me to know that LAFC has an opportunity to impact the health of those in need. Community, compassion, and caring for one another seem to be the themes of this organization and I feel blessed to be part of such important work in Lake Country.
I started working at the Lake Area Free Clinic in 2002 because I wanted a chance to give back to a community that has given so much to me! Everyone I know, family and friends don’t even call me or ask me to do anything on a Tuesday afternoon or evening any more, because as they say I am busy doing “God’s work”. Yes I feel this is sacred work and the relationships built here, with the patients and volunteers is truly remarkable. Come join us in doing God’s work-it is the best work/fun you will ever have!
I am familiar with the staff and some of the processes at the clinic as I have worked there for the last 3 years providing basic pharmacy services. I would like to continue providing chart review/recommendations, facilitating drug disposal and inventory control and providing drug information/consultation as needed.