We're Here to Help Our Military
Heroes for Healthcare is a non-profit organization based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin that helps military personnel find their career in healthcare after service. Heroes for Healthcare was started by Laura Hanoski, a healthcare industry veteran.
Our Mission and Purpose
Our mission at Heroes for Healthcare is to be a resource for our military during their transition to civilian life to achieve gainful employment in healthcare. Our purpose? We believe everything we do is to make a positive difference in the lives of our military heroes by helping them achieve a career in healthcare.
About Our Founder, Laura Hanoski
Laura’s passion for healthcare and people started in middle school when she became a candy striper at a local hospital. She knew she
wanted to devote her life to helping people. Laura went into nursing school after high school and spent six years at Aurora St. Luke’s and six years at Sports Medicine and Knee Surgery Center.
Laura was blessed to find a husband to be her partner in life and in business. Fifteen years ago they started Premier Medical Staffing Services. Premier is an industry leading staffing firm with a national presence. Premier Medical Staffing Services proudly supports our Federal Medical institutions with staffing support as well as offer job opportunities to our military spouses through the MSEP program (Military Spouse Employment Program).
While working with the Department of Defense and Veteran facilities over the past several years she discovered that having a healthcare job while in the service does not necessarily translate to the ability to obtain a healthcare job in the civilian world. Licensees and certifications do not match up. While organizations want to employ these talented and skilled men and women, Laura has realized they can’t until they meet civilian compliance regulations; This is where the “Gap” is. So, Laura started Heroes for Healthcare and is dedicated to bridging that “Gap” in order to support our veterans and help them obtain gainful employment in healthcare.
Meet the Staff
Joyce Mallory, Community Engagement Manager
Joyce is an experienced career non-profit professional. She previously held executive and senior level positions at Malaika Early Learning Center, Fort Wayne Urban League, Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee, and United Way of Greater Milwaukee. Joyce is passionate about using her skills and knowledge to improve the organizational capacity of non-profit organizations and providing training and resources to help board directors perform their governance and fiduciary roles. Joyce is vice president of the board of directors for 4-C for Children, member of the board of directors of MetaStar Incorporated, and Vice Chair of the City of Milwaukee Charter School Review committee. She earned her MA in Education from Alverno College. Fun Fact: Joyce collects paperweights and old bottles.
Rheanna Smith, Communication and Development Specialist
Rheanna is an experienced non-profit professional with a strong desire to positively affect the lives of others and have an impact on the local and global community. She has had various roles serving non-profit organizations throughout her career, including administrative, marketing, communications, fundraising, financial, personnel and property oversight. She has many years of proven success with event and meeting management. Rheanna holds a master’s degree in non-profit management and leadership and a bachelor’s degree in communication. Rheanna is proud and honored to be a part of Heroes for Healthcare’s mission to be a resource for our military during their transition to civilian life in the healthcare field. In addition to our mission, Rheanna is passionate about health, wellness and mindfulness. She loves reading, writing and listening to podcasts. Fun fact – Rheanna and her husband had a skydiving wedding!
Meet our Volunteers
Dr. James Riegert, Education Outreach
James is a licensed educator and building principal with over 30 years of teaching experience. He earned his Doctorate in Alternative Education. His experience includes being a counselor, teacher, and administrator in three different psychiatric hospitals. Additionally, James has been a counselor at several residential treatment centers and a teacher at several grade, middle, and high schools. Currently, he’s a professor at Cardinal Stritch University teaching leadership theory and adult learning and development.
James works with Veterans or Military Service Members to help them prepare for tests, exams, certifications or their higher education experience.
Meet the Board
Meet our Heroes for Healthcare Board Members who make our organization possible. We appreciate all their dedication and passion!
Founder & President
Laura is the Co-Founder and Managing Member of Premier Medical Staffing Services, LLC. She is proud to be a certified women owned business by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).
Erin is an Accounting Manager at SVA Certified Public Accountants, S.C. Erin works with both closely held for-profit and non-profit business owners in various industries to advise them on accounting, tax, software and strategic planning decisions.
Janelle has a background working with for-profit and non-profit organizations by providing marketing and project management. She serves as Board Secretary and Program Committee Member for BMA Milwaukee.
Dr. Donald Zoltan