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Meet our Gala Event Committee Co-Chairs

Dr. Michelle Graham, MD, MME
Dr. Donald J. Zoltan, MD

Award Recipients

Mary M. Kolar, Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs

Ms. Kolar serves as the chief advocate for the more than 350,000 veterans of Wisconsin and their families. As Secretary, she is responsible for the leadership and management of the WDVA, including strategic and long-range planning initiatives that align with the department’s vision…A commitment to our nation runs through Secretary Kolar’s family, with her grandfather, father and four brothers all serving in the military.”

For more information about Secretary Kolar, visit the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.


Major General Paul E. KnappGeneral Paul E. Knapp, Wisconsin National Guard

Maj. Gen. Paul E. Knapp is Wisconsin’s Adjutant General. He commands the Wisconsin National Guard and is responsible for Emergency Management. He also serves as Wisconsin’s Homeland Security Advisor, chairs the Homeland Security Council, and serves as the senior state official for cyber matters.”

To read more about Major General Knapp, follow this link to the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs.




Colonel Therese Kern, 128th Medical Group

 “Col. Therese Kern assumed command of the 128th Medical Group from Lt. Col. Rebecca Severson during a change of command ceremony at the 128th Air Refueling Wing, Wisconsin Air National Guard on September 9, 2018. The 128 ARW Medical Group services routine medical care for approximately 800 personnel to ensure mission readiness and effectiveness.”

For more information about Col. Kern, watch this 2015 video posted by the Milwaukee VA Medical Center.



“Cold Sweat and the Brew City Horns is Wisconsin’s premier show band, featuring some of the area’s best musicians, multiple dynamic vocalists and the renowned three piece horn section, the Brew City Horns. Cold Sweat’s energy, talent and non-stop fun will infect you until you can’t help joining in.  Their ultimate strength is their versatility, playing dance-able music that draws from many genres and eras – truly providing that rare “something for everyone” appeal. The group has headlined major festivals, venues, concert  series and private events, including some of the largest fundraising events in the Midwest. Whether it is for a private event for 200 people or a concert for 20,000, Cold Sweat delivers!

Cold Sweat primarily performs in Southeast Wisconsin, as well as Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan and more. 

For more information about Cold Sweat and the Brew City Horns, visit the band’s website or FaceBook page


Heroes for Healthcares first Gala: A Night to Be Honored, would not be possible without support from our generous sponsors!
Click on each of the following logos to visit the sponsor’s website.

Hero level: Dr. Donald J. Zoltan, MD

Stars & Stripes level

Creative Business Interiors LogoCreative Business Interiors Logo


N2Advantage Ltd./Joel & Donna Nettesheim Logo

Table level

Froedtert Health Logo


Grant Associates LLC/Joan L. Whitman, PhD. Logo

Herzing University Logo



Orthopaedic Associates of Wisconsin Logo

Premier Medical Staffing Services, LLC Logo

SVA Certified Public Accountants Logo

Mark V. Thompson

VIP level

Landmark Credit Union Logo

Wisconsin Vision Logo

Tricom Logo

WaterStone Bank Logo

Partner level

Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers

About the Venue – Brookfield Conference Center (Opened July 2020)


A Night to be Honored  will take place in The Connect Ballroom: 18,000 sq. ft. of space is fully carpeted with gorgeous lighting, and offers state-of-the-art audiovisual options. The venue offers a generous amount of free surface parking for guests with easy access to I-94, Brookfield Square Mall, and a variety of hotels nearby.

The Hilton Garden Inn is attached to the conference center with a beautiful glass walkway that leads to the 168-room hotel.

Additional hotels within walking distance offer 389 more sleeping rooms and a total of 1,116 more hotel rooms are available within a mile radius of the conference center. Development in the area creates a total of 2,500 sleeping rooms within a 3-mile radius.

The image below is the area where our Cocktail Hour begins at 5:00 p.m

Google Maps: Click here for Directions to:
25 South Moorland Rd., Brookfield, WI 53005

Gala Event Committee Members

Erin Breber, Cheryl Gross, Kami Hall, James Hammond, Laura Hanoski, Jennifer Jackson, Joyce Mallory, Janelle Thompson, Mark Thompson, and Joan Whitman