Wis-MAC Program Honorees 2022

Senator Andre’ Jacque, (R), Wisconsin State Senate, District 1 De Pere, WI. Senator Jacque was the lead sponsor of SB 688 in the Wisconsin State Senate, and he introduced the Bill on November 11, 2021, on Veterans Day. Senator Jacque made passage of the Bill a priority and he conducted outreach to his colleagues to ask for their support and to sign onto the Bill.  Heroes for Healthcare recognized and honored Senator Jacque for his leadership, and commitment to help medically trained service members and veterans find their career in civilian healthcare.

Rob Summerfield, (R), Wisconsin State Assembly, District 67, Bloomer WI. Representative Summerfield was the lead sponsor of AB 720 in the Assembly and introduced the Bill on November 19, 2021. He worked closely with Assembly leaders to schedule the Bill for a hearing by the Assembly Committee on Health in a timely manner, and added an Emergency Rule-Making Amendment. Heroes for Healthcare recognized and honored Representative Summerfield for his dedication, leadership, and willingness to actively support the passage of AB 720.

Jarvis Racine, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, Workforce Development & Government Affairs, Herzing University, Whitewater, WI. Member, Heroes for Healthcare Board of Directors. Jarvis extensive knowledge and experience of the legislative process and ability to work across party lines was invaluable. His professional relationships in higher education, workforce development and healthcare were leveraged to gain support for AB 720. Jarvis testified before the Senate and Assembly Committees and conducted outreach to champion the benefits of the Bill to address workforce shortage in healthcare.

Paul Fisk, American Legion Department Wisconsin, Member Council on Veterans Programs, former Alderman and Mayor of Lodi, and Navy Veteran, Lodi, WI. Paul is well- known and respected in the State Capitol for his dedication, passion, and advocacy on behalf of Wisconsin Veterans. His knowledge and experience of the legislative process was used effectively to promote and gain support for AB 720, because of his long-standing relationships with legislators in both parties. Paul testified before the Senate and Assembly Committees on behalf of the American Legion to encourage passage of the Bill.

Shawn Lerch, CEO, Sauk Prairie Healthcare, Navy Veteran, Prairie Du Sac WI.  Shawn consistently used his healthcare administrator’s experience and knowledge of Wisconsin healthcare rules and regulations to shape the development of the Wis-MAC program requirements. He asked tough questions and examined distinct options to ensure the program’s design could be supported by his peers. Shawn’s served on several of the Wis-MAC task groups and shared his expertise and experience. He willingly agreed to testify before the Senate and Assembly Committees and effectively stated why AB 720 should be supported and approved. He is a strong advocate of the Wis-MAC program, and is committed to hiring eligible veterans at Sauk Prairie Healthcare.

Sylvia Lai, Talent Acquisition Coordinator, CoVantage Credit Union, Wausau, WI. Sylvia used her extensive human resource skills, and experience to inform the Wis-MAC eligibility requirements. She is a strong advocate for the Federally Qualified Community Health Centers and how medically trained service members could use their experience and training to improve quality and access at these facilities. During the legislative outreach for AB 720, Sylvia agreed to develop talking points and messaging strategies to promote and gain support for the Bill. Her enthusiasm, passion, active engagement, and expertise was valued by the Legislative Team and Heroes for Healthcare.

Matthew Schroeder, Director, Office of Military & Veteran Services, Edgewood College, Army & Marine Veteran, Arena, WI. Matthew contributed his considerable knowledge of student veteran’s academic needs, and how their military training is undervalued to inform Wis-MAC requirements for obtaining a Wisconsin license. Matthew’s perspectives, and experience as both an Army and Marine veteran was beneficial during the planning process. When asked if he would be willing to testify before the Senate and Assembly Committees, he quickly agreed and came to the Capitol in a suit, because he wanted to be taken seriously. During his testimony he shared facts and his experience about why AB 720 should be approved and how passage of the Bill would enable medics, corpsmen, and medical technicians to continue to serve and transition to civilian healthcare.

Representative Christine Sinicki, (D), Wisconsin State Assembly, District 20, Milwaukee, WI. Representative Sinicki has served in the Wisconsin State Assembly since 1998 ad has earned a reputation for her ability to work collegially with her colleagues on issues to improve benefits and support for military veterans, public education, and healthcare. Representative signed onto AB 720 as the Ranking Democrat and provided guidance on how to navigate the legislative process, emphasizing the importance of gaining support across party lines, outreach to Labor and veteran organizations to gain support for the Bill. She served on several Wis-MAC task groups and provide timely feedback on the numerous drafts of the Bill.

Heroes for Healthcare recognized and honored Representative Sinicki for her outstanding support, leadership and engagement which contributed to the passage of AB 720.

The following veteran, and healthcare organizations and institutions registered in support of AB 720 and SB 688.

  • Concordia University Wisconsin
  • Gundersen Health System
  • Heroes for Healthcare
  • Herzing University
  • League of Women Voters
  • Milwaukee Professional Firefighters Association
  • Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
  • Wisconsin Hospital of Nurse Anesthetists
  • Wisconsin Hospital Association
  • Wisconsin Nurses Association
  • Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association
  • Center for Veteran Issues

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About the Wis-MAC Coalition

  • The Wis-MAC Coalition is comprised of thirty-three (33) volunteer representatives from healthcare organizations, veterans service organizations, institutions of higher education, and healthcare associations.
  • Four task groups were developed to review the Virginia MMAC program model and to develop and recommend the program elements for the Wisconsin Military Medics & Corpsmen program. These include:
    *   Legislative
    *   Education/Credential & Regulations
    *   Partner Healthcare Agreement/Scope of Practice
    *   Veterans Recruitment

The following individuals served on the Wis-MAC Coalition and contributed their expertise, time and support which results in the development of the Wisconsin Military Medics & Corpsmen program.
  • Dave Dobosenski, CEO, St. Croix Regional Hospital
  • Phil Stuart (Navy Veteran), CEO, Tomah Health
  • Shawn Lerch (Navy Veteran), CEO, Sauk Prairie Health
  • Sylvia Lai, Recruiting & Onboarding Specialist, Bridge Community Health Clinic
  • Kathy Charles RN, Regional Admission Counselor, Concordia University Wisconsin
  • Jo Anne Preston, Workforce & Organizational Development Manager, Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
  • Ann Zenk RN, BSN, MHA, Senior Vice President Workforce & Clinical Practice, Wisconsin Hospital Association
  • Joan Whitman Ph.D., Principal, Grant Associates
  • Paul Fisk, Navy Veteran, American Legion Department of Wisconsin
  • Rep. Christine Sinicki (D), State Representative, District #20 Milwaukee Wisconsin Assembly
  • Jarvis Racine, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, & Government Affairs, Herzing University
  • Jason Dean (Master Sergeant Retired Marine), VFW State Surgeon General Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of Wisconsin
  • Senator Andre’ Jacque (R), State Senator, Distict #1, Wisconsin Senate
  • Tracy Rosinski, Regional Veteran Liaison, Heartland Home Health Care
  • Kristian Lueptow PHSHRM-CP, Regional Recruiter, Heartland Home Health Care
  • Rick Flowers (Marine Veteran), County Veteran Service Officer, Milwaukee County Office of Veterans Affairs
  • Andrew Miller (Army Veteran), County Veteran Service Officer, Dodge County Office of Veterans Affairs
  • Gregg Duffek, (Marine Veteran), Tribal Veteran Service Officer, Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians
  • Saul Newton (Army Veteran), CEO/President, Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce
  • Kathy Loppnow, Education Director, Health Services, Wisconsin Technical College System
  • Peter Kallio DNP, CRNA, APNP (Navy Veteran), Chair, Wisconsin Board of Nursing
  • Matthew Schroeder (Army & Marine Veteran), Director, Office of Military & Veterans Services, Edgewood College
  • Paul Wallinger, Manager, Talent Delivery, Human Resources, Froedtert Health
  • Troy Marx, Director of Human Resources, Upland Hills Health
  • Steve Janke (Marine Veteran), Principal & President, Mission One Wisconsin
  • Kari Metts (Army Veteran), Veterans Outreach Coordinator, Concordia University Wisconsin
  • Keith Casey (Retired Army Veteran), Assistant Director of Community Outreach & Veteran Engagement, Concordia University Wisconsin
  • Nicolas Carvillion (Army National Guard), District Director, Office of Senator Jacque
  • Manny Lara (Navy Veteran), Director of Human Resources (June August 2021), Progressive Community Health Centers
  • Jason Johns( Army Veteran), Vice President, Corporate & Community Relations & General Counsel, Center For Veteran Issues
  • Lance Sands (Retired Army Veteran), Surgery Technician, Pro-Health Waukesha
  • Angela Thomsen, Sergeant First Class, Senior Instructor Comprehensive Medical Training, Wisconsin Army National Guard, Wisconsin Military Academy
  • Theresa L Braudt, MSN, RN, Administrator, Gundersen Boscobel Hospitals & Clinics
  • Jeremy Levin, Director of Advocacy, Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative

If you have questions or wish to request additional information about the Wis-MAC Program, contact Joyce Mallory, Community Engagement Manager, by email or call (833) 511-4718.