2020 Call for Speakers

ACHE-WI is looking for experts within our membership to participate as a panelist or moderator at our upcoming local programs and annual conference.

The moderator sets the tone, the pace and control of the content, staying ever-vigilant in keeping it relevant for the audience. It is the moderator’s responsibility to make sure the panel is lively, engaging and worthwhile.

The panelists are experts on the topic and can share examples and tools with the audience. They can share successes and lessons learned.

We have eight topics in 2020. Learn more about the topics here. If you have the experience in any of these areas, please volunteer to participate as a moderator or panelist by completing the form below by Friday, January 24.

Complete the Call for Speakers Here

Note: You will need to provide a bio and photo with your submission.

Apply for the Leadership Development Program

As a developing leader in an industry experiencing fast-paced and disruptive changes, the ability to lead effectively has never been more critical nor more marketable. Today’s leading healthcare organizations require the talent and skills of strong leaders to influence others in realizing the vision of the organization. The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) – Wisconsin Chapter Leadership Development Program combines site visits, lectures, group exercises, participatory events, skills assessments, networking and coaching to prepare emerging leaders with the skills to influence others and immediately impact their organizations. The program will enlighten the emerging leader about their leadership strengths and abilities, enhance their knowledge of the healthcare industry, and provide them with the opportunity to immediately apply what they have learned for personal and professional growth. In addition to the core curriculum, the program also offers the emerging leader the opportunity to interact with peers from across the state, receive coaching from successful early careerists and executives, increase exposure in the Wisconsin Chapter of ACHE, and the ability to network with Wisconsin’s leading healthcare executives.

Newsmaker Event: Deputy Commissioner Nathan Houdek

Nathan Houdek was appointed deputy commissioner of insurance in January of 2019. He’s chairing the Governor’s Task Force on Reducing Prescription Drug Prices and is vice chair of the Group Insurance Board. Houdek will detail the work of both groups at a Wisconsin Health News Newsmaker Event Monday, Feb. 10. He’ll also discuss the future of the ACA market, protections for people with pre-existing conditions, surprise medical bills and more.

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Legislative Panel Confirmed for Doctor Day 2020

Hear firsthand from legislative leadership at Doctor Day 2020

Wisconsin’s legislative leaders will share their perspectives on the 2019-20 legislative session and their predictions for the 2020 Election. Confirmed panelists include:

  • Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald
  • Senate Minority Leader Jen Shilling
  • Assembly Speaker Robin Vos
  • Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz

Register Here

Nationally Recognized Scholar and Pollster to Headline Doctor Day

Charles Franklin, PhD, nationally recognized government scholar and pollster, will headline Doctor Day 2020

Doctor Franklin is director of the Marquette Law School Poll and professor of law and public policy at Marquette University, He has used the poll to continue tracking political races of interest to voters and explore additional public policy issues. At Doctor Day on January 29, 2020, Dr. Franklin will share his insight and polling data relevant healthcare policy and the 2020 elections.

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Achieving health equity: What will it take in Wisconsin?

Where someone lives, how much money they make and the color of their skin can have a significant impact on their overall health. And in Wisconsin, this is especially true. The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute gave the state a “D” for its health disparities in a recent report.

A Wisconsin Health News panel on Jan. 14 in Milwaukee will discuss efforts underway to achieve health equity, and the challenges that remain.

Panelists include:

  • Vincent Lyles, Vice President Community Relations, Advocate Aurora Health
  • Jeanette Kowalik, Commissioner of Health, City of Milwaukee
  • Additional panelists to be announced soon.

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Leadership Development Program (LDP) Site Visits at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Madison and Stoughton Hospital

American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Wisconsin Chapter Leadership Development Program (LDP) Cohort X was hosted at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Madison and Stoughton Hospital to wrap up the 2019 calendar year Site Visits.

Joyce Zweifel, FACHE, Manager-Business Development welcomed the group to St. Mary’s Hospital – Madison on October 25th and provided an introduction to SSM Health over breakfast.  Jonathan Lewis, FACHE, VP Operations, St. Mary’s Hospital then took the group on an excellent tour of St. Mary’s Madison which included the helipad for a great photo op.

Jonathan Rozenfeld, President, St. Mary’s Hospital then joined the group for an overview of Hospital Operations, followed by an engaging session on Clinic Operations with Mark Thompson, M.D., President, Medical Groups-Wisconsin Region and Mark Kadlec, VP Operations, Physician and Ambulatory Services.

Veronica Scott-Fulton, DNP, MPH, RN, NEA-BC, Regional Vice President Nursing WI joined the group for a lively discussion on Servant Leadership to Drive Results, followed by an interactive Question and Answer Session on Health System Operations, Leadership and Career Development with Kerry Swanson, Regional COO Wisconsin, Jonathan Rozenfeld, President, St. Mary’s Hospital and Mark Thompson, M.D., President, Medical Groups-Wisconsin Region.

The cohort then traveled to Stoughton Hospital for the afternoon, and enjoyed lunch during introductions and discussion with the Administrative Team about their Career Paths.

Dan DeGroot, CEO shared his inspiring career journey, and Teresa Lindfors, FACHE, VP of Growth and Development shared a great overview of Culture and making of Excellence Together.  Cohort members were interested to learn more about What it’s like to be a Critical Access Hospital from Dan DeGroot, CEO and Michelle Abey, CFO.  The day wrapped up with a comprehensive tour of Stoughton Hospital with Teresa Lindfors, FACHE.

The SSM Health site visit was coordinated by cohort member Derek Angle, Manager, Medical Imaging Operations, SSM Health Dean Medical Group.  The Stoughton Hospital site visit was coordinated by cohort member Betsy Folbrecht, Specialty Physician Clinic Manager who also hosted student mentee Lexa Van Fleet from Future Healthcare Executives (FHE) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Overall, the day provided excellent insights into both organizations and open dialogue with senior leaders.  Key takeaways included: Aim to be a servant leader and put the team first; conceptualize and see the big picture; optimize your resume to tell your story and quantify your differentiators.

Recommended books include: The Speed of Trust – The One Thing That Changes Everything (Steven M. R. Covey); The Boys in the Boat – Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics (Daniel James Brown); Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (Daniel H. Pink);The Laws of Human Nature (Robert Greene).

Thank you to all who participated in making this day a valuable and rewarding learning experience for our cohort members in the ACHE-WI Leadership Development Program!

LDP Cohort X Site Visit at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Madison

Pictured (left to right): Will McMullen, Jenny Benrud, Derek Angle, Betsy Folbrecht, Chris Gries, Jeron Jackson, Bethany Seeboth, Nick Ladell.


LDP Site Visit at Stoughton Hospital

Pictured (left to right): Chris Gries, Jenny Benrud, Will McMullen, Betsy Folbrecht,
Lexa Van Fleet (FHE mentee), Derek Angle, Nick Ladell, Jeron Jackson.

Apply for Fellow and to Complete Requirements by Dec. 31

Fellow applicants who successfully meet all requirements needed to attain their FACHE credential by Dec. 31, 2019, including passing the Board of Governors Exam, will be eligible to participate in the 2020 Convocation Ceremony at the Congress on Healthcare Leadership, where they will receive formal recognition by ACHE leadership and their colleagues.

Members can apply for Fellow conveniently and learn more about the steps and requirements needed to advance at ache.org/FACHE.

A New Way to Pay Your ACHE Dues

By popular demand, new this year, we are pleased to offer auto-renewal, a simple way to make your dues payments. This option will make it easier for you to keep up with your dues payments on time, so you won’t miss out on the membership benefits. When you pay your 2020 membership dues, simply select the auto-renewal option. When it is time to pay for the following year’s dues, your membership will be automatically renewed.

ACHE-WI 2020 Board Election

Voting is now open for the 2020 ACHE-WI Board of Directors.  Eligible members have been sent an email with instructions on voting.  A link to each candidate’s full application and their biographical information is available below and on the ballot.  All active and life ACHE-WI members are eligible to cast one ballot for up to four candidates.  After reviewing all the candidates, please mark your selections on the ballot.  Voting will close at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 11, 2019.

2020 Slate of Candidates

Jennifer Benrud, MBA, NHA

Executive Director, Prevea Health (Eau Claire)

Candidate Application and Resume (link)

Kelly Boggs, MBA (re-election)

Director of Network Engagement, Aspirus Network (Wausau)

Application and resume (link)

Aaron Budd, MBA


Director, Medical Imaging Operations, SSM Health (Janesville)

Application and resume (link)

Teresa Lindfors, FACHE, MBA, RN


VP Growth & Development, Stoughton Hospital (Stoughton)

Application and resume (link)

Tim Prince, MHA, FACHE


Senior Advisor, Findorff Strategic Insights (Madison)

Application and resume (link)

Carl Selvick, PharmD, MBA, FACHE

Senior Director Clinic Operations, Fort Healthcare (Fort Atkinson)

Application and resume (link)