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about us

The Greater Watertown Community Health Foundation (GWCHF) is a catalyst for positive, lasting and measurable health improvement across the region. Our vision is thriving communities where everyone enjoys good health and wellbeing.

Our Mission?

To inspire collaboration, mobilize resources and encourage innovation that measurably contributes to the wellbeing of our community.

Connecting the "doers"

GWCHF is a connector - bringing together the people, organizations and resources needed to create lasting change. We believe that transforming community health requires more than just writing a check. It requires listening. Engaging. Empowering the "doers" of our community to apply their talents to create a healthier tomorrow.

our legacy

With the purpose of promoting and enhancing the health and wellness of our community, our foundation was created out of the September 2015 joint venture transaction between Watertown Regional Medical Center (WRMC) and LifePoint Health.

Community support over the last century has been central to WRMCs capacity to provide first-class healthcare. GWCHF is committed to carrying on this legacy of health by providing both financial and leadership resources to Wisconsin's Dodge and Jefferson Counties and through our 20% ownership in WRMC and appointment of 50% of the WRMC joint venture board.

The Foundation is an independent non-profit governed by its own community board of directors.

our service area

The Greater Watertown Community Health Services Foundation serves the residents of Dodge and Jefferson Counties with priority given to projects impacting the communities served by the following school districts:

  • Dodgeland
  • Hustisford
  • Ixonia
  • Jefferson
  • Johnson Creek
  • Lake Mills
  • Waterloo
  • Watertown
map of service area

board

Karla Mullen

Karla holds an MA degree in education from Carroll University in Waukesha and has achieved National Board Teacher Certification, as well as NBCT Facilitator Training and Strategic Planning. She taught high school English and Social Studies during her career at the Watertown Unified School District. In addition to the WRMC Board, Karla has served as Board Chair for the Wisconsin Humanities Council and is a former board member of Endeavor Charter School where she is a volunteer teacher. She also volunteers for the Watertown Area Cares Clinic, a non-profit medical provider for low-income, uninsured residents.


David Schroeder

He has a BS in Chemical Engineering from UW-Madison and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. His first ten years out of school David worked in the petrochemicals and plastics industry in various production, engineering, tech support, and business roles. From 2005-2020, he was the owner and president of Baker-Rullman Manufacturing - a local manufacturer of corrugated steel storage bins, steel structure and industrial rotary drum dryers. In addition to serving on the board of GWCHF, he also volunteers his time in the community and serves on the boards of the Watertown Regional Medical Center, Watertown Area YMCA, YMCA at Pabst Farms, YES! Watertown, Thrive ED, and the Tech Ed Partnership Team at Watertown High School.


Tina Crave

With over 20 years’ experience in local healthcare leadership, she ensures Continuous Quality Improvement and Results Based Leadership practices are central to all GWCHF investments. Tina serves on the boards of Thrive Economic Development and Rainbow Hospice as well as on an executive committee for the WI Office of Children’s Mental Health. She is a member of Grantmakers in Health, Wisconsin Philanthropy Network and the Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health. Tina earned her Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy from UW La-Crosse and her master’s degree in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University.


Randall J. Phelps

Employed by the ORBIS Corporation for 32 years, he held leadership positions including Marketing Manager, Venture Manager, General Manager and VP of Business Development including Acquisitions. Randy has served on the Watertown Regional Medical Center Board for 13 years where he served as Chairman and as a member of the Finance Committee. He also serves on the Educational Foundation of Watertown, Inc. board as President. He is also the Finance Chairman for Christ United Methodist Church. Randy obtained his bachelor's degree from Wartburg College with an emphasis in Business Administration/Economics. He furthered his education with an MBA from the Wharton Graduate School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania with an emphasis in marketing.


Charles Eggert

A licensed attorney in the State of Wisconsin since 2011, Charles opened an area law firm with his wife in 2014. Prior to this, Charlie worked in elder law in Madison. He also owns and manages multiple residential and commercial rental properties and has actively farmed with his father since childhood. Charlie earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from UW-Whitewater and his Juris Doctor from Valparaiso University School of Law. Charlie is a current board member of the Columbus Mutual Insurance Company and is also a member of the Wisconsin Bar Association and the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce.


Margaret Hanrahan

She graduated from Michigan’s Kalamazoo College and went on to receive her law degree from Marquette University Law School. Her legal background includes serving as Law Clerk for the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, District II; and Staff Attorney for Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee. Margaret resides in Lake Mills, WI, where she opened a private law office in 2013. Margaret has served on the Friends of the Lake Mills Library Scholarship Committee and the Lake Mills Main Street Program Economic Development Committee. She is a current member of the Jefferson County Bar Association and serves as an Election Inspector for the Town of Lake Mills.




Megan Hartwick

During her tenure she has successfully grown the organization across all areas of business, such as fundraising, partnerships, grant funding and local awareness. Her leadership roles both professionally and personally make her uniquely attuned to the needs of our community. Megan is a graduate of UW-Whitewater where she obtained a degree in Business Administration. She serves on the Fort Atkinson Fire and Police Commission, Jefferson County Planning Commission and is the founder of the Fort Atkinson Summer Charity Concerts. She has previously served on the Fort Atkinson Chamber Young Professionals Group, Fort Atkinson School District Community Advisory Committee and Working in the Schools Associates Board.


Juan Muniz Jr.

In his role as Migrant Labor Recruiter, Juan specializes in working with migrant laborers employed by the Clyman facility to ensure they have access to quality housing and that their health and wellness needs are met through available programming. As Environmental Specialist, Juan oversees all the wastewater operations, including budgeting, and state and government permitting. He holds a State of Wisconsin Wastewater Operators Certification and is a past Board Member of UMOS, a non-profit advocacy organization, which provides programs and services to improve the employment, educational, health and housing opportunities of under-served populations. While serving on the board, Juan was primarily responsible for the budgeting of new state and federally funded projects.


William Oswald

Since 1997, Bill has served as a financial advisor and currently co-owns Oswald Konz Financial Group. Bill's concern for the needs of our area has led him to serve as a member on the Watertown Rotary Club, Board Member of the Watertown Area Community Foundation, Board and Finance Committee of Marquardt Village, Friends of the Watertown Public Library, Watertown Area YMCA Capital Campaign Committee, and prior board member and President of the Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce as well as youth sports coach for soccer, basketball, football and baseball. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a degree in business finance and is a Certified Financial Planner. Bill has also earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary professional designation from Fiduciary360.


Carol Quest

Through her career, she has provided bedside nursing at Watertown Regional Medical Center, and has worked at local County and City health departments as both a Public Nurse and an administrator. Carol's profession has given her the opportunity to impact and support current and emerging Public Health practices in our region and as a State and local public health advocate she has garnered the knowledge and skills needed to understand the complexities of improving public health. Carol currently serves on several boards, including the Watertown Regional Medical Center Joint Venture Board, Watertown Area Cares Clinic, a non-profit medical provider for low-income, uninsured residents; Dodge/Jefferson Healthier Community Partnership and Dodge/Jefferson Community Health Assessment. She is a member of Healthiest Wisconsin 2020, where she also served on the board and implementation plan committee.


Nate Salas

He is committed to helping steer the Watertown region into a healthy and vibrant future. Nate earned his BS in Engineering with a Major in Political Science from the US Air Force Academy. He went on to earn his MBA in Finance at UW-Whitewater and a professional degree from the Graduate School of Banking from UW-Madison. He served 7 years in the military; four years as a cadet and three years as an officer in the Office of Special Investigations Aviano Italy. He has been employed in the banking and finance industry for 9 years. Nate is the founder and president of YES!Watertown, committee member of the Watertown Branding Commission and Board member of Partnership Bank. He has also served as a member of Leadership Watertown and Watertown Rotary.


Tim Schuler

In 2013, Tim received the ORBIS Presidential Award that recognizes individuals who perform at a high level and make significant contribution to the business. That same year, he was awarded the Menasha Corporation Living the Vision Award, the highest employee award in the company. Tim obtained his BBA from UW-Oshkosh with a major in accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Wisconsin. He has previously served on the Watertown Regional Medical Center Board where he held the position of Finance Committee Chairman. He was also the treasurer for the St. Bernard's School Athletic Association, baseball and soccer coach for Watertown Park and Recreation and served as a member of the Facilities Advisory Committee for the Watertown School District.


Michael Sullivan, MD,

Dr. Sullivan has served as Vice Chief of Staff and Chief of Staff on the WRMC Medical Executive Committee. He received his BS in Biology and MD from the University of Illinois. Dr. Sullivan previously served on the WRMC Board of Directors and as a provider at the Watertown Area Cares Clinic. He is a current member of the Tour da Goose Planning Committee, YES! Watertown and the YMCA Capital Campaign Committee.


Marcy Tessman

She is the President of and partner in Charleston/Orwig, a strategic communications agency serving leading and emerging brands within the food system. Marcy is a graduate of UW-Madison, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree. She has held a membership in the National Agri-Marketing Association since 1994 and is a member of the Giving Ladies of Watertown charitable group. In addition, she served a 3-year term on the Watertown Regional Medical Center Board.


staff

Tina Crave

Tina Crave

President & CEO
tcrave@watertownhealthfoundation.com
Kelly Cieslak

Kelly Cieslak
Vice President – Strategy & Organizational Development

kcieslak@watertownhealthfoundation.com
Tarasa Lown

Tarasa Lown
Program Officer

tlown@watertownhealthfoundation.com
Kim Melcher

Kim Melcher
Director of Impact

kmelcher@watertownhealthfoundation.com
Andi Merfeld

Andi Merfeld
Office & Grants Coordinator

amerfeld@watertownhealthfoundation.com
Melinda Mueller

Melinda Mueller
Communications Specialist

mmueller@watertownhealthfoundation.com
Jill Van Sickle

Jill Van Sickle
Early Childhood Learning Innovation Coach

jvansickle@watertownhealthfoundation.com
Sarah Sullivan

Sarah Sullivan
Program Officer

ssullivan@watertownhealthfoundation.com

careers


Thank you for your interest in working with the Greater Watertown Community Health Foundation. At this time, we do not have any open positions. Please check back periodically for career opportunities.

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Greater Watertown
Community Health Foundation

600 East Main Street, Suite 200
Watertown WI 53094

phone: 920.390.4000




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