Board of Directors
Zachary Baeseman, MD - President
Zach grew-up in Edgar, a rural village in the north central Wisconsin. His home town has no stop-and-go lights, no fast food, and the largest employer in town is K-12 Public Schools (all in one building). He earned his undergraduate degree from St. Norbert College in DePere, WI, studying biology, chemistry, and philosophy. At St. Norbert College Zach played football and sang in the school’s Chamber Choir.
Zach attended medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, WI. Zach is a firm believer that physicians hold an obligation not only to their patients, but to their community. Consequently, he took an extra year to obtain a Master of Public Health in Madison, WI. He focused his graduate research on rural healthcare and the health assessment of rural Wisconsin.
Mark Deyo-Svendsen, MD - Vice President
Mark has practiced medicine for 34 years with the Mayo Clinic Health System in Menomonie, Barron and Glenwood City. He currently serves as Vice Chair of Practice and Quality for the Department of Family Medicine of the Mayo Clinic. In this role he supports the clinical practice of physicians across the upper Midwest.
David Wehby, MD - Treasurer
Dr. Wehby works for Aurora Health Care in Occupational Medicine and Urgent Care clinics throughout Ozaukee and Milwaukee Counties.
Leslie Ruffalo, PhD - Director
Leslie Ruffalo, PhD is the Advisor for Family Medicine Learning Community & Family Medicine Student Association at the Medical College of Wisconsin, in addition to the Course Director for Promoting Health in Underserved Communities, Course Director for Continuous Professional Development and M3 Family Medicine Clerkship: Community Health Instructor.
Jeremy Waldhart, DO - Director
Jeremy Waldhart, DO grew up in West Bend, went to UW-Milwaukee for his Undergrad and then attended medical school at Michigan State. He completed residency at Columbia St. Mary's Family Medicine Program. He currently works as an Associated Professor and Full Time Faculty for the Columbia St. Mary's Residency as part of the Medical College of Wisconsin.
David Deci, MD - Director
Jean Riquelme, MD - Director
Eric Stader, MD - WAFP President-Elect
Dr. Stader is an "old-fashioned" family doctor thriving in a small private practice in rural SW Wisconsin. He is committed to practicing excellent, full-spectrum family medicine in a manner which reflects his faith and values, prioritizes family, and honors his colleagues, staff, and patients. His interests include education of the next generation of rural clinicians, travel/mission medicine, practice management, and much more.
Beth Menzel, MD - WAFP 1st Vice President
Dr. Menzel enjoys teaching and practicing the full spectrum of Family Medicine as a faculty member at the Medical College of Wisconsin Fox Valley Family Medicine Residency in Appleton. She has special interests in health advocacy (community and legislative), prenatal care/obstetrics, breastfeeding, and adolescent medicine. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, especially outdoors or cheering for the Packers or Badgers.
Robert Sedlacek, MD - WAFP 2nd Vice President
Larry Pheifer - WAFP Executive Director
Larry has served as the executive director of the WAFP since 1998.
Becky Wimmer - WAFP-F Executive Director
Becky has served as the Executive Director of the WAFP-Foundation since 1998.
***Conflict of Interest:
In accordance with WAFP-Foundation policy, members of the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians - Foundation Board of Directors are required to provide WAFP-Foundation with a statement regarding actual or potential conflicts of interests. Conflict of interest statements for individual directors are available upon request. Requests should be directed to the Executive Director, Becky Wimmer.