Board of Directors

The Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians – Foundation (WAFP-F) is seeking the following positions to sit on the WAFP-F Board of Directors in 2022:

  • President
  • Treasurer
  • Resident Director
  • Student Director

Intrested indviudals are asked to submit nominations, including a current CV, to the WAFP-Foundation by email.

WAFP – F qualifications/ responsibilities include:

  • An awareness of the specialty of Family Medicine and its important role in providing primary health care to the citizens of this state 
  • An awareness of the programs and objectives of WAFP 
  • An understanding of the goals and principles of a foundation and in particular the charitable, scientific, and philanthropic undertakings of the WAFP-Foundation 
  • Experience with other foundations and fundraising activities 
  • An appreciation for the opportunity of a foundation to expand the communication and improve the dialog with those individuals and organizations that may not be part of medicine, but that have an interest in primary care practice and the health care industry 
  • A willingness to attend quarterly meetings and participate in email and subcommittee activities


Zachary Baeseman, MD - President

Zach Baeseman 2021
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 Deyo Svendsen

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

DaveDr. Wehby works for Aurora Health Care in Occupational Medicine and Urgent Care clinics throughout Ozaukee and Milwaukee Counties.

Board Members

Leslie Ruffalo, PhD - Director

Leslie Ruffalo Academic Profile

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

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.

Samantha Runstrom - Resident Director


Samantha Runstrom (Olesiak), MD is currently in her PGY2 year of family medicine residency at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, WI. Received her medical training at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Samantha grew up on a small family farm in Weyerhaeuser, WI and attended UW-Green Bay for her undergraduate degree. She is currently engaged in research focused on recruitment and retention of rural physicians and has a strong interest in pursuing rural WI family practice after her training is complete. She is very honored to be given the opportunity to serve on the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Board of Directors.

David Marshall - Student Director

David Marshall is a medical student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM). He will begin his fourth year of medical school this summer after completing a Master of Public Health degree. He will be applying to family medicine residency this upcoming year and has interests in rural medicine, global health, as well as maternal and child health.

Rodney Erickson, MD - WAFP President Elect

Rod Erickson 2020
I have been practicing full scope family medicine since 1984. My first seven years were in Vinton, IA which was then a HMSA. Since then I’ve been in Tomah, WI. Over the years our practice has mentored premedical students, medical students, including WARM students, and family medicine residents. My interests within medicine include geriatrics, obstetrics, practice based research, and wilderness medicine. Our family enjoys hiking, biking, cross country skiing, kayaking, and playing in the outdoors.

Eric Stader, MD - WAFP 1st Vice President

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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 2nd Vice President

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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.

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.


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