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Local Leadership

Our Regional Board and Regional Management Team lead us in our mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.

Upper Midwest Regional Board

The regional board is the governing body responsible for strategic focus, organizational goals and measurable results in achieving the mission. The business of the board includes the equitable distribution of resources and programs as well as the development of volunteer structures across the entire region.

FY2017 Board of Directors

July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017

Steven T. Mielke

Todd A. Mahr, MD
Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center

Jessica Hoppe
Alerus Bank

Kevin L. Kovitz, MD
Chicago Chest Center, Suburban Lung Associations


  • Brad Baker
  • Gail M. Brottman, MD
    Hennepin County Medical Center
  • Jeffrey Cahn
    Community Volunteer
  • Michael V. Carstens
    Physicians Mutual Insurance Company
  • Malcolm DeCamp, MD
    Northwestern Medicine
  • Julie R. Feasel
    Kindred Healthcare
  • Thomas Gross, MD
    University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
  • Reggie Henderson
    Telamon Corporation
  • Dustin L. Hinton
  • Michael J. Jaeger, MD
    Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield
  • William Kempiners
    Community Volunteer
  • Caroline V. Krider
    US Bank 
  • Heidi Larson
    Goff Public
  • Audrene Lojovich
    Community Volunteer
  • Lisa C. McKinney
    Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
  • Alan D. Rowe
    Kirkwood College
  • Jack Shapiro
    Community Volunteer
  • L. Craig Turner
    Craig Turner Attorney at Law
  • Peter Francesco Vitiello, PhD
    Sanford Research
  • Staff
    Lewis A. Bartfield
    American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest

Management Team

  • Lewis Bartfield, Executive Vice President, Upper Midwest Region
  • Meghan Miller, SVP of Development
  • Penny Fena, Chief Mission Officer
  • Brian Leibl, SVP of Finance
  • Michael Mark, SVP of HelpLine Services
  • Kristen Young, Executive Director - Greater Chicago
  • Linda Crider, Executive Director - Kansas
  • Greg Voss, Executive Director - Minnesota
  • Angela Wiseman, Executive Director - Missouri
  • Julia McCarville, Executive Director - Nebraska
  • Tanya Husain, Executive Director - Indiana
  • Micki Sandquist, Executive Director - Iowa
  • Linda Witucki, Executive Director - Wisconsin

Local Leadership Board

The purpose of the American Lung Association's Local Leadership Board to is raise the organization's profile in the community, advocate for lung health and increase resources to fund local programs and services.

Local Leadership Board members impact the work of the Association including: programs and services, public policy, research, and revenue generation.

Christopher M Cahlamer
Godfrey and Kahn, S.C.

Vice Chair
Linda L. Newberry-Ferguson
Dohmen Life Science Services
SVP of Clinical Navigation

Aaron Lipski
Milwaukee Fire Department
Deputy Chief


  • Michael P. Cornell
    Associated Bank
    Senior Vice President, Corporate Banking
  • M. Sharon deGuzman
    Robert W. Baird and Co.
    Director / Senior Portfolio Manager
  • John A. Dirkse
    Aegis Corporation
    Executive Vice President
  • James W. Ehrenstrom
  • John F. Emanuel
    Husch Blackwell LLP
  • Sheila Gansemer, RN, BSN, MS
    Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - Franklin
    Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital
    Vice President Patient Care Services/CNO
  • Elizabeth M. Gore, M.D.
    Medical College of Wisconsin
    Professor, Radiation Oncology
  • Nezih Y. Hasanoglu, Jr.
    M3 Insurance
    Vice President of Business Development
  • Dustin L. Hinton
    UnitedHealthcare - Wisconsin and Michigan
  • Bich Le
    GE Healthcare
    GM, Global PET
  • Todd A. Mahr, M.D.
    Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center
  • Kevin W. McCabe
    S.C. Johnson and Son, Inc. Director, Occupational and Preventive Medicine
  • Steven T. Mielke
    Assistant Treasurer
  • Michael J. Redding
    The F. Dohmen Company
    Associate General Counsel
  • Kimberly Schmidt
    Educated Solutions Corp.
  • Penny J. Siewert
  • Kerri Zabel, MPT
    ATI Physical Therapy
    Regional Director
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