Board of Directors


Zachary Baeseman, MD - President

Zach Baeseman 2021Zach 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

DeyoSvendsen2023Thirty six years working in Family Medicine, caring for people from preconception planning to the end of life. All 1000 babies are strong, good looking and above average. I currently serve as Vice Chair of Practice for the Mayo Clinic Department of Family Medicine in the Midwest. Education is my passion, and my best work days are ones where a medical, physician assistant or advance practice nurse student is caring for patients alongside me.

David Wehby, MD - Treasurer

Dave WehbyDr. 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 ProfileLeslie 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.

Jean Riquelme, MD - Director


Samantha Busch - Student Director

busch headshot2021Samantha Busch is from Blue Mounds, WI and is a second-year medical student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in the TRIUMPH program. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry at UW-Madison and graduated with certificates in Biocore and the Classical and Near Eastern Studies. Prior to medical school she served with AmeriCorps as a BadgerCare Outreach Specialist with the Dane County Department of Human Services and Dane County Jail. She was also the Co-Founder and President of a student organization, Building Bases, whose goal was to help provide for families and children experiencing homelessness and educating peers on the growing issue in the Madison area.

During medical school she took on leadership roles for the Family Medicine Interest Group, PRIDE in Healthcare, and was an InterHouse Council Leader. She also spent her time participating in research regarding inpatient pediatrics with the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and volunteered with MEDiC and Madison Street Medicine, which provided health services to those experiencing homelessness.

Max Wolfgang Bunchek, MD - Resident Director

Max BunchekDr. Bunckek is a resident at the Fox Valley Family Medicine Residency. He has specific interests in rural outpatient medicine, preventative care, and the field of wound medicine. Outside of clinic, he enjoys spending time with family, fishing, camping, hiking, and taking roadtrips across the USA.

Beth Menzel, MD - WAFP Pres-Elect

BethMenzel2017 sized for websiteDr. 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.

Erin Morcomb, MD - WAFP Vice President

erin-morcomb-2023Erin Morcomb, MD, is a current faculty physician practicing full-spectrum Family Medicine at the La Crosse Mayo Family Medicine Residency program in La Crosse, Wisconsin, where she previously completed her residency training. She earned her medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School in the Twin Cities. Her clinical and professional interests include full-spectrum primary care, preventative medicine, resident education and quality initiatives in medicine. She is especially fond of hospital medicine, obstetrics/women's health and geriatrics. Outside of medicine, she enjoys participating in instrumental music performance activities, reading, caring for her rescue cats and dogs and spending time with family.

Larry Pheifer - WAFP Executive Director

Larry2015Larry has served as the executive director of the WAFP since 1998.

Becky Wimmer - WAFP-F Executive Director



***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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