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
Thirty 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
Dr. Wehby works for Aurora Health Care in Occupational Medicine and Urgent Care clinics throughout Ozaukee and Milwaukee Counties.
Leslie Ruffalo, PhD - Director
Jean Riquelme, MD - Director
Samantha Busch - Student Director
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
Beth Menzel, MD - WAFP Pres-Elect
Robert Sedlacek, MD - WAFP 1st Vice President
Erin Morcomb, 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
***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.