Board of Directors

The Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians – Foundation (WAFP-F) is seeking a Vice President (two - 2 year terms) and Director (three - 2 year terms) to sit on the WAFP-F Board of Directors.

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

5012Zach 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.

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

Mark Deyo-Svendsen, MD - Director

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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.

Jeremy Waldhart, DO - Director

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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.

Elizabeth Pyne, MD - WAFP President Elect

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Elizabeth Pyne is a Family Physician and Medical Director at the Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers in Milwaukee. She has a special interest in infectious disease, community medicine and inclusive healthcare. Outside of medicine, she enjoys trivia nights, concerts and anything on the water.

Rodney Erickson, MD - WAFP 1st Vice President

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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.

Larry Pheifer- WAFP Executive Director


Larry has served as the executive director of the WAFP 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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