Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is composed of distinguished individuals from various backgrounds who offer leadership and governance for the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic. Board members help establish and maintain first-rate standards so the Clinic continues to deliver high quality, compassionate, and patient-centered health care. Board responsibilities include setting policy and forming relationships with business partners.

We thank all Board members for generously sharing their expertise and commitment. You make a difference in people’s lives!

The Board of Directors

Sue Peiffer, President
Sacred Heart Hospital


Steve Weiss M.D., Vice President
Mayo Clinic Health System


Mark Boser – Treasurer
Orgel Wealth Management


Kristin Wogahn, M.D., Secretary
Eau Claire Medical Clinic


Lori Whitis, M.D., Medical Director — CVFC


Maribeth Woodford, Executive Director — CVFC


Alicia Arnold, MD
MD Interpretation LLC


Jay Brettingen
Charter Bank


Anne Hargrave-Thomas
OakLeaf Surgical Hospital


Mel Jahnke
ROI Technology Consulting


Kevin Koehn
American Business Financial Inc.


Robin Kranig, R.N.
Marshfield Clinic


Lawrence Lightfield
Bremer Bank


Jose Ortiz, M.D.
Mayo Clinic Health System


John Panzigrau
Remax Real Estate


Lisa Schiller, PhD, APNP
UWEC, College of Nursing & Health Sciences


Hon. Michael Schumacher
Eau Claire County,  Circuit Court Judge


Denise Wirth, RN
Eau Claire City-County Health Department


Oua Xiong
Thrivent Financial


Chippewa Valley Free Clinic — Committees

Several standing, ad hoc, and other committees exist in the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic organizational structure. Committee membership consists primarily of directors from the Board and Clinic staff.

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  1. Executive Committee: Assesses the need for new practices & policies; Evaluates the governance of the organization & recommends improvements
  2. Nominating Committee: Leads the search & elections of new Board members, maintaining Board leadership and integrity
  3. Personnel Committee: Responsible for personnel decisions related to the Executive Director and other professional staff
  4. Finance Committee: Provides leadership for financial decisions (e.g., assists in developing annual budget and makes financial recommendations to the full Board)
  1. Patient Care Committee: Sets standards for patient care; Determines formulary; Brings best practices to the CVFC
  2. Public Relations Committee: Develops a public relations annual plan; Ensures all media channels represent and promote the Clinic at the highest level
  3. Special Events and Raffle Committee: Determines special events for annual fundraising plan; most Board members serve on this committee
  4. Business Partners Committee: Establishes and maintains relationships with business partners in the community to secure financial support for the CVFC
  5. Volunteer Committee: Supports the CVFC as a volunteer organization; Determines need, leads volunteer recruitment, & strategizes long term plans
  1. Discovery and Development Committee: Determines the Clinic’s direction as affected by (a) the Affordable Care Act, (b) gaps in health care services, and (c) changes in community health care needs