Born, raised and educated here in Wisconsin, Brent is joining the Center for Patient Partnerships after many years of advocating for his disabled father, and mother, as they’ve battled cancer. Away from the office it’s easiest to find him on a bike, in a canoe, on skis or snowshoes.
Jennifer has a passion for medicine but an education and experience in business, both of which she hopes to combine to help patients and families successfully advocate for themselves. To this end she is excited to be enrolled in CPP’s Capstone Program for Patient Advocacy. Originally from California, Jen has spent significant time on both coasts and now calls the middle of the country home: Kansas City, where she is attempting to acclimate to the cold Midwest winters!
Kathleen has a Bachelors and Masters degree in social work. She is currently working in the Wisconsin Division of Public Health’s AIDS/HIV program. Kathleen is interested in working in patient advocacy both on the individual level and systems level. She hopes that by working directly with patients she can identify and work on changing problematic system issues that impede patient-centered care.
Kim is an Internal Medicine physician with a longstanding interest in Palliative care. She has a passion for helping others clarify and articulate their medical decisions and goals. Kim has worked in a variety of medical settings, and is looking forward to engaging with clients and families to help facilitate communication and promote team-base care.
Melody is a contract paralegal at the WEA Trust in Madison. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, MO and has spent her career working in the legal and insurance fields. She brings her experience from both industries to assist individual patients in navigating the health care maze. She also hopes to advocate for patients on a larger scale to create systemic changes within the healthcare system to improve the patient experience as well as patient outcomes.
Sally has been a pediatric nurse in varying roles for over 30 years. Her areas of interest include children and families, hospice, and the underserved. She enrolled in this course to better understand the unique difficulties patients encounter when diagnosed with a chronic or life-threatening illness. Her goal is to promote compassionate and competent care in the hospital, clinic or home setting.
Sandy is enrolled in the Capstone Certificate in Consumer Healthcare Advocacy program. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration with a double major in finance and accounting. She is currently a financial analyst for a financial services company in the Chicago, Illinois area. Sandy’s interest in patient advocacy is based on her experiences being a patient advocate for her mother who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.