OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
We believe all Wisconsinites deserve clean water and air, a safe climate, and a chance to thrive.
Board Chair | Policy & Advocacy Co-lead
Joel Charles, MD, MPH
Joel is a family practice physician at Vernon Memorial Healthcare and the Medical Director of the Kickapoo Valley Medical Clinic
Joel Charles is a family physician practicing in rural southwest Wisconsin, where he serves as the Medical Director for the Kickapoo Valley Medical Clinic. He received his MD and Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health as a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarship. He completed his residency at Sutter Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency. Joel helped found Healthy Climate Wisconsin.
Secretary & Treasurer | Climate-Smart Healthcare Lead
Claire Gervais, MD
Claire is a family practice physician at UW-Health and has launched multiple nonprofits including the Healthy Lawn Team.
Claire Gervais is a family practice physician and is a Clinical Associate Professor with the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. She is one of the founders of Healthy Lawn Team and Healthy Climate Wisconsin, and additionally serves on the Steering Committee of the Wisconsin Environmental Health Network.
Board Member | Anti-Racism Chair
Rene' Settle-Robinson, DPM
Rene' is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery and Outreach Community Health Center.
Dr. Settle-Robinson is a graduate of the Climate and Health Equity Fellowship 2022 Cohort of George Mason University and the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health. She recently completed another Fellowship program, the Climate Health Organizing Fellows, through the Center for Health Equity Education and Advocacy of the Cambridge Health Alliance. She has been an active leader locally, regionally, and nationally in the National Medical Association.
Jonathan Temte, MD, PhD, MS
Jonathan is the ssociate Dean for Public Health & Community Engagement at UW-Madison School of Medicine & Public Health and professor of Family Medicine.
Dr. Temte is the Associate Dean for Public Health & Community Engagement at UW-Madison School of Medicine & Public Health and a professor of Family Medicine. He served on the U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and is a member of the CDC’s Board of Scientific Counselors. He holds a MS is Biological Oceanography and a PhD in Zoology.
Katie Wickman, MS, RN, CIC
Katie is the Sustainability Manager for Ascenision Health.
Katie Wickman is the former Sustainability Manager for Advocate Aurora Health. Wickman is a registered nurse with experience in clinical bedside nursing and infection prevention.
Milwaukee Lead | Policy & Advocacy Co-lead
Victoria Gillet, MD
Victoria is a primary care internist and Associate Program Director for Primary Care at Advocate Aurora Health.
Victoria is a primary care internist and Associate Program Director for Primary Care at Aurora Health Care Internal Medicine Residency in Milwaukee. Her educational endeavors focus on structural competency in healthcare, particularly on health inequities in Milwaukee. She is also a dedicated environmental activist, and in addition to her work with HCW, she is the conservation chair for Sierra Club Great Waters Group, and a lead volunteer with the Sierra Club Wisconsin Beyond Coal team. Her advocacy work focuses on decarbonizing Wisconsin's energy grid and reducing the burden of environmental racism in Milwaukee.
Andrew Lewandowski, DO
Andrew Lewandowski is a community pediatrician with Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin.
Andrew Lewandowski is a community pediatrician with Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin with a career focus on climate justice solutions and climate medicine communication and education. He counsels the public, policymakers, healthcare providers, and his patients about climate change and health.
Ann Berhman, MD
Ann is the Program Director for the American Academy of Pediatrics' International Community Access to Child Health grants program
Ann is a retired pediatrician for Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics for the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health and Adjunct Faculty for the Center for South Asia.
Chirantan Mukhopadhyay, MD
Chirantan is a ophthalmologist at NorthShore University HealthSystem
Chirantan Mukhopadhyay is an ophthalmologist at NorthShore University HealthSystem. After the birth of his second child, Chirantan became passionate about climate change and believes it is a critical part of patient care, education, and public health. Chirantan helped found the Wisconsin Health Professionals for Climate Action and believes action is the best cure for despair.
Strategy and Development Chair
Pamela Guthman, DNP, RN, APHN-BC
Pamela has worked as a public, community, and population health nurse for 38plus years.
Pamela Guthman is an emeritus Assistant Professor of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at UW-Eau Claire. She has worked as a public, community, and population health nurse for 38-plus years and has served as a Chief Executive Officer for a rural community action agency. She was part of a statewide effort that resulted in the Wisconsin Public Health Association declaring racism as a public health crisis and provided leadership regarding a resolution to support family reunification for refugees relocating to Wisconsin. She is a member of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE), and local, state and national nursing and public health organizations. She is also a board member for Forward Community Investment, a community development financial institution investing in historically under-invested low-income areas and businesses with a goal to achieve racial and social justice.
Chirantan Mukhopadhyay, MD
Carla is a physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist at Milwaukee Health Services.
Carla is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist at Milwaukee Health Services.
Board Member | Policy & Advocacy Co-lead
Brittany Keyes, PT, DPT, ATC
Dr. Brittany Keyes is a physical therapist and civically involved environmental advocate from Beloit, Wisconsin.
Dr. Brittany Keyes is a physical therapist and civically involved environmental advocate from Beloit, Wisconsin. She recently completed her term on Beloit’s City Council, serving as Vice President this past year. While serving as Vice President of Beloit’s City Council, she championed a carbon neutrality proclamation, PFAS testing, timely allocation of ARPA funding to those experiencing greatest need, and local partnerships to complete independent air monitoring after learning about the stark increase of local air pollution following the build out of a large, natural gas energy plant. She enjoys turning grass into native plant gardens, exploring and experiencing nature with her family, and leading a local Plogging group (jogging and picking up litter).
Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH
Jonathan is a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor and John P. Holton Chair of Health and the Environment in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Population Health Sciences at UW-Madison.
Jonathan is a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor and John P. Holton Chair of Health and the Environment in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Population Health Sciences at UW-Madison. For 15 years, Patz served as a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (or IPCC)—the organization that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize– and he co-chaired the health report of our nation’s first U.S. National Assessment on Climate Change. He has published over 200 articles and several textbooks on climate change and health and is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine.
Climate-Smart Healthcare Co-lead
Kelly DeMarco, OT-L, NBC-HWC
Kelly is a National Board Certified Occupational Therapist, Health and Wellness Coach, Horizon Home Care & Hospice Rehab Manager, and Green Team Leader.
Kelly DeMarco is a National Board Certified Occupational Therapist and Health and Wellness Coach, Horizon Home Care & Hospice Rehab Manager and Green Team Leader, Mindfulness Trainer, Licensed WomanSpeak Circle Leader, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Certified, Regenerative Homesteader and founder of kellyGREENcoaching LLC. One of her professional missions is to mobilize OTs in the climate action movement. Toward this end Kelly has created a public Facebook Group called Climate Action OTs. Kelly is an active member of Wisconsin Health Professionals for Climate Action, the International Climate Coaching Alliance, and WSBC’s ‘Women in Sustainability’. She was one of 60 international climate coaches providing complimentary coaching to delegates of COP26. Kelly anchors her efforts in her WHY and in her vision for a THRIVING planet.
Bruce Barrett, MD, PhD
Bruce is a Professor & Vice Chair for Research at Department of Family Medicine & Community Health, UW - Madison
Bruce Barrett received MD and PhD degrees from the UW – Madison in 1992, then did an international health fellowship with Johns Hopkins University at a WHO research institute in Guatemala. He joined the Department of Family Medicine faculty in 2000, was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2006, full Professor in 2013, and Vice Chair of Research in 2019.