Care Wisconsin's Leadership Team & Board of Directors

​Caring Starts When You Lead from the Heart…

Care Wisconsin recognizes and builds leadership throughout the organization. Many have formal leadership titles, like those on our executive team, board of directors, and program teams.

But we celebrate those who lead by example in other ways too, like:

  • Sharing clinical, community or experience and knowledge.
  • Doing the right thing even when it’s the “hard” thing.
  • Advancing new ideas and insights so our organization can evolve over time.
  • Mentoring and support colleagues.
  • Taking care of oneself, so they have the capacity to care for others.

Get to know our Executive Team by looking through their profiles. We’re honored to have such an accomplished, compassionate group leading Care Wisconsin!

To learn more about leadership and the values we hold dear at Care Wisconsin, visit our Culture page.

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Care Wisconsin Executives

​April Golenor, the CEO of Care Wisconsin smiles outside

April Golenor

​Chief Executive Officer

April Golenor joined Care Wisconsin in May 2018 after serving several years as Regional President of Humana in Louisiana and Mississippi, a highly-rated Medicare plan with over 225,000 members.  Before working with Humana, Golenor was president and CEO at UnitedHealthcare Community Plan, which serves Medicaid members across Louisiana. Additionally, Golenor’ s experience includes CEO for a start-up Medicare Advantage health plan in Washington State, as well as holding high-level positions in other Medicare and Medicaid health plans. Her early career included positions in accounting and auditing for Ernst and Young, foundational experience that serves her well in the highly regulated, complex world of healthcare plans.

April enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. She’s also a fierce advocate for animals and has been involved with dog rescue organizations.

Ken Eimers

Ken Eimers

Chief of Staff

Ken Eimers joined Care Wisconsin in 2002 and has held a number of different roles before assuming his current role as Chief of Staff to our CEO. Prior to that, Ken served as our Operating and Information Officer from 2006-2018. Ken represents Care Wisconsin on several work groups and committees in partnership with the Department of Health Services (DHS).

Immediately prior, he worked at Dean Medical System, where he served as Manager of Business Systems. Ken has a Bachelor of Science in Management Computer Systems from the University of Wisconsin — Whitewater and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Wisconsin — Madison.

Kevin Park

Kevin Park

​Chief Medical Officer and SVP Clinical | ​MD

Chief Medical Officer Kevin Park, MD, joined us in 2017 after serving as the National Medical Director for a special needs healthcare plan organization that served 13 major markets. His deep experience with highly-vulnerable populations combined with his clinical background enables him to drive the strategic direction of Care Wisconsin’s clinical programs. Dr. Park is board certified in internal medicine, a Harvard Medical School and magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College, an editorial board member for the Journal of Healthcare Quality, and a nationally-recognized expert on medication adherence.

In spite of his noteworthy accomplishments, Dr. Park is a humble, servant-minded leader who focuses his energies on advancing our clinical practices to improve the experiences and lives of our members. Outside of work, Dr. Park is an avid traveller (he’s been to 46 states!) and patron of the arts. His passion for art and theatre began during his undergraduate years, when he majored in French and English literature.

Janette Townsend

Janette Townsend

​Chief Financial Officer | CPA

Janette Townsend is Chief Financial Officer. In this role, she provides leadership and management of all financial, accounting, treasury, and budgetary activities of the organization. Janette also oversees the facilities and materials management, enrollment, and claims. She is the Treasurer and financial advisor to the Board of Directors and provides them, along with the Executive Team, with analysis and counsel on the financial impact of regulatory and other business activities on the organization.

Before joining Care Wisconsin, Janette served as Vice President & Corporate Chief Financial Officer at Renown Health and has nearly 20 years of financial and operational experience in the health care industry. She is a certified public accountant and has a Bachelors in Business Administration/Accounting from Oregon State University.

Amy Ackermann

Amy Ackermann

Vice President of Employee Experience | SHRM-CP, PHR, CPC

Since starting at Care Wisconsin in the fall of 2011, Vice President of Human Resources, Amy Ackermann, has made employee growth, engagement, and wellness her priority. As she eloquently states, “We don’t make or sell things–we deal in care and support for others. As our teams care for our members, the HR team cares for our staff.” To this end, Ackermann oversees a growing and innovative HR team who manage recruiting, retaining, compensating, rewarding, educating, and recognizing staff. Under her leadership, Care Wisconsin’s culture has evolved into a highly adaptive and inclusive organization that attracts Wisconsin’s top talent.

Before joining Care Wisconsin, Ackermann worked in HR leadership for a number of early-stage, high-tech companies in Madison. She received her degree in counselling from Northwestern University, which she leverages every day. She’s earned a Certified Professional Coach designation, which has enhanced her skills and approach in building relationships and supporting others. In her free time, Amy enjoys attending her children’s athletic events, cooking, and exploring new places—near and far.

Angela Seidl

Angela Seidl

Compliance Officer and Vice President of Quality and Regulatory | RN, BSN, CHC

Leading the development, implementation, and maintenance of these mission-critical programs is Angela Seidl, our Compliance Officer. Angela is uniquely suited for this role, as she began her career as a national security intelligence analyst in the United States Air Force before switching gears and obtaining her nursing degree.

Angela has spent her career designing and delivering healthcare and support programs to vulnerable populations. While working as a community health nurse in Hawaii, for example, Angela developed and implemented a domestic violence screening program. Providing services in that community helped prepare her for her first role at Care Wisconsin in 2001, when she became an RN Care Manager with the Partnership program. After demonstrating strong leadership during several expansion initiatives and a desire to get more involved in the regulatory side of the organization, Angela became Compliance Officer in 2015.

During her free time, Angela loves to spend time with her family, reading, gardening and cooking. She’s an avid camper and loves exploring the state of Wisconsin.

Karen Thornsvard Hitchcock Care Wisconsin Marketing

Karen Hitchcock

Vice President, Member Experience

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Karen Hitchcock joined Care Wisconsin in 2017 as the Director of Marketing and Communications. In October 2018, she became the Vice President of Member Experience and now oversees the marketing, outreach, sales, product and customer service functions.

Before joining Care Wisconsin, Karen served as Chief Experience Officer of healthfinch, a Madison-based healthcare IT startup. She also owned her own marketing consulting firm for many years, working for a variety of startups in biotech, healthcare, and cybersecurity fields. Karen is also an award-winning artist and her artwork can be found on permanent display in the Madison Children’s Museum and the Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce.

Karen is thrilled to work for a non-profit, mission-driven organization and with dedicated colleagues who change peoples lives for the better, every day.

Board Members

​Tom Bergerud

Retired | The Threshold, Inc.​

Maria Brenny-Fitzpatrick

UW Hospital and Clinics

Emma Chaudhary

Retired

April D. Golenor

Chief Executive Officer | Care Wisconsin

Jan Gurrie

Retired | State of Wisconsin

Rolf Hanson

Retired | Health Care Executive

John Hintze

US Bank

Glenn Johnston

HyCite Enterprises, LLC

Marsha Tesar

Tesar Law Group, S.C.

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