Board of Directors:

Patricia White, CRNA - President

Patricia WhitePat has been a nurse anesthetist for 35 years, with 28 years in civilian practice and 7 years active duty in the U.S. Air Force. Her practice in the military included deployment in support of Operation Desert Storm. She's served on the board of directors for the Wisconsin Association of Nurse Anesthetists and is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

She's lived in Madison since the fall of 1991 and has been actively involved with SRW for the last 15 years, providing anesthesia in support of orthopedic and ocular surgery in Guatemala and Honduras.

She will retire from active practice in July 2015 and hopes to serve as a board member of SRW for many years to come.

Neil Lucchese, MD

Neil Lucchese, MDDr. Neil Lucchese is Medical Director for Medical Specialties at Dean Clinic in Madison, Wisconsin. After earning his bachelor's degree from Northwestern University, Dr. Lucchese received his MD degree from Northwestern University Medical School in School in Chicago in 1978. He served his ophthalmology residence at the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary. He then completed a fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology at the Univerisity of Wisconsin in 1982. Dr. Lucchese returned to Chicago where he taught at Cook County Hospital for gthree years. He joined Davis Duehr Dean Eye Associates in 1985, specializing in Pediatric Ophthalmology.

He is currently an Assistant Clinic Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Wisconsin. He has made numerous trips to Central America, examining patients, performing surgeries and teaching local physicians. Locally he serves on the medical advisory board of the Dance County Head Start Program. Dr. Lucchese is a member of the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Lucchese has accompanied SRW on missions to Nicaragua, Guatemala and Honduras where he has performed surgery and worked on an eyeglass mission.

Adam Dowling

Adam DowlingGrowing up in the Driftless Region of Southwestern Wisconsin, Adam enjoyed helping out his beef farmer neighbor in Dane County, dairy farming uncles in Grant County, and dairy farming grandpa in Iowa County. After receiving a B.S. degree in Natural Resources Environmental Studies from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Adam served his country for 3.5 years in the Peace Corps. Initially Adam was an Agro-Forestry extension agent and later a regional coordinator in Guinea, West Africa. Upon completion of his Peace Corps tour, Adam was hired by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service where he works as the District Conservationist in Dane County.

While living in the Madison area Adam was active in volunteering as the SRW warehouse(s), usually running a forklift. Adam was a logistician for two eyeglass missions with SRW to Guinea, West Africa in 2006 and 2009.

Wendy Read, RN

Wendy ReadWendy Read, RN, of Stoughton, WI, joins our SRW board with much mission team experience. Wendy works in Madison.

Before her husband retired from the military as a pilot, they lived in many places across the US and Europe. She grew up in the southwest part of Wisconsin.

Her family includes one daughter and two sons. Wendy has taken on the leadership of our surgical teams to Honduras.

Kristan Sodergren, MSN, APNP, CPNP

Kristan is a pediatric nurse practitioner at the American Family Children's Hospital, UW Hospital. She works with medically complex children in the Pediatric Complex Care Program. Prior to this she was a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with Pediatric Orthopedics and started out as a nurse in the operating room at UW Hospital.

Kristan Sodergren Her studies of the Spanish language led her to opportunities for international community service projects during high school and college, and she had the opportunity to serve on the board of one of those organizations, the Wisconsin chapter of Amigos de las Americas for over 10 years.

She has always had a passion for the Latin American people, countries, and culture. She has been traveling with SRW to Honduras for several years working on our Pediatric Orthopedic missions. For her, our time there is health care in its purest form.

She lives in Madison, WI with her husband. They have 5 kids – some of whom have accompanied us on these missions - and two dogs. She enjoys traveling and hiking with my husband and gardening.

Jessica Hoffmaster, MSN, APNP, CRNA

Jessica HoffmasterJessica is a nurse anesthetist providing anesthesia services at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, WI. After earning a Bachelor's degree in Nursing at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, she earned a Master of Science degree in Nurse Anesthesia from the Minneapolis School of Anesthesia in 2006.

She has served on the board of directors for the Wisconsin Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses.

She is currently a lead CRNA and co-manager of one of the largest anesthesia departments in Wisconsin with 75+ CRNAs at St. Mary's Madison and Janesville. She has been participating in medical mission trips with SRW since 2015.

Mary Beth Schneider, CRNA, DNP, APNP

Mary Beth SchneiderMary Beth joins the SRW board with more than 30 years of nursing experience with 19 of those as a nurse anesthetist. She joined her first mission trip with SRW in 2010.

In addition to her clinical practice at Stoughton Health and St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, Mary Beth is faculty with the nurse anesthesia program at Marquette University.

She has a special interest in caring for the pediatric population.

Mary Beth is an active member of the Wisconsin Association of Nurse Anesthetist and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

SRW's board, director, and medical team members will provide needed care and treatment internationally, while consistently demonstrating the following core values:

   Excellence   •   Respect   •   Compassion   •   Accountability

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