Board of Directors:
Pat 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.
Patricia White, CRNA - President
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.
Dr. 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.
Neil Lucchese, MD
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.
Growing 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 to work in the Darlington, WI as a Soil Conservationist. He then went on to the Portage, WI before being selected as the District Conservationist in Fond du Lac 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.
Adam enjoys all types of "silent" sports, namely road and mountain biking, cross-country skiing and running. He also enjoys drawing with crayons, colored pencils and washable markers and reading books with his 3-year-old daughter Oumou as little sis Aicha (9 months) looks on. And when time and funds permit, Adam and beautiful wife Mariama delight in returning to Guinea to visit family and friends.
Wendy Read, RN, of Stoughton, WI, joins our SRW board with much mission team experience. Wendy works in Madison.
Wendy Read, RN
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.
Carlos Alvarado was born and raised in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and has been proud to call Madison home since 2002. After working in the banking world for a number of years, he brought his financial savvy and caring client services to Alvarado Real Estate Group as a licensed Realtor in 2006. With so many years serving clients and helping people navigate their real estate needs, he has found his sweet spot as a real estate broker/owner of their family company. Carlos specializes in residential home buying and selling, commercial real estate, and investment properties, and also owns and manages real estate in Mexico. A deep understanding of real estate shifts the perspective on generational wealth and opportunity and Carlos brings that into the community.
In 2018, Carlos fulfilled a lifelong dream of earning his degree in business from Edgewood College. It is never too late to reach for your dreams! He is also currently part of a strong group of industry leaders of color in Madison who are creating an educational series to share information and experience about wealth building through home ownership.
His commitment to community is also visible through his work with the Madison-Tepa Sister City Project, and as a previous board member of the Latino Chamber of Commerce. While full-time work doesn't leave him much time for fun, Carlos still makes time to play soccer (now in the Old Man League!) and loves being with his family.
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