Board of Directors & Staff

Kimberly Link

President

Kimberly Link is a Madison native who now lives with her husband Scott and son John on the family farm in Cambria, WI. Her adult daughter Jessica resides nearby in Beaver Dam. Kimberly has an Associates Degree from Madison Business College, a BA from Upper Iowa University, and a paralegal degree from Madison College. She currently works for von Briesen & Roper, s.c. on the Capitol Square. Her son was diagnosed with AT/RT, a rare brain tumor in 2009. After undergoing extensive cancer treatment at AFCH in 2009 and receiving a stem cell transplant in 2010 John is doing well. Kimberly became involved with BCCN to assist other families going through the same experience.

Dave Storey

Vice President

Dave joined the BCCN board in September, 2018. He has had a 24 year career in the private sector managing both state and regional associations. In addition, for 9 years, Dave worked in the public sector, serving as both Director of the Wisconsin Lottery as well as Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce. Throughout his career, he has been fortunate to serve in a variety of volunteer/charitable efforts and organizations. Dave feels strongly in the BCCN mission and is proud and privileged to be part of an organization that is charged with helping families facing a crisis situation.

Megan Gendel

Secretary

Megan is a family nurse practitioner in the Madison area. Prior to obtaining her Master’s degree, she worked at AFCH on the hematology/oncology unit for 9 years. She has had the privilege of being a part of this journey with many families and is excited to be able to give back in some way. In her spare time, Megan likes to ride her bike, tell corny jokes, cheer on the Iowa Hawkeyes and Pittsburgh Steelers, knit, cook, and travel the world.

Kathryn Murphy

Director

Kathryn Murphy is the Patient Family Liaison at the American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, WI. Murphy is a member of the interdisciplinary team from the University of Wisconsin American Family Children’s Hospital and Clinics and the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Department. Murphy develops and implements patient and family programs and provides additional much-needed resources, including information about Badger Childhood Cancer Network to families of children diagnosed with cancer. This includes providing families with the new diagnosis bags, signing families up for their electronic newsletter and assisting patients with the Hero Bead Program throughout treatment.

Michele Pawlowsky

Treasurer

Michele has been in health care her entire adult life, currently as an RN at the Madison VA hospital. She served in the military, retiring as a Captain after 23 years. Michele is honored to have the opportunity to serve children battling cancer and their families. Michele is married to Mark, a realtor with the Stark company. She has two adult children, Carson and Mikayla. Michele loves spending time with her family and friends.

Susannah Peterson

Executive Director

Susannah currently serves as the Executive Director of Badger Childhood Cancer Network. She has a background in non-profit management, having dedicated many years working for human service organizations. Susannah is humbled by the opportunity to lead Badger Childhood Cancer Network and lend her talents toward the organization’s continued growth and mission to serve and support children and families affected by cancer and life-threatening blood disorders. Susannah shares her life and home with her husband, two daughters and a cat. When not working, Susannah can be found biking, cooking and enjoying time with her family.

Michelle Wolfe

Office Assistant

Michelle Wolfe is the mother of a cancer survivor who is now seven years old. Michelle received emotional and financial support from the Badger Childhood Cancer Network, during one of the roughest periods of her life. For this reason, she decided to give back and began volunteering for the organization in 2018. She became a part time employee in the summer of 2019. Michelle currently resides in Deerfield with her husband James and three children Peyton, Madelyn, and Jase. She is truly humbled to be able to help families like hers as they go through challenging times.

John Stofflet

President Emeritus

John Stofflet is the 5, 6, 9 & 10 PM news anchor at NBC15 in Madison. Stofflet is a 25-time Emmy Award winner, including two Emmys for Best Anchor in the Chicago/Midwest region. Before returning to his hometown of Madison in 2005, Stofflet traveled on assignment to more than 40 countries and all seven continents for Seattle’s KING-TV and the National Geographic Channel. He has also hosted specials for HGTV. A UW-Madison graduate, Stofflet is involved in a number of area non-profits, and an avid kayaker in his spare time. He and his wife Anna live in Madison. He’s the proud father of two adult children, John Taylor and Kaia.

Mike Herbert

A native of Rockford, IL, Mike has lived in Madison for over 20 years. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the University of Oregon Law School. He practices law in Madison, primarily handling appellate level case appointments on behalf of the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office. Mike feels fortunate to be able to serve on the BCCN Board and help support children and families affected by cancer.

Cara Connelly

Cara Connelly is a Wisconsin native who lives in the Madison area with her 5-year-old daughter and their handsome mutt Guapo. She holds a Bachelor of Science-Journalism from Northwestern University and earned her MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Cara works in marketing for Exact Sciences, a Madison based company focused on the early detection of cancer. She sees volunteering with BCCN as a way to extend her commitment to the battle against cancer and give support to the children and families of Wisconsin.

The help I received was a life line for me when I needed it most. I am a hard working single mom but my utilities were disconnected because I had to pay for new tires to get my baby to treatment and back. Badger Childhood Cancer Network made a payment toward my bill and my power was back!

 

-Mom of an infant with brain cancer