MCW Cancer Center Board

The MCW Cancer Center Board helps to raise awareness of the MCW Cancer Center and private funding for research. The Board includes top business, professional and civic leaders. The money they contribute and raise is more important than ever before as competition increases for federal grant support.

The fund-raising efforts of Advisory Board members have supported:

  • Seed funding, which allows researchers to develop a track record to compete for and leverage long-term federal funds. Seed funds have led to and will continue to lead to larger federal or private agency grants that have the potential to result in breakthrough treatments and cures for disease.
  • Bridge funding for researchers while they renew grants.
  • Fellowships for research or clinical training.
  • Professorships
  • Purchase of research equipment.


Arlene Lee
Community Leader


Mark Young
Managing Attorney
Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.

Past Chair

Wm. O. Steinberg
Managing Partner & CEO
Strategic Leverage Partners LLC

Founding Co-Chairs

 †  Melodie Wilson Oldenburg 
 †  Frank J. Pelisek

Janice Biel
Community Leader

Ginny Bolger
Community Leader

Deanna Braeger
Community Leader

Therese D. Burkhart
Community Leader

Susan Donovan
Community Leader

Brian Ellenbecker
VP Senior Financial Planner

David Ellenbecker
Customer Care Supervisor

Elizabeth (Lili) Friedman
Community Leader

W. Scott Gray
Retired Senior Vice President
Robert W. Baird & Co.

Leila Hanson
CPR RsQ Assist, Inc.

Geneva B. Johnson
Community Leader

Marina Krejci
Director of Development
Milwaukee Repertory Theater

Missy Webster Levit
Community Leader

Joan Lubar
Community Leader

P. Michael Mahoney
Park Bank

William J. Mulligan
Davis & Kuelthau, S.C.

Susan (Sue) Northey
Branding Breakthroughs

Morgan Oldenburg
Non-profit Youth Director

Laura Peck
Riverwater Partners

Linda Rieke, CPA, CFP
Community Leader

Rick Schmidt, Jr.
President & CEO
CG Schmidt, Inc.

Margaret (Peggy) Schuemann
Community Leader

Don Shane
Community Leader

Ed Stein
President, Rock River Cancer Research Foundation
President, Four Star Beauty Supply

Joan S. Stein
Community Leader

Sandra Millon Underwood, RN, PhD, FAAN
UWM College of Nursing

W. Kent Velde
Lakeview Equity Partners, LLC

Barbara Whealon
Community Leader
Real Estate Executive

Cathy White
Community Leader

Sally Youker
Community Leader

Diane Zore
Community Leader


Ming You, MD, PhD

Emeritus Director

J. Frank Wilson, MD
Chairman, Radiation Oncology

Emeritus Members

Christine Hamilton Foote

Ann Ellis Heil

Gwen T. Jackson

Randolph T. Myricks

Melodie Wilson Oldenburg

Philip W. Orth

 Richard Van Deuren

† Deceased