Improve the health of the people of Wisconsin by supporting and strengthening physicians' ability to practice high-quality patient care in a changing environment.

Honoring Choices Wisconsin

Steering Committee

  • Chair: Donn Dexter, MD, Mayo Health System-NW Wisconsin and past CMO, Wisconsin Medical Society
  • Ben Adams, JD, Adams & Woodrow SC
  • John Barkmeier, MD, Fox Valley Coalition for Advance Care Planning
  • Richard Dart, MD, Past President, Wisconsin Medical Society
  • Noel Deep, MD, Aspirus Clinics, Inc. and President, Wisconsin Medical Society
  • James Deming, MD, Mayo Health System-NW Wisconsin
  • Arthur R. Derse, MD, JD, Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital
  • Beth Falhberg, PhD, RN, CHPN, Chair, Palliative and End-of Life Nursing Coalition of the Wisconsin Nurses Association (PEOLCNC)
  • Claire Gervais, MD, UW Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
  • Tim Jessick, DO, Aurora Health Care
  • Toni Kesler, MSN, RN, FNP, ACHPN, VITAS® Healthcare
  • George M. Lange, MD, FACP, Past President, Wisconsin Medical Society
  • Pamela McGranahan, RN, DNP, University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Nursing
  • Wendy Peltier, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Joyce Smerick, BS, Respecting Choices® and past Director, Honoring Choices Wisconsin
  • Bruce Weiss, MD, MPH, UnitedHealthcare of Wisconsin
  • Kathleen Ziemba, MSW, LCSW, Respecting Choices®


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