Celebrating 100 Years: Reflections from Terri Richards, WHA 2001 Chair
During my tenure as WHA chair in 2001, I had the opportunity to work with the best health care leaders in the state and probably the nation. In addition to a talented board, the officers included Ford Titus, serving as chair-elect and Bill Petasnick, serving as past chair. The board and the officers were wise and thoughtful leaders who set the direction for WHA into the future. As with any volunteer board like WHA, the communication and strategic focus among this board leadership team was critical to ensuring the continuity, the capability and the sustainability of the organization.
One of the responsibilities that the board of 2001 had was to recruit a new CEO to WHA. It was in 2002 that Steve Brenton became CEO of WHA. Leadership of any organization requires a team of wise and committed leaders in both governance and operations to discern an organization's path to the future. As the board made the decision about the leadership of WHA, we hoped that our small decision would make a difference in nudging the world of health care forward. Steve Brenton is and has been important to the future of health care in Wisconsin. I am grateful that he accepted our invitation to make a difference in Wisconsin. Steve provided effective leadership to WHA as well as groomed leaders, such as George Quinn, Brian Potter and Eric Borgerding, among others, to position WHA as a contemporary and vital organization in service to health care in Wisconsin now and into the future.
Thank you to the WHA team for your continued great work.
This story originally appeared in the September 24, 2020 edition of WHA Newsletter