Council Membership

Council Members, 2018-2021

Those marked with a (**) are re-appointments. All appointments are mandated representatives per Wis. Stat. § 15.197 (12), which refers to the Council on Birth Defect Prevention and Surveillance. The first line of each contact refers to the specific statute for that appointment.

“(a) Representative of the University of Wisconsin Medical School who has technical expertise in birth defects epidemiology.”
UW Medical School Representative
Maureen Durkin, PhD, DrPH,
Professor of Population Health Sciences and Pediatrics
Chair, Department of Population Health Sciences
UW Madison School of Medicine and Public Health; Room 707C WARF
610 Walnut Street
Madison, WI 53726

“(b) Representative from the Medical College of Wisconsin who has technical expertise in birth defects epidemiology.”
Medical College of Wisconsin Representative
   2025**Mir Abdul Basir, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Neonatologist, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Medical Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Waukesha Memorial Hospital
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI  53226

“(bn) A pediatric nurse or a nurse with expertise in birth defects.”
Pediatric Nurse Representative
Hanna Rakovec, BSN, RN (Jordan Vogel, RN, BSN)
NICU Nurse Manager
Marshfield Children’s Hospital - Marshfield Medical Center
611 N Saint Joseph Avenue
Marshfield, WI 54449

 “(c) A representative from the subunit of the department that is primarily responsible for the children with special health needs program.”
DHS Children with Special Health Needs Program Representative
Tami Horzewski, MS, CHES
State Newborn Screening Program Coordinator
UW–Madison, State Laboratory of Hygiene
In support of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health
1 West Wilson Street, PO Box 2659
Madison, WI  53701-2659

“(d) A representative from the subunit of the department that is primarily responsible for early intervention services.”
DHS Early Intervention Services Program Representative
Amy Pulda
Program and Policy Analyst Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Division of Medicaid Services - Bureau of Children’s Services
1 W Wilson, Room 418
Madison, WI 53703

“(e) A representative from the subunit of the department that is primarily responsible for health statistics research and analysis.”
DHS Health Statistics Research and Analysis Representative
Jennifer Feske
Program and Policy Analyst - Advanced
Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Division of Public Health - State Vital Records Office
1 W. Wilson Street, Rm 172
Madison, WI  53701-0309

“(f) A representative of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin”
State Medical Society Representative
2025**Susan R. Davidson, MD
Fetal Medicine & Maternal Medicine
700 South Park Street
Madison, WI  53715

“(g) A representative of the Wisconsin Health and Hospital Association.”
Wisconsin Health and Hospital Association Representative
Vice President, Workforce and Clinical Practice
Wisconsin Hospital Association
5510 Research Park Drive
Fitchburg, WI 53711

“(h) A representative of the American Academy of Pediatrics‑Wisconsin Chapter.”
Wisconsin Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics Representative
2025**Kerry B. Jedele, MD
Medical Director, Genetics
Department of Pediatric Specialties
Gundersen Health System
1900 South Avenue, H03-003
La Crosse, WI  54601

“(i) A representative of the Board for People with Developmental Disabilities.”
Council on Developmental Disabilities Representative
Jenny Neugart
Community Outreach and Advocacy Director
The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD)
101 East Wilson Street, Room 219
Madison, WI  53703

“(j) A representative of a nonprofit organization that has as its primary purpose the prevention of birth defects and does not promote abortion as a method of prevention.”
Nonprofit Organization Representative
Kyle Mounts
Deputy Executive Director-Programs
Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care & Perinatal Foundation
211 South Paterson Street, Suite 250
Madison, WI  53703
608-285-5858, Ext. 204

Nonprofit Organization Representative
Marilyn Noll
State Director of Program Services, Advocacy and Government Affairs March of Dimes - Wisconsin Chapter
241 18th St. South, Suite 403
Arlington VA  22202
404-203-3118; 214-886-3266 (mobile)

“(k) A parent or guardian of a child with a birth defect.”
Parent Representative
Ryan Freund
13555 W. Edgewood Ave.
New Berlin, WI 53151

Parent Representative (Agency)
Brigit Frank, Education and Training Coordinator
Family Voices of Wisconsin
PO Box 5070
Madison, WI 53705

“(L) A representative of a local health department, as defined in Wis. Stat § 250.01(4), who is not an employee of the department of health and family services.”
Local Public Health Department Representative