Our Board of Heroes
Larry DeWerd, Chairman
Director, Clinical Professor
Radiation Calibration Laboratory, UW;
Chief Science Officer, Radiation Safety Officer & Co-Founder, Standard Imaging
Larry A. DeWerd received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1970. In 1990, he became a full Professor of Medical Physics. He is also the Director of the Accredited Dosimetry Calibration Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin, which he started in 1979.
Dr. DeWerd also has served on a number of international, national and state committees involving medical physics and as President of the Council of Ionizing Radiation Measurements and Standards. He is instrumental in the development of new calibration techniques. Dr. DeWerd has published over 100 peer reviewed research papers, technical reports and conference manuscripts and contributed eleven chapters to published books. He has given over 150 professional lectures and is listed in Who’s Who and American Men and Women of Science.
Dr. DeWerd has been a Christian for more than 50 years. He has taught on various Biblical topics every week since 1976 in a Bible study to over 300 people. He and his wife, Vada, are a part of Chapel Valley Community Church.
David Gibson, Vice Chairman
Assistant Director of Product Development
Materials Management Microsystems
David has been with Materials Management Microsystems since 2012, first as an Applications Developer and currently as the Assistant Director of Product Development. Prior to this, David was a Technical Services Team Lead Manager with Epic. David has vast experience with healthcare information technology, software documentation and implementation, EMRs, and customer support.
David is an active member of City Church where he is part of the worship arts ministry. Previously, David and his wife, Lorian, were leaders of a Connect Group and of the Mad City Church Twenties and Thirties group. David and his family live in Middleton, Wisconsin.
David is glad to be part of the Care Net Board of Directors where he can be a part of actionable steps being taken in Dane County to help women and men facing a pregnancy decision.
Jeffrey White, Treasurer
CFO & VP of Strategy
Throughout Jeffrey’s 30-year career he has been integrally involved in international finance, risk management, mergers and acquisitions and executive leadership. Jeffrey is currently CFO of INTTRA, Inc. Previously, Jeffrey has been CFO at Virent, CFO at Oakleaf Waste Management, CEO at Renew Energy, and CFO at two publicly traded companies. Jeffrey holds a B.A. in Accounting, and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Jeffrey is an active member at Elmbrook Lake Country Church where he is engaged in the finance committee, men’s softball manager and coach, disciple groups, and men’s ministry. He lives in Delafield with his wife, Kristine, and his family.
Jeffrey is pleased to be a part of Care Net’s Board of Directors, saying, “We need to address the needs of the whole family unit; spiritual, physical, and emotional. The decision to carry a baby to term is a wholesome experience for the mother, the baby & hopefully, the father.”
Vicky Franchino, Secretary
Vicky is a freelance writer who loves to learn about new things and loves to help companies share their story. In her 20+ years in this role, it’s been her good fortune to do both. Vicky has a degree in marketing from UW-Madison.
Vicky is a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church where’s she’s a member of the Social Action committee, the Respect Life Committee and the parish council. Vicky lives in Madison with her husband, Dave, and they have three adult daughters.
Vicky has served on the Care Net Board since 2013 and embraces the many ways Care Net strives to provide compassionate, nonjudgmental care and support for women and men who are facing a pregnancy decision. “Care Net is a loving, caring and transparent organization that’s working diligently to serve people who are going through a challenging time in their lives. I have seen time and again the difference Care Net staff can make for the people they’re called to serve and I’m honored to be a part of this board.”
Client Services Director
Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation
Steve is the Client Services Director at WECC, Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation. Prior to joining WECC, Steve held executive positions in performance improvement, marketing, sales, strategic planning, corporate mergers and engineering. Steve has over 35 years of experience in these areas.
Steve’s education is in nuclear engineering with additional studies in sales, marketing, finance, executive leadership and Lean Six Sigma. He has a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma.
Steve has served with other non-profits in the Midwest, including secular and religious organizations, as both a board member and board chair. Steve serves non-profit organizations in the Dane County area as a coach, musician, strategic planner and general volunteer.
Steve and his wife, Joan, have three married daughters and three grandchildren. Steve and Joan live in Middleton, Wisconsin.
Mary Kay Brooks
Mary Kay Brooks
General Manager, Corporate Attorney and Co-Owner
Brooks Tractor, Inc.
Mary Kay is the general manager, corporate attorney and one of the owners of Brooks Tractor Inc. She also serves in an advisory capacity on the John Deere Construction and Forestry Technology Partner Project Team and has served on the Used Equipment Partner Project Team and the Sales and Marketing Partner Project Team. She has also served on and has held leadership positions with a variety of community and nonprofit boards in the Dane County area.
As a member of Saint Peter Catholic Church in Madison for many decades, she has served as a CCD teacher as well as a RCIA sponsor. She also helped to organize and participated in the St. Peter Bible study for over a decade.
Brooks has been married for 36 years and has three adult children. When she is not spending her free time volunteering or with family, she is a runner, avid reader, sews and enjoys travel.
She is excited to be a part of Care Net’s Board of Directors beginning in 2017. Previously, she volunteered for Care Net’s First Care Clinic and The Elizabeth House for several years. She is also a member of The Elizabeth House Advisory Council. Mary Kay witnessed firsthand the professional, nonjudgmental and loving care as well as the physical and spiritual support provided to women and men making pregnancy decisions and to pregnant women. She is passionate about representing and protecting the unborn and is grateful to be part of the Care Net team to live out her convictions.
Bill Dickmeyer has vast experience in several management roles in the healthcare, utilities, banking and non-profit industries. Bill is a Clinic Administrator at UnityPoint Health-Meriter managing the West Washington and After Hours Clinics. Prior to this, Bill worked for Madison Women’s Health as its Practice Manager, was an at-home dad for several years as well as various other Human Resources roles.
On the non-profit side, Bill has served as Executive Director for Lutheran Church of the Living Christ and directed several capital campaigns for the congregation. Bill also served as Chair for the School Committee of High Point Christian School, helping direct policy decisions in coordination with sponsoring church and developed and monitored budget each year. He currently serves as Treasurer for Share the Health Free Gynecology Clinic, a clinic that serves uninsured women needing diagnostic women’s health services in the South Central Wisconsin area.
Bill is currently an active member at Lutheran Church of the Living Christ.
Bill is pleased to have joined the board of Care Net Pregnancy Center in 2016. He sees Care Net as uniquely placed where God feels it is needed, and praises Him for the support He continues to provide to this ministry. He and his wife, Dr. Karla Dickmeyer, OB-GYN, who also serves as a Medical Consultant for CareNet, reside on the far west side of Madison, Wisconsin and have three children and their dog, Rooney.
Husch Blackwell LLP
Michael Rogowski has spent the past three decades of his professional life in government/politics, including serving as the Chief of Staff to a Governor of the State of Wisconsin. Mike leads Husch Blackwell LLP’s State Government Affairs team in Wisconsin and has held key decision-making roles in the Wisconsin executive and legislative branches. He applies his in-depth and practical understanding of the government’s inner workings in representing clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to nonprofits that desire to navigate the complexities of government.
Mike has served under two Wisconsin governors—as chief of staff and as an assistant deputy secretary at the departments of Corrections and Financial Institutions. He began his government/political career as the in-house counsel for the Republican State Senators, including clerking the legislative leadership committee responsible for scheduling bills, and as special counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Healthcare Reform. In the midst of this, Mike spent a year with Focus on the Family in their Cultural and Legislative Affairs group.
Although his career path would suggest a strong interest in politics, Mike’s involvement in Care Net is for the exact opposite reason. Mike’s appreciation for Care Net is rooted in the fact that it is a nonpolitical organization with no agenda other than to offer compassionate and nonjudgmental care to mothers, their babies, and fathers without regard to one's ideology, beliefs, or political affiliation.
Mike and his wife, Gail, have three children, Jonathan, Kaitlyn and David. Mike coaches the boys in various sports and thoroughly enjoys his daughter's love for animals, including their golden retriever, Lacy, and two cats, Tyler and Sox.
The Rogowski family is blessed to have a second home in Minocqua where they love to retreat with family and friends for relaxation and fun snowmobiling and boating and just creating memories to cherish for years to come.
Secretary & Treasurer,
Eagle Harbor Apartments GP/LLC
Agnes is in her second career, working part time for the Religious Education program at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church. Her financial career spans three countries -- the Philippines, Canada and the United States -- working in banks, insurance companies, and a discount brokerage firm. She retired from CUNA Mutual Group where she earned her Project Management Professional certification and obtained her Series 7, 27 and 63. She served as CUNA Mutual's Loaned Executive to the United Way and was appointed to the CUNA Mutual Foundation Committee. Agnes has a B.S. in Business Administration.
Agnes is an active member of St. Maria Goretti Church, volunteering on various committees. She previously served on the church's finance committee. For the last 25 years, Agnes and her husband, Jerry, have been working with engaged couples as a team couple with the Diocese of Madison's Office of Family Ministry. She is on the board of Eagle Harbor Apartments GP, LLC.
Agnes and Jerry have been married for 35 years. They feel so blessed to have two loving children and two precious granddaughters!
Serving on the Care Net board since 2012 has shown Agnes how God's hands are truly working in our lives every day.
Growth Catalysts, Inc.
Mark is the Managing Partner of Growth Catalysts, Inc., a marketing strategy firm primarily serving Fortune 500 consumer products companies. Prior to this role, Mark was co-founder of two business, both of which were sold to multinational companies. Mark’s background includes an MBA from UW-Madison and progressive marketing management positions with Smucker’s and Kraft Foods.
Mark has served several religious organizations in roles that include children’s ministry leader, church deacon, Christian school board chair and marriage mentor for engaged couples. He has also served as treasurer and president of Eagle Harbor Apartments GP, LLC.
Mark has been married to his wonderful wife Patty for over 30 years; they have three fantastic daughters and two sons-in-law.
Mark is honored to be part of the Care Net family since 2010. He feels Care Net is positioned to save both physical and spiritual lives and loves the non-judgmental compassion of the Care Net staff, volunteers and supporters.
Dr. Karla Dickmeyer
Volunteer Medical Director
Dr. Dickmeyer has been providing health care to women in Madison since 1998. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at The Ohio State University. She earned her Doctorate of Medicine from University of Wisconsin. Dr. Dickmeyer is a Board Certified Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is a staff physician at UnityPoint Health–Meriter Hospital.
Dr. Dickmeyer shares the vision of all the partners at Madison Women's Health to focus on strong physician-patient communication and believes in empowering women to strive for health and balance. Dr. Dickmeyer is committed to the highest quality of care in all aspects of women’s health.
Dr. Dickmeyer lives in Madison with her family. She loves the outdoors, staying physically fit, perennial gardening, and relaxing with her family. She has also been part of a team of medical providers supporting medical missions in Honduras.