Meet the Board of Directors

Renee Reback, BA,

Board Chair

Retired, Not-for-Profit Executive

Timothy Docter, MD
Medical Director/Clinic Volunteer
Retired, SSM Orthopedics


Julie Bran, MS

Retired, School Administrator

Julieanne Pofahl, RN, BS

Retired Nurse


Sue Ertl, RN, MSN

Retired, UW Health System Integration


Douglas Dulli, MD

Retired, UW Neurology

Clinic Volunteer

Timothy Lechmaier, MD

Retired, Dean Internist

Clinic Volunteer

Amy Grinnell, CPA
Finance Vice-President
Medical Group, Wisconsin
SSM Health - Wisconsin

John Schilling, MD

Retired, UW Health Pulmonologist

Clinic Volunteer

Maryann Sumi, JD

Reserve Judge

Marci Katz, CPA

(Not a current BOD Member)    

BSP Free Clinic Treasurer

Ex- Officio

Tricia Levenhagen, BA

Director/Manager, BSP Free Clinic

Our Mission

Benevolent Specialists Project (BSP) Free Clinic volunteers provide specialty care to uninsured, low-income patients referred by clinicians in South-Central Wisconsin.

Our History

Founded in 2001 by local physicians, Ernie Pellegrino, Paul Simenstad, and Walter Sundstrom, BSP became the first clinic in Wisconsin to address the critical need for free specialty care among uninsured, low-income patients.

Whom We Serve

Our goal is to offer our patients access to a similar range of specialists that is available to those with insurance. We see an average of 95 patients per month. Patients who qualify for care at BSP are referred by a primary care provider, are uninsured, and unable to gain health insurance.  

Who We Are

  • Volunteers provide an average of 95 patient care visits per month.

  • Physicians have diagnosed life-threatening illnesses, including various cancers, cardiac events, and renal failure.

  • By better managing their chronic conditions at BSP, patients reduced costly trips to the emergency room and often avoided more serious illness.

  • A part-time staff interpreter was added to our cadre of volunteer interpreters to more quickly care for our Spanish-speaking patients.

  • We eliminated a 3-4 month waiting period for ob/gyn appointments by recruiting an additional volunteer physician.

  • Volunteers implemented a carpal tunnel program that helps patients to return to work and their daily activities.

  • In-kind professional services were secured for accounting and fundraising, which means that 91 percent of all contributions are used to support direct patient care.