John Vander Meer
President and CEO
John J. Vander Meer is the President & CEO of the Wisconsin Health Care Association. With 20 years of experience in media and legislative relations, John earned a Master’s Degree in public affairs from UW-Madison’s Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs and graduated with a double major in history and media studies from Calvin College. John was hired as WHCA/WiCAL Communications Director in 2011. During his career, John has worked as a newspaper reporter covering health care and other issues, served as the communications and public policy coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Justice, and worked for several Wisconsin state legislators, including serving as Chief of Staff to an Assembly Representative and Committee Clerk of the Assembly Colleges and Universities Committee. As a registered lobbyist, John provides members with expertise on strategic communications, legislative and regulatory matters. Having WHCA/WiCAL be a member-driven organization is a critical priority for him — so please let John know how the association can help your member facility.
Pat Boyer has more than 30 years of professional health care experience and is nationally recognized for her expertise in LTC clinical and operational matters. Her areas of expertise include: long-term care and post-acute operations, state and federal compliance programs, and performance improvement process development. With Pat’s clinical and operational expertise, she has valuable credentials that add to the value proposition of WHCA/WiCAL’s membership.
Legal and Regulatory Advisor
Brian serves as the Legal and Regulatory Advisor to WHCA/WiCAL. He has 23 years of health law legal experience, 21 of which have been in service to WHCA. He is a leading voice of the long-term care profession within Wisconsin and nationally through AHCA/NCAL. His years of association experience allow him to establish the necessary skills, knowledge, reputation and credibility to serve the WiCAL and WHCA memberships. As one of four registered lobbyists on staff, he supports legislative advocacy and leads the association’s regulatory advocacy efforts.
Director of Reimbursement Policy
Kate Dickson is a graduate of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University with a Master of Public Administration as well as a graduate certificate in Public Health. Kate has a strong background in quantitative analysis and statistical research. She has held internships with the American Cancer Society, Childspring International and the Lupus Foundation of America. Hired in 2014, Kate provides WHCA/WiCAL members with data, policy and financial analysis. Please contact Kate with questions that you have about any of these matters.
Director of Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs
Jim Stoa is WHCA/WiCAL’s Director of Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs. Jim holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from UW-Madison and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Jim has five years of experience in policy and press relations in the Wisconsin State Legislature, serving as Chief of Staff in the State Senate and most recently as Policy and Communications Advisor for two State Representatives. Jim is a registered lobbyist for WHCA/WiCAL. As Director of Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs, Jim works on legislative advocacy, federal/state regulatory review and assistance, survey compliance matters, and legal issues.
Director of Administrative Services
Jammie oversees day-to-day operations of the WHCA/WiCAL. She provides membership services, manages the membership database, tracks financial information and handles accounts payable and receivable for the association. Jammie has been with the association for 21 years. If you have any questions regarding billing of dues or educational seminars, please feel free to contact her directly. Her organizational skills keep WHCA/WiCAL running smoothly and are instrumental in the success of Spring Conference and Fall Convention.
WHCA/WiCAL Director of Development
Jena has a diverse background in brand management, sales, marketing, and public relations. She brings her 15+ years of professional experiences to WHCA/WiCAL with fresh perspective and ideas for growth. Previously having been an Account Executive and Education Consultant with Elite Business Partner CE Solutions, Jena has a deep understanding of the needs of skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. She has a regulatory background, having previously worked in Government Relations as an advocate for Veterans, active duty military, civilians, and their families. Jena’s background in advocacy and program development will help her hit the ground running at WHCA/WiCAL. Jena is a social and digital media expert, and will use her experience across new and traditional platforms to help grow our membership and enhance and grow WHCA/WiCAL offerings and membership benefits.
WHCA/WiCAL Government Relations and Communications Specialist
Allison Cramer is the Communications and Government Relations Specialist for WHCA/WiCAL. Throughout her career, Allison has worked on several political campaigns and in multiple legislative offices, having most recently served as a Legislative Assistant for two State Senators. Allison has extensive experience in constituent relations through her work in the State Legislature and looks forward to engaging members in legislative efforts. Allison is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and minors in Education Policy and German.
Kate Battiato is the Director of Workforce Development of WHCA/WiCAL A proud “Double Badger,” Battiato has a Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s in Public Affairs from the La Follette School of Public Affairs. She brings a unique mix of public policy and HR experience to WHCA/WiCAL. Kate holds certifications in Career Development Facilitation (GCDF) and Federal Job Search Training and Coaching (CFJST and CFCC). Kate has served as a Policy Consultant, Legislative Aide, and a Management Analyst, all of which have built her knowledge of how policy, processes, and people can combine for the better, and what adjustments to make when the outcomes are less than desirable. Kate enjoys working with teams to conduct process analysis and mapping, develop actionable performance measures, and resolve team conflict to create organizational value..