About Us

About Us

Collaborate. Share Responsibility. Make Connections.

Collaborate. Share Responsibility. Make Connections.

Milwaukee’s regional healthcare employers agree that workforce planning strategies must be undertaken now to build and sustain a future workforce. To that end, four major healthcare systems – Froedtert Health, AdvocateAurora Health, Ascension Wisconsin, and Children’s Wisconsin have taken the lead by becoming investing stakeholders in creating an employer-led, demand-driven workforce solution strategy.

Our Mission

Our Mission

The mission of the CHCSEW is to unite all appropriate stakeholders in a viable, flexible structure to locate, educate and support a workforce from service to professional levels in the healthcare industry in SE Wisconsin with a vision to create a supply of fully skilled and capable individuals prepared to meet the current and future needs of the healthcare field from entry-level to professional skilled-level roles.

Founding Partners



Board of Directors

Chair: Thomas Shanahan, Children’s Wisconsin, Chief Human Resources Officer
Vice Chair: Eric Humphrey, Froedert Health, Chief Human Resources Officer
Treasurer: Kevin Brady, Advocate Aurora Health, Chief Human Resources Officer
Secretary: Beth O’Laire, Ascension Wisconsin, Human Resources Partner


Executive Director: Katherine Karshna
Health Careers Education Specialist: Joan Ward
Health Careers Workforce Development Specialist: Vera Davis
Executive Assistant: Beatrice Hernandez

Organization 2

Standing Commitees

Educational Outreach Support - Chair, Clayton Pryor, Advocate Aurora Health

Identify potential education partners at the high school, technical school and four year university/college levels with nursing and allied health programs.

Community Engagement - Chair, Monique Graham, Froedtert Health

Identify community partnerships to develop support and create access to healthcare career opportunities for those who are interested in entering and/or advancing in the healthcare workforce.

Foundations - Chair, Thomas Shanahan, Children’s Wisconsin

Identify public and private funding resources, develop sustainability plan, advise governing body of funds obtained and educate funders on health career workforce development needs.

Board Members

  • Advocate Aurora Health

    Advocate Aurora Health

    A nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Advocate Aurora Health is an integrated, not-for-profit, and all-for-people health care provider serving more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, with 15 hospitals, more than 155 clinics and over 80 community pharmacies.

  • Ascension Wisconsin

    Ascension Wisconsin

    Compassionate, personalized care has a new name in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Sheboygan Counties. Columbia St. Mary's is now known as Ascension Wisconsin; Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare is now known as Ascension Wisconsin, Affinity Health System in Fox Valley are now coming together under the Ascension Wisconsin name and Ministry Health Care joined Ascension in 2013 and recently brought hospitals, doctors and clinics together. By uniting under the Ascension Wisconsin name, the hospitals you know and trust are gaining access to even more resources to improve care.

  • Children’s Wisconsin

    Children’s Wisconsin

    The region’s only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. Children’s has two hospital locations in Wisconsin (Milwaukee and Neenah). Children’s Wisconsin partners with neighborhood and community organizations to serve the primary care and dental needs of Milwaukee children with locations that include Downtown Milwaukee and residential Milwaukee area neighborhoods.

  • Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin

    Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin

    The only academic medical center in eastern Wisconsin and with its recognition for its dedication to staff is identified among the top 50 Diversity Employers of Choice. The Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin is a regional health care network made up of three hospitals and more than 30 primary and specialty care health centers and clinics throughout Milwaukee, Menomonee Falls and West Bend.