Health Advisory Council



The Health Advisory Council (HAC) has been studying issues affecting the overall health and well-being of people living in Eau Claire and Chippewa counties. This Council is a volunteer council made up of professionals from hospitals and health care, law enforcement, and nonprofit organizations. Under the facilitation of United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley, they have developed a strategic plan utilizing networks and services to achieve the goal of helping to ensure that individuals have the best opportunities for health and wellness.


Sara Carstens RN, BSN (Chair)
Director, Community Engagement & Wellness
Mayo Clinic Health System

Cortney Draxler (Vice Chair)
    Policy & Systems Division Manager
    Eau Claire City-County Health Department

JoAnna Bernklau, CHES, PS-IT
Community Benefits Coordinator
Marshfield Clinic Health System

Loralee Clark
Community Member

Jason Craig (Board Liaison)
Vice President of Operations/ Administration
Mayo Clinic Health System

Timothy Easker, MSW
    Interim Director 
    Chippewa County Deptartment of Human Services

Brenda Goettl
Treatment Court Supervisor
Eau Claire County Human Services

Pamela Guthman, DNP, RN-BC
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

    College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Rachel Potczek
Public Health Nurse
Chippewa County Department of Public Health

Toni Simonson, PhD, FACHE
    Executive Director, Behavioral Health of HSHS Western Wisconsin Division
    Sacred Heart Hospital, St. Joesph's Hospital, Prevea Behavioral Care


United Way Staff:

Isabella Hong
   Community Impact Director
   United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley