Jennifer Behnke – Coalition Coordinator

Jennifer earned her Master of Public Health degree from Des Moines University, focusing on emergency preparedness and response.  Her areas of interest include electronic patient tracking, healthcare system surge capacity and response to mass casualty incidents, emerging pathogens, and emergency preparedness for children and special populations.  Before joining SCWIHERC, she worked in inpatient and emergency department patient care areas and as a medical laboratory scientist in clinical microbiology.

Ben Eithun

Ben Eithun – SCWIHERC Chair, Trauma

UW Health

Ben was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. He moved to Philadelphia to attend the University of Pennsylvania for his BSN. After graduation he worked in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) where he got his first taste of trauma. He was part of the trauma nursing committees and took a professional interest in trauma, specifically pediatric trauma. He obtained his masters from University of Pennsylvania and worked at CHOP as a PICU Nurse Practitioner. He came home to Wisconsin after about a decade hiatus and took a position as the pediatric trauma program manager at the American Family Children’s Hospital of the UW Health system. As part of that role he has had the pleasure to work with many regional partners and has been active in the South Central Regional Trauma Advisory Council serving as Chair of the Performance Improvement committee and serving on the executive committee, as well as serving as Chair of the SCWIHERC.

John Rago – SCWIHERC Vice Chair, EMS

Baraboo District Ambulance Service- Deputy Chief of Emergency Medical Services

John has served with Baraboo Ambulance Service for over 20 years and Baraboo Fire Department for over 16 years.

He is licensed Paramedic in the State of Wisconsin and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology/Secondary Education from University of Wisconsin – Superior.  He currently serves on several boards including the South Central Regional Trauma Advisory Council and South Central Wisconsin Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalition.

Dan Williams – RTAC Coordinator


Dan Williams has worked in public safety for over 26 years, both as a volunteer and a career firefighter/paramedic.  Currently Dan works for the City of Madison Fire Department, where he is a Firefighter-Paramedic, rescue-diver, and SWAT/TEMS Team Lead Medic.  Dan has enjoyed coordinating the South Central RTAC for the past 10 years, and looks forward to saving lives by strengthening the regional trauma care system.

Sarah Mattes – Public Health

Public Health Madison and Dane County

Sarah joined Public Health Madison & Dane County in 2015 as a public health supervisor where she oversees department communications, performance management, and emergency preparedness activities. Previous to that, she spent over 10 years at the University of Wisconsin – Madison supporting local coalitions and health departments in communicating health education and advocacy messages effectively.

Sue Matye – Public Health

Iowa County Health Department
Sue received her BSN at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa.  She started her career in Public Health at the Lafayette County Health Department in 2000 and has been the Director/Health Officer for the Iowa County Health Department since 2015.

Michael Lohmeier – Medical Advisor

UW Health

Michael Lohmeier completed his EM Residency and EMS Fellowship at Washington University in Saint Louis.  He is currently an Emergency Physician at the UW Health, and the Medical Director for Dane County EMS.  His areas of interest include Education, Tactical EMS, Ground Transport and Disaster Preparedness.  He plans to develop the EMS Research program and start and accredited EMS Fellowship at UW in the next few years.