John Eich - Director
John joined the Office of Rural Health in 2005 as a Program Manager of the Rural Community Initiatives, and was appointed Director in 2006. His experience and skills are primarily in community development, program planning, systems analysis and design.
John came to the Office of Rural Health from southern New Mexico, where he directed a county Health Council—a public/private partnership that assessed community health and wellness needs, established priorities, then built and maintained coalitions to strategically plan and implement projects. They also served as a resource to and advocate for the county on a regional and statewide basis.
John grew up in rural Wisconsin, dividing his spare time between doing chores and hiding from them with a good book.
Penny Black - Epidemiologist
Penny has over 15 years of experience in public health program evaluation. She has worked at city, county, and state levels, domestically and abroad. Penny is responsible for assessing, analyzing, and reporting rural health data; tracking the effectiveness of the Office’s programming and collaborative projects; and overseeing graduate student interns.
Penny has a Master’s Degree in Health Science from California State University, Long Beach and a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science from California State University, Fullerton. She is currently working on her dissertation for her PhD in Public Health Program Evaluation from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Lynn Dassow - Financial and Office Manager
Lynn joined the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health in May, 2012. Her diverse operational and medical finance background makes her an instrumental team member of the Rural Health’s office. She is the organizer, manager and contact person for the office’s organizational success. Lynn’s experience includes working in the dental field, and most recently at UW Hospital and Clinics and UW Home Health in the medical field. She has worked 26 years for the University of Wisconsin. Lynn is generally the first point of contact to our office.
Lynn was born and resides in Waunakee, WI. She enjoys family and friends, social media, UW sporting events, Green Bay Packer football, the Overture Center and boating.
Kevin Jacobson - Rural Communities Initiatives Program Manager
Kevin began working for the Office of Rural Health in April 2007. His program management responsibilities include the Health Professions Loan Assistance Program, the Strong Rural Communities Initiative and the Rural Health Development Council. Kevin also publishes a blog, Rural Community Development, where he posts information on opportunities and resources to improve capacity in rural communities, specifically around health care issues.
Before he relocated to Madison, Kevin was a Program Manager with the Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center, where he worked with rural communities in New York on a variety of environmental, public health and community development issues. Prior to that he was Payroll Manager of the University of California, Los Angeles Student Association.
Kevin has a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Administration from UCLA and a Master's in Public Policy from the University of Southern California.
Kathryn Miller - Rural Hospitals & Clinics Program Manager
Kathryn started in September 2008, as the Rural Hospitals/Clinics Program Manager.
Kathryn was born and raised in Madison. Prior to coming to the Office, Kathryn was employed at Human Services in rural Green County. Working at the Office of Rural Health truly represents the best of both worlds: being able to continue her work with rural populations and rural healthcare issues, while working in her favorite city, Madison.
Kathryn graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with majors in Psychology and Social Welfare.
Randy Munson - Physician Recruitment Program Manager
Randy is the manager of the New Physicians of Wisconsin Program of the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health. He has been recruiting physicians to Wisconsin with the Office for more than 21 years. He previously worked with Caswell-Winters & Associates, a private physician recruitment firm in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and he also served for two years as the Director of Physician Recruitment with the UW-Health Physicians Plus medical group in Madison.
Randy has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from UW-Whitewater and a Master's degree in Business Management from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee.
Maria Radtke - Communications Specialist
Maria joined the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health in October 2004. Currently, she maintains WI-ORH's website, manages and does extensive research for the Rural Reporter. Maria also designs promotional materials for the Office, including display posters, brochures and informative materials for individual programs. Maria has worked in the University and/or State system for over 36 years and brings a wealth of experience to the WI-ORH.
Maria grew up in the countryside and still resides in a similar area. When not at work, she loves to stay active by gardening, golfing, reading & most of all, keeping up with her 7 grandchildren.
Kye Richards - Program Assistant
Kye joined the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health in September 2014 as Program Assistant, providing support for Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant administration, as well as the Rural Hospitals/Clinics Program and the Health Professions Loan Assistance Program.
Born and raised in rural Dunn County, Kye earned a BA in Spanish from UW-Madison, and later a BFA from the University of Minnesota. She cares deeply about health and wellbeing and enjoys helping people. Her administrative skills support and further multiple Office of Rural Health initiatives. Her flair for the artistic enhances the office environment bringing a spirit of playfulness to our work.