Catalpa Health is governed by a local board of directors, comprised of children’s health experts and business professionals from throughout the Fox Cities.
Board of Directors
- David Vander Zanden
- Tina Lechnir
Ascension, Vice Chair
- Gail Ostrander
Children’s Wisconsin, Secretary
- Julie Meyer
ThedaCare Behavioral Health, Treasurer
- Wendy Barton, MD
- Mike Bergmann
- Shaun Gunderson
J. J. Keller, Member
- Amy Herbst
Children’s Wisconsin, Member
- Tom Schmidt
U.S. Venture, Member
Mary Downs became Catalpa’s second President and CEO in September of 2018. She is responsible for program development, operational oversight, and for setting strategic direction for the organization.
Mary has a rich history of serving the mental health field in the Fox Valley. From 2008-12, she was executive director of ThedaCare Behavioral Health and was one of the principal players in bringing Affinity Health System (Ascension Wisconsin), Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and ThedaCare together to form Catalpa Health in 2012. She was also a founding member of the Catalpa Health board of directors.
She has served on the boards of CHAPS Academy, the Samaritan Counseling Center, and NAMI-Fox Valley, and currently is a board member of LEAVEN and the NEW Mental Health Connection. In 2017, Mary was named the Janet Berry Volunteer of the Year for her leadership in mental health.
A native of Appleton, Mary has a bachelor’s degree in managerial accounting from UW-Stevens Point and dual master’s degrees in community counseling and educational leadership from UW-Oshkosh.
Tracy Guiou, PhD, BCBA-D, joined Catalpa Health in November 2021 as Catalpa’s President. She joined Catalpa following decades of work as a CEO within behavioral health, specifically in autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Guiou negotiated the sale of her multi-state agencies in 2019 to the start-up behavioral health agency, Kadiant, LLC; and most recently served as their Vice President of Mental Health Services.
Tracy holds licensure as a Psychologist in Wisconsin, Ohio and Georgia and additional certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral level. Her passion for providing high-quality and meaningful treatment for children and their families over the last 25 years continues today, and joining the Catalpa team allows her to extend that impact.
“In accepting this role with Catalpa, I am most excited to work with a dedicated team to further extend our mission of helping children and their families mental wellness during an unprecedented time in our communities,” Dr. Guiou notes.
Scott Radtke, MSE, LPC, NCC, is Catalpa Health’s Chief Clinical Officer. He provides clinical oversight of program development and clinical solutions, and ensures the overall efficiency and effectiveness of Catalpa services.
Scott joined Catalpa as Day Treatment Manager in February 2016. He has worked in the counseling field for over twenty years and has significant clinical and leadership experience, as well as a passion and commitment to the mission and families served by Catalpa.
Scott earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and his master’s in counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Prior to working at Catalpa, he served as the associate dean of student health and wellness at Lawrence University.
Carrie Penovich, MBA, FACHE, PHR, is the Chief Operating Officer and Financial Leader at Catalpa Health. In this role, she provides strategic direction for all business operations and oversees financial functions. With more than fifteen years of experience in the health and medical industry, Carrie joined the Catalpa leadership team in June 2020.
Carrie earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Carroll University, along with a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.
Prior to joining Catalpa, Carrie served as the chief clinical services officer of Aurora Medical Center in Manitowoc County. Here she helped develop business policies and strategy for a number of service areas. She also served on the board of directors for the Lakeshore Technical College Foundation, a member of the Two Rivers Business Association and co-chair of the United Way fundraising campaign.
Ken Miller, SHRM-CP is the Human Resources Manager at Catalpa Health, and supports all functions of human resources, benefits, safety, and payroll. He joined Catalpa in June of 2018.
Kenny received his Bachelor’s in Human Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. He received his SHRM-CP certification in July of 2015.
Over the years, Kenny has served in a variety of Human Resources roles in the hospitality, manufacturing, insurance, and construction industries. Prior to joining the Catalpa Health team, he was the Human Resources Compliance Specialist with Faith Technologies.