Catalpa Health Announces New Board Members

Catalpa Health Announces New Board Members


 APPLETON, Wis. (May 14,2021)Catalpa Health, a mental health and wellness service provider for children and adolescents in the Fox Valley, is pleased to announce the appointment of two new board members; Shaun A. Gunderson, with J. J. Keller & Associates of Neenah, Wisc., and Michael Bergmann, with Ascension Wisconsin of the Fox Valley Region.

“Our board of directors is comprised of a dedicated team of community leaders, as well as appointed leaders from our health care partners: Ascension, Children’s Wisconsin and ThedaCare,” said Mary Downs, President and CEO of Catalpa Health. “This group of individuals cares deeply about the mental health of the children in our community and furthering the mission of Catalpa.”

Shaun A. Gunderson is currently the Vice President of Managed Services for J. J. Keller & Associates in Neenah, Wis., where she is responsible for overseeing product management, operations, and client services for the Managed Services business unit. Her depth in business process optimization will be a great asset to the Catalpa board. Additionally, Shaun has been involved in the community as a member of the MBA Alumni Advisory Board with the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, a volunteer with Pillars in Appleton, Wis., and she sits on the Advisory Council for The Center for Grieving Children in Appleton, Wisc.

Michael Bergmann is a former Advocate Aurora Health executive and was hired earlier this year by Ascension Wisconsin as the President of the Fox Valley Ascension hospitals. In his previous roles, Bergmann oversaw strategy, resource management, safety, patient experience, employee engagement, community perception and growth. Michael’s extensive healthcare knowledge and experience will be a positive asset to the Catalpa board and mission.

The 2021 Catalpa Health Board of Directors are: Chair, David Vander  Zanden, Retired; Vice Chair, Tina Lechnir of Ascension; Secretary, Gail Ostrander of Children’s Wisconsin; Treasurer, Julie Meyer of ThedaCare Behavioral Health; Wendy Barton, M.D. of ThedaCare; Amy Herbst of Children’s Wisconsin; Shaun Gunderson of J. J. Keller & Associates; Michael Bergmann of Ascension; and Tom Schmidt of U.S. Venture.

Catalpa Health is a pediatric mental health organization that provides mental health services including psychiatry, mental health therapy and psychological evaluations to children, teens and families through clinics in Appleton, Oshkosh, and Waupaca. Additionally, mental health therapy services are offered in more than 50 area schools.  As a collaboration of Ascension Wisconsin, Children’s Wisconsin, ThedaCare, and the community, Catalpa Health believes in community partnerships and works with other mental health providers to ensure that all children and teens are receiving the right care at the right time, close to home. For more information on Catalpa Health, please visit our website at or follow us at