February, 2021

Lisa Froemming

Lisa Froemming, Vice President for Philanthropy, Ascension Wisconsin, has decided to retire from her leadership role effective April 2, 2021. Lisa has been a thoughtful and compassionate leader who has served the organization for more than 17 years and played an integral role in raising more than $80 million for our Foundations. While her retirement is well-deserved, her leadership and presence will be missed in our organization.

Lisa’s career at Ascension Wisconsin has been marked with a number of outstanding achievements in several capacities, through her work with the Foundations, Marketing and Communications, Community Benefits and the legacy of Ascension’s national philanthropy. She served as Columbia St. Mary’s Vice President for Advancement from 2003 to 2010 and then as CSM’s Vice President for External Relations from 2010 to 2015, leading philanthropy, marketing, communications and community services. Since 2016, Lisa has served as Vice President for Philanthropy for Ascension Wisconsin. She also serves as co-chair of Ascension’s national Philanthropy Optimization Council.

She led a $42 million campaign for Columbia St. Mary’s Milwaukee’s new hospital and the bed tower expansion at CSM-Ozaukee. Other hospital growth supported by philanthropy include the Polly and Bill Van Dyke Cancer Center; Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Milwaukee Women’s Hospital renovations including the Doerr Family NICU, post-partum unit and labor and delivery unit, and creation and funding of the first all 3-D mammography service in Wisconsin. During Lisa’s tenure, philanthropic support for community services more than doubled. Several of her key accomplishments include building a new facility for the Seton Dental Clinic, creating the Ascension Seton Dental Mobile Clinic, expanding services for women and children as well as chronic disease management programs in underserved communities.  It is not possible to enumerate the many accomplishments made possible by Lisa’s vision and leadership, nor can we count the number of lives these programs have touched.  

Lisa serves as a Board member of the Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Mequon-Thiensville Chamber of Commerce and the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra. 

“Having the honor of being the caretaker of this legacy is deeply gratifying,” said Lisa. “Together with the Foundation board of directors and so many generous donors, we’ve furthered a sacred trust reaching back nearly 175 years to the founding by the Daughters of Charity of the first private hospital in Wisconsin. It’s been my privilege and pleasure to have played a part in helping secure our mission to provide the highest-quality care and to serve the poor and vulnerable, now and for the future.”

Bernie Sherry, Senior Vice President, Ascension, and Ministry Market Executive, Ascension Wisconsin, said, “Please join me in sending Lisa our best wishes for a wonderful retirement as she begins a new chapter in her life.”

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