Barbara A. Lange Memorial Award


Online Instruction Benefits

In the interest of Public Health, the WHEN Annual Meeting will be offered through internet-based technology. You will collaborate and engage—in real
time—with presenters and participants to learn, explore, and share.

  • No travel or associated travel costs
  • Live/synchronous video instruction
  • Valid, diverse and meaningful resources
  • Virtually interact with a diverse participant group
Important Online Announcement

Due to the continuing influence of COVID-19, University policy and procedures, and our strong commitment to the health and well-being of our program participants, staff, and teaching professionals, the 2020 WHEN Annual Meeting will be held online. We do look forward to continuing to offer you the finest, most meaningful continuing education experiences in the safest manner possible.

2020 Barbara A. Lange Memorial Award in Health Education

Deadline for receipt of materials: Monday, February 24, 2020!


2020 WHEN Annual Meeting Luncheon | September 22, 2020

Marriott Madison West Hotel, Wisconsin Room, 1313 John Q. Hammons Dr., Middleton, Wis.

Barbara A. Lange was an avid public health professional in Wisconsin for 25 years. She served in various responsibilities with the Bureau of Public Health, particularly focusing on health education and health promotion strategies. She was indefatigable in her efforts to promote the health and well-being of the citizenry by encouraging partnerships across the health-related professions. She served with numerous organizations and governing bodies, particularly the Wisconsin School Health Education Coalition, the Wisconsin Public Health Association, and the Wisconsin Health Education Network. She is remembered with respect and admiration by those who knew her.


  1. Local Practitioner Award: Recognition of a deserving individual who focuses his/her responsibilities at a more local level in addressing all six award criteria.
  2. Regional/Statewide Practitioner Award: Recognition of a deserving individual who has a broader range of influence at the regional or statewide level in addressing all six award criteria.

Six Award Criteria: (Nominees for this award should exemplify the following attributes)

    • Demonstrates leadership and advocacy for health education and health promotion in Wisconsin.
    • Empowers and supports others to enhance health through educational strategies.
    • Demonstrates a commitment to health education and health promotion.
    • Offers a clearly-articulated vision for the health of the citizenry.
    • Advances the vision and priority of health enhancement through changes in health-related systems.
    • Advances overall the priority of prevention and health improvement.


  • Nominators are to submit support materials for a nominee in one category only.
  • Support materials must include: (Note: Support material should be no more than 10 pages.)
    • One letter of nomination (may be co-signed)
    • A minimum of three letters of support (there can be more than three)
    • Resume or vita for the nominee
    • Additional support material (e.g., as appropriate: news articles; significant publications)

Deadline date: 
All materials must be emailed OR postmarked by Monday, February 15, 2020.

Gary D. Gilmore, M.P.H., Ph.D., MCHES
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
201 Mitchell Hall, 1725 State St.
La Crosse, WI 54601


  • Gary D. Gilmore, M.P.H., Ph.D., MCHES, Chair
  • Christa Cupp, M.P.H., MCHES
  • Sheri Siemers, M.P.H., CHES


Gary D. Gilmore, M.P.H., Ph.D., MCHES or 608.785.8163

1995 Inaugural Award: Kenneth Baldwin, M.P.H.
1996 Award: Patrick Remington, M.D., M.P.H.
1997 Award: Norman E. McKonly, Jr.
1998 Award: Robert Jecklin, M.P.H.
1999 Award: Susan M. Uttech, M.S., CHES
2000 Award: Chet Bradley, M.S., CHES
2001 Award: Deborah L. Tackmann, M.E.P.D.
2002 Award: Janice M. Winters, RN, B.S.N., M.P.H.
2003 Award: Sheryl L. Gotts, M.S.
2004 Award: James M. Vergeront, M.D.
2005 Regional/Statewide Award: Mary L. Gothard, B.S., CHES
2005 Local Practitioner Award: Lori A. McMillan, M.F.A.
2006 Local Practitioner Award: John E. Mielke, M.D.
2006 Local Practitioner Award: Rebecca Meert, CHES
2007 Regional/Statewide Award: Jon Hisgen, M.S., CHES
2008 Regional/Statewide Award: Mary Pesik, RD, CD, CLE
2008 Local Practitioner Award: Francie A. Peardon
2009 Regional/Statewide Award: James Kazmierczak, D.V.M.
2009 Regional/Statewide Award: Reghan Walsh
2010 Local Practitioner Award: Paula J. Silha, B.S., CHES
2011 Regional/Statewide Award: Brenda L. Rooney, Ph.D., M.P.H.
2012 Regional/Statewide Award: Gary Hollander, Ph.D.
2013 Regional/Statewide Award: Linda A. Lee, M.S., M.P.H.
2013 Local Practitioner Award: Mary P. Rosecky, RN, B.S.N., CHES
2015 Regional/Statewide Award: Sherri Ohly, B.S.S.W.
2015 Regional/Statewide Award: Sheri Siemers, M.P.H., CHES
2015 Local Practitioner Award: Kate Noelke, M.P.H., CHES
2016 Joint Regional/Statewide Award: Millie Jones, M.P.H. and Michael Vaughn, M.S.-HSA
2016 Local Practitioner Award: Amy Olejniczak, M.S., M.P.H.
2017 Regional/Statewide Award: Vicki Huntington, B.A.
2017 Regional/Statewide Award: Nancy Sonnleitner, RHIT, CTR
2017 Regional/Statewide Award: Christy Vogt, M.P.H.
2018 Local Practitioner Award: Aaron Ruff, B.S., CHES
2019 Regional/Statewide Award: Catherine Sendelbach, M.S., CHES