Board & Staff

Members are chosen for their interest in the Free Clinic's mission and their respect within the community. They have professional, community, or fundraising experience to assist the Board in more effectively carrying out its responsibilities. These responsibilities include:

• Determining and monitoring the Free Clinic's programs and services
• Ensuring effective and efficient organizational planning and resource management
• Providing financial oversight and governance of the Free Clinic ensuring that it has adequate resources
• Advocating for the Free Clinic and enhancing its public image
Meet Our Clinic Directors:
Robert Johnson, MD 
Medical Director (volunteer)

Dr. Johnson graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and has been board certified for over 28 years.  He completed his residency at Bethesda Lutheran Hospital and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and Western Wisconsin Medical Association.  He practices at the River Falls Medical Clinic in addition to the countless volunteer hours donated to the Free Clinic of Pierce & St. Croix Counties as the Medical Director and a practitioner providing care to patients of the Free Clinic on a regular weekly basis.

Leah Gavin, RPh

Pharmaceutical Director (volunteer)

Leah is a graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and has been a pharmacist for over 30 years.  She is owner of Freeman Drug Store in River Falls that has been a family based business since she was a child. As the Free Clinics’ Pharmaceutical Director she has volunteered a significant amount of time including dispensing medications to patients that were prescribed by one  
                              of the Free Clinic Health Care Providers on clinic nights, which is often over 100 medications per clinic 
Meet Our Board of Directors:

Leo Beskar
Rodi, Beskar, Krueger & Pletcher, S.C.

Leo has lived in the River Falls area all of his life, graduating from UWRF in 1973 and Hamline University School of Law in 1978. He and his wife Donna enjoy spending time at the cabin and being with their 3 adult children and their families, which now include 4 grandchildren. 

“I enjoy being a part of the Free Clinic because of the commitment of the people involved in bringing this needed service to the community. In the tough economic times we live in, we can ensure that the Free Clinic will have the tools and resources it needs to provide medical attention to those who need it most. ”

Kate Cloutier
Clinical Services Manager
New Richmond Clinic

Kate has worked at New Richmond Clinic since 1975.  Kate was born in New Richmond, raised on the family farm near Deer Park, and went to Amery High School.  She graduated from WITC as a Certified Medical Assistant and went on to be certified in Supervisory Management.  Kate serves on the advisory board for the United Way St.Croix Valley’s “Success by 6” early childhood initiative.  Kate and her husband, Don have lived in Osceola for 30 years.  They have two adult children, Mark and Amy. Kate enjoys weekend getaways to their cabin in Danbury and spending time with family.  

“I enjoy being a part of the Free Clinic because I felt I had to find a way to somehow give back to the folks that have provided healthcare to those in need in our communities in St Croix and Pierce Counties.  The Free Clinic Board has many generous and caring individuals serving on it and it has been very rewarding to be a part of something that helps so many of our patients.”

Mary Conroy-Johnson (Board Chair)
Registered Nurse
River Falls Area Hospital

Mary and her husband Dr. Bob Johnson are the backbone of the Free Clinic.  It was their passion for helping others, a commitment to the healthcare profession, and a deep desire to strengthening our community that prompted them to step forward as leaders in starting the Free Clinic. Mary’s extensive nursing background, patient advocacy skills and community connections were instrumental in making a dream of providing access to health care for uninsured, low income individuals a reality.  She continues to stay actively involved in the Free Clinic and has dedicated an amazing amount of her time, talent and energy. Since moving to River Falls in 1978, Mary has served in various community activities and enjoys quilting, gardening and spending time with her family, including her two adult sons and soon to be daughter-in-law.


Julie Ducklow
Health Information and Ancillary Services Manager
River Falls Medical Clinic

Julie and her  husband Dave and I live in Spring Valley. I have two adult sons who live in the Eau Claire area.  Dave and I enjoy spending  time golfing, gardening, and watching the Brewers play. 

 “I enjoy being a part of the Free Clinic because t he Free Clinic has made a difference for many individuals and families and it’s a blessing to be part of that. It is so important to have an option of health care for individuals who find themselves without health insurance.   We are so fortunate to have the Free Clinic incorporated into the River Falls Medical Clinic to serve the best interest of all of our patients.”

Julie Freeborn

Business Banker/CPA
Bremer Bank

Julie and her husband, Mark, live in River Falls where they’ve raised their four children: Kalie, Stacie, Lindsie and Brad.  Julie is a Business Banker/CPA with Bremer Bank, N.A. Prior to joining Bremer, she worked in public accounting and as CFO for a manufacturing company. Spending time with family and volunteering are very important to Julie.

““I enjoy being a part of the Free Clinic because I feel that I am helping my community through my involvement with the Free Clinic.  Our community needs each of us in many ways --  financially, spiritually  and otherwise.  As a board member, I am able to offer my experience and compassion to indirectly help families be in a better place.  Everyone needs to believe that there is hope and possibilities.  Volunteering with the Free Clinic is my way of sharing hope and possibilities with families and our community. ”

Father Gerald Harris
St. Bridget & St. Mary’s Catholic churches, River Falls and Hammond

Fr. Jerry as he is known to many grew up in River Falls, and had worked as a registered nurse, which to this day, still is. He has been in ministry for 32 years and touches the lives of all that he serves. Offering leadership to the Free Clinic is one example of the leadership he provides to the community and his desire to actively get involved in such outreach efforts. 

“I enjoy being a part of the Free Clinic because I feel I can make a difference in people that simply need access to health care through no fault of their own.  A society is judged in how it cares for those most in need.”
Melissa Kolb
River Falls, WI

Melissa is a chiropractor and has been a resident of River Falls for 20 years. She and her husband operate a privately held clinic providing primary spine care. Melissa has served on a number of local healthcare and nonprofit boards and recently completed an Executive Healthcare Leadership Institute at the University of St. Thomas. As a Best Practice/Tier 1A Provider, she is currently participating in the Medica Spine Program and is a member of a collaborative work group between OptumHealth, DC's, PCP's and Medica. She also serves on the ChiroCare Clinical Advisory Board. When she isn't driving her children to dance or baseball, she enjoys road biking, food/wine education and any excuse to get on a plane.

Lori Grambow
Clinical Services Director
Hudson Physicians

LogelinHeather Logelin (Board Secretary)
Foundation and Community Engagement Director
River Falls Area Hospital.

Heather has a B.A. in Psychology from Occidental College in Los Angeles and an M.B.A. in Nonprofit Management from the University of St. Thomas.  She currently serves on the board of the Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley, on the advisory board for the United Way St. Croix Valley’s “Success by 6” early childhood initiative, and is a member of the River Falls Rotary Club. Heather’s past volunteer work includes six years as a Girl Scout Leader and two years on the board of St. Paul’s East Side Neighborhood Development Council.

Heather lives in North Hudson with her husband, Greg Meyer, and two young children, Jack and Addie. In her free time, she enjoys reading, camping and scrapbooking.

“I enjoy being on the Free Clinic BOD because I believe that all of us should have access to primary and preventative health care services, but there are very few primary care resources for low-income individuals in our region. Providing primary and preventative care to those who would otherwise go without improves the quality of life for those being served and reduces the utilization of hospital emergency rooms for care that is more appropriately provided in a primary care setting.”

Sara Rose
Registered Nurse, Consulting Analyst
Hudson Hospital and Clinic

Sara has 24 years of nursing experience in ICU and Emergency Department settings. She has worked as a bedside nurse and in management.  Her passions are leadership and creating systems that maximize exceptional care for patients while supporting nursing care delivery. Sara has a Master’s degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix. She currently works to support the electronic health record at Healthpartners locations in the St. Croix Valley. 

“I am passionate about the care patients receive at the Free Clinic.  We provide maintenance health care for the uninsured; those turned away from traditional medical care because of their inability to pay for services.  Without maintenance care, the patients we see would get very sick and require emergency care and hospitalization.  Untreated illnesses such as high blood pressure and diabetes put a huge burden on the health care system.  The Free Clinic not only stands in the gap for these patients, but works with them to apply for public health care programs and prescription assistance.  We are able to help so many new patients each year because we are constantly getting patients plugged in to the right programs.  The work we do fulfills a vital role in our health care system.  And as a nurse, I am proud of the excellent care we provide to patients.”


Todd Schultz
(Board Treasurer)
Loan Officer
River Falls State Bank

Todd is a Loan Officer at River Falls State Bank.  He was born and raised in River Falls and is a 2004 UW-RF graduate.  He is an alumnus of the Leadership River Falls program (class of 2006) and serves as a member of the City of River Falls Planning Commission.  Todd lives in River Falls with his wife, Kensey, and their yellow lab, Tess.  In his free time, Todd  enjoys softball, golf, basketball, refereeing soccer games, and time at the cabin. 

“I feel the Free Clinic provides a very useful service to area residents in need and improves the quality of life in the area.  As someone was new to the organization prior to taking on the role of treasurer, I was surprised to find out the number of people in the area that are positively affected by the Free Clinic.   I feel a sense of responsibility to contribute my time to such a worthy cause and enjoy being a small part of effort.”
Meet the Staff:

Mary Steele
Clinic Manager

Mary has been a part of the Free Clinic since its doors first opened in April 2007.  She is proud to be affiliated with a program that has such a significant impact on the quality of people’s life.  She earned a degree in Education and Human Services from the University of WI-Oshkosh and has worked in the non-profit sector throughout her career. 

Jena Most
Nursing Supervisor

Jena is a Registered Nurse and has 17 years of nursing experience working in Public Health for Ramsey County and Pierce County.  She joined the Free Clinic team in June of 2015.  She has been an advocate for underserved populations and makes working at the Free Clinic a great fit.   


A BIG THANK YOU to the volunteers who support the Free Clinic. It exists because of the generosity and kind-heartedness of volunteers. The clinic is supported by 2 part time staff.