Anthony Pogodzinski, MD

Physician Committee Chairman; Member of the Board

Tony was born in Withee, Wisconsin, June 14, 1941. He lived on a family farm of 19 acres outside of Withee 'til becoming a sophomore in high school when he went to Holy Cross Seminary in LaCrosse, Wisconsin and studied there until just before Christmas of my fourth year in college in 1962 when he left the seminary and moved to Milwaukee where he entered Marquette University and completed his college training the summer of 1964.

At that time, he entered Marquette School of Medicine and finished Medical School in the early summer of 1968. He married his wife Fran married on July 23, 1966. He spent a year of internship at St Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee and then entered the General Surgery Residency Program at Milwaukee County Hospital in the summer of 1969 and finished it in June of 1973.

As an aside, Dr. Seidel was his senior resident at MCGH in early 1972. After residency, as a member of the Berry Program, he was inducted into the Army for two years and spent the first year in Pusan, South Korea and the second year at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. His son, Matt, was born on October 21, 1974 and Eric on July 18, 1976. They moved into the house in which he still lives in August of 1975 and have been here ever since. All the rest is history.

Tony is a very avid tennis player.

Meet our other Directors

Molly Ahlborn

Molly Ahlborn, Member of the Board


Gregg Walker

Gregg is the owner of The Lakeland Times in Minocqua and the Northwoods River News in Rhinelander.


Jay Vonachen

Mr. Vonachen is founder and current chairman of Vonachen Industrial Supplies. He is also the former President and CEO.


Barry J. Seidel, MD, FACS

Barry became a full time surgeon in Minocqua in the spring of 1972. In addition to his part time activities in the surgery department, Barry is currently chairman of the Walter Olson Medical Education Committee and Director of Medical Education at HYMC.


Glenn Schiffmann

A lifetime resident of northern Wisconsin, Glenn Schiffmann believes strongly in combining quality construction with competitive pricing, backed with a professional organization.


Dave Kavanaugh

Dave owns United States Brass and Copper. He and his wife Ginny live in Oak Lawn, Illinois.


William Hopper

Bill and his wife Marilyn have been coming up to the Northwoods since the 1940’s. They have had their home on Trout Lake for many years.


Dick Gustafson

Dick recently retired from his own executive search firm the Gustafson Group, specializing in healthcare provider executives search. Dick spent over 20 years at Heidrick & Struggles (global executive search firm) in the Chicago office where he served as Vice Chairman of the firm and Chairman, Global Health Care Practice. Before that he served as Managing Partner for the Health Care Practice. Dick successfully led major searches for CEO’s, CMO’s, CFO’s, COO’s, and Vice Chancellor and Deans of Medical Schools.


Denny Breitholtz

Dennis and his wife, Catherine, retired full time in 2010 to the home they had built on Oxbow Lake in Presque Isle.


Judy Russell

Judy graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee with a BSN in Nursing. She also attended the Parish Nurse Prep Program. Judy graduated from the University of Rochester, NY with a Master of Science Degree in Nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Community Health. She is a Certified Occupational Health Nurse, COHN-S. She has a nursing license in both Wisconsin and Illinois.


Carrie Nichols Hoye

Carrie is a retired marketing executive who is devoted to community service. Carrie served as Vice President of Marketing for GE Consumer Finance and Director of Marketing for Chicago Tribune. In 2005, Carrie formed CJH Strategic Marketing, where she defined data-driven, customer-focused acquisition and retention strategies for clients including the Washington Post, Dallas Morning News and OSI Restaurant partners.


Mark Pitman

My wife Cheryl and I became year-round residents of Minocqua in 2006, after spending the past 25 plus years living in Wausau. We have two children, Andrea age 26 and John age 23. After working 30 years with Wausau Financial Systems, I have retired as of 12/31/11!


Greg Nicklaus

Mr. Nicklaus has been employed with River Valley Bank since 1998. Previous to joining River Valley, he was the Executive Vice President and Head of Sales at Dealers Credit, Inc. for ten years. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Norbert College.


Aldo J. Madrigrano

Aldo J. Madrigrano is the CEO of Beer Capitol Distributing, Inc. and President of the Beer Capitol Investments both located in Sussex, Wisconsin.


Trygve A. Solberg

Trygve (Trig) graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Trig is one part of the larger T.A. Solberg Company, Inc., a diverse and healthy organization of over 1,000 associates that also operate Tula's Café in Minocqua, several fuel and convenience stores throughout northern and central Wisconsin, Trig's Central Bakery and Trucking Facility, Trig's Recycling Center, and the Tasmania Northwoods Resort.


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