Board of Directors & Staff
Kimberly Link is a Madison native who now lives with her husband Scott and son John on the family farm in Cambria, WI. Her adult daughter Jessica resides nearby in Beaver Dam. Kimberly has an Associates Degree from Madison Business College, a BA from Upper Iowa University, and a paralegal degree from Madison College. She currently works for von Briesen & Roper, s.c. on the Capitol Square. Her son was diagnosed with AT/RT, a rare brain tumor in 2009. After undergoing extensive cancer treatment at AFCH in 2009 and receiving a stem cell transplant in 2010 John is doing well. Kimberly became involved with BCCN to assist other families going through the same experience.
Dave joined the BCCN board in September, 2018. He has had a 24 year career in the private sector managing both state and regional associations. In addition, for 9 years, Dave worked in the public sector, serving as both Director of the Wisconsin Lottery as well as Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce. Throughout his career, he has been fortunate to serve in a variety of volunteer/charitable efforts and organizations. Dave feels strongly in the BCCN mission and is proud and privileged to be part of an organization that is charged with helping families facing a crisis situation.
Kathryn Murphy is the Patient Family Liaison at the American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, WI. Murphy is a member of the interdisciplinary team from the University of Wisconsin American Family Children’s Hospital and Clinics and the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Department. Murphy develops and implements patient and family programs and provides additional much-needed resources, including information about Badger Childhood Cancer Network to families of children diagnosed with cancer. This includes providing families with the new diagnosis bags, signing families up for their electronic newsletter and assisting patients with the Hero Bead Program throughout treatment.
Michele has been in health care her entire adult life, currently as an RN at the Madison VA hospital. She served in the military, retiring as a Captain after 23 years. Michele is honored to have the opportunity to serve children battling cancer and their families. Michele is married to Mark, a realtor with the Stark company. She has two adult children, Carson and Mikayla. Michele loves spending time with her family and friends.
Susannah currently serves as the Executive Director of Badger Childhood Cancer Network. She has a background in non-profit management, having dedicated many years working for human service organizations. Susannah is humbled by the opportunity to lead Badger Childhood Cancer Network and lend her talents toward the organization’s continued growth and mission to serve and support children and families affected by cancer and life-threatening blood disorders. Susannah shares her life and home with her husband, two daughters and a cat. When not working, Susannah can be found biking, cooking and enjoying time with her family.
A native of Rockford, IL, Mike has lived in Madison for over 20 years. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the University of Oregon Law School. He practices law in Madison, primarily handling appellate level case appointments on behalf of the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office. Mike feels fortunate to be able to serve on the BCCN Board and help support children and families affected by cancer.
Cara Connelly is a Wisconsin native who lives in the Madison area with her 5-year-old daughter and their handsome mutt Guapo. She holds a Bachelor of Science-Journalism from Northwestern University and earned her MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Cara works in marketing for Exact Sciences, a Madison based company focused on the early detection of cancer. She sees volunteering with BCCN as a way to extend her commitment to the battle against cancer and give support to the children and families of Wisconsin.
Megan is a family nurse practitioner in the Madison area. Prior to obtaining her Master’s degree, she worked at AFCH on the hematology/oncology unit for 9 years. She has had the privilege of being a part of this journey with many families and is excited to be able to give back in some way. In her spare time, Megan likes to ride her bike, tell corny jokes, cheer on the Iowa Hawkeyes and Pittsburgh Steelers, knit, cook, and travel the world.
The help I received was a life line for me when I needed it most. I am a hard working single mom but my utilities were disconnected because I had to pay for new tires to get my baby to treatment and back. Badger Childhood Cancer Network made a payment toward my bill and my power was back!
-Mom of an infant with brain cancer