Dori Schatell, MS

Executive Director

Dori Schatell, MSDori brings a life-long interest in chronic disease, a passionate commitment to patient self-management, and years in the renal industry to her role. An experienced medical writer/editor with more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, booklets and books, fact sheets, and other pieces to her credit, she is also a national speaker and a policy advocate. She directs the Life Options program, Kidney School™, and Home Dialysis Central; staffed the first DOQI Anemia Guideline; produced five editions of the Core Curriculum for the Dialysis Technician;

She has a BA in Psychology and History of Medicine and an MS in Child & Family Studies, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Kristi Klicko, CHES

Director of Operations

Kristi Klicko, CHESKristi has more than years of MEI experience managing all facets of research, from IRB submissions to subject recruitment, data collection, and peer-reviewed journal articles.

She has a BS in Community Health Education from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.

Mary Costello

Development Director

Mary CostelloMary began her non–profit journey almost 30 years ago, with administrative roles in the developmental disabilities and mental health fields. She became well–known for creating new programs and organizations “from the ground up” and revamping programs in danger of closure due to serious state licensing deficiencies. Her background includes person–centered planning, advocacy, case management, and more. In February of 2005, Mary transitioned out of the traditional workforce and became an independent non–profit consultant—specializing in organizational start–ups, as well as the restructuring, improvement, sustainability, and expansion of more established agencies. She is skilled at crafting innovative marketing/communications strategies and comprehensive fiscal development plans that encompass all non–profit funding streams, with heightened emphasis on grants and corporate sponsorships. She joined the MEI team in July of 2013.

Mary has a BA in Social Work from The Catholic University of America.

Carol Pruess

Business Manager

Carol PruessCarol joined MEI in 2006 as the Business Manager. She has more than years of varied accounting management and financial systems experience.

Carol has a BBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Sharon Sahr

Office Manager

Sharon SahrSharon has been on the MEI team since 1993. She answers the phone, provides office and administrative support, and manages fulfillment.

Matt Bauer

Rails Programmer

Matt BauerMatt joined the MEI team in 2013. He has been working with web technologies since 1996 and with Ruby and Rails since 2005. Prior to joining MEI, Matt developed sites for many household name brands. As a web developer at MEI, Matt enjoys advocating for excellent user experiences. When he's not pushing pixels, Matt enjoys homebrewing, woodworking, and cross-country skiing.

Matt has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Iowa.

Shaun Martin

Web Designer & Developer

Shaun MartinShaun is a web designer and developer from De Pere, Wisconsin. Before joining the MEI team in 2013, he taught English in South Korea. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and keeping up with new trends in technology and design.

Shaun has an art degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and and Associate's degree in web design and development from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay.

Karen Honer

Program Support

Karen HonerKaren joined the MEI team in 1994, took time off to raise children, and returned part-time in 2008. She supports the KDQOL Complete, Home Dialysis Central, and MEI.

Karen has BS degrees in Psychology and History from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Meg Wise, PhD

Research Consultant

Meg Wise, PhDMeg is an Associate Scientist at the Sonderegger Research Center and the Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on how patients and families learn to cope with the medical, practical, and psychosocial challenges of chronic and life-threatening illness. Meg has worked with MEI on assessing Internet use among renal patients, disease self-management behaviors among people with CKD, the effects of providing patients with education materials, and on exploring how home dialysis affects patient and caregiver quality of life.

She holds a BA in Anthropology, an MLS in Library and Information Studies, and PhD in Adult Education & Lifespan Development, all from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Beth Witten, MSW, ACSW, LSCSW

Resource & Policy Associate

Beth Witten, MSW, ACSW, LSCSWBeth has been a renal social worker since 1978. She has worked with the MEI team since 1993 as a contributing writer, researcher, technical consultant, and community outreach expert. She served on the workgroup that developed the NKF KDOQI™ Clinical Practice Guidelines for chronic kidney disease and on a Rehabilitation Services Administration workgroup that developed a national training manual for vocational rehabilitation counselors. In 2010, Beth received the CNSW Lifetime Achievement Award. Beth writes and presents on rehabilitation, health-related quality of life, and employment and kidney disease.

Beth Witten received her MSW from the University of Kansas.

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Brian Frick

Internet Technology Consultant

Brian FrickBrian works as an IT consultant for MEI, having worked for more than 20 years as an HTML, database, and web programmer. Currently he focuses on HTML and CSS standards, Section 508 website compliance, and ambient music.

Brian has a BS degree in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.