Board of Directors

W.W. Schaefer, MD, Founding President
Schaefer is an orthopedic surgeon with more than 50 years experience. A native of Pewaukee, Wisconsin, Schaefer received his BA from Marquette University and MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He began his orthopedic career as an intern with the U.S. Navy at the Jacksonville Naval Hospital in 1964, was General Medical Officer for the US Naval Hospital in Sasebo, Japan, from 1965 to 1968, followed by residencies at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Oakland, California and Children’s Orthopedic Surgery for Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children, in Greenville, South Carolina. He was Chief of Orthopedic Service for the US Naval Hospital in Pensacola, Florida, from 1972 to 1974.
He began his practice in Sheboygan, Wisconsin in 1974 and was founder and principal of Lakeland Orthopedics from 1980 to 2000. He was affiliated with St. Nicholas Hospital, Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center and Plymouth’s Valley View Medical Center from 1974-2000. He has served numerous leadership roles including Past President at Memorial Medical Center, in addition to positions in numerous professional medical societies such as the Wisconsin State Medical Society Committee on Environmental and Occupational Health, 1976-1988 where he was Chairman from 1976-1983. He has been a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery since 1976 and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine since 1992.
Schaefer was active in Health Volunteers Overseas from 1986 to 2006 and began his volunteer work with Orthopedics Overseas in 1992. From 1993 to 2005 he served every fall in Mwanza, Tanzania as a program director at the Bugando Medical Centre. He served numerous other communities in Africa, bringing him to Kagondo St. Joseph Hospital in 2010 where he has since focused his efforts and in 2016 founded the Kagondo St. Joseph Hospital Foundation to improves accessibility of healthcare of the people who reside in the Kagera region of NW Tanzania by providing funding and services for orthopedic care, skin grafting and birth defect correction.
Schaefer resides in Tahoe, Nevada with his wife Jody and is active both the Rotary Club of Tahoe and Rotary International. His interests include Nordic ski racing, Alpine skiing, fly fishing, golf, ballroom and square dancing and is a member of his church choir.
Tom Marsh
Marsh is a Registered Nurse dedicating his time supporting the mission of Kagondo St. Joseph Hospital Foundation by lending his expertise to help improve health care in the Tanzanian community. Marsh earlier worked as an RN at the Surgicenter and Operating Room of Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Woodland Hills and Panorama City, CA, and at the U.S. Navy Hospital as Corpsman through the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC). Marsh has actively engaged in earlier medical missions to Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico and Nicaragua and was a Combat Corpsman in the USMC in Viet Nam. He received his MS and BA in Health Administration from California State University, Northridge. He resides in Simi Valley, CA and enjoys gardening, racquet sports and computers.
Ellen K. Murphy, RN, MS, JD
Murphy is a Professor Emerita at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. She began her professional career as an Army Nurse Corps operating room nurse; pursued a Master’s Degree in Nursing at the University of Colorado; and served in staff and management roles in the operating room in Trauma 1 hospitals in Colorado and Wisconsin before completing her law degree, cum laude, at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She spent the last 28 years of her employed career in faculty and administrative leadership positions at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee where she taught in the College of Nursing and School of Business. She remains active in perioperative nursing and health policy issues.
She has led international nursing groups and spoken in other countries since the 1980’s, consulted with the Ministry of Health in Poland related to perioperative nursing in the early 1990’s and was recruited to join Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) in the early 21st century. She first travelled to Tanzania to discuss critical care and theatre nursing practice in 2002 and has taught East Africa, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania at least once/year and served as the HVO program director for Mwanza, Tanzania and Nebbi, Uganda for many years.
James B. O’Brien
O’Brien has had a longtime career appraising commercial property and as the proprietor of his own business with offices in San Francisco and the East Bay. He served as President of the northern California chapter of the Appraisal Institute and later became involved in commercial real estate, development, investment and management. He developed office buildings and senior housing projects in the East San Francisco Bay Area and owns properties in East Bay Sacramento/Roseville, California and Reno, Nevada. O’Brien has been gradually retiring from his business over the past few years while being increasingly active in Rotary serving as his Club’s President and Assistant District Governor. He is passionate about Rotary and their efforts to “Do Good In The World ” and to promote world peace. He resides in Incline Village, Nevada with his wife of 45 years and high school sweetheart, Phoebe Ann. They have two adult children and 2 grandsons. O’Brien graduated from the University Of California at Berkeley with a BA in Business Administration in 1971.
Gretchen Schaefer
Schaefer is a resident in counseling following completion of her MS in Mental Health and Rehabilitation Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University in August, 2020. She “retired” in 2017 from a longtime career as a public affairs and communications strategist and holds a BA degree from Marquette University. She resides in Alexandria, Virginia, and enjoys cycling, golf, running and long walks along the Potomac, and is active in her community in helping individuals recover from substance use disorder.