Women Inspiring Scientific Progress

Areas to Support
In collaboration with Banner Health,
WISP raises awareness of women's
and family health issues through
education and philanthropic support.

Women Inspiring Scientific Progress, known as WISP, is a giving circle dedicated to health issues affecting women and their families, including Alzheimer's disease and care giving. We aspire to be the premier organization of women leaders in Arizona focused on providing education and resources to promote women's health. Download a flyer about WISP.

Members pool their gifts and decide together how best to invest funds in Banner Health programs important to women and their families. With an annual online gift of $1,000 at give.bannerhealth.com/WISP, members receive:

  • Voting privileges at the WISP Investment Meeting.
  • Invitations to all WISP luncheons, educational sessions, and special events throughout the year.
  • Networking opportunities with women interested in health, disease prevention, and care giving.
  • Educational sessions with experts in medicine, health care, and biomedical research.
  • Invitations to Banner Health Foundation signature events.
  • The WISP quarterly e-newsletter.
  • Spring 2020 Luncheon Series Season Pass, valued at $200, available to members only for $150.

WISP Membership

Executive Committee

Suzanne Hensing, President
Lois Zachary, Secretary
Mary Joy Stead, Treasurer
Alison Lewis, Membership
Phyllis Kirk, Events
Judi Goldfader, Events


Rebecca Ailes-Fine
Michelle Arndt
Natalie Atri
Connie Binns
Connie Boker
Oonagh Boppart
Prue Brito
Kate Burke
Diane Cantile
Carol Dillon
Jacquie Dorrance

Pat Elder
Ardie Evans
Amy Flood
Lora Golke
Meighan Harahan
Martha Hunter Henderson
Suzi Hilton
Leah Hoover
Jessica Langbaum, PhD
Julie Lavidge
Sara Lee

Theresa Lioce
Linda Mueller
Carol Norman
Andy Kramer Petersen
Dilys Popper
Hazel Richards
Joette Schmidt
Jo Taulbee-Flittie
Heidi Teets
Nancy Teets
Barbara Thompson

2019-2020 Schedule of Events


The Banner Simulation Medical Center
Thursday, September 19, 2019
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Banner Simulation Medical Center

Ancient Wisdom for Life Fulfillment
With Michael Foley, MD
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 
Arizona Science Center

Translating Microbiome Research to Improve Women's Health 
With Melissa Herbst-Kralovetz, MD
Thursday, January 9, 2020
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Obesity, Complications, and New Treatments
With Robin Blackstone, MD, FACS
Thursday, March 12, 2020
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Addiction Medicine 
With Luke Peterson, DO
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

With Steven Curry, MD
Thursday, September 10, 2020
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.