520 University Ave Suite 155 Madison WI 53703 info@machonehealth.org

Meet our Staff

Brenda Konkel, Executive Director

Brenda has a long history of activism and non-profit work in Madison.  She was Executive Director of the Tenant ResourceCenter for 23 years,  is a co-founder of the Social Justice Center as well as Occupy Madison, Inc. and was instrumental in developing the two tiny house villages they own and collectively operate.  In addition to nonprofit work she is active in advocacy through the Affordable Housing Action Alliance, Dane County Homeless Services Consortium, Progressive Dane and her blog at forwardlookout.com.   She served 8 years on the Madison City Council (2001 – 2009), she dabbles in local government meeting and music videos and audio recordings and co-hosts a segment on local government on WORT Community Radio (89.9 FM) each week.

Tijana Sagorac Gruichich, Volunteer Coordinator

Tijana is a Marshfield Clinic Health System AmeriCorps member serving MACH-OneHealth as the Volunteer Coordinator. In May 2020, she graduated from UW-Madison with a B.S. in Spanish and Global Health. In addition to MACH, she works part time at Meriter and volunteers in the Women’s Mental Health Program at the University. Tijana hopes to one day attend Medical School. Her other interests include enjoying the outdoors, traveling, reading, and cooking.

Irene Schaible

Irene is an AmeriCorps VISTA member serving with MACH OneHealth. In her role as a Capacity Builder, she spends her time working with the street medicine team, resource development, and the community health needs assessment. Irene recently graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in biology, and hopes to attend medical school in the near future.

Maria Tran, Housing is Healthcare Coordinator

Maria recently completed the Bachelor of Social Work program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her passion is in working with individuals and families experiencing homelessness, as she believes that the pre-existing systems in place have created tremendous gaps in services and disproportionate outcomes that are dependent on race, class, and gender. Aside from work, Maria is most often snuggling with her pets, painting, or rock climbing!


Meshan Rivers Adams, Housing is Healthcare Lead



Board of Directors

Pam Alsum, MD

Pam Alsum MD loves the myriad challenges and gratifications working in our organization, because of the many caring relationships which are created, the creative and innovative methods we use to strengthen our community and our effect. She is also part of UW Health, as an Urgent Care internist. She combines medicine service with building our organization through encouraging participatory governance and dreaming further enactments of our vision, and serving on the board of directors for what’s needed to mind our mission. Outside MACH, she is busy with appreciation of the great outdoors, and creating through various arts.

Deb Lange

Deb is MACH OneHealth’s treasurer and a member of the Finance Committee. She is a seasoned attorney in a private practice who also applies her diverse experience to help organizations focused on housing and immigration issues. She has served MACH OneHealth since 2019 and strongly believes that housing is healthcare. 

Anne Reynolds

Anne Reynolds retired in 2018 from her position as the Executive Director of the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives, where she provided leadership and worked with numerous organizations on strategic planning, finance, governance, organizational development and community organizing. Anne serves on several boards, including MACH OneHealth, the Ralph K Morris Foundation, and the Madison Public Market Foundation. She also chairs the City of Madison Public Market Development Committee.

Chela O’Connor

Chela Bordas O’Connor is an attorney, real estate investor and activist.  She graduated from Madison East High School, UC Berkeley, and UW Madison Law School.  Chela has extensive experience in Renewable Energy Public Policy,  Nonprofit Administration, and activism.  Chela brings passion to all of the work she does.

Fred Turkington

Fred has called Madison home since 2012 and has worked in healthcare for that whole duration. As a student in Ohio, he worked with the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences to help their continuing education department modernize their course tracking database, which sparked a passion for bringing the power of technology to nontechnical users. His interests include project management and the intersection of medicine, social services, and government / nonprofit programs that we can help coordinate for the benefit of clients and patients.

John Adams