We stand for health.
We prioritize social health over shareholder wealth by combining the rigor of business with the heart of philanthropy. Our long history of leadership in the healthcare industry has given us deep knowledge of the system, empowering our work to drive systemic change through a sustainable model for philanthropy.
Since our founding in 1858, our organization has touched nearly every aspect of the healthcare supply system.
We’ve always sought to stay ahead of the curve, innovating in anticipation of the changing needs of the healthcare market. Through that experience, we realized we weren’t moving the needle enough, and we concluded that the prevailing ineffective system must change.
So we took two bold steps.
First, in 2018, we made the commitment to advance our vision in a whole new way. We exited the pharmaceutical industry and focused our resources on fundamentally changing the flawed health paradigm.
But we didn’t stop there. We knew we needed a new model to optimize impact. One that values social return over shareholder return. In 2019, the Dohmen Company Foundation transformed its organizational structure, becoming the first organization in the nation to transition from a for-profit S-Corp to a not-for-profit philanthropic enterprise.
Over the generations we've changed what we do, but never who we are - grounded in our values
We act with empathy and respect for each other.
We grow relationships with a long-term view.
We deliver innovative solutions that make the future better than the past.
We build and share knowledge.
We're willing to risk failure over inaction.
Our 160+ year history tells the story of ongoing transformation and innovation for positive impact on human health.
German immigrant, Friedrich W. Dohmen, opens Wisconsin’s first wholesale drug store in Milwaukee. His rigorous scientific training and integrity sets a benchmark on which Dohmen measures itself hereafter.
Dohmen innovates delivery methods. We are an early disrupter in supply chains. During the flu epidemic of 1918, we respond with penicillin and masks and push for regulatory safety standards with the state of Wisconsin. During the Great Depression, Dohmen innovates and restructures to maintain full employment.
Dohmen becomes a full-service pharmaceutical supplier. Our infrastructure grows in the post-war boom with state-of-the-art technology and equipment.
Advancing ahead of industry needs, we become one of the first wholesalers in the nation to implement computerized inventory and temperature control. We automate pharmacy claims as the first pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) in the country.
Within seven years, nine acquisitions and four divestitures, we have now doubled in size and expanded to seven states. We are a business process outsourcer (BPO) company for drug and device companies, providing the broadest set of services to connect clients more directly with their patients. Seeing the power of disruptive technology, we're also now creating transformative software for companies transforming healthcare.
We started the Dohmen Company Foundation in 2008, contributing a portion of our profits every year. We walked the talk of our vision by investing over $23m in initiatives that included supplying medications, developing the next generation of leaders in healthcare technology, building clinics, funding clean water initiatives and improving maternal child health with multi-year multi-city campaigns – positively impacting over 123 million lives. We learned a lot in 10 years. Over that time we learned that we wanted to do more to drive systemic change. With our exit from the pharmaceutical industry we are determined to be part of the solution vs. the problem.
2019 - Present
The Bold Step
In 2019, we took our boldest step. We radically changed our structure, and converted from a shareholder owned for-profit S-Corp, to a foundation-owned philanthropic enterprise. The new structure now enables us to prioritize social health over shareholder wealth. We've moved out of health care and back into health, combining the rigor of business with the heart of philanthropy.
President & COO
With nearly 20 years of experience building, leading and growing successful organizations, Kathy joined the Dohmen Company team in 2012. During her tenure with Dohmen Company, she oversaw the launch of DLSS and key aspects of the growth of that company. With the transition of the company to a philanthropic enterprise, Kathy continued in her role as COO, shepherding the creation, strategy, partnership and implementation of the Food For Health Program. Kathy is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and remains an active alumni member along with participation in various non-profit organizations. Kathy is centered through her strong family focus, and her commitment to a healthy lifestyle exemplified by volunteering, motorcycling, boating, and affinity for outdoors activities.
General Counsel & CFO
Michael joined Dohmen in 2013 after a long career in private practice with Michael Best & Friedrich, where he served as a Partner in the Corporate practice group. Michael originally served as General Counsel for the Dohmen Company, providing legal guidance and ultimately the successful divestiture of some of its businesses. Following those divestitures, Michael was instrumental in the conversion of Dohmen from a multi-generational family owned business to an organization wholly-owned by a private foundation. Michael is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame - Mendoza College of Business, and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Michael is an avid and lifelong runner and enjoys spending free time with his wife and three children.
Chief Innovation Officer
Brian's tenure with the Dohmen Company began in 2016 as the SVP of Finance and Operations and then the SVP of Corporate Development. With the company’s transition to philanthropy, Brian assumed the role of Program SVP prior to being elevated to his current role of Chief Innovation Officer. Deeply committed to the program successes of Dohmen Company Foundation, Brian played key roles in the CompassPRM launch, the Cooked and Focused Fork acquisitions, and the Food For Health launch, garnering the Dohmen Values Award in 2019. Beyond his Dohmen successes, Brian is passionate about his time with his family, particularly mentoring his children through sports, as well as travel, skiing and volleyball. He is also a dedicated advocate of research and support centered on leukemia and is a regular plasma donor.
Lianna joined Dohmen in 2017. Previous positions have included Social Innovation Analyst, and the Director of Community Investment. Highlights of Lianna’s work with Dohmen Company Foundation and its predecessor Dohmen Constellations, are significant contributions to the initial research phase of Dohmen Constellations, which resulted in building a complete understanding of health equity for Constellations. Currently Lianna’s focus is on landscape and partnership development to better understand the field of Food is Medicine. Her free time is dedicated to her family, most notably her 1-year son, and her love of hiking, gardening, and the natural world as well as participation with many of Milwaukee’s food equity and environmental sustainability non-profits.