At its Annual Meeting June 21, 2016, the MRHA Board of Directors recognized outgoing Board President, Kami Norland, and welcomed four new Board members.  The Board also elected Board Officers (Executive Board) for 2016-2017.  In 2015, the MRHA Board appointed Alena Tofte as the first president of the new MRHA Student Chapter, and Dr. Ray Christensen as the state chapter's Faculty Advisor:

Executive Board

Todd Lemke (Board President) – CentraCare Health System, Paynesville

OPEN (Board Vice-President)

Kami Norland (Immediate Past Pres.) – National Rural Health Resource Center; Integrative 

Karla Weng (Past Pres.) – Stratis Health

Laurissa Stigen (Past Pres.) – University of Minnesota, School of Nursing

Katherine Dean (Treasurer) – Essentia Institute, Rural Health

OPEN (Secretary)


Board  *newly elected members

Sue Abderholden – NAMI Minnesota

David Brenne – Lutheran Home Association

Darrell Carter, MD – Comprehensive Advanced Life Support (CALS) and ACMC, Granite Falls

Mary Fischer - Redwood Falls, MN

Beverly Gillund* – Hendricks Community Hospital

Buck McAlpin - North Memorial EMS

Jim Przybilla* – Prime West Health

Mark Schoenbaum – MN Department of Health, Office of Rural Health and Primary Care (permanent Board seat)

Dr. George Schoephoerster* – Genevive; CentraCare Health

Diane Thorson* – Ottertail County Public Health


Alena Tofte (Ex Officio - MRHA Student Chapter President) - UMD Medical School student
(Winner: 2016 MRHA/Stratis Health "Emerging Rural Health Leader" Award)

Dr. Ray Christensen (Ex Officio - MRHA Student Chapter Faculty Advisor) - UMD Medical School, Assistant Dean for Rural Health


Steve Gottwalt (Ex Officio – MRHA Executive Director)  952.923.5265

Tom Huntley (Ex Officio – Senior Policy Advisor)


Emeritus (Ex Officio)

David Borgert

Ray Christensen, MD

Jim Dregney

Michael Hagen

Barb Muesing

Allison O'Connor

Liz Quam

Robin Weis

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