At its Annual Meeting June 20, 2017, the MRHA Board of Directors recognized outgoing Board President, Todd Lemke, and welcomed three new Board members.  The Board also elected Board Officers (Executive Board) for 2017-2018:

Executive Board

Diane Thorson (Board President) – Ottertail County Public Health, Fergus Falls

Sue Abderholden (Board Vice-President) - NAMI Minnesota

Kami Norland (Past Pres.) – National Rural Health Resource Center; Integrative Re-sources

Karla Weng (Past Pres.) – Stratis Health

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

Katherine Dean (Treasurer) – Essentia Health, Rural Health Institute

OPEN (Secretary)


Board  *newly elected members

David Brenne - Wipfli and Lutheran Home Association

Todd Lemke  (Immediate Past Pres.) - CentraCare Health, Paynesville

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

*Dave Borgert - CentraCare Health, St. Cloud

*Denise Schneekloth - MN Rural Health Cooperative

*Warren Larson - Sandford Health, Bemidji


Katherine Rogers and Natasha Gallet (Ex Officio - MRHA Student Chapter Co-Leaders) - UMD Medical School students
Dr. Ray Christensen (Ex Officio - MRHA Student Chapter Faculty Advisor) - UMD Medical School, Assistant Dean for Rural Health



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