Board of Directors
2021 Board Members
Norman Wenck, P.E., Board Chair, is the founder of Wenck Enterprises, an engineering & consulting firm dedicated to providing innovative solutions through strategic engineering, environmental, and consulting services. Originally founded in Minnesota in 1985, Wenck Engineering’s coverage spans throughout the U.S. Norm has 49 years of project management and land fill experience with environmental and water resources engineering. He was trained at Iowa State and has degrees in Civil Engineering from Iowa State. He has served multiple not-for-profit organizations, including Christian Restoration Services, Bank of Maple Plain, Lake Minnetonka Communication Commission, City of Independence City Council, SAVE International, the Value Society, the American Society of Civil Engineers.
James Green, Board Vice Chair, is the retired President and CEO of Kemps LLC, a dairy and ice cream company located in St. Paul, MN where he served for 21 years. Jim graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, and received his Masters of Business Administration from the Wharton Graduate School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. Jim is a member and past chairman of the International Dairy Foods Association Board of Directors; a member and past chairman of the International Ice Cream Association; an adjunct instructor in the MBA program at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN, where he also serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees; and was a member of the Board of Directors and past Chair for the National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board.
John Clymer, Immediate Past Board Chair, John holds an MBA in finance from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He began his career in investments at Minnesota Life Insurance Company and was appointed president in 1991. He went on to be President of Resource Capital Investors, a Minneapolis-based banking, trust, planning, and investment firm, and later served as Regional Chief Investment Officer for U.S. Trust. In 2008, he joined Marvin Windows and Doors in the Office of Strategy Management. He serves on the Board of Directors for several entities, including Marvin Companies, Trustmark Insurance Company, the Phipps Foundation, and the YMCA Retirement Fund.
Julie White, Past Board Chair, is the president and founder of the consulting company, Tapestry Solutions, LLC, which focuses in the areas of strategy, leadership, organizational culture, and people practices. Julie served as the Executive Vice President and Director of Human Resources of Wells Fargo from May 2007 until her retirement in February 2010. Julie received a B.A. in English literature and political science from Bethel University and has completed graduate course work in Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota. Julie sits on the Board of Trustees of Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota and the Advisory Board of Data Dimensions, a privately held company in Janesville, WI.
Theodore Chien is in his second 9 year term and has extensive experience in the area of strategic planning, HR, benefits and health care fields, Health Care Reform and Health Care Delivery Systems. Ted is currently the President and CEO of Sullivan, Cotter and Associates, Inc., an independent consulting firm specializing in executive, employee, and physician compensation, governance and Health Care System Management. Previously, Ted was Executive Vice President of Corporate Client Relations for United Health Group, as well as President of Ingenix, where he led the Consulting and Employer Solutions business unit at United Health Group. In addition, Ted has served as the Global Director for the Group and Health Care practice for Watson Wyatt.
Brad Hewitt is the former CEO of Thrivent Financial. In 1993, he was named CFO of Diversified Pharmaceutical Services, and later became president and CEO. He also served as chief administrative officer of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Brad recently served as interim CEO for the Wilder Foundation in St. Paul. He serves as Chair of the Itasca Project, Board Chair for Habitat for Humanity Internationa, and is a board member of the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation. He volunteers as a mentor, and frequently speaks on financial stewardship, leadership, and ethics. Brad holds a BS degree in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls and completed the Harvard Business School's program for management development.
Molly Lagermeier is a healthcare leader who is passionate about engaging the individual in their health while using information and technology to improve outcomes and drive down healthcare costs. She currently leads the consulting practice Engaging Solutions Group, Inc. Prior to that, she held roles at IBM as Global Portfolio Leader for Healthcare & Life Sciences in Consumer Engagement and at UnitedHealth Group, Optum, as VP of Operations Strategy & Sr Director Case & Disease Management, leading a team of over 1000 nurses. She brings both a Masters in Health Informatics and an MBA from the University of Minnesota. She has served on the board of directors of Global Health Ministries, the Junior League of Minneapolis, and Headway Emotional Health Services (formerly The Storefront Group).
Paula Norbom is the CEO and Founder of Talencio, an executive recruiting and staffing company serving the U.S. Health Technology community. Paula has a strong financial background, having served in CFO and VP of Finance and Operations roles within the health technology industry. Paula has been recognized as a Woman to Watch by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal and is frequently featured in several local periodicals such as the Star Tribune, the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal and Med City News.
Jeffrey Rageth joined the 3M Company in 1997 and was appointed Global Vice President of Government Affairs in 2007. This position combines International Government Affairs and Markets, U.S. Federal and State Government Affairs, and Global Issues Management. Jeff has held various public sector executive management positions prior to 3M and most recently was Deputy Commissioner, MN Department of Trade and Economic Development. Jeff has served on the Board of Directors of United States Chamber of Commerce, United States Council for International Business, Business Council for International Understanding and US-ASEAN Business Council. Jeff also served as a member of the German-American Business Council, Washington International Business Council, Emergency Committee for American Trade, Potomac Exchange, and American Council for Young Political Leaders.
Sheryl Ramstad has led a distinguished legal and business development career, and is currently pursuing her PhD in nursing from the University of Minnesota. Ms. Ramstad has served as Chairman of the YMCA of Metropolitan Minneapolis, Chair of the University of Minnesota Law School Board of Visitors, and Chair of the University of Minnesota Women’s Athletic Advisory Committee. Ms. Ramstad has served on the National Advisory Board for the National Institute of Corrections and the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Advisory Board. Additionally, Ms. Ramstad served on the boards of directors for the Union Gospel Mission of the Twin Cities, ClearWay Minnesota, the Center for the Victims of Torture, the Minneapolis Children’s Medical Center, and Search Institute.
Janet Sommers is the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, MN. She joined in 1991 and served as chair of the Department of English and Literature. Dr. Sommers oversees undergraduate education, Adult and Graduate Studies, Online Learning, Academic Assessment, Career Development, and more. Her influence has extended to the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. She is passionate about developing aspiring leaders and has served as a resource leader and mentor for several CCCU Leadership Development Institutes. Sommers earned a bachelor's degree in English education from Gwynedd-Mercy College, a master's degree in English from the University of Toledo, and a doctoral degree in English from the University of Minnesota.
David Wessner was the CEO of Park Nicollet Clinics and has significant investment in introducing LEAN techniques into a health care environment. David currently works as the executive producer at Thinking Man Films, including producer of the Patterns of Evidence: Excodus documentary. David has served on a number of boards, including The ServiceMaster Company, Commonwealth Bank, Minnesota Hospital Association, and co-chaired the Community University Board at the University of Minnesota. He is also a Senior Fellow in Residence at the University of Minnesota. David received a BA in philosophy from Wheaton College and a Master of Health Administration from Duke University.
Elona Street-Stewart is the Synod Executive for the Synod of Lakes and Prairies in the Twin Cities area and serves as Ex-Officio on the PHS Board.
Daniel Lindh, President and CEO
Mark Meyer, Treasurer and CFO
Janna Severance, Co-Secretary and Co-Legal Counsel
Peter Gregory, Co-Secretary and Co-Legal Counsel
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