Board of Directors
John A. Clymer, 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.
Norman C. Wenck, P.E., Board Vice-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.
Julie M. 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.
Kenneth S. Larson (Kenny), Past Board Chair, is second generation President of Slumberland Furniture based in the Twin Cities. Similar to other family businesses, he has worked directly in most areas of the business with a strong emphasis on marketing, supply chain and strategic planning. Kenny also currently serves on the White Bear Yacht Club board and advisory board at Northwestern College.
Donald C. Berglund has served as Chief Executive Officer for Memorial Blood Centers since 2004. Prior to joining Memorial Blood Centers Don served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Norton Healthcare, Inc., Louisville, Kentucky, from 2000 to 2003. He previously served in a variety of executive roles for Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services, Inc., including hospital CEO and corporate Senior Vice President. He also co-led the merger of the University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics into the Fairview organization, a first-of-its-kind merger of academic and private healthcare systems. He currently serves on the board of directors of Blood Centers of America, America’s Blood Centers’, Crown College, and Presbyterian Homes.
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.
James B. Green 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.
Elizabeth Kautz is the mayor of Burnsville, MN, now in her seventh term. She has also chaired the U.S. Conference of Mayors, serves on the Governor's Workforce Council and is the Chairperson for the Council of Regents at St. Mary's University. Kautz was the Executive Vice President for the Hartford Group, Inc. a real estate development corporation until 2006 and has also worked in the areas of organizational development, business administration, education, pastoral ministry and counseling psychology. Mayor Kautz received her Masters Degree in Counseling, Psychology from the Alfred Adler Institute of Chicago, Illinois. She received her undergraduate degree in Theology with a psychology focus from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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 A. 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.
Daniel E. Stoltz is the CEO/President of SPIRE Federal Credit Union. He was recently named both St. Paul Winter Carnival King and Minneapolis Aquatennial Commodore. He currently serves on the following Board/Foundations: Northwestern College and Radio, Northwestern Foundation, Alloya Corporate, The Cooperative Foundation, The Cooperative Network, Christian Network Teams, and the Minnesota Credit Union Network. Dan has served on several of our PHS Affiliate Boards and chaired our Woodbury Board. He was also a City Council member for the Cities of Circle Pines and Lino Lakes. Dan also owns selected retail properties and Cold Stone Creamery stores. Dan received a B.S. from Northwestern College and an M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas.
David K. 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 A. Lindh, President and CEO
Mark T. Meyer, Treasurer and CFO
Janna R. Severance, Secretary and Legal Counsel