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C.E.O. People's Center
Ann has over 25 years’ experience as a leader in the healthcare industry, serving in management roles leading Social Responsibility, Health Care and Government Program Operations, Community Benefit, and Public Affairs for health care service and non-profit organizations. Through her work with mission and socially responsible, diverse organizations, she has dedicated herself to being a steward of public and private resources, and steeped in service to others.
Before becoming CEO of People’s Center Clinics and Services, Ann served as Board President of People’s Center and has served on numerous other non-profit boards committed to understanding and serving the needs of those who need it the most: individuals and families facing poverty, immigrant and asylee communities, and driven to improving population and community health for all. Ann is honored to play a role in supporting community clinics in delivering high quality, affordable and culturally relevant care, access to financial assistance programs and legal resources, regardless of their ability to pay.
COLLEEN MCDONALD DIOUF
C.E.O. Community-University Health Care Center
FUHN Board Chair
Colleen McDonald, MA, is the CEO of Community-University Health Care Center, U of MN. A background in international education, Colleen brings vision and experience in team based care and community care. Colleen was appointed CEO in October 2016, after serving previously as Associate Director and Director of Programs. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota, where her research focused on evaluating a basic education program for rural Senegalese women. She has a personal commitment to supporting health equity, leadership capacity building and in finding innovative solutions to complex problems. She is the mother of three bi-racial, bicultural children and enjoys how they are growing up in the world!
Cynthia Woods, D.O.
Interim CEO and Medical Director
Open Cities Health
Dr. Woods is a board-certified internal medicine physician. She attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed residency at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. She has special interests in chronic disease management, preventive care, medically supervised weight loss, and substance use disorder. She is certified to provide medication assisted treatment for substance use disorders. Dr. Woods’ goal is to educate and empower patients to become active decision-makers in their own care. Dr. Woods is a member of the American Medical Association and American College of Physicians. In her free time, she enjoys traveling abroad with her husband, and learning French. Dr. Woods looks forward to serving the Saint Paul community. She is currently accepting new patients.
DR. PATRICK ROCK
C.E.O. Indian Health Board
Dr. Patrick Rock serves as CEO of the Indian Health Board. He is an enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. His professional interests include:
Health Policy & Program Development
Dr. Rock has served as clinical instructor at Hennepin County Medical Center. He also maintains memberships in several State and National committees on related Native health issues.
He is Board Certified in Family Practice.
DR. ANTONY STATELY
C.E.O. Native American Community Clinic
Antony Stately, PhD (Ojibwe/Oneida) holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Previously, he worked at Indigenous Wellness Research Institute, University of Washington-Seattle, as director for the HONOR Project and co-investigator for a grant addressing obesity and cardiovascular disease with a NW tribe. He was inaugural Program Director of Seven Generations Child and FamilyCounseling Services, a clinic serving American Indian children and families, which he helped to establish in Los Angeles. Dr. Stately has been a consultant to numerous international, national, and local agencies, and has taught in several graduate programs in clinical psychology.
C.E.O. Minnesota Community Care
Over the past 18 years, Reuben has co-created new pathways for value expansion within large, mid and small organizations. His ability to bridge the private and public sectors is a gift. As a health industry leader, he has championed an optimization of consumer experience, disruptive innovations, partnerships and fundamental execution throughout the healthcare eco-system. Reuben has fluidly adapted to the changing market dynamics with a renewed passion to help organizations rethink strategies, execution methods, and value concepts. As a community leader, he helps to drive strategies, transformative models and policies that improve healthcare access and affordability for all Minnesotan’s. His life’s purpose is to empower others, enhance organizations and leave a legacy of innovation, renewal and transformation.
C.E.O. United Family Medicine
With more than 20 years of experience in public health and health care administration, Ms. Nyakundi has demonstrated strengths in community outreach, nonprofit management, strategic planning and health policy. Throughout her career, Nyakundi served on various national advisory committees including Medtronic Philanthropy’s HealthRise US Program and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’ New Models of Primary Care Workforce and Financing where she represented community health workers having helped initially design the use of this group at Hennepin Healthcare, the largest safety net health system in Minnesota. Beyond advisory roles, Ms. Nyakundi has a background in quality improvement, health care administration, community health, health policy and philanthropy. Prior to her leadership at United Family Medicine, she provided strategic support to the National Marrow Donor Program managing payer relationships with the largest national payers in the country. She also helped spread Practice Facilitation nationally within the Primary Care Services Division of the American Cancer Society where she served as Health Systems Manager for the Midwest Division. As an undergraduate student, Nyakundi secured an international fellowship with the National Institutes of Health in China and conducted medical anthropology research in the Dominican Republic studying traditional health systems. Educated in executive health care administration at the University of Minnesota and medical anthropology from the University of Michigan, Ms. Nyakundi is a sought after speaker for providing innovative new ways to reduce health disparities. She lives in Minnesota and is married with two children and three furry companions named Napoleon, Sephina, and Oso.
C.E.O. Axis Medical Clinic
Tedd is an experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the health care industry. Strong business development professional skilled in financial management and stressed business recovery.
He has particular knowledge of FQHC and community clinic operations. He brings plenty of expertise in high tech to the table.
Tedd uses a management style based on employee empowerment and self motivation.
STEVEN J. KNUTSON
C.E.O. Neighborhood Healthsource
Steve brings extensive knowledge of the financing and delivery of health care services in our marketplace. He has served as Executive Director of Neighborhood HealthSource (NHS); a primary care clinic based Federally Qualified Heath Center with three clinic sites located in North and Northeast Minneapolis since 2009.
Steve has over 30 years’ experience in health care operations and strategic development working with Minnesota health care non-profits, including provider relations positions with Medica & Allina, and Clinic Operations and Payer Relations positions with HealthEast; both large health systems based in the Twin Cities. Prior to his tenure at NHS, he was a partner in ConsentiaHealth, Inc., assisting health systems and provider practices in the development and implementation of strategic and operational initiatives. Mr. Knutson served on NHS' board for several years and was board Treasurer before being named Executive Director in early 2009.
C.E.O. Southside Community Health Services
Ann has more than 10 years experience in nonprofit organizations, both in leadership roles (Executive Director and COO) and in serving on boards of directors.
She specializes in nonprofit management, leadership, fundraising, event planning, grant writing, program evaluation, quality improvement, governance, and collaboration.
DAWN PLESTAD, FACHE, M.B.A.
Executive Director of the Federal Urban Health Network
Dawn has over 15 years experience in healthcare leadership in operations, payment strategies, physician relations and strategic planning. She is able to use these skills to provide leadership and vision in support of the FUHN clinics as they endeavor to improve population health, enhance patient experience, reduce costs and improve primary care access for the patients they serve. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s in Business Administration with a specialty in international leadership from Bethel University, and a Juris Doctorate with a specialty in Healthcare policy and compliance from Mitchell Hamline School of Law.
NICOLE KAPINOS, DNP, RN
Director of Population Health / Quality Improvement at FUHN
Nicole has over 10 years experience in healthcare as a registered nurse, operations manager, and clinical healthcare informaticist. Her current role blends all those experiences to provide support to FUHN clinics as they endeavor to improve population health, enhance patient experience, reduce costs and improve primary care access for the patients they serve. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island and a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nursing Informatics from the University of Minnesota.
Minneapolis Highrise Health Alliance Data Committee
Minnesota Encounter Alert System (MNEAS) Operations Workgroup
Bridging the Gap Diabetes Care Grant Participation
Adjunct Faculty at Charter Oak State College