Staff & Board


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Claire Colliander

Interim Executive Director, Finance & IT Director

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Nikki Baker

Program Director

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Heather Besonen

Human Resources & Advocacy Director

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Tom Rue

Donated Good Business Director

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Board of Directors:

Rhea Nelson Rock, Vice President
Wells Fargo

Bill Atwell, Secretary
General Mills (retired)

Matt Brokl
LeVander, Gillen, & Miller, PA

Patrick Burns
Burns Hansen, PA

Mark Devaraj
Hennepin County Public Defender

Rachel Dyrud
World Fuel Services Corp

Timothy Feyma, MD
Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare

Anjie Flowers
Minneapolis Public Schools

Zack Frisk
Sanford Health

Erica Holzer
Maslon LLP

Jennifer LaValley
Brewers Supply Group, Inc.

Glen Lloyd
Macalester College

Sharon Roberg-Perez
Robins Kaplan LLP

Heidi Rosati
The Coca Cola Company

Brett Spark
Minnesota Epilepsy Group

Mike Sund
ICF Olson

Julia Valente, MD

Trisha Zeller
United Health Group

Professional Advisory Board:

Timothy Feyma, MD, Chair
Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare

Joan Asmus, BSN, LSN, NBSCN
Independent School District 917

Anne Barnwell, MS, CRC, CPRP
State of Minnesota

Jeannine Conway, PharmD, BCPS
University of Minnesota

Jason Doescher, MD
Minnesota Epilepsy Group

Armantina Espinosa, MD
Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology

Rupert Exconde, MD
Noran Neurological Clinic

Douglas Heck, PhD
Duluth Psychological Clinic

Kimberly Heckmann, CNP
Minneapolis Veterans Administration

Thomas Henry, MD
University of Minnesota

Ilo Leppik, MD
University of Minnesota
& MINCEP Epilepsy Care

Katherine Nickels, MD
Mayo Clinic

Patricia Penovich, MD
Minnesota Epilepsy Group

Kathleen Rieke, MD
CentraCare Clinic

Joanne Rogin, MD
Midwest Center for Seizure Disorders,
Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology

Alexandra Sequeira, MD
Sanford Health

Tess Sierzant, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CNRN

Tammy Sinkfield-Morey, DNP, RN, PHN, CRRN
Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare

Thaddeus Walczak, MD
University of Minnesota
& MINCEP Epilepsy Care

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Staff Directory

Program Team:

Nikki Baker
Program Director

Cavan Gahagan
Senior Program Manager

Amy Haugen
Regional Program Manager, Central MN
Interim Program Manager, Southern MN

Debbie Leone
Senior Coordinator, Information Services

Mary Meuwissen
Program Administrative Assistant

Lisa Peterson
Regional Coordinator, Northern MN

Jamila Pickett
Senior Coordinator, Education

Janice Tweet
Regional Coordinator, Eastern ND & Northwest MN

Erik Williams
Program Coordinator, Youth & Family

Administration Team:

Nick Baker
Senior Marketing Coordinator

Heather Besonen
Human Resources & Advocacy Director

Stacey Brooks
Receptionist & Administrative Assistant

Claire Colliander
Finance & IT Director

Douachee Lee
Marketing Manager

Development Team:

Tim Flynn
Development Coordinator

Keri Olufson
Development Officer

Donated Goods Management Team:

Jenna Dahl
Operation Manager, Metro

Kris Moen
Operations Manager, St. Cloud

Tom Rue
Donated Goods Business Director

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