Board of Directors

Our dynamic board has a commitment to doing extraordinary work and a vision for what's possible when compassion and technology unite.

Janice Aune Chair

Janice Aune is past chair and CEO of Onvoy Inc., a Minnesota-headquartered technology leader and telecommunications innovator. Her past board of director experiences include: Minnesota High Technology Association, the Women's Healthcare Trust, Minnesota Telephone Association, the Capital City Partnership, RLX Technologies, Onvoy Inc. and AeA.

Beth Monsrud Vice Chair

Beth Monsrud has more than 20 years of experience in the financial management field. She joined UCare in 2001 as controller, and was named senior vice president and CFO in 2008. In 2009 she was recognized by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal as a “Woman to Watch” and received the Women’s Health Leadership Trust’s Mid Career Award.

Cheryl Newell Treasurer

Cheryl owns Money$marts, LLC, teaching Essentials of Personal Finance for Young Adults. Her work in the corporate world with budgets, cash flow, debt and risk management, coupled with her training and development experience, gives her a unique background for teaching others about financial literacy. She also does consulting work for small businesses on financial and cash flow matters through Newell Consulting LLC.

Leigh Bailey Secretary

Leigh Bailey is the founder and CEO of The Bailey Group, a leadership development firm which consults with executive level leaders and leadership teams. Through executive coaching, team building, strategic planning and consulting, Leigh and his team have helped hundreds of leaders and teams reach their highest potential and achieve remarkable business outcomes.

Alan Abramson

Alan is the senior vice president of information services and chief information officer at HealthPartners, a family of nonprofit Minnesota healthcare organizations focused on improving the health of its members, its patients and the community. Alan has served as an advisor or board member to numerous regional and national organizations for healthcare systems innovation and improvement.

Karen Hohertz-Jacobs

Karen is a consultant with Trexin and is currently working at Regis Corporation. Prior to this she spent over 25 years in various leadership roles with Best Buy and the Geek Squad. Karen first encountered CaringBridge as a site author in 2007 when her infant daughter was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma. She has a passion for giving back to the organizations that she leaned on during her daughter's treatment and ultimate recovery.

Lawrence J. Massa

Lawrence (Lorry) became president and CEO of the Minnesota Hospital Association in October 2008, continuing a 25-year career as a hospital and healthcare leader in the Upper Midwest. Lorry has served on numerous non-profit boards throughout his career. In addition to CaringBridge, Lorry currently serves on the board of the March of Dimes, Minnesota chapter.

Bill McKinney

Bill is Vice President of Strategic Development at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. In his 10 years with Thrivent, Bill has spearheaded a multitude of initiatives, from creating innovative financial education programs to redesigning the firm's grass-roots volunteer system that raises tens of millions of dollars to support local charitable causes.

Mikisha Nation

Mikisha is the Senior Business Partner of Healthcare Corporate Security at Target Corporation and formerly was their Senior Benefits Business Partner in Wellbeing & Human Resources for four years. She utilizes her diversified background of work in business, healthcare, government, nonprofits, and academic institutions to encourage engagement and inspiration through cross-functional collaboration resulting in optimal results.

Scott Petinga

As Chairman and CEO of The Scott Petinga Group, Scott is a pioneer in developing businesses with lasting impact. A cancer survivor, Scott is the founder of the TH!NK DIFFERENT Foundation and the Fairy Foundation, a board member at CaringBridge and the Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation.

Dr. Ann O’Connor Sandgren

Ann specializes in health psychology focusing on persons affected by cancer and hospitalized patients facing serious illnesses. She’s learned from her work that time is precious, to slow down and be more intentional about living the moments well, and to take time for what matters most.

Katherine Tavitian

Kathy brings a wealth of experience and leadership in the healthcare industry to CaringBridge. Currently, Kathy holds the Chief Operating Officer title at edifyHEALTH. She is also the Interim President and COO of the Consortium for Local Ownership and Use of Data, Inc. (CLOUD), a nonprofit dedicated to restructuring the Internet to enhance privacy and security.

Shawn A. Teal

Shawn has over 20 years of remarkable executive leadership experience in owning, managing, and building nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Currently, Shawn is Vice President of Community Relations and Development with the Fairview Health Systems Foundation and is responsible for all major gift fundraising and community relations programs and planning.

Jamie Thingelstad

Jamie is the Chief Technology Officer of SPS Commerce, the retail industry's most broadly adopted cloud services platform. Previously, he served as CTO for the Wall Street Journal Digital Network, Enterprise Media Group of Dow Jones and MarketWatch, Inc. In addition, Jamie has developed and managed products and technologies for properties including Barron’s, Virtual Stock Exchange, Dow Jones Newswires and Dow Jones Indexes.

Jason Van de Loo

Jason Van de Loo brings over 10 years experience driving innovation and growth in online higher education, plus building online consumer brands in other industries. He is currently with Everspring Solutions, an educational consulting firm that partners with leading universities seeking innovating online solutions to enable their visions and missions.