Board of Directors
Janice Aune, Chair
Janice Aune is past chair and CEO of Onvoy Inc., a Minnesota headquartered technology leader and telecommunications innovator. Upon joining Onvoy in September 2000, Aune led the company to a position of financial stability and growth. Under her leadership, Onvoy refocused its market emphasis to serve strategic enterprise, independent telecommunications and carrier markets with the goal of creating a market leader position in the development and delivery of IP-centric services. Janice left Onvoy in November 2007 upon the successful completion of the acquisition of Onvoy by Zayo, a venture-capital backed broadband company.
Prior to joining Onvoy, Janice served in numerous executive leadership positions at U.S. West (now Qwest) and ended her 30-year career there as a senior executive officer and president of the INTERPRISE division, the technology and innovations arm of U.S. West. There she was responsible for a $3 billion product portfolio.
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. In addition, Janice held an appointed seat on the Technology Enterprise Board, a public-private board that advised state government officials on technology from 2001 to 2004.↑ Top of page
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. She provides executive leadership and oversight for all fiscal operations and is responsible for the strategic direction for UCare’s accounting, budgeting, forecasting, product pricing enrollment and reporting as well as information systems, among other key financial functions.
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.↑ Top of page
Cheryl Newell, Treasurer
Cheryl Newell is a results-oriented financial leader with more than 30 years of experience. She has proven comprehensive financial skills working with companies in financial services, mortgage banking, medical devices, software and retailing. She’s experienced in major financial software implementations and extensive business process redesigns.↑ Top of page
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 their business outcomes since 1989. His industry experience includes banking, financial services, insurance, advertising and marketing, healthcare, medical technology, law firms and distribution services.
Leigh sharpened his skills as a business leader in the financial services industry in various leadership and consulting roles. As an executive coach and consultant, Leigh has become an expert at facilitating coaching processes that sustain long-term behavior change in individuals and organizations. He earned his master's degree in human development from St. Mary's University. He has served as an instructor and advisor in the Masters of Human Development Program at St. Mary's University. He is the co-author of Grown-Up Leadership: The Benefits of Personal Growth for You and Your Team and author of its corresponding workbook Taking Charge of Your Career.↑ Top of page
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 graduated cum laude from Wheaton College in Illinois, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota with a concentration in computer applications and decision science.
Alan has served as an advisor or board member to numerous regional and national organizations for healthcare systems innovation and improvement. He co-chairs the Minnesota e-Health Initiative Advisory Committee, is a board member of the University of St. Thomas Graduate School in Business, is past board president of the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest and serves as the chair for the Managed Care Executive Group, a national organization that provides a forum for the open exchange of information, innovative ideas and experience among CIOs and senior health plan leaders.↑ Top of page
Bradley J. Beard, MHA, FACHE, is the president of Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, Minn. In his role as the administrator, he is responsible for overall operations and strategic development and planning for Fairview Southdale Hospital, a 390-bed facility with 1,300 physicians and 2,300 staff members. With over two decades of healthcare experience previously he has had responsibility for rehabilitation services and retail imaging for the Fairview Health System. Brad serves on the following board of directors: Minnesota Hospital Association, Edina Chamber of Commerce, Edina Community Foundation and the Edina Crime Prevention Board. He has served on the boards of EMPI and Image Systems in the past.
Brad received his master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota, and a bachelor’s degree from both the Medical College of Georgia and West Chester University. He lives in Edina, Minn. with his wife and three daughters.↑ Top of page
James Eppel, Jr.
James Eppel, Jr. (Jim Eppel) serves as senior vice president of commercial markets and health management for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. In this role, Jim is accountable for all aspects of health management including network contracting and relationships and integrated health management; and for the products and services offered to individual and commercial group clients. Jim’s focus includes optimizing the cost and quality of services provided to Blue Cross members and delivering effective coverage and financing to the market.
Jim previously held the position of vice president of network management at Blue Cross. Prior to joining Blue Cross, he served as vice president of business development for Allina Hospitals and Clinics. He was in charge of identification, analysis and implementation of opportunities that furthered Allina's market, clinical and strategic goals which included creating and maintaining relationships with health care providers and the development of new products and evaluation of existing products. He was also vice president of revenue management and improvement at Allina, where he was responsible for revenue and reimbursement strategies. Eppel has also held vice president positions at UnitedHealth Group and Medica, where he served as senior vice president of commercial markets and vice oresident of network management.
Jim and his wife Barb live in Edina, Minn. They have two children; Sarah, who is a graduate of Miami University, and John, a student at Boston College.↑ Top of page
Karen Hohertz-Jacobs is a senior director in the Retail Operations capability at Best Buy Company, Inc., where she has worked for more than 20 years. At Best Buy, Karen has had responsibility for many components of operations including store systems and field support for the supply chain and operations teams across the U.S. store base. She brings deep experience in utilizing user insights to bear in system design and capability support models. Karen graduated with a BA in Business and a concentration in Marketing from Webster University in 1992.
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.↑ Top of page
Lawrence J. Massa
Lawrence J. Massa became president and CEO of the Minnesota Hospital Association in October 2008, continuing a 25-year career as a prominent hospital and healthcare leader in the Upper Midwest.
Serving as a policy-maker, hospital executive and grassroots advocate, Lawrence most recently led Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, Minn. There he acted as CEO of the municipal organization for almost 15 years. Prior to that, Lawrence gained more than 10 years of for-profit and nonprofit healthcare executive experience in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota.
Lawrence also represented Minnesota hospitals and championed healthcare-reform initiatives through his work on several state and national boards and organizations, including the American Hospital Association’s regional Policy Board; Health Minnesota, a multi-stakeholder collaborative; the Minnesota Health Care Reform Review Council; and VHA Upper Midwest. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.↑ Top of page
Bill McKinney is Vice-president of Talent and Strategic Development at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, an $80 billion fraternal benefit society that offers financial products and services to over 2 million members throughout the U.S. In his role as a member of the Senior Leadership Team for this not-for-profit firm, Bill has led groups responsible for distribution strategy, financial associate recruiting and training, mass market strategy, new business development, marketing research and analytics, business intelligence and, most recently, talent and change management.
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.
Bill earned his B.A. in history from Minnesota's Carleton College and his MBA from the University of Minnesota. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Amy, and their three children.↑ Top of page
Ann O'Connor Sandgren
As a licensed clinical psychologist for Roger Maris Cancer Center at Sanford Health in Fargo, ND, Dr. Ann O’Connor Sandgren specializes in health psychology focusing on persons affected by cancer and hospitalized patients facing serious illnesses. Ann has more than 22 years of clinical experience and psychosocial research. She is also a member of the North Dakota Health Care Review Board and has been a hospice volunteer for over 20 years.
Ann is married and enjoys family time, especially being a grandparent. She’s also an avid traveler. 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.↑ Top of page
Katherine Tavitian offers CaringBridge a wealth of experience and leadership in the healthcare industry.
A Yale Law School graduate and former CPA, she is currently the Co-founder and Principal at Breakthrough Healthcare Solutions, a Strategic Business Development consultancy that assists start-ups and early-stage companies with the commercialization of new healthcare technologies and products. 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.
She has also served as the CEO of the California eHealth Collaborative and the National Coalition for Health Integration, both of which encourage the secure exchange of health data to create a more patient-centric, value-based healthcare system.
Earlier, Katherine was a Senior Executive at Walgreens, where she led several successful entrepreneurial business-to-business initiatives in addition to earlier roles as a Senior Attorney and Senior Real Estate Manager. During her 15-year career at Walgreens, where Katherine was responsible for almost $1 billion in incremental annual revenue, she gained a broad perspective of the pharmacy and healthcare industry. She also built synergistic partnerships across the healthcare industry and led the design and adoption of innovative pharmacy and wellness solutions that enhanced patient-centric care, including programs focusing on increasing care coordination and medication adherence.↑ Top of page
As chief operating officer and chief technology officer of 8thBridge, a pioneering force behind social commerce experiences, Jamie Thingelstad understands the importance and power of the Internet’s ability to foster connections and help people. Jamie served as chief technology officer for financial publishers including the Wall Street Journal Digital Network, Enterprise Media Group of Dow Jones and MarketWatch, Inc. He was the founding CTO of BigCharts, the leading provider of financial tools and information to consumers and financial services companies via the web. He lives in Minneapolis, Minn. with his wife, two children and their dog.
Jamie is happy to share his knowledge and passion for technology to support the valuable work of CaringBridge.↑ Top of page
Jason Van de Loo
Jason Van de Loo brings to CaringBridge over 10 years experience driving innovation and growth in online higher education, and 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.
He previously served as senior marketing officer for Capella Education, guiding the firm's international growth strategy, creating a framework for long-term growth, and designing the end-to-end student experience by launching innovative academic programs. Jason also built several successful e-commerce and digital marketing platforms for several Carlson Companies brands including T.G.I. Friday's, Radisson Hotels, and Country Inns & Suites by Carlson.
Jason earned his M.B.A. and B.S. in Business, both with distinction, from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management.↑ Top of page