Twin Cities Board of Directors

The volunteers who serve on the Twin Cities American Heart Association Board of Directors, include local healthcare professionals and business and community leaders who guide our mission and activities to improve the cardiovascular health of the Twin Cities community – from health legislation to fundraising initiatives that expand and improve systems of care, research grants and education programs.

We acknowledge the Twin Cities Board of Directors for their consistent commitment to leadership and results. They have been recognized every year for over 5 years as one of the top local boards in the country with the prestigious AHA Gold designation for excellence.


Wayne Adkisson, M.D., FACC
Assistant Professor of Medicine,
Cardiovascular Division
University of Minnesota

Christine Bent
Vice President, Allina Clinical Service Lines


 2017-2018 BOARD MEMBERS
Dr. Woubeshet Ayenew, M.D.
Hennepin County Medical Center
Matt Kucharski
Heather Peterson
Business Administrator
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics
Doug Baldwin, M.D.
Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon
Regions Hospital 
David Law
Anoka-Hennepin Schools 

Debra Rectenwald
Vice President, Abrasive Systems Division
Michael Carrel
President & CEO
John Mack
Vice President and General Manager Extracorporeal Therapies
Sharon Roberg-Perez
Robins Kaplan, LLP
Peter Eckman, M.D., FACC
Section Head – Heart Failure
Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital
 Louise Mattson
Executive Director
Division of Indian Work 

Peter Sommerness
McKinsey & Co.
Rachel Ellingson
Vice President, Corporate Relations
Tamiko Morgan, M.D., FAAP
Dan Spiller
Chief Administrative Officer & Senior Vice President of Payments Group
US Bank
Jokho Farah, MBBS
Director of Quality/Population Health
People’s Center Health Services
Brian Novak
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs
Interventional Cardiology
Boston Scientific
Trent Taher
Director of Wellness and Culinary Standards
Taher, Inc.

Stephanie Gale
Senior Manager Assurance Services
Ernst & Young LLP
Nancy Oliker
Vice President, Marketing
UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement

For more information on the Twin Cities Board of Directors: Barbara Ducharme, Executive Director