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Meet the Foundation

Penny Echternach

Penny Echternach

Executive Director
(218) 333-5515

Kelly Martinka

Kelly Martinka

Senior Development Specialist
(218) 333-5505

Foundation Committees

The Sanford Health Foundation of Northern Minnesota is fortunate to have nearly 100 volunteers active on eight committees supporting its health care mission.

Foundation Board

The Foundation Board is made up of the chairs of all the Foundation committees as ell as at-large members. Their leadership is the keystone of our success.

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Bob Fitzgerald, Chair

Jean Baer
Ryan Baer
Eileen Bretschneider
Chris Carter
Kevin Cease
Paul Diehl
Penny Echternach
Bob Fitzgerald
Dave Hengel
Kelley Hengel
Pat Kelly
Nancy Luoma
Dan Olson
Doug Oman
Jennifer Sanford
Melissa Vacek
Sylvia Wildgen

Annual Support

This committee provides opportunities for community members to become more involved with Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota. The Annual Support Committee established Partners in Health, an annual giving club to recognize donors giving between $1 and $999.

Dave Hengel, Co-Chair
Kelley Hengel, Co-Chair
Cory Gish
Kurt Knott
De Larson
Andrew LaTourelle
Kell Lovell
Paul Muller
John Ostrem
Lori Paris
Lanee Paulson
Tracy Pogue
Dianne Sizer

Business Relations

This committee recognizes cumulative business donations and gives businesses the opportunity to invest in our community's health care.

Melissa Vacek, Chair
Paul Diehl, Vice-Chair
Chad Harding
Ashley Johnson
Margot Kelsey
Scott Kurtzweg
Kirk Malkowski
Mike McNiel
Kristi Wells-Saiger

Community Relations

This committee connects the Foundation to community members through health-focused events and activities.

Kevin Cease, Co-Chair
Pat Kelly, Co-Chair
Kathy Burger
Jim Ghostley
Kari Gregg
Kathy Hruby
Dick Klovstad
Linda Klovstad
Andrea Lewis
Mike Mohler
Barb Mountain
Barb Treat
Shannon Westhoff

Employee Foundation

The Employee Foundation Committee increases awareness of the Foundation among employees. The Cornerstone Club is the employee-giving club.

Chris Carter, Co-Chair
Nancy Luoma, Co-Chair
Pat Bartels
Stacy Baumgart
Tanya Clemenson
Penny Echternach
Kari Knudson
Sarah Lehman
Amy Magnuson
Rolan Ohnstad
Phyllis Saga
Duane Sand
Janna Schiltz
Jane Storlie
Jodi Walker-O'Beirne

Community Health Grants

The Foundation also gives back to the community. A fund was established by the Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota Board of Directors in 1997. The interest from the fund is made available to assist local non-profit agencies in addressing significant regional health care issues.

Jennifer Sanford, Chair
Deb Allison
Cathy Hedstrom
Sky Jager
Rebecca Snyder

Major Gifts

The Major Gifts Committee recognizes donors contributing more than $10,000.

Sylvia Wildgen, Chair
Jeremy Fayette
Bob Fitzgerald

Planned Giving

The primary purpose of the Planned Gifts Committee is to educate the community about planned giving and to inform the community about our planned gifts program. The Planned Gifts Committee established the Legacy Society to recognize generous individuals who have made planned gifts to the Foundation.

Doug Oman, Chair
Jim Bensen
Eileen Bretschneider
Sue Dearholt
Jon Huseby
Barb Smith
Mark Wangberg
Josh Wilde
Dennis Zeto
Allen Zutz

Special Gifts

The Special Gifts Committee has established the Honors Society to recognize individuals with cumulative giving of $10,000 or more. This club also offers special member benefits and activities.

Jean Baer, Co-Chair
Ryan Baer, Co-Chair
Emily Aitken-MaGaurn
Harriet Gordon
Kari Howe
Ken Howe
Gary Johnson
Dina Lee