Sanford Health leadership drives us to improve, to heal, and to cure. Three main teams make up our leadership:
Market Manager/VP, Townsquare Media
Sioux Falls, SD
Co-Founder/President & CEO, Align
CEO & Founder, ActivLife Solutions
Former Professional Golfer
Perham Health Clinic
President & CEO
President, Northern State Bank
Thief River Falls, MN
Sanford Cancer Center
Sioux Falls, SD
Attorney at Law, Pearce and Durick
Former South Dakota Senator
Sioux Falls, SD
Sanford Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
With an unwavering commitment to the health of patients and a visionary approach to care, Kelby Krabbenhoft has helped transform Sanford Health into a national leader in medicine, research and innovation. During his more than two-decade tenure, the president and CEO has led the system through dynamic growth and development.
Krabbenhoft was born and raised in Mankato, Minnesota. He experienced a life-changing event when his younger brother fell from a tree and spent four months in the University of Minnesota Medical Center. There, Krabbenhoft witnessed the dedication to health and healing of the hospital staff. He also saw children born to mothers who had contracted rubella before vaccinations were available, which would later drive the The Sanford Project to cure a chronic disease.
Krabbenhoft went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in business and hospital administration from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, where he was also captain of the basketball team, and a Master of Business Administration from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Before arriving at Sanford Health, Krabbenhoft’s previous positions included president and CEO of Freeman Health System in Joplin, Missouri; executive vice president of Sisters of Mary of the Presentation Health Corporation in Fargo, North Dakota; president of St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley, Illinois; and president of Guttenberg Hospital in Guttenberg, Iowa.
In 1996, at age 38, Krabbenhoft was named president and CEO of Sioux Valley Health System, which then employed 6,339 people and operated 18 hospitals, 30 clinics and nine long-term care facilities. With legacy heritages that span more than a century, Krabbenhoft brought together regional health systems based in Sioux Falls; Fargo; Bemidji, Minnesota; and Bismarck, North Dakota, to form Sanford Health. Soon after joining Sioux Valley, he launched an integrated health plan that now insures more than 200,000 people. In 2019, the health system merged with The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, the largest not-for-profit post-acute care provider in the United States. The organization now includes 46 hospitals, 210 clinic locations and 158 skilled nursing and rehab facilities across 26 states and 10 countries. With 50,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in the Dakotas.
From the beginning of his tenure, Krabbenhoft understood the importance of expanding access to care in rural areas and the development of integrated health care. In fact, IMH Health has consistently rated Sanford Health as one of the most integrated health care institutions based on 13 metrics. Krabbenhoft’s vision is to combine research, a health plan and an integrated delivery system, along with geographic expanse, to deliver care to patients.
Under Krabbenhoft’s leadership, Sanford Health is tackling some of medicine’s most challenging issues, including the state of global health, breast cancer, pediatric rare diseases and type 1 diabetes. At the same time, the organization is also advancing health care through its innovative integration of genomics into primary care, the creation of an expansive biobank and the exploration of the healing powers of immunotherapy and adipose stem cells.
Krabbenhoft and his wife, Heidi, have three children—Joe, Sarah and Lou—and seven grandchildren.
Micah Aberson, executive vice president, oversees the planning, development and execution of Sanford Health’s strategic marketing initiatives. Additionally, he has corporate oversight of the Sanford Health Foundation, Profile by Sanford, Sanford World Clinic and public policy.
Aberson works closely with the Sanford International Board as the organization’s global footprint continues to expand through new partnerships in different countries and bold initiatives like the Sanford Lorraine Cross Award. He also serves as the chair of the Sanford International PGA Tournament Champions board.
The Sioux Falls native joined Sanford Health in 2015 as executive vice president of the Sanford Health Foundation where he directed fundraising, endowment management and special programs such as the Children’s Miracle Network.
Aberson is a graduate of Augustana University and earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of Sioux Falls.
He and his wife, Jaclyn, have two daughters.
As chief administrative officer at Sanford Health, Bill Gassen is responsible for the organization’s day-to-day operations and performance. He oversees human resources, technology solutions, legal, facilities, business development and the Sanford Sports Complex.
Gassen began his career at Sanford Health in 2012 as corporate counsel and transitioned to the human resources department two years later as vice president of human resource integration. He later served as chief human resources officer before his promotion to chief administrative officer.
Prior to joining Sanford Health, Gassen spent four years in private legal practice. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a law degree, both from the University of South Dakota.
Gassen and his wife, Jill, have five children.
Hocks serves as Sanford Health’s chief operating officer and is responsible for the successful planning and implementation of operational and strategic goals.
Hocks graduated from the University of South Dakota in 2002 with a Master of Business Administration degree with a specialization in health services administration. He joined Sanford Health in 2004 and held various clinic director and vice president positions before assuming his current role in 2019.
Hocks and his wife, Rachel, live in Sioux Falls and have three children.
JoAnn Kunkel, chief financial officer at Sanford Health, develops and leads the organization’s financial strategy and operations, including finance, accounting, revenue cycle and related functions.
Kunkel joined Sanford USD Medical Center in 1992 and has held numerous roles within finance. She assumed the CFO role in 2012.
Prior to joining Sanford Health, Kunkel worked several years in public accounting, specializing in health care. She received her bachelor’s degree in accounting and a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Dakota. Kunkel serves on the University of South Dakota’s foundation board and audit committee and is a member of the Beacom School of Business Dean’s Advisory Board.
Kunkel and her husband, Mike, have two children.
Nathan Peterson serves as chief of staff to Sanford Health President and CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft and vice president of strategic planning and governance. He is responsible for coordinating the system’s agenda and oversees communication from the CEO’s office.
Peterson began his career at Sanford Health in 2010 and has held multiple positions, including director of legislative affairs and enterprise vice president of marketing. Prior to joining Sanford Health, he was the managing director of a national political consulting and issues management firm based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
A retired member of the South Dakota Air National Guard who served in the military for more than 20 years, Peterson holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a Master of Business Administration, both from the University of South Dakota.
Peterson and his wife, Megan, have three children.
Mike Begeman serves as vice president of community relations for Sanford Health. He is responsible for developing and maintaining external relationships and coordinates sponsorships, contributions and community memberships.
Begeman spent 26 years as an educator and coach in South Dakota high schools. He joined Sanford Health in 2002 and became vice president of public affairs in 2008. He also served as executive chief of staff for President and Chief Executive Officer Kelby Krabbenhoft from 2011 to 2017.
A graduate of Augustana University, Begeman currently serves on several boards, including Leadership South Dakota, Sioux Empire United Way, Sioux Falls Area Chamber Community Appeals, Sioux Falls Arena & Convention Center, Sioux Falls Parks & Recreation and Sioux Empire Housing Authority. He is also active in numerous community organizations.
Begeman and his wife, Gale, have two sons and three grandchildren.
As The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society president and CEO, Randy Bury is responsible for the successful planning and implementation of operational, strategic and financial goals for Sanford Health’s senior care services division. Bury, who is a member of Sanford Health’s corporate leadership team, also works with the Society’s board of directors and manages all Society senior-level executive leaders.
Bury became president of the Society in 2019 after logging 37 years of executive leadership experience with Sanford Health. At the corporate level, he most recently served as the organization’s chief administrative officer and previously held the role of senior vice president of health services administration. While at Sanford USD Medical Center, Bury was chief operating officer, chief administrative officer, executive vice president and vice president of patient services.
A graduate of Augustana University with a degree in health care administration, Bury also holds a Master of Business Administration in health care administration from California Pacific University. He is a past president of the South Dakota chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a past board member of the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations. He has served on several local boards, most recently the Sioux Empire United Way Board of Directors and the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Bury and his wife, Sonia, have two sons.
Luis Garcia, MD, serves as the president of Sanford Health’s clinic division, overseeing governance, mergers and acquisitions, and overall clinic integration.
Garcia has been with Sanford Health in Fargo since 2002 (when it was MeritCare) and is a board-certified surgeon who specializes in advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgeries. He was born and raised in Mexico City, where he also attended medical school at LaSalle University. Garcia completed his general surgery residency at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences and did a mini-fellowship in bariatric surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He also holds a Health Care Master of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota).
Active in the community, Garcia is a board member for the International Esperanza Project and the Matto Foundation.
Garcia and his wife, Greta, have four children.
Meghan Goldammer, Sanford Health’s chief nursing officer, leads the organization’s professional nursing practice. Her oversight of enterprise services includes care management, clinical informatics, patient experience, clinical standardization, telehealth and air medical operations.
Since joining Sanford Health in 2009, Goldammer has been director of legislative affairs, claims attorney, corporate counsel and vice president of clinical operations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from Hamline University.
A native of Sioux Falls, Goldammer and her husband, Paul, have two children.
As Sanford Health’s chief legal officer, Jennifer Grennan is responsible for legal and compliance. She joined Sanford Health in 2009 and has held multiple positions in the organization’s legal department, including vice president of legal.
Grennan holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a juris doctor from the Creighton University School of Law.
Grennan is a Sioux Falls native and is married to David.
As president and CEO of Sanford Sioux Falls, Paul Hanson leads Sanford Health’s Sioux Falls market and network operations for facilities in South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska. He also works closely with enterprise resources to coordinate corporate initiatives with local operational priorities.
Hanson began his career with Sanford Health at a managed facility in Watertown, South Dakota, in 2000. In 2011, he coordinated Sanford Health’s merger with North Country Health Services in Bemidji, Minnesota. He served as the president of Sanford Bemidji from the time of the merger through 2013 and before being named president of Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.
A graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, Hanson graduated with double majors in business administration with an emphasis in hospital administration and social work with an emphasis in long-term care administration. Hanson also holds a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Colorado.
Hanson has received the American College of Healthcare Executives Regent’s Award for Outstanding Healthcare Executive and is also a fellow in that organization.
Hanson currently serves on the boards of South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations, the State of South Dakota Chamber of Commerce, Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce, University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, University of South Dakota Discovery District, Forward Sioux Falls Economic Development and the Sioux Falls Downtown Rotary Club. He is also a member of special task forces associated with local economic development and Augustana University.
Hanson and his wife, Paige, have four children and two grandchildren.
Susan Jarvis, president and CEO of Sanford Bemidji, oversees Sanford Health’s Bemidji market in northern Minnesota.
Jarvis has held several executive leadership roles since joining Sanford Health in 2010. Prior to her promotion to the top post in Bemidji, she served as Sanford Fargo’s vice president of operations, helping open that region’s new $500 million medical center in 2017. Jarvis began her tenure with the organization as Fargo’s executive director of emergency and trauma services where she the led her facility to Level I Trauma designation.
Prior to Sanford Health, Jarvis was the administrative director of emergency services for Mission Hospitals and Health System in Asheville, North Carolina.
Jarvis holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Saint Francis and a master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Phoenix.
She and her husband, Ed, live in Bemidji and have two grown daughters.
Michael LeBeau, MD, serves as president and CEO of Sanford Health’s Bismarck region, where he oversees health services and is responsible for the successful planning and implementation of operational and strategic goals.
LeBeau has been with Sanford Health for more than 10 years and started with the organization as a nephrologist. Prior to his current role, he served on the Sanford Health Board of Trustees and as vice president of clinics.
A graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences, LeBeau completed his residency in internal medicine at Gunderson Lutheran Medical Foundation in La Crosse, Wis. He also completed a nephrology fellowship at the University of Iowa and is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He currently serves on the University of North Dakota Foundation Board of Directors and Bismarck State College Foundation Board.
LeBeau and his wife, Michelle, have five children.
As treasurer, Bill Marlette is responsible for investments, asset management and financing for Sanford Health.
Marlette joined Sanford USD Medical Center in 1989 as director of finance. He was named vice president of finance in 1997 and chief financial officer in 2004. Marlette became treasurer in 2009.
Prior to joining Sanford Health, Bill worked in public accounting, specializing in health care and not-for-profits. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota and is a certified public accountant.
Marlette and his wife, Jan, have three children.
As president and CEO of Sanford Fargo, Bryan Nermoe is responsible for the management and operations of the Fargo market for Sanford Health.
Nermoe has more than 20 years of experience in the health care industry as a leader in multi-specialty group practice, integrated health systems strategy, planning, development and operations. He joined Sanford Health in 2008 and has held the roles of chief operating officer for Sanford Clinic’s Sioux Falls region, enterprise vice president of population health strategy and enterprise services and president of Sanford Bemidji. He became president of Sanford Fargo in 2019.
Nermoe has a bachelor’s degree in health care administration from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. He and his wife, Katie, have two children.
Kim Patrick, chief business development officer for Sanford Health, is responsible for mergers and acquisitions activity and oversees the commercialization of intellectual property owned or developed by the organization.
Patrick created Sanford Health’s legal department in 1999 and left the role of chief legal officer in 2017. Prior to joining Sanford Health, he worked as an attorney in private practice with Faegre & Benson LLP in Minneapolis and with Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith LLP in Sioux Falls.
A graduate of Dartmouth College, Patrick also holds a juris doctor from the University of Iowa College of Law and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Iowa College of Business.
Patrick currently serves on the boards of directors for the Washington Pavilion and Sioux Falls YMCA and sits on the Midwest Regional Council for USA Triathlon. He also serves as an adjunct professor of health law for the University of South Dakota School of Law.
Patrick and his wife, Susie, have two children.
s Sanford Health’s president of innovation, research and Sanford World Clinic, David A. Pearce, PhD, oversees the organization’s research activities and global clinic initiative. He is responsible for 450 researchers, eight research centers, more than 300 ongoing clinical trials and the commercialization of select research strategies. Pearce also leads Sanford World Clinic and manages Sanford Health’s international relationships.
Pearce heads the leading lab studying juvenile Batten disease, and his research has led to the first clinical trial for children with this disease. He also manages a national registry for rare diseases known as the Coordination of Rare Diseases at Sanford, or CoRDS.
Pearce completed his bachelor’s degree with honors in biological sciences at Wolverhampton Polytechnic. He holds a doctorate from the University of Bath and did postdoctoral training at the University of Rochester and Oxford University.
He and his wife, Suzanne, have three children.
Josh Robinson serves as the chief information officer for Sanford Health. In this role, he provides technology strategy, vision and leadership in the development, operations and continuous improvement of all organizational information technology functions. This includes applications, development, implementation, technology services and infrastructure, revenue cycle management, medical research, health plan and IT business management.
Prior to joining Sanford Health’s accounting team in 2011, Robinson spent four years at BioScrip, most recently as the financial lead supporting corporate services and retail pharmacy operations. He began his career at Target Corporation supporting the information technology organization as part of the financial planning and analysis team. He was responsible for the annual budget and forecast processes and capital project analysis for a portfolio of more than $1 billion in annual spend.
Robinson received a Bachelor of Arts in business management from Saint John’s University (Minnesota) and a Master of Business Administration from The Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota.
He and his wife, Kristen, have four children.
Former Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, MD, offers his expertise in health care, government, technology and public health as a strategic advisor to Sanford Health.
Shulkin is also a director on the Sanford International Board and serves as an ambassador for Sanford Health for its many domestic and international projects.
Prior to serving as Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Shulkin was the leader of the largest integrated health care system in the United States as the VA’s Under Secretary of Health. He has also served in CEO roles for the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Temple University Hospital and the Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital.
Shulkin received his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania and is a board-certified internist. He completed an internship at Yale University School of Medicine and a residency and fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Presbyterian Medical Center.
As chief marketing officer for Sanford Health, Kimber Severson is responsible for developing and managing the organization’s brand strategy. She oversees all marketing and communications.
Severson has extensive experience in health care, marketing and design. She’s held several executive-level leadership positions, including vice president of sales and marketing for DocuTap and national vice president for Arbonne International. Severson also ran her own design and branding business, HarlowMarie.
A native of Sisseton, South Dakota, Severson holds a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and a master’s in organizational communication from the University of South Dakota.
Severson and her husband, Aaron, have a daughter, Dilynn, and a son, Drake.
John Snyder, president of Sanford Health Plan, oversees all aspects of Sanford Health’s insurance arm, which serves members in South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and North Dakota. He develops managed-care products, payment models and integrated service-delivery strategies.
Snyder has more than 40 years of experience in health care. Before assuming duties as Sanford Health Plan’s top leader, he held dual roles as president and CEO of Health Alliance Medical Plans and executive vice president/system chief operating officer of Carle Health System. Snyder worked for Carle Health System for more than three decades in a variety of leadership positions in pharmacy, operations and health plan administration.
A native of Tennessee, Snyder holds a pharmacy degree from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and a Master of Business Administration from Eastern Illinois University. He also completed an executive fellowship program through Northwestern University’s Kellogg Executive Program.
Allison Suttle, MD, serves as chief medical officer for Sanford Health and is responsible for clinical and administrative leadership for the organization’s physicians. She also chairs the quality cabinet, working with its members to achieve high-quality, low-cost care across the Sanford Health footprint.
Suttle moved into a dual role of physician and administrator in 2011 when she served as chief medical information officer for the Sioux Falls region while maintaining her OB-GYN practice. In 2013, she became chief medical information officer for the enterprise and was named chief medical officer in 2015.
A Sioux Falls native, Suttle has a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Brown University, a medical degree from Northwestern University in Chicago and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Sioux Falls. She completed an OB-GYN residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, before beginning her practice at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls.
Suttle is active in the South Dakota State Medical Association and serves on the board of the South Dakota Symphony.
She and her husband, Gary, have one son.
Bobbie Tibbetts, president of the Sanford Health Foundation, leads the health system’s fundraising arm, overseeing all fundraising strategies and donor stewardship carried out to support the philanthropic mission of the organization.
Tibbetts began with the Foundation in an entry-level position as a major gifts officer for the Edith Sanford Breast Initiative and held various leadership positions before ascending to vice president. Prior to joining Sanford Health, she worked in human resources for First PREMIER Bank and PREMIER Bankcard.
A native of Pierce, Nebraska, Tibbetts graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor’s degree in business management.
Tibbetts and her husband, Luke, live in Sioux Falls with their son, Will, and daughter, Ryan.
Darren Walker, chief human resources officer for Sanford Health, leads and has strategic oversight for the organization’s people and human resource initiatives. He supports Sanford Health’s mission and strategic goals utilizing proven and sophisticated approaches to learning and talent innovations, culture and diversity management, leadership strategy and talent acquisition to drive results and create an extraordinary employee experience.
Walker also has extensive experience in organizational and leadership effectiveness. He is an expert leadership coach and facilitator. He has vast experience growing leaders and executives through curriculum from Franklin Covey, Vital Smarts, Partners in Leadership, Studer Group and the John Maxwell Team.
Walker joined Sanford Health in 2016 as vice president of human resources. He has over two decades of experience in the health care industry and before joining Sanford Health has worked at SCL Health, Providence Health and Intermountain Healthcare in a variety of human resources leadership roles.
Walker earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Utah and his master’s degree in organization management from the University of Phoenix in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Darren and his wife, Tiffany, are the proud parents of three children.
Steve Young, president of Sanford Sports, oversees Sanford Health’s expanding portfolio of services and facilities designed to develop and better understand today’s athlete through health services, training programs and research.
Sanford Sports includes the Sanford Sports Complex, Sanford POWER training, Sanford POWER academies, Sanford POWER Physical Therapy and the Sanford Sports Science Institute.
Young re-joined Sanford Health in 2017 as senior executive director of the system’s orthopedics and sports medicine service line. A physical therapist by trade, he practiced with Sanford Orthopedics and Sports Medicine from 2009 to 2013. Outside of Sanford Health, Young has held various leadership and physical therapy roles at clinics in Sioux Falls and Illinois.
A native of Custer, South Dakota, Young received his bachelor’s and Master of Physical Therapy degrees from the University of South Dakota. He is also fellowship trained through the Gray Institute and a certified strength and conditioning specialist.
Young and his wife, Tara, have four children.
Professional LPGA Legends Tour golfer and entrepreneur
Founder of Samaritan’s Feet
President and CEO of PREMIER Bankcard
Olympic Hall of Fame Swimmer, Patient Advocate, CEO, Hallway Consulting
President and CEO of Sanford Health
Chairman and Co-Founder of the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation
Retired Shooting guard for the New Zealand Breakers of the Australian National Basketball League
President and Chairman of the Stem for Life Foundation
Former United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs
World Golf Hall of Fame member and two-time Masters champion with 113 worldwide victories.