Governance & Leadership

Meet Our Boards & Senior Leaders

Sanford Health leadership drives us to improve, to heal, and to cure. Three main teams make up our leadership:

  • Board of Trustees members are volunteers. This dedicated group of community leaders has strategic responsibility for activities affecting the entire organization and fulfillment of our mission across our system.
  • Executive Leadership members, as corporate officers of Sanford Health, are accountable to the Board of Trustees for fulfillment of the mission of our nonprofit organization.
  • International Board members are involved in the guidance, direction, oversight and promotion of Sanford's global efforts to improve the human condition, which includes the oversight of Sanford World Clinic. The team is accountable to the Board of Trustees for fulfillment of the mission of our nonprofit organization.

Board of Trustees

Mark Paulson
Mark Paulson, MD

Chair
Perham Health Clinic
Perham, MN

Brent Teiken
Brent Teiken

Vice Chair
Perficient
GM
Fargo, ND

Donald “Jake“ Jacobs
Donald "Jake" Jacobs

Treasurer
Townsquare Media Market Manager/VP
Sioux Falls, SD

Jim Cain
Jim Cain

Secretary
KeyBanc
Managing Partner
New York, NY

David Beito
David Beito

Past Chair
Northern State Bank
President
Thief River Falls, MN

Kelby K. Krabbenhoft
Kelby K. Krabbenhoft

Sanford Health
President & CEO

Maria Bell, MD
Maria Bell, MD

Sanford Gynecologic
Oncology Clinic
Sioux Falls, SD

Barbara M. Everist
Barbara M. Everist

Former South Dakota Senator
Sioux Falls, SD

Patrick W. Durick
Patrick W. Durick

Pearce & Durick
Attorney at Law
Bismarck, ND

Neil Gulsvig
Neil Gulsvig

Align Co-founder/President & CEO
Wausau, WI

Thomas C. Hruby
Thomas C. Hruby

Retired
Former owner-Tom Hruby & Associates
Bemidji, MN

Mark Lundeen, MD
Mark Lundeen, MD

Sanford Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
Fargo, ND

 

 

Executive Leadership

Kelby K. Krabbenhoft

President and Chief Executive Officer

Kelby K. KrabbenhoftWith an unwavering commitment to the health of patients and a visionary approach to care, President and CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft has helped transform Sanford Health into a national leader in medicine, research and innovation. During his 20-year tenure, Krabbenhoft has led the system through dynamic growth and development, including the acquisition and management of nearly $1 billion in philanthropic support from Denny Sanford for whom the system was renamed in 2007.

With legacy heritages that span more than a century, Krabbenhoft brought together regional health systems based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Fargo, North Dakota; Bemidji, Minnesota; and Bismarck, North Dakota, to form Sanford Health. A merger with The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society in January 2019 grew the system to 44 hospitals and more than 200 senior care locations in 26 states and nine countries. Sanford Health employs nearly 50,000 and is the largest employer in the Dakotas.

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 disease 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. In recognition of the system’s commitment to transformative thinking, creativity and ingenuity, Krabbenhoft, on behalf of Sanford Health, accepted the 2016 Pontifical Key Innovation Award at the Vatican’s global conference on regenerative medicine.

Before arriving at Sanford Health, Krabbenhoft’s previous positions included president and chief executive officer 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.

Krabbenhoft holds a Master of Business Administration from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a bachelor’s degree in business and hospital administration from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.

Krabbenhoft and his wife, Heidi, have three children and seven grandchildren.

Micah Aberson

Executive Vice President

Micah Aberson 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.

Mike Begeman

Vice President, Community Relations and Corporate Administration

Mike BegemanMike Begeman serves as vice president for community relations and corporate administration 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.

Daniel Blue

Vice President, Sanford World Clinic

Daniel Blue, MDAs its president, Daniel Blue, MD, is responsible for the overall management and operations of Sanford World Clinic across the Sanford Health enterprise.

Blue started his career at Sanford Health in 1989 as a family medicine physician. He became chief medical officer in 2000 and president of Sanford Clinic in 2003. In the fall of 2017, Blue was asked to assume responsibility of Sanford World Clinic and international relationships.

A graduate of Augustana University with a bachelor’s degreein biology, Blue obtained a medical degree from the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. He completed his residency in the Sioux Falls Family Practice Residency Program. Blue also holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee.

Blue is active in the South Dakota Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Family Physicians and South Dakota State Medical Association. He has served on the boards of the American Diabetes Association, Senior Companion Program and South Dakota Chorale. Blue is also a past board president of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and a board member of the Lutheran Leadership Foundation.

Blue and his wife, Becky, have four children.

Randy Bury

President, The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society

Randy BuryAs The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society president, 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.

Bill Gassen

Chief Human Resources Officer

Bill GassenAs chief human resources officer at Sanford Health, Bill Gassen is responsible for overall leadership and management of human resources planning and development. He’s held the company’s top human resources post since 2016.

In addition to human resources, Gassen oversees information technology, facilities and construction planning, corporate services and the Sanford Sports Complex.

Gassen began his career at the organization in 2012 as corporate counsel and transitioned to the human resources department two years later as vice president of human resource integration.

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 four children.

Paul Hanson

President, Sanford Sioux Falls

Paul HansonAs president 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.

JoAnn Kunkel

Chief Financial Officer

JoAnn KunkelJoAnn 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.

Michael LeBeau, MD

President, Sanford Bismarck

Michael LeBeau, MDMichael LeBeau, MD, serves as president 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.

Bill Marlette

Treasurer

Bill MarletteAs treasuer, 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.

Bryan Nermoe

President, Sanford Fargo

Bryan NermoeAs president 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

Kim PatrickKim 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 the 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.

David Pearce, PhD

President, Sanford Research and Innovation

David Pearce, PhDAs Sanford Health’s president of research and innovation, David Pearce, PhD, is responsible for overseeing the development of research programs across the organization’s footprint. He is responsible for 450 researchers, eight research centers, more than 300 ongoing clinical trials, the commercialization of select research strategies and integrating Sanford Research operations into Sanford World Clinic sites.

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 oversees 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.

Nathan Peterson

Chief of Staff; Vice President, Strategic Planning and Governance

Nathan PetersonNathan Peterson serves as chief of staff to Sanford Health President and Chief Executive Officer Kelby Krabbenhoft. He is responsible for coordinating the system’s agenda and oversees communication from the CEO’s office. Peterson is also vice president of strategic planning and governance for the system.

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.

John Snyder

President, Sanford Health Plan

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

Chief Medical Officer

Allison Suttle, MDAllison 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.

Jennifer Grennan

Chief Legal Officer

Jennifer GrennanAs 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.

Matt Hocks

Chief Operating Officer

Matt HocksMatt 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.

David Shulkin, MD

Chief Innovation Officer

David Shulkin, MDSanford Health’s top administrator in innovation is David Shulkin, MD, former Secretary of Veterans Affairs. As chief innovation officer, he is responsible for helping shape the organization’s clinical development and leading several initiatives to advance precision medicine, including genetics, stem cell therapies, immunotherapy and many others.

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 chief executive 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.

Luis Garcia, MD

President, Clinic Governance & Strategy
Luis Garcia

Kevin Lampe

President, Sports Complex
Kevin Lampe

Susan Jarvis

President, Sanford Bemidji

International Board

Cindy Rarick
Cindy Rarick

Chair
Professional LPGA Legends Tour golfer and entrepreneur

Manny Ohonme
Manny Ohonme

Vice Chair
Founder of Samaritan’s Feet

Miles Beacom
Miles Beacom

Board Member
President and CEO of PREMIER Bankcard

Gary Hall, Jr.
Gary Hall, Jr.

Board Member
Olympic Hall of Fame Swimmer, Patient Advocate, CEO, Hallway Consulting

Kelby K. Krabbenhoft
Kelby Krabbenhoft

Board Member
President and CEO of Sanford Health

Barbara Nicklaus
Barbara Nicklaus

Board Member
Chairman and Co-Founder of the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation

Kirk Penney
Kirk Penney

Board Member
Retired Shooting guard for the New Zealand Breakers of the Australian National Basketball League

Dr. Robin Smith
Robin Smith, MD, MBA

Board Member
President and Chairman of the Stem for Life Foundation

David Shulkin
David Shulkin

Board Member
Former United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Bernhard Langer

Board Member
World Golf Hall of Fame member and two-time Masters champion with 113 worldwide victories.