Governance & Leadership

Meet Our Boards & Senior Leaders

Sanford Health leadership drives us to improve, to heal and to cure. Two 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.

Board of Trustees

Neil Gulsvig

Neil Gulsvig

Neil Gulsvig

Past Chair
Co-Founder/President & CEO, Align
CEO & Founder, ActivLife Solutions
Wausau, WI

Lauris Molbert

Lauris Molbert

Retired CEO, TMI Hospitality, Inc.
Fargo, ND

Andy North

Neil Gulsvig

Andy North

Former Professional Golfer
Madison, WI

Brent Teiken

Brent Teiken

Brent Teiken

General Manager, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Perficient
Fargo, ND

Bill Gassen

Bill Gassen

Bill Gassen

Sanford Health
President & CEO

Jim Cain

Jim Cain

Jim Cain

KeyBanc Capital Markets
Larchmont, NY

Wes Engbrecht

Wes Engbrecht

Director of communications, PR and IT
Capital Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Bismarck, ND

Marnie Herrmann

Marnie Herrmann smiling for professional headshot

Marnie Herrmann

Vice Chair
Chief Banking Officer
Security First Bank
Rapid City, SD

Mark Lundeen, MD

Mark Lundeen, MD

Mark Lundeen, MD

Sanford Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
Fargo, ND

Dana Dykhouse

Dana Dykhouse

Dana Dykhouse

Sioux Falls, SD

David Shulkin, MD

David Shulkin, MD

David Shulkin, MD

Ninth Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Gladwyne, PA

Stephanie Herseth Sandlin

Stephanie Herseth Sandlin

Stephanie Herseth Sandlin

President, Augustana University
Sioux Falls, SD


Bill Gassen, President & Chief Executive Officer

Bill Gassen Sanford Health President and Chief Executive OfficerBill Gassen is president and CEO of Sanford Health, a $7.5 billion integrated health system serving communities primarily across the upper Midwest.

Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Sanford Health is dedicated to transforming the health care experience and providing access to world-class health care in America’s heartland.

Bill marked his appointment to president and CEO of Sanford Health in November 2020, by committing the organization to three pillars: patients, people and communities. This focus has positioned the system to shape the future of health care for generations to come.

In 2022, Bill announced that Sanford Health’s strategic position and aspirational goal is to be the premier rural health system in the United States, with a commitment to ensuring the quality of care a person receives is not limited by their zip code.

The organization serves more than 1.5 million patients and more than 200,000 health plan members across 250,000 square miles. The integrated health system has 46 medical centers, 45,000 employees, 2,800 Sanford physicians and advanced practice providers, 170 clinical investigators and research scientists, more than 200 senior care locations and world clinics in 8 countries around the globe.

Sanford Health is the largest employer in the Dakotas. In 2020, the organization contributed nearly $12 billion to the region’s economy.

Bill is presiding over transformational growth: In 2021, the health system unveiled a $350 million virtual care initiative to improve access to convenient, high-quality care for rural, underserved communities. That same year, Sanford Health announced plans to add eight new graduate medical residencies and fellowships in specialty areas, for a total of 15 programs, to build the next generation of rural health care providers.

In 2022 and 2023, Bill was recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare. This prestigious recognition honors individuals who are deemed by their peers and the senior editors of Modern Healthcare to be the most influential figures in the industry in terms of leadership and impact.

Bill is a former litigator and current member of the State Bar of South Dakota. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a law degree, both from the University of South Dakota. He previously served in a number of leadership roles for Sanford Health over a twelve-year period including chief administrative officer, corporate counsel and chief human resources officer.

He serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association and on the Board of Directors for Oscar Health, Inc. (NYSE: OSCR).

Bill comes from a family dedicated to public service. His mother spent four decades as a hospital nurse. His father served in the Air Force, and Bill was born on a miliary base in Little Rock, Arkansas, but spent most of his childhood growing up in Rapid City, South Dakota. Bill’s father played a key role in the development of Feeding South Dakota, the state’s largest charitable hunger-relief organization, and served as CEO for more than 20 years.

Bill and his wife, Jill, a physician’s assistant for the Veterans Administration, have five children ranging in ages from 5 to 14 years old and live in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Nick Olson, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Nick OlsonNick Olson, Sanford Health’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, is responsible for the overall financial stewardship of the organization. In his role, he oversees the operational finance, planning, revenue cycle, strategic reimbursement, treasury and corporate finance teams.

He joined Sanford Health in 2017 and held various director and vice president positions across all areas of the finance teams before assuming his current role in 2024. Prior to Sanford Health, Olson held finance leadership positions in the banking and retail industries.

Olson graduated from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD with majors in business administration and accounting. Olson also obtained his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Iowa.

Olson, and his wife, Christina, have two children and reside in Sioux Falls, SD.

Jennifer Grennan, JD, Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer

Jennifer Grennan Sanford Health Chief Legal OfficerAs Sanford Health’s executive vice president and chief administrative officer, Jennifer Grennan, JD, is responsible for human resources, legal, risk, compliance and government affairs. She joined Sanford Health in 2009 and has held multiple positions in the organization’s legal department, including chief legal officer and vice president of legal.

Grennan, a Sioux Falls native, 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 lives in Sioux Falls with her husband, David, and their daughter.

Matt Hocks, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Matt HocksMatt Hocks, Sanford Health’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, 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.

Bo Nemelka, Executive Vice President & Chief of Staff

Bo NemelkaBo Nemelka serves as Sanford Health’s executive vice president and chief of staff, responsible for leading the Office of the President serving the CEO as a trusted advisor on organizational strategy and execution, and liaison to the Board of Trustees.

Prior to Sanford Health, Bo worked two years for Intermountain Health’s strategy office leading enterprise growth inititaives and caregiver innovation.

Bo spent nine years with Leavitt Partners where he was the managing principal of the Leavitt Partners’ Salt Lake City office.  In this role, Bo was responsible to lead consultants and serve clients around the country, including Sanford Health, who sought support with strategic growth opportunities and advancing value in healthcare.

Bo completed his master’s degree in healthcare management at Yale University and earned his bachelor’s in business from Utah State University.

Bo married his high school sweetheart, Katie, and together they have five children.

Erika Batcheller, Executive Vice President & Chief External Affairs Officer

 Erika Batcheller, Executive Vice President and Chief External Affairs OfficerErika Batcheller serves as chief external affairs officer for Sanford Health, where she oversees system marketing, communications, community relations and the Sanford Health Foundation. She previously served as vice president of media relations and corporate communications for Sanford Health, overseeing the organization’s earned media, internal communications, Sanford Health News, events and community relations teams.

Prior to joining Sanford Health in 2020, Batcheller led broad-ranging strategic communications initiatives for more than two decades in the non-profit, private and public sectors. She spent ten years as a consultant and senior counselor to national health care and advocacy organizations focused on reputation management, stakeholder engagement and thought leadership and served as chief communications officer for a behavioral health care provider.

Batcheller spent the first part of her career in Washington, D.C., where she managed communications and served as deputy press secretary for both First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and U.S. Senator Kent Conrad.

In addition, she led initiatives focused on health and behavior change as a vice president in the social impact practice at Fleishman-Hillard, a global strategic communications firm.

Batcheller holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations from the University of Minnesota.

She lives in Sioux Falls with her husband, Paul, and their three children.

Tommy Ibrahim, Executive Vice President, President and CEO of Sanford Health Plan

Tommy IbrahimTommy Ibrahim, MD, MBA is the president and CEO of Sanford Health Plan which serves members across South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and North Dakota. In this role, he oversees the development of managed-care products, payment models and integrated service-delivery strategies to ensure members have access to affordable, high-quality health care services.

Prior to joining Sanford, Dr. Ibrahim served as president & CEO of Bassett Healthcare Network and has held numerous leadership positions within the health care industry for more than 15 years. Before joining Bassett in 2020, he served as executive vice president and chief physician executive for INTEGRIS Health in Oklahoma, as chief physician officer and vice president of medical affairs at MercyOne in Des Moines, Iowa and as senior vice president and chief physician executive at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois.

A board-certified hospitalist, Dr. Ibrahim received his Doctor of Medicine degree from St. Christopher’s IMD College of Medicine and completed his internal medicine residency at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, an academic affiliate of Johns Hopkins, and is licensed in multiple states. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University, a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Seton Hall University, and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Fellow in Hospital Medicine.

Dr. Ibrahim is an industry thought leader in health care, publishing and speaking regularly on topics focused on advancing rural health and transforming care delivery models through innovation and technology.

Dr. Ibrahim and his wife, Marian, have two children and reside in Sioux Falls, SD.

Jared Antczak, Chief Digital Officer

Jared AntczakJared Antczak serves as Sanford Health’s chief digital officer, overseeing digital strategy and transformation initiatives to enhance consumer and caregiver engagement, support care delivery, improve business processes and expand health care access through virtual care.

Antczak joined Sanford Health in 2022 after serving in leadership positions at Highmark Health, Intermountain Healthcare and Atrium Health. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Brigham Young University-Idaho and an MBA from Wake Forest University, in addition to a product executive certification (PEC) and an information technology infrastructure library (ITIL) certification. He is also a certified professional in healthcare information and management systems (CPHIMS).

Originally from around Salt Lake City, Utah, Antczak lives in Sioux Falls with his wife, Charlene, and their six children.

Corey Brown, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs

Corey BrownCorey Brown, senior vice president of government affairs for Sanford Health, oversees the organization’s public policy activities at the state and federal levels.

A former South Dakota state senator and native of Gettysburg, Brown represented District 23 from 2009 to 2016, serving as majority leader, president pro tempore, assistant majority leader and chairman of the appropriations committee. He was actively involved in shaping policy related to Native American health, primary care, emergency medical services and medical licensing.

Brown joined Sanford Health in 2018 after working with his family owned insurance agency and serving as executive director of the Gettysburg/Whitlock Bay Development Corporation. He also spent a decade in the United States Navy, where he was an aviator and flight instructor and rose to the rank of lieutenant commander.

Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in government and international relations from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s in international business from the University of San Diego.

He lives in Sioux Fall with his wife, Karen, and their four children.

Jeremy Cauwels, MD, Chief Medical Officer

Jeremy Cauwels, MD Chief Medical Officer of Sanford Health Jeremy Cauwels, MD, FACP, FHM, serves as Sanford Health’s chief medical officer. In this role, he represents physician interests to the executive leadership team and Board of Trustees. He also chairs the quality cabinet, champions the system’s effort to become a highly reliable organization and oversees enterprise aspects of the medical staff.

Prior to his appointment to chief medical officer in 2021, Dr. Cauwels led safety, quality and patient experience as senior vice president of quality. He also served as vice president and chief medical officer for Sanford Health Plan. Cauwels started with Sanford Health as a hospitalist in Sioux Falls in 2006, was promoted to director of the group and eventually became Sanford USD Medical Center’s chief of staff.

His extensive leadership background in quality and safety make Dr. Cauwels a strong champion for the organization’s SAFE program (Sanford Accountability for Excellence), a collective commitment to safety and reliability. The program guides Sanford employees toward doing the right thing every time in every interaction, and encourages both employees and patients to speak up for safety. Dr. Cauwels ensures that the SAFE program has the operational, financial and leadership support necessary for this work.

Dr. Cauwels is also interested in healthcare disparities and improving access to quality care, particularly in rural geographies and in the area of mental health. He believes that every person deserves access to the right care at the right time in the place they need it, and this view was a powerful influence in developing Sanford Health’s drive to become the premier rural health system in the United States.

Born in South Dakota and raised in northwest Iowa, Dr. Cauwels has bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and biology from the University of Northern Iowa and a medical degree from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. He completed his residency and a chief resident year at the University of Kansas in Kansas City, Kansas. Cauwels is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Society of Hospital Medicine.

Cauwels and his wife, Teresa, live in Sioux Falls with their three children.

Erica C. DeBoer, Chief Nursing Officer

Erica C. DeBoer, RN, Sanford Health's chief nursing officerErica DeBoer, RN, MA, CCRN, CNL, serves as Sanford Health’s chief nursing officer. A member of the organization’s executive leadership team, DeBoer provides clinical expertise for Sanford Health’s work in quality, safety, research and care management. She also oversees the integration of clinical initiatives.

DeBoer has more than 20 years of experience as a front-line registered nurse, including roles in critical care, clinical leadership and education. She most recently served as Sanford Health’s senior executive director of nursing and clinical services and clinical informatics. DeBoer has also served as adjunct faculty for nursing programs at South Dakota State University and the University of Sioux Falls.

The Sanford Health nursing practice DeBoer oversees is the largest division of the enterprise workforce supporting patient and resident care, including nearly 9,000 nurses across the post-acute, ambulatory and inpatient settings. She believes nurses are a critical part of the fabric binding the many facets of health care work together to achieve safe, high-quality care that exceeds patient expectations.

DeBoer is particularly interested in the link between patient experience and employee experience, knowing that changes in one sphere often directly drive improvements in the other. She sponsors a variety of initiatives in both areas at Sanford, including the use of predictive analytics to inform care and plan workforce needs; leveraging technology to automate non-value-added work so teams can focus on patient care; reducing clinical variations in care; and improving health equity and reducing the barriers patients face in accessing care. DeBoer says nurses are an incredibly flexible, innovative resource in these efforts and are essential to meeting the needs of our patients and communities.

Active in several professional associations, DeBoer holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from South Dakota State University and a master’s degree in nursing from Augustana University.

DeBoer resides in Lennox, South Dakota, with her husband, Shane, and their two children.

Joshua Crabtree, MD, MBA, Chief Physician of Sanford Health Clinic and Sanford World Clinic

Joshua Crabtree, MD Joshua Crabtree, MD, MBA, serves as the chief physician of Sanford Health Clinic and Sanford World Clinic. In this role, he oversees clinician professional practice, recruitment and retention, operations, and clinician well-being.

Dr. Crabtree joined Sanford Health in 2002 as a family medicine physician in Luverne, Minn. He was previously executive vice president of clinic operations before transitioning to vice president of Sanford Clinic for the Sioux Falls market in 2019.

Born and raised in Minnesota, he graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine and completed his residency in family medicine at Duluth Family Medicine Residency in northern Minnesota. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Sioux Falls Family Practice Residency at the Center for Family Medicine and the Sanford Health Foundation.

Dr. Crabtree and his wife, Emily, live in Luverne. They have three adult children, one daughter-in-law and one grandson.

Paul Hanson, President & CEO, Sanford Sioux Falls

paul hansonAs 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.

Karla Eischens, President & CEO, Sanford Bemidji

Karla Eischens, RPh, President and CEO of Sanford BemidjiKarla Eischens, RPh, President and CEO of Sanford Bemidji, oversees Sanford Health’s Bemidji market in northern Minnesota.

With over 25 years of experience in health care, Eischens has held several frontline and leadership roles in Bemidji since joining Sanford Health in 2000. Prior to her promotion to the top post in Bemidji, she served as Sanford Bemidji’s vice president of operations, helping open that region’s first crisis center, featuring an inpatient psychiatry unit and an innovative Emergency Psychiatric Assessment Treatment and Healing (EmPATH) unit to provide 24/7 crisis services close to home for children, families and adults. As vice president, she also oversaw COVID-19 operations during the pandemic as well as expansions of the intensive care unit and services in the Park Rapids area.

Eischens began her tenure within Sanford Health’s pharmacy department in Bemidji as a pharmacist and later the director of pharmacy. As director, she oversaw the development of the home infusion pharmacy within the Joe Lueken Cancer Center, the opening of the Sanford Blackduck Pharmacy and the expansion of the regional 340B drug pricing program enabling Sanford Health to reach more patients in need. Eischens was promoted to executive director of operations in 2019 where she oversaw multiple service lines and facilities, including women’s, children’s, pharmacy and the Joe Lueken Cancer Center.

Prior to Sanford Health, Eischens began her career in health care working at the Veteran’s Administration Center. After earning her Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from the University of Minnesota, she worked in several positions in retail, infusion and inpatient pharmacy as well as operations management for Progressive Health Care.

She and her husband have raised their family in northern Minnesota and are proud to have made Bemidji their home.

Michael LeBeau, MD, System Vice President, Chief of Health Services Operations

Michael LeBeau, MD President and CEO of Sanford BismarckMichael LeBeau, MD, serves as Sanford Health’s system vice president and chief of health services operations.

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,as vice president of clinics, and as president and CEO of the Bismarck region.

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.

Deb Koski, Chief Philanthropy Officer

Deb Kroski smiling for headshotDeb Koski serves as Sanford Health’s chief philanthropy officer, overseeing all philanthropic strategies and initiatives across Sanford’s system of care, including the Good Samaritan Society.

Koski joined the Sanford Health Foundation in 2004 and most recently served as system executive director for the foundation. She has led teams responsible for every aspect of fundraising, including planned, major and annual giving; donor stewardship; volunteer management; special events; finance; data analytics; gift processing and marketing.

Koski holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from the University of South Dakota and a certification in healthcare fundraising management from the University of Wisconsin – Madison; she has also achieved the professional designation of certified fundraising executive (CFRE), and is a dedicated volunteer in her community.

Koski and her husband, Sheldon, live in Sioux Falls, S.D. They have two teenage sons, Preston and Keaton.

Tiffany Lawrence, President and CEO, Sanford Fargo

Tiffany Lawrence, Interim President and CEO, Sanford FargoAs president and CEO, Tiffany Lawrence oversees the management and operations of Sanford Health Fargo, North Dakota’s largest health care provider and employer. With a background in finance and more than 25 years of employment with the organization, Lawrence brings a breadth of knowledge and unique perspective to her role.

Since becoming president and CEO in March 2022, Lawrence has helped Sanford Fargo significantly enhance its employee experience and improve its national quality ranking by over 30 positions, securing a spot amongst the top 20 academic medical centers nationwide in 2023. In addition, under her leadership, Sanford Fargo continues to bring advanced health care closer to home for rural communities across the region and maintain its status as the only level I adult and level II pediatric trauma center, advanced comprehensive stroke center and blood and bone marrow transplant program in North Dakota.

Before taking on her current role, Lawrence served as vice president of finance for the organization for 13 years, playing an integral part in adding services and facilities to meet the growing needs of the region. Her contributions notably included overseeing the finances for building Sanford Medical Center Fargo, the state-of-the-art, one-million-square-foot facility that opened in 2017.

Outside of her contributions to Sanford Health, Lawrence is very active within the community, volunteering and serving on numerous boards, including the United Way of Cass-Clay, Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo Chamber of Commerce, North Dakota Hospital Association and more.

Lawrence graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in accountancy and is a CPA. She and her husband, Rick, reside in Fargo and have three sons.

David A. Pearce, PhD, President, Research and Innovation

David Pearce, PhD, President of Innovation, Research and Sanford World ClinicAs Sanford Health’s president of research and innovation, David A. Pearce, PhD, oversees the organization’s research activities. He is responsible for 450 researchers, eight research centers, more than 300 ongoing clinical trials and the commercialization of select research strategies.

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.

Brad Reimer, System Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Headshot of Brad Reimer in dark suit with red shirt and short dark hairBrad Reimer serves as Sanford Health’s chief information officer, responsible for all technology systems including patient-critical applications like Epic, Cloverleaf and Sectra PACS; business solutions like Workday, ServiceNow and productivity applications; and information security.

In his time at Sanford Health, Reimer has revamped the information security program; renewed the department’s focus on efficiencies, contracts and quality; and successfully positioned the system’s technical infrastructure for stability, agility and nimbleness, a critical component for success during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prior to joining Sanford in 2017, Reimer held leadership positions at DocuTAP and Wells Fargo.

Reimer holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of South Dakota. He and his wife, Salena, have three children.

Nate Schema, President & CEO, The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society

Nate Schema smiling for headshotNathan Schema serves as president and CEO of The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, leading the nation’s largest non-profit provider of senior care and services. He oversees the development and execution of organizational priorities, and in partnership with Sanford Health leadership, works to advance the integrated health care system.

Schema’s longstanding career with the Society began in 2006 as an administrator-in-training in Mountain Lake, Minnesota. He was a nursing home administrator at multiple Society locations, and also held positions as associate director of operations, regional executive director of operations and vice president of operations.

His extensive experience positions Schema to be an authoritative advocate for seniors and the health care heroes who care for them. He believes all seniors deserve access to high-quality care, no matter where they live. With 70 percent of the Society’s residents living in rural communities, Schema is committed to reducing rural access disparities. He champions opportunities to transform how and where senior care is delivered through the Society’s integration with Sanford Health.

In January 2022, Schema was elected to the board of governors for the American Health Care Association, the nation’s largest association of long-term and post-acute care providers. He also serves on the post-acute strategy steering committee for the American Hospital Association.

Schema is passionate about supporting and developing the next generation of health care leaders and caregivers, who will be instrumental in shaping the future of senior care.

A native of Faribault, Minnesota, Schema holds a bachelor’s degree in health care administration from Concordia College (Minnesota) and a Master of Business Administration from Bellevue University.

Schema lives in Sioux Falls with his wife, Alex, and their two sons.

Todd Schaffer, MD, President & CEO, Sanford Bismarck

Todd Schaffer, MD, President and CEO Sanford BismarckTodd Schaffer, 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.

Schaffer joined Sanford Health in 2014 as a family practitioner and walk-in clinic physician, becoming vice president of clinic in 2019. He holds a doctor of pharmacy degree with honors from North Dakota State University; a medical degree from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, where he graduated first in his class; and a master’s degree in strategic studies with distinguished honors from the United States Army War College.

In addition to his work with Sanford, Schaffer is a colonel in the North Dakota Army National Guard, serving as the State Surgeon. He also sits on the North Dakota Medical Association Board of Directors and is active in a number of other community organizations.

Dr. Schaffer and his wife, Erin, have four daughters and one grandson.

Robb Schlimgen, System Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer

Robb Schlimgen smiling for headshot in dark tuxRobb Schlimgen, system vice president and chief compliance officer for Sanford Health, oversees the organization’s compliance and privacy programs.

Schlimgen previously advised Sanford Health leadership on employment law issues and handled legal and compliance affairs for Sanford Health Plan. Prior to joining Sanford Health in 2016, he clerked for the South Dakota Supreme Court and and worked in private practice.

Schlimgen holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and accounting from the University of South Dakota and a law degree from the University of Minnesota School of Law.

He lives in Sioux Falls with his wife, Mary, and their son.

Steve Young, President, Sanford Sports

 Steve Young President of Sanford SportsSteve 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.