Board of Directors
2014 Hospital Board
*Denotes Hospital and Foundation Board Members | See Foundation Board
CEO and President, APi Group, Inc.
Chair, Board of Directors of Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Russ Becker is the president and chief executive officer of APi Group Inc., the billion dollar holding company for 42 independent construction and construction-related businesses. Becker began his career as a field engineer with Cherne Contracting. In 1994, Becker joined Ryan Companies as project manager on Liberty Paper's Greenfield Recycled Fiber Paper Machine project. The $80 million project was delivered under budget and three months ahead of schedule. Upon project completion, Jamar offered Becker its manager of construction position. His career grew from manager of construction to vice president to president. Jamar's revenues reached from $24 million, when Becker started, to $60 million in 2002. He held the role of president until he was promoted to president of APi Group, the parent company of Jamar, in 2002. Since Becker assumed the role of CEO in 2004, APi Group has grown to more than $2.0 billion in annual sales and owns more than 42 companies specializing in fire protection, low voltage and industrial and specialty construction. He also serves on the board of directors of Dunwoody Institute, and is an active member in the YoungPresidents' Organization. Becker resides with his wife, Trish, and three sons in Dellwood, Minn. He is active in his passion for hockey; coaching youngsters to high school-age hockey teams.
J. Hayes Batson
President, Cambio Education
Vice Chair, Board of Directors of Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Hayes Batson is President of Cambio Education, a multimedia education company, and is Chairman of Regency Beauty Institute, a leading national privately-held vocational school. From 1997 to 2001, he was President & CEO of Epotec, Inc., a developer and marketer of Web-based software for the behavioral health industry. During his tenure with these companies, Mr. Batson has launched new business lines and products, worked closely with regulators and politicians at a federal and state level, and secured debt and equity financing from a number of major banks and private equity firms.
Prior to founding Epotec, Mr. Batson worked in corporate finance at William Blair & Company (Chicago) and management consulting at McKinsey & Company (Chicago and Minneapolis). He received his MBA from the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business (1998) and his BA from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio (1993). He resides in St. Paul, Minnesota with his wife and two children.
Robert (Bob) I. Bonar, Jr., Dr. H.A.
CEO, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Bob Bonar was appointed CEO of Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota in December 2014. With hospitals in both Minneapolis and St. Paul, Children's is one of the largest pediatric hospital systems in the country, and serves children throughout the upper Midwest.
Throughout his career, Mr. Bonar has been focused on improving quality outcomes, establishing strategic partnerships within the community and furthering access to pediatric care for people from all backgrounds and walks of life. Prior to Children's, Mr. Bonar served as president and CEO of Seton Family of Hospitals and CEO of Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas. He also held senior leadership roles at pediatric health systems in Oklahoma, Virginia and South Carolina, and served in instructional roles at several university medical centers across the country.
Mr. Bonar holds a doctorate in health administration and policy from the Medical University of South Carolina, earned master's degrees in administrative disciplines from West Virginia University and the University of Oklahoma and also holds a bachelor's degree in biology from West Virginia University.
Judge Pamela Alexander
Fourth Judicial District Court, Judge
Judge Pamela Alexander grew up in South Minneapolis and graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Law. She began her legal career as a criminal defense attorney with the Legal Rights Center and then moved to the Hennepin County Attorney's office as a prosecutor in the Criminal Division. From 1983-2008 she served as a Hennepin County District Court Judge where she presided over the Juvenile Division and served as Assistant Chief Judge for the Court as a whole. She sits on many community boards and committees including The Minneapolis Foundation Board of Trustees, the Children's Defense Fund, and the Juvenile Judges Leadership Council. She has been awarded numerous community service awards ranging from the University of St. Thomas School of Law Dean's Award for Outstanding Teaching to the NAACP Profiles in Courage Award. Judge Alexander is the Council's third President in its 50-year history.
Martin L. Bassett
CEO and President, The Walman Optical Company
Martin L. Bassett has been the President and CEO of the Walman Optical Company, a national wholesale optical firm, since 2001. Prior to that, Mr. Bassett served Walman Optical in the areas of finance and operations. He also serves as a director of The Walman Optical Company, Hydrogel Vision Corporation, and The Vision Council of America.
From 2008-2012, Mr. Bassett served as director of Christopher & Banks Corp. He is also a member of the World Presidents' Association (WPO) and The American Institute of CPA's.
Mr. Bassett holds a bachelor's degree in business and accounting from the University of Minnesota.
Chief Communications Officer, Best Buy Co., Inc.
Matt Furman is Best Buy's chief communications officer. Furman ensures that Best Buy's great story — where it's been, where it's going and how it's going to get there — is told with consistency, clarity and passion, and that it is heard by the people who matter most to the company's ongoing success. In this role, Furman oversees employee communications, public relations, executive communications, government affairs, corporate responsibility and community relations. Furman joined Best Buy in 2012 and is a member of the company's executive management team.Prior to Best Buy, Furman was the vice president of Corporate Affairs at Mars Chocolate, the world's largest chocolate company and the manufacturer of such iconic brands as Snickers, M&M's and Dove. Before joining the chocolate business, he held leading communications positions at Google and CNN. He also held senior communications roles in the administration of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former President Bill Clinton.Furman has his juris doctor from the American University School of Law and holds a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton. He is admitted to practice law in several jurisdictions, including before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Retired Senior Vice President, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.
Greg Goven is retired senior vice president of C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., a global transportation and logistics company. Mr. Goven joined C.H. Robinson in 1973, and was promoted to vice president in 1987 and senior vice president in 1998. As SVP he oversaw all of C.H. Robinson's profit centers. During his tenure with the company, he was cited for his leadership, knowledge of the business, and for positioning C.H. Robinson for both growth and success. He retired in 2002. Mr. Goven holds a bachelor's of science from North Dakota State University. He and his wife Jane have two adult children and two grandchildren. They divide their time between homes in Utah, Arizona and Minnesota.
Sharon Jaeger, MD
Sharon Jaeger, MD is a pediatrician in private practice with Central Pediatrics in St Paul. Dr. Jaeger is a member of the professional staff of Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. She earned her medical degree at Georgetown University in Washington DC, and completed her pediatric residency and hematology oncology fellowship at Yale University.
Mary L. Jeffries
Mary L. Jeffries is the Chairman and co-CEO of Zink Imaging, a Boston-based technology company. Prior to ZINK, she was a principal with Acuity Strategic Consulting, helping companies develop more efficient and profitable business practices. A former CEO of Polaroid Corporation, Jeffries has more than three decades of experience in executive level corporate positions, accounting, finance and strategic consulting. In addition to serving on the Children's board, Jeffries is active in many non-profit and for-profit company boards.
Ms. Jeffries lives in Eden Prairie with her husband and has two children.
Cynthia (Cyndi) Lesher
Executive VP & CAO, Sheerwind Energy
Cynthia (Cyndi) Lesher is the retired president and CEO, Northern States Power Company-Minnesota, an Xcel Energy company. During her career at Xcel Energy she served as Xcel Energy's vice president, chief administrative officer and chief human resources officer, president of NSP Gas, vice president of NSP human resources, and various other positions.Lesher was appointed chair of the Governor's Workforce Development Council in 2004 by Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty. In 2003, she was inducted into the Women's Economic Roundtable, comprising the top 100 women leaders in Minnesota.CityBusiness magazine named her among the Twin Cities' most innovative women. In 2007 she received the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal's Lifetime Career Achievement Award. She was selected by the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce as 2008 Woman of the Year. She serves on the Board of Directors of Anchor Bank, Opportunity Partners, JetE Corporation, the Twin Cities Area Red Cross (Board Chair), the Animal Humane Society, SheerWind Energy Company, and the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology Advisory Board; she serves on the Board of Trustees at Drake University. She is a Regent Emeritus of the University of Minnesota.Lesher earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Drake University, a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling and psychology from St. Cloud State University, and completed the Master of Excellence Program at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management.In January 2007, Lesher was named President of the Host Committee for the 2008 Republican National Convention responsible for raising $58 million to fund the convention and to showcase Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Minnesota to the world.
COO, Minnesota Wild
Treasurer, Board of Directors of Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Matt Majka (pronounced MAY-kuh) begins his fourth season as chief operating officer for Minnesota Sports and Entertainment (MSE) and his 15th year with the organization. He previously held the positions of executive vice president, senior vice president of business operations and vice president of marketing and corporate sponsorships. MSE is a regional sports and entertainment leader that has grown into several different business operations including the Minnesota Wild, its minor league affiliate the Houston Aeros, Wildside Caterers, 317 on Rice Park and the facility management of Xcel Energy Center and Saint Paul RiverCentre.During his tenure with the Wild, Mr. Majka has been instrumental in fostering the unique relationship between the hockey club and its fan base. The team's continued dedication to the fans of the "State of Hockey" was shown again when the Wild was named the "Best Stadium Experience" in the National Hockey League, according to ESPN The Magazine's "Ultimate Standings 2009" list. Minnesota also ranked second overall for "Stadium Experience" in the field of all 122 major league sports franchises. Mr. Majka came to the Minnesota Wild in October of 1997 from Rollerblade, Inc., where he started work in 1984. Beginning as a sales representative for the fledgling company, he held positions of increasing responsibility through his 13-year tenure including sales representative, regional sales manager, marketing manager, director of international business, senior director of product marketing, and culminating with his appointment as vice president of product marketing. During his tenure, the privately held company grew revenues from $1 million to more than $200 million annually. The Detroit, Mich., native has lived in the Twin Cities for more than 40 years. Mr. Majka is a 1984 speech communications graduate of the University of Minnesota. He and his wife, Kym, have two sons, Sam and Nick. The family resides in Wayzata, Minn.
Paul H. Marvin
Vice president of sales, Marvin Windows and Doors
Paul Marvin is vice president of sales at Marvin Windows and Doors. Mr. Marvin joined the family business in 2006, and is part of the fourth generation of his family to own and run the century-old business, which traces its roots to a grain elevator and lumberyard that his great-grandfather George Marvin first managed in Warroad, Minn. in 1904.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Marvin founded TLC Student Transportation, providing school bus transportation for students at private and charter schools, as well as for various community outreach programs serving families and children of the Twin Cities. He ran the company from 1998 until it was sold in 2006.
Mr. Marvin currently serves on the board of directors for The Marvin Companies and the Northwestern Minnesota Manufacturers Association. He is a 1997 graduate of The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., where he received a bachelor's degree in economics. Born and raised in Warroad, Minn., Mr. Marvin is a proud and active community member in his beloved northern Minnesota hometown, where he currently resides with his wife Maureen and their five children.
John McNamara, MD
Partner, Pediatric Pulmonologist
Children's Respiratory and Critical Care Specialists
Richard Migliori, MD
Executive Vice President & Chief Healthcare Officer, UnitedHealth Group
Richard Migliori, MD is executive vice president and chief healthcare officer of Health Services for UnitedHealth Group, Dr Migliori is responsible for ensuring clinical excellence and linking that excellence to practical clinical outcomes and robust business results. Health Services consist of three business segments, OptumInsight, OptumHealth and OptumRx. Dr. Migliori also serves as chief healthcare officer of UnitedHealth Group Alliances, a division of UnitedHealthcare Medicare and Retirement; Dr. Migliori is responsible for the Health Care Transformation on behalf of AARP. Dr. Migliori joined UnitedHealth Group in 1996. He brings to his current executive position over 20 years of experience in the health care sector, including time as CEO of four diverse companies. Under his leadership at UnitedHealth Group, Dr. Migliori spearheaded the design, organization and management of national health care delivery networks. He has previously served on the Harvard University / Kennedy School of Government Health Care Delivery Policy Committee, and is a member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and the Advisory Committee on Transplantation advising the Secretary of Health and Human Services on public policy for human organ transplantation. He has published more than 35 articles on topics ranging from continuous quality improvement methods in a clinical setting to surgical oncology and solid organ transplant. Dr. Migliori holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from Brown University and completed a National Health Research Fellowship in immunology, transplantation and oncology funded by the National Institutes of Health. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Target
John Mulligan is chief financial officer and executive vice president for Target, the second largest general merchandise retailer in the U.S. His responsibilities include treasury, internal and external financial reporting, financial planning and analysis, financial operations, tax, assurance, investor relations and flight services. Mulligan joined Target in 1996 as a financial analyst, and during his tenure has held key leadership positions in Finance, Target.com and Human Resources. In 2003, he was promoted to director, Target.com Finance, and in 2005 was named director, Capital Investments. Mulligan was promoted to vice president, Financial Planning and Analysis, in 2006, and was named vice president, Pay and Benefits, in 2007. In 2010, he was named senior vice president, Treasury and Accounting, leading accounting and financial operations, including India, in addition to all Treasury functions.In addition to his Target responsibilities, Mulligan also serves on the University of Wisconsin Business School Dean's Advisory Board.Mulligan graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1988, and in 1996 he earned a master's of business administration degree from the University of Minnesota.
Richard T. Murphy, Jr.
President & CEO, Murphy Logistics
Richard T Murphy, Jr., ASLA, is the President/CEO of Murphy Logistics, a supply chain logistics services organization that provides distribution, transportation, warehousing and value-added services for domestic and international clients. He is the 4th generation of Murphy to run the enterprises since its founding in 1904. Richard is a member of the University Of Minnesota Carlson School Of Management's Supply Chain & Operations Advisory Board, the College of Design Board, and past Executive Committee Chair of the Center for Transportation Studies (CTS). He was also Chair of the global Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and Board Member of the International Warehouse Logistics Association. Richard is also a licensed Landscape Architect, Past President of the American Society of Landscape Architects - MN Chapter, and this winter will teach his 25th year in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. His MLA is from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and his BLA, BED and MBA are from the University of Minnesota.Richard's expertise ranges from logistics and transportation to design and real estate development.
Stephen Nelson, MD
Vice Chief of Staff, Children's
Children's, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
Bruce P. Shay
Executive Vice President, Securian Financial Group
Bruce P. Shay is executive vice president of Securian Financial Group, a position he has held since 2010. He is accountable for all aspects of group insurance, financial institutions and the retirement business at Securian. In addition to providing strategic direction and leadership to each of these business units, Mr. Shay is actively involved in numerous enterprise activities. Since joining Securian in 1985 as a supervisor in retirement services, Mr. Shay has held several sales and management positions and has been involved in strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, enterprise risk management and product distribution/business development.
Mr. Shay currently serves as a board member for Think Mutual Bank and Twin Cities Public Television. Over the course of his career, he has also been involved with professional boards and industry organizations including the LIMRA Pension Committee, National Association of Life Underwriters, and the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Shay earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and has earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) designation.
Lenny Snellman, MD
Chief of Staff, Children's
Pediatrician, Health Partners
Dr. Snellman received his medical degree from Northwestern University in Chicago. He completed a Pediatric residency at the University of Utah Affiliated Hospitals and then spent a year there as the first pediatric chief resident. He practiced for two years at the Western Montana Clinic in Missoula, Montana, before coming to Minnesota. (He is a Minnesotan by marriage). Lenny has practiced at the HealthPartners White Bear Lake Clinic since 1985 and has been on the active medical staff at Children's since his arrival. With his colleague, Dr. Howard Stang, he has participated in several clinical research projects that have been published in JAMA and Pediatrics. Lenny is Children's Chief of Staff. He has served the past two years as Children's Associate Chief Elect for Pediatrics and has been a member of the Pediatrics Division committee for the past 8 years.
Senior Vice President and President, Neuromodulation Business, Medtronic
Tom Tefft is the Senior Vice-President and President of the Neuromodulation business at Medtronic, a position he has held since 2009. In this role, Mr. Tefft is responsible for Medtronic's global efforts to develop and deliver innovative therapies for the management of chronic pain, movement disorders, spasticity and urologic and gastrointestinal disorders. Mr. Tefft joined Medtronic in 1992 as an Assistant Corporate Controller. Since then, he has held a number of leadership roles, including Vice-President and Corporate Controller, Vice-President of Finance for the Cardiac Rhythm Management business, and Vice-President and Controller for Medtronic's Europe, Middle East and Africa operations.
Before coming to Medtronic, Mr. Tefft spent 10 years at Price Waterhouse. He serves as a board member for the Nicholas Center for Corporate Finance and Investment Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business and the Dean's Advisory Board at the University of Wisconsin School of Business, and a member of the Medtronic Foundation board. Mr. Tefft earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.