Alan L. Goldbloom, MD
Chief Executive Officer
Alan L. Goldbloom, MD, has been President and CEO of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota since 2003. With hospitals in both Minneapolis and St. Paul, Children’s is one of the largest pediatric hospital systems in the country, and serves children from throughout the upper Midwest.
Prior to joining Children’s, Dr. Goldbloom served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is a pediatrician whose career has included time in private practice and in academic medical centers, including extensive experience as a leader in medical education. A native of Montreal, Dr. Goldbloom completed undergraduate studies at McGill University, and medical school at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.
Dr. Goldbloom currently serves on the boards of the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA).
David A. Brumbaugh, SPHR
Vice President Human Resources
David A. Brumbaugh joined Children’s as Vice President of Human Resources in 2003. Prior to joining Children’s, he served as vice president of human resources at Cigna Health Care and vice president of human resources for the Honeywell, Inc. - Space and Aviation Control Strategic Business Unit in Phoenix, Arizona. David’s community service includes vice chair for the Metropolitan Healthcare Partnership; member for the Minneapolis Community and Technical College Foundation, HealthForce Minnesota Executive Alliance, and Health Careers Partnership Advisory boards. He previously served as chairman of the Minneapolis Career and Technical Education Consortium and the Roosevelt High School Health Careers Advisory Board.
Maria C. Christu, JD
General Counsel and Vice President
Advocacy and Health Policy
Maria C. Christu joined Children’s as its first general counsel in 2003. Prior to joining Children’s, Maria spent nine years as an associate general counsel at UnitedHealth Group in Minnetonka. Maria began her legal career in the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, where she served as counsel for various health licensing boards as well as the Minnesota Department of Health.
Maria serves on the Boards of Directors of Way to Grow and Children’s Law Center, and is a member of the Minnesota Advisory Board of the Children’s Defense Fund.
Jennifer L. Close
Chief Ambulatory Officer
Jennifer Close joined Children's in April of 2013 as Chief Ambulatory Officer, with oversight for Children's clinics. Prior to joining Children's, Ms. Close spent 11 years with Dean Health System in Madison, Wisc., most recently serving as Vice President of Operations in the Office of Medical Affairs for Dean Clinic. She has more than 20 years of health care leadership experience, including positions with Dean Health Plan, Rogers Benefit Group, Blue Cross and Blue Shield United of Wisconsin and Marquette University. She holds a master's of science degree in clinical psychology from Marquette University and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Roxanne Fernandes, RN, MHA
Chief Nursing Officer
Roxanne Fernandes joined Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota as Chief Nursing Officer in May 2011. She has more than 30 years of experience in pediatrics - most recently as executive director of the University of California, San Francisco, Children’s Hospital. Ms. Fernandes holds a master’s degree from the University of San Francisco and a bachelor’s of science in nursing from San Jose State University.
Vice President of Marketing and Communications
Bjorn Gunnerud is Vice President of Marketing and Communications, and joined the organization in 2010. Prior, he was Vice President of Marketing at MinuteClinic, the largest provider of retail health care in the country and a subsidiary of CVS Pharmacy. He’s also held leadership positions in several top advertising agencies managing brands including BMW, Georgia-Pacific and Citibank. Mr. Gunnerud received a bachelor of arts from Saint Olaf College.
Phillip Kibort, MD, MBA
Vice President of Medical Affairs and
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Phillip Kibort became vice president system advancement at Children’s in 1996. He became Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medical Affairs in 2002. Dr. Kibort was a pediatric gastroenterologist at Minnesota Gastroenterology from 1982-1994. He has written and published on issues of management and quality in healthcare, and teaches on medical quality to healthcare providers at the University of St. Thomas in the Twin Cities. He is a member of the American College of Physician Executives and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Kibort has served on the boards of Ronald McDonald House Charities, Way to Grow, and now Memorial Blood Center. He was president of Temple of Aaron from 2003-2005.
Chief Strategy Officer
Carol Koenecke-Grant joined Children's as Chief Strategy Officer in 2012. She has been in health care marketing and planning for over 25 years, most recently she serving as senior vice president of strategic planning and implementation for Guthrie Health, a three hospital and 23 clinic system in Pennsylvania and New York. Initially a clinician, Ms. Koenecke-Grant has experience working for multi-disciplinary physician groups, for-profit and non-profit healthcare systems and academic medical centers. She received her undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and her master's degree from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. She has served on the national Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development Board since 2005 and speaks nationally about marketing strategy, branding and planning for growth.
K. Alec Mahmood
Chief Financial Officer
K. Alec Mahmood joined Children's as Chief Financial Officer in July of 2013. Mr. Mahmood has more than 20 years of experience in health care management and financial leadership, with his past employment spanning the physician, hospital and payer realms, and the for-profit and not-for-profit areas of health care. Most recently, he served as the chief financial officer for HealthMarkets, a Dallas-based health and life insurance company. He has also held leadership positions at Coventry Health Care, Ardent Health Services, Kaiser Permanente, and Health Net. Mr. Mahmood has a Bachelor of Arts in history from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., and a master's in health administration from the University of Southern California.
David S. Overman
President & Chief Operating Officer
David S. Overman has been serving as Chief Operating Officer for Children’s since November 1, 2008. Prior to his current appointment, he served as the Chief Information Officer along with expanded responsibilities for Health Information Management, Pharmacy and Radiology. Prior to joining Children’s, Mr. Overman most recently served as vice president of information systems at Express Scripts, a large national company that manages pharmacy benefits. During his 10 years at Express Scripts, he led an information technology staff of more than 800 employees. Mr. Overman currently serves as the Chair of the board of Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Theresa Pesch, RN
President, Children’s Foundation
Theresa Pesch joined Children's in February 2007 and leads the team that launched ground-breaking philanthropic partnerships designed to spur engagement and support from local and national community leaders. Under Ms. Pesch’s leadership, Children’s fundraising has increased five-fold, thus enabling the hospital to make substantial facility and technological improvements. Originally trained in nursing, Ms. Pesch has 25 years of health care administration experience and is a sought after presenter for national philanthropy conferences. Additionally, Ms. Pesch has provided leadership roles for numerous boards and currently serves on Cornerstone, First Step Initiative and Minnesota Visiting Nurses Association (MVNA). She was recognized as a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Women in Business honoree, and also is a member of Women Business Leaders of the US Health Care Industry Foundation and a faculty member of Kaiser’s Philanthropy Innovation Institute and the AHP Madison Institute.
Carol Wilcox, RN, MS
Senior Hospital Administrator, St. Paul Site Campus and
Senior Director Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services
Carol Wilcox joined Children's in 2008, as the Director of Access and System Support and became Senior Director for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services in 2010. She served as Interim Chief Nursing Officer from June 2010 to June 2011 before accepting her current position as administrator for Children’s St. Paul campus.
Carol has held many leadership roles in both care delivery and health plan organizations in the Twin Cities. She has presented at the national level on different health care topics and holds a Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota and a BA in Nursing from the College of Saint Catherine.