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Children’s Minnesota Foundation Announces New Board Members

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Feb. 16, 2017  Children’s Minnesota announced today that business and community leaders Brian Beh, Hooman Hakami and Sharon Murphy Garber have joined its Foundation board, which is dedicated to raising funds to advance pediatric health care.

Additionally, Children’s announced new officers of its Foundation board: Russ Becker, CEO and president of APi Group, Inc., has been named chair; Charlie Maxwell, Jr., chairman and CEO of Meristem Family Wealth, will serve as vice chair; and Irv Kessler, chairman of Silver Bay and partner of Provident Real Estate Ventures, will serve as treasurer.

It has been five years since Children’s Minnesota established its Foundation board to help generate philanthropic support for the hospital.

“It is an honor to add these exceptional individuals to the Children’s Foundation board,” said Theresa Pesch, president, Children’s Minnesota Foundation. “We are excited to draw from their expertise and collaborate with them to continue to raise the standard for pediatric health throughout the region.”

With vast experience in their given professions, the new board members bring indispensable knowledge and expertise to the Children’s Minnesota Foundation:

Brian Beh, President and Principal, First Light Asset Management
Brian Beh initially became involved with Children’s Minnesota nearly 17 years ago when his daughter was diagnosed with AML Leukemia at just 10 weeks old. She spent six months receiving inpatient care at Children’s and went into remission after her first round of chemotherapy. Today, she is a healthy high school junior. Following this experience, Mr. Beh and his family helped raise funds for Children’s through multiple events. More recently, Mr. Beh served on the Cancer and Blood Disorders task force which raised $2 million for the program. He also recently joined Children’s investment committee.

Professionally, Mr. Beh has 30 years of experience in the investment industry and currently serves as president and principal for First Light Asset Management, where he oversees the marketing and client services functions. Before joining First Light, Mr. Beh served as chairman and chief executive officer of Roxbury Capital Management, a $3 billion Minneapolis-based firm, where he was instrumental in making Roxbury a nationally recognized, multi-product, institutionally focused investment organization.

Hooman Hakami, Executive Vice President, Medtronic
Hooman Hakami is the executive vice president and group president of Medtronic Diabetes where he provides overall strategic direction and operational management of the Diabetes group’s three global business units. He also serves as a member of Medtronic’s Executive Committee.

Mr. Hakami came to Medtronic after more than 20 years at General Electric where he last served as president and CEO of Detection & Guidance Solutions of GE Healthcare. In that role he led that company’s business specializing in x-ray based technology solutions. Previously he served as president and CEO of GE’s Interventional Systems business based in France, and the Global Clinical Systems Services for GE Healthcare.

Sharon Murphy Garber, Community Volunteer
Sharon Murphy Garber is a dedicated volunteer and supporter of Children’s Minnesota. Over the past 27 years she has held a number of volunteer leadership roles. Ms. Murphy Garber currently serves as chair of Children’s Pain, Palliative Care and Integrative Medicine task force. She also co-chaired Children’s 2016 Shine Bright Bash, which raised funds for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Program, and will co-chair the event again in 2017. Ms. Murphy Garber previously served as president and communications chair of The Children’s Association – Minneapolis, an organization dedicated to raising funds to support Children’s Minnesota. Ms. Murphy Garber has also experienced Children’s as a patient family as her son has been treated for severe asthma by the Pulmonary & Respiratory program at Children’s for nearly two decades.

In addition to her support of Children’s, Ms. Murphy Garber is a board member of the Minnetonka Public Schools Foundation, vice president for the Midwest Interscholastic High School Sailing Association and board director for the National Interscholastic High School Sailing Association. She also volunteered for Como Zoo for more than 40 years.

With the new and renewing board members, the 2017 Foundation board includes the following members:

  • Russell Becker, chair
  • Charles Maxwell, Jr., vice chair
  • Irv Kessler, treasurer
  • J. Hayes Batson
  • Brian Beh
  • Karen Benz
  • Gary Blackford
  • Jay Cavanagh
  • Michael Ciresi
  • Shannon Evenstad
  • Greg Frankenfield
  • Lynn Freeman
  • Scott Gill
  • Greg Goven
  • Hooman Hakami
  • Steve Hockett
  • Thomas Keller, III
  • Matt Majka
  • David Miller
  • Sharon Murphy Garber
  • Donna Roback
  • Patrick Ryan
  • Sharyl Sicoli
  • Judith Wright
  • Robert Bonar, Jr., Dr. H.A.
  • Theresa Pesch

About Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is the seventh largest pediatric health system in the United States and the only health system in Minnesota to provide care exclusively to children, from before birth through young adulthood. An independent and not-for-profit system since 1924, Children’s serves kids throughout the Upper Midwest at two free-standing hospitals, 12 primary and specialty-care clinics and six rehabilitation sites. Children’s maintains its longstanding commitment to the community to improve children’s health by providing high-quality, family-centered pediatric services and advancing those efforts through research and education. This work is made possible in large part by generous philanthropic and volunteer support from individuals and organizations throughout the state and region. An award-winning health system, Children’s is regularly ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a top children’s hospital. Please visit

Rachel Patterson