2016 Hospital Board

Meet the board of directors for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. An asterisk (*) denotes people who serve on both the hospital and foundation boards.

Hayes Batson, Board Member

Hayes Batson*
President & CEO, Tinket
Chair, Board of Directors of Children’s Minnesota

Hayes Batson is president and CEO of Tinket, an early stage scheduling software company. During his career as a consumer digital, health and education entrepreneur, he has built numerous products and businesses, working closely with private equity, regulators and politicians. In addition, Mr. Batson has worked in corporate finance at William Blair & Company and management consulting at McKinsey & Company. Mr. Batson is chairman of the Children’s Minnesota hospital board and a member of the Children’s Minnesota foundation board. He is also a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). He received his MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and his bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. He and his wife Alicia Kunin-Batson reside in Saint Paul, Minnesota with their two children.


Our Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of community leaders and Children’s staff members who are selected based on their experience and expertise.

Martin Bassett, Board Member

Martin L. Bassett
CEO and president, The Walman Optical Company
Vice Chair, Board of Directors of Children’s Minnesota

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.

Bruce Shay, Board Member

Bruce P. Shay
Executive vice president, Securian Financial Group
Treasurer, Board of Directors of Children’s Minnesota

As executive vice president, Bruce has served more than 30 years at Securian Financial Group. He is accountable for all aspects of Group Insurance, Retirement Plans and Individual Annuity businesses at Securian. In addition to providing strategic direction and leadership to each of these business units, Bruce is actively involved in numerous enterprise activities.

Bruce joined Securian management in 1985 in the Retirement Plans Division. He held several sales and management positions with Securian Retirement before being named senior vice president. In 2010, Bruce was promoted to executive vice president, Securian Financial Group. Since joining Securian, Bruce has been involved in strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, enterprise risk management and product distribution/business development. Bruce obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Russell Becker, Board Member]

Russell Becker*
CEO and president, APi Group, Inc.

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, Mr. 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 Mr. 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 Mr. 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 Mr. Becker assumed the role of CEO in 2004, APi Group has grown to more than $2 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 Young Presidents’ Organization. Mr. Becker resides with his wife, Trish, and three sons in Dellwood, MN. He is active in his passion for hockey; coaching youngsters to high school-age hockey teams.

Bob Bonar, Children's Minnesota CEO

Robert (Bob) I. Bonar, Jr., Dr. H.A.*
CEO, Children’s Minnesota

Bob Bonar was appointed CEO of Children’s 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, serving 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. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from West Virginia University.

Matt Furman, Board Member

Matt Furman
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.

Greg Goven, Board Member

Greg Goven*
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. He was promoted to vice president in 1987 and senior vice president in 1998. As senior vice president, 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, Board Member

Sharon Jaeger, MD
Pediatrician, Central Pediatrics

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 D.C. and completed her pediatric residency and hematology oncology fellowship at Yale University.

Mary Jeffries, Board Member

Mary L. Jeffries
CEO/Partner, Acuity Strategic Consulting

Mary L. Jeffries is CEO/Partner of 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, MN with her husband and has two children.

Paul Marvin, Board Member

Paul H. Marvin
President, Marvin Windows and Doors

Paul Marvin is the President of 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.  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 six children.

John McNamara, Board Member

John McNamara, MD
Partner, pediatric pulmonologist
Children’s Respiratory and Critical Care Specialists

Biography unavailable.

Richard Migliori, Board Member

Richard Migliori, MD
Executive vice president and 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 consists 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 healthcare 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. He 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.

John Mulligan, Board Member

John Mulligan
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Target Corporation

John Mulligan is executive vice president and chief operating officer for Target and a member of its executive leadership team. His responsibilities include Target’s global supply chain, merchandising operations, properties and flight services.  John 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 2012, John was promoted to his current position.  While continuing to act as chief financial officer, he served as interim president and chief executive officer from May to August 2014.  In 2015, John was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.  In addition to his Target responsibilities, John serves on the Boards of McDonald’s and Minnesota Children’s Hospitals and Clinics.  John graduated from the University of Wisconsin and earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota.

Richard Murphy, Board Member

Richard T. Murphy, Jr.
President and 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 fourth generation of Murphys to run the enterprise 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 twenty-fifth 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, Board Member

Stephen Nelson, MD
Vice chief of staff, Children’s Minnesota
Children’s, pediatric hematology-oncology

Biography unavailable.

Leonard Snellman, Board Member

Lenny Snellman, MD
Chief of staff, Children’s Minnesota
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 eight years.

Tom Tefft, Board Member

Tom Tefft
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, the Dean’s Advisory Board at the University of Wisconsin School of Business, and the Medtronic Foundation. Mr. Tefft earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.