Clinical ethics department team

Meet the leaders and team members of the Clinical Ethics team at Children’s Minnesota:

Nneka Sederstrom - Clinical Ethics

Dr. Nneka Sederstrom, PhD, MPH, MA, FCCP, FCCM, Director

Dr. Nneka Sederstrom, originally from Florence Alabama, received her BA in Philosophy from the George Washington University in 2001. She began her career as a volunteer in the Center for Ethics at Medstar Washington Hospital Center that summer. She continued her academic career while working at the Center and received her MA in Philosophy in 2003. After beginning her PhD studies she was made Director of the Center for Ethics and Director of the Spiritual Care Department. She proceeded to hold these positions until she left to join Children’s Minnesota in March 2016. Her academic credentials include a PhD in Medical Sociology and MPH in Global Health Management.

She is a member of several professional societies and holds a leadership position in ACCP, SCCM, ASBH, and ASCO. She is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine. She is widely published in the field of Clinical Ethics and speaks regularly at national and international meetings.

Nneka is married to Charlie Sederstrom (also at Children’s Minnesota) and they have a little boy named Grayson. She loves to bake, knit, and yell ‘Roll Tide!’

Joel Wu, visiting scholar, clinical ethics team

Joel Wu, , JD, MPH, MA, Clinical Ethics Fellow

Joel T. Wu has received an MPH in epidemiology from the University of Minnesota, as well as an MA in bioethics and JD from the Case Western Reserve University. He has also completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the Program in Bioethics and Professionalism at the Mayo Clinic.

From 2010 to 2016, Wu conducted health policy research and development at either the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine at the (formerly) Institute of Medicine, or at the Brookings Institution at the (formerly) Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform. From 2015 to 2016, he traveled around the world, visiting over 30 countries. In 2017, he returned to Minnesota where continues to pursue work at the intersection of law, medicine, and ethics.

Currently, he holds appointments as: a Senior Fellow and Lecturer at the University Of Minnesota School Of Public, in the Division of Health Policy and Management where he co-teaches Public Health Law and Public Health Ethics; an Adjunct Professor at St. Catherine’s University where he teaches health care ethics, and; as contributing faculty at Walden University, where he also serves as a member of the Walden IRB. He joins Children’s MN as a visiting scholar for the ethics department, where he contributes as a member of the ethics committee, IRB, and editorial board for the Journal of Pediatric Ethics.

Ethics committee leadership

Image of Maggie Cavanaugh - RN, BSN, CCRN, Ethics Committee Co-Chair

Maggie Cavanaugh, RN, BSN, CCRN, Ethics Committee Co- Chair

Maggie currently holds the co-chair position of the Ethics Committee. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from St. Catherine University. Her nursing career has been dedicated to pediatrics, almost entirely in critical care. She joined Children’s MN in 2010 as a staff nurse in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit and became the Patient Care Supervisor in 2013. She has always had an interest in clinical ethics and joined the Ethics Committee later that year. In 2017, she completed the Certificate Program through Children’s Mercy Center for Bioethics.
Maggie lives in metro area with her husband Keith, their 3 children, and their dog Winston.

Kris Catrine - Clinical Ethics, headshot

Kris Catrine, MD, Ethics Committee Co-Chair

Kris Catrine, MD is a board certified pediatrician with additional board certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She currently holds the Co-Chair position on the Ethics Committee.
Dr. Catrine specializes in pediatric pain & symptom management and palliative care with special interests in medical education and biomedical ethics. She completed medical school at the University of Minnesota and pediatric residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin. In addition, she received 2 additional years of pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship training. She transitioned from fellowship training to a pediatric hospitalist position at the University of Wisconsin to pursue the development of a pediatric palliative care inpatient consultation service. She joined the Pain and Palliative Care department at Children’s Minnesota 2012. Dr Catrine has a longstanding interest in ethics, as it relates to pediatric end of life decision making.
Dr. Catrine is married and has two sons who are 10 and 13 years old. Fun facts about Kris… She and her husband own a Futsal League, the official form of indoor soccer, and she has ridden an ostrich.

Ethics committee members

Rev. Abby Davis, Chaplain
M.Div., Board Certified Chaplain
Spiritual Care
Children’s Minnesota

Adriene Thornton
RN Infection Preventionist
Children’s Minnesota

Andre Nelson, MD
Retired Pediatrician
Children’s Minnesota

Anne Seaton, MSW, LICSW
Perinatal Social Workers
Children’s Minnesota

Becky Koenigs, RN, CCRN
Children’s Minnesota

Carrie Hughes
Parent Community Advocate

Cherie McGraw, RN
Cath Lab
Children’s Minnesota

Christine Ruscher, RN, BAN
Patient Care Supervisor, PICU
Children’s Minnesota

Dan Ullom
Parent, Community Advocate

David Dassenko, MD
Medical Director, Cardiovascular Care Center, Anesthesia
Children’s Minnesota

Elisabeth Groutwells, MSW, LICSW
Clinical Social Worker
Children’s Minnesota

Greg Coon
Community Member

Hal Weldin, Chaplain
M.Div., Board Certified Chaplain
Spiritual Care
Children’s Minnesota

Jo Crosby, MSN, RNC, NNP, NE-BC
NICU Patient Care Manager
Children’s Minnesota

Joan Liaschenko, RN, PhD
Professor, Center for Bioethics and School of Nursing
University of Minnesota

Julie Herda, MN, RN, CPNP
Advanced Practice Nurse
Children’s Respiratory & Critical Care Specialists, P.A.

Katherine Kruse, MD
Pediatric Intensivist
Children’s Minnesota

Lisa Skjefte
American Indian Community Liason
Children’s Minnesota

Meghan Youngerberg, RN, MSN, CCRN
PICU Clinical Educator
Children’s Minnesota

Melanie Brown, MD
Associate Medical Director, Pain and Palliative Care Children’s Minnesota

Natalie Wilson, RN, CPLC
Ambulatory Care Coordinator
Children’s Minnesota

Nikki Helland, MSW, LICSW
Clinical Social Worker
Children’s Minnesota

Paige Schram, Parent
Community Advocate

Phebe Haugen, JD
Emerita Professor of Law
Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Sheldon Berkowitz, MD
General Pediatric Physician
Children’s Minnesota

Susan Grefe, RN
Children’s Minnesota

Tessa Billman
Patient-Family Centered Care Coordinator
Children’s Minnesota

Theresa Huntley, MSW, LICSW
Social Worker, Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Program
Children’s Minnesota

Tracy Parks, RN
Staff Nurse, NICU
Children’s Minnesota