Biographical Information for
Health Care Transformation Task Force Members:
Task Force Co-Chairs:
Cal R. Ludeman is commissioner of Minnesota’s Department of Human Services (DHS), the state’s largest department with an annual budget of nearly $9 billion and approximately 7,200 employees. The department serves more than 1 million Minnesotans each year by providing or administering a broad range of services, including health care, economic assistance, child welfare services, and services for the elderly and people with disabilities. DHS is one of the largest health care purchasers in the state, purchasing health care for more than 650,000 people annually and processing more than 47 million health care claims and other transactions per year. Governor Tim Pawlenty appointed Ludeman commissioner in December 2006. Prior to joining DHS, Ludeman served as commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employee Relations from 2003 to 2006.
Ludeman is chair of the Governor’s Health Cabinet, which is charged with using the state’s health care purchasing influence to buy health care better, to streamline and improve health care regulation, and drive the market to better results for all Minnesotans. He is co-chair of the Smart-Buy Alliance, a coalition of public and private health care purchasers.
Rep. Tom Huntley is in his eighth term representing House District 07A (Duluth) in Minnesota House of Representatives. He is the Chair of the Health Care and Human Services Finance Division, Co-Chair of the Legislative Commission on Health Care Access and a member of the Healthy Minnesota Steering Committee.
In addition, Rep. Huntley is the Director
of Institutional Relations for the School of Medicine at the University
Other Task Force Members:
Pete Benner served as the Executive Director of the Minnesota State Employee Union, AFCME Council 6, which represents 24,000 employees of the State of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota, from 1982 through 2004. In that role, he was chief labor negotiator on health benefits for the State Employee Group Insurance Plan.
He also served as an AFSCME International Union Vice President from 1992 through 2006. Benner is now semi-retired. Benner currently serves as a Board member for the Institute for Clinical Systems Integration and Minnesota Community Measurement. He also has served on the Boards of the Minnesota Coalition on Health and the Minnesota Health Data Institute, and was a member of the Minnesota Health Care Access Commission, the Minnesota Health Care Commission, and the Minnesota Citizens Forum.
State Senator Linda Berglin has represented Minnesota for over 28 years. She was first elected in 1972, to the House of Representatives and served there until 1981. In 1982, Senator Berglin was elected to the State Senate and was appointed chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, becoming the first woman to chair a full committee in the history of Minnesota.
Currently, Senator Berglin is chair of the Senate Health, Human Services and Corrections Budget Division and sits on over ten legislative committees and commissions including the Senate Crime Prevention, Health and Family Security, Finance, Capital Investment, Rules and Administration, and Legislative Oversight Commission on Health Care Access as well as serves on the Commission on the Economic Status of Women.
Senator Berglin has also received over 30 awards for her dedication from groups such as the YWCA, the National Association of Social Workers, the NAACP, the Mental Health Association, the Children’s Defense Fund, the Long Term Care Industry, the Minnesota Psychological Association, the JOBS NOW Coalition, the Minnesota Women’s Consortium and Minnesota Center for Women in Government. One of her greatest achievements, the passage of the MinnesotaCare legislation, now provides health insurance for over 100,000 low income, working people, was the culmination of many years of hard work and research.
When the legislature is not in session, Senator Berglin works for Powderhorn Community Council, a neighborhood based, non-profit community organization. They remove boarded houses, replacing them with single family homes and help families become first time homeowners. They also have several housing projects combining services for the elderly, and a neighborhood commercial revitalization project.
Previously, Senator Berglin was employed as a graphic designer. She received her B.F.A. from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Dr. Charles Fazio has overall responsibility for the effectiveness of the clinical quality, disease management and population health programs at Medica. Dr. Fazio joined Medica with 20 years of experience in clinical and administrative medicine. His most recent experience was with the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) in Bloomington, Minnesota, where he oversaw medical group operations, advised medical groups on infrastructure design and improvements, oversaw the guideline development process, and facilitated action groups on open appointment access. Before that, Dr. Fazio was medical director at Central Minnesota Group Health Plan in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
General Mills is a global manufacturer and marketer of consumer foods. Its brand portfolio includes Cheerios, Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, Green Giant, Häagen-Dazs, Yoplait USA, Old El Paso, Progresso, and more, with leading positions in categories like ready-to-eat cereal, yogurt, meals, vegetables and snacks. With $12.5 billion in annual sales worldwide, General Mills has been named one of America’s Most Admired Companies and one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For by FORTUNE magazine.
At General Mills, Mr. Forsythe is responsible for corporate communications, public relations, employee communications, consumer services, corporate brand management, crisis communications, and issues management. He is also the company’s point person on health care policy issues, including the activities of the Better Health Care Together coalition and the Coalition to Advance Healthcare Reform nationally.
Before joining General Mills, Mr. Forsythe was president of Flint/Forsythe & Associates, public affairs consulting firm, working on behalf of clients such as 3M, General Mills, Minnesota Medical Association, University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic, the University of California – San Diego, and the board of Medica Health Plan. In the eighties, Mr. Forsythe was a press secretary and political consultant on dozens of state and local campaigns.
As communications counsel to the PHP Oversight Committee, Mr. Forsythe helped physicians oust the board of Physicians Health Plan of Minnesota, then the nation’s largest IPA-model HMO, in a proxy contest.
Mr. Forsythe also played a role in health care reform nationally, serving as senior health policy analyst for the Progressive Policy Institute, a Washington D.C., think tank aligned with the Democratic Leadership Council. In addition to policy and analysis, Mr. Forsythe helped draft key alternatives to the Clinton Health Plan in 1993-94, including the bipartisan Breaux-Durenberger bill in the U.S. Senate.
Returning to Minnesota, Mr. Forsythe helped create the Business Health Care Action Group (later renamed the Buyers Health Care Action Group), a coalition of Minnesota employers advancing quality-based competition in health care delivery, and chaired the BHCAG public policy committee.
A graduate of Minnesota State University in Moorhead, Minnesota, Mr. Forsythe has served on the Minnesota Health Care Commission and the Minnesota State University Board. He is currently a trustee of Twin Cities Public Television, and chairman of the board of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.
As the former president and CEO of Arby’s Inc, Michael is praised for steering the quick service restaurant operating company through a challenging turnaround during his 4½-year tenure. He is also highly regarded for his Fortune 100 experience with companies such as Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo and Unilever.
Michael was named Businessman of the Year for the state of Florida in 2003 and 2004, and was most recently recognized by Fast Company magazine as one of the top 50 people that will change how Americans work and live over the next 10 years.
In addition, Michael has served on the boards of several community focused organizations, including the International Franchise Association and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Jones previously served as the Director of Health, Transportation and Small Business Policy for the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce acting as the Chamber’s chief lobbyist in these areas.
She served as the Executive Director of the Independent Business Association of Minnesota, a grassroots lobbying organization serving small business.
Jones spent seven years in Washington DC where she served as the chief legislative assistant for Senator Dave Durenberger on the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee.
Jones is a third generation member of a family-owned business in the Brainerd area and remains active in the business by serving on its Board of Directors.
Jones has a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University and a Bachelors of Arts degree from Cornell University.
In 2003, Sean Kershaw became just the sixth Citizens League president in its 50-plus-year-history. Sean had been a member of the Citizens League Board of Directors since 1996, and co-chaired the Citizens League's 50th Anniversary report, Doing the Common Good Better.
Sean left his position as Deputy Director for the City of Saint Paul's Department of Planning and Economic Development (PED), where he had worked for 11 years. During his tenure, Sean chaired then-Mayor Norm Coleman's e-Government initiative and coordinated Coleman's information technology, charter school and education initiatives. Sean also worked as community outreach coordinator on the Mayor's Y2K initiative (where he learned many now-important aspects of community emergency preparedness!). Before coming to Minnesota, Sean was planning coordinator for the Public Housing Authority in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.
Sean has a BA in Sociology from Haverford College. He lives in Saint Paul's West Seventh neighborhood with his partner Tim Hawkins and their son, Aidan, and daughter, Grace.
Her experiences with health insurance have come through serving on the district's insurance committee, which is charged with the management of the self-insured program in Hopkins ISO 270. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Minnesota with a degree in German education and English education. Her graduate work was done at the U of MN and in Germany at Bad Boll and Rothenburg.
She has taught German and English in Hopkins's Schools since 1968. She is currently on special assignment as the president of the Hopkins's Education Association, a position she has held since 2000. Her experiences with health insurance have come through serving on the district's insurance committee, which is charged with the management of the self-insured program in Hopkins ISO 270.
Dr. Sanne Magnan was appointed Minnesota Commissioner of Health by Governor Tim Pawlenty on September 28, 2007. Commissioner Magnan is responsible for directing the Minnesota Department of Health. MDH is the state’s lead public health agency, responsible for protecting, maintaining and improving the health of all Minnesotans.
Prior to being appointed commissioner, Dr. Magnan served as president of the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement in Bloomington. An independent, non-profit organization, ICSI facilitates collaboration on health care quality improvement by medical groups, hospitals and health plans that provide health care services to people who live and work in Minnesota and adjacent states. Commissioner Magnan has also served as a staff physician at the Tuberculosis Clinic at St. Paul-Ramsey County Department of Public Health and a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota. She was also vice president and medical director of consumer health at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. Commissioner Magnan also was lead physician at Lino Lakes Correctional Facility and a staff physician at various other clinics. She has served on several boards, including Minnesota Community Measurement. Commissioner Magnan was named one of the 100 Influential Health Care Leaders by Minnesota Physician in 2004.
Commissioner Magnan holds a medical degree and a Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry from the University of Minnesota. She earned her bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of North Carolina.
Tony Miller co-founded Lemhi Ventures in 2006 to build the capital base and value added approach of forming and helping companies continue to advance the marketization of the healthcare industry.
Additionally, Mr. Miller is part of the leadership team at Carol Corporation, a Lemhi Ventures Portfolio company. Mr. Miller serves on the Boards of VisionShare, and Carol Corporation. Prior to founding Lemhi Ventures, Mr. Miller was a co-founder and CEO of Definity Health, a national market leader in consumer-driven health benefit programs, which was sold to UnitedHealth Group in 2004.
Mr. Miller regularly serves as an industry expert in articles and other news coverage and is a frequent speaker on the topics of consumer-driven healthcare and health policy. Prior to founding Definity Health, Mr. Miller was a consultant at Deloitte Consulting where he focused on strategic business development in the managed care industry, including mergers and acquisition, market development and performance turnarounds. Mr. Miller holds an M.B.A. from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management and an M.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
A graduate of St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minn., Montreuil received his law degree from William Mitchell College of Law in 1984. Soon after, he joined the corporate legal department of the MSI Insurance Companies, where he worked on insurance benefits and employment issues.
In 1990, Montreuil joined the Home Owners Warranty Corporation, a risk retention group in Arlington, Virginia. He then was employed by Minneapolis-based Employee Benefit Plans, (EBP) Inc., the second largest third-party administrator of self-funded benefit programs. As general counsel, he provided legal counsel and advice to the company, with primary emphasis on regulatory and compliance issues for EBP HealthPlans and EBPLife Insurance Company.
After the acquisition of EBP by First Data Corporation in 1996, Montreuil was promoted to vice president, administration and general counsel of EBPLife Insurance Company and legal counsel of First Health Strategies, Inc.
Montreuil is an officer of the Buyers Health Care Action Group, a Minneapolis-based employer-owned and governed health care purchasing coalition, and he belongs to the advisory councils for American Express Retirement Services and Eli Lilly, the Medical Alley Task Force for Building a Town Hall for Healthcare Decision Making, and the Minnesota State Bar Association Employee Benefits and Health Law Sections. He and his family live in Lakeville.
Dr. Reed is a former medical director for Health Partners health plan. In that role, she provided health plan leadership for medical policy, care management, quality improvement, and physician relationships for medical groups affiliated with Health Partners. She is a national speaker on health care quality, health care improvement and patient safety.
Dr. Reed also practiced internal medicine at Fremont Community clinic on a part-time basis. In 1997, Dr. Reed was elected as a regent of the University of Minnesota and served as chair from 2001 - 2003.
In addition, Dr. Reed served as the Lt. Governor candidate for the Independence Party in 2006.
Senator Julie Rosen was first elected to the Minnesota Senate in 2002, and was re-elected in 2006 to represent State Senate District 24. She serves on the Health and Human Services Budget Division of the Senate Finance Committee. She has worked extensively on chemical dependency issues, including treatment and prevention, and is especially well known for her work to end the epidemic of methamphetamine use. She is the ranking minority member of the Energy, Utilities, Technology and Communications Committee, and also serves on the Business, Industry and Jobs Committee as well as the Capital Investment Committee. She is a graduate of Colorado State University.
Rep. Paul Thissen represents House District 63A (Minneapolis and Richfield) in the Minnesota House of Representatives. He is serving in his third term and is Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee. Rep. Thissen is a lawyer at the law firm of Briggs and Morgan where he was a partner until his election to the legislature in 2002. Rep. Thissen earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1992 and graduated from Harvard University in 1989. He is married and has three children.
Dr. Wright practices at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. His research interests have focused on treating patients with Acute Coronary syndromes and the role of intensive lipid lowering therapy. He has published over one hundred articles, book chapters and numerous abstracts on the topic. Dr. Wright serves on the ACC/AHA Guidelines Writing Committee for the Management of Unstable Angina and Non-ST Myocardial Infarction. He also serves on the Minnesota ICSI task force for the Management of Unstable Angina and Non-ST Myocardial Infarction. Dr. Wright was the Principle Investigator for the United States for the PRINCESS and CRISP trials and has worked on several other International Trials including VALIANT and AMPLIFY involving patients with ACS and ACS related heart failure.
Dr. Wright has held numerous leadership roles in the medical field including Governor of the American College of Cardiology, Minnesota Chapter; Member, Steering Committee of the American College of Cardiology Board of Governors, Past President of the Zumbro Valley Medical Society; past Trustee of the Minnesota Medical Association and past Delegate to the American Medical Association.
Dr. Wright is a reviewer for multiple medical journals including Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, International Journal of Cardiology, American Journal of Cardiology, American Heart Journal, Journal of Critical Care Illness, Mayo Clinic Proceedings and Annals of Internal Medicine.
Dr. Wright is a frequent speaker at International symposiums and this will be his second trip to China. He co-directs an annual meeting in Vina del Mar, Chile and has been awarded two honorary titles by the Chilean government for his work with medical education in rural Chile.
Dr. Wright and his wife Jann have four lovely children who attend schools in the Rochester community. He and his wife are active in the community in a range of volunteer roles including the non-profit sector, the religious community and the political arena.