The MNCM Board of Directors

Our board helps to set the strategic direction and priorities for MNCM.


  • Board ChairBeth Averbeck, MD, Associate Medical Director for Primary Care, HealthPartners
  • Board Vice ChairMark Matthias, MD, Vice President for Medical Affairs, CentraCare
  • Joseph Bianco, MD, Director, Primary Care, Essentia Health
  • Cara Broich, RN, CPHQ, Sr. Director, Quality & Clinical Advancement- Health Services
  • Jon Christianson, PhD, James A. Hamilton Chair in Health Policy, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
  • J. Kevin Croston, MD, Chief Executive Officer,  North Memorial Health
  • Howard Epstein, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, PreferredOne
  • Bentley Graves, Director Health Care and Transportation Policy, MN Chamber of Commerce
  • David Homans, MD, Chief of Specialty Services, Park Nicollet Health Services
  • Deb Krause, Vice President, Minnesota Health Action Group
  • Mariam Mohamed, Consumer Representative
  • Dan Trajano, MD, MBA, Senior Medical Director, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • Mary Ellen Wells, FACHE, Consumer Representative
  • Brian L. Whited, MD, MBA, Vice Chair, Operations of Mayo Clinic Health System

Ex Officio (non-voting) members

  • Board SecretaryJulie Sonier, MPA, President, MN Community Measurement
  • TreasurerPam Houg, Office Manager, Minnesota Council of Health Plans
  • Claire Neely, President and CEO, Institute for Clinical System Improvement
  • Lawrence Massa, President, Minnesota Hospital Association
  • Jim Schowalter, President and CEO, Minnesota Council of Health Plans
  • Janet Silversmith, CEO, Minnesota Medical Association