The MNCM Board of Directors

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


  • Board ChairTim Hernandez, MD, Entira Family Clinics
  • Board Vice ChairBrian L. Whited, MD, MBA, Vice Chair, Operations of Mayo Clinic Health System
  • Beth Averbeck, MD, Associate Medical Director for Primary Care, HealthPartners
  • Mary Braddock, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Health Management, Medica
  • Stacia Cohen, RN, MBA, Vice President, Center of Excellence, Star and Risk Adjustment, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • Bentley Graves, Director Health Care and Transportation Policy, MN Chamber of Commerce
  • Lynn Hassan Jones, MD, Co-Director of MRI, Mankato Clinic
  • David Homans, MD, Chief of Specialty Services, Park Nicollet Health Services
  • Larry Lee, MD, FACP, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, UCare
  • Paul Mattessich, PhD, Executive Director, Wilder Research
  • Christine Norton, President, MN Breast Cancer Coalition
  • Ekta Prakash, Executive Director, CAPI
  • Julie Sonier, MPA, Director, Employee Insurance Division, Minnesota Management and Budget
  • Melissa Vaughn, Director, EE Health & Wellness, The Schwan Food Company
  • Mary Ellen Wells, FACHE, Administrator, CentraCare Health – Monticello

Ex Officio (non-voting) members

  • Board SecretaryJim Chase, President, MN Community Measurement
  • TreasurerPam Houg, Office Manager, Minnesota Council of Health Plans
  • Craig Acomb, Interim President & CEO, Institute for Clinical System Improvement
  • Lawrence Massa, President, Minnesota Hospital Association
  • Robert Meiches, MD, CEO, Minnesota Medical Association
  • Jim Schowalter, President and CEO, Minnesota Council of Health Plans