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MNCM Board Updates

MNCM has recently welcomed two new members to its Board of Directors – Deb Krause, vice president of the Minnesota Health Action Group, and Mariam Mohmed, an independent consultant who will serve as a consumer representative.

Deb Krause

Deb Krause is vice president of the Minnesota Health Action Group, a coalition of public and private purchasers whose sole purpose is to represent the collective voice of those who write the checks for health care in Minnesota. Deb also represents employers/purchasers on MNCM’s Measurement and Reporting Committee (MARC), Measure Review Committee (MRC), and Cost Technical Advisory Committee (TAG), for which she is the 2017/2018 Chair.

Before joining the Health Action Group, Deb was a partner at Hewitt Associates and a principal at Mercer, where she provided strategic guidance to employers for over 25 years. Deb also served as director of social responsibility for UnitedHealth Group where her responsibilities included strategic planning, business unit consulting, measurement and reporting, and program development/management. Deb has been an active volunteer leader with nonprofit health and community organizations for more than 25 years. She is the 2018 Chair of the American Cancer Society’s Minnesota/Dakota Area Board, as well as past national, regional, and local volunteer leadership positions with the American Heart Association. Deb has a B.S. in business administration from Valparaiso University and an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.

Miriam Mohamed

Mariam Mohamed, a new consumer representative on MNCM’s Board of Directors, holds two master’s degrees, one from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and one from California State University, Fresno. Mariam has more than 30 years of board professional experience working with nonprofits, foundations, and public and private organizations. Mariam has worked with more than 30 organizations including international institutions. For the past 18 years Mariam has worked as an independent consultant with an expertise in program start-ups and turnarounds, assessments, plan implementation, strategic planning, and development systems implementations.

Undergirding Mariam’s work is her extensive experience of program analysis and evaluation in the private and nonprofit service arena. In addition to her extensive experience, Mariam is known as a trusted team member and builder of collaborative relationships among government, nonprofit, corporate, and community stakeholders. Mariam is currently serving as a yearly contract consultant for UCare. She is also a co-owner of Hoyo, a company founded on the goal of employing and empowering Somali women. Mariam is a much-called-upon consultant and advisor to government, nonprofit/profit agencies, and local communities.