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Karen ThingelstadKaren Thingelstad | Chairperson

Retired Vice President & CFO at Minnkota Power Cooperative

“I have lived in Grand Forks since 1989 and love it here. I so firmly believe that to be a vibrant community we need to have access to great healthcare. That is just what Altru has provided and will continue to provide, even through trying times. Having the ability to make our decisions locally is of the utmost importance. Our community is also bolstered by the jobs provided by Altru and the economic impact that it brings to our community. I am honored to begin my service on the board and look forward to giving back to both Altru and the community.”

Community Involvement:

  • Altru Health Foundation Board
  • UND Nistler College of Business and Public Administration Advisory Council
  • UND Alumni and Foundation Board
  • UND Center of Innovation Student-Led Enterprises Board
  • Sharon Lutheran Church Ringers of Faith Bell Choir

Eric HalversonEric Halverson | Vice-Chairperson

Black Gold Farms

“Improving health and enriching life is a worthy mission to be part of. It is a critical component to maintaining a vibrant, welcoming, and engaged community. This region is second to none, and the local health care system is an enormous contributing factor. As a board, we have the responsibility to ensure Altru continually achieves this mission in the face of current and future challenges."

Community Involvement:

  • Northern Plains Potato Growers Association Board of Directors
  • Advisory Member of the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation

Dan C. Roline Dan C. Roline | Secretary

Vice-Chairperson, Department of Provider Relations | Mayo Clinic

“High-quality healthcare is an asset that is frequently expected but seldom well understood by the communities we serve. I look forward to serving with this Board to sustain and live out the Altru commitment to quality care.”


Laura BlockLaura Block

Chief Operating Officer | Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation

“The quality and local offering of healthcare is integral to the vitality of our community. I care deeply about both. I look forward to serving and supporting Altru’s mission and vision which is aspirational and inspirational.”

Community Involvement:
  • Advisory Member of the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation

    Todd ForkelTodd Forkel

    Chief Executive Officer | Altru Health System

    “Altru’s vision statement is to deliver world-class healthcare to the residents of our region. It is exciting to be part of an organization that strives to always find opportunities to be better at what we do. That is the true measuring stick of greatness – incremental improvement. As CEO, my goal is to help build upon what the team at Altru has achieved to bring world-class levels of quality, safety, service and employee engagement for those we serve."


    William McKinnonWilliam McKinnon, MD, FACEP

    Emergency Medicine, Medical Director of Regional Operations | Altru Health System

    "I am honored to serve on the Altru Health System Board of Directors. It is an opportunity to give back to Altru for all it has given me. As Medical Director of Regional Operations, I understand how important our commitment is to the regional communities we serve, and how critical that commitment is to our future growth and sustainability. I look forward to bringing this important perspective and experience to help guide the organization in the present rapidly changing and challenging healthcare environment."

    Community Involvement:

    • Physician Coordinator for United Way of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and area
    • Clinical Faculty | Clinical Assistant Professor - University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
    • Chairperson of the Advisory Council for the Pembina County Memorial Hospital/CliniCare Clinic and Altru Health System affiliation in Cavalier, ND
    • Medical Director for five regional community ambulance services - Michigan, Lakota, McVille, Langdon and Munich, ND
    • Regional Medical Education (Team Teaching) for Critical Access Hospital Communities - American College of Surgeons | Rural Trauma Team Development Course (RTTDC)

    Keith OkesonKeith Okeson

    President/CEO | LifeCare Medical Center

    "I look forward to the opportunity to bring a regional perspective to Altru’s board. As President and CEO of LifeCare Medical Center, a non-profit, independently-run critical access hospital in Roseau, Minn., I understand the needs of the communities in our region. Considering these communities in the future strategic direction will be important as Altru continues to grow. On a personal level, I worked at Altru for 11 years and know that it is a company made up of great people who truly care about their patients, team and communities. I am excited to help guide this great organization towards its vision of providing world-class care."

    Community Involvement:

    • Board of Directors of the Minnesota Hospital Association
    • North Region Health Alliance Member

    Jody TreuerJody Treuer, MD

    Radiology, Diagnostic | Altru Health System

    "I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Altru Health System Board of Directors. My family and I have enjoyed living in this community for over 18 years and I hope to use my experiences and appreciation to ensure that Altru and the people we serve continue to thrive."

    Community Involvement:

    • 10 + year history of volunteer work with Women’s Pregnancy Center
    • Served on the admission committee for the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences