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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

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

Eric HalversonEric Halverson

Chief Executive Officer, 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

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)

Dave MolmenDave Molmen

Chief Executive Officer | Altru Health System

“Having spent more than a decade as CEO at Altru, advocating for our patients and employees, I understand the healthcare needs of our region. Maintaining a non-profit, local healthcare system in order to pave the way forward will be critical for our communities. I look forward to supporting Altru in providing world-class care to Northeastern North Dakota and Northwest Minnesota."

Community Involvement:

  • Former Chairperson of the North Dakota Hospital Association
  • Chairperson of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences Advisory Council
  • Chairperson of the Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce

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

Steve WeiserSteven Weiser, MD

President | Altru Health System

Dr. Steven Weiser serves as Altru's President.