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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.”


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."


Russel Crary Russel Crary

Crary Real Estate

“Being born and raised in Grand Forks, and now my raising our children in Grand Forks, I can say that we are lucky to have Altru. Providing healthcare to our region, as well as being an exceptional partner in the community, Altru is an integral institution not only for health and wellness but also as an economic pillar of the region. It is an honor to serve on Altru Health System Board of Directors.”


Tammy Peterson Tammy Peterson

Regional President & Agricultural Banking Director, Bremer Financial Corporation

“Top-tier regional healthcare is essential to the health and economic vitality of the Grand Forks region. Passionate about both the quality of care and financial health at Altru, I value the opportunity to serve and collaborate with others on the board. I am grateful to the Altru team for their commitment to the health and well-being of our community.”


Andrew Sorbo Andrew Sorbo

Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Minnkota Power Cooperative

“The residents in the communities that Altru serves expect to receive the highest quality of care. I believe that expectation is well-deserved, and look forward to serving on the board and supporting Altru’s vision to continue to meet this expectation, now and in the long into the future.”


Dr Joshua DeereJoshua Deere, MD

President | Altru Health System

“I believe that everyone who works in healthcare has their ‘why’ – it iss what drives them to bring their best every day for those we serve. As President, I am focused on inspiring our teams to deliver purpose-driven care for the residents of our region, and ensuring our providers and employees are engaged in their work and connected to Altru’s mission of improving health and enriching life.”


    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."


    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."


    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."