ClearWay MinnesotaSM has a 19-member Board of Directors comprising 11 at-large positions and eight appointed members. Board Members have expertise in areas of governance, finances, communications and marketing, grant-making, health care and insurance, tobacco control and cessation, community organizing, populations at risk, public affairs and/or human resources. Board and Board Committee meetings are held at the ClearWay Minnesota office.
Board of Directors
Board Chair – Thomas Weaver
Vice Chair – Joy Rikala
Secretary – Vivian Jenkins Nelsen
Treasurer – Bob Boerschel
Governor Mark Dayton appointed:
- Jim Rhodes, Endowments and Pension Director for the Minneapolis Portfolio Management Group, LLC, and a former State Representative
- Thomas Weaver, CEO of Achieve Services, Inc., and former Chief Operating Officer of the Metropolitan Council (note: Mr. Weaver was originally appointed by Governor Tim Pawlenty, then reappointed by Governor Dayton)
Former Speaker of the House Paul Thissen appointed:
- Janet Keysser, former manager of the state’s asthma program at the Minnesota Department of Health
Former Speaker of the House Kurt Zellers appointed:
- Bob Boerschel, eFinancial Senior Counsel at Wells Fargo
Former Senate Majority Leader Lawrence Pogemiller appointed:
Daniel Johnson, nonprofit consultant, former executive at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and past president of the United Health Foundation and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation
Attorney General Lori Swanson appointed:
Steven D. McWhirter, Executive Vice President of Dougherty & Company, LLC
Brian Short, Chief Executive Officer of the Leamington Company and former U.S. Magistrate Judge
Board members filling the 11 at-large positions:
- Ellen Denzen, researcher with the National Marrow Donor Program
- Kelly Drummer, President and CEO of the Tiwahe Foundation
- Russel Kuzel, M.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of UCare
- Pamela Lux, Director of Human Resources Communications at Travelers Insurance and former Vice President at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
- Laurie LaFontaine, former Vice President of Allina Health
- Vivian Jenkins Nelsen, co-founder of the INTER-RACE Institute, a diversity think-tank at Augsburg College
- Howard Orenstein, Senior Assistant Hennepin County Attorney and former partner at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Cerisi
- Jenny Peterson, Executive Director for Generations Health Care Initiatives
- Joy Rikala, independent consultant, former Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension special agent and former police chief for the City of Minnetonka and the University of Minnesota Police Department
- Joel Swanson, President of Risdall Marketing Group
- Anne Vars, Health Strategy Project Manager at Target Corporation
Former ClearWay Minnesota Board Members, from one year prior:
- Galen Vetter (resigned March 2015)
- David Jones (resigned October 2014)
- Lyn Stepaniak (term expired September 2014)
Board and Committee Meetings
The ClearWay Minnesota Board of Directors meets every other month throughout the year. Board Meetings are open to the public.
Board Meetings are typically held from 9 a.m. – noon in the ClearWay Minnesota office.
2015 BOARD MEETINGS
September 16, 9 a.m. – noon
November 18, 9 a.m. – noon
2015 COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Committees of the ClearWay Minnesota Board meet throughout the year. Most meetings are open to the public and are held at the ClearWay Minnesota office at Two Appletree Square, 8011 34th Ave. S., Ste. 400, Minneapolis, MN 55425.
2015 ClearWay MinnesotaSM Board Committee Roster and Meeting Schedule
Thomas Weaver, Chair
Joy Rikala, Vice Chair
Vivian Jenkins Nelsen, Secretary
Bob Boerschel, Treasurer; Chair, Audit/Finance Committee
Daniel Johnson, Chair, Nominating and Board Development Committee
Jenny Peterson, Chair, Program Grants and Contracts Committee
Jim Rhodes, Chair, Strategic Planning and Development Committee
August 19, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
October 21, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
December 16 (2015), 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Bob Boerschel, Chair
August 27, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
October 29, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
NOMINATING AND BOARD DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Daniel Johnson, Chair
Vivian Jenkins Nelsen
Three external Committee Members
No meetings pending
PROGRAM GRANTS AND CONTRACTS COMMITTEE
Jenny Peterson, Chair
September 3, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
November 5, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT AND PLANNING COMMITTEE
Jim Rhodes, Chair
September 10, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
INVESTMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Steven McWhirter, Chair
*Eternal committee members
Meetings not public