Annual Meeting Brings Change to Board of Directors
Our Annual Meeting brought change to our Board of Directors. Please join us in welcoming three new members and in thanking three departing members for their years of service.
Tom Halverson, CFO for QualiTech, brings extensive experience in financial leadership, strategy, and management as well as collaborative relationship building. After relocating from Chicago in 2009, Tom had the “good fortune” to meet George Broostin, Guild’s development director. He’s been active as a Guild ambassador ever since. While Tom considered board opportunities in the past, his plans to retire next year make this the perfect time to increase his involvement. “Guild has a sustainable and growing service provider model that is patient-centric,” he says. “I believe that my experience can provide valuable financial consul as Guild’s management expands its footprint and mission to serve more patients.”
Sarah Kottke, MD, is the Lead Physician for Geriatric Psychiatry – United Hospital at Allina Health where she provides inpatient geriatric psychiatry care in addition to psychiatric consultation for both adult inpatient psychiatry and a partial hospitalization program. “I’ve worked with Guild throughout my training as a psychiatrist as well as a psychiatric provider here at United Hospital,” she says. “I was always impressed with care Guild provides.” As a board member, Dr. Kottke hopes to “learn from the Guild team about the triumphs and struggles when working with patients in the outpatient world, and provide perspective as a provider on the ways that we can help patients thrive in an outpatient setting.”
Bjorn Westgard, MD, is a practicing emergency physician, medical anthropologist, and researcher at Regions Hospital, Hennepin County Medical Center, and the HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research. He has been highly involved in studying healthcare disparities and how they manifest in the emergency department in order to develop ways of working with patients, community members, and providers to improve care and costs.
While we welcome three new members, we also extend our gratitude to those who depart.
Sue Courteau (at left with Board Chair Mike Sampson) joined the board in 2013, serving as the board liaison to the ambassador team. She will continue her involvement with Guild, sharing her expertise and her family’s story. Alex Oftelie (not pictured) joined in 2006, serving as Vice-Chair from 2008 – 2012 and on the Public Policy Committee. Bill Sweeney (at right) joined in 2004, serving as Chairperson from 2008 – 2014 and on the Finance and Audit Committees.
August 18, 2016