Board of Directors

Jan Dick

Jan Dick

Jan Dick is the chief talent, education and strategy officer at MHIF. She has spent her career helping organizations grow and achieve their vision, with a passion for building healthy cultures where employees thrive. Jan focuses on human resources, leadership development and organizational culture, as well as professional education.

Prior to joining MHIF, Jan was an organizational development practice leader and consultant with The Bailey Group, a Twin Cities leadership consulting firm, where she coached organizations and leaders to achieve their highest performance. Jan’s consulting career followed a successful career as senior vice president of human resources at American Medical Systems, Schneider and Pfizer, where she help build effective and resilient organizations during periods of significant growth and change.

A graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College with majors in psychology and communications, Jan serves on the boards of Project for Pride in Living, the Minnesota Autism Center and the Crown Council at Gustavus.

Kristine Fortman, PhD

Kristine Fortman, PhD

Kris Fortman has served as chief executive officer for MHIF since 2015 and serves as ex-officio for MHIF's Board of Directors. She provides visionary direction for the achievement of the organization’s mission, strategy, goals and objectives. She believes strongly in the legacy of innovation and collaboration. Every day, the MHIF vision of creating a world without heart and vascular disease is front and center.

Prior to joining MHIF, Dr. Fortman served as the director of global engagement at Medtronic Philanthropy. Under her leadership, Global Engagement underwent phenomenal growth and demonstrated impressive impact on communities around the globe. At the heart of her focus was the activation of 86,000 employees who channeled their time and resources toward health-focused community development and social investment.

Dr. Fortman has built a track record in building effective teams, leading strategic initiatives, engaging diverse stakeholders, and translating complex science into meaningful stories. This is evident from her time building a research portfolio at HealthPartners Research Foundation, leading a team of scientists at Medtronic and demonstrating her leadership at Medtronic Philanthropy. In her professional and personal life, she serves as a passionate advocate for improving community health. She currently serves on the board of the Minnesota Region of the American Red Cross, and is an ex-officio member on the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation Board.

Dr. Fortman completed her bachelor's degree at the College of St. Benedict, and holds an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. focused on health communication from Washington State University. She was a policy fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She lives in White Bear Lake with her husband and three sons.

Ross Garberich, MS, MBA

Ross Garberich, MS, MBA

Ross is the scientific services director at MHIF.

Larry Getlin, JD

Larry Getlin, JD

Larry Getlin was a medical device executive, providing strategic guidance and leadership of legal, regulatory, clinical and corporate compliance organizations across a broad range of clinical trials and regulatory product approvals. He is excited and considers it a privilege to engage with one of the leading global and innovative heart and vascular disease programs that is on the cutting edge of clinical research, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Larry is on the St Cloud State Advisory Board for the Applied Education in the MedTech Industry.

Greg Graves

Greg Graves

Greg Graves is executive vice president and chief financial officer at Entegris. He serves as the treasurer on MHIF's Board of Directors.

Thomas Gunderson

Thomas Gunderson

Thom Gunderson is the former chair of MHIF's Board of Director and former managing director and senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray. His passion for MHIF was first stirred years ago when he heard a speech by Dr. Robert Van Tassel, one of MHIF's Founders, in which he laid out the importance and community benefits of having a top notch cardiovascular team in Minnesota. The passion was fueled by the ongoing interaction he has had over the years with physicians and staff and Thom believes MHIF is a world-class operation.

Sharon Hawkins

Sharon Hawkins

Sharon Hawkins has lived in Minnesota since 2002 and has been active in several civic and philanthropic endeavors in the Twin Cities. In addition to serving on the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation (ANWF) board, she is a member of the board of Twin Cities Rise, Charlemagne Institute, King Milling Company, Lake Minnetonka Garden Club, past member of MN Opera, and is founder and past president of the Middle School Schoolgirls’ Lacrosse Association.

She has served as gala chair and committee member for several charity benefits, including the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, Children’s Heart Link, MN Opera, Twin Cities Rise, and ANWF. Sharon was an active volunteer at Blake and Breck Schools and is a past member of the parent advisory committee of Duke University, where her three children and son-in-law obtained degrees. Her hobbies include skiing, boating, golf, platform tennis, pickleball, biking, bridge and mah jong.

Jesse Hicks

Jesse Hicks

Jesse Hicks serves as the vice president of advancement, marketing and communications for the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation. Jesse provides leadership to the development team and has the honor of connecting the generosity of the community to support our vision of creating a world without heart and vascular disease.

Prior to joining MHIF in 2019, Jesse served as the senior director of development and interim president for the Hennepin Healthcare Foundation at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. While there Jesse and his team secured more than $25 million annually to support the mission of HCMC and support their patients, programs and physicians.

With a passion for philanthropy, Jesse enjoys his role in establishing a culture of generosity and making transformational change for an organization.

Jesse has a degree in psychology from Saint John’s University in Minnesota. He lives in Mankato with his wife and three children.

David Hurrell, MD

David Hurrell, MD

Dr. David Hurrell is a cardiologist at Minneapolis Heart Institute® and chair of MHIF’s Education Committee. He provides both inpatient and outpatient cardiology care with special interests in several modalities of non-invasive cardiology including echocardiography and nuclear cardiology. Dr. Hurrell is also recognized for his interest in integrative and complementary therapies.

Dr. Hurrell commonly treats disorders of coronary artery disease, heart rhythm disorders, heart failure, high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia and valvular heart disease.

Professional interests:

  • Heart
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart rhythm disorders
  • Heart failure
  • High blood pressure
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Valvular heart disease
  • Teleheart
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