Board of Directors

The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF) has a dedicated Board of Directors comprised of passionate physicians, community leaders and professionals. Serving in 3-year terms, the Board of Director role is an important commitment and investment of time. Some individuals first join a Committee of the Board before becoming a member of the Board of Directors. If you’re interested in learning how you may become involved, please click here.

Christopher T. (Kit) Dahl

Christopher T. (Kit) Dahl

Kit Dahl is a general partner in Forum Investments, LLC. Forum owns and operates radio tower sites and commercial real estate, and makes investments in leveraged buyouts.

Kit has spent the majority of his 30-year career founding, acquiring and running numerous distribution, marketing, communication and entertainment-related businesses. Most recently he was CEO of Intelefilm, the country’s leading producer of animated and live action TV commercials. Prior to that, he was CEO of Children’s Broadcasting, which he formed in 1985 to purchase major and small market radio stations. During this period, he developed the nationally acclaimed network known as “AAHS World Radio,” the country’s premier radio network devoted exclusively to programming for children 24/7.

Kit’s volunteer activities have included University of Minnesota CLA Advisory Board, Children’s National Film Festival, Association of Publicly Traded Companies, Entertainment Executives for MADD and numerous local civic organizations.  He is a member of the World Presidents/Young Presidents Organizations.

Kit and his wife, Deb Hopp, live in Orono and have two sons and two daughters.

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.

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.

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
Carol Huttner

Carol Huttner

Carol Huttner recently retired from the position of president of operations for the North Central Division of SpecialtyCare, the largest provider of outsourced surgical blood management and specialized surgical services in the country. Previously, Carol was Abbott Northwestern Hospital’s patient care vice president, providing leadership to all disciplines engaged directly or indirectly in care of patients and families. She also previously held several other positions at Allina, including vice president/sponsor for obstetrics programs in four metro Allina hospitals; director of cardiovascular, renal, and critical care; and nursing operations lead.

Jerry Johnson

Jerry Johnson, JD

Jerry Johnson is the founder and president of The Thinkery. He comes from a family with a long history of heart disease so the mission and work of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation® (MHIF) is very personal to him. Both his parents have been treated for heart disease and Jerry himself is a preventive cardiology patient, so he has experienced firsthand the benefit of the world-class research MHIF produces in our local community. He has seen the progress made in the diagnosis and treatment of heart and vascular disease and feels there is much to be hopeful for as MHIF continues to see significant advances. The work at MHIF is making a difference every single day.

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