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.
Greg Graves is executive vice president and chief financial officer at Entegris. He serves as the treasurer on MHIF's Board of Directors.
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 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.
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.
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart rhythm disorders
- Heart failure
- High blood pressure
- Valvular heart disease
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 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.
Dr. William Katsiyiannis is the president and chairman of cardiology at Minneapolis Heart Institute®. He has a special interest and experience in performing complex catheter ablations, as well as device implants and extractions. He is the co-director of the Genetic Arrhythmia Center and screens, diagnosis and cares for families who have been affected by genetic arrhythmias. He is a recognized expert in his field, speaking nationally on the latest in abnormal heart rhythms.
- Atrial fibrillation
- Atrial flutter
- Ventricular tachycardia
- Catheter ablation
- Implantable cardioverter defibulator (ICD)
- Cardiac resynchronization therapy
- Genetic arrhythmia
Patrice Kloss is a partner at Fox Rothschild advising medical technology companies, digital health care companies and other emerging business and venture capital investors.
Dr. Ted Loftness is a retired officer of the Medica Health Plan (2014). His past positions include practicing internist at the Litchfield Medical Clinic, district medical director and medical director at Allina Clinics, vice president and medical director for Medica Health Plans, vice president and general manager for Regional Health Services, Medica Health Plans, and vice president for medical affairs at Medica.
Dr. Loftness’ interests include health care reform and finance, reading, golf, fishing, hunting, and spoiling his grandchildren. His special interest in health care is care coordination/care navigators and enhancing the role of nursing in the delivery model.
Dr. Loftness and his wife Mary have two daughters, Siri and Maren, and two grandchildren.