Board of Directors
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.
Richard Meyer is president of the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation (ANWF), a position he has held since 2007. Previously, Richard was vice president of organizational advancement for Minnesota Masonic Homes and director of the Children's Theatre Company's development program.
Richard is passionate about his role as a member of the MHIF Board because the mission to eliminate heart and vascular disease is a noble and worthy cause. He has seen firsthand the amazing impact that MHIF has had on the quality of cardiac care in our community, the region and the country and feels MHIF is a worthy and reliable partner for ANWF.
He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington in Seattle and a law degree from the University of Minnesota.
Nancy Meyer Wilson is the director of advancement at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation.
Lori Milbrandt is chief financial officer at Imricor Medical Systems and has more than 30 years of accounting, finance and HR experience. Due to her father’s heart issues, he was unable to successfully recover from early-stage colon cancer and after several months of ongoing battles, he died when Lori was 26. She shares that her choice to work at a medical device company and be involved with a world-class organization like MHIF dedicated to heart health research and education is very personal to her.
Dr. Marc Newell is a senior consulting cardiologist and vice president at Minneapolis Heart Institute®. He has special interests in cardiac CT, coronary prevention, systems of care, and physician leadership.
- Advanced cardiac imaging
- CT coronary angiography
- Systems of care
- Acute heart attack care (STEMI)
- Cardiovascular prevention
- Structural/valve imaging