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.
Working to advance a wide range of new therapies and technologies to improve patient outcomes has been the focus of Ginny Kirby’s leadership career in the medical device industry for more than 30 years. She has served on global senior management teams for companies ranging from Fortune 500 to early-stage startup, focusing on strategies to establish clinical value and to drive regulatory approvals, reimbursement and market acceptance of new therapies and technologies. Ginny continues to consult with medical device companies, primarily for those in the start-up stage of development, as well as with the Discovery Launchpad, a technology incubator at the University of Minnesota, Office of Technology Commercialization.
Ginny earned her bachelor’s degree in communication disorders from the University of Minnesota, a master’s degree in audiology and speech sciences from Purdue University and a master’s degree in management of technology from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
Over the expanse of her professional life, Ginny has had the great fortune to partner with leading medical researchers and to focus her passion and effort on designing and executing clinical trials, always with the goal of establishing evidence to deliver new therapies and technologies that improve the lives of patients. Working with the MHIF board affords her the opportunity to contribute to an organization with a powerful mission that aligns well with her personal values and experience.
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.
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
Hugh Nierengarten is a principal at Nierengarten Law, LLC. Hugh served from 2009 to 2019 on the Allina Health System Board of Directors and is excited to be able to continue to support the excellence that is the Minneapolis Heart Institute® through his service on the MHIF Board of Directors.
Hugh previously lived in New Ulm and was a member of the New Ulm Medical Center Board of Directors when the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation initially proposed and established its 10-year population health research project, The Heart of New Ulm Project. He was an avid supporter of the initiative on that board, as well as an active participant in project activities during his time in New Ulm.
Hugh earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Minnesota and his law degree from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul.
Dr. Peterson is currently the director of the EP lab and cardiovascular chair at United Hospital, and his passion is to bring the highest level of cardiovascular healthcare to our world. He is proud to be on MHIF's board of directors as he believes the MHIF mission of research and education is a pivotal component of clinical care, and MHIF is uniquely poised to connect the researchers, educators, providers, patients and their loved ones for best outcomes.
Dr. Peterson holds a B.S. University of Notre Dame and M.D. from Medical College of Wisconsin.
Cheri Rolnick, PhD, MPH, joined the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation Board after talking with MHIF CEO Kristine Fortman about MHIF's interest in women's heart health research. Cheri graduated from the University of MN with a doctorate in epidemiology. She was formerly the Associate Director of Research at HealthPartners Research Foundation (now called HealthPartners Research Institute). She focused on women's health and access to care.