Board of Directors

Jeffrey Steinle, JD

Jeffrey Steinle, JD

Jeff Steinle is the chair of the MHIF Board and works as an attorney at Fredrikson and Byron advising health care clients.

Jeff's passion for the health care industry developed starting in 2004, when his father had a heart attack on the family farm and was flown from his local hospital in St. James to Abbott Northwestern Hospital where he had a quadruple bypass. Jeff was practicing law at a large law firm in Chicago at the time, but while his dad was recovering from surgery, he took a job interview at Medtronic in Minnesota. He got the job and developed a passion for helping health care companies develop and commercialize medical technology, attracting investors and completing M&A transactions. MHIF is at the crossroads of his professional passion and his personal gratitude; his dad is doing great.

Benjamin Sun, MD

Benjamin Sun, MD

Dr. Benjamin Sun is a thoracic surgeon at Minneapolis Heart Institute® and MHIF researcher. He has a special interest in complex aortic and mitral valve surgery, heart transplantation, aortic root and aortic arch surgery, mechanical support, artificial heart and congestive heart failure surgery.

Professional interests:

  • Ventricular assist device
  • Thoracic aortic aneurysms
  • Surgery for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Heart, artificial
  • Mitral valve
  • Aortic valve
  • Heart failure
  • Heart valve diseases
  • Heart failure, congestive
  • Heart transplantation
Lisa Tindell

Lisa Tindell

Lisa Tindell is the senior director of research operations at MHIF. In this role, Lisa is a key member of the MHIF Executive Leadership Team that drives the organizational strategy. In addition, Lisa leads a large team of clinical research staff who, together, drive toward operational effectiveness and compliance while delivering on strategic goals in support of the organizational mission.

Previously, Lisa served as a principal clinical research scientist at Boston Scientific, where she successfully managed the execution of clinical trials in both the domestic and international spaces. She also served as a clinical advisor for the Electrophysiology Division in which she authored worldwide pre-market and post-market clinical trial protocols and regulatory reports in support of post-market requirements, product approval, indication expansion and label claim support.

As a Summa Cum Laude graduate from the College of St. Catherine’s in Minnesota, Lisa has 26 years of professional nursing experience in critical care settings, electrophysiology lab and cardiac rhythm device patient management as well as experience as a cardiology nurse clinician. She holds certifications in clinical research coordination and electrophysiology as a device specialist.

Lisa’s passions include health and wellness with a specific focus on nutrition and physical fitness along with the impact of cardiovascular health on youth. She volunteers and is the medical liaison for the Play for Patrick Foundation and serves as an Ambassador for the American Heart Association.

Lisa lives in Apple Valley with her husband and has two grown sons. In her free time you will find her running hills and timed sprints. Lisa lives out the MHIF mission professionally and personally.

Jay H. Traverse, MD

Jay H. Traverse, MD

Dr. Jay Traverse is a senior consulting cardiologist at Minneapolis Heart Institute® and the director of research at MHIF. His special interests include interventional cardiology, stem cell therapy, biomaterials and ischemia/reperfusion injury. He is also an associate professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine.

Research interests:

  • Stem cell therapy for cardiovascular disease
  • Mitigation of reperfusion injury and infarct size
Raymond Yu, Ed.D

Raymond Yu, Ed.D

I am passionate about improving students’ educational outcomes through the promotion of student health and wellness practices. We know early influences can have lasting benefits, and the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation® is the perfect partner for educating students about lifelong, heart-healthy habits!

Charles Zaugg, CPA

Charles Zaugg, CPA

Charles Zaugg joined the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation® executive leadership team as the chief financial officer in March 2014.

He has more than 20 years of nonprofit experience, including holding positions as CFO at Volunteers of America and as associate vice president of finance at the University of Minnesota Foundation (formerly Minnesota Medical Foundation).

Charles’ areas of responsibility encompass internal and external financial reporting, budgeting, investments, tax, human resources, information technology, risk management and contracts.

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