Hope, Health & Humor Panel Biographies

Dr. Baechler

Courtney Jordan Baechler, MD, MS

Dr. Courtney Jordan Baechler serves as medical director of health equity and health promotion for the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation’s science centers including women’s cardiovascular research, prevention and global outreach. She is a general cardiologist at Minneapolis Heart Institute® who is passionate about a healthy state of wellbeing — body, mind and spirit — and is a national leader in integrative medicine and wellness. Dr. Jordan Baechler previously served as the Assistant Commissioner for Health Improvement for the State of Minnesota and also helped grow and lead the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing at Allina Health. She has served on the national prevention committee for the American College of Cardiology and the MN Department of Health State and Prevention of Cardiovascular and Stroke Committee.

Kris Fortman, PhD CEO of Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation

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 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 also a policy fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. 

Sara Murray and family

Sara Murray, MD

Dr. Sara Murray is a general cardiologist at the Minneapolis Heart Institute, and her clinical interests include interventional cardiology, treatment of lower extremity venous disease (catheter-based treatment and sclerotherapy), and office-based cardiology.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, their 4 children, and their mini goldendoodle. She also enjoys travelling, running, biking, reading, good food, and paddle boarding.


Retu Saxena, MD

Dr. Retu Saxena is a general cardiologist at Minneapolis Heart Institute with expertise in women’s heart disease, noninvasive imaging and critical care, as well as specific research interests related to cardiovascular risk factors that emerge during pregnancy. She has provided training to ob-gyn and women’s care practitioners to help them better manage risk among their patients as part of MHIF’s BROACH initiative (Broadening the Role of Ob-Gyns in Assessing Cardiovascular Health). Dr. Saxena was recognized as a 2020 Top Doctor in Mpls St. Paul Magazine and also Minnesota Monthly.

Megan Tamte

Megan Tamte

Megan Tamte is a visionary entrepreneur. Twenty-some years ago, a dressing room disaster inspired her to reimagine the women’s shopping experience, and today, she’s co-founder and co-CEO of EVEREVE, a contemporary fashion retailer with over one million customers, 100+ stores from coast to coast, a booming e-commerce business and a fast-growing subscription box service, Trendsend.

Megan attributes her success to her unwavering passion for people, an eye for curating an incredible product mix, and fostering an unparalleled work culture—from the retail floor to the home office—rooted in the brand’s signature HEART values: humility, empathy, authenticity, relationships, and tenacity.

When she’s not leading EVEREVE with her co-CEO and husband, Mike, Megan is sharing her retail knowledge and expertise with aspiring entrepreneurs, and proudly serving three other organizations, as Board member of the Chicago-based Common Ground Foundation, a board member of Warners' Stellian, a fellow Minnesota-based retailer, and the Global Leadership Network. Megan recently joined a team that welcomes refugees to Minnesota through the organization, Arrive Ministries.

In her free time, Megan enjoys seeking out adventurous travel or relaxing with Mike and their two adult children and goldendoodle on the lake. And ever the shop girl at heart, Megan continues to find joy styling women in the dressing room…where it all began.

Susan White

Susan White, RDN

Susan White is a registered dietitian nutritionist and serves as the administrative and program lead for prevention and women’s heart health at the Minneapolis Heart Institute. She is adept at simplifying complex nutrition messages found in the news or research into practical tips for improving heart health and frequently gives community presentations.


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