North Shore Health Care Foundation
The NSHCF proactively identifies opportunities to expand equitable health care and healthy living in Cook County and champions solutions through funding, education, and advocacy.



Karl Hansen Executive director 
BA Carleton College, 25 years teaching experience, NSHCF Board member 2001 - 2008, past president and treasurer. Part time Executive director since 2008, business owner.
218-387-9076  218-387-2983 -  home office
nshcf@boreal.org
 

 


EXECUTIVE OFFICERS








Jerry Lilja  President
My career has been in Community Mental health. I worked as a therapist at the Human Development Center in Grand Marais for 5 years. Before that I worked in other Mental Health treatment agencies in St. Paul and Austin, Mn.

Now I'm volunteering for several local organizations including, WTIP, the Norpine Trail Association, and Workers on Wheels at the Congregational Church. I'm also serving on the Cook County Public Health and Human Services Advisory Committee as well as the Cook County Human Services Board.

My favorite pastimes are woodworking and, of course canoeing on some of our beautiful lakes. I enjoy singing with the Borealis Chorale.

I hope to offer a helpful point of view and to contribute to the excellent work of the North Shore Health Care Foundation.





Inger Andress Vice President
As a leadership advisor, for a variety of businesses and not for profit organizations over the years, it has been a learning process that has brought me to understand that collaborative thought done in the spirit of community is the key to not only being the most effective in many areas, but also to build the trust that is necessary to maintain relational sustainability.  Part of this journey has led me to author a book that tries to communicate how these principles breathe life not only into leadership but also inspire the people in all categories.

When we moved from Denver to Lutsen, part of the calling I sensed was to understand how to come alongside this community and encourage collaboration.  It has been a joy to participate in local events, consult businesses and meet with a variety of leaders, listening to the heartbeat of what makes cook county tick. These are exciting times, and I am glad that NSHCF has been a part of leading the way in exemplifying how to serve this community of Cook county.

 



Steven R. Nielsen
Treasurer
Steve Nielsen retired in 2013 after 40 years of managerial experience in the field of aging, health care and human services. He holds a Master’s of Business Administration degree.
 
From 1976 until 1997 his work experience included serving in senior executive positions with the Ebenezer Society and the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. From 1997 thru 2005 Mr. Nielsen was President and CEO of CareChoice Cooperative, a health care alliance of 25 non-profit, long term care organizations serving 17 counties in Minnesota.
 
Most recently, Mr. Nielsen was employed as President and CEO of Value First Inc.. During his tenure there, Mr. Nielsen developed and managed a national Group Purchasing Organization, a Clinical Consulting Service, a long term care pharmacy and an Insurance Agency.
 
Mr. Nielsen has served on numerous community boards and task forces in his working tenure. Most recently they include the boards of, Franciscan Health Communities, Our lady of Peace Hospice and Hospice Home Care, and the Governor’s Advisory Board for Veterans Health Care.


 

 

BOARD MEMBERS  _________________________________________________



John Bottger Past President
Graduated from Newark College of engineering and worked in manufacturing operations for several large corporations and retired as corporate vice president for Land o Lakes.  Served on the NSHCF board for 9 years including several years as board president.  Am active in community affairs including Care Partners board, Cook County Community Fund board, and associate member of the Gunflint Volunteer Fire Department.
I returned to the NSHCF board due to my interest in rural health and assisted living in Cook County. 



Jack McHugh Secretary
Retired IT/Telecom designer and project manager for a Minnesota international corporation. Now working as a Realtor in cook County. After retirement was active with Allina Hospice in Minneapolis and has now completed training to be a volunteer with Care Partners of Cook County.

 



James Shinners

Past co-owner with his wife Jane of Harbor Inn Restaurant and Motel. Prior to arriving in Cook County in 1997, Jim was employed in the environmental consulting field. He completed his graduate and undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and he has served on the boards of various non-profit organizations. He and his wife are avid sailors and cross country skiers.











Paula Sundet Wolf Fund Distribution Chair
I am an avid advocate of providing education opportunities in our community. For the past 17 years I have worked at Cook County Higher Education and helped assure that our local health care facilities have well-educated and trained personnel.

I have a PhD in Teaching and Learning, University North Dakota; an M.A. Cultural Anthropology, Vermont College of Norwich University; an Evaluation Training Certificate, College of St. Scholastica’s Evaluation Institute; and a Non-profit Management Certificate, University of Wisconsin, Superior (UWS). I am currently the executive director at Cook County Higher Education.

The North Shore has been my home for over 40 years and during that time I have been an active volunteer for many different organizations. This region satisfies my love of the outdoors, good company, and diverse interests. I enjoy playing golf, tennis, volleyball, gardening, sketching, painting, hiking, canoeing, bicycling, and cross country skiing. What a lovely place we live and work!




ADVISORS  ______________________________________________________________



Rita Plourde

Sawtooth Mountain Clinic Director
513 W. 5th Ave. GM, MN 55604 387-2330
rita@sawtoothmountainclinic.org



Kimber Wraalstad
Cook County North Shore Hospital Director
515 W. 5th Ave. Grand Marais, MN 55604 387-3040



Alyssa Hedstrom, DDS
Alyssa received her Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2004. After graduating she moved home with her husband where she joined her father, Dr. Rolf, practicing dentistry. She took over the practice in May of 2008. Alyssa has three daughters and loves working and living in Cook County.
 387-2774 (O) 



ORAL HEALTH TASK FORCE________________________________________________



Georgene Daubanton
Oral Health Task Force Director
Georgene Daubanton started working part time for the Oral Health Task Force in 2012 as the Oral Health Task Force Coordinator. Georgene and her husband, Rollie, moved to Grand Marais in 1983 with their two children, Aaron & Sarah from Bloomington, IN. They vacationed in Grand Marais for many years and loved the area so much so that they bought Wilderness Waters Outfitters (currently where WTIP is located) in hopes of making a living.  Many twists and turns lead to jobs for both Rollie and Georgene at Hedstrom Lumber Retail store. After teh store burnt down, Georgene was hired at  Arrowhead Electric and worked there for nearly 15 years. Georgene and Rollie met each other in junior high school and are both graduates of Southwest High School in Minneapolis, MN. Their children, Aaron and Sarah, are both graduates of Cook County High School and Augsburg College.  Georgene and Rollie have five grandchildren living in Duluth and Minneapolis.  Life is good!    
218-387-2334 oralhealth@boreal.org




Bonnie Dalin
Oral Health Education Coordinator
Grand Marais Family Dentistry   Registered Dental Hygienist
After graduating from Normandale Community College in 2003 with a degree in Dental Hygiene, I spent the past 13 years working as a Hygienist in the twin cities.  Employed with a community health clinic, working with the underserved communities in the metro area.  In June 2016, I moved to Cook County with my three children to work as both a Dental Hygienist at Grand Marais Family Dentistry and as the Oral Health Education Coordinator for the Oral Health Task Force.

I enjoy spending time with my children and exploring all that the North Shore has to offer.  It has been wonderful to become a part of such a great community, meeting and working with the families of Cook County.
218-387-2334  Bjdalin5@gmail.com




Paula Sundet Wolf
Oral Health Task Force
I am an avid advocate of providing education opportunities in our community. For the past 17 years I have worked at Cook County Higher Education and helped assure that our local health care facilities have well-educated and trained personnel.

I have a PhD in Teaching and Learning, University North Dakota; an M.A. Cultural Anthropology, Vermont College of Norwich University; an Evaluation Training Certificate, College of St. Scholastica’s Evaluation Institute; and a Non-profit Management Certificate, University of Wisconsin, Superior (UWS). I am currently the executive director at Cook County Higher Education.

The North Shore has been my home for over 40 years and during that time I have been an active volunteer for many different organizations. This region satisfies my love of the outdoors, good company, and diverse interests. I enjoy playing golf, tennis, volleyball, gardening, sketching, painting, hiking, canoeing, bicycling, and cross country skiing. What a lovely place we live and work!





Paul Nelson 
Oral Health Task Force
Retired partner in national transportation company; former Lutsen Town Supervisor and Chair, Lutsen Planning Committee; Citizen representative to Cook County Wildfire Protection Planning Committee; Board member, Cook County Firewise Committee, Co-Chair of Biomass Subcommittee; Board Member Cook County Local Energy Project



STAFF___________________________________________________________________



Linda Dobosenski
Administrative Assistant for the NSHCF
218-387-9076 nshcf@boreal.org

 
 
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