University of Minnesota Medical Foundation elects new officers
Contact: Meredith McNab, Minnesota Medical Foundation, 612-625-0657,
Editor’s note: Full board list follows. Photographs of new members are available electronically.
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA MEDICAL FOUNDATION
ELECTS NEW OFFICERS, BOARD MEMBERS
MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (October 26, 2010)—The board of trustees of the Minnesota
Medical Foundation (MMF) at the University of Minnesota held its annual meeting on
October 25 to approve the foundation’s audited financial results for fiscal year 2010 and to elect
new officers and board members.
The foundation reported fiscal year-end giving of $51 million.
“We are committed to telling the story of lifesaving discoveries that happen every day at the
University of Minnesota and benefit patients across our state and around the world,” said Becky
Malkerson, president and CEO of the foundation. “Our donors realize that diseases don’t take a
break in tough times and neither do our physicians, researchers or staff. Our faculty members
have the chance to work across schools, colleges and departments to explore all options to find
answers to today’s medical and health care challenges.”
MMF elected three new officers and six new members to its board of trustees at the foundation’s
annual meeting. The newly elected officers, who will serve two-year terms, are:
Chair, Thomas Olson, of Wayzata, Minn. Olson, who served as vice chair of the MMF board
for the last two years, is executive vice president of the Business Bank and co-managing director
of Prime Mortgage, a division of the Business Bank. A University of Minnesota graduate, he has
served on the Mortgage Bankers Association of Minnesota board for more than 10 years,
including one year as president. Olson and his wife, Meredith Olson, have established the Carol
Olson Memorial Diabetes Research Fund in memory of Tom’s sister, who suffered from type 1
diabetes. A certified public accountant, Olson holds a B.S. in business from the University.
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Vice chair, Elizabeth Hawn, J.D., of Wayzata, Minn. Hawn is a dedicated community
volunteer who has recently served as a guardian ad litem and a school and prison tutor. She has
been a board member and chair of the Ripley Foundation, the Stevens Square Foundation and the
Orono Planning Commission. She is also a former family law mediator and previously worked as
a criminal, juvenile and family law attorney for Kelly and Jacobsen in Minneapolis. Before that,
Hawn was an assistant district attorney for the New York County District Attorney’s Office.
Secretary, Susan B. Plimpton, of Minneapolis. Plimpton is a retired consumer marketing
executive with expertise in branding, positioning, marketing strategy and new product
development. She now directs her management and marketing expertise to supporting medical
research, international education and development and financial services. Plimpton received her
B.A. from Wellesley College and her master’s degree from the Harvard Business School and the
SIT Graduate Institute. She is currently serving her second term on the MMF board
The newly elected MMF board members, who will serve four-year terms, are:
Richard Carlson, M.D.
Carlson, of Edina, Minn., received a B.A. at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., and his M.D.
at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He completed his internship in internal medicine
and his residency in diagnostic radiology at the Mayo Clinic. Carlson specializes in breast
imaging at Suburban Radiologic Consultants. He serves on the Medical School’s Dean’s Board
of Visitors and as a clinical assistant professor of radiology at the Medical School. Carlson has
served two previous terms on the MMF board, during the period from 2001 to 2009.
Lindahl, of Wayzata, Minn., is the managing general partner of Norwest Equity Partners (NEP)
and has led later-stage investment activities since he joined the firm in 1984. He focuses on day-
to-day operations of the fund and management of the investment professionals and marketing
strategies for the firm as well as NEP’s relationship with Wells Fargo, the firm’s primary limited
investment partner. Previously, he worked at Norwest Bank for 16 years. He is currently on the
boards of Amcom Software, CVI Melles Griot, PeopleNet, Rosetta Stone and the Triad
Broadcasting Company. He and his wife, Nancy Lindahl, co-chaired the TCF Bank Stadium
campaign at the University of Minnesota.
Simmons, of Edina, Minn., is a partner with the Christensen Group, an insurance agency in
Minnetonka. He has been active with the Children’s Cancer Research Fund for nearly 30 years,
serving as president for three years and founding the Dayton’s Challenge Golf Tournament.
Simmons served two terms on the MMF board in the late 1990s.
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Kevin Warren, J.D., M.B.A.
Warren, of Chanhassen, Minn., is vice president of legal affairs and chief administrative officer
for the Minnesota Vikings. He is responsible for various day-to-day business operations and
administrative matters, special projects, legal affairs and strategic planning. He also serves as the
Vikings’ primary liaison with the NFL. Before joining the Vikings, Warren worked as a
corporate attorney with the international law firm of Greenberg Traurig. An active member of
the Twin Cities community, he is currently on the boards of the United Way, Page Education
Foundation and Fiesta Bowl.
Brian Wenger, J.D.
Wenger, of St. Paul, Minn., is a member of the Briggs and Morgan law firm. He serves on the
firm’s executive committee and chairs its Commercial Department. He is former chair of the
Business Law Section and was a member of the firm’s board of directors for two terms. He
represents public and privately held companies and their boards of directors in a wide variety of
matters, including corporate governance, SEC reporting issues, board and executive
compensation, stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures and joint ventures. Wenger currently
serves on the boards of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Jeremiah Program,
Convent of the Visitation School, St. Paul Seminary and Hill Museum & Manuscript Library.
Dodd Wilson, M.D.
Wilson, of Minneapolis, graduated from Dartmouth College and Harvard Medical School. He
then completed his residency and fellowship training in internal medicine and gastroenterology
at the University of Minnesota. For the next 17 years, Wilson was a faculty member of the
University’s Department of Medicine, where he chaired the curriculum committee and served as
director of the Division of Gastroenterology and as vice chairman of the Department of
Medicine. In 1986, he was appointed dean of the College of Medicine at the University of
Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and continued in that position until 2000. From 2000 to
2009, Wilson was chancellor of UAMS. He was named 2010 Citizen of the Year by the
Arkansas Scottish Rite and named 2009 Business and Professional Leader of the Year by the
Little Rock Rotary.
The Minnesota Medical Foundation
Founded in 1939, MMF raises millions of dollars annually for health-related research,education and
care at the University of Minnesota, with gifts supporting faculty positions, scholarships, academic
programs, equipment purchases and research. Gifts directed to research fund studiesrelated to brain,
nerve and muscle disorders; cancer; children’shealth; diabetes; heart and lung diseases; key
technologies; special initiatives and scholarshipsand health education. Formore information about the
foundation,please call 612-625-1440, orvisit www.mmf.umn.edu.
Full board list follows.
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Minnesota Medical Foundation 2010–11 Board of Trustees
Thomas G. Olson, Chair
Elizabeth Hawn,J.D., Vice Chair
Susan B. Plimpton, Secretary
Eric J. Neetenbeek,J.D., Treasurer
Honorable Clyde E. Allen Jr.*
Mark R. Allison*
DeWalt H. (Pete) Ankeny Jr.
Patti Andreini Arnold
Robert H. Bruininks, Ph.D.*
David Cannom, M.D.
Richard A. Carlson, M.D.
Thomas J. Cartier
Frank B. Cerra, M.D.*
Gary L. Davis, Ph.D.*
Wendy W. Dayton
Timothy J. Ebner, M.D.,Ph.D.*
John R. Finnegan Jr.,Ph.D.*
Barbara L. Forster
Stanley M. Goldberg, M.D.
Peter M. Grant II
Beverly N. Grossman
John O. Hallberg
Sidney Kaplan, J.D.
Richard E. Kuntz, M.D.
Wesley J. Miller, M.D.*
Phillip W. Ordway
Richard Ostlund*, J.D.
Mark S. Paller, M.D.,M.S.*
James P. Stephenson, J.D.
Mary K Stern, CFA
Martin J. Stillman, M.D.,J.D.*
Roby Thompson Jr., M.D.
Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D.
Winston R. Wallin
Brian Wenger, J.D.
Dodd Wilson, M.D.
Charles F. Wiser Jr.
*ex officio members