Meet the Team

One of the many strengths of the Sanford Health Foundation in the Bemidji region is our dedicated board of directors. These women and men set the course for our organization and represent our donors, volunteers and the patients we serve.

Bob Fitzgerald

Bob Fitzgerald

Board Chair

Kraus-Anderson Construction – Director of Operations

Sylvia Wildgen

Sylvia Wildgen

Vice Chair

Security Bank USA – Vice President Sales and Marketing

Craig Boyer

Craig Boyer

Treasurer

Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota – Vice President Finance

Penny Echternach

Penny Echternach

Sanford Health Foundation of Northern Minnesota – Executive Director

Bryan Nermoe

Bryan Nermoe

Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota – Executive Vice President

Jean Baer

Jean Baer

Community Member

Ryan Baer

Ryan Baer

Security Bank USA – Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer

Eileen Bretschneider

Eileen Bretschneider

Edward Jones – Financial Advisor

Chris Carter

Chris Carter

Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota – Radiation Therapist

Kevin Cease

Kevin Cease

Cease Family Funeral Homes – Manager

Paul Diehl

Paul Diehl

Counselor Realty of Bemidji – Realtor

Dave Hengel

Dave Hengel

Greater Bemidji – Executive Director

Kelley Hengel

Kelley Hengel

Bemidji Area Schools ISD 31 – Guidance Counselor

Pat Kelly

Pat Kelly

Community Member

Nancy Luoma

Nancy Luoma

Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota – Senior Business Informatics Analyst

Doug Oman

Doug Oman

Community Member

Melissa Vacek

Melissa Vacek

Security Bank USA – Business Banking Associate