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Rory Beil
Cass Clay Healthy People Initiative Director
Rory heads up DMF's initiative to promote healthy eating and active living to reduce the incidence of chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. He has a background in exercise and sports science. Rory joined the Foundation in 2009.

Bev Gravdahl, BSN, RN, FCNS
Healthy Steps Outreach Manager
Bev serves as the statewide project manager of the ND Healthy Steps Program, a federal and state funded program providing comprehensive health care coverage to eligible children birth to age 19. She coordinates outreach efforts with schools, faith communities, hospitals, clinics, child care centers, public health units, shelter communities, special events and conferences. She has practiced as a Registered Nurse in a variety of specialties, some of which include School, Public Health and Faith Community Nursing. Bev joined the Foundation in 2011.

Kim Palm
Event Center Coord. and Website Specialist
Kim is the initial point of community contact for DMF, Impact Foundation, and the Alex Stern Family Foundation. She provides support to the initiative, responsive, match, and scholarship grant programs as well as various committees. Kim is responsible for website maintenance and coordination of website revisions. Kim joined the Foundation in 2001.

Jeana Peinovich
Lend A Hand Initiative Director
Jeana is responsible for DMF's Lend A Hand Initiative, which supports volunteer efforts to raise funds for individuals and families experiencing a medical crisis. Prior to launching the Lend A Hand program in 2008, Jeana served as the Outreach Coordinator for DMF's Covering Kids & Families Initiative. Jeana joined the Foundation in 2003.

Tami Rust
Strategic Communications Director
Tami develops communications plans, messaging platforms and marketing tools that build community awareness and advance health innovation and change. Her focus is building results for DMF initiatives that improve child mental health, reduce obesity, provide coverage for uninsured children and other programs that strengthen the health and wellness of the region. Tami joined the Foundation in 2011.

Michael Schumacher
Director of Finance
Michael is responsible for the finance and accounting functions of
DMF and Impact Foundation. He provides support to the board of directors and management for investment functions. Michael joined the Foundation in 2013.

J. Patrick Traynor, J.D.
Pat plans, supervises, and directs Foundation operations under the general direction of the board of directors utilizing the Carver Model of Board Governance. He serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the DMF board of directors. He also serves as Executive Director of Impact Foundation and previously served as the Executive Director and CEO of the ND Workers Compensation Bureau and practiced law in Fargo, ND. Pat joined the Foundation in 2000.

Deb Watne
Grants and Innovation Director
Deb manages the Foundation's initiative, responsive, match, and scholarship grant programs. She is responsible for grant investigation, grant management, performance monitoring, and outcome evaluation. In addition, Deb manages DMF's website and develops the annual report. Deb joined the Foundation in 1995.