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About DMF
Staff

Rory Beil
CassClayAlive Program 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.

Lana Foss
Admin. Specialist
Lana is the initial point of community contact for DMF, Impact Foundation, and the Alex Stern Family Foundation. She joined the Foundation in 2014.

Janet Gemar
Executive Assistant and Development Specialist
Janet is the Executive Assistant to the President of Dakota Medical Foundation and Impact Foundation. In addition, she is responsible for recording donations received by both organizations. Janet joined the Foundation in 2013.

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.

Michelle Hogan
Accounting Manager
Michelle is responsible for managing the general accounting functions for Dakota Medical Foundation and Dakota Medical Charities and other contracted affiliates. Michelle joined the Foundation in 2012.

Alyssa Gullekson
CassClayAlive Program Coordinator
Alyssa organizes projects with the director to strategically promote healthy eating and active living. She provides resources to schools, childcares and other settings as they migrate to healthier food and physical activity choices that help curb obesity and chronic disease among people of Cass and Clay counties. She has a background in community health education and psychology. Alyssa joined the Foundation in 2014.

Kim Palm
Event Center Coord. and Web Specialist
Kim is the scheduling coordinator for meeting rooms at Dakota Medical Foundation. She provides support for the Foundation's grant programs and the Healthy Steps, 7 Mindsets, Children's Mental Health and Prescription Assistance initiatives. She is responsible for 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, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
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.

Sara Stolt
Giving Hearts Day Program Manager
Sara manages the overall efforts for Giving Hearts Day. She is responsible for developing the application process, delivering training and ensuring that Giving Hearts Day is a success for participating charities and donors. Sara joined the Foundation in 2014.

J. Patrick Traynor, J.D.
President
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 grant programs including Breakthrough Idea Challenge and Achievement Awards. She oversees the Healthy Steps, 7 Mindsets, Children's Mental Health and Prescription Assistance initiatives. Deb also works on innovation strategies that impact health and health-related nonprofits. She joined the Foundation in 1995.