Board President: J. Edward Shapland, Ph.D., Dr. Shapland has served in senior management roles in several start-up medical device companies. He brings a great deal of experience in business management, finance and new business development. He is the parent of three children. His middle son has special health care needs and disabilities. Ed has been an advocate for children with disabilities and special health care needs for over 25 years. Dr. Shapland obtained a doctorate from the University of Missouri in cardiovascular physiology.
Vice President: David Griffin, MD earned his undergraduate degree Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University and completed his residency in pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. In addition to serving as one of HealthPartners associate medical directors, Dr. Griffin practices pediatric medicine at the HealthPartners Woodbury Clinic. He has an interest in policies affecting children with special needs and underserved populations. David and his wife Margie Hogan (also a pediatrician) have 4 grown children living on 4 different continents.
Director: John B. “Jay” Bellows is a St. Paul attorney. Now semi-retired, Jay is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas and the William Mitchell College of Law. His practice centered on representing individuals and families, many of whom were small business owners.
Throughout his career Jay has been active in community affairs. His experience with non-profit organizations includes participation as a volunteer and board member of his Neighborhood Council and West Side Community Health Clinic. For the past 17 years Jay has been a board member and officer of ARRL, a national non-profit organization of 170,000 members.
Director: Erica Butler is an accomplished marketing leader with a record of growing businesses and brands into category leaders. She has over 25 years of experience planning, creating and executing integrated marketing programs for businesses in a wide variety of industries, including consumer packaged goods, financial services, real estate, juvenile products and travel. Erica currently is the marketing lead for WyoTech Schools, a division of the Zenith Education Group. Prior marketing leadership positions include Vice President of Marketing for Halo Innovations, Inc.; Director of Marketing for Naterra Land, Inc.; and Vice President – Account Management for Campbell Mithun Advertising Agency. Erica received her Bachelors of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia, where she graduated magna cum laude and was named Student of the Year. She and her husband, Tim, are the parents of two children, one of whom required a liver transplant and experienced developmental delays throughout her childhood.
Director: W. Brooks Donald: W. Brooks Donald, MD MPH earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and his medical degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He completed his residency in pediatrics at the University of Minnesota and earned his masters in public health in maternal and child health at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.
Dr. Donald has practiced general pediatrics and developmental behavioral pediatrics for HealthPartners over the last 35 years, primarily at the Riverside Clinic in Minneapolis, while continuing advocacy for underserved populations through various state committees and nonprofit boards. Having recently retired from clinical care, he now continues with residency teaching responsibilities at the University of Minnesota, and volunteers for several nonprofit organizations within Twin Cities. Dr. Donald has maintained a longstanding interest in caring for children with developmental and emotional disorders as well as children with special health care needs and their families. Brooks and his wife Karen Mackenzie have 2 grown children and 4 energetic grandchildren living both in the Twin Cities and Portland, Oregon.
Director: Marjorie Hogan is a pediatrician in the heart of the city at Hennepin County Medical Center. She is board-certified in general pediatrics and adolescent medicine. Special interests include child maltreatment, the impact of media on children and teens, pediatric medical education, and caring for children and adolescents with special health care needs. Margie and her husband David Griffin (also a pediatrician) have 4 grown children living on 4 different continents.
Director: John Hurley has a BA in Political Science and Masters in Hospital and Health Care Administration (MHA). John is retired from the Minnesota Department of Health in late 2010. During his tenure with the department, he spent almost 20 years with the state's Title V (Maternal and Child Health Services) program, and in his last ten years as its Title V-CYSHCN (Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs) Director. In addition to serving on the FV Board, he maintains contacts with colleagues at the national level, as well as those with state-wide organizations and agencies. He and his wife Sandra live in Shoreview. Their two adult children live in Minneapolis; one working in public health in an academic setting and one working in the advertising industry.
Secretary: Ceci Shapland has worked over twenty years as an advocate for children and youth with special health care needs and disabilities. Her major areas of interest are activism and advocacy for promoting transition to adult health care for youth with special health needs and facilitating skill-building for youth and families. She has spoken statewide and nationally on topics of family centered care and transition in health care. Prior to Ceci’s work with Family Voices of Minnesota, she was the co-director and a consultant on youth and family centered care for the Healthy & Ready to Work National Center for eight years. Ceci is one of the original family members who assisted in the formation of Family Voices, Inc. in the early 1990’s. .
Ceci and her husband are the parents of 3 children; their middle son has special health care needs and disabilities. Ceci also has a masters degree in nursing. Her personal and professional experiences provide her with experience and insights in the organization of the health care system.
Director: Susan Wingert founded Pediatric Home Service in 1990. A respiratory therapist by training, Susan has over 35 years of experience in respiratory care and clinical services. She has grown PHS to be the Twin Cities leading pediatric home health care organization. In 2011, Wingert handed over the reins to her son Mark Hamman, who now leads the company as President.
Prior to founding PHS, Wingert, a graduate of St. Catherine’s, St. Paul, Minn. (formerly St. Mary’s), held sales and director positions within home health care organizations, including Glasrock Home Health Care, Travenol Home Respiratory, and Waconia Ridgeview Hospital.
Today, Wingert stays intimately involved in lobbying efforts through Pediatric Home Service and various trade organizations to ensure the home care population has a voice at our Capitol.
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