People

Provide overall strategic vision, direction, and accountability

Community-University Health Care Center
Colleen McDonald Diouf, CEO
Primary site for interprofessional education and clinic transformation

Fairview Health Services
Kim DeRoche, MD, Director of Primary Care Service Line
Community-based healthcare system for transforming primary care clinics to age-friendly sites

Minnesota Association of Area Agencies on Aging (m4a)
Lori Vrolson, Director of m4a
Executive Director of Central MN Council on Aging
Represent all seven state AAAs to advocate for community-based GWEP activities

Minnesota Board on Aging
Kari Benson, Executive Director of MBA
DHS Director of Aging and Adult Services
Represent MN Department of Human Services; advocacy and policy for older adults

Minnesota Gerontological Society
Tom Hyder, Executive Director
Educate and connect to statewide geriatrics healthcare professionals and direct care workers

Dementia Friends
Dawn Simonson, Director of Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging
Advocate for promotion of dementia-friendly communities

Stratis Health (State QIO)
Jane Pederson, MD, MS, Chief Medical Quality Officer
Share expertise in Quality Improvement, capacity building, strategy, and systems change

Minnesota Leadership Council on Aging
Adam Suomala, MPA, Executive Director
Represent 30 community organizations serving older adults in Minnesota

Community Care Systems
Tom von Sternberg, MD, Medical Director
HealthPartners
Medicare, MSHO
Care Management and Government Programs


Manage the Minnesota Northstar GWEP activities and work with eight community partners to direct the program

James Pacala, MD, MS
Professor and Head, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, UMN Medical School, Minnesota Northstar GWEP Program Director

Jean Wyman, PhD, RN
Professor, UMN School of Nursing

Joseph Gaugler, PhD
Professor and Robert L. Kane Endowed Chair in Long-Term Care and Aging, UMN School of Public Health

Teresa Schicker, MPA
Minnesota Northstar GWEP Program Manager