Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Community Leadership Council

The ALS Association serving Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, is advised by a local council of community leaders who volunteer their time and energy to guide our programs, fulfill our mission and support the ALS community. 


Philip Albert,  President

Medtronic, Inc.

Clay Ahrens, Vice President

Living with ALS , Retired, Allina Health

John Orner, Treasurer

Highmark Health

Jordan Sing, Secretary

United States Department of Justice

Nana Ahwoi

Ernst & Young LLP

Nathel Cody, MSN, RN


Mary Jones

Avera McKennan

Pete Klinkhammer

Living with ALS, Retired, MN Brain Injury Alliance & MN Stroke Association

Morgana Kolenda

Northwood Children's Services

Steve Kraus

Thomson Reuters

David Lamm

Independent Consultant

Grant Lander

Dell Technologies

Mary Ellen Leary

The MEL Group, LLC

Tina Linne

Reading and Math, Inc.

Jan Nelson

BNC National Bank

Brenda Olson

Avera Queen of Peace Hospital

Jeremy Rice

Abbot Downing

Susan Schuster

Blue Cross Blue Shield

Julie Smith

Retired, Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt

Nathan Staff, M.D., Ph.D.

Mayo Clinic

Joe St. Mane

Polaris, Inc.

David Walk, M.D., F.A.A.N.

University of Minnesota Medical Center

Kristi Waite

Retired, Rasmussen College


Leadership Team


Development Team

Operations, Communications and Volunteer Engagement Teams

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