Ken Barlow is a nationally recognized meteorologist with more than 20 years of weather forecasting experience, including 16 years in Minnesota. Ken is currently at KSTP-TV in the Twin Cities and has also worked in Boston, Massachusetts and Sacramento, California. He has received multiple Emmy Awards for his work in Minnesota and Boston. Ken is a mental health advocate and is a recipient of the Paul Wellstone Advocacy Award from the MN Psychiatric Society. Additionally, Ken served as an adjunct professor of broadcast meteorology at St. Cloud State University. Ken is a graduate of Plymouth State University (New Hampshire) with a BS in Meteorology. Ken’s connection to donation and transplantation is personal. In March of 2010 his brother Stevie, the youngest of five siblings, died following injuries sustained in a car accident. His gifts of donation have helped more than 50 people and have brought great comfort to his family.
Helen W. Bottenfield currently serves as the Executive Director for Organ Donation & Transplantation Alliance, coordinating collaboration of national organizations and working closely with HHS/HRSA’s Division of Transplantation in planning and implementation of the work of the National Organ Donation & Transplantation Community of Practice. Ms. Bottenfield began her career as a critical care nurse and has over 40 years experience in healthcare and over 30 years experience in the field of organ/tissue donation and transplantation.
Larry Burris, D.O.
Dr. Larry Burris joined Sanford Health as a nephrologist in July 2000. In September 2007, he became the lead transplant nephrologist for the kidney transplant program and was later appointed as Program Director for Transplant Services. In addition, he is the Medical Director of Neurocritical Care. He completed his Nephrology fellowship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2000. He earned his medical degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency at the Beth Israel Medical Center. Dr. Burris is board certified in Internal Medicine, Nephrology, Hypertension and Neurocritical Care.
Susan Gunderson has served as Chief Executive Officer of LifeSource since its inception in 1989. Ms. Gunderson is a past president of the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) and has served on the boards of multiple national organizations including the United Network of Organ Sharing, the Alliance for Organ Donation and Transplantation, the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation and the Minnesota Medical Foundation. Ms. Gunderson holds a BSN from St. Olaf College and a Masters of Health Service Administration from the University of Washington.
Paul Iaizzo, PhD
Dr. Paul Iaizzo is a Professor of Surgery, Integrative Biology and Physiology, at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He leads the Visible Heart Laboratory, a premier place to perform translational physiology research which ranges from cellular and tissue studies to organ and whole body investigations. Dr. Iaizzo and his research team created and continue to maintain the Atlas of Human Cardiac Anatomy, a novel educational tool that allows for viewing functional human cardiac anatomy from within.
Marcel Pincince manages the Donor Family and Advocate Services team for Donor Network of Arizona, the federally-designated, not-for-profit organ recovery organization for the state of Arizona. Marcel received his graduate degree in theology and pastoral care from the Gregorian University and the North American College in Rome, Italy. The present focus of his work and study is decision making and meaningful communication with families in times of emotional crisis and trauma.
Timothy L. Pruett, M.D.
Dr. Pruett began his clinical career at the University of Virginia and in 2009 moved to the University of Minnesota as Professor of Surgery and Internal Medicine, Chief of Transplantation and the John S. Najarian Surgical Chair in Clinical Transplantation. Dr. Pruett has represented UNOS in multiple initiatives, including having served as president and chair of the Membership and Professional Standards committee. He chairs the ASTS/AST joint committee for Biovigilance and has spoken broadly on legal and system issues that impact to organ transplantation within global healthcare systems. Dr. Pruett’s research interests have included organ transplantation in patients with chronic viral diseases, the ethics and practice of live organ donation, transmissible diseases through organs and infections after organ transplantation.
Mark Ritchie, Minnesota Secretary of State
Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie partners with township, city, and county officials to organize elections on behalf of Minnesota’s 3.7 million eligible voters. He also oversees a wide range of services for Minnesota businesses provided by the Office of Secretary of State, including the archiving of official documents, and is responsible for administering Safe at Home, Minnesota’s address confidentiality program. Secretary Ritchie serves on the State Executive Council, the State Board of Investment, the Twin Cities Army Community Advisory Board and on the Board of the Minnesota Historical Society. He served as president of the National Association of Secretaries of State during 2011 and has been a member of the NASS executive board since 2010.
Kevin Stranberg is recognized for his work as a strategist, trainer and facilitator. His work centers on service from the customer perspective in all healthcare settings including clinics, hospitals and long term care facilities. Stranberg serves as Director of Public Relations for Memorial Medical Center in Ashland, Wisconsin and President of Stranberg & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in strategic planning, facilitation and service delivery. Stranberg has served in leadership roles of many local, state and national boards of directors including the Wisconsin Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing Society and the Society of Healthcare Strategy and Market Development (AHA affiliate). His candid approach to practical issues is evident in his presentations and publications for state and national organizations, including the Beryl Institute, the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development and the Forum for Healthcare Strategists.