Board of Directors

MNHPC is directed by nurses, doctors, clinicians, and community leaders passionate about the value of palliative and hospice care. The MNHPCBoard of Directors help to guide the mission of the organization, assist with fundraising efforts and achieve organizational priorities.

MNHPC 2020 Board of Directors


Nikki Gruis Diekmann, President
Seasons Hospice

Alex Clark, Vice President

Julie Mayers Benson, MD, Past President
Lakewood Health System

David Blomquist, Secretary

Steve Slabik, Treasurer
Hospice of the Red River Valley

Beverly Haynes, Member-at-Large
Seasons Hospice


Stephen Astrup, JD
Hospice of the Red River Valley

Maria Attema, MSW, LICSW
Allina Health Hospice & Palliative Care

Alice O'Brien Berquist
Retired Attorney

Bennett Clark
Livio Health

Alyssa Copely, MSN, RN, CHPN
HealthPartners Hospice & Palliative Care

Philip Hommerding, PharmD, BCPP
Hunt's Silver Lake Drug & Gift

Intisar Hussein, MSW, LGSW
Lakes Counseling Services

Carrie Krump, RN
Good Samaritan / Sanford Health

Pat Mellenthin
Prairie Home Hospice and Community Care

Lora J. Nelson, MSN, MHA, RN
Home Health & Hospice Services

Zach O'Neel
St. Croix Hospice

Trisha K. Paul, MD
University of Minnesota

Sue Quist, RN, CHPN
Retired Hospice Administrator

Miguel Ruiz Diaz, MD
Regions Hospital

Glen Varns, MD
Allina Hospice and Palliative Care

Jeannie Vestrum, RN
Visiting Angels / Living Assistance Services

If you are interesting in serving on the MNHPC Board of Directors or if you would like to nominate someone to serve, please fill out a nomination form and send it to Alex Clark, Vice President of the MNHPC Board of Directors and Chair of the Nominating Committee.