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 2021 Board of Directors


Nikki Gruis Diekmann, MBA, President
Seasons Hospice

Alex Clark, MHA, MA, Vice President

David Blomquist, Secretary

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

Beverly Haynes, RN, BSN, Member-at-Large
Seasons Hospice


Stephen Astrup, JD
Hospice of the Red River Valley

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

Ashton Boon, JD, MHA, LLM 
Mayo Clinic

Bennett Clark, MD
Livio Health

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

Intisar Hussein, MSW, LICSW
Lakes Counseling Services

Sarah Jacobson, MS 
Boston Scientific

Carrie Krump, MSN, RN
Good Samaritan / Sanford Health

Julie Mayers Benson, MD, Past President
Lakewood Health System

Lora J. Nelson, MSN, MHA, RN
Sanford Health

Alice O'Brien Berquist
Retired Attorney

Zach O'Neel
St. Croix Hospice

Trisha K. Paul, MD
University of Minnesota

Miguel Ruiz Diaz, MD
Regions Hospital

Glen Varns, MD
Allina Hospice and Palliative Care

Alexis Yeboah, MPH
AY Consulting

If you are interested 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.