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

Minnesota Network of Hospice and Palliative Care is seeking nominations of candidates to the MNHPC Board of Directors. The term begins January 2022. Each member serves for up to 3 terms, or a maximum of 9 years. Please nominate yourself, or someone who you believe would be an effective board representative. If you do decide to nominate someone else, please first ask for their permission.

Nominations will open on Friday, October 8th and close on Friday, November 12th.

  • The MNHPC Board meets six times each year and members are responsible for attending each meeting (virtual attendance is available)

  • Each member is expected to serve on at least one organizational committee

  • MNHPC is committed to developing a Board of Directors that represents the entire state

  • Nominations are open to people from all disciplines within hospice and palliative care

  • Board nominees do not have to be part of a hospice or palliative care organization. We encourage Board members who have expertise in finance, marketing, education, long-term care, development, government relations, fundraising, nonprofit management and law

We encourage you to consider joining MNHPC's Board of Directors. If you're interested, we offer opportunities to participate in a number of committees.

MNHPC is committed to fostering and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) throughout our work, including on our Boards of Directors. We believe diversity on the Board is the presence of a wide range of backgrounds and identities that may include race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, (dis)ability, geography, religion/spirituality, family status, Veteran status, professional discipline, and lived experience. To learn more, please see MNHPC's DEI Framework.

If you have specific questions please directly email Alex Clark, Founder and Lead Strategist of Turnlane, MNHPC Vice President and Chair of the Nominating Committee.

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Board of Directors Nomination Form


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

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