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 2018 Board of Directors


Julie Mayers Benson, MD, President
Lakewood Health System

Nikki Gruis Diekmann, Vice President
Seasons Hospice

Alice O'Brien Berquist, Secretary
Felhaber Larson

Steve Slabik, Treasurer
Hospice of the Red River Valley

Sue Quist, Member-at-Large
Hospice of Douglas County


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

David Blomquist

Alex Clark

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

Beverly Haynes
Seasons Hospice

Susan Hunt, MD, FACP
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Intisar Hussein, MSW, LGSW
Fairview Home Care and Hospice

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

Susan O'Connor-Von
University of Minnesota

Zach O'Neel
St. Croix Hospice

Scott Schwantes, MD, FAAP
Children's Minnesota

Peter Thoreen
Retired Healthcare Executive

Glen Varns, MD
Allina Hospice and Palliative Care

Jeannie Vestrum
Visiting Angels

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 an application and send it to Executive Director Susan Marschalk.