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Employers Helping Employees to Better Health

DIANNE MANDERNACH Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Health

Governor Tim Pawlenty appointed Dianne Mandernach Min- nesota Commissioner of Health on February 3, 2003. She was reappointed on January 2, 2007. Prior to being appointed com- missioner, Dianne served for nine years as the CEO of Mercy Hos- pital and Health Care Center in Moose Lake, Minn. Commissioner Mandernach is responsible for directing the state’s lead public health agency, which employs approximately 1,300 staff in the Twin Cities area and in seven offices in Greater Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Health operates programs in disease prevention and control, health promotion, community public health, environmen- tal health, health care policy, emergency preparedness and regulation of certain health care facilities and providers. Commissioner Mandernach is a board member of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). She is the chair of ASTHO’s Food Safety and Security Task Force and serves on ASTHO’s Preparedness Committee. She is also a member of Governor Pawlenty’s Health Care Cabinet and is an American Col- lege of Healthcare Executives Fellow.

LES C. MEYER, MBA Health Care Strategist President and CEO, HPI Advisors, LLC.

Les has been a health care strategist, knowledge broker and change agent for nearly three decades.Working with employers, government, private sector and publicly held firms, Les has con- ceived, built and implemented programs spanning from hospital operations systems to centers of excellence development to chronic care/disease management initiatives to specialty confer- ence production. Recognizing that true change in health care delivery is rooted at the employer level, he created the Health Management Strategic Advisory Council (HMSAC) — Employer Leadership Group — a cadre of forward-thinking employers brought together to identify critical workforce health issues and solutions involving ben- efits design and health and productivity management processes. He additionally created, produced and directed HMSAC’s first two conferences that received na- tional acclaim and raised the bar in terms of awareness, necessity and integration of health and productivity management programs for employers.

Les founded HPI Advisors, LLC (health and performance improvement) as a think tank for all stakeholders who are working toward a common vision that the health of employees ultimately leads to the health of the nation — at all levels.

JOHN P. MIALL, JR. President, Miall Consulting; Former Director of Risk Management for the City of Asheville, North Carolina

John is a consultant and public speaker specializing in risk management, health benefits, disease management and inno- vations in care plans. He serves as a special consultant for the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation, assisting with programs to manage costs and improve outcomes associ- ated with chronic disease by aligning the incentives for all stake- holders. He is working with the Foundation to expand the Asheville Project, for which he was one of the visionaries, to public and private employers around the country. The Asheville Project provides intensive educa- tion for employees with chronic health problems and teams them with commu- nity pharmacists to oversee medication use. The project has been very successful and resulted in thriving pharmacy patient care services, improved A1C levels, lower total health care costs and fewer sick days.


Previously, John served as director of risk management for the City of Asheville. He is highly sought as a speaker on risk management and health care innovations and has received numerous awards, including the “Benny” award from Employee Benefit News and Risk Manager of the Year from the Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA).

John received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina (Asheville, NC) and is an Honorary Member of American Pharmacists Association.

CHARLES F. MONTREUIL, JD Vice President, Corporate Human Resources, Carlson Companies

Charlie joined Carlson in 1997 and currently holds the position of vice president, corporate human resources. He is responsible for managing the company’s corporate human resource depart- ment. This includes compensation, benefits and cor- porate and international human resource functions. Charlie is chairman of Buyers Health Care Action Group, a board member of LifeScience Alley, a board member of Bridges to Excellence, and a member of the Employee Benefit subcommittee of the US Chamber of Commerce

Charlie earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University, Min- nesota and obtained his juris doctor from William Mitchell College of Law. He holds a master’s degree in human resources and industrial relations from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Charlie is cer- tified by the Society for Human Resource Management as a senior profes- sional in human resources.

CAROLYN E. PARE CEO, Buyers Health Care Action Group

Carolyn is the chief executive officer of the Buyer’s Health Care Action Group, a coalition of more than 30 public and private employers dedi- cated to health care market reform. In the fifteen years since its formation, this Minnesota-based coalition has introduced a number of nationally recognized innovations in health care contracting, delivery, quality and consumerism. BHCAG mem- bers are committed to supporting a health care sys- tem that delivers the care consumers need at the right time, in the right place and at the right price.

Carolyn was previously a director of human resources, responsible for bene- fits, risk management and human resource information systems at Target Cor- poration. She currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the National Business Coalition on Health and sits on the NCQA Standards Committee and the Steering Committees of the Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety and the Minnesota Mental Health Action Group. Recently, Carolyn accepted a position on Governor Pawlenty’s Q Care (Quality Care and Rewarding Excellence) Council, an advisory body setting goals and standards to improve health care performance in the state. Carolyn was an originating board member of the Minnesota Health Care Connection and continues to assist in the development of Minnesota’s health in- formation technology policy through her service on the Minnesota HIT Advisory Group. Carolyn is also co-chair of Minnesota’s Smart Buy Alliance, an alliance of public and private purchasers committed to the alignment of value purchasing strategies, consistent with Secretary Leavitt’s Four Cornerstones.

Carolyn has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental and Public Health from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire and more than 25 years experi- ence in occupational health and safety, risk management and health care.

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