Board of Directors

MNsure Board members are appointed by the Governor through the state’s open appointments process and confirmed by the Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives. The Commissioner of Human Services is a standing member. Board members serve staggered 4-year terms and are limited to 2 terms of service. All appointed members must have demonstrated that they do not have conflicts of interest.

According to state law, board membership must include representation from outside the 7-county metro area. One of the 6 members must have experience representing the needs of vulnerable populations and persons with disabilities. The remaining members must represent the interests of Minnesotans in the following way:

  • One member representing the interests of individual consumers eligible for individual market coverage
  • One member representing individual consumers eligible for public health care program coverage
  • One member representing small employers
  • One member representing the areas of health administration, health care finance, health plan purchasing, and health care delivery systems
  • One member representing the areas of public health, health disparities, public health care programs, and the uninsured
  • One member representing health policy issues related to the small group and individual markets

Upcoming board meetings

Board meeting materials


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Brian Beutner, Chair

Independent Business Advisor 
Representing small employers. Term ends 2015.

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    Mr. Beutner is an advisor to start-ups and their founders as they try to expand their innovative concepts into viable businesses. Until April 2013, Mr. Beutner was the CEO of mPay Gateway, a venture capital-backed healthcare software company that has developed financial products and services to support payments from patients to their physicians and other healthcare providers. Previously, Mr. Beutner spent seven years with UnitedHealth Group working in various capacities, including General Counsel of UnitedHealthcare and Board Chair of Exante Bank. At UnitedHealth Group, he helped found its financial services business and chartered Exante Bank, now Optum Health Bank, which is the first successful bank built by a healthcare company. Mr. Beutner previously served as General Counsel of Jostens and practiced law with Oppenheimer Wolff and Donnelly. Beutner served as an adjunct professor at Hamline University Law School, where he created and taught courses on business and healthcare. He currently serves on the Hamline University School of Law Health Law Institute Advisory Board. Mr. Beutner previously served on the board of directors of the Courage Center Foundation; the foundation is a supporting organization to the Courage Center.


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Peter Benner, Vice-Chair

Independent Consultant
Member who has demonstrated expertise, leadership, and innovation in the areas of health administration, health care finance, health plan purchasing, and health care delivery systems. Term ends 2017.

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    Mr. Benner is a consultant on health care, labor relations, and public policy. Prior to consulting, he worked for many years with AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees). Benner is the former Executive Director of AFSCME Council 6, where he was the lead negotiator with the State of Minnesota in designing the insurance benefits for state employees and their families. He also sat on many boards and commissions relating to health care including: Minnesota Health Care Access Commission, Minnesota Health Care Commission, Minnesota Citizen’s Forum on Health Care Costs, Governor’s Health Care Transformation Task Force, Governor’s Health Care Reform Task Force, Minnesota Community Measurement, and the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement.


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Founder and CEO, RetraceHealth
Representing the interests of individual consumers eligible for individual market coverage. Term ends 2015.

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    Mr. Aderinkomi has more than 14 years of experience helping health care organizations use their data effectively. Currently, he is the founder and CEO of RetraceHealth, a clinic without walls that makes primary care affordable, accessible, and enjoyable for everyone, even if they cannot afford health insurance.  He began his career managing the finance department of CareMate Home Healthcare. From there, he performed program evaluations, created predictive models, and studied health insurance reimbursement for Ingenix (which is now Optum Health) and Medica Health Plans. In 2009, Aderinkomi co-founded Evidity, which is a health-care data analytics firm that serves the physician market. He also serves as the board chair for WATCH MN, a domestic abuse monitoring agency, and as a board member of Youthprise, an education focused group working to increase the quality, accessibility, sustainability, and innovation of opportunities for learning beyond the classroom. Aderinkomi earned a B.S. in Economics and an M.S. in statistics from the University of Minnesota as well as an MBA from the Carlson School of Management.


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Kathryn Duevel, MD

Member with demonstrated expertise, leadership, and innovation in the areas of public health, health disparities, public health care programs, and the uninsured. Term ends 2016.

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    Dr. Duevel is an OBGYN physician. She worked at Affiliated Community Medical Centers in Willmar, Minnesota for more than 20 years until June 2012. She is retired from clinical practice. In addition to her MD degree from the University of MN, she has a Master of Health Care Delivery Science from Dartmouth College. Dr. Duevel was previously a member of the executive board of the MN ACOG (American College of OBGYN) and Rice Memorial Hospital's Medical Staff Executive Committee while also serving as Vice Chief of Staff and Credentials Chair. She currently leads Rice Memorial Hospital’s OB Patient Safety Committee and was a founding board member for the Kandiyohi Area Family YMCA. She has served as a volunteer physician with the Remote Area Medical Women’s Health Program in Guyana, South America and African Medical Mission in South Africa.


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Tom Forsythe

Vice President Global Communications, General Mills
Member with demonstrated expertise, leadership, and innovation in the area of health policy issues related to the small group and individual markets. Term ends 2016.

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    Mr. Forsythe has worked for General Mills for the past 22 years, where he is currently Vice President of Global Communications. He has served as a board member of Twin Cities Public Television, Twin West Chamber of Commerce, the Minnesota State University Board, and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, where he also served for a year as Chairman of the Board.  In 1991, Forsythe worked on behalf of the business community advancing health care reform, including the legislation that created Minnesota Care. Forsythe was later appointed by Governor Arne Carlson to the Minnesota Health Care Commission, and by Governor Tim Pawlenty to the Minnesota Health Care Transformation Task Force, where he advocated for market-based, consumer-oriented health care.


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Lucinda Jesson

Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS)


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    As commissioner of Human Services, Jesson oversees an agency administering a broad range of services, including health care, economic assistance, mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment, child welfare services, and services for the elderly and people with disabilities. Prior to joining DHS, Jesson was an associate professor of law at the Hamline University School of Law where she also founded and served as director of the Health Law Institute. Before that, Jesson served in local and state government both as chief deputy Hennepin County attorney, and as Minnesota deputy attorney general. In addition, Jesson has extensive private sector experience, both as a partner in the law firm of Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP, and in her own private practice.



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Phil Norrgard

Director of Human Services, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Representing individual consumers eligible for public health care program coverage. Term ends 2017.

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    Since 1980, Mr. Norrgard has served as the Director of Human Services on the Fond du Lac Reservation, where he performs many of the same tasks as a county health and human services administrator. In addition, he administers, purchases, and contracts for a wide range of medical, dental, pharmacy, chemical dependency, behavioral health, chiropractic, and in-home health care services for the Band. Mr. Norrgard served as a founding member on the Fond du Lac Insurance Board of Directors and helped establish Fond du Lac’s self-insurance medical plan.  He has served on numerous boards for community organizations and was a founding member of the Minnesota Indian Mental Health Advisory Council and the Minnesota Indian Child Welfare Advisory Council. Since its inception in 2004, Mr. Norrgard has served as the Bemidji Area Delegate Alternate to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Tribal Technical Advisory Group.