Board Members

 Message from our Board Chair: We are currently recruiting community members and interested individuals to join our board of directors. If you want to be part of a growing professional group who work together to improve access to healthcare for people in Saint Paul and beyond, please submit your interest via email; the application information will be sent to you.

Jinny Palen, Chair
Executive Director, Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs (MACMHP)
I have a background in health systems and health care policy. Previous professional experience with the Minnesota Primary Care Associations – Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers (MNACHC). I advocate for our communities and safety net providers.

Zach Ryan, CPA
UFM Board: Vice Chair
CPA in private practice.
I desire to make healthcare access to all in a fair and prudent manner.

Karen Gries, CPA                                                                                                                 UFM Board: Treasurer                                                                                          Director, Baker Tilly

Rachel Dayton, MPH
UFM Board: Chair, Compliance and Quality Committee
Quality Improvement Consultant, M Health Fairview.
I am passionate about community health, health equity, and access to healthcare. I have many years of experience in public health and quality and a desire to positively impact the community.

Stephen Gumnit
UFM Board: Compliance and Quality Committee 
Glass artist and President of the Board, Caponi Art Park.
I have extensive history developing FQHC type health delivery models which are especially important to support, aid and maintain the health of historically underserved people in our community. Additionally, I have years of experience leading big data health informatics research, developing data driven healthcare delivery platforms and devising payer and provider service strategies. As a patient, my goal is to merge the voice of the patient with my skills in order to support health care delivery to patients of United Family Medicine.

David Baker
UFM Board: Compliance and Quality Committee
Assistant Dir., Graduate Admissions, University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business.
As a long-standing patient of the clinic and resident of the West 7th neighborhood with a passion for service to the underrepresented, I bring a voice of the patient and the community to the board.

Heather L. S. James
UFM Board: Advancement and Communications Committee Chair
Stewardship and Donor Relations Specialist, UMN College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.
I have more than 20 years of professional experience providing patient advocacy, education, resources, and financial assistance. I currently work in development, focusing on donor stewardship and communications. I care deeply about creating an environment in which patient care will be accessible and equitable for all.

Maria MacWilliams                                                                                                      UFM Board: Quality Committee Chair                                                                Principal Bilingual Oncology Patient Manager OPN-CGA and Principal Manager, Be The Match Mexico

Daymond Dean, former Chair



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