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Leadership Team

Ann Nyakundi, CEO

Ann Nyakundi, MHA, Chief Executive Officer 

Ann Nyakundi serves as Chief Executive Officer of United Family Medicine, an urban federally qualified community health center.  With more than 20 years of experience in public health and health care administration, Ms. Nyakundi has demonstrated strengths in community outreach, nonprofit management, strategic planning and health policy.  Throughout her career, Nyakundi served on various national advisory committees including Medtronic Philanthropy’s HealthRise US Program; the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; and New Models of Primary Care Workforce and Financing, where she represented community health workers and helped initially design the use of this group at Hennepin Healthcare, the largest safety net health system in Minnesota.  Beyond advisory roles, Ms. Nyakundi has a background in quality improvement, health care administration, community health, health policy, and philanthropy.  Prior to her leadership at United Family Medicine, she provided strategic support to the National Marrow Donor Program, managing payer relationships with the largest national payers in the country.  She also helped spread Practice Facilitation nationally within the Primary Care Services Division of the American Cancer Society where she served as Health Systems Manager for the Midwest Division.  As an undergraduate student, Nyakundi secured an international fellowship with the National Institutes of Health in China and conducted medical anthropology research in the Dominican Republic, studying traditional health systems.  Educated in executive health care administration at the University of Minnesota and medical anthropology from the University of Michigan, Ms. Nyakundi is a sought after speaker for providing innovative new ways to reduce health disparities.  She lives in Minnesota, and is married with two children and three furry companions named Napoleon, Sephina, and Oso.​  

CEO Ann Nyakundi interviewed by MPR Radio Peter Cox, along with other community health experts.

CEO is grateful to the team’s commitment (video, 38 sec)

CEO’s personal story – grew up in poverty (video, 40 sec)

Sarah Torres, COO

Sarah Torres, MHA, Chief Operating Officer

Sarah Torres is a healthcare administrator with deep experience developing programs and clinic systems that serve underinsured or underserved populations. As a clinic manager, she developed and implemented strategic plans and quality improvement programs resulting in increased patient visits, higher patient experience scores, and improved diabetes outcomes. While serving as Hennepin Healthcare System’s Clinic Development Manager, Torres launched a six-clinic system of outpatient practices, driving healthcare into the communities where patients live and work. In her current role as Chief Operating Officer, Torres brings that deep experience to bear on communities in St. Paul, notably implementing a team-based care model to increase efficiencies and patient volumes, as well as expanding dental services at United Family Medicine. Highly regarded among healthcare executives, Torres is a guest lecturer and speaker at conferences nationwide.

Meet Sarah Torres, Chief Operating Officer (video, 19 sec)

Phuong-Giang Pham, DDS

Mariana Giovino, Ph.D., Chief Talent Officer

Mariana Giovino specializes in talent development and organizational design, and is dedicated to implementing equity into the workplace—from hiring to coaching to strategic planning. Working with both nonprofit and profit models, Mariana bridged the operations and human resources needs for the Director of Human Rights & Equal Economic Opportunity Dept. for the City of St. Paul, as well as for the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity at the Metropolitan Council. As the Director of Human Resources at Heraeus Medical Components, Mariana led sites in MN, Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica, where her focus was change management, building new cultures and developing team leaders. Her background in healthcare began on the wards working as a health care aide with end-of-life clients in London, where she lived for a number of years and worked as a hospice bereavement counselor and clinical operations manager. Upon returning to the US, she created and implemented educational programs that re-set cultural priorities for interdisciplinary hospice teams across five states comprising 1,000 employees. Mariana is trained in delivering person-centered care to older persons, persons with disabilities, POCI, LGBTQI+ and immigrant populations.

Sarah Torres, COO

Janeen Dednam-Wright, MA, BS, Director of Community Partnerships

Janeen Dednam-Wright has over 20 years expertise in nonprofit health services and clinics. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, her professional background includes experience across areas of grants administration, marketing, public relations, and human resources. Janeen also has many years of experience working in health care and community health. She spent the last four years leading dental clinic operations in Nebraska and Minnesota, respectively. She is a graduate of the University of Central Missouri where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and minored in Broadcasting and Film. She received her Master of Arts degree in Media Communications from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Phuong-Giang Pham, DDS

Mariya Javed, MSW, LICSW, LADC, CBIS, Director of Behavioral Health Services

Mariya Javed leads a team of therapists, psychiatric providers, and social workers in collaboration with primary care physicians. She is dedicated to integrating mental health into the primary care setting in order to provide holistic care to patients. Her team uses current best practices for therapy that is both culturally and trauma-responsive for our patients, including for addiction therapy. Javed has 10 years of experience working with substance use disorders, medication assisted treatment (MAT) therapies, complex and developmental trauma, brain injuries, and co-morbid physical ailments and disabilities. Her approach utilizes neuroscience and neurophysiology to develop effective psychotherapy outcomes.

Phuong-Giang Pham, DDS

Phuong-Giang Pham, DDS, Director of Dental Service

Phuong-Giang Pham leads our Dental Team and is well positioned to do so, with more than 18 years of dental experience. Her clinical interests include preventive dentistry, patient education, and providing general dentistry for all ages. She is a veteran of the United States Air Force, and is also bilingual, speaking both English and Vietnamese. This unique combination sets her up well to serve our diverse patient population, providing excellent care to all who come to United Family Medicine for dental services. Her personal interests include arts and crafts, cooking, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.

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