About HealthPartners

HealthPartners is the largest consumer-governed, non-profit healthcare organization in the nation. The company’s mission is to improve health and well-being in partnership with members, patients and the community.

Partner Bios

Bjorn Westgard, MD

Dr. Bjorn Westgard, MD, Spatial Medicine Expert, Emergency Medical Physician, practices at HCMC Urgent Care. He is trained as a medical anthropologist, and his teaching and research have focused on the use of emergency departments for preventable conditions and reducing health disparities in emergency care.

Malini DeSilva, MD, MPH

Dr. Malini DeSilva, MD, PHD, Staff Physician, practices at HealthPartners Department of Infectious Diseases and Travel and Tropical Medicine Center and St. Paul-Ramsey County Tuberculosis Clinic. Dr. Silva’s background is in vaccine-preventable diseases, health disparities, and the integration of public health and medicine.

David Martinson

David Martinson, Senior Communications Consultant and PR campaign co-manager for HealthPartners. David has over 10 years of experience in media relations, marketing communications, internal communications, social media, and critical issues management.

Jimmy Bellamy

Jimmy Bellamy, Communications Consultant and PR campaign co-manager for HealthPartners. Jimmy has over five years of combined experience at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics, Twin Cities Orthopedics, and Regions Hospital as a skilled writer, content creator, planner, and manager.

Collaborators at UMN

Eva Enns, PhD

Eva Enns, Associate Professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health, has expertise in infectious disease modeling, cost-effectiveness analysis, model calibration, and network modeling.

Bryan Runck, PhD: Spatial Computing Expert

Bryan Runck, PhD, Spatial Computing Expert, is a geocomputing scientist and researcher for G.E.M.S at the University of Minnesota. His research focus is on geographic information science with a primary focus on artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques.

Philip Pardey, PhD

His research focuses on the finance and conduct of R&D globally, methods for assessing the economic impacts of research, and the economic and policy aspects of genetic resources and the biosciences. 

*Providing only personal support, not institutional support
Tim Smith, PhD

Tim Smith, PhD, is Senior Advisor for Modern Logic. He is founding Director of the NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise (NiSE) at the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota. He is a professor of sustainable systems management and International Business at the University of Minnesota.

Kristina Krohn, MD

Dr. Kristina Krohn, MD, a Hospitalist at M Health Fairview, is a pediatrician and internal medicine physician. As an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota, her research has focused on medical education and journalism and how people outside the field of medicine learn about medicine.

Beth Thielen, MD, PhD

Dr. Beth Thielen, MD, PhD is a Clinical Fellow in Adult and Pediatric Infectious Diseases and will join the faculty of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology at the University of Minnesota Medical School later this year. Her research focuses on the molecular epidemiology, pathogenesis, and immunology of viral infectious diseases, including HIV, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus.

Umesh Goswami, MD

Dr. Umesh Goswami, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. His research includes studying sleep disorders, end stage lung disease and pre- and post-lung-transplant patient care.

Shashi Shekhar, PhD

Shashi Shekhar, PhD, Mcknight Distinguished University Professor, Distinguished University Teaching Professor, Computer Science & Engineering, University of Minnesota.

Anu Ramaswamy at Princeton U

Anu Ramaswamy, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, and the Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University.

About Modern Logic

Modern Logic is a product agency that builds and scales digital products for innovators big and small. Their team is made up of designers, engineers and scientists that apply cutting edge innovation strategy with reliable, brass tacks execution to get digital products to market and to maximize their impact. Whether the product is just a spark of an idea or ready to scale, they help ideas change the world.

Partner Bios

Brian Krohn, PhD: Product Owner, Entrepreneur in Residence, Science Office

Brian Krohn, PhD, Scientist and Entrepreneur in Residence, is a former Rhodes Scholar and researcher and founder and CEO of a medical technology company called Soundly that uses an app-based therapy to treat snoring. 

Dustin Bruzenak: CEO

Dustin Bruzenak, CEO, has been in software development for 20 years. Prior to founding Modern Logic, Dustin served as co-founder of a digital analytics company. Dustin was also a senior software engineer and metadata lead at Adobe. There he worked with companies like Apple and Microsoft to create and implement cross company standards for the emerging field of digital photography. Before that he co-founded and ran a financial software consultancy with clients such as US Bank, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America.

Andy Rahn: Senior Developer

Andy Rahn, Principal Engineer, has experience delivering software to millions of users as a senior developer at Adobe. His passion is to help local startups build apps, including those that securely synchronize, integrate and scale data.

Dylan Bruzenak: Senior Developer

Dylan Bruzenak, Senior Developer and Chief Technology Officer, has worked as a senior software developer for large life insurance companies, banks, and Adobe. He has also founded multiple companies that specialized in app development.

Chip Pedersen: Director of Project Management

Chip Pedersen, Director of Project Management, has 30+ years of experience in software product development and project management for companies including, Apple, Microsoft, Andersen Consulting Advanced Technology Group, and Activision Blizzard. Chip is known for building great cross functional teams who ship great products, on time, and on budget.

Ryan Pedersen: Sr. Designer

Ryan Pedersen, Senior Designer, has over 5+ years experience specializing in UI/UX design for multiple platforms such as iOS, Android, and web. Ryan has another  5+ years in quality assurance ranging from small to large companies such as Activision Blizzard.

John Thomalla: Funding and Operations Coordinator

John Thomalla, Process Engineer, Outreach Coordinator, and Sales Associate at Modern Logic, has spent two years at the Earl Bakken Medical Devices Center learning innovation methodologies that translate to digital products. Backed by a mechanical engineering, project management, and entrepreneurial background, John has led efforts in adding structure around management and product development processes that are aimed to rapidly scale digital products.

Jennifer Nicklay

Jennifer Nicklay, Quality Assurance Lead, has 5+ years of experience testing software, including enterprise healthcare systems as a former QA specialist at Epic. She focuses on diagnosing and communicating issues that will impact functionality and experience for multiple types of users. Jennifer is also a Ph.D. student at the University of Minnesota, where she regularly works with complex data sets, which drives her commitment to streamline data analytics by optimizing software processes.

About STG

STG is a full-service public affairs and advocacy consulting firm at the forefront of influencing outcomes at the state and federal level — from leading communications for the ongoing movement to protect and support the Affordable Care Act, to managing the marketing and PR needs of the world’s most impactful foundations, nonprofits, and social good organizations, to advocating for privacy regulations in the health IT and patient data space.

Our original founders, Julianna Smoot and Paul Tewes, were instrumental architects of Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns and led the Democratic party to victory with their skills, drive, and ambitions. We embody the ethos of that campaign by embracing the notion of “respect, empower and include,” and by embracing a data- and results-driven approach that is strategic, entrepreneurial, nimble, and tenacious.

We are communicators with a cause, and we secure results that matter.

Partner Bios

Aaron Wells

Aaron Wells, partner and president at STG, has spent a decade in the intersecting worlds of law, policy, politics, and communications.

Robyn Kanner

Robyn Kanner is a storyteller with a focus in writing and design. Based in Washington, D.C., her bylines on culture have appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and Wired, to name a few. She’s led product design at Google (Jigsaw), Amazon, and New Balance.

Mike Naple

Mike Naple is a communications strategist with experience helping elected representatives, public interest organizations, and government officials craft their messages, develop narratives and enact public policy.

Individual Supporters & Advisors

Bob Groven, JD, MA

Bob Groven, Communications Advisor, is an associate professor and Co-Chair of the Department of Communication Studies, Film and New Media at Augsburg University and has 25+ years of communication consulting under his belt.

Rebecca Froehlich 

Rebecca Froehlich is a Master of Arts in Leadership student at Augsburg University and communications professional with experience in freelance communications projects for political, nonprofit, and educational organizations.

Eric Little, PhD, JD

Eric Little, Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at St. Cloud State University. Eric has 7+ years of experience as a patent agent for Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner and has extensive background in medical device innovation methodologies.

Susan Hammel, CFA

Susan Hammel, Capital and Investment Advisor, is the Founder and CEO of Cogent Consulting PBC. She also is the Impact Investing Executive in Residence for the Minnesota Council on Foundations and has 30+ years of financial and strategic consulting experience focused on empowering entrepreneurial organizations.

Steven Thomalla, PhD Candidate

Steven Thomalla, Lab Supervisor and Ventilator Production Director at the Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center, has 6+ years of experience in developing and executing medical device innovation methodologies.

Sam Black

Sam Black, Relations Analyst consultant, has helped support content creation and messaging. He has 16 years of experience of understanding public relations and helping translate technical information into everyday language.

Tim Ahrens

Tim Ahrens, a Manufacturing Engineering Technologist, has helped provide data required to build high resolution maps of COVID-19 cases by county. Tim has also compiled and kept a current list of state orders illustrating the laws and risks within each state.

Tim Krohn

Tim Krohn, is the Land Information Manager with the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.  Provided the initial GIS maps and data sourcing for the application.

Erik Aanestad

Erik Aanestad, is a Jr. React developer and avid musician.

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