The Executive Leadership Team sets strategies, monitors performance and oversees operational responsibilities throughout Allina Health.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Penny Wheeler, MD, is the president and chief executive officer of Allina Health. Prior to her appointment as CEO, she served as the chief clinical officer of Allina Health, responsible for leading the organization's quality and value agenda through alignment of the clinical and operational leadership to optimally benefit those served by Allina Health. A board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist, Dr. Wheeler served patients at Women's Health Consultants in Minneapolis, was the president of Abbott Northwestern Hospital's medical staff, chaired the Allina Health Quality Committee and served on the Allina Health Board of Directors.
In addition to her current role, Dr. Wheeler chaired the Minnesota Community Measurement board, a regional health quality collaborative, and is on the board of Portico Healthnet, an organization dedicated to helping uninsured Minnesotans receive affordable health coverage and care. She has presented nationally on Allina Health’s approach and success in quality advancement and outcomes-based quality payment models. Dr. Wheeler was named the 2012 Outstanding Health Care Executive, largely based on her ability to form internal and external care collaboratives and their impact on community health.
Her educational background includes an undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Minnesota, and a doctorate of medicine degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School.
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Ric Magnuson is responsible for ensuring that Allina Health resources are deployed properly to enhance the quality, safety and effectiveness of the care Allina Health provides to our patients and communities.
Mr. Magnuson also served as senior vice president, Finance and Treasury. In this role, he was responsible for treasury, financial accounting & reporting, real estate, tax, design & construction, logistics and materials management, purchasing and the project
management office along with the responsibilities of the former vice president, Supply Chain Management role.
Previously, Magnuson served Allina from 1987 to 2004 in a variety of financial leadership roles, including Chief Financial Officer for Mercy and Unity Hospitals and vice president of Finance and Operations at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. After leaving Allina in 2004, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Fletcher Allen
HealthCare in Arlington, Vermont; Executive Vice President & Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of Group Health, based in Seattle, Washington; and most recently as Chief Financial Officer of City of Hope, a $1.5 billion organization providing leading research around cancer and diabetes
Magnuson earned his bachelor's degree at Augsburg College in Minneapolis in accounting and finance and his master's degree at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis.
Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Lisa Shannon has responsibility for Allina Health's hospitals, primary and specialty care divisions, and information services. In her role, Shannon helps drive exceptional clinical, operational and financial performance so that Allina Health can deliver quality, affordable care to the
communities we serve.
Prior to Allina Health, Shannon served as president, Health System Delivery, for KentuckyOne Health, Kentucky's largest integrated health system. There she had overall responsibility for care delivery across the system, which included 13 hospitals, two managed hospitals, a clinically
integrated network, the KentuckyOne Medical Group, and comprehensive ambulatory services at more than 200 locations. She joined KentuckyOne Health in 2014 as Chief Operating Officer and assumed the role of president, health system delivery, shortly thereafter.
Prior to joining KentuckyOne Health, Lisa served in several executive leadership roles at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan, including three years as Chief Operating Officer. Lisa began her career as a clinical dietitian at The Community Hospital in Springfield, Ohio,
and spent 10 years at OhioHealth Corporation in Columbus, rising to vice president of ambulatory services. She is a graduate of Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and earned an MBA from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio.
Executive Vice President, Allina Health
Christine Bent leads the Allina Health Group, responsible for integrating primary care, specialty care and clinical service line capabilities to better serve our patients.
Earlier in her career, Bent was the chief operating officer of the Minneapolis Heart Institute® where, in conjunction with the physician president, she provided professional management to the 128-bed Heart Hospital within Abbott Northwestern Hospital and MHI®’s extensive outreach program. Her background is in physician practice management in both independent practices and integrated health care delivery systems.
Bent graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and obtained her master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Minnesota.
Executive Vice President, Allina Health Group & Chief Clinical Officer
Ben Bache-Wiig, MD, is executive vice president, Allina Health Group, and Allina Health Chief Clinical Officer (CCO).
Prior to this role, he served as president of
Abbott Northwestern Hospital and senior vice president of Allina Health's west region hospitals, which include Abbott Northwestern Hospital,
Abbott Northwestern – WestHealth,
District One Hospital,
New Ulm Medical Center,
Owatonna Hospital and
St. Francis Regional Medical Center. He also served as vice president of Medical Affairs at Abbott Northwestern Hospital from 2009 to 2011.
Dr. Bache-Wiig was part of the North Clinic for 20 years as medical director, physician president and partner. He served as the chief of the Medicine Department at North Memorial Healthcare, on the board of directors for North Memorial and, for 10 years, on the Medica Board of Directors.
Dr. Bache-Wiig has been recognized several times by Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine as one of the area's top physicians. He completed his undergraduate studies at Michigan State University, went to medical school at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Minnesota – Minneapolis.
Senior Vice President, North Region and President, Mercy Hospital
Sara Criger is senior vice president – North Region, which includes
Cambridge Medical Center, and
Mercy Hospital. She is also the president of Mercy Hospital.
Prior to joining Allina Health in 2012, held the position of vice president, HealthEast Care System and CEO, St. Joseph's Hospital, a 258-bed tertiary hospital. Criger also led HealthEast system responsibilities for cardiovascular, neurosciences and mental health service lines, as well as the HealthEast Medical Laboratories and HealthEast Hospice Care. She also served as vice president of ambulatory services, University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, and president of Fairview Ridges Hospital and Clinics.
An active member of the community, Criger currently serves on the Minnesota Hospital Association Executive Committee and the Board of Directors, the Life Source Organ and Tissue Donation Board of Directors, the Minnesota National Guard Strategic Advisory Task Force, and is chair of the Life Source Finance Committee. Previously, she served as the 2012 chair of the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Board, and as a member of the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board, Minnesota Hospital Association Policy and Advocacy Committee, and the Twin Cities American Heart and Stroke Association Board.
Criger holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Western Connecticut State University and a master's degree in health services administration from the University of St. Francis in Illinois.
Senior Vice President, East Region and President, United Hospital
Interim Senior Vice President, West Region and Interim President, Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Tom O'Connor is senior vice president – East Region, which includes
Allina Health Emergency Medical Services,
River Falls Area Hospital and
United Hospital. He is also the president of United Hospital.
O'Connor is also serving as interim senior vice president – West Region, which includes
Abbott Northwestern Hospital,
Abbott Northwestern – WestHealth,
District One Hospital,
New Ulm Medical Center,
Owatonna Hospital and
St. Francis Regional Medical Center
. He is also the interim president of Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
O'Connor began his career with Allina Health in 1997, with responsibility for eight rural hospitals as vice president of operations for Allina Regional Health Services. In 2001, as corporate vice president of operations for Allina Health, he led the year-long administrative redesign and system wide financial improvement initiative necessitated by the Allina Health split with Medica Health Plan. He then served as president of St. Francis Regional Medical Center until 2007, when he began a five-year term as president of Mercy Hospital. Prior to his career at Allina Health, O’Connor served as chief operating officer of HCA Capital Regional Medical Center in Tallahassee.
O'Connor has master's degrees in health services administration and in business administration from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor's degree in economics/finance from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.
Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer
Christine Moore leads the Human Resources function of Allina Health and is accountable for the organization's human resources and people strategies, which are critical to building and sustaining an engaged workforce committed to exceptional care and service. Her accountabilities include talent acquisition, management and succession planning, compensation and benefits, employee relations, leadership development and HR operations.
Prior to joining Allina Health in 2015, Moore served as an executive HR leader at Ecolab and Best Buy. In addition to her HR experience, Moore has also held executive leadership roles overseeing business lines for Best Buy and Best Buy.com. She began her career at a management consulting agency.
Moore earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Scripps College in Claremont, California, and she received her PhD in Organizational Psychology from Claremont Graduate University. She is on the board of the Montessori Center of Minnesota and is a volunteer in the Wayzata School District.
Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer
Jonathan Shoemaker has responsibility for Allina Health’s information services, clinical equipment services and health information management.
Shoemaker joined Allina Health in 2005. His tenure with Allina Health has included driving the strategies and implementation of major technologies that help improve the delivery of care. These include our electronic health records and health information exchange systems, as well as products for anesthesia, radiology, lab and hospice that make these areas of health care run more efficiently. Johnathan has served as the committee chair for the State of Minnesota Standards and Interoperability Committee and currently serves on Minnesota’s eHealth Advisory Committee representing large hospitals.
Prior to joining Allina Health, Johnathan held information services roles within hospital and ambulatory settings. He also worked with a national consulting firm focusing on information technology.
Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
As Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Jeff Shoemate leads brand strategy and consumer insights, as well as all marketing, omni-channel advertising, PR and internal communications. Prior to joining Allina Health in 2018, Jeff was Chief Marketing Officer for Harken Health, an health insurance plus care company, where he was responsible for all marketing, advertising, branding, internal, external and member communications, including brand positioning, market launches, websites and establishing member experience strategy.
Jeff was also Vice President of Innovation and Business Development for the senior markets segment of UnitedHealthcare, where he led a team responsible for development of new product and service offerings. He has held roles in consumer marketing, product development, branding and research with Nielsen Marketing Research, James River Co, Jostens and Best Buy. Jeff is a graduate of Union College in Schenectady, NY and earned his Marketing MBA from the University of Minnesota.
Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, Specialty Care and Research
Dr. Timothy Sielaff is the chief medical officer for Allina Health and the senior vice president for the Allina Health Group (AHG). He is responsible for advancing the quality agenda of Allina Health and clinically leading the 11 clinical service lines that make up the AHG.
Tim has been a hepatopancreatobiliary (HPB) surgeon for 15 years. He started his career at the University of Minnesota where he was a tenured associate professor. He came to Allina Health in 2005 to serve as the medical director of the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute (VPCI) at Abbott
Northwestern Hospital. Dr. Sielaff developed the HPB program at Abbott Northwestern Hospital that is now a referral center for the five-state area. He advanced multidisciplinary cancer care to include 11 organ-specific programs, which are also regional referral centers for a variety of common, rare and
complex cancers and clinical research. He has helped redesign the quality and research governance structures at Allina Health and has worked diligently to link clinical quality outcomes to finance value initiatives and clinical service lines.
Tim graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (BS Psychology), the Medical College of Virginia (MD, AOA), and the University of Minnesota Department of Surgery (with a PhD in hepatocyte tissue engineering/bioartificial liver) surgery program. He completed a fellowship in
HPB surgery and Liver Transplantation at the University of Toronto. He has been involved in a variety of leadership positions locally and nationally including serving on the American College of Surgeons Board of Governors, the Midwest Board of the American Cancer Society and the Pancreatic Cancer Research Team
Executive Committee. He also completed the Health Care MBA at the University of St. Thomas and the Advanced Training Program at Intermountain Health.
Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer
Kate is responsible for leading the Allina Health integrity and compliance program, audit services and the human research protection program. The scope of the integrity and compliance program includes, billing, coding and reimbursement, privacy, regulatory affairs, research and conflicts of interest.
Prior to joining Allina Health, Kate was at Park Nicollet Health Services, where she was vice president of corporate compliance and chief compliance officer from 2011 to 2013, before becoming vice president, integrity and compliance, and care group compliance officer for the combined HealthPartners and Park Nicollet in 2013.
Tarvestad previously held a senior leadership role at Boston Scientific where she developed and led the compliance program for interactions with health care professionals. She spent the majority of her career at Mayo Clinic where she held senior leadership roles in research and education.
Kate received her bachelor’s degree in sociology and business from St. Cloud State University and holds a juris doctor from William Mitchell College of Law.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary to the Allina Health Board of Directors
Elizabeth Truesdell Smith is senior vice president, general counsel and secretary to the Allina Health Board of Directors. Truesdell Smith has been practicing law for 22 years and has served as in-house counsel for Allina Health since December 2000. As general counsel, Truesdell Smith serves on the Executive Leadership Team and is the chief legal advisor to the health system and all of its operating units, subsidiaries, employees, boards and constituents. She also is the senior executive responsible for clinical and enterprise risk management, insurance and emergency preparedness.
Prior to her appointment as general counsel, she held the position of vice president of the Allina Health Law Department medical-legal team where she focused her leadership and practice on the oversight and management of professional liability matters, patient care related advice and counsel, medical staff and privileging matters, corporate and clinical regulatory matters, clinical risk management and litigation arising out of patient care delivery disputes. Before joining Allina Health, Truesdell Smith practiced as a trial lawyer for eight years with a focus on hospital and health law, medical professional liability and medical products liability litigation defense.
Truesdell Smith received her juris doctor from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1992 after earning a master’s degree in public health with a health law and bioethics concentration from Boston University School of Public Health in 1989. She has served on institutional review boards responsible for overseeing human subjects research for over a decade. She has worked in biomedical laboratory research at Harvard Medical School and in biomedical ethics at Boston City Hospital, Boston University School of Public Health and the Center for Bioethics at the University of Minnesota. She currently serves on the YWCA Board of Directors.