Leadership team

The Executive Leadership Team sets strategies, monitors performance and oversees operational responsibilities throughout Allina Health.

Penny Wheeler

Chief Executive Officer

Penny Wheeler, MD, is chief executive officer of Allina Health and has announced plans to transition out of the role on Dec. 31 2021. Prior to her appointment as CEO, she served as president and 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.

Dr. Wheeler continues to set the overall strategic direction for Allina Health, ensuring the organization delivers exceptional care and supports the health and well-being of all those served. 

Under Dr. Wheeler’s leadership, Allina Health has sharpened its focus on serving those who have not always been well-served by a health care system. This includes individuals with disabilities through the creation of Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute; those with mental illness and addiction issues through significant investments in Allina Health’s mental health capabilities; and those who face discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity through Allina Health’s diversity, equity, and inclusion work. 

Dr. Wheeler serves on a variety of local and national Boards. She is currently Chairing the American Hospital Association's Health Systems Council; and serves on the Boards for NRC Health and Cedar, an organization that eases the strain of financial billing for those served. Locally, Dr. Wheeler serves on the Executive Committee of the Minnesota Business Partnership, Medical Alley, the University of Minnesota Foundation, St. Thomas University Board of Trustees, and Portico Healthnet, an organization dedicated to helping uninsured Minnesotans receive affordable health coverage and care. 

Dr. Wheeler was recently recognized as a Luminary by Modern Health Care for her multiple appearances on their top 25 Women Leaders in Health Care list. In addition, she received an award as one of the 100 most influential people in health care and was recognized as one of the 50 most influential clinical executives.

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.

Lisa Shannon

Lisa Shannon

President and 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. The Allina Health Board of Directors has appointed Shannon as the successor to Dr. Penny Wheeler as chief executive officer as of January 1, 2022. 

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.

Before joining KentuckyOne Health, Shannon served in several executive leadership roles at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan, including three years as Chief Operating Officer. Shannon 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 a Master’s of Business Administration from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. 

Shannon places a great deal of value on community engagement. She currently serves on the Board of the Greater Twin Cities United Way and the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business Strategic Board of Advisors. 

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Lawrence Cho

Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy & Growth Officer

Lawrence Cho is responsible for advancing and sustaining Allina Health’s innovation, strategic and growth initiatives, while prioritizing accelerating organizational performance. 

Before joining Allina Health in 2021, Cho was a member of Mayo Clinic’s executive team. At Mayo Clinic, he held positions of chief operating officer for Mayo Clinic International, where he focused on expanding Mayo’s model of care internationally, and chair of Corporate Development, where he led enterprise-wide strategic partnership and merger & acquisitions initiatives. Prior to joining Mayo Clinic, Lawrence held various finance, strategy and business development positions in industry-leading organizations of Medtronic, McKinsey & Company and General Mills.   

Cho earned both a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and economics and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. Past board memberships include the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Wolverine Venture Fund and Mu Performing Arts. 

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Sara Criger

Senior Vice President, Allina Health Operations, and President, Mercy Hospital (Mercy and Unity Campuses) and United Hospital

In her role as president, Sara Criger oversees Mercy Hospital (Mercy and Unity Campuses) and United Hospital, Allina Health's tertiary hospitals – each providing 546 licensed beds and serving the north and east Twin Cities metro areas, respectively. Sara also provides executive leadership support to Allina Health Emergency Medical Services, and the Mental Health and Addiction Services Clinical Service Line.

Prior to joining Allina Health in 2012, Criger held the position of vice president, HealthEast Care System, and CEO, St. Joseph's Hospital, where she also led HealthEast system responsibilities for cardiovascular, neurosciences and mental health service lines, as well as HealthEast Medical Laboratories and Hospice Care. Criger held several leadership positions during a 16-year career at Fairview Health Services, including 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 as the Chair of the Minnesota Hospital Association Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and is the immediate past chair of the Life Source Board of Directors and Executive Committee.

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.

Sarah Kleaveland Kupczak

Sarah Kleaveland Kupczak

Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer 

As Chief Compliance Officer, Sarah Kleaveland Kupczak provides overall direction for the Allina Health Compliance, Privacy, Audit, Enterprise Risk Management and Human Research Projection Programs. Sarah joined Allina Health in January 2020. 

Prior to joining Allina Health, she was the Regional Compliance Officer at Ascension, leading, developing and evolving the compliance function. Prior to this role, Sarah held leadership positions at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare as the Vice President, Corporate Compliance and Columbia St. Mary’s as Director, Risk and Compliance. 

Sarah has a master’s degree and an ABD in Economics from the University of Michigan. She earned her law degree from University of Virginia School of Law following bachelor’s degrees in political science and economics at the University of Iowa. 

Scott Leighty

Scott Leighty

Senior Vice President, Regional Hospitals and Clinical Services 

Scott Leighty joined Allina Health in June 2020 and is responsible for our community hospitals, Central Laboratory, Pharmacy, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Services, and Cancer Institute. 

Scott joined our organization from Atrium Health in Charlotte, N.C where he led several successful initiatives to standardize, scale and ultimately improve the patient experience for Pharmacy, Radiology and Laboratory. Scott also championed the integration work for dozens of acquired acute care, oncology and ambulatory facilities across the system to realize significant operational improvements. 

He previously served in an executive role at Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa in Mason City, Iowa. His deep healthcare experience and operations knowledge will be beneficial to our journey to be a high reliability organization.

Scott holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

Ric Magnuson

Ric Magnuson

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. 

Magnuson also served as senior vice president, Finance and Treasury. In this role, he is 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 Health 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 Health in 2004, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Fletcher Allen HealthCare in Arlington, Vt.; Executive Vice President & Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of Group Health, based in Seattle, Was.; and as Chief Financial Officer of City of Hope, a $1.5 billion organization providing leading research around cancer and diabetes care services.

In 2019, Magnuson was recognized by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal as CFO of the Year for his work in helping streamline and improve the financial position of Allina Health. He 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.   

John MisaJohn Misa, MD

Vice President, System Clinical Officer

In his current role, Dr. John Misa provides clinical oversight of the Allina Health Group including primary care, surgical and procedural services, Mother-Baby (women’s health) and specialty services, and he serves as the Allina Integrated Medical Network (AIMN) President. Dr. Misa has been with Allina Health since 2019, first serving as the Vice President of Medical Operations for the Allina Health Group.

Prior to joining Allina Health, Dr. Misa held various positions with Park Nicollet Health Services, including Senior Medical Director, Primary Care; and as an Internist.Dr. Misa holds a bachelor’s of degree in biology from The John Hopkins University and doctorate in medicine from Stony Brook University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. He also completed an internal medicine residency at the University Of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

Christine Webster Moore

Christine Webster Moore

Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources and Administrative Officer 

Christine Moore leads the Human Resources, Marketing, Internal Communications and Public Affairs functions 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, HR operations, marketing, internal communications, media relations and public affairs.

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 the board of St. Catherine University. 

Ann Madden Rice

Ann Madden Rice

Senior Vice President, Allina Health Operations and President, Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Ann Madden Rice oversees Abbott Northwestern Hospital, the largest  hospital in the Twin Cities, which is recognized nationally and locally for its exceptional expertise and care. Each year, the hospital serves more than 200,000 patients and their families.

Prior to arriving at Allina Health in 2018, Rice served as the chief executive officer of the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, Calif. Part of the University of California, the academic health system, includes a 625-bed acute-care teaching hospital, a large physician practice group, outstanding medical school and school of nursing. 

Rice is currently serving on the Minnesota Hospital Association Board of Directors. Previously, she was the chair of the California Hospital Association and of the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California. In addition to her hospital leadership, she served on the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee and was the California Senate appointee on California Health Facilities Financing Authority. She is a past national president of the Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors.

Rice served in leadership roles in many other health systems, including chief financial officer and chief operating officer for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Rice has a baccalaureate degree in Industrial Administration from Iowa State University and a master's degree in accounting from the University of Iowa.

Rice also has a strong commitment to the community and supporting causes in health care. In 2018, she was recognized by United Cerebral Palsy of Sacramento and Northern California as the UCP Humanitarian of the Year.

Jonathan Shoemaker

Jonathan Shoemaker

Senior Vice President, Chief Information and Improvement Officer

Jonathan Shoemaker has responsibility for Allina Health’s improvement system and information services, with accountability for performance improvement, health information management, clinical engineering services, consumer experience, consumer insights and consumer research. 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.

 
Dave Slowinske

Dave Slowinske

Senior Vice President, Allina Health Group Operations 

Dave Slowinske was appointed Senior Vice President of Operations for Allina Health Group in January 2020. He is responsible for clinical, operational and financial performance across Allina Health's ambulatory services that include the Allina Health Medical Group, Allina Health Home and Community Services and the Allina Integrated Medical Network (AIMN).

Slowinske joined Allina Health in 2012 as the Director of Operations for the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing. He also served as Vice President of Operations for Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, orthopedic and spine clinical service lines and the Penny George Institute before moving into the role of Vice President of Operations for Allina Health Group. Slowinske has extensive experience in improving operational performance and culture change within large integrated delivery systems.

Prior to joining Allina Health, Slowinske held leadership roles with HealthPartners, Cardinal Health and Allegiance Healthcare. He has served the community through the American Cancer Society’s Minnesota State Leadership Council, and board of director roles with Westfield Hospital and Axis Healthcare.  

Slowinske holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Master of Business Administration from DePaul University Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.  

 Hsieng Su

Hsieng Su, MD

Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Executive

Dr. Hsieng Su serves as the senior executive responsible for clinical performance and advancing Allina Health’s safety, quality and population health journey. 

Prior to joining Allina Health in 2021, Dr. Su was at SSM Health-St. Louis as the Regional Chief Medical Officer, where she was an integral part of improving patient care by leading clinical teams across five specialty areas, creating a physician leadership development program, providing leadership to the SSM Health-St. Louis Institutional Review Board and research contracts with the affiliated academic university. She served as a board member of the Accountable Care Organization for the region. Dr. Su spent six years at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisc. as the Chief Medical Officer prior to her time with SSM Health-St. Louis. 

Dr. Su holds an undergraduate degree in microbiology from the University of Washington, Seattle; a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Irvine; earned a Master of Health Care Management from Harvard School of Public Health; and a doctorate of medicine from Georgetown University School of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency at Mayo Clinic, finished a preventative medicine fellowship at Mayo Clinic, and completed The Academy, GE Chief Medical Officer fellowship. 


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Elizabeth Truesdell Smith, JD, MPH

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 than more than two decades 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 system clinical risk management and all insurance programs.

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 subject 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.