Staff and board of directors

Our staff is dedicated to helping you meet your philanthropy goals in support of Mercy Hospital. With many years of planning experience, we can help you make the most of your donation to our hospital.

Please feel free to contact any of us for information on making a gift to Mercy Hospital. The foundation offices are located in the Lyric Building on the Mercy Hospital - Unity Campus.

Mercy Hospital Foundation  
Lyric Building
Mail Route 53213
7590 Lyric Lane NE
Fridley, MN 55432-3251

Phone: 763-236-3961
Fax: 763-236-3960

Our staff

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Linda L. Ortner

Lisa Gleason
        Administrative Assistant

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Andrea Melberg Thompson
Major Gift Officer

The Mercy Hospital Foundation is guided by a diverse group of community members, local business owners and health care providers. Our board of directors helps the Foundation with the direction and activities that best fulfill our mission to meet the health needs of our communities.


All officers serve on the Executive, Finance and Nominating Committees

Bruce Zeilinger, Chair
CEO, NXC Imaging

Saul Singh, DO, Vice Chair
Hospitalist, Mercy Hospital-Unity Campus

Paula Inman, Treasurer
Director of Finance, Allina Health

Cindy Stein, RN, Secretary
Community Member

Chris Hasling, Past Chair
Financial Advisor, Box Financial Advisors, Inc.

Board Members

John E. Babcock
President & CEO, The Bank of Elk River

Darcy Board
Owner/Agent, Darcy Board Home Team, Inc.

Diana Chambers, RN
Community Member

Pamela Deal
Community Member

Maria Dierkhising
Owner/Agent, Maria D Agency, State Farm Insurance

Rosemarie Donlin, RN
Community Member

David Dooher, RN
Community Member

Paula Inman
Director of Financial Improvement, Allina Health

Kyle Johansen
Executive Director of Merchandising, HOM Furniture, Inc.

Steve Kalina
President & CEO, Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association

John Knoll
Vice President of Sales, DSTI

Mandy Meisner
Anoka County Commissioner, District 4

Scott Peterson, DO
North Suburban Eye Specialists

Eva Rasmussen
SVP, Strategy & Digital Banking, Northeast Bank

Tammy Schemmel
Attorney, Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd.

Donna Scollon
Community Member

D. Brent Simons, MD, FACC
Metropolitan Heart and Vascular Institute

Annie Tan, MD
Minnesota Oncology 

Chris Weinhold
General Manager, TPC Twin Cities

Ex-officio Members

Sara Criger
Sr. Vice President, Allina Health Operations and President Mercy and Unity Hospital

Linda L. Ortner, MA, CFRE
President, Mercy Hospital Foundation

Sarah Schoel, MD
Chief of Staff, Mercy Hospital

If you are interested in becoming a Mercy Hospital Foundation board member or would like more information about serving on our board, please read this description of board member responsibilities