Education: Bachelor’s degree, political science and history, St. Olaf College; master’s degree, hospital and health care administration, University of Minnesota
How would you describe your management style?
One of my better reads was Jim Collins’ book ‘Good to Great.’ He talked a lot about leaders in organizations whose focus was not on them their focus was on the organization and having it grow, making it better and, at the end of the day, leaving it better than they found it.
In some cases, those leaders weren’t terribly well known. That tends to be my style. I’m not a terribly big limelight leader. I’m out there with the troops. I have a strong interest, as I do with my team, to not let ego get in the way. We are not a team that thrives by getting in the headlines as much as we thrive on the work that we do and the outcomes that we achieve. At the end of the day, we want to leave it better than we found it.
What are your hobbies?
Cooking, golfing, travel, photography, videography
What’s your favorite meal to cook?
I’m best known for my baking. I like to make pies. I have become enamored with the idea of baking pies. I’ve actually always done that. My mom was a great cook; she taught me a lot.
It’s become a tradition here that when it’s somebody’s birthday in the organization one of my team members’ birthdays or one of the docs, I’ll make them a pie. People want to get on the list of getting one of my pies. I enjoy spending time in the kitchen and messing it up completely.