Essentia Health-East Foundations Boards & Staff

Meet the dedicated staff and boards of directors who help improve and expand health care in Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin through their work with the local Essentia Health foundations in the Twin Ports of Duluth and Superior.

Duluth Clinic Foundation

Board of Trustees

  • Timothy Burke, MD
  • Michael Cowles
  • Kenneth Dornfeld, MD
  • Robert Erickson, MD
  • Conrad Firling
  • Irina Haller
  • Marilyn Weber


St. Mary’s Hospital-Superior Foundation

Board of Trustees

  • Tim Heytens
  • Becky Kirk
  • Erin Makela
  • Kathie Matushak
  • Craig Peterson, chair
  • Eric Siljendahl
  • Father Jim Tobolski

Ex-Officio Trustee

  • Terry Jacobson


St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation

Board of Trustees

  • Robert Bennett, chair
  • Kerri Edblad-Chilcote
  • Gary Foley, MD
  • Nicole Seacotte, MD
  • Cynthia Zook

Ex-Officio Trustees

  • James Garvey
  • Elaine Patronas Kolanczyk


Foundation Staff

See the staff who serve all three of our local foundations—Duluth Clinic Foundation, St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation, and St. Mary’s Hospital of Superior Foundation.

Deb EllingsenDeb Ellingson
Foundation Associate
218-786-1619
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