Crescent Cove’s Board of Directors
The following individuals serve Crescent Cove’s mission through the Board of Directors and various Advisory Councils. If you have entrepreneurial experience or proven skills in palliative care, organizational development, marketing, law, accounting or financial management, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us to learn how to get involved in the cause. Cultivating diverse professionals into Crescent Cove’s professional teams is very important to adapting to the tasks imperative to reach our mission and strategic goals.
Click on a board member’s photo, below, to see their biography:
James A. Rice, Ph.D., FACHE, Board Chairperson
Jim Rice, PhD, FACHE is the Managing Director & Practice Leader of the Governance & Leadership practice of Integrated Healthcare Strategies, a division of Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc. He focuses his consulting work on strategic governance structures and systems for high performing, tax-exempt health sector organizations and integrated care systems; visioning for health sector and not-for-profit organizations; and leadership development for physicians and medical groups. Dr. Rice holds master’s and doctoral degrees in management and health policy from the University of Minnesota. He has received the University of Minnesota School of Public Health Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award, a National Institute of Health Doctoral Fellowship, a US Public Service Trainee in Hospital Management, a Bush Leadership Fellowship at the National University of Singapore, and the American Hospital Association’s Corning Award for excellence in hospital planning. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Dr. Rice has worked in over 34 countries and was recently Global Technical Lead for Governance in a large USAID funded project serving countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Dr. Rice holds faculty positions at The Strathmore School of Business, Nairobi, Kenya; The Advance Institute for Health Services Management in Prague, the Czech Republic; The Judge School of Business, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England; and the Program in Health Administration at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health. He has lectured at the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine in Durban, South Africa; The Thunderbird International School of Management in Arizona; Cornell University; The School of Public Health, University of California Berkeley, and Harvard University. He serves on the boards of directors for Children’s HeartLink, an organization committed to building cardiac care capacity in developing countries, and Crescent Cove, a respite and hospice service coordinator for children facing life limiting illnesses.
Kathryn J. Lindenfelser, Board Member
Kathryn Lindenfelser serves as founder of Crescent Cove. Through her various experiences as a music and massage therapist serving children and adults in communities around Minnesota and abroad, she believes strongly in bringing children’s palliative care and supportive services to children with life-limiting illnesses and their families in our community. More about Katie
Michele Peterson, M.D., Board Co-Vice Chair
Michele is a pediatrician who currently practices at Central Pediatrics, and was formerly an MD with HealthEast. She attended medical school and residency at the University of Minnesota. Long before entering medical school, she had the pleasure of babysitting and then becoming the Personal Care Attendant for a beautiful little girl, Jennifer Mohwinkel. Jenni was born on Halloween and was perfect in every way. Around the time she was 3 years old, she started to miss some of her development milestones. She eventually was diagnosed with a rare neurodegenerative disease, Sandhoff’s, and subsequently died at the age of 10. Michele supported and cared for Jenni for over 5 years, until her passing in her home. Her time with Jenni forever changed the pediatrician she would become and is the reason she believes so strongly in the mission of Crescent Cove. When she is not working Dr. Peterson enjoys spending time with her husband , two teen-age children. She enjoys skiing, biking and travelling when she has time. To this day, she remains very close to Jenniâ’s family as well.
Jennifer Thienes, Board Member
As the owner of Jennifer Thienes CPA Consulting, Jennifer specializes in helping organizations achieve and sustain financial and organizational health. She previously was a Partner/Shareholder with KDV (now BerganKDV), serving as Audit Service Group Leader, Nonprofit Industry Leader, Executive Team Member and Board Member. Jennifer has 26 years of government and nonprofit audit expertise that included teaching and implementing professional standards internally and public speaking to industry and client groups. Her career included consulting for the PEW Charitable Trusts’ Philadelphia Cultural Leadership Program (PCLP) for over 10 years.
Throughout her career, Jennifer has been an active volunteer with professional associations and nonprofit organizations, including board member/treasurer positions with Anna Marie’s Alliance for 10 years and the Sartell/St. Stephen Education Foundation.
Matthew A. Christensen, Board Advisor
Matt Christensen brings insurance and finance experience to Crescent Cove. Mr. Christensen currently works as Casualty Marketing-Technical for Hays Companies, an insurance broker in Minneapolis, MN. For the past seven years he has worked for their Commercial Property & Casualty department working on service and marketing activities for clients in various industries. Mr. Christensen graduated from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Finance and is currently pursuing his MBA from Augsburg College.
Raenell Dorn, Board Member, Treasurer and Secretary
Raenell Dorn is Vice President of Human Resources with Minnesota Twins Baseball Club. She oversees all aspects of Twins human resources, including risk management, workers compensation, employee assistance programs, benefits administration and payroll. In addition Raenell heads the diversity efforts within the organization including the joint Minnesota Twins/Major League Program which was established to ensure that opportunities for diverse candidates and is a member of the Major League Baseball Diverse Partner’s Task Force. She also serves on the Major League Baseball Executive Development selection committee and the Major League Baseball’s Quality Control Council and the YWCA marketing committee. Raenell established a Sports Career Fair held toward the end of the season which offers participants access to many sports teams and sports divisions of our media partners. Raenell was named Industry Leader and received the Women in Business award in 2008 by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business journal. She is the liaison to the Twins Wives Organization and leads the group’s efforts in both fundraising and in-kind giving. This organization is a fundraising arm of the Minnesota Twins Community fund with its goal to benefit children and families in need.
Scott Schwantes, M.D., FAAP, Board Member
Scott Schwantes, M.D., is a pediatrician specializing in pediatric palliative care. He leads Gillette’s pediatric palliative care consultative team. Scott received his medical degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Prior to joining Gillette, he completed a residency with the University of Minnesota’s Department of Pediatrics and a year of fellowship with the Department of Pediatric Critical Care. Dr. Schwantes is double board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Geoff Kaufmann, Board Co-Vice Chair
Geoff Kaufmann, FACHE, is the Vice President of Patient Services for the American Red Cross. His most recent position was the CEO of the North Central Region of the Red Cross. He has held senior level strategic planning and operational positions with Stillwater Medical Group (CAO), Center for Diagnostic Imaging, Arizant Healthcare, Park Nicollet Health System, the University of Minnesota Hospital & Clinic and Hamilton KSA, a national health care consulting company. Mr. Kaufmann has 40 years experience in operations, business development, strategic planning, marketing and physician relations. He speaks frequently at national healthcare forums and also serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota in the Master’s Program in Health Care Administration, the University of St. Thomas, and the College of St. Scholastica. He is a past president of the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development and is active in National Healthcare Associations and corporate boards. Geoff received his undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College and his Masters from the University of Chicago. Geoff is currently the Regent for the State of Minnesota for the American College of Healthcare Executives. In his spare time he enjoys playing and recording music (rock and roll), mountain climbing, and most seasonal sports.
For more than 40 years, Brian used his experience in health care management and policy to help people get the health care they need and deserve. His management experience extends across the provider, health plan and public health care purchasing sectors, and it was through his quiet leadership that Brian often ventured into unchartered territory as healthcare rapidly evolved. While in the private sector, his focus was on the development of integrated care systems in a managed care environment. His accomplishments in this realm included the formation of physician-hospital partnerships, the development of health plan-provider joint ventures, the management of provider-sponsored managed care organizations, and the creation of risk-sharing arrangements. In his last position before retiring from the National Governors Association, Brian used his talents formulating and using best practices related to Medicaid and CHIP and the intersection of those programs with other health care areas, including public health and insurance exchanges.
In 2002, he was appointed by then Governor Jesse Ventura as Assistant Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services. The next governor, Tim Pawlenty, retained Brian in this position where he stayed for 8 years, a tenure rarely seen in these types of positions. His ability to negotiate, collaborate and build bridges were themes throughout his career, a skill not often lauded, but highly effective in bringing about change. As Minnesota State Medicaid Director, he led the agency’s health care reform efforts, developed its capacity to manage its health care services including chronic care coordination and medical home, created innovative managed care products for Medicare and Medicaid clients, and developed related IT and e-health systems.
In addition to his degrees from the University of Minnesota, Brian has also completed the requisite course work for a Masters in Teaching from the University of St. Thomas
Crescent Cove’s Governance Structure
Thomas S. Schroeder, J.D., Attorney of Record
Tom Schroeder is a partner at Faegre & Benson, where he is responsible for the organization’s healthcare and nonprofit group. His practice focuses on health care transactions, regulatory compliance, health information privacy, Medicare/Medicaid issues and tax exemption matters. Tom graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, Phi Beta Kappa.