Board of Directors | UnityPoint Health Grinnell Regional Medical Cente

Board of Directors

UnityPoint Health - Grinnell Regional Medical Center is governed by a volunteer board of directors. The board appoints its own members from GRMC's service area. Their primary functions are to:

  • Establish the mission and vision. 
  • Strategically plan for the future. 
  • Appoint members of the medical staff.
  • Approve the annual budget and provide financial oversight. 
  • Monitor overall quality of services. 
  • Appoint the chief executive.

The directors, also called trustees, represent communities as well as business, industry and community groups. Much of GRMC's success may be attributed to the trustee's diversity: in occupations, ages, perspectives and places of residence.

Jodi Cahalan, PhD

Professional Role

Dean of the College of Health Science, Des Moines University

Education

BS, PA, MHA, MPH, Des Moines University
PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Community/Volunteer Role

  • United Way of Central Iowa, Health Cabinet

Term

Serving on the board since 2014

Ronald Collins, MD

Professional Role

Grinnell Regional Medical Center Internal Medicine physician, Poweshiek assistant medical examiner; Associate Professor of Medicine Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine; Iowa National Guard physician

Education

BS, Norwich University Military College of Vermont; United States Army Reserve 91 A Combat Medic, 91 C Practical Nurse; MD, Ross University School of Medicine; Internal Medicine Residency, University of Illinois School of Medicine at Peoria; American Board of Internal Medicine

Community/Volunteer Role

  • Grinnell Fire Dept. medical director
  • Society of Hospital Medicine
  • American College of Physicians
  • Iowa State Medical Society
  • GRMC Medical Staff, Past President

Term

Serving on the board since 2014

Laura Ferguson, MD

Professional Role

Family medicine physician, Family Medicine

Education

BA, Grinnell College
MD, University of Iowa College of Medicine
Practice Residency, North Iowa Mercy Family Practice, Mason City
Chief Resident recognition 1997-1998

Community/Volunteer Role

  • GRMC Medical Staff, Past President
  • Grinnell College Board of Trustees

Term

Serving on the board since 2006
Also served from 2002-2004

Ed Hatcher

Professional Role

Farmer and former high school science teacher

Education

Two BS degrees from Northeast Missouri State University (Truman State University); MS, University of Northern Iowa; completed post-graduate work studies at University of Iowa

Community/Volunteer Role

  • American Hospital Association, Member of the Committee on Governance and Committee on Research
  • Governor's Council on Agricultural Education
  • Iowa Hospital Association, Member of the Council on Education and Member Services
  • Iowa Academy of Science, Elected to Fellow Status
  • Iowa Science Teachers, Past President

Term

Serving on the board since 2008
Also served from 1990-1999

Wendy Kadner

Professional Role

Vice president for Team Resources, Recruiting and Human Capital Management at Divurgent, Virginia; and owner of Grandma's House

Education

BA, Simpson College
MHSA, University of Kansas

Community/Volunteer Role

  • Society of Human Resource Management
  • Healthcare Information and Management Suystems Society
  • Poweshiek Animal League Shelter

Position

Chair

Term

Serving on the board since 2011

Allan F. Mally

Professional Role

Retired from AT&T and Bell Laboratories
Retired from European Council of International Schools

Education

BS Mechanical Engineering, The University of Iowa; MBA, Drake University

Community/Volunteer Role

  • Lions International

Term

Serving on the board since 2013

Bill Menner

Professional Role

Founder of The Bill Menner Group

Education

BA and MA, The Ohio State University

Community/Volunteer Role

  • Grinnell College, Basketball Announcer
  • Iowa Rural Health Association board member

Position

Chair-Elect

Term

Serving on the board since 2009

Todd Reding

Professional Role

President and CEO, Charlotte Venture Group; and Adjuct Lecturer, University of Iowa

Education

BA, Rockhurst University
MBA, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management

Community/Volunteer Role

  • Grinnell United Methodist Church
  • Grinnell Tiger Packs board member

Position

Past Chair

Term

Serving on the board since 2011

Sarah Smith

Professional Role

Program and Communication Manager, Grinnell College Office of Community Enhancement and Engagement

Education

BS, Luther College

Community/Volunteer Role

  • Dollars for Scholars, Board Member
  • Grinnell-Newburg Education Excellence, Board Member
  • Grinnell-Newburg Community High School, Girls Swim Coach
  • Grinnell Parks and Rec, Youth Swimming Coach
  • Grinnell Newburg Student Improvement Advisory Committee, board member

Term

Serving on the board since 2014

David Stoakes, EdD

Professional Role

Education Consultant
University of Northern Iowa, Adjunct Instructor

Education

BA, Central College; MA and EdD, University of Northern Iowa

Community/Volunteer Role

  • Grinnell Lions Club
  • Grinnell Golf and Country Club, Board Member
  • Grinnell Newburg Educational Excellence, Board Member

Position

Trustee Organization and Education Committee Chair

Term

Serving on the board since 2014

Kevin Emge, DO

Professional Role

Grinnell Regional Medical Center Chief of Anesthesiology

Education

BS, St. Ambrose University; DO, Des Moines University; Internship, Des Moines General; Residencies, Chicago Osteopathic Medical Center, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Community/Volunteer Role

  • GRMC Medical Staff, President
  • Ordained Clergy at St. Paul's Episcopal Church

Position

Ex-Officio

Term

Serving on the board since 2012

Sally Lang

Professional Role

Retired Licensing Manager, Deere & Company, Moline, IA

Education

BS, Iowa State University

Community/Volunteer Role

  • Grinnell Regional Medical Center, Foundation Board, Chair
  • Waterford Development Group, Co-owner and Secretary/Treasurer
  • GRMC Auxiliary, lifetime member
  • Grinnell Tourism Committee Member
  • PEO, Chapter NF

Position

Ex-Officio

Term

Serving on the board since 2012