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ICSI Staff

Leadership Team

David AbelsonDavid Abelson, MD

Prior to becoming president of ICSI in late 2016, Dr. Abelson was the Senior Executive Vice President of HealthPartners and the CEO of Park Nicollet Health Services. In these roles… Read More

Craig AcombCraig Acomb, MS

Prior to being named CEO of ICSI in late 2016, Acomb served as Interim President and CEO following the retirement of Sanne Magnan, MD, PhD. He previously served  as its Chief Operating Officer and … Read More

Lisa Carlson

Lisa Carlson
Senior Manager for Core Programs

Lisa Carlson has over 25 years of experience working in health care, including the dental industry and at Group Health. In her time at ICSI, Carlson has held several positions, including Executive Assistant to Dr. Mosser... Read More

Karla DrossKarla Dross, MA
Chief Financial Officer

Karla Dross, MA, has over 20 years of nonprofit financial and federal grant management experience. Prior to joining ICSI, she worked at the Center for Victims of Torture for 13 years, first as its Administrative Services… Read More

Joann ForemanJoann Foreman, RN, BAN

Joann Foreman, RN, BAN, engages in ICSI’s work related to evidence-based care, including health care guidelines, measurement and clinical decision support; and practice facilitation, mental health, community… Read More

Claire NeelyClaire Neely, MD
Chief Medical Officer

Claire S. Neely, MD, is responsible for leading ICSI’s evidence-based medicine work, including guidelines, and dissemination and implementation of projects. She served as the operations director for COMPASS (Care of… Read More

Jan SchuermanJanet Schuerman, BS, MBA
Senior Director

Jan Schuerman’s focus is on developing partnerships between clinicians and patients/families in making health decisions. Her work includes shared decision-making in areas ranging from palliative care to…  Read More

Cally Vinz

Cally Vinz, RN
Vice President

Cally Vinz oversees business development, member relations, and strategic initiatives. She leads the exploration of innovative practices and serves as a consultant to ICSI members, partners and customers. Vinz has over… Read More


Jodie Dvorkin, MD, MPH
Project Manager/Health Care Consultant

Jodie Dvorkin, MD, MPH is an Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) Project Manager/Health Care Consultant working on guideline development. Prior to joining ICSI, Dr. Dvorkin worked at the American… Read More


Sarah Horst Evans, MA
Project Manager/Health Care Consultant

Prior to joining ICSI, Sarah Horst Evans was a performance improvement consultant at Optum working with local community health centers participating in the Federally Qualified Health Center Urban Health Network… Read More

Senka HadzicSenka Hadzic, MPH
Clinical Systems Improvement Facilitator

Senka Hadzic facilitates the revision of health care guidelines, and provides measurement and data analysis education and support for various other projects. Senka holds a master’s degree in Public Health from the University…  Read More 

Audrey HansenAudrey Hansen, BSN, MA, PMP
Project Manager/Health Care Consultant

Audrey Hansen’s projects include health care guidelines, clinical decision support, and member relations. Hansen’s previous experience includes practice facilitation in the ambulatory clinic settings of primary care… Read More

Cindy HarperCindy Harper
Systems Improvement Coordinator

Cindy Harper is responsible for editing, formatting and designing ICSI’s health care guidelines, most recently the Pain, Depression and Healthy Lifestyles documents. Prior to joining ICSI 15 years ago, Harper did… Read More

Rochelle HayesRochelle Hayes, BA
Systems Improvement Coordinator

Rochelle Hayes’ current ICSI projects include the Patient Advisory Council, member engagement and staff continuing education teams, where she utilizes her event planning, organization and process improvement… Read More

Carla HeimCarla Heim
Project Manager/Health Care Consultant

Carla Heim currently works on the Minnesota State Innovation Model (SIM) Practice Facilitation grant project. She recently worked on COMPASS, a collaborative care management model for improving depression… Read More 

Tani HemmilaTani Hemmila, MS, BSW
Project Manager/Health Care Consultant

Tani Hemmila works to advance initiatives in behavioral health integration, health care/community connections, learning communities and training workshops. Her projects include COMPASS, a collaborative care… Read More

Liz MelbyLiz Melby, MLIS
Executive Assistant

Elizabeth Melby (known as Liz) supports ICSI’s President & CEO, and other staff. She also supports the Board of Directors and is responsible for planning and execution of those meetings. Melby has been with ICSI for… Read More

Jeyn Monkman

Jeyn Monkman, MA, BSN, NE-BC
Project Manager/Health Care Consultant

Jeyn Monkman has expertise in quality improvement implementation and measurement. She is currently working on the Minnesota State Innovation Model (SIM) Practice Facilitation grant project. Monkman is also a… Read More

Roberta RussetteRoberta Russette
Systems Improvement Coordinator

Roberta Russette’s responsibilities include operations plan reporting and coordination of the annual Colloquium and Reinertsen Lecture events.  Russette has financial responsibilities that include vendor invoicing, member… Read More

Mary Beth SchwartzMary Beth Schwartz, MA
Communications Manager

As ICSI’s communications manager, Mary Beth Schwartz safeguards and promotes ICSI’s reputation as a trusted source for resources and concepts in health care delivery quality; a leader, convener and facilitator… Read More

Patty StaackPatty Staack
Senior Administrative Assistant

Patty Staack helps staff with projects, and plans and schedules workshops and meetings. She has been at ICSI for 10 years, previously in the role of Technical Administrative Assistant. Before coming to ICSI, Staack worked… Read More

Georgette SuslaGeorgette Susla
Senior Administrative Assistant

Georgette Susla supports ICSI’s Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, and other ICSI staff. Susla also provides support for ICSI’s Scientific Documents program. Susla has been with ICSI for 13 years. Prior to joining ICSI she… Read More

Mark TeatsMark Teats
Technology Manager

Mark Teats is in charge of all information technology for ICSI. He has 20 years of experience managing Macintosh and Windows computing environments. Prior to joining ICSI, Teats worked as a technical trainer, computer… Read More

Updated 04/13/17