Todd Ginkel, DC
Todd Ginkel’s career has been about finding the right treatment for the patient. More often than not, it emerges from a multi-disciplinary approach to health care.
“We’re best when we cooperate and work together for the patient,” Ginkel says. “A winning approach is the right care at the right time from the right provider—all for the benefit of the patient.”
Ginkel’s work in health care has been a model of collaboration and multi-disciplinary teamwork. It started as a student at Northwestern Health Sciences University, where he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree in 1990.
N. Walter Graff, LLB
Walter Graff is of counsel with the law firm of Best & Flanagan in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is a chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota. Mr. Graff served on the Board of Trustees from 1999-2008, then was re-elected in 2009 and currently serves as Secretary of the Board of Trustees.
Christopher D. Jo, DC
Dr. Christopher Jo, a graduate of Northwestern College of Chiropractic, is in private practice in Edina, Minnesota. He has served as the president of the Minnesota Chiropractic Association since 2008. Dr. Jo was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2010. Dr. Jo currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Board and Chair of the Committee on Trustees.
Keith M. Johnson, DC
Dr. Keith Johnson is a 1982 graduate of Northwestern College of Chiropractic and has been in private practice in Maple Grove, Minnesota since 1988. Dr. Johnson has been active in the Minnesota Chiropractic Association (MCA) for 30 years serving in a wide range of positions, including president from 2001-2002. He was the point man in the successful multi-year dispute with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry for reimbursement equity for chiropractic physicians in the workers compensation arena. He has frequently testified before the Minnesota legislature regarding health care policy issues.
The MCA awarded Dr. Johnson Presidential Awards in 1994 and 1998, the Outstanding Leadership Award in 1999 and the Past Presidential Award in 2002, Chiropractor of the Year Award in 2002 and the Educator of the Year Award in 2011. Northwestern College of Chiropractic named Dr. Johnson the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 1997. He has been a community faculty member at the University of Minnesota since 1998. Dr. Johnson has served on the Board of Trustees since 2011 and is currently serving as Chair of the Board.
Molly J. Magnani, DC, MMA
Dr. Molly Magnani is a 1992 graduate of National University of Health Sciences. In 2002, she received a master's degree in medical management from the University of St. Thomas where she currently serves as lead faculty for the Chiropractic Leadership Institute. Dr. Magnini is lead chiropractor and program coordinator of Chiropractic and Integrated Medicine at Allina Medical Clinic in Edina, Minnesota and serves on the board of Chiropractic Care of Minnesota, Inc. She was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2013.
Bonita R. Myhers, DC
Dr. Bonnie Myhers is a 1994 graduate of Northwestern College of Chiropractic and was in private practice in Wisconsin until 2012. Currently, she is a consultant providing professional chiropractic services for Minnesota and Wisconsin doctors. Dr. Myhers' service to the College of Chiropractic Alumni Association Board of Directors began in 2007 and continues through 2014, holding positions of Vice President from 2009-2011 and President from 2011-2013. She was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2013.
Michael A. Norton
Michael A. Norton has moved seamlessly—and successfully—between government, higher education and business in a career spanning more than three decades. He started as an analyst in the Minnesota Legislature and worked his way up to the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, where he put his law degree to use handling trade, public finance and intellectual property matters. He then served as director of the University of Minnesota’s Office of Information Technology before moving to the private sector in executive e-commerce and technology roles with Toys R Us, Barnes & Noble and now mPowerHealth Inc., a health-care data management and support firm he founded.
It’s a rare combination of backgrounds and achievements for Norton, who grew up in Cambridge, Minn., and has lived and worked in the Twin Cities as well as the New York City area during his career. Now the public servant with an entrepreneurial bent is lending his experience and skills to Northwestern Health Sciences University as a member of its Board of Trustees.
David E. Peterson, DC
Dr. David Peterson is the current chair of the Board of Trustees. He practices in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He served on the Board of Trustees from 1999-2008, then was re-elected in 2009. Dr. Peterson also served as the chair of the Board from 2006-2008.
David Taylor, Ph.D.
Dr. David Vassar Taylor’s passion is helping others find success through higher education.
For 16 years, he served as Dean of the General College of the University of Minnesota, designed to assist high-potential students who have not initially met admission requirements so they can eventually complete degrees. It was a former student and benefactor of the General College, Dr. Al Hoff, who introduced Taylor to Alfred Traina, DC, former President of Northwestern Health Sciences University. Traina invited Taylor to join Northwestern’s Board of Trustees.
Tamara Timmons Taylor, MOm
Tamara Timmons Taylor is a 2001 graduate of the Minnesota College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Taylor worked as a practitioner in private practice for a number of years, and also founded and supervised the Acupuncture Clinic at Courage Center Residence in Golden Valley, Minnesota. She was president of the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Association of Minnesota from 2001-2003.
Taylor is now working as senior healthcare account manager for a global healthcare technology manufacturer. Taylor served on the Board of Trustees from 2003-2013 and was elected in June 2015 to serve an additional three-year term.
David Valentini, JD
David Valentini is a criminal defense attorney and the owner of Valentini Law, P.A. in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was formerly with the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office as a criminal prosecutor. Mr. Valentini has repeatedly been named a Super Lawyer and was named by his peers as one of Minnesota’s Best Lawyers. He has been on the Board of Trustees since 2008.
Brent L. Wilde, MBA
Brent L. Wilde is the President of Minnesota Eye Consultants, PA. Minnesota Eye Consultants is a dynamic organization of respected ophthalmologists, with extraordinary educational and professional credentials, who are passionate about patient care and dedicated to improving quality of life through life-changing vision procedures and treatments.
Previously, Wilde was CEO of Kidney Specialists of Minnesota. He has also held executive positions at the University of Minnesota Physicians; Emergency Physicians, PA and Fairview Health Services. Wilde earned a Master of Business Administration in new venture management and entrepreneuring from the University of St. Thomas. He is highly skilled in leading organizations; strategic, operational and financial planning; and creating high performing teams. Mr. Wilde has been a member of the Board of Trustees since January 2014 and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Finance, Facilities and Audit Committee.