Biographies


Randy Eken, MPA

With nearly 40 years of experience in health education, Mr. Eken brings strategic planning and development skills to NWHSU’s Board of Trustees. While at the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), Mr. Eken was the longest-serving Principal Business Officer of all Association of American Medical College (AAMC) schools of medicine and increased the college annual budget from $18M to $130M in 33 years.

In addition to his work accomplishments, Mr. Eken has received numerous award recognitions including the North Dakota Medical Association’s “Friend of Medicine Award,” Mayville State University’s “Distinguished Alumni Award,” UND SMHS’ “Hippocratic Dignity Award,” and UND’s “Meritorious Service Award. Mr. Eken was elected to Northwestern’s Board of Trustees in 2020 and currently serves as a member of the Academic Affairs Committee.

Todd Ginkel, DC

Dr. Todd Ginkel is President and CEO of Physicians’ Diagnostic Rehabilitation, a group of clinics in the Twin Cities specializing in out-patient spinal rehabilitation. He also is President and Director of Clinical Affairs at the National Dizzy and Balance Center, an outpatient clinic system that combines medical doctors, audiologists, and physical therapists to offer a multidisciplinary approach to balance disorders. Dr. Ginkel earned his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree in 1990 at Northwestern Health Sciences University. Dr. Ginkel was elected to NWHSU’s Board of Trustees in 2016 and serves as the Vice-Chair of the Board, a member of the Finance, Facilities and Audit Committee, and a member of the Executive Committee.

N. Walter Graff, LLB

Walter Graff served on NWHSU’s Board of Trustees from 1999-2008 and was re-elected in 2009. Mr. Graff has been a partner at the law firm Best & Flanagan since 1967. Previously Mr. Graff has served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Minnesota Law School in 1989 and 1991, the President of the Minnesota Chapter of U.S. – China Peoples Friendship Association and Chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese. Mr. Graff currently serves as Board Secretary, is a member of the Executive Committee, Committee on Trustees and Finance, Facilities and Audit Committee.

Thomas F. Heaney

Mr. Heaney is a Managing Director for Trio Executive Search, conducting his national search practice out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He brings over twenty years of experience in executive search to Trio. His focus is on senior-level executive and board of director searches. He is the National Practice Leader for Trio’s Corporate Practice and for Trio’s Board of Directors practice. Representative clients include HealthEast Care System, Centene Corporation, Medtronic, BioScrip, TCF Bank, Thompson Reuters, Lawson Software, and Arctic Cat. Mr. Heaney was elected to NWHSU’s Board of Trustees in 2018 and serves as a member of the Committee on Trustees and Finance, Facilities, and Audit Committee.

Christopher D. Jo, DC

Dr. Christopher Jo is a graduate of Northwestern College of Chiropractic and is in private practice in Edina, Minnesota. Dr. Jo was active in the Minnesota Chiropractic Association (MCA), received the MCA President’s Award in 2005, and the Distinguished Humanitarian Annual Award from the Chiropractic Alumni Association at Northwestern Health Sciences University. Dr. Jo was elected to NWHSU’s Board of Trustees in 2010. He currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Executive Committee.

Keith M. Johnson, DC

Dr. 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 that are germane to chiropractic. He has also been a community faculty member at the University of Minnesota, CSH since 1998, educating medical students and residents about the appropriateness of chiropractic care. The MCA has 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 Chiropractic College also named Dr. Johnson the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 1997. Dr. Johnson has served on the Board of Trustees since 2011 and served as Chair of the Board from 2016-2018. Currently, Dr. Johnson serves as a member of the Executive Committee and Finance, Facilities, and Audit Committee.

Lori Lauber, MBA

Lori Lauber is a senior director in the Twin Cities offices of Broadridge Financial Solutions, a global financial services technology business where part of her role involves working with corporate boards and governance officers. She also worked for many years as a vice president and shareowner services sales representative for Wells Fargo. She holds an Associate of Arts degree from Itasca Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas. Lauber was appointed to NWHSU’s Board of Trustees in 2019 and serves as Co-Chair of the Institutional Advancement Committee.

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. Magnani is the 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. Dr. Magnani was elected to NWHSU’s Board of Trustees in 2013 and serves as a member of the Academic Affairs Committee.

Bonita (Bonnie) 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 medical billing services for Minnesota and Wisconsin Doctors. Dr. Myhers was active on Northwestern’s Alumni Board serving as President of the Chiropractic Alumni Board from 2011-2013. She was elected to NWHSU’s Board of Trustees in 2013 and serves as a member of the  Committee on Trustees.

David E. Peterson, DC

Dr. David Peterson practices in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He graduated with honors from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1974. He has served the chiropractic profession through a variety of organizations including the Calgary Chiropractic Society, Alberta Chiropractic Association, Olympic Chiropractic Liaison Committee, Council on Chiropractic Education, and the Canadian Chiropractic Association. Dr. Peterson served on NWHSU’s Board of Trustees from 1999-2008 and was re-elected to a second term on the Board in 2009. He served as Chair of the Board from 2006-2008 and currently serves as a member of the Institutional Advancement Committee.

David V. Taylor, Ph.D.

David Taylor served on NWHSU’s Board of Trustees from 2005 -2015 and was re-elected to a second term on the Board in 2016. Dr. Taylor brings a career rich in experience leading colleges and universities. In addition to serving as Dean of the General College of the University of Minnesota for 16 years, he has served as Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs for Morehouse College in Atlanta and Dillard University in New Orleans. Additionally, he served on the Board of HealthEast Care Corp. in St. Paul for 12 years, eventually chairing the Quality of Care Committee. Dr. Taylor currently serves as the Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee and as a member of the Board Executive Committee.

Tamara Timmons Taylor, MOm

Tamara 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. Ms. Taylor served on the Board of Trustees from 2003-2013 and was re-elected to a second term in 2015. Ms. Taylor currently serves as Chair of the Committee on Trustees and a member of the Executive Committee.

Brent L. Wilde, MBA

Brent Wilde is currently the chief executive officer of Stellis Health in Buffalo, MN. Prior to joining Stellis Health, he was vice president of Corporate Solutions at Cresa, a corporate real estate advisory firm, president of Minnesota Eye Consultants, CEO at Kidney Specialists of Minnesota, and chief financial officer at the University of Minnesota Physicians. Wilde is highly skilled in leading organizations; strategic, operational, and financial planning; and creating high-performing teams. He has a Master of Business Administration in New Venture Management/Entrepreneurship from the University of St. Thomas and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance and Accounting from Bethel University. He has served on many healthcare and community boards. Mr. Wilde was elected to Northwestern’s Board of Trustees in 2014 and serves as Chair of the Finance, Facilities, and Audit Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee.

Desiree Whitney, BS

Desiree Whitney brings a diverse mix of entrepreneurial, nonprofit, fundraising, and business experience to the Board of Trustees. Whitney owns a yoga studio and school in Boerne, Texas, and works as a consultant after serving in philanthropic fundraising positions in Minnesota and Texas. She also started a nonprofit organization focused on health and healing. Whitney’s experience includes work at the Minneapolis Foundation, where she helped nonprofits with fundraising and governance. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Southern California.  Ms. Whitney was elected to NWHSU’s Board of Trustees in 2019 and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Institutional Advancement Committee and a member of the Executive Committee.