Minnesota Hospital Association


MHA Staff

The Minnesota Hospital Association is dedicated to providing its members with the information and resources they need to provide high-quality, effective care for their communities. Below is a directory of staff, organized by department. Contact MHA by filling out this form.

Executive Office and Administration

Rahul Koranne, M.D., president and chief executive officer
Deb Kierstead, chief financial officer
Jim Benedict, network administrator
John Hackett, senior accountant
Anna Jones, receptionist
Charles Kronschnable, director of IT and information security
Toby Oberg, accounts payable specialist
Valerie Sonnentag, accounting manager
Nathalie Squire, workforce project manager/office manager
Annie Xiong, bookkeeper

Communications and Education

Wendy Burt, vice president of communications and education
Sarah Bohnet, visual communications specialist/division assistant
Christy Hammer, manager, education programs
Emily Lowther, communications director

Finance Policy and Analytics

Joe Schindler, vice president of finance policy and analytics
Katie Banks, director, health informatics and analytics
Nick Johnston, financial analyst
Gail Lenander, senior programmer analyst
Patrick Merrigan, senior web applications developer
Neil Negstad, programmer/analyst
Jaclyn Roland, database manager - health information and data analytics
Jennifer Sanislo, division assistant
Bonnie Terveer, data operations assistant
Andrea Wombacher, division assistant

Legal and Federal Affairs

Ben Peltier, vice president, legal and federal affairs
Pete Engler, policy analyst

Policy and Advocacy

Mary Krinkie, vice president of government relations
Andrea Wombacher, division assistant

Quality and Safety

Tania Daniels, vice president, quality and safety
Jennifer Schoenecker, senior director, quality and safety
Joy Benn, quality and process improvement specialist
Kimberley Huntington, affiliate coordinator/administrative assistant
Tracy Radtke, quality and process improvement specialist
Abby Stoffel, quality and process improvement specialist
Audrey Tate, quality and safety assistant coordinator