2020-21 Executive Branch

Todd Stanhope, MD

MNPQC Chair, North Memorial Health

Dr Stanhope is a full time OB/Gyn hospitalist and medical director of Women and Children’s services at North Memorial Health Hospital. His clinical interests include hypertension, complex deliveries, and postoperative opioid prescribing.

Prior to his current position, he provided contracted OB coverage at a number of facilities, high and low volume, in several states and completed two missions to South Sudan with Doctors Without Borders from which he gained invaluable experience learning the myriad needs and challenges different facilities and systems face.

Phillip Rauk, MD

MNPQC Vice-Chair, MHealth Fairview

Dr Rauk lead quality for Fairview System in OB for 10 years and serves at MHA as lead of their Perinatal Committee. He is the Vice Chair of Quality and Safety Department and an OB GYN at University of Minnesota.

Ann Downey, MD, MS

MNPQC Perinatal Equity Co-chair, Children’s MN

Dr. Downey is an attending neonatologist. She relocated to the Twin Cities in 2019 from Chicago, IL where she was in practice for over 5 years. She did her pediatrics residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and her neonatal-perinatal fellowship at University of Colorado and Children’s Hospital of Colorado. Outside of patient care, her main interest is the intersection of clinical excellence with quality outcomes. She has a masters degree in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety from Northwestern University. She is married and has 3 children.

Anne Walaszek, MPH

MNPQC Co-director, Minnesota Department of Health

Anne Walaszek, MPH (Anishinaabe) is the Maternal and Child Health Quality Improvement Specialist in the Women and Infant Health Unit at the Minnesota Department of Health. In her role, she leads two quality improvement grants, the Perinatal Quality Collaborative and the Communities Collaborating to Prevent Girls Opioid Abuse.

Ms. Walaszek has experience working at a national non-profit addressing cancer inequities within American Indian and Alaska Native communities. In this role, she provided leadership for a clinic and community health approach to develop and implement culturally tailored evidence-based interventions to effectively build capacity in health systems across Indian Country. Her public health experience reflects grant writing, program development, research and data management throughout her experiences at the Minnesota Department of Health Diabetes Program, Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota, and SAMHSA for their Child, Adolescent and Family Branch. Ms. Walaszek is a 2017 recipient of the “Lou Fuller Award for Distinguished Service in Eliminating Health Disparities.”

Ari Skalisky, DNP, APRN, CNM, PHN

MNPQC Perinatal Equity Co-chair, MN ACNM

Ari is an experienced labor and delivery nurse and newly Certified Nurse Midwife. She was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and grew up in Hermantown, Minnesota. She graduated from The College of Saint Scholastica (BSN) in 2016, and most recently, The University of Minnesota (DNP) in 2020. Ari was involved in the Improvement of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Outcomes project and her interests include health disparities among minority women; adolescent health; perinatal mood disorders.

Erin Plummer, MD

MPO President, Children’s Minnesota

Dr Plummer specializes in neonatal critical care at Children’s Minnesota. She is originally from Ohio and attended medical school at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, OH. She completed her residency and fellowship at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. Her clinical interests include nutrition, growth, and neurodevelopmental outcomes in premature and critically ill infants. She is passionate about caring for infants hospitalized in the NICU and building relationships with their families. Dr Plummer is involved in the education of neonatal fellows, pediatrics residents, family practice residents and medical students. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two children.

Jessica L. Nyholm, MD

MPO President-elect, MHealth Fairview

Dr. Jessica L. Nyholm is an obstetrician-gynecologist in Minneapolis and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including M Health Fairview, University of Minnesota Medical Center, and Maple Grove Hospital. She began as a specialist in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Jessica is passionate about Quality Improvement in Obstetrics, with involvement in both the OB Clinical Practice Council through North Memorial Health and Zero Birth Injury (ZBI) through M Health. Additionally, she has an interest in perinatal infections, with a focus on cytomegalovirus infection in pregnancy. 

Karen Fogg, MPH

Minnesota Department of Health

Karen P. Fogg is the Maternal and Child Health Section Manager in the Child and Family Health Division at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). Karen joined MDH at the end of 2019, and she is responsible for a tapestry of state-wide programs including the federally-funded Title V’s MCH program, MCH technical experts, and grant portfolios with the goal of improving, promoting and protecting the health of women, children, adolescents and families. Prior to joining MDH, Karen spent 15 years working in global reproductive, maternal and child health programs, including 10 years with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) a senior maternal health advisor. Karen holds a Master of Public Health degree from Emory University.

Matthew Loichinger

MPO past-president, Allina Health

Dr Loichinger grew up in the small town of North Lake, WI and subsequently went to college at The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He graduated with honors with a degree in biology and minors in both biochemistry and general chemistry. He then went to medical school at the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, VA on the campus of Virginia Tech, where he graduated with honors. From there, Dr Loichinger went back to his home state of Wisconsin for residency at The Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He then moved on to the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine for his fellowship training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. His areas of interest include hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, maternal complications of pregnancy, and preterm birth prevention.

Susan Boehm, RN, BSN, MS

MPO Executive Director, MNPQC Co-Director

Susan has been a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Women’s Health for over 30 years. She has a long history with MPO as a volunteer, conference presenter, planning committee member, and has served on the Board of Directors. She is currently the MPO Executive Director and Co-Director of the Minnesota Perinatal Quality Collaborative (MNPQC).