Bridging the Communications Gap for Immigrants and Refugees in Minnesota

Board of Directors

Kari Bailey

Kari Bailey is the Director of Community Health in Medica State Public Programs. Prior to her work at Medica, she spent nearly a decade working at Be the Match, an international organization supporting patients and their families in need of a marrow or cord blood transplant. Kari has a Master of Business Communication from the University of St. Thomas, and is finishing up a health care MBA from St. Thomas in November 2013. 

Susan Bosher

Susan Bosher is Professor of English and Director of English as a Second Language, St. Catherine University, in St. Paul.  Susan has a Ph.D. in Second Languages and Cultures Education from the University of Minnesota and an M.A. in TESOL from Columbia University.  Since 2000 she has taught an English for nursing course for pre-nursing immigrant and international students at St. Kate's and has authored several textbooks, chapters, and research articles on various topics related to leveling the playing field for ESL/multilingual students in nursing.  Susan has also taught overseas, in Germany and Turkey, and has worked on a curricular development project in Bolivia.  

Byron Callies

Byron is certified as a Healthcare Emergency Professional (CHEP) and holds the Michigan Professional Emergency Manager (PEM), IAEM Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) and FEMA Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) credentials.Currently, Byron serves as Mayo Clinic’s Emergency Management Manager.  He oversees the Safety – Emergency Management team.  As chair of the HICS Coordinating Group and Emergency Preparedness Plan Committee, Byron provides strategic guidance and operational expertise for the organization’s emergency management program.  

Lonnette Chilefone

Lonnette Chilefone is the director of Minnesota Healthcare Programs of Health Management Systems.  With a Masters of Business Administration and Health Care Management from Concordia University, Lonnette has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare arena.  Lonnette has worked for Telligen, HealthPartners, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, and United Health Group. Lonnette is a member of the Native American MBA’s, Native Americans in Business, the NSHMBA, and the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

Troy Dickinson

Troy Dickinson began working with ECHO in 2009 as a volunteer and currently serves as the chair of the Governance Committee and as the Vice Chair of the ECHO Board. Troy lives in Cottage Grove and currently works at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota as a Principal Operations Consultant. He is also enrolled at the University of St. Thomas working towards a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree. "It is a pleasure to be part of an organization that is truly a valuable asset in the communities that it serves."  

Michael Kelly

Michael Kelly is the President of the board of directors of the Upper Midwest Security Alliance (UMSA) and is the Senior Architecture Consultant and Application Security Manager at Target Corporation.  Michael has a Master’s Degree in Mathematics from the Colorado School of Mines.  

Shao Chyi Lee

Shao is a Bush Medical Fellow who has started two health-based organizations:  Medical Explorations and Health Millennium, connecting medicine with economics to help the uninsured and connecting people to innovative small medical businesses.  Born in Malaysia, Shao has travelled internationally in her work in global health, and Shao has served as an emergency and urgent care physician in rural and urban settings throughout Minnesota.  Shao is a Doctor of Medicine, having completed her family practice residency at the Memorial University of Newfoundland and received her M.D.C.M. from the McGill University Faculty of Medicine. 

Ann Rogers

Committed to the delivery of health care services for low income and underserved populations, Ann Rogers has over 25 years experience in the health care industry, managing government programs products.  Additionally, as a experienced community relations professional, her background includes more than 15 years experience with nonprofit organizational management, working on the development and management of programs that deal with issues of health disparities, civic engagement and preventive community health programs.  She is currently the External Relations Manager for UCare Minnesota, the HMO dedicated to serving Medicaid and Medicare enrollees. 

Ann Ulring

Ann Ulring is a fund development consultant in the Twin Cities.  Ann has developed funding for the American Refugee Committee, Minnesota Public Radio, the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.  Ann has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Luther College and also has a background in career development in the Twin Cities area.

Susan Voight

Susan Voigt is currently a Program Manager with the Medica Foundation funding community initiatives focused on removing barriers to health care services. She previously was a Senior Director at Apple Tree Dental, a nonprofit dental provider, and at MAP for Nonprofits.  Susan has served on multiple nonprofit boards of directors and collaboratives focused on improving the lives of underserved populations.  Susan earned her BA from St. Olaf College and is currently enrolled at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs working towards a Masters of Public Affairs.