Board of Directors


Barbara Miller

Barbara Miller, PhD, joined the Board in July 2015. She is a retired Corporate Director of Innovation for MGP Ingredients where she leveraged her scientific research expertise in the creation and implementation of a Research, Development and Innovation Strategy to commercialize new products. Prior to this role she served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of State’s BioIndustry Initiative where she partnered with former biological warfare scientists in Russia to create sustainable business operations with U.S. companies. The majority of her career was spent as a Scientist/Technical Director at The Dow Chemical Company translating innovative scientific research into value-added products in the chemistry, consumer products and biotechnology industries. Her volunteer work highlighted the acute problem of homelessness for her. Barbara has an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a PhD in chemistry from The Ohio State University.


Charles Hudson

Charles Hudson joined the Board in September 2004. He first started working with Hearth Connection in September 2001 as a part of Hearth Connection's consumer advisory board, People Taking Action. Charles brings his perspective as a formerly homeless youth and participant in supportive housing to the Board. Charles has also worked with District 202 and Project Offstreets. He serves on the Governance Committee.


Dan Melcher

Dan Melcher joined the Board in September 2017. He has been CFO of Minnesota Bankers Association, a statewide trade group, since 2001. Prior to MBA, Dan was a CPA at Laventhol and Horwath and worked in financial management, investments and insurance for 20 years at TCF, Marquette Bank and US Trust Company. He is a Trustee of MBA Employee Benefits Trust and serves on the Board of Midwest Bankers Insurance Services. 

Dan has a BBA in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.


Ed Kegle

Ed Kegle joined the Board in January 2015. He is the Director of Finance & Operations at Borealis Philanthropy in Minneapolis, MN. Ed has over 25 years of leadership and direct service experience in youth programming, senior services, health care and education and has served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Gabon, Africa.  He has a B.A. in Literature from UC Santa Cruz and has pursued post-graduate studies in counseling psychology and accounting.



Gothriel J. (Fred) La Fleur

Gothriel J. (Fred) La Fleur joined the Board in January 2000 and currently serves as Treasurer. Fred retired in 2008 as the Assistant County Administrator for Criminal Justice at Hennepin County. Fred's professional career in government spans over thirty years, primarily as a criminal justice professional. He has held positions in the field of corrections ranging from probation and parole officer to prison warden to Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Corrections.


Janel Bush

Janel Bush joined the Board in July 2012 and currently serves as Board Chair. Janel has been involved with Hearth Connection since its inception, participating in the Supportive Housing and Managed Care Pilot Development Team in 1997 as well as the drafting of the first legislation for the Pilot. She has spent her career in the public sector and has served with the state Senate's Office of Senate Counsel, as Federal Liaison for the City of Minneapolis, and more recently with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, where she has been a strong advocate for supportive housing within health care reform efforts. Janel has been a member on the Seward Towers Corporation Board and a volunteer for homeless events.  Janel has an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Minnesota Law School.


Jeff Cook

Jeff Cook joined the board in May 2015. Jeff is an HR executive with a successful track record spanning 20 years of building strong organizational cultures with innovative HR strategies for breakthrough business results. Respected as an expert in both business and academic spheres he has taught graduate and undergraduate management courses at the University of St. Thomas, Dunwoody College of Technology, Minnesota State University, and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. As a business leader he has lead global and national HR teams in several industries including IT, healthcare, retail, nonprofit, insurance, and internet startups. He has previously been a VISTA volunteer, and a board member for the Emergency, Community, Health and Outreach (ECHO). His M.A and B.A. studies are in the fields of Human Communication and Educational Psychology. When he's not in the office or on campus he enjoys hiking and biking with his family, photography, and studying birds. 


Karla Dross

Karla Dross is Chief Financial Officer at the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI). Karla has over 20 years of nonprofit financial and federal grant management experience. Prior to joining ICSI, she worked at the Center for Victims of Torture for 13 years, first as its Administrative Services Director and then as its Chief Financial Officer. Dross has also worked at College Possible as its first Director of Finance and Operations, and at the Neighborhood Health Care Network. 

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration from Wichita State University and a master’s degree from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota.


Kelli Johnson

Kelli Johnson joined the Board in March 2005. She is a Senior Research Fellow in Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota. She has 20 years of experience working in the state health policy arena and has an in-depth knowledge of government structures and political processes. Past employment includes Allina Health System, the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota House of Representatives. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Evaluation Studies at the University of Minnesota. Kelli is on the Human Resources Committee.


Kristin Dybdal

Kristin Dybdal joined the Board in 2016. She is a Senior Research Fellow at SHADAC, where she focuses on working with states on Affordable Care Act implementation issues and health care delivery system and payment reforms. Ms. Dybdal has over 20 years of experience working as a state official, health plan executive, consultant, and researcher on health care policy, performance, and financing issues. Prior to joining SHADAC, Ms. Dybdal served as Minnesota’s state budget director (in 2010-2011) and team leader for health and human services (2007-2010) at the Minnesota Management and Budget Department. Past employment includes Evercare and The Lewin Group. Ms. Dybdal earned her BA in economics from Carleton College and her MPA in Economics and Public Policy from Princeton University.


Peter Berrie

Peter Berrie joined the Board in July 2012. Peter is a partner at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, where he focuses on tax credits, particularly low-income housing tax credits, and has represented nonprofit and for-profit developers. Previously, Peter has worked with the Minnesota Attorney General's office where he represented the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency and the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board, among others. Peter is a frequent lecturer at seminars on affordable housing and tax credits, and has received multiple honors recognizing his work. He has served as President of the Minnesota Shopping Center Association and Co-Chair of the Hennepin County Bar Association Affordable Housing Forum. Peter has a B.A. from the University of Iowa and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Iowa College of Law.


Randy Hornstine

Randy Hornstine was a founding member, starting with the Board in July 1999. He is the Secretary of the Board. Randy has been involved with the Pilot since the initial Design Team and has brought his personal experience from living with AIDS and disability to the Pilot. He is active in meeting with others living with HIV/AIDS who struggle to get access to housing, medication and health care. Previously he has served as: President of the Board of the Aliveness Project, Vice President of The Ford House, Inc., and Co-Chair of the Ryan White Planning Council.


Sue Abderholden

Sue Abderholden joined the Board in July 2012. Sue has devoted her career to changing laws and attitudes that affect people with disabilities and their families. She is currently the Executive Director of NAMI Minnesota. Sue has held positions with the Arc of Minnesota, U.S. Senator Paul D. Wellstone, and PACER Center (Minnesota’s Parent Training and Information Center).  Sue has received numerous awards for her advocacy efforts.  Active in her community, she has been a Girl Scout leader, a volunteer in Minneapolis public schools, host family for international students at Macalester College, a volunteer in numerous political campaigns, and is a foster parent.  She has a B.A. in political science from Macalester College and a master’s degree in public health administration from the University of Minnesota.