Ken Duncan (Chair)
Marc Hadley (Treasurer)
Bob Hennessey (Secretary)
Sr. Sue Ernster
Jill Wiedemann-West joined People Incorporated as its first Chief Operating Officer in 2010. She was promoted to CEO in 2014. Ms. Wiedemann-West’s professional background and experience is in healthcare operations, management and service development. She holds a Master of Arts in Psychology and Human Behavior from National University in San Diego, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Social Work from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Jim Olson served as People Incorporated’s Director of Finance from 2011-2013, and returned as Chief Financial Officer in 2014. As CFO he is responsible for oversight of all the organizations financials. He also oversees the facilities and human resources departments. Mr. Olson’s background includes over 19 years of experience as a financial executive in healthcare related industries. Prior to People Incorporated, Olson held Management roles at Park Nicollet Health Services, Fairview Health Services and HealthPartners. Mr. Olson holds an undergraduate and MBA in Finance from the University of St. Thomas.
Jodie Brend joined People Incorporated in 1996, and has had the opportunity to be involved in many of People Incorporated various programs. Ms. Brend holds a B.S. in Psychology and M.Ed. in Counseling and Guidance, both from North Dakota State University. In addition, she is a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP) and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).
Nancy Myers joined People Incorporated in 2016. A native Minnesotan, Ms. Myers spent several years in Texas where she ran numerous community-based mental health care programs and created multiple external collaborations with law enforcement that facilitated transitions to appropriate mental health services. She holds a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Oaks College in California, and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of St. Catherine.
Katie O’Brien has been with People Incorporated since 2001, and has previously served as director of Community Support, Case Management, Residential, and Crisis Services. Ms. O’Brien holds a degree in Communications and Psychology and is a Registered Nurse.
Heather Christopherson oversees People Incorporated’s fundraising, communications and volunteer initiatives. She has been active in healthcare and human services philanthropy for more than sixteen years, and has been a Certified Fund Raising Executive since 2003. Ms. Christopherson holds a BA in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her Masters in Public Administration in Nonprofit Management, with a concentration in fundraising, in 1998 – also at the University of Pittsburgh.
Mike Turpin joined People Incorporated in 2015 as General Counsel. His background includes over eight years of legal experience in the health care and government fields, including serving as General Counsel for MNsure where he served on the senior management team and managed all legal and compliance functions for the agency. He also served as Deputy General Counsel for the Minnesota Department of Human Services where he provided advice and assistance to the Department on a wide variety of legal topics. Prior to his legal career, Mr. Turpin was a public school teacher working with children with learning differences. He earned his B.A. from Carleton College and his J.D. from the University of St. Thomas, School of Law.
Bill Gray joined People Incorporated as Communications Director in 2012. He has more than 15 years experience in planning, implementing, managing and evaluating public relations initiatives for organizations, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to non-profit member associations. Mr. Gray’s career has included stints at Weber Shandwick Public Relations’ Health Care Practice, Minnesota Public Radio, and the U.S. House of Representatives. He holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and History from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.
Joe Conlin has been with People Incorporated since 2006. He is responsible for the upkeep, maintenance and safety of 60+ programs throughout the Twin Cities metro. Mr. Conlin carries a First Class Low Pressure Boiler License, CPO certification, and electrical certifications.
Tim McGuire has over 40 years of experience in the mental health field as a mental health care provider, manager and instructor. He has been a Peer Reviewer and Team Leader for the Council on Accreditation; an instructor for the University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine School of Social Work; and an Ethics Trainer for the Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. He holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from the University of St. Thomas.
Steve Merwin joined People Incorporated in 2016. Mr. Merwin leads the Human Resources team which includes talent acquisition, employee relations, benefits administration and payroll. Prior to joining People Incorporated, Mr. Merwin held leadership roles at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and Medtronic. Mr. Merwin holds an undergraduate degree from Metropolitan University and a Master’s degree from Concordia University in St Paul.
Kim Wicke became People Incorporated’s IT Director in 2011. She has worked as an IT professional in the behavioral health field for over 25 years.
Annmarie has been with People Incorporated since 2001, and has served in our residential, treatment, case management and community support programs during her tenure. Ms. Florest holds a Bachelors of Social Work from Metropolitan State University and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Minnesota.
Scott Hinchee oversees programs and service sites located in homes and apartments. He began his career with People Incorporated in 2005 working evenings and weekends at one of our Residential programs.
Sue Hoisington joined People Incorporated in 2011. She has spent much of her professional career working in the mental health and addiction field. Dr. Hoisington holds a Doctorate from the University of St. Thomas in Counseling Psychology and a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. She is a Licensed Psychologist in the State of Minnesota.