Jill Wiedemann-West joined People Incorporated as its first Chief Operating Officer in 2010. She was promoted to CEO in 2014. Wiedemann-West’s professional background and experience is in healthcare operations, management, and service development. Prior to joining People Incorporated, she was a chief operating officer at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. 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.
Wendy Waddell joined People Incorporated in 2019. She brings more than 25 years’ experience in psychiatric care leadership to her role as COO. Waddell leads People Incorporated’s Strategic Business Units in successful and comprehensive client services. Prior to People Incorporated, Waddell served as the director of inpatient mental health at Regions Hospital for more than a decade. In addition to her professional achievements, Waddell has demonstrated a deep commitment to the wider community People Incorporated serves. She is a member of the Minnesota Hospital Association Mental Health Taskforce for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) collaboration and a guiding member of the “Make It OK” anti-stigma campaign Steering Committee. Waddell earned a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Manitoba, a Master of Nursing with a specialization in psychiatry from the University of Texas, as well as a Ph.D. in health care administration from Capella University.
Jill Goring joined People Incorporated in 2020. Goring has served more than nine years as a licensed Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and an accomplished leader throughout her 20 year career in health care.
She has stellar experience in leading system change, initiating and leading quality and performance improvement related to patient care, and with incorporating new Electronic Medical Record (EMR) technology.
Goring’s passion for caregiving shines through in her ability to provide direction and motivate others to do their best work. Serving as vice president of Operations will allow her to partner across the organization and be engaged in the strategy and vision of People Incorporated’s mission of supporting mental health and wellness in communities through collaboration and integration of care.
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. O’Brien holds a degree in Communications and Psychology and is a Registered Nurse.
People Incorporated welcomed Veronika E. Mix from Atlanta, Georgia as the Vice President of Community Engagement in 2021. Mix brings more than 15 years of experience in healthcare, specializing in client engagement, integrated marketing and community relations with a strong history of building relationships and programs that support the client experience. Mix has an MBA in Marketing from Strayer University in Atlanta and a BBA in Management from Robert Morris University in Chicago.
Beth Allen joined People Incorporated in 2018 as a Director of our Foundation Wellness program and was promoted to the role of Vice President, Operations in 2019. She has twelve years of behavioral health leadership experience over diverse programming including Nursing, Nutrition and Wellness Services, Behavioral Health Home, Targeted Case Management, Care Coordination, and centralized service distribution in addition to the quality and compliance functions. Her experience is in both acute and community settings and she has exposure to the insurance industry. Throughout her leadership career, she has held responsibility for integrating behavioral and physical health care. Allen holds a Master of Nursing Leadership from St. Catherine University and a Bachelor of Arts in Nursing from Gustavus Adolphus College.
People Incorporated promoted physician and psychiatrist, Dr. Beverly R. Lewis, to the position of medical director in 2020. Dr. Lewis has more than 20 years specializing in addiction medicine and as a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist in public and private practice.
As medical director, Dr. Lewis will oversee all integrated clinical practices, maintain and improve quality of care, and support innovation and growth strategies for outpatient and residential programs.
Prior to joining People Incorporated in 2012, Dr. Lewis served as an Addiction Medicine Specialist and Hospitalist at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul and St. John’s Hospital in Maplewood, Minnesota. She spent several years as a Consultation Psychiatrist for Rule 29 clinics; Thad Wilderson and Associates in St. Paul and African American Family Services in Minneapolis, and served as the Psychiatry Co-leader for Collaborative Office Rounds, Developmental Pediatrics and Child Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota Medical School.
Scholarly and research interests include:
- addiction, mental illness, trauma
- cancer, anorexia, diabetes
- American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
- American Psychiatric Association
- Minnesota Medical Association
- Minnesota Psychiatric Association
- Minnesota Women Psychiatrists
- Hennepin and Ramsey Counties Medical Societies.
Dr. Lewis earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley and her medical degree at the University of Minnesota Medical School. She has held several professional leadership roles throughout her career, including serving as a board member for Parent’s Coalition for Educational Rights (PACERS).
Dr. Lewis enjoys working with individuals of all ages – providing the opportunity to always learn and keep pace with advancements in psychiatry and neurology.
Karen Kaplan serves as the Vice President of Human Resources for People Incorporated. In 2003, Karen decided to shift her career trajectory from the for-profit sector, and instead align her values with a mission-driven organization.
Kaplan found her place with People Incorporated in December of 2017 and prior to that had served other nonprofits in various HR roles. She is known for her strong commitment to integrity, social justice and servant leadership. These values align with those of People Incorporated and she especially appreciates the organization’s commitment to dignity, respect, team-oriented environment and support of continuous learning.
Kaplan builds her team and department policies informed by these values. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in business management from Beth University, and is in the home stretch to complete her master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Touro College, which models her commitment to continuous learning and development. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her family, volunteering to develop future business leaders, and container gardening
Mike Turpin joined People Incorporated in 2015 as General Counsel. His background includes over ten 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, Turpin was a public school teacher working with children with learning differences. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College and his Juris Doctor from the University of St. Thomas, School of Law.