Meet Our Team

Charlotte Merchlewicz
Central - Regional Community Health Specialist
320-251-2700, Ext.76323
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Ellen De la torre
Ellen De la torre
Western - Regional Community Health Specialist
320-251-2700, Ext.55125
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Angel Hight
Angel Hight, BSN, RN-BC
Community Health & Wellness Nurse
320-251-2700, Ext.76333

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Hani Jacobson

Hani Jacobson, BSN, RN, PHN Community Health Nurse 320-251-2700, Ext.77356 Email Hani

 Michelle Kiefer
Michelle Kiefer
Community Health Specialist II

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Melissa Pribyl
Melissa Pribyl, MSN, RN
Community Health Nurse 320-251-2700, Ext.32836
Dani Protivinsky, DrPH, MPH

Dani Protivinsky, DrPH, MPH Director - Health Equity & Community Health Improvement 320-251-2700, Ext.77527 Email Dani

LouAnn Schuller
LouAnn Schuller
Administrative Assist II
320-251-2700, Ext.77523
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Liz Vicente, BSN, RN
Liz Vicente, BSN, RN
Community Health Nurse
320-251-2700, Ext.77518
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Feeling Good MN Steering Committee

The Feeling Good MN Steering Committee is responsible for assisting staff in all matters related to building healthy communities so that healthy choices are automatic, affordable and accessible. This includes:

  • Encourage and support active lifestyles through the development of sidewalks, street crossings, bike lanes and other modes of active transportation that make it safe and easy for people of all ages to be active.
  • Improve and promote the affordability, availability and accessibility of healthy foods in schools, the workplace and communities.
  • Advocate for and support the implementation of enhanced policies that reduce and restrict smoking, and tobacco and e-cigarette use.
  • Educate the community about the long- and short-term health effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Identify the tools and resources needed to address and prevent ACEs from having devastating effects on our communities.

Feeling Good MN Steering Committee Members



Rick Bauerly

Managing Partner/CEO

Granite Equity Partners

Corie Beckermann

Director, Student Health Services

St. Cloud State University

Shonda Craft, PhD

Dean, School of the Health & Human Services

St. Cloud State University

Renee Frauendienst

Director, Public Health Division

Stearns County

Anthony Gardner

Vice President, Marketing and Communications

CentraCare Health

Greg Gack

Executive Director

St. Cloud Area Family YMCA

Martin Hackenmueller

Principal HR Associate

Capital One

Janet Handrigan, MD

Medical Director of Wellness

CentraCare Clinic

Brad Konkler

Vice President, Philanthropy and Community Health

CentraCare Health

Steve Laraway

President/ Chief Executive Officer

Laraway Financial Advisors Inc.

Rachael Lesch

Sr. Director, Quality Improvement/Population Health

CentraCare Health

Bob Mahowald, Jr

Managing Partner

Mahowald Insurance Agency

Robert Prevost

Marketing and Communications Consultant

Robert Prevost Public Relations

Nicole Ruhoff

Public Health Supervisor

Benton County Public Health

Jon Ruis

Director, Strategy & Business Development

Quinlivan & Hughes, P.A.

Pastor Carol Smith


Place of Hope Ministries

Dave Smith, MD


Sartell Pediatrics

Brandon Testa


House of Pizza/Pacific Wok

Bob Thueringer

Retired Chief Operating Officer


Dave Tilstra, MD

President Emeritus

CentraCare Clinic

Caryl Turnow

Executive Director

Central MN Community Foundation

Melinda Vonderahe

Director, Community Relations/Marketing

Tri-County Health Care