Chapter Board

Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter Board

Every Chapter, whether staffed or volunteer, has a local Chapter Board.  The Boards are designed to support CCFA through fundraising, support programs and patient and professional education.  We look to Chapter Boards to support our mission, to maintain a strong presence in the community and partner with chapter staff to reach the Foundation's goals.  As volunteer leaders of the organization, we ask that boards share their wisdom, professional expertise and financial resources. The Minnesota/Dakota Chapter proudly recognizes our volunteer leaders:


Amber Backhaus, President
Director of Government Affairs, Minnesota Auto Dealers Association
Term 2013-2016

Chris Collette
Senior Vice President, Corporate Services, United Health Group

Debra Apple Savitt, Chair of External Communication and Awareness Committee
Program Manager, Jewish Family & Children's Services of Minneapolis

Rhona E. Shwaid
Attorney, Fredrikson & Bryon P.A.

Scott Russett, Chair of Corporate Engagement Committee
Vice President & CFO, Okabena Company

Daniel Johnson
President, M.A. Mortenson Company

Dr. Neil Phelan, Chair of the Chapter Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC)
Physician, Minnesota Gastroenterology

Dr. Jeanne Tung, Camp Oasis, Co-Medical Director
Physician, Mayo Clinic

Barb Weixel, Sioux Falls Leadership Board Member
Vice President, Bumblebee Gibson, Inc.

Kristi Sidel, Sioux Falls Leadership Board Member
Director of Quality Initiatives, Avera Health

Paul Zagaria
Executive Vice President, Beltmann Group

The Board Corner - A place where our board members will be able to communicate important information and share their stories to patients and their families.  Visit The Board Corner!