Creating Accountable

Communities for Health:

Catalyzing Integrative Approaches to

Obesity and Mental Health 

Dr. Mimi Guarneri, is the cardiologist and author of The Heart Speaks, a poignant collection of stories from heart patients who have benefited from integrative medicine approaches. The Heart Speaks and her clinical work have been featured on NBC Today and PBS’s To the Contrary and Full Focus. Her work was also featured in a two-part PBS documentary, The New Medicine. Dr. Guarneri has been recognized for her national leadership in integrative medicine by the Bravewell Collaborative and has served as chair of the Bravewell Clinical Network for Integrative medicine. In 2009, Dr. Guarneri was honored as the ARCS scientist of the year. In 2011, Dr. Guarneri was the winner of the Bravewell Leadership Award which honors a physician leader who has made significant contributions to the transformation of the U.S. health care system. Most recently, she received the 2012 Linus Pauling Functional Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute for Functional Medicine and the Grace A. Goldsmith award from the American College of Nutrition. Dr.  Guarneri serves as the president of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine.

Scott Shannon, MD, ABIHM, has been a national leader, instrumental in the creation of a holistic and integrative perspective in psychiatry for almost two decades. He is a nationally recognized leader in integrative medicine through his roles as past president of the American Holistic Medical Association, the immediate past President of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine and Executive Committee of the Academy for Integrative Health and Medicine.

As a child and adolescent psychiatrist, his focus involves supporting young people to find wholeness and recover their full health in body, mind and spirit. Although he uses prescription medication his preference is to employ natural methods like nutrition, mind-body skills, acupuncture and a shift in awareness to support the healing process. This approach represents the new field of Integrative Psychiatry.

Dr. Shannon teaches as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Colorado-Children’s Hospital in Denver. In 2010, he founded the country’s largest and most comprehensive integrative mental health clinic, Wholeness Center in Fort Collins. He published the first textbook on integrative psychiatry in 2001 followed by “Parenting the Whole Child: A Holistic Child Psychiatrist Offers Practical Wisdom on Behavior, Brain Health, Nutrition, Exercise, Family Life, and More . . .”, and “Please Don't Label My Child: Break the Doctor-Diagnosis-Drug Cycle and his latest textbook, “Mental Health for the Whole Child: Moving Young Clients from Disease & Disorder to Balance & Wellness”.

Larry Yee is the president and founder of the Food Commons. He has worked nationally in sustainable agriculture and food systems and has helped create numerous organizations many of which provided conceptual threads that led to the Food Commons. At the Food Commons he directs the development of the organization on the regional and national levels, coordinates the Executive Team and chairs the National Board. Larry also serves on the LA Regional Water Quality Control Board, appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2012. From 1976 to 2008, Larry had an academic career with the University of California Cooperative Extension and in 1986 he was appointed director of the Cooperative Extension office for Ventura County. In 1993, he founded the UC Hansen Trust, a multi-million dollar University of California endowment established to sustain and benefit agriculture in Ventura County, and, in 1997 he established and directed the UC Hansen Agricultural Research and Education Center. In 1996, Larry worked with Mr. Dee Hock, founder and CEO Emeritus of VISA International, on the design of innovative organizational structures. From 1996-2002 Yee helped start the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, working with fishermen and environmentalists; the Society for Organizational Learning, working with MIT and Peter Senge; and his work at the Kellogg Foundation led to the development of Community Alliances of Interdependent Agriculture, the precursor to the national Association of Family Farms where he served as national board chair from 2002-05.
Deborah J. Nankivell Since 1993, Deborah has been the CEO of the Fresno Business Council, a nonprofit organization made up of business, academic and civic leaders committed to using the skills and resources of all sectors to improve critical aspects of the community. A key component of their work is the development of services for mental health. Prior to moving to California, Deborah was the executive director of Common Cause Minnesota for nearly ten years. She also served as a lobbyist for the retail food co-ops in Minnesota. For five years, she practiced law in the areas of criminal defense, workers compensation and personal injury. For three years, Deborah served as a consultant for Community Intervention, an organization that provided tools to community leaders to systemically address addiction issues. She has a BA in philosophy from the University of Minnesota and a JD from William Mitchell College of Law. 

Jamie Harvie, P.E. is the Executive Director of the Institute for a Sustainable Future (ISF), and is a nationally recognized prevention leader through his extensive experience at the intersection of healthcare and ecological health. For this work he has been interviewed and cited in media including Time Magazine, USA Today, Minnesota and National Public Radio. Jamie founded the Healthy Food in Healthcare Initiative in which he directed a nationwide collaboration of NGO, clinicians and healthcare partners, to create healthcare food policy and practice change prevention models. His organization, with Duluth based St. Luke’s, won a MN Governor’s Award for their work on Healthy Food in Healthcare. In 2009, along with awardees Growing Power’s Will Allen and food management company Bon Appetit; Jamie was awarded the “National Thought Leader” category for his work on healthcare and sustainable food systems. In 2012 is was recognized as one of the top twenty “most influential” by Food Services Director magazine.

Mr. Harvie was one of the national experts invited to present a white paper on food and healthcare at the Food Systems and Public Health Conference: Linkages to Achieve Healthier Diets and Healthier Communities and was also one of an invited expert panel on policy and environmental approaches to improve food, physical activity, breastfeeding and tobacco environments in hospitals by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity. 
Nancy Cashman graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth and has 25 years of leadership experience in social service and youth program development and implementation.  As the Supportive Housing Director at Center City Housing Corporation, she develops supportive housing programs for homeless men, women and families with children.  She was appointed by Governor Dayton to the Minnesota Visible Child Work Group, is a Blandin Community Leadership Graduate and was the previous chairperson of the St. Louis County Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness. She oversees Center City Housing’s family supportive housing programs that provide almost fifty-one units of housing to homeless families.

Her work focuses on fund development, relationship development and program development.  Nancy is an expert at designing collaborative and holistic programming to meet the developmental, educational, health and recreational needs of homeless children.  During her time at Center City, the agency has vastly expanded its statewide leadership role in the development of harm reduction housing programs and supportive housing for families and young adults.  CCHC has or is developing housing in Duluth, Rochester, St. Cloud, Dakota County, and Bemidji. 

Elizabeth DeVaney BA, RN, PHN  is a graduate of the College of St. Scholastica with a Bachelor of Arts degree in nursing, minor in Gerontology and brings an important perspective as Health and Wellness Coach at Community Action Duluth. Before pursuing her nursing degree, she received a 500-hour massage therapy certification. She is a certified Intrinsic Coach, Certified Holistic Health Coach and a member of the American Holistic Nurses Association. Her work experience includes long term care nursing, hospice, public health, care management, chronic disease management and wellness coaching, triage nursing, as well as massage therapy. She enjoys helping others create change to live a more balanced, holistic life through education and health coaching.


 Bill Marks is Director of Food and Nutrition Services at Hennepin County Medical Center in downtown Minneapolis. He is very active in the community and is on the Board of Director’s for Twin Cities’  Metro Meals on Wheels;  is an Adjunct Clinical Instructor for The University of Minnesota, Department of Food Science and Nutrition;  member  of the 2013/2014 Leadership Twin-Cities program; an active Alpine Patroller with the National Ski Patrol. Some of the accomplishments Bill and his team have made at Hennepin County Medical include the  first Hospital in USA to 100% eliminate all trans-fats and the first hospital to provide free Breakfast and Lunch meals to children via the USDA Summer Food Program serving 3,100 meals each summer. His team has directing 72 tons of Organic waste to composting and was the first public hospital to sign the Health Care Without Harm  “Healthy Food Pledge”. They have also implemented a Therapeutic Food Shelf providing 100,000 meals per year, reduced SSBs (Sugar Sweetened Beverages) and changed Patient Menu to focus on Scratch Cooking with More Grains and  Fresh Food. The Food Service team also has an Organic Herb Garden with focus on Herbs for the Hmong community and manages an On site Hospital CSA for  fifty hospital staff.  
Dawn Petroskas, R.N. has affiliate faculty status in the University of Minnesota School of Nursing and works full-time as the Director of Health Services at Catholic Charities. In this capacity, she oversees all health services within the agency, including a prenatal clinic for uninsured women; a community clinic for children in out-of-home placements; and a recuperative care program for homeless adults being discharged from hospitals. She has experience providing nursing care to homeless and other vulnerable populations both locally and internationally. She is involved with the National Healthcare for the Homeless Council and sits on the MN Medicaid Citizens’ Advisory Committee. She completed her doctorate at the University of Minnesota, where she researched the impact of housing on the health of those who lived long-term without a home.
Laura Sandquist, DNP, R.N., graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in May of 2012 with a dual specialty in Integrative Health and Healing and as an Adult and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. While a student at the University, Laura received a fellowship from the George Family Foundation through the University’s Center for Spirituality and Healing to study functional medicine. She also holds certification as an Intrinsic Health Coach. Her undergraduate nursing degree and minor in psychology are from Winona State University. The first six years of her career Laura worked in inpatient acute care as a staff Registered Nurse at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Upon graduating from the DNP program, she worked part-time as a Functional Medicine Nurse Practitioner at a private practice in Edina, MN and also as a Health Advisor and Clinical Resource for a Minneapolis based corporate wellness company. In March 2014 she transitioned to her new role as the Health and Wellness Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Lead at Touchstone’s Community Health and Wellness Center, which is a nurse-designed and nurse-led wellness, care model.
Dana Christmas is the Holistic Wellness Coordinator for Northhomes Family Services. Since starting at Northhomes she has implemented,  "therapy based yoga programming" called "Yoga Clam"  for all of the residential treatment clients.  The journey has been transformational for her and her students and has rippled out to her co-workers. The point of "Yoga Calm" is to connect the student to their inner strength and learn emotion skills such as; self-soothing, positive body image, personal reflection and concentration. Through their practice they integrate theses social emotional skills with movement and breathe work. The transition kids experience from the beginning of class to the end is truly profound and most always positive.

Pam White, NP is the Founder and President of Health Empowerment Resource(HER) Center. Although the clinic opened its doors in January 2010, Ms. White has over 26 years of healthcare experience. She has been a Women's Healthcare Nurse Practitioner since 1995. She is committed to improving the health outcomes in communities of color and underserved populations. She is dedicated to the health education, empowerment and mobilization of communities of color, with a special focus on the black community. She understands the healthcare issues that impact black community and other communities of color. Pam's vision is for HER Center to empower and assist women in learning how to live healthier and longer by reclaiming their self-respect and a sense of balance.

Jean Weiler, MEd, RDN is Manager, Nutrition Care and Café at Hudson Hospital & Clinic. Hudson Hospital & Clinic, part of HealthPartners, is a non-profit health care provider located in Hudson, WI. Jean is a member of the hospital “Green Team” and project manager for the Hudson Hospital Community Garden. She serves on the Healthy Foods Task Force for Healthier Together St. Croix Co., the Power-Up Nutrition Collaborative for St. Croix Valley MN/WI, and the HealthPartners Food Connection and Better Beverages work groups.  While serving on the Advisory Committee for “Connecting Sustainable Farmers to Emerging Health Care Markets” through a two year grant project (2012-2013) from Sustainable Agriculture Research Education (SARE) to the Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP),  Jean had the opportunity to meet local farmers and learn about local farming .In 2014 Practice Greenhealth presented the Circle of Excellence Award in the Food Category to Hudson Hospital. The Nutrition Team is enthusiastic about local and healthy food. Team members are involved in planting, tending, and harvesting produce from a nutrition garden plot in the Hospital’s Community Garden. The fresh produce and herbs are used in patient and café customer meals.