New Changes to the Avera Queen of Peace Foundation Board
Jay Tolsma recently completed his term on the Avera Queen of Peace Foundation Board after 10 years of service, serving as Vice Chair and recently Chair of the Board. Tolsma’s service was celebrated at the June Board meeting with a cake and plaque.
Effective July 1, Pat Clark will begin his duties as Chair of the Board and Ryan Huber will be the Vice Chair.
Pat Clark is retired and formerly served as Senior Vice President and CFO at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital. He has served as the President of the Mitchell United Way Board, is a charter member and former Treasurer of the Mitchell Technical Institute Foundation, served as the President of the Mitchell Community Alcohol and Drug Center Board for three years, served as President of the Mitchell Rotary Club, and served as President of the South Dakota Healthcare Financial Management Association Board. Pat and his wife, Bobbie, reside in Mitchell. They have two grown children.
Ryan Huber is the Regional President of BankWest, Inc. in Mitchell. He serves on the Mitchell United Way Board of Directors and is a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church Finance Committee. Ryan, his wife Anne, and their three children reside in Mitchell.
Current members of the Avera Queen of Peace Foundation Board include Pat Clark, Chair; Ryan Huber, Vice Chair; Trish Bates; Steve Ahlers; Tim Bottum; Steve Clarke; Nathan Hinker; Michael Krause, DO; Kim Lorenzen, MD; Ron Muth; Jayson Plamp; Lou Sebert; Sister Roxanne Seifert; and Ryan Thompson. Ex officio members are Tom Clark, Will Flett, and Dan Cook.
According to Tracy Pardy, Foundation Director, “The Avera Queen of Peace Foundation Board represents Mitchell and the surrounding communities, overseeing the work of the Foundation while advising the hospital as to the feasibility of private philanthropy in meeting hospital needs, and assisting the Foundation staff in successfully executing fundraising programs. We are extremely grateful to the individuals who have agreed to accept the responsibilities associated with this position. It is absolutely essential that our Foundation receive input from the community, and these individuals are voluntarily providing their much needed expertise.”