Board of Directors

Meet our Board of Directors

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Joe Fousek

Board President

Graduated cum laude Marquette University, B.A. Mathematics. As Bond Schoeneck & King’s Chief Information officer, Joe has over 25 years of IT management experience.  Joe oversees all aspects of the IT department including: infrastructure, security, applications, development, support, training and project management.

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Steve Herbst

Board Vice-President

A graduate of University of MN-Duluth. CEO at SECURE ITnet, a leading Managed Services Provider, providing services in 40 states and 7 countries. Steve has worked in the Business to Business technology services area for over 25 years; over that time working with small companies to Fortune 100 companies.

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Steven Fu

Board Member

Dr. Fu is an internationally recognized expert in tobacco cessation and health disparities and is a leader in the treatment of tobacco dependence among diverse racial/ethnic minority groups, and among our nation’s military Veterans. Currently, he is Director of the Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research and co-Chief of the Section of General Internal Medicine at the Minneapolis VAMC. Dr. Fu is also an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

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Aurora Young

Board Member

Aurora is a Managing Director in the physician services practice of Integrated Healthcare Strategies, a division of Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc. Her consulting services and expertise is dedicated to the valuation of physician financial arrangements to ensure alignment with the organization’s strategic objectives, improve the financial performance of their operations, and ensure regulatory compliance. She is regularly retained by and works with the executive leadership and board of directors for not-for-profit hospitals and health systems nationwide.

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Sam Walker

Board Member

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Carmen Uecker

Board Secretary

Carmen Graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a B.A. in English and M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction. Carmen is a marketing and communications leader with diverse experience across multiple industries. In addition to experience leading successful strategic partnerships and sponsorships, she most recently managed multiple dimensions of communications for a Fortune 6 organization. Her expertise includes the following: marketing, strategic planning, sponsorships, brand advancement, communications and program management.

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Andrew Huss

Board Member

Mr. Huss is a member of the operations team at Wayzata Investment Partners, a private equity firm that specializes in purchasing distressed companies and assets. Mr. Huss is responsible for various financial reporting and tax compliance as well as for the financial, operational, and administrative activities of the real estate portfolio investments of the Wayzata funds. Prior to joining Wayzata Investment Partners, Mr. Huss spent five years in public accounting with KPMG. Mr. Huss received his B.A. in Accountancy from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and a Master of Business Taxation from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Mr. Huss holds an active Certified Public Accountant License from the Minnesota State Board of Accountancy.

Dave Ufheil

Board Treasurer

Dave is an Executive Director with Ernst & Young in its financial accounting advisory practice in Minneapolis. In that capacity, he leads the Life Sciences practice for the Central region of the US, assisting finance leaders in addressing the strategic accounting and financial reporting challenges facing their business and the finance function. Prior to joining EY, he spent 22 years in the audit practice of KPMG in various offices in the US and Germany. Dave received his B.A. in Accounting from Indiana University – Bloomington. He holds active Certified Public Accountant licenses in Minnesota, Illinois and Michigan. Dave has previously been involved in the finance committee of Medina Golf & Country Club and the development committee of the Detroit Institute of Arts.


In Loving Memory of Brad Thorsen

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Brad Thorsen

Board Member

All MHG charitable campaigns are hosted in loving memory of Brad Thorsen. Brad served as a Board Member of Mini-Hops since 1997, serving as President from 2002-2005 and ran the MHG Special Olympics program until his passing in 2017.

In his retirement, he focused on his family (especially his beloved grandchildren), friends, and attending Vikings and Lynx games. He was also involved with and did volunteer work for the Patrick Henry H.S. Foundation and is a member of the Patrick Henry Hall of Fame.

For this reason, we continue to give back to our community in honor of Brad and his commitment to helping the community.

Brad’s Obituary:

Graduate from the U of M with a BA and JD. Brad retired from We Can Ride located in Minnetonka. He is a member of the Hennepin County Bar Association where I served as president in 1997-98; the Minnesota State Bar Assoc. where he has been a long- term member of its Board of Governors and served on its executive committee from 2001-2003, and the American Bar Association, serving as a member of the House of Delegates from 2000- 2006. Brad has served as a Board Member of Mini-Hops since 1997, serving as President from 2002-2005.

Bradley C. Thorsen, 69, of Golden Valley, died unexpectedly on Sunday, August 13, 2017 at his home.

A real estate attorney for 30+years, he was also past- president of HCBA, past executive director of VLN and past executive director of We Can Ride. Bradley was a long-time Special Olympics gymnastics coach.

In his retirement, he focused on his family (especially his beloved grandchildren), friends, and attending Vikings and Lynx games. He was also involved with and did volunteer work for the Patrick Henry H.S. Foundation and is a member of the Patrick Henry Hall of Fame.

Bradley is survived by wife Madge; daughters, Sarah (Matthew) and Bethany (Dan); grandchildren, Nina, Benjamin, Miles and Melanie; siblings, Tom (Carol), Gregg, Keith, Scott and Lori. He loved his faithful walking companion, teeny chiweenie Clyde.