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Meet Our Board Members

Julie Elliot

President
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I graduated from Granada-Huntley High School and University of Maryland/Walter Reed Army Institute of Nursing. I’ve worked at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Fairmont Community Hospital, FMW Human Services and Fairmont Medical Clinic/MHS-Fairmont. I’m a retired COL from the MN Army National Guard. I’m currently retired. I joined the board to ensure that the tradition of local giving and support remains and to ensure that local donations benefit the most patients.

Dr. Cherlynn Brumbaugh

Vice President
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Chery and Harry Brumbaugh came to Fairmont in 1975 as educators. Fairmont was a wonderful community to raise son, Gregory. Family now includes daughter-in-law Courtney and teen-aged grandson,Jaxon. Greg and family live in the twin cities. After completion of her doctorate degree in administration, Chery served the Southern Plains Education Cooperative as Director of Special Education. After retiring in 2010, volunteering has been very fulfilling. Church, Education, Youth, and Health are the focus of hours of serving others. Excellent health care for the elderly is a priority for this retirement community. Being asked to be a trustee to FCH Foundation, is an honor. During this tenure, many new connections will be made.

Paul Edman

Treasurer
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Kayla Caven

Administrative Assistant
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Originally from Amboy MN, my husband (Tom) and I moved to the East Chain area in 2008. We have two kids; Brielle (5) and Ian (2). Tom works with Johanson Farms and besides working with FCH Foundation, I also work with Martin County Youth for Christ. Having both kids at the Fairmont Hospital, I realized how lucky we are to have this service available. Both experiences were truly the best as the nurses and doctors were so compassionate and caring. I want to help continue the enhancement of services to the Martin County area.

Jane Kotewa

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I have lived in Fairmont for almost 50 years and have had an interest in health care all those years. As a Licensed School Nurse, I worked for Fairmont Area School and Southern Plains Education Cooperative. I served on the Lakeview Health Services Board for many years and presently am a member of the Faribault Martin Human Service Board. I live with my husband, JR, and enjoy being close to James and Robyn and their five sons, and to Kevin, a Minneapolis resident. "Health care has changed, but individual and family needs for compassion and excellent care have not."

Robynn Buhmann

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I joined the Fairmont Community Hospital Foundation in 2012. I was asked by a friend to be part of this committee that helps make choices regarding the local Hospital. I previously worked at the Fairmont Community Hospital for 18 years and seen first hand how much the foundation has given to the facility. I work at Dulcimer Medical Center and my husband, Brad, works for the City of Fairmont. We have two kids; Jackie a freshman in college and Levi is in 8th grade.

Dr. Scott Burtis

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Dr. Scott Burtis is a chiropractor and integrative health specialist. He is originally from Belle Plaine Minnesota. He has been a part of the Fairmont community for almost 30 years. Together with his wife Monica he runs Burtis Chiropractic Center in Fairmont. Dr. Burtis has four children, Dr. Parker Burtis who passed away in April of 2015, Chase Burtis who works for Optum Insurance in Minneapolis, Kassondra Burtis who works for the Minnesota Wild, and Talitha Burtis who is currently attending St. Benedicts. Dr. Burtis is excited to help the board as it use the gifts of Fairmont and Martin County residents to increase the spectrum of services available and to help make the hospital a more vital part of the community.

Eric Tonder

Eric Tonder moved to Fairmont, MN after serving active duty in the U.S. Army as an Intelligence Analyst in Europe and graduating from the University of Minnesota – Mankato with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He began his duties with the Fairmont Police Department in 1997 as a Patrol Officer, then Sergeant, and currently as a Detective. He has been married to his lovely wife Wendi Tonder for over 20 years who serves as a teacher at the Fairmont High School. They are blessed with two lovely daughters who both attend Fairmont public schools. Eric is honored to be a board member of the FCH Foundation and he’s dedicated to working toward continued positive healthcare services and relationships that benefit all community members.

Bob Engman

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I was born and raised in the Twin Cities. I moved to the Fairmont area in 1976. For over thirty years I’ve owned a business as a painting contractor. My wife’s name is Debra and between us we have 5 children. She has worked for many years at the hospital in the Rehabilitation Dept. I am also at the hospital part time as a volunteer Chaplain. I sit on the board of Step, Inc. as well as the board of Youth For Christ. We attend the Evangelical Covenant Church. The last line of the FCH Foundation Mission states……...”Support of medical services at the local hospital remains the only priority”. I believe this sums up my priority also.

Ove Oren

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My wife Debra and I have lived in Truman for almost 30 years now. We have 2 sons, Scott who lives in Truman and Jason and his daughter living in North Mankato.
I have worked for Profinium, Inc. (and their predecessor Peoples State Bank of Truman) for the better part of the last 30 years. I retired as CEO in 2008 and started doing bank consulting. I have come full circle in that in 2014 I entered into a contract with Profinium to do some part time work in the Truman office. Currently I work 2-3 days a week here and also I am doing some work for the Bank in Kenyon.
When I was asked to serve on the foundation I was a little reluctant in that I have been fortunate to have not had to utilize the hospital for any medical purpose. But I also know that the ability to have a first class facility for this area is of the utmost importance. Having a facility of this quality locally makes it so much more convenient for the families when they have a member in the hospital.
I look forward to serving on the board and especially representing the Truman area and I invite anyone to contact me with suggestions on how to improve the experience they have with the hospital. The true value of the Foundation is that we can help with equipment that would otherwise not be available in the area.

Dr. John Holstine

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Jake Ebert

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Dr. Mark Anderson

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“My wife, Sue, and I have resided in the community of Fairmont for 30+ years. We have been blessed with three adult children and twelve grandchildren. I recently retired from a career as a licensed psychologist. For the last 18 years of my career, I was privileged to work at MCHS-Fairmont.
I view it as an honor to serve on the FCH Foundation board. We are fortunate to have such a fine clinic and hospital in this community. My desire is to assist in providing ongoing, positive health care for the Fairmont Community.” – Dr. Mark Andersen

Lisa Carlson

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I have been a member of the Fairmont community for the past 23 years. I met my husband Paul Carlson while attending the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Paul wanted to come back to his home town to practice with his Father so we moved to Fairmont in 1996 after he graduated from Dental School. I have a BS in Dental Hygiene and work part time as a Hygienist at Carlson Dental Office with Paul. We have two children Lauren who is attending St. Olaf and Evan who is attending Fairmont HS.

I love to stay involved in our community! I have served on Parent Advisory Board at Budd School and FHS, helped form the parent group P.E.T.T., chaired Children’s Theatre. I have been involved with Women of Today, American Association of University Women & Child Study groups. I taught Sunday School and Confirmation at our church, coached Soccer, Hockey and am currently the assistant coach of the Fairmont High School Dance Team.

As a health care provider I know how important it is to have good health care available to us, close to home! The FCH Foundation has done so many amazing things over the years for our hospital, its patients and the caregivers. So, when I was asked to be on the board I felt it was a great opportunity & another way to stay involved and give back to our community.



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