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Meet Our Board Members

Julie Elliot

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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

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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 and Ian. Tom works with Johanson Farms. 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.

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. 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.

Marilyn Forstrom

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I have been a life long resident of Martin County. I worked for 32 years as Office
Manger for my husband, Doug’s New York Life Insurance business. I retired in January
of 2019 following his death in November of 2018. We raised three children. Amanda is a
Physical Therapist at Center for Specialty Care, Hillary is a Registered Nurse Anesthetist
at the University of MN Hospital and Clint is a Project Mgr for the Cordillera Metro
District in Colorado.
Doug (a former FCHF Board member) and I had long believed in the importance of the
Foundation and its mission to the hospital. I am grateful for the support that the
Foundation receives from so many generous contributors. Over the years I have
volunteered with a number of organizations in the community and I am now honored to
serve on the FCHF Board. I look forward to helping the Foundation continue the
important work of providing support to our local hospital to help it offer high quality
health care to the citizens of our area.

Brian Ruschy

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After growing up on a farm near Sherburn I attended UW Stout for Construction Management,
graduated in 1995 and returned to live in Sherburn after starting work at Tech Builders as a job
superintendant. I transitioned from onsite job supervision to project management in 1999 then to
President in 2007. My wife Yonna, Daughter Madison and I moved to Fairmont in 2012 so I could be closer to our office and be able concentrate more on the business. After moving to Fairmont I felt Ishould get more involved in the community and was asked to serve as a trustee for the FCH foundation. At that time our family was having some health challenges and I was disappointed in the level of service available in Fairmont and seriously concerned about the ability of the various medical providers’ capability to communicate between each other and share medical records. The timing and opportunity felt right for me to use my experience to try to make a difference with the challenges I was seeing along with health care in general. I had no idea what was involved with being a trustee or what would be required of me, let alone that I would end of being president of the foundation. Looking back on my experience so far I feel I’m the one that has gained the most as a result of all the people I’ve met and worked with, I enjoy working with every person on our board because they each bring a different skill set and a wide array of experiences, not to mention they are a just a fine group of people that want to make a difference in people’s lives through charitable support of our local hospital.

Dr. Hyun Kimm

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Dr. Hyun Kim is a General Surgeon at the local hospital. He and his wife, Peggy, reside in Fairmont and have three girls together.

His objective is to provide leadership, guidance and innovative ideas to continue to make improvements in providing quality of care at the local hospital.

Kate Hawkins