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Board of Directors

  • Tamara Tasche, Chair
  • Beth Peterson, Vice Chair
  • John Bergeson, Treasurer
  • Pam Chapman
  • Courtney McCann
  • Kathleen Meier


Tamara Tasche

Tamara Tasche

Tamara currently chairs the Avinity Board of Directors and the Avinity Foundation Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Avinity Foundation Development Committee. She has a deep respect for seniors, and for both the joys and challenges they experience during the aging process.

Tamara is an executive and leadership coach in the Twin Cities. She has extensive experience working with leaders throughout the full employment experience – from executive onboarding to coaching and development, and through transition to new employment. Tamara is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Minnesota. She earned a Master of Science degree in Psychology from St. Louis University and has completed considerable postgraduate education in Organizational Psychology. She has completed coach training through New Ventures West and the College of Executive Coaching. Tamara has also developed expertise with numerous leadership assessment tools.

Beth Peterson

Elizabeth Peterson

Beth is a Professor Emerita at Bethel University where she served as a faculty member and Chairperson of the Nursing Department. While at Bethel she taught courses in Nursing Care of the Elderly, Gerontology, Mental Health, and the Theology of Suffering. In addition, she served as a mental health consultant, primarily with senior citizens, at Fairview Lakes HomeCaring and Hospice.  She graduated from the University of Illinois, Chicago with a B.S. in Nursing, the University of St. Thomas with an M.A in Allied Health Education, the University of Minnesota with an M.S. in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, and Bethel Theological Seminary with a Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Formation.

Courtney McCann

courtney mccann

Courtney is Vice President, Risk Advisor, and Partner at North Risk Partners.  As an Employee Benefits Risk Advisor, Courtney works closely with large group clients, negotiating on their behalf and managing benefits programs with her team. Courtney also acts as employee benefits sales manager across all 30 locations. Prior to joining North Risk Partners in 2010, Courtney held an Employee Benefits Sales Representative at Sun Life Financial’s top sales office, with a focus on group life, disability, and stop loss insurance. She also specialized in sub-specialty physician disability insurance through Sun Life’s Partnership with MGIS. Courtney hold’s her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. She is currently a member of the Aetna Broker Advisory Board, the Board of Directors of Avinity Senior Living and held prior roles on the Foundation Board of TreeHouse.

Pam Chapman

pam chapman

Pam is the Development Officer for Century College in White Bear Lake.  Prior to this, she worked in donor relations and grantmaking in healthcare philanthropy for ten years, including with MHealth Fairview, Ebenezer and Allina Health.  She enjoys building trusting relationships and bridging the gap between needs and resources to impact communities.  She has a bachelor’s degree in social work and certificates in leadership and ministry training and fundraising. When her children were small, both her mother and mother-in-law lived them at different periods while they were facing health challenges in their elder years.  Pam appreciates the difficulties faced by seniors and family members, having been part of the “sandwich” generation.  She loves to listen to the stories of elders and all of the rich, life lessons to be gained from their experience.

Avinity Foundation Board Member Kathleen Meier

Kathleen Meier

Kathleen is experienced with healthcare operations and logistics; including hospital and outpatient settings of clinic management and rehabilitation services which included long-term care.  Her background also involved public health nursing.  This has led to an interest that assists people who want to live in their own setting.  Assisting people to live in their own homecare environment leads people to maximize their potential and overall satisfaction of life.  Kathleen has earned both a BSN from Winona State University and an MBA from St. Thomas University.