2022 MHCEA Fall Conference Speakers

September 14-16, 2022
Grand Casino Hinckley
777 Lady Luck Dr.
Hinckley, MN 55037


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The Fine Art of People Power

Jonathan Bowman - Juris Doctor, Keynote Leadership Speaker, Clear Picture Leadership®

Jonathan’s presentations are the result of heart-felt experience, critical thought and an unbridled passion to help others achieve their full potential.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jonathan is the last of four children, whose lives were enveloped in poverty and homelessness. By the time he was 17 years old, he and his family had lived in two homeless shelters, a church, a small fourth-floor attic, public housing projects and a hotel, among many other places.

However, with his determination to ascend from poverty unaffected, he earned his G.E.D. and obtained an associate’s degree in English and Communications at Allegheny Community College. He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Communications from Point Park University where he graduated Cum Laude. Jonathan then attended and graduated from Ohio State University College of Law.He then practiced law at the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. During his 12-year-career there, he served in a variety of leadership posts, including Deputy Attorney General and Section Chief. He led several departments to achieve success. As a result, he was a recipient of the Ohio Attorney General's Innovation and Excellence Award in 2005.Jonathan is also an avid photographer. Pictures have intrigued him ever since he was a child. While growing up, drawing pictures provided him with an escape from his life of poverty. Later in life he became hooked on photography when he happened upon a 35 mm camera and looked through the viewfinder. He was so enthralled that he studied photography as part of his undergraduate major in communications.Today Jonathan serves as CEO of Clear Picture Leadership®. He uses lessons learned from his childhood, leadership skills honed throughout his career and the inspiration embodied in his artwork to encourage leaders to achieve a “clear picture” vision. As Jonathan says, “Picturing your destination is the first step to achieving something great.” Sometimes leaders are tempted to cast aside an imaginative vision because it is deemed “unrealistic.” Yet – as his tagline says – Jonathan challenges leaders with “a different perspective: Where imagination and reality meetTM”.


Would you like to inspire your group? Would you like to show your group how they can lead each other to success? Would you like the members of your group to have a better appreciation for each other? If so, then you have to experience Jonathan’s presentation titled, “The Fine Art of People Power.”   People Power refers to the power that everyone has to influence others positively. In order to showcase People Power, Jonathan shares stories of his journey from living in public housing projects and homeless shelters as a child to becoming an attorney and Section Chief at a State Attorney General’s Office. “He has a powerful story of triumph against the odds that will appeal to many audiences. His humor and insight make him both entertaining and encouraging. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing him speak!” said Katrina Metzler of the National Association for State Community Services Programs. Yet, Jonathan will be the first to tell you that his achievements were not made alone. They were made possible by family, friends and colleagues who served as a positive influence in his life, especially during the most challenging times. In other words, People Power allowed Jonathan to emerge from his life of poverty and homelessness. People Power had a powerful impact on his life. And it can have a huge impact on yours.   People Power can inspire you. It can guide you through great difficulties. It can lead you to high achievement and unparalleled success

Minnesota Department of Health Potpourri

Frances Adimoraegbu, PE - Public Health Engineer, Minnesota Department of Health

PE in the state of MN.

Fernando Nacionales - Public Health Engineer, Minnesota Department of Health

U of MN, B in Civil Engineering.
Have worked at MDH since 1992 (seemed like just yesterday) in health care engineering Registered Professional Engineer since 1997.


Provide information to health care facilities/design/construction professionals on issues encountered by the MDH Engineers in the last year, including the top K-Tags found in LSC Surveys.

MN Energy Code - The Basics

Dustin Rehkamp - Market Sector Lead - Healthcare, Leo A Daly

As healthcare market sector leader, Dustin directs a multi-disciplinary team to create successful and effective solutions for health care clients. His experience spans various sectors with complex needs, from healthcare to recreation and corporate campuses.

Dustin has 17 years of experience working with influential healthcare organizations and is skilled at healthcare campus planning and development, project management and client relations. His leadership and technical prowess enhance each project.

Dustin is a co-chair of the MN AIA Government Affairs committee. He is the vice-chair of the ASHE Health Care Decarbonization Task Force. He has a passion for mentoring the next generation and has been an ACE mentor since 2013.

Rachael Spires, AIA, CDT, CCS, LEED AP - Architect, BWBR

Rachael Spires is a licensed architect and code analyst whose two decades of experience spans the spectrum of health care, from ambulatory and tertiary spaces to mental health centers, as well as highly specialized research spaces with demanding clean room specifications. Working at the intersection of design and functionality, she analyzes both operability and design intent of a space to elevate its safety and enhance patient and staff satisfaction. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a master’s degree in architecture.


Building codes can often be complicated and difficult to navigate. This is never more relevant then dealing with energy codes in healthcare projects. Healthcare facilities and staff are often required to provide information and solve problems without the required information needed to make those decisions.

The purpose of this presentation is to provide a foundation for attendees to understand the basics of the MN energy code. The presentation will walk through the background of the energy code, discuss how often it is updated and how the process works. We will discuss how the energy code affect new and remodeled construction and what the process looks like when working through a project.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the basics of energy code
  2. Be able to understand energy terminology
  3. Understand the overlap between comfort and energy code

Five Steps to Proactive Facility Maintenance Planning

Tim Kittila - Facilities Assessment Manager, Kraus-Anderson

In 2004, Tim started as a mechanical engineer working on design and build of Mission Critical (Data Center) facilities. In Jan of 2020, he transitioned to Kraus-Anderson to become the Facility Assessment Manager and assess a variety of facilities such as Healthcare, Gov’t, K-12, Senior Housing, and Commercial properties.

Mark Sigel - MEP Systems Manager, Kraus-Anderson

Bio Coming Soon.


Facility managers continue to be the bearer of bad news of failed equipment, pipes, boilers, HVAC systems, roofs. The goal of this review will allow facility managers a path to get ahead of facility failures and become proactive in maintenance upkeep. The presentation will review how to put together a 5, 10, 20 year long term facility plan. We will review the IFMA standard of FCA’s (Facility Condition Assessments) and also help measure a facility through the Facility Condition Index (FCI) methodology. The presentation will provide the steps required to ensure you have the most accurate data of your facility to help your C-Suite make more informed decisions in regards to facility improvements and move from a reactive mindset to a proactive planning methodology. The five steps methodology will also include the possible tools that could be used in order to get better info about your facility.

Common Gaps in Healthcare Security Programs

Drew Neckar, MBA, CHPA - President & Principal Consultant, Security Advisors Consulting Group

Drew Neckar is the founder and principal consultant for Security Advisors Consulting Group a consulting firm which provides security assessment and litigation support services to clients in the US and internationally. He has nearly thirty years’ experience in the safety and security field, has served as the senior most security executive (CSO) for organizations in the healthcare, financial services, education, hospitality sectors, and as a Regional Security Director for Mayo Clinic.

Drew holds the Certified Protection Professional (CPP) certification from ASIS International and the Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator (CHPA) from the International Association of Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS) as well as numerous other certifications. He has also served in volunteer leadership roles including as the current Chairperson of ASIS International's School Safety and Security Steering Committee, former Vice Chair of ASIS' Healthcare Security Council, former Vice President of IAHSS' Upper Midwest Chapter, and former President of the Minnesota Association of Healthcare Safety & Security.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and History, and an MBA with an emphasis in international business.


As a consultant providing advice to many healthcare organizations throughout the world, the presenter has had the opportunity to work with and identify strengths and weaknesses for some of the best healthcare security programs in the world. During his work he has found that even among award winning security programs there are commonly missed elements that keep them from operating at peak efficiency. In this presentation he will discuss what elements of a security program he commonly sees organizations fail to implement, and will make recommendations for how the attendees can ensure that their own organizations’ programs are functioning as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Controlling the Unpredictable: A case study in supply chain solutions

Julie Crawford - Market Executive, Mortenson

Julie Crawford is a healthcare Market Executive for Mortenson.  She spent many years as a project manager leading complex projects in multiple healthcare systems, with a focus on planning and providing solutions for uniquely challenging logistics and schedules within an operational hospital environment.  “The way we show up, respond to our customers’ needs, and show a genuine interest in their success builds implicit trust.  It is through that trust that we are given the opportunity to walk beside them and be their partner”. 

Rod Neil, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C - Senior Facilities Project Manager, M Health Fairview

Rod Neil is a licensed architect and Senior Design and Construction Project Manager at Fairview Health Services. Over his 17 year career, he has worked exclusively in the healthcare sector. First at two major architecture firms, before moving to his current position on the owner side. Designing and managing projects of all sizes and complexities has allowed him to appreciate that a hospital or clinic is not only a building, but a space planned to promote healing and wellbeing.

Chan Scholz, AIA - Project Manager, BWBR

Chan is a licensed architect and project manager with BWBR’s St. Paul office.  Over the last 20-plus years he’s worked on numerous project types, from municipal, multi-family, religious and most recently, healthcare, which has been his primary focus for the last 15 years.


The supply chain has been unpredictable and constantly changing, with no end in sight. This is presenting the construction industry with unprecedented challenges. What remains constant is the need for healthcare systems to provide access to care for the communities they serve by completing projects efficiently. At this junction, creative solutions are required to control what is within our power to control, leverage planning and scheduling early and often, and for project teams – designer, contractor, and client – to truly work together in a collaborative way throughout the entire process. In addition to a summary of current supply chain and procurement challenges, we will share a case study – the M Health Fairview Health and Wellness Hub in St. Paul, MN – to highlight how this project team worked together in non-traditional ways to optimize the design and construction timelines and complete the project on schedule.

Driving Sustainability Through Energy Infrastructure

Eric Laumeyer - Senior Account Executive, Ameresco

Eric Laumeyer is a business and technology account executive specializing in energy and sustainability strategies harmonizing processes, people, and technology to take customers to the next level of their sustainable journey. He has spent the past 15 years working in energy procurement, energy analytics, facility management and analytics, and energy infrastructure. His unique background helps him navigate the intricacies of technology, financing, and infrastructure to develop innovative strategies in collaboration with his customers.


Healthcare accounts for approximately 10% of the carbon dioxide emitted annually in the United States. During this session, we will discuss the best practices to decarbonize healthcare buildings and create a sustainable environment.

Key topics will include utilizing a robust tracking platform to create an energy management plan and track GHG emissions and set targets. Find out what kind of tax incentives, and grants are available to improve the ROI of energy infrastructure projects, and determine key energy and renewable energy projects that can lead to sustainable buildings.

ASHE Update

Danielle Gathje - Regional Director, ASHE Region 6

Bio Coming Soon.


Abstract Coming Soon.

Fundamentals of Emergency Power Systems

Bill Abderhalden - State Fire Safety Supervisor, Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division

Profile title State Fire Safety Supervisor
Summarize your experience, specialties, and your story or business history

Have been with the State Fire Marshal Division since Dec 2015. Spent 12 years as a Marine Corps firefighter, with 8 of those years as a chief officer.

Education • Arizona State University, B.S.

  • Louis F. Garland Fire Academy, Dept. of Defense
  • IACP Leadership in Police Organizations

Roy Kingsley - Health Care Inspector, Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division

Bio Coming Soon.


This presentation will cover the requirements for emergency generators and essential electrical systems, including monthly and annual maintenance requirements, long-term life-safety requirements, and support equipment.

FGI 101 and Rural Health Focus

Rebecca Lewis, FAIA, FACHA, CIDMN - Principal Architect, Director of the Healthcare Studio DSGW Architects, DSGW Architects, Inc.

Rebecca Lewis [email protected] Principal Architect/Director of Healthcare Design NCARB, FAIA, CID-MN, FACHA Licensed in Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin Bachelor of Architecture, North Dakota State University Bachelor of Environmental Design, North Dakota State University Certified Interior Designer, MN Gerontology Certification, University of Wisconsin-Superior Healthcare Affiliations: American College of Healthcare Architects: Founding Member 2000 President 2008 Fellow 2013 (one of 49 architects to be named Fellow for ACHA) Facilities Guidelines Institute 2026 Executive Vice Chair Critical Access Hospital Chapter Task Group 2010 edition Dental Chapter Chair, 2014 edition Outpatient Document Chair, 2014 to 2022 Steering Committee of the HGRC 2018 to date Executive Committee, Emergency Conditions Committee 2020 A national expert in healthcare architecture, gerontology, codes and standards and guidelines for healthcare architecture, Rebecca’s depth of knowledge in the field of healing communities is motivated by her pursuit to create environments that reflect these ideas. On a national level, Rebecca plays a leadership role speaking throughout the country to professionals about new architectural approaches that improve the experience of patients and staff. She is a member of the Facilities Guidelines Institute Health Guidelines Revision Committee and a 2026 Executive Vice Chair as well as a leader on the FGI Emergency Conditions Committee, 2020. Her experience working with small rural hospitals and healthcare providers has made her a much-needed voice in the national arena.


This presentation will focus on two areas: introducing the audience to the Facilities Guidelines Institute publications, website and organization. Overall document consensus approaches and revision strategy will be shared with the group. Secondly, a focus will turn to the significant FGI chapters on rural health requirements and the Emergency Conditions research paper (2020) as a resource for participants. Learning Objectives: 1. Familiarize participants with the organization of the documents and publications. 2. Sharing the revision strategy, sequence, and consensus approach to the FGI process. 3. Understanding and explaining the approach to the use of the Guidelines in MN given current legislation. 4. Review Guidelines section on rural health requirements including the CAH and Small Hospital Chapter, Freestanding ER/Mobile Unit chapters, Dental Chapter and the Emergency Conditions 202 report.