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ClearWay Minnesota(SM) Board Approves New Officers

New Board Members and Officers Introduced

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Today ClearWay Minnesota's Board of Directors approved new officers, introduced new Board Members and thanked outgoing members for their service to the organization. M. Patricia Hoven, the former President and Executive Director of the Honeywell Foundation as well as Honeywell's Vice President for community and local government affairs for Honeywell, was elected as the new Board Chair. Hoven replaces Kirby Erickson, who served as Chair for the past two years. ClearWay Minnesota Board officers elected today include:

-- M. Patricia Hoven, Board Chair -- Hoven, an independent consultant who specializes in corporate and community partnerships, has chaired Minnesota HEALS and also serves on the boards of the Metro YMCA, Courage Center, Minneapolis Downtown Council and the Sister Kenny Foundation. She will serve a one-year term as Board Chair.

-- Colleen Aho, Vice Chair -- Aho is the Executive Director of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and has served on the United Artists Board and the Resource Center of the Americas Board. She will serve a one-year term as Vice Chair.

-- Dr. Ivan Dusek, Secretary -- Dusek, a former college faculty member, has served on numerous committees, task forces and the Board of Trustees for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. He will serve a one-year term as Secretary.

-- David Fisher, Treasurer -- Fisher, a businessman and attorney, has served on various nonprofit boards and was formerly the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Information Officer for the State of Minnesota. He will serve a one-year term as Treasurer.

"During Kirby Erickson's tenure as Board Chair, we saw Minnesota communities pass strong smoke-free policies, as well as the historic passage and implementation of the Freedom to Breathe Act," Hoven said. "I look forward to working with Kirby and the rest of the Board to keep our communities healthier and tobacco-free."

Among his many accomplishments as Board Chair, Erickson oversaw ClearWay Minnesota's free professional counseling program, QUITPLAN Services, as it reached a historic milestone of helping more than 10,000 Minnesotans quit tobacco.

Departing Board Members include Dr. Blanton Bessinger, Mitchell Davis, Jr., and Michael Scandrett. Mr. Davis was elected at-large in 2002 and will serve until September 28, 2008. Dr. Bessinger and Mr. Scandrett were elected at large in 2003 and will serve until September 28, 2008.

"I would like to extend our deepest thanks to Blanton Bessinger, Mitchell Davis, Jr. and Michael Scandrett for their years of service on the Board," Hoven said. "They have been valuable contributors to ClearWay Minnesota's work to improve the health of Minnesotans by reducing tobacco use."

The September 17 Board Meeting also saw the introduction of three new Board Members that were approved by the Board on July 16:

-- Nancy Omondi, Manager for the Health Services Research Program within the National Marrow Donor Program and a Board Director for the African Food Distribution Center. Omondi was elected as an at-large Board Member; her term begins on September 29, 2008.

-- Patrick Rock, M.D., Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director of the Indian Health Board. Rock was elected as an at-large Board Member; his term begins on September 29, 2008.

-- Lyn Stepaniak, Director of Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management Technical and Patient Services at Medtronic, Inc. Stepaniak was elected as an at-large member of the Board; her term begins on September 29, 2008.

About ClearWay Minnesota(SM)

ClearWay Minnesota is an independent, non-profit organization that improves the health of Minnesotans by reducing the harm caused by tobacco. ClearWay Minnesota serves Minnesota through its grant-making program, QUITPLAN(R) stop-smoking services and statewide outreach activities. It is funded with 3 percent of the state's 1998 tobacco settlement.

For more information on ClearWay Minnesota or QUITPLAN Services, call 952-767-1400 or visit

SOURCE ClearWay Minnesota
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