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Meet your new MHSCN Board members

01/18/2018 8:01 PM | Rebecca Kindall Nelson (Administrator)

The Minnesota Health Strategy and Communications Network thanks these members for adding their expertise and energy to the MHSCN Board of Directors:

They started their two-year terms on January 1. 

Interested in joining our great group of volunteer board members? Contact Mary Beth Schwartz.

Membership Co-Chair

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Allison Bendickson

Communications and Fundraising Coordinator

Senior Community Services


I graduated from Bethel University with a bachelor's in marketing in 2011. I went on to volunteer/intern at numerous nonprofits, including the MS Society, Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota and the Arthritis Foundation. 

I began at Senior Community Services as the communications and fundraising assistant in April of 2015 and moved into the coordinator role at the beginning of 2017. I recently completed the fundraising certificate in the Executive Education School of the University of St. Thomas.

In my personal life, I volunteer with the Maple Grove Community Organization, helping to put together the city's biggest event of the year: Maple Grove Days. I live with my boyfriend of two years in Golden Valley along with Allie, our 1 year old standard-size, dachshund mix puppy. 

Awards Co-Chair

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Amy Martin

Wellness / Community Engagement

Hutchinson Health


I am a wellness program coordinator for Hutchinson Health, with whom I have been employed with for over 10 years. 

My education background includes a bachelor of science (BS) degree in medical technology and a master of science (MS) degree in community health.  

I am married with three children (ages 14, 16 and 20). I live in Winthrop, Minn. 

Networking Co-Chair

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Martha Parsons


Parsons Communications LLC


As owner of Parsons Communications, L. L. C., I help clients uncover, shape and tell their stories. 

I'm a communications strategist, writer and editor accomplished at marketing, public relations and public affairs. I help organizations ask tougher questions to better understand how their communications can hit home.

Program Co-Chair 

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Erika Peterson

Relationship Manager

Creatis, Inc.


I studied classical music in college and ended up with a business degree. Every role prior to Creatis was either in music, the arts - places where I could flex my right brain. 

The part I always excelled at was “people.” Whether helping leadership teams get the right people in the right seats, helping entrepreneurs write process, recruiting, or running a start-up, it all comes back to WHO is doing the work. The team must gel, and it gives me great satisfaction to help build great teams and successful relationships every day. It’s the people who give a business its heart. 

I say it all the time, "If I’m not helping or learning, I’m not fulfilled." What I do allows me to do both of those things every day; we help a lot of people match up with great clients around the Twin Cities. Based on the sheer number of people I meet every day, I’m always learning something new.

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