Medica Research Institute is governed by its own Board of Directors apart from its parent company.
Dr. Spiro has had a distinguished career as an executive working in health-plan, health care and health services businesses, as well as in clinical practice. As a physician, consultant and health plan executive, Dr. Spiro has helped improve the operational efficiencies of multiple companies. He has also built entirely new organizations and business competencies from the ground up. At Medica, Dr. Spiro serves as the Chief Medical Officer to lead the Health Management Division focused on improving member health outcomes. Prior to joining Medica, Dr. Spiro served as executive vice president, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Health Assistant for Accolade Inc., which provides specialized, on-demand health care services to employers, health plans, and health systems. He has been a visiting professor at several universities, including the Harvard School of Public Health, and a frequent speaker at national conferences for organizations such as the Association of Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). Dr. Spiro holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.
Kristina Bloomquist is the Executive Director of the Medica Research Institute responsible for defining the Institute’s vision and research agenda. She directs the administrative and scientific teams and serves as the point of contact for strategic research relationships. She joined Medica in 1999 and provided leadership in health management strategies. Her professional experience includes patient care and administrator roles within health care ranging from long term care, in/outpatient hospital, to managed care settings. In 2010, she was asked to establish and develop the Medica Research Institute and was later appointed as its Executive Director.
Rob Longendyke is responsible for marketing, public relations, communications and strategic planning, and is the executive director of the Medica Foundation. He is a member of the senior and all-officer teams as well as the executive staff representative to the Community & Public Affairs Committee of the Board of Directors. A senior communications executive with more than 20 years in the field, he has worked with four Fortune 500 companies in four different business sectors. Before joining Medica, he was vice president of Communications for Honeywell Home and Building Controls. Mr. Longendyke is a member of the Arthur W. Page Society, an organization of senior public relations professionals from large companies.
Jim Jacobson is responsible for Medica’s legal affairs, compliance, government relations and public policy. Before joining Medica, Mr. Jacobson served as chief deputy county attorney (civil division) in the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office. From 1987 to 2000, he served in the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office. Among others, Mr. Jacobson held the positions of manager, health licensing, which included serving as general counsel to the Board of Medical Practice, and manager, commerce division, supervising legal services provided to the Department of Commerce. Before joining the Attorney General’s Office, Mr. Jacobson clerked for a federal district judge in Cleveland.
Tim Thull is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. He is responsible for developing and directing the strategy and delivery of information technology to support Medica’s business goals and objectives. Tim joined the organization in 2001 and has served in various leadership roles within Information Technology. He has over 15 years of Information Technology and Healthcare industry experience in technology consulting and with McKesson Corporation and Fiserv, Inc. He is the executive representative to the Technology Committee of the Board of Directors and is a former board member for the Minnesota Health Information Exchange. Mr. Thull holds A Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton College.
Mary Quist is the Vice President and Corporate Controller of Medica. She is responsible for Medica’s accounting and financial reporting. Mary joined Medica in March of 2000, with 15 years of auditing, accounting and product management experience. Prior to coming to Medica, Mary worked with health plans as a reinsurer through Allianz Life. She developed indemnity products to companion with health plan products and created risk sharing and reinsurance models. Prior to that, she had various roles in auditing and accounting. Mary started her career in public accounting at the firm now known as Clifton Larson Allen. Mary graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire and became a certified public accountant. Mary has recently joined the board of the Minnesota Chapter of the March of Dimes and has held board positions for Can Do Canines and Northern Starz Theatre.
Deb Knutson joined Medica in August 2003. She is responsible for human resources, learning and facilities management, including building security, hospitality and office services. She reports to the CEO and is the executive representative to the Personnel & Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors. She came to Medica after 22 years at Minneapolis-based Pentair. From 1994 to 2003 she was Pentair’s Vice President of Corporate Human Resources. A Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration graduate of the University of Minnesota, Knutson is an active member of the Human Resources Executive Council (HREC) and currently serves as the Membership Chair. She also serves on the Advisory Council for the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies (CHRLS).