Medica Research Institute is governed by its own Board of Directors apart from its parent company.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tom Lindquist is responsible for directing the strategic development, customer service and operations of all of Medica's state and federal government-related (Medicaid and Medicare) products. This includes accountability for profit and loss, product development, operations, member service and compliance for the business segments. Mr. Lindquist also is responsible for the organization’s relationship with the Minnesota Department of Human Services and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Before joining Medica, Mr. Lindquist held executive positions with UnitedHealth Group and served as served as a health insurance industry liaison to the Congressional Budget Office and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.