William R. Rummler – Founder and Chairman Emeritus. Bill Rummler received his B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1962. After serving in the U.S. Army, Bill was employed by IBM Corporation in Chicago, Illinois. In 1975 he became founder and CEO of Centron Computer Corporation in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a company specializing in the re-marketing and leasing of IBM computer equipment. The company was sold in 1986 and Bill retired in 1991. Bill has served in many volunteer capacities, including as a member of the boards of directors of Habitat for Humanity of Lee County, Florida, of Struthers Parkinsons Center in Minneapolis, and of The Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness in Minneapolis. He also has served as a member of the mission board of Colonial Church of Edina, Minnesota, as an installation volunteer for Lifeline personal-alert systems in both Minnesota and Florida, and as a member of the board of directors of Satellite Industries of Minneapolis. Bill is the father of Steve who died July 1, 2011 of a drug overdose. He and his wife Judy have channeled their grief by establishing the Steve Rummler Hope Foundation, based in Minneapolis, which aims to heighten awareness around the issue of chronic pain and the disease of addiction.
Judson (Kim) Bemis, Jr. – Chairman. Judson Bemis has over 30 years of experience in entrepreneurial and management roles across several business sectors, most recently in addiction and behavioral health. His passion for, and recent engagement in, the field led to his founding of Clere Consulting with Doug Lyons and Sam Dresser. Prior to Clere Consulting, Judson served as Vice President of New Business Development at the Hazelden Foundation, where he led its exploration of online business opportunities. Earlier in his career at the Hazelden Foundation, he was National Director of Development. In 2009, he co-founded Now Feel Free, a non-profit entity focusing on online recovery. Judson established an impressive track record in business before pursuing his long-held interest in helping others through the prism of recovery. In 1992, Judson purchased the telemarketing firm, Outsell, Inc., and developed it into an industry leader in lead generation, qualification and appointment setting, working with clients such as Computer Science Corporation, Cray Research, Hitachi, Honeywell, NCS and Tandem. In 1998, with the advent of the Internet, he led the creation of an online chat application that emerged into an effective selling tool to auto dealers nationwide. Based on this application, he created and launched an artificial intelligence text recognition product in 2001. In 1985, after eight years as an actor in New York City, where he appeared in commercials and soap operas as well as Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, Judson joined his family’s organization, Bemis Company, Inc., as a sales and marketing manager. Judson has extensive governance background, serving on the for-profit boards of Imaging Institute, Inc., Technology, Inc. and Outsell Inc., as well as the non-profit boards of Lake Country School, MacPhail Center for Music, where he chaired a successful $25 million campaign, the Minnesota State Arts Board (Governor’s appointment), The Guthrie Theater Foundation, The Minnesota Orchestral Association, The Playwrights Center, Theatre Communications Group (NY) and Theatre de la Jeune Lune.
Alisa C. Butler, Secretary – Alisa Butler graduated from the University of Saint Mary’s in Winona, Minnesota in 1993. She received her degree in Media Communications with a concentration in Public Relations, and a minor in art with a concentration in graphic design. Alisa is the owner of two Twin Cities based companies. A full service sign company, The Sign Age, Inc., which she started in 1994 and A La Carte Design, a creative agency which she originated in 2003. Over the last decade, Alisa has worked as a consultant for several startup companies assisting with strategic development, marketing plans, advertising campaigns, implementation of systems, policies and procedures, as well as designing nationally recognized brands. Actively involved in the community and networking, Alisa also serves as a Connection Ministry Team Leader at Westwood Community Church. In her free time she enjoys quality time with family, friends, her husband, Chris and their dog Winston.
Jane Colford – Janie, originally a farm girl from Ohio, now considers herself a Minnesotan after having moved to the Twin Cities 30 years ago. Most of those 30 years were spent working for Prudential and raising a family. She is married and has 5 children ranging in age from 6 to 27. Janie became involved in working with the Steve Rummler Hope Foundation after her nephew, Drew Miller, died of a heroin overdose in March 2013. It was after finding out that the first responder who came to her sister’s house didn’t have Naloxone (the life saving drug that could have saved him) that she reached out to the Steve Rummler Hope Foundation to say she wanted to help get the important bill they were working on – Steve’s Law – passed. Janie also has a son that is afflicted with the disease of addiction thus furthering her determination to make a difference and bring awareness to the overprescribing of prescription pain medication and the dangers of overdose from these prescriptions and from heroin. Janie joined the Steve Rummler Hope Foundation board of directors in 2014. With her retirement from Prudential, also in 2014, she plans to dedicate more time to activities that will make a difference and save lives.
Anne M. Pylkas, MD – Dr. Anne M. Pylkas, MD is board certified in internal medicine and addiction medicine. She attended medical school at the University of Minnesota and completed her residency and addiction medicine training at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) in Minneapolis. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, teaching medical students and residents. At HCMC, she treated opioid dependence in a methadone clinic setting and was a primary care provider for a medically and socially complex population. She also helped develop a curriculum for Chronic Opioid Treatment for Chronic Pain in Primary Care and Screening and Brief Intervention for primary care physicians. She now also works at HealthPartners Interventional Pain Clinic in St. Paul, treating complex chronic pain and addiction. She is the Medical Director of Sage Prairie Recovery, an outpatient chemical dependency treatment program in Burnsville, MN.
Christopher Johnson, MD – Dr. Johnson is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine currently working for the Allina Health Urgent Care system. He is the Chair of the Minnesota Dept. of Human Services Opioid Prescribing Work Group. In 2013 he was selected by the MNSure Board to serve on the Health Industry Advisory Committee, which meets on a regular basis and offers recommendations to the Board on how to best serve the community in its role in the Health Insurance marketplace. He’s on the Board of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing and continues to participate in the Minnesota Medical Association’s Opiate Task Force and the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement Pain Management Work Group. He received his Doctor of Medicine at the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, in May 2000 and completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, in June 2003. In 2005 he recognized the public health crisis of opiate addiction and from 2005 to 2009 spearheaded an effort to develop a Chronic Pain/Opiate Prescription Policy that became the model for his entire professional group.
Charles Reznikoff, MD – Dr. Reznikoff practices Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He earned his medical degree in 2002 from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. He completed his Internal Medicine residency, followed by a chief residency, at Hennepin County Medical Center. He then completed an Addiction Medicine fellowship at the University of Minnesota in 2007.Dr. Reznikoff is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School and an award-winning teacher of medical students and residents. In addition to serving on the board, Dr. Reznikoff also serves as a member of the Steve Rummler Hope Foundation Medical Advisory Committee.
Judith B. Rummler – Founder and Chief Financial Officer. Judy Rummler received her B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1963. For several years, she worked as an editor for Encyclopedia Britannica and Scott Foresman in Chicago, Illinois. In 1971 she was a founder of The Book Bin, a retail bookstore in Northbrook, Illinois. After moving to Minnesota in 1974, Judy and her husband Bill founded Centron Computer Corporation, a company specializing in the re-marketing and leasing of IBM computer equipment. For twelve years Judy served as Vice President and Treasurer and worked alongside Bill. In 1986 Judy joined Swenson Anderson Associates (later AdvisorNet Financial) in Minneapolis where she served clients in personal and corporate financial planning for eighteen years. She earned her Certified Financial Planner status in 1987. Judy served as Chair of the Methodist Hospital Foundation Board (now the Park Nicollet Foundation in St. Louis Park, Minnesota) and as Chair of the Colonial Church of Edina Foundation in Edina, Minnesota. She and Bill are now winter residents of Bonita Springs, Florida, where Judy is a member of the Women’s Committee for Hope Hospice, the Friends of the Salvation Army and the Bonita Springs Historical Society. Judy is the mother of Steve who died on July 1, 2011 of a drug overdose. She and her husband Bill have channeled their grief by establishing the Steve Rummler Hope Foundation, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which aims to heighten awareness around the issue of chronic pain and the disease of addiction.
Randy Anderson, ADC-T – Randy is a person in long term recovery and what that means to him is that he hasn’t had to use drugs, alcohol, or any mood-altering substance since January 9, 2005. After receiving the life-saving gifts of treatment and recovery, Randy completed his A.S. degree in addiction counseling at Minneapolis Community & Technical College in 2015 and now works as a full time substance abuse counselor at RS Eden – the very same treatment facility where he was once a client. A passionate advocate for recovery and reform, Randy also serves as a member of the MN Second Chance Coalition Steering Committee and is actively involved in the MN Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health (MARRCH). Randy is currently pursuing his B.A. degree in human services at Bethel University and lives with his wife, dog, and cat in Golden Valley, MN.
Shelly Jo Elkington, RN – I am from Montevideo, MN. A small town girl, born and raised. My strong roots in the prairie and rural Minnesota has allowed me to network and fill need gaps in our local community. After returning to my hometown in 1990 and having two children, I earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked at Friendship Homes of MN in Montevideo. I then followed in my father’s footsteps and became an Emergency Medical Technician in 1992, and eventually coordinated the emergency medical services for Chippewa County until 2010. As a result of that training, I was asked to develop the human resource and safety department at Friendship Homes. In 2002 I left my position at Friendship Homes and started the area’s first personal care agency; Avenues for Care, Inc. Our company grew quickly and has served hundreds of residents who are in need of physical, emotional and mental health support. In 2013, I completed my degree as a Registered Nurse. In 2009-11, I served on the board of CURE (Clean Up the River Environment) whose efforts have dramatically brought awareness to fresh water pollution in our rivers and streams. Recently, I spearheaded an association of personal care providers in the state called the Minnesota First Provider Alliance.
I am married to my husband Timothy and we have a son Zachary and a daughter Casey Jo. In addition to our PCA business, we own and operate a winter passive-solar greenhouse. I enjoy reading, home improvement projects, outdoor activities such as kayaking and walking. I find great peace in our country home with our dog Poppy.
On August 19 2015, my 26 year old daughter Casey Jo, was found dead at her home in Fargo ND. She spent several years struggling with an opiate addiction that began after being prescribed medication for her Crohn’s disease. The details of her death remain unclear, but her addiction was certainly the contributing factor. Being a parent of a child that suffered from chronic pain and as a result, an opiate addiction – I’ve realized that advocacy in both these areas go hand in hand. Knowing that reform will come too late for Casey Jo is heartbreaking, but her spirit drives me. As in life, and now through her death – her mission was to help others in any way she could. She is my hero.
Peter Stiles, MD – Pete is the medical director of the pain management program at TRIA where he practices full time, working to provide patients comprehensive and opioid-sparing pain management options. Holding board certifications in both areas, he completed an anesthesiology residency and pain medicine fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he designed a nationally-recognized web-based system to aid patients and primary care physicians in the management of perioperative pain and opioid tapering. Locally, he serves on the board of the Twin Cities Medical Society Foundation. Dr. Stiles is a graduate of St. Olaf College and the University of Minnesota Medical School, he holds memberships with the American Society of Anesthesiology, Spine Intervention Society, Minnesota Medical Association and the Twin Cities Medical Society.
Buck McAlpin, Director of Government Relations for North Memorial Health Care has a passion for the development and implementation of remote and rural healthcare. Minnesota is a nation leader in the development and legislative implementation of Tele-Health and Health Care Reform. Buck brings a unique understanding of the modeling and implementation of Health Care around expanded use of EMS workers providing alternative care. Buck continues to work both on the hospital and EMS side of finance developing and negotiating with the government and commercial payers on health care reform. Buck has worked closely with the Department of Human Services and the Department of Health’s office of Primary Care and Rural Health on reform models. Buck has worked at North Memorial for 28 years starting as a paramedic in the ambulance division. Buck works closely with all levels of State and local government and regulatory agencies.