WHO WE ARE
Global Wellness Connections is a group local civic leaders, innovators — from the academic, public and the private sectors — who are examining what alternatives there may be to improve the supply chain and transportation strategy system in the Wellness Corridor of the Upper Midwest.
Thomas Fisher is a professor at the University of Minnesota and director of its Design Center, which focuses on transportation, urban design, and community development. A former dean of the College of Design, he has done research on community health from a variety of perspectives. He makes numerous presentations around the country and is the author of several books about issues that concern most people.
Tom Horner is co-founder of Himle-Horner, one of the best known public affairs / public relation firms, he sold the firm in order to run for governor in 2010. He was chief of staff for a U.S. senator, David Durenberger. Since he has been a consultant in public affairs, as well as an adjunct professor in the St. Thomas University business school. Horner is active throughout the community, serving on numerous boards.
Kim Norton is Mayor of Rochester, Minnesota, since 2018. Recently elected to a second four-year term. Formerly 8 years on the Rochester School Board. And 10 years in the Minnesota Legislature, representing a portion of Rochester. She sponsored the bill that created the Destination Medical Center in Rochester.
Teri Wallace is the Interim Associate Vice President for Research and the Dean of the Extended Campus, having been at Mankato State University for nearly 20 years. Educated in psychology with a Masters Degree in the education side of the field, she divides her time between her office in the Hubbard Building on campus and the extension center in Edina, Minnesota. She earned a PhD from the University of Minnesota in the late 90s and served on the faculty of the Educational Psychology Department for about a decade. She is active on a variety of fronts for the university, including its global connections and relationships.
Bret Weiss is President and CEO of WSB, a design and consulting firm specializing in engineering, community planning, environmental and construction services. WSB operates 36 offices in seven states of the U.S. Weiss is active as a business leader, most recently as past president of the board of the Minnesota Chamber, a statewide organization. He has also given time to the arts, serving on the board of the Hennepin Theater Trust. He has been names numerous times as one of the business leaders to watch.
Bill Goins is Leadership Team Lead for the Commerce Mobility Sector.
Christine Hanson is Leadership Team Leader for the Health and Wellness Sector.
Curt Johnson is the Leadership Team Leader for the Water Sector.
Donna Koren is the Leadership Team Lead for the Transportation Sector.