Board of Directors

Hutchinson Health Foundation Board of Directors

There are hundreds of people who have donated their time and talents over the years to build long lasting relationships between the Foundation and our communities. Volunteers continue to help Hutchinson Health envision future possibilities.

We are thankful to the many board and committee members who have supported our various projects, programs and campaigns to advance health throughout the different branches of Hutchinson Health.

2019 Foundation Board of Directors

Kara Neubarth Foundation Vice President

Kara Neubarth

Kara Neubarth – President
Board Member Since 2011

Kara has worked for Hutchinson Health for 22 years, and has been in management since 2001. Kara has been actively involved in our Foundation as an E-Star Committee member, promoting our employee giving campaign.

“As an employee of Hutchinson Health for 22 years, I’ve witnessed first-hand what positive outcomes for our community have come from the philanthropy of others and the Hutchinson Health Foundation.  I am passionate about serving our community and customers and see serving on the Board as an opportunity to continue to give.” ~ Kara Neubarth


Wendy Hantge

Wendy Hantge

Wendy Hantge – Vice President
Board Member Since 2013

Wendy currently works for Hantge Funeral Chapels, handling their accounting needs. She has been associated with many organizations in the community: Hutchinson JC Women, Hutchinson Water Carnival, Luce Line Trail Association, Hospice, Crow River Golf Ladies Day Committee, Advocates for Community Education Committee, Christ the King Church Committees, Hutchinson Hockey Association etc. Wendy fully supports the mission of Hutchinson Health Foundation because quality health care, including hospice care in our community is important to her.

“I serve because I feel it is important to have quality health care in our community.  It’s been most rewarding for me to see our Hospice event grow not only in support, but also awareness within our community.” ~ Wendy Hantge


Megan Karg

Megan Karg

Megan Karg – Treasurer
Board Member Since 2018

Megan currently serves as Branch President for SouthPoint Financial Credit Union. With over 15 years in the banking industry, she brings extensive management and leadership experience to the Board in addition to her budget and long range fiscal planning skills.

Megan is a very active volunteer involved with numerous organizations including Hutchinson Jaycees, Hutchinson Jaycee Water Carnival, Hutchinson Ambassadors, McLeod for Tomorrow, Dollars for Scholars, Junior Achievement, Hutchinson Hockey Association, and the Hutchinson Figure Skating Association.

Megan resides in Hutchinson with her husband Josh, and two children. She enjoys spending time with family, traveling, fitness and attending concerts during her spare time.

“I have enjoyed being a part of the HHF Gala committee for several years and have witnessed firsthand how generous our community can be. I am excited to be a part of this organization on a higher level and look forward to joining the HHF Board to give back to our community.”  ~ Megan Karg


Gail Gillard Foundation Treasurer

Gail Gillard

Gail Gillard
Board Member Since 2019
Previous Board Member from 2009 – 2017

Gail Gillard is a very active volunteer in the Hutchinson community and initially became a part of the Foundation Board back in 2009, serving until her 9 year term was up in 2017.  She has served as Treasurer and participated in numerous Foundation committees. We welcomed her experience and passion back to the Board in 2019.

In addition to her volunteer work, Gail works part time at Echo Family Dental, which is owned by she and her husband here in Hutchinson.  In her spare time Gail  enjoys spending time with her family and grandchildren and is an avid gardener.

“I serve on the Hutchinson Health Board because I enjoy working with other board members who are dedicated to the mission of fund raising, helping to promote the growth of Hutchinson Health. With the many events we host, we are able to support the growth of our local hospice care and Hospital; give grants to hospital and community organizations; give scholarships to deserving students; which in turn, gives back to our community.

The most rewarding part of serving on the Foundation Board is working with a high functioning Board and seeing the results of our fund raising efforts as we promote excellence in health care at Hutchinson Health.” ~ Gail Gillard


Dr. Emily Zoulek

Dr. Emily Zoulek
Board Member Since 2019

Dr. Zoulek joined Hutchinson Health in 2012 as an OBGYN and also currently serves as the Chief of Maternal Child Health for the Hospital.  In addition she is a member of the Executive Committee and Quality Improvement Committee. 

She has been involved in numerous organizations including the American Osteopathic Association, the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the American College of OBGYN.

In her spare time Dr. Zoulek enjoys working out and spending time with her family and friends.

“I joined the Hutchinson Health Foundation Board because I believe in setting a good example, being a positive influence and making an impact within the community where we live.” ~ Dr. Emily Zoulek


Kyle Wendling

Kyle Wendling
Board Member Since 2019

Kyle moved back to Hutchinson in the fall of 2008 and now co-owns Wendling Insurance Services Inc. with his father Jim where he assists individuals with insurance and retirement planning.  Kyle has been an active volunteer in the community and has been involved with various organizations including Habitat for Humanity, United Way of McLeod County, Hutchinson Downtown Association, Hutchinson Hockey Association, Hutchinson Jaycees and Water Carnival.

In his spare time Kyle enjoys traveling and golfing.  During the winter season, you can find Kyle either at a hockey game here in town or down at the University of Minnesota watching Gopher Hockey.

“I serve on the Foundation Board because I hear on a daily basis my clients having concerns about access to quality health care which ties in perfectly with the mission of the Board.  There are few things that are more important to see Hutchinson continue to grow as a community than quality health care and I’m excited to see the community that I love continue to have that opportunity.” ~ Kyle Wendling


Laura Frazier

Laura Frazier

Laura Frazier
Board Member Since 2018

Laura currently serves as the Vice President of Surgical Services for Park Nicollet. With over 28 years in the health care industry as an employee of Park Nicollet, she brings extensive strategic planning, long-term growth and goal setting skills to the Board.

She has been involved in numerous organizations including the Park Nicollet Foundation, Struthers Parkinson’s Center, along with local school booster clubs and church organizations.

Laura resides in Apple Valley and enjoys boating, travel and supporting her two sons in their interests and aspirations.

“I am excited to serve on the Board and look forward to contributing my skills, experience and resources to Hutchinson Health and the community.”


Scott Glaser

Scott Glaser

Dr. Scott Glaser
Board Member Since 2018

Dr. Glaser received his Doctor of Optometry in 2000 from the University of Indiana. The sole proprietor of Crow River Eye Care until 2014, he is now the co-owner of Southwest Eye Care.

He has been involved in numerous organizations including Hutchinson Jaycees, Hutchinson Ambassadors, Kiwanis Club, along with coaching hockey at the association level.

Scott resides in Hutchinson with his wife, and three boys and enjoys hunting, fishing and skiing.

“I serve on the Board so that I can use the relationships I have within the community to strengthen an area that all of us will benefit from; that area being health care.” ~ Scott Glaser


Melissa Campbell

Melissa Campbell

Melissa Campbell
Board Member Since 2018

Previously serving as the Director of Catering & Events for the Interlachen Country Club in Edina, and now as a stay-at-home mom, Melissa joins the Board with a strong skill set in event planning. In addition to having served on the Foundation’s Gala and Share N’ Care committees, she is involved in the Junior Achievement Program as well as numerous school and sports committees.

Melissa resides in Hutchinson with her husband Dr. Campbell and four children. In her spare time she enjoys running, skiing, golfing and spending time with friends. 

“As a member of the Hutchinson Community and a mom of four young kids, I take great pride and value in our local health care system. I look forward to the opportunity to give back to the organization that has done so much for my family.” ~ Melissa Campbell


Ryan Ritchie
Board Member Since 2018


Brandon Thiemann

Brandon Thiemann
Board Member Since 2016

Brandon received his BSN at U of M followed by his doctor of nurse practice and nurse anesthesia in 2012. He has been involved with MN Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and is currently on the Hutchinson Jaycees. He is married to his wife Jillian and they have one son Theo. He has a desire to continue improving the health of our community by fulfilling the mission and vision of the Hutchinson Health Foundation.

“I serve on the Hutchinson Health Foundation Board to give back to the community I love!” ~ Brandon Thiemann


Michele Max

Michele Max

Michele Max
Board Member Since 2017

Michele is currently working in Client Service and Marketing with her husband, Marc, a Financial Advisor for Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. and has served on various volunteer committees in the community.  She has been active with church committees as well as many school volunteer opportunities, youth sports and most recently with the various events with the Hutchinson Health Foundation.  Michele is looking forward to taking a more active role on the Board as an advocate and supporter of Hutchinson Health.

“I serve on the Hutchinson Health Board because I’m passionate about communities like ours having quality care for our citizens without the need to travel extensive miles to seek it.  I enjoy planning successful events, executing on that plan, and having all in our community reap the rewards of those efforts.  I also truly enjoy getting to know and working with the staff and fellow board members.” ~ Michele Max


Dr. Catherine McGinnis

Dr. Catherine McGinnis
Board Member Since 2016

Dr. Catherine McGinnis specializes in Family Medicine with a special interest in women’s and children’s health. She and her husband, Dr. Jim Allen, have four children. A graduate of University of Minnesota Medical School, Dr. McGinnis did her residency at St. John’s Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota.  She worked on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation and Dunseith Clinic in Belcourt, North Dakota prior to joining Hutchinson Health Clinic. In her spare time Catherine likes to bike, read, and enjoy art. Dr. Catherine McGinnis is an appointed board representative by Hutchinson Health and joined the Foundation board January 2016.


Matt Pulkrabek

Matt Pulkrabek

Matt Pulkrabek
Board Member Since 2017

Matt currently works as a realtor at Hometown Realty here in Hutchinson; a position he has held for 11 years. He has been associated with the Downtown Hutchinson Association and Riverside Church. In his spare time he enjoys being outdoors, spending time with family, and golfing.  Matt’s commitment to the local community makes him a valuable Foundation board member committed to keeping exceptional health care local.

“I have seen the positive impact that the Foundation has made in Hutchinson, and am proud to be a part of group that makes health and wellness a priority in our community.” ~ Matt Pulkrabek


Barb Zajicek-Daggett

Barb Zajicek-Daggett

Barb Zajicek-Daggett
Board Member Since 2013

Barb recently retired from her 30 years as a clinical dentist working in Hutchinson and business owner of a dental practice. Presently, Barb is a volunteer dentist at Wilmar Outreach Clinic. Barb has been involved in several organizations including but not limited to, MN Master Naturalist Organization, Hutchinson Figure Skating Association, Christ the King Church, American Association of University Women and American Dental Association. Barb has a passion to give back to the community to support and contribute to a very worthwhile organization that promotes the health and well being of Hutchinson area residents.

“I was born and raised in the Hutchinson Community and then left for about 10 years to pursue my education. My husband and I returned to Hutchinson to get back “to our roots” so to speak and pursued our careers and began to raise our family.  After 30 years of providing dentistry to the community I retired and then looked for ways I could give back.

I serve on the Hutchinson Health Board as a way to give back to the community and support a wonderful  fundraising organization that is dedicated to supporting the growth of Hutchinson Health which directly benefits the residents of our area.

The most rewarding aspect for me is to serve on the grant and scholarships committees. I’m part of the process to review and award money for many worthwhile community projects that improve the health of our residents and support student education in health care. With increased fundraising participation we can continue to grow the dollars we can allocate to these community groups.” ~ Barb Zajicek-Dagget