The Camp Odayin Board of Directors provides the direction and oversight needed to ensure the continued growth and success of the camp and its mission, while maintaining the fiduciary and governance oversight to protect the interest of the camp’s donors. Each Camp Odayin board member signs a Conflict of Interest statement annually. Please contact us if you’d like to review these documents.
Dr. Becky Ameduri
Doctor Ameduri enjoys the experience of seeing her patients outside of the hospital setting and participating at Camp Odayin. Camp provides a fun escape from her every day role as a pediatric cardiologist and Director of the Pediatric Heart Failure and Transplant Program at The University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. Becky comes to us from Ohio, where she did college and medical school at Case Western Reserve University, and completed her pediatric residency there. During her time in Cleveland, Dr. Ameduri experienced camp as a volunteer for a children’s oncology camp and also a diabetes camp. She moved to Minnesota in 2006 for her pediatric cardiology training, and has been in her current role at the U of M since 2009. She is looking forward to a more active role with Camp Odayin by joining the board of directors.
Tom is a 20 year veteran of Medtronic. He recently retired as the Vice President of Clinical Research and Regulatory Affairs for the Medtronic Structural Heart Disease Business. His position enabled him to be involved in the development of medical devices that serve children with cardiac diseases. Outside of his career Tom has had the opportunity to work on children’s cardiac care issues internationally through his participation on the board of Children’s HeartLink, a local non-profit with its headquarters in Edina. Tom’s service to Children’s HeartLink includes two years as board chair from 2005 – 2007. Tom is looking forward to serving Camp Odayin. He is inspired by the dedication of the staff and volunteers and he is grateful for the chance to make a difference in the local community.
Dr. Charlie Baker, Treasurer
As a volunteer since the first week of Camp, Charlie has enjoyed the rewards that participation has provided. The role of “Ol Doc Baker” at Camp has been a wonderful addition and contrast to his role as a pediatric cardiologist at The Children’s Heart Clinic and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. “To see our patients participating in all aspects of Camp, especially free time during waterfront, is truly amazing.” A native of Rochester, Minnesota, Charlie’s education has taken him from Madison, to Minneapolis, to Salt Lake City and finally to Boston. He served as Medical Director of Camp Odayin from 2004 through 2007, and has been practicing at The Children’s Heart Clinic since 2000.
Over the past 20 years Jim has been the Chief Financial Officer of a number of local public companies including Children’s Broadcasting Corporation (Radio AAHS), Navarre Corporation, and Granite City Food & Brewery. He currently works with a local start-up company, rareEARTH Naturals. He has devoted a great deal of time in fundraising and promotion as the co-founder of HeartBeat 5000, a 5k walk/run that has raised over $2.5 million for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics. The event began after his youngest daughter, Madelyn, received a pacemaker at the age of 10 weeks old. Now 13 years old, Madelyn looks forward to attending Camp Odayin every summer. Jim received his accounting degree from the University of Iowa and has MBA degrees from the Carlson School of Management in Finance and in Marketing.
Matt Graham, Vice Chair
Matt is a patent attorney specializing in the strategic development and enforcement of international patent portfolios. He is Intellectual Property counsel at Donaldson Company in Bloomington, Minnesota. Previously, he was a shareholder of the Minneapolis-based firm of Fredrikson & Byron, and was a member of the firm’s Practice Quality Committee. Matt earned his law degree from the University of Minnesota and his chemical engineering degree from the University of North Dakota. He is a native of Minnesota, where he grew up enjoying outdoor activities and where he served as a counselor at a summer camp for children with special needs during college. He is excited to be part of the Camp Odayin team.
Kristen has been with Boston Scientific for more than twenty years in the Cardiac Rhythm Management group. She has held various roles with the last thirteen years in Regulatory Affairs and currently serves as the Director of CRM Regulatory Affairs. This has provided Kristen with visibility to the impact that heart disease has on patients and their families. Kristen is excited about the opportunity to work with Camp Odayin. ‘The objectives and format of Camp Odayin provide a rare opportunity to build awareness and create a wonderful sense of inclusion for children and their families who have experienced unique challenges. It’s inspirational to be a part of this.’
Fred is a native of Ames, Iowa and is affectionately known as “The Mayor”. He is an Iowa State Cyclone basketball legend, a 10-year NBA veteran and former executive with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and is currently head coach of the Chicago Bulls. His professional playing career ended abruptly at the age of 33 after undergoing open-heart surgery to repair an aneurysm in his aortic root. Since then, Fred (and his special heart) has become a member of the Camp Odayin family with frequent visits to camp to shoot hoops with our campers. He is proud to be a part of an organization that provides life changing experiences for kids with heart disease.
Heather Hudnut Page, Secretary
Heather is the Vice President of Global Marketing of the Interventional Lung Solutions business at Medtronic. In her 22 years at Medtronic she has held various marketing, philanthropy and business leadership roles across the company. Heather has a BA in Economics from the Colorado College and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University. Her interests include hiking, biking and volunteering locally and globally. She has served on numerous boards and committees, including current roles within the Wayzata Public School District and Light of Hope Girls School in Naivasha, Kenya.
Wade is a 14 year veteran of Medtronic. He currently serves as the Treasurer and Operations lead for Medtronic Philanthropy. His position at Medtronic Philanthropy includes leading up Medtronic’s product donation strategy where he has had the opportunity to work with Medical Mission partners who provide cardiac interventions for the underserved – including children – all around the world. Outside of his career, Wade has worked in education reform here in the Twin Cities where he was on the founding board of a charter school, KIPP North Star Academy based in North Minneapolis Shingle Creek neighborhood. Wade’s service with KIPP NorthStar Academy includes five years as board member and treasurer from 2008-2013. Wade is excited about Camp Odayin because he loves camp and loves children. Speaking of children, Wade and his wife, Becky, are the parents of three children and live in Shoreview, MN.
Al is a CPA in public practice focusing on the needs of middle market businesses, their owners, and the key people who work there. He is currently the Office Managing Partner for the assurance practice in the Minneapolis office of BDO USA, LLP. Al is an alumna of the University of Minnesota and a native of Minnesota. Al has actively served on numerous non-profit boards and committees. His interests include tennis, motorcycling, and sailing.
Sara is the Executive Director and founder of Camp Odayin, a lifelong camper, and a heart patient herself. She has worked and volunteered at many camps and holds undergraduate degrees in Social Work & Communication from Concordia College, Moorhead MN, and a graduate degree in Youth Development Leadership from the University of Minnesota. Sara is very familiar with the cardiac care world. She has had a catheter ablation to correct her supraventricular tachycardia, and had an Implanted Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) as a result of ventricular tachycardia. She believes in the positive impact summer camp can have on everyone, especially children with special heath concerns.
Along with his wife Bridget, Brian is the co-founder of the Mend a Heart Foundation. The O’Mearas started the foundation after their son, Liam, was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Brian is a Senior Sales Representative in the Group Benefits division at Liberty Mutual. Brian has over 18 years in the employee benefits industry, all within the Chicago market. He graduated from St. Norbert College, in De Pere WI, in 1995 with a degree in Media and Communications. The O’Meara’s live in Clarendon Hills, IL with their three sons and family dog.
Bridget is co-founder of The Mend a Heart Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises funding to support initiatives that extend and enrich the lives of heart children. She started this organization with her husband, Brian, after their second son was born with a serious heart defect. She has more than 20 years of experience working as a marketing communications consultant. Most recently, she works with clients like The Boeing Company and Walgreens helping them market their employee benefits and wellness programs. Bridget has a BA from Boston College and a MA in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University. She is the mother to three boys and resides in Clarendon Hills, IL.
Amy is a member of the RBC Wealth Management team. As a long time supporter and volunteer for Camp Odayin, Amy is extremely excited to take on a bigger role in an organization that makes such an important difference in the lives of so many young children.
Jeff Weness, Chair
Jeff is the Sr. Director of Innovation and Partnerships for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. The role combines his expertise in driving innovation in complex environments with his passion for helping kids. Jeff leads a team focused on identifying problems and creating new solutions through partnerships. His areas of focus include digital health, chronic condition management, care model transformation and improving the patient & family experience. His work in creating the first in-hospital Geek Squad precinct at Children’s won “Patient Care Innovation of the Year” from the Minnesota Hospital Association. Jeff brings a retail mindset to his innovation leadership – including a sharp focus on the patient as customer. He understands the tremendous importance of design in solving real problems for real patients. During his eight years at Best Buy, he designed new store concepts, launched new products and led major partnerships. Jeff earned an M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management and a B.A. in International Relations, Business and Russian from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. In addition to his service on Camp Odayin’s Board of Directors, his is also on the Advisory Board of Engine, a social leadership development company.
*Honorary Board Member