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.
Matt Graham, Chair
Matt is a patent attorney specializing in the strategic development and enforcement of international patent portfolios. He is Senior Patent Counsel at Ecolab in Minnesota. Previously, he was a shareholder in the Intellectual Property Group 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.
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 former head coach of the Chicago Bulls. Fred is currently the head coach for the University of Nebraska men’s basketball program. 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.
Dr. Jonathan Johnson
Dr. Johnson is a pediatric cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where he is the Chair of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology and the Medical Director of the Pediatric Heart Transplant Program. Jon is a native of Wisconsin, receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin before heading to Detroit, Michigan for medical school. He came to Mayo for his pediatric residency in 2005 and never left, finishing his pediatric cardiology training there and joining the staff in 2011. He volunteered at Camp Odayin as a pediatric cardiology fellow, is thrilled to have been able to return as an attending doc, and is now ecstatic to be joining the Board of Directors. In his free time, Jon enjoys traveling, writing, and spending time with his wife Alissa and two wonderful kids.
John is the Vice President and General Manager of the Cardiac Surgery business. Medtronic’s Cardiac Surgery business includes Cardiopulmonary, Blood Management, Cannula, MICS, OpCab, Ablation, Surgical Heart Valves and Repair.
John has been with Medtronic for over 24 years and in the Structural Heat/Cardiac Surgery business since 2000. John has held a series of roles in Finance, Marketing, Business and Corporate Development. He is a past recipient of both the Wallin Leadership Award and the Medtronic Star of Excellence Award.
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.
Monique is the Director of Strategic Meetings Management & Event Operations for a medical device company whose mission is to save limbs and lives – Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. (CSI). Monique has been working in the meetings and events industry for almost 15 years. In her previous role she directed a team of Event Managers at UnitedHealthGroup and has earned quite a few certifications that bolster her expertise in meeting and event planning: CMM (Certificate in Meeting Management), CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) , CTSM (Certificate in Tradeshow Marketing) and an MBA in Marketing. Throughout her career, Monique has planned and managed global events, both large and small, and is extremely passionate about what she and her team bring to the table. She provides strategic leadership and functional guidance to a team responsible for directing, planning and organizing internal and external meetings in support of product marketing and sales goals. She resides in a quiet suburb south of the Twin Cities with her husband, three sons and her Shar-Pei/Beagle furbaby and enjoys reading, travelling and experiencing new things.
Leah Saarela, Secretary
Leah is the HR Shared Services Director of Global Compensation at Medtronic. Leah has been at Medtronic for over 16 years and has held a number of positions at both the business level, supporting Cardiac Rhythm Management, and the corporate level. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management with a Corporate Finance degree and has an MBA from Capella University. She is also the mother to an amazing daughter who is a Camp Odayin camper. She is honored to serve on the board of Camp Odayin to be part of an organization that provides campers and families care and support along their journey with heart disease.
Dr. Andy Schneider
Andy Schneider, MD is a native of Minneapolis and loves all things Minnesota. He earned his medical degree at Loyola University of Chicago, completed his training in pediatrics and cardiology at Mayo Clinic, followed by advanced training in pediatric heart rhythm disorders at Texas Children’s Hospital. He was fortunate to land a job in his hometown at The Children’s Heart Clinic, affiliated with Minneapolis Children’s Hospital, serving children with complex congenital heart disease and heart rhythm disorders. Andy was first introduced to Camp Odayin during pediatric cardiology fellowship, having served as a physician volunteer during residential summer camps and family camp. He and his family were able to see firsthand the powerful impact Camp Odayin has on the mental and physical well-being of children with various forms of heart disease. The impact that Camp Odayin has on Andy’s patients cannot be overstated, and Andy is proud to have the opportunity to serve Camp Odayin in this advanced capacity.
Erik Schuck, Vice Chair
Erik is Executive Vice President at Dem-Con Companies. In his role he is responsible for the operational execution and P&L’s of the Company’s Business Units. He also plays a critical role in the Company’s strategy development, acquisition analysis and integration and new business development. Over the past 18 years he has also held executive roles in diverse settings from nimble startups to Fortune 500 companies. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Erik’s daughter is an enthusiastic Camp Odayin camper and he is excited and honored to be a part of such a great organization. Erik and his wife live in Lakeville with their 2 kids and are avid traveling campers.
Amy Theuninck, Treasurer
Amy Theuninck is Vice President Institutional Sales at Advantus Capital Management. She is responsible for providing Advantus investment solutions to corporate and public pension plans, government entities, healthcare and non-profit organizations, foundations, endowments and other institutional investors. She leads the growth of Advantus by working directly with institutional investors as well as the investment consulting community. Prior to joining Advantus, Amy spent 20 years in the municipal bond business, previously at Piper Jaffray as Managing Director Institutional Sales and RBC. Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts, Finance from the University of St Thomas and her Series 7 and 63 security licenses. 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 is a Venture Associate at Savvysherpa, Inc. (a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group). Savvysherpa is a healthcare venture research and development firm. They invest in and de-risk new businesses that have the potential to transform healthcare. Jeff earned an M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management and a B.A. from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. In addition to his service on Camp Odayin’s Board of Directors, he serves on several for-profit boards. Jeff is the father of a camper whose favorite camp activity is the morning swim.
Tom is Director of Marketing, Diagnostics and Monitoring for Boston Scientific’s Rhythm Management division. During his career with Boston Scientific he has held numerous marketing and leadership positions within the Cardiac Rhythm Management (CRM) and Diagnostics and Monitoring product franchises. Tom’s early exposure to Camp Odayin was through the Whole Heart Golf Tournament and Happy Hearts Happy Hour. These events provided an opportunity to meet many of the campers and hear their inspirational stories which triggered a desire to get more involved. He is extremely excited by the opportunity to join the Board of Directors and eager to help advance the great work of Camp Odayin. Tom received his BA degree in Biology from St. John’s University and his MBA in Finance from the University of St. Thomas, Opus School of Management.
*Honorary Board Member