Mary Rapps was made Generations’ Executive Director in June 2018 after serving over four years as a Program Director. Mary has a passion for health equity and population health improvement. She is committed to improving the health of communities through innovation and collaboration with community members, public health, health care and service organizations. Mary brings over 21 years of Health Care Administration experience to her current position. She earned a BAS in Community Health Education from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and MHA in Health Care Administration from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Megan Halena applies her energy, experience, and management skills to Generations’ Access to Care initiatives. She engages a wide variety of partners in access efforts, including community organizations, health systems, St. Louis County, faith communities, and higher education, among others. For more than a decade, Megan has worked for non-profit organizations focused on youth development, social change, and asset building. Through non-profit work, she recognized the critical role that access to health care plays in an individual’s or family’s ability to achieve stability and advancement. Megan earned a BA in Sociology from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and MA in Women’s Studies from Florida Atlantic University.
Terry Leonidas manages the financial aspects of the foundation including, grant and program financial allocations, payroll, and investment management. He brings nearly 40 years of accounting experience to his position, including former roles as Chief Accountant and Chief Financial Officer. Terry earned a BS in Accounting from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and MS in Management from the College of St. Scholastica.
Sonia Kjos serves as data manager and analyst for programs sponsored by the foundation. She brings a unique combination of analytic and creative skills acquired through work experience in marketing, information systems, public health, and medical research. She enjoys the challenge of constructing flexible data collection solutions, tailoring analyses to fit project management needs, and creatively packaging results. Sonia earned a BS in Business at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MS in Epidemiology at the University of Texas, School of Public Health, Houston, and PhD in Medical/Veterinary Entomology at Texas A&M University, College Station.
Sarah Nelson is a family physician with experience in clinical practice, holistic and lifestyle medicine, public health, clinical practice quality improvement and nonprofit administration. She has worked as an independent contractor with the Carlton Cook Lake and St. Louis Community Health Board in Duluth, to provide practice facilitation to primary care clinics as they implemented quality improvement and best practices around chronic disease prevention and linking to community resources. In addition, she was involved with Creating Accountable Communities for Health Conference planning and research and writing for the Western Lake Superior Good Food Movement. Dr. Nelson practiced as a family physician at St. Luke’s Holistic Health Clinic in Duluth and at the Bay Area Health Center in Silver Bay. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth.
Brenda Iallonardo joined Generations Heath Care Initiatives in October 2020. Brenda has a passion for helping others and being part of team that does meaningful work. Brenda brings 18 years of healthcare human resources experience to the team. She earned her BS in Communications from Bemidji State University.