Senior Leadership Team
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Fennell is a native of Edmonton, Alberta. He received his undergraduate degree and attended medical school at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. He completed his internship at Misericordia Hospital and his orthopedic residency at the University of Calgary, where he was honored with awards for outstanding intern, and family practice resident with the best clinical and therapeutic skills. Dr. Fennell completed a fellowship in upper extremity orthopaedic surgery at Calgary General Hospital and Foothills General Hospital in Calgary. He also completed a clinical fellowship at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center in Downey, California, in rehabilitation orthopaedics and sports medicine.
His practice with RiverView Clinic is primarily focused on upper-extremity orthopaedics. He sees patients at RiverView Clinic in Crookston and East Grand Forks.
Chief Financial Officer/Vice President of Finance
Betty Arvidson started her RiverView Health affiliation as a member of the Board of Directors, where she served for five years before accepting the position of Chief Financial Officer/Vice President of Finance in 2012.
A native of Blackduck, Minnesota, Arvidson, husband Bruce and their two daughters moved to Crookston in 1994, where she has been active in community events for many years. She is a graduate of Bemidji State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business.
Chief Operating Officer/Compliance Officer
Chris Bruggeman serves as the Chief Operating Officer and the Compliance Officer. He oversees Information Technology, Plant Operations, Environmental Services, Nutritional Services, Quality, Risk Management, Compliance, and the RiverView Recovery Center. Bruggeman holds a Master's degree in Health Services Administration from the University of South Dakota, a Bachelor's degree in Information Network Management from the University of Minnesota, and has completed Lean Training. He is also board-certified in Healthcare Management as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Bruggeman is a Crookston native and has been with RiverView Health since 2007. He and his wife, Stacey, live in Crookston with their three children.
Vice President of Patient Services, Chief Nursing Officer
April Grunhovd has been with RiverView Health since August 2009. A native of Beltrami, Grunhovd holds a Master's of Science in nursing administration from the University of Mary, Bismarck; a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Minnesota State University, Moorhead; and several certifications including: board certification in infection prevention and control, advanced cardiac life support, trauma nursing core course, operations level first receiver (Hazmat), FEMA Incident Command and LEAN leadership.
Grunhovd and husband Brian have two children and live in Fertile.
President/Chief Executive Officer
Carrie Michalski is RiverView Health's President/Chief Executive Officer. Michalski, an Argyle native, has been working with the employees of RiverView for nearly 20 years. She started her RiverView career as the Administrator of Hillcrest Nursing Home when RiverView operated the facility in Red Lake Falls. In 2004, she became the Vice President of Senior Services, adding Home Care and the Care Center in Crookston to her list of duties as Administrator. She was named Vice President of Operations in 2010. During that time, she also served as interim President/CEO of RiverView for many months. Today she finds herself permanently back in the that lead seat. Michalski has a degree in healthcare administration from Concordia College, Moorhead.
She and her husband, Jay, who owns and operates a family farm east of Argyle, have three daughters.
Vice President of Ancillary Services
Lance Norman has been with RiverView Health since 2011. He is the Vice President of Clinics and Ancillary Services. He oversees the outpatient departments that include the Laboratory, Clinics, Diagnostic Imaging, Rehab Services and the Care Center. Lance is a graduate of the University of North Dakota's Transitional Masters of Occupational Therapy Program and is nationally certified in hand therapy. He currently serves as adjunct faculty at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences.
Lance and his wife DeNae reside in Grand Forks and have four children.
Vice President of Human Resources
Jean Tate is RiverView's Vice President of Human Resources. She oversees the Human Resources Department, Education Department and the Area Health Education Center. Tate started her RiverView career in 1986 when she became the bookkeeper for Glenmore Recovery, now RiverView Recovery Center. Since that time, she's held every position in the Human Resources Department, until becoming the department leader in 2001. The Gentilly native graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Management, with an emphasis in personnel.
Board of Directors
Kari Koenig was employed at RiverView from 1989-2012 as a nurse on the Inpatient Unit.
She also began working at Northland Community and Technical College (NCTC) in 1993, where she became program director of the Mobility Nursing Program in 2012. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the College of St. Scholastica and a Master’s in Nursing Education from Minnesota State University, Moorhead.
A Warroad native, Koenig and her husband, Joe, reside in Crookston. They have four children.
“For many years, I was able to maintain a call position at RiverView, while continuing with my primary job at NCTC. With added program director responsibilities in 2012, I was not able to maintain this position and also found it necessary to assign my student clinical groups at RiverView to another faculty member,’’ Koenig shared. “Many people have since heard me say how much I miss patient care and the RiverView community and that I would like to find a way to give back to RiverView in the future. The opportunity to serve on the Board will allow me a chance to be a part of an organization I believe in and support. I feel my long-term nursing career, background with RiverView, experience with nursing education and my current leadership role will provide me with the tools needed to contribute to the association.’’
Tim Brinkman is originally from Blue Earth, MN. He graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in mass communications and a minor in economics. He currently serves as CEO and general manager of Garden Valley Telephone Company; a position he has held since June 2015. Prior to joining the Garden Valley team, he was the business operations manager for Park Region Telephone. Brinkman has held several leadership roles in a variety of service groups, including Sertoma, Rotary, Chamber of Commerce offices as well as Economic Development Authority offices.
"I am a firm believer in giving back to the community I live in,'' he shared. "Without volunteers, small communities would not be able to survive and thrive...Along with communications companies and schools, hospitals are the lifeblood of any community. I can think of no better way to begin my involvement than by being accepted to serve on a board for a respected healthcare organization such as RiverView Health.''
Brinkman and his wife, Christine, reside near Erskine. They have five children.
Michelle Cote is a native of Milwaukie, Oregon, but has lived in this area for the past 30 years. Cote graduated from the University of North Dakota with a degree in business administration. She began working for Polk County in 1988 and is the Polk County Director of Property Records. Cote is a director on the Polk County Fair Board. She and her husband, Ricky, have two children, Jessica and Jordan.
"Healthcare is an ever-present need within our community; one that will not diminish, only expand in coming years,'' Cote stated. "To be a part of an organization such as RiverView that strives for excellence at all levels is very exciting.''
Dr. Erik Kanten has been a member of RiverView’s medical staff since 1988, and recently served as a member of the Board of Directors from 2000-2010.
Originally from Milan, MN, Dr. Kanten received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota and completed his residency in family practice through the University of North Dakota.
Grant Gunderson is a native of Mahnomen and graduated from the University of North Dakota with a degree in electrical engineering. He joined Minnkota Power Co-Op in Grand Forks in 1997 and currently serves as a project engineer in the substation engineering department. Living in Crookston for nearly 20 years, Gunderson has been most active with youth sports, volunteering to coach baseball and basketball. Gunderson and his wife, Gina, have three children: Gunnar, Emma and Evelyn.
Of his position on the RiverView Board of Directors, Gunderson stated: "I recognize the importance of community involvement and civic duty. RiverView provides critical healthcare services to our region, and serving on the RiverView Board is a wonderful opportunity for me to contribute to the betterment of our community.''
Stephanie Harbott is a native of Granger, Washington. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, and a law degree from the University of North Dakota. She became a partner at the law firm of Fitzgerald, Reynolds, Harbott, Knutson & Larson in 2008 after joining the firm as an associate attorney in 2002. Living in the area for the last 17 years, she has been active in the community serving as a board member of the United Way of Crookston, Crookston Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Crookston Figure Skating Club. Harbott and husband, Corey, have three children: Audrey, Thor and Maddie.
Regarding her position on the RiverView Board of Directors, Harbott stated: "We are so blessed to have such a wonderful healthcare facility right in Crookston. My husband and I had our three children at RiverView and we had a wonderful experience with each. The doctors, nurses, surgeons, lab technicians, staff, and on and on were knowledgeable, competent, caring and thorough. We continue to use RiverView for our healthcare and I hope to be a part of maintaining the same level of quality during my time on the board and help to sustain it after I am gone.''
Andy Oman grew up in Crookston. He is a graduate of Bemidji State University with a degree in Business Administration. Oman has been a third-generation State Farm "Select'' Agent in Crookston since 2008. He is active in the community as a board member for the Crookston Chamber of Commerce, past board member of the Crookston Noon Day Lions, is currently the board president for St. Paul's Lutheran Church and is a member of the State Farm Agent Advisory Council. Oman and his wife, Lynnea, have three daughters.
"Solid healthcare is the foundation of every thriving and vibrant community,'' Oman stated. "Thus, I was very impressed to see the major transformation RiverView Health went through from the time I left Crookston until I returned in 2008. It was reassuring as a father, spouse and business owner that I wouldn't be sacrificing great healthcare in my move back to Crookston.''
Dr. Steven Schultz joined RiverView Health in 2007. He holds an undergraduate degree from Augustana University and received his medical degree from the University of South Dakota. Dr. Schultz completed a urology residency at Michigan State University before moving to the region in 1988. In addition to his full-time urology practice, Dr. Schultz also serves as RiverView Health Chief of Medical Staff.
Michelle Snyder and her husband Jim have lived in Crookston for over 23 years. Michelle has been the Taxpayer Service Center Supervisor/Tax System Administrator for Polk County since 2010. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Winona State University.
Michelle and Jim have two grown children.
General Surgeon Dr. Brett Vibeto joined RiverView in 2016. He received his medical degree from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine, Grand Forks. He completed his residency in general surgery at Texas Tech University, El Paso. Prior to his employment with RiverView, Dr. Vibeto offered general surgery, laparoscopic surgery, and endoscopy services in Williston, ND. He is board-certified with the American Board of Surgery.