Meet the team

Nneka O Sederstrom, Chief Health Equity Officer

Nneka Sederstrom, PhD, MPH, MA, FCCP, FCCM

Chief Health Equity Officer
Dr. Sederstrom was previously the director of the Clinical Ethics Department at Children’s Minnesota. She has extensive leadership experience in program development, training, speaking and writing about racism, social justice, ethics, and their impact on the delivery of healthcare.

As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Dr. Sederstrom helps drive organizational work to assess, build, and execute strategies to cultivate a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion and transform how care is delivered to our community. She works in collaboration with the Chief People and Culture Officer and team, population health staff and community to develop and implement sustainable practices that foster and affirm an inclusive culture where all have an opportunity to succeed, as well as, create a patient care environment where disparities are eliminated and all patients can achieve optimal health outcomes. Dr. Sederstrom also leads community involvement through the Community Advisory Board and builds other alliances and partnerships to better align care and service models with the communities we serve.

Talee Vang, Director of Health Equity Education & Welcome Services

Talee Vang, PsyD, LP

Director of Health Equity Education & Welcome Services
Bio here

Aida Strom, Community Engagement Manager

Aida Strom

Community Engagement Program Manager
Aida advocates for a collaborative healthcare model that partners with communities to practice historically informed, consent-based and culturally respectful care.

Jim Peters, Health Equity Program Development Manager

Jim Peters

Program Development Manager
Bio here

Shelly Nauertz, DEI Program Manager

Shelly Nauertz

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program Manager
Shelly previously worked at Children’s Minnesota where she was the Senior Diversity and Inclusion Consultant. Prior to that, Shelly was the D&I Manager for BestBuy Corporate for ten years leading the women’s leadership program and improving BestBuy’s diversity and inclusion strategies.

Shelly is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, implementation, execution, control and completion of diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts ensuring consistency with department and company strategy, commitments and goals. She works closely with internal and external partners on diversity and inclusion agendas and implements initiatives that support the organizations strategic mission around health equity and inclusion.

Kentral Galloway, Next Step Program Manager

Kentral Galloway

Next Step Program Manager
Kentral has worked at Ramsey County Child Protection and was the Program Director for Saint Joseph Home for Children. As the Next Step Program Manager, he believes gun violence is an epidemic that is destroying communities.

"I am focused on interrupting the cycle of gun violence and its affects on my community, as well as providing long-term solutions for our community members to heal, feel safe, value life and be able to live their best life."