2019 Pathways Board Members


Angie Lillehei, PhD, is currently Chief Integrator at Minnesota Personalized Medicine, which serves those with complex, chronic and mysterious health issues from a holistic perspective. She is also founder and principal of Noctilessence™, a company that sells and distributes a sleep inhalation patch for better sleep.  She has held various other positions in health care management in both corporate and community settings. In addition she completed her PhD in Nursing with a minor through the Center of Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. Her interest and passion lie in shifting the paradigm of health and healing. In addition to being chair of the Pathways board, Angie has served in several industry and community leadership positions including President of the School of Public Health Alumni Society, Member of Penny George Institute for Health and Healing Task Force, Vice Chair of Deva House, a pediatric hospice residence; President of the Metropolitan Visiting Nurse Association board; and Governing Council Board member of the Minnesota Public Health Association. She lives in Minneapolis and has three adult children.

Vice Chair

Heather Heefner is currently the owner of Dart Studios, LLC. Dart Studios specialized in helping people craft presentations that will change their world. She works with executives and people giving TED talks to effectively communicate their messages. Heather is delighted to be part of the Pathways board because she believes wholeheartedly in the Pathways mission and values. She grew up in a family of MD’s and her mother, Dr. Elisabeth Heefner, was a pioneer in practicing holistic medicine with her patients. Alternative ways of healing the body were common dinner conversations. Finding ways to work through a health crisis has been part of Heather’s journey as a mother as well. Her daughter suffered a serious brain injury and Heather has spent the last 14 years finding both Western and alternative ways to both help her daughter and her family to learn and heal in the trauma. Pathways speaks the language that she has been living, and it works!


Rev. Catherine Duncan, MA, BCC, is an Integrative Spiritual Consultant. Catherine is passionate about whole person healing with a focus on emotional and spiritual health. With a reverence for exploring the sacredness and meaning of life, she companions individuals on their journey. She works extensively in chronic illness, life transitions, grief, loss and finding meaning and purpose. Catherine received her Master of Arts in Theology and Spiritual Direction Certificate from St. Catherine University in St Paul, MN. She also holds a Master of Divinity equivalency from United Theological Seminary in New Brighton, MN. Catherine is an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ and a covenant member with Plymouth Congregational Church. She is a board-certified chaplain, spiritual director, energy healer, and tapping (EFT) practitioner and works with mind-body therapies and aromatherapy. Catherine works with Newbridge Health and Wellness and also has her own private practice. She has served as a spiritual care provider with Fairview Home Care and Hospice, HCMC, and Good Samaritan. Catherine lives in Minneapolis with her husband and they have two adult children. Learn more at her website:  www.learningtolive.org.


Rufus Winton works in investment management as did his father, Mike Winton, one of the original founders of Pathways.

Other Board Members

Michele Byfield Angell
 has had a long association with Pathways starting with the diagnosis of her mother’s cancer in 1998.  Since then she has served Pathways board in a variety of capacities including as past board chair where she helped spearhead and launch the first successful fundraiser event. Familiar with integrative medicine from a provider’s viewpoint as a first degree Reiki practitioner as well as from a client perspective for providing a supportive and calming healing environment. She is a freelance interior designer, community activist, avid cook and active docent at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts with a strong interest in engaging viewers in a life-long love of art from the very youngest of viewers to those struggling with memory loss where powerful images help them to remember.  She lost both parents to cancer and experienced firsthand the role of Pathways played in the difficult journey with integrity, serenity and grace.

Mary Johnson is a Professor Emeritus from St. Olaf College where she taught in the nursing program for twenty six years and served as an adjucnt faculty at the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota for 9 years. Mary and her husband Paul have three children and eight grandchildren, two cats, Twerpo and Pandora,, and a wonderful horse named Pachelbel.

Pam Lampert currently serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer for the Pohlad organization, whom she's been with since April 2008. Prior to that time, Pam served as Vice President of Human Resources for a variety of small high-tech companies including Rimage, CyberOptics, St. Jude Medical and Research Inc, in addition to running her own human resource consulting business. Pam has a B.A. in Psychology from Carleton College and an MBA from the University of Minnesota. She has served as Board Chair for Eureka Recycling, a mentor in the Menttium program, and she is an active volunteer facilitator for Pathways Minneapolis and part of the Firefly Sisterhood organization. Pam has been affiliated with Pathways since 2012 and has a passion for the services and community that it provides to participants and service providers alike. Pam has two young adult children and lives in Minneapolis.

Bill Manahan, MD, is Assistant Professor Emeritus with the Department of Family Medicine at the U of MN Medical School. His past work includes 35 years of a family medicine practice in rural Minnesota; clinical faculty at Mayo Clinic; Past-President of the American Holistic Medical Association; and author of the 1988 book Eat for Health. He presently consults with physicians wishing to expand into a more integrative and holistic practice.

Kristyn Mullin is currently the Vice President, Total Rewards for Allina Health leading delivery of compensation, benefits, well-being and employee health services and safety for 29,000 employees across 13 hospitals and over 60 medical clinics located in the states of Minnesota and western Wisconsin.  Until recently, Kristyn spent six years in a business partner role for the ambulatory division and then for the flagship hospital, Abbott Northwestern and the west region. Prior to that, Kristyn lead the benefits function where she transformed the company’s benefit programs, launched the first wellness program and created a benefits brand intended to encompasses it all, Be Fit. Kristyn is a graduate of the University of Iowa, College of Law.  She began her legal career at Dorsey & Whitney as a litigator and then transitioned her focus to employee benefits.  In 2004, Kristyn became the in-house benefits attorney for Allina where she broadened her expertise to include retirement plans and non-qualified plans for non-profit organizations and ultimately transitioned into Human Resources.  Kristyn lives in Wayzata with her husband, Andrew Mullin, her two children, Walker (age 17) and Paige (age 15), and two dogs Tico and Potter.

Patricia Ronning started Fragrance Consulting and Natural Perfumery/Aromatherapy Company in 1994 and currently serves as a fragrance consultant, a natural perfumer as well as a clinical aromatherapist with Intelligent Nutrients.  Patricia  started Healing alchemy aromatherapy (Haa) in 2015. She started a symptom management aromatherapy company as a way to give back. Haa’s mission is to help alleviate unnecessary suffering and functional impairment through the use of clinical aromatherapy in healthcare.  She has her Jikiden Reiki certification through True Sanctuary and completed her Life Activation Practitioner certification by the Modern Mystery School, Toronto. Patricia has her Masters of Liberal Studies and a Minor from the Center of Spirituality and Healing - University of MN. Her thesis was on American Health Care for the 21st Century: Collaborative Healing through Compassion, Self-Awareness and Science. Her interests lie in bringing complementary health care awareness and benefits to children and adults. Patricia lives in Minneapolis and has two adult daughters.

Mary E. Shearen, JD, is a partner at Best & Flanagan LLP in Minneapolis. Mary’s practice includes estate planning, probates, trusts and wealth transfer at all levels of wealth. Mary is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. She graduated from the College of St. Catherine in 1975 with a degree in nursing, and worked as an RN in the transplant and high risk labor and delivery areas. Mary graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in 1988. She lives in Gem Lake with her husband, John, and they have three adult children.

Carolyn Torkelson, MD, medical director of Integrative Health Services at the University of Minnesota Physicians Women’s Health Specialists Clinic, is faculty in both the University’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and Center for Spirituality and Healing. Her clinical practice offers comprehensive, integrative care to women at Women's health Specialists and Mill City Clinic.  She participates in clinical research, studying women’s health and herbal and nutritional interventions.

Penny Winton and her late husband, Mike Winton, were among the original founders and have been the major funders of Pathways. Mike served on the board of the Walker Art Center and was active with The Council on Crime and Justice. Penny served as President of U of M Alumni Association, and as board member for many other organizations (YWCA, Tubman Center, Weisman Art Museum and several others). It was their conviction that individuals with life-threatening illness need not be defeated by their illness but can discover an expanded sense of self on a complementary healing path that gave birth to Pathways. As a founder, Penny enjoys the privilege of uninterrupted board service as did Mike.

Integrative Health Advisory Committee

Paul Erickson, MD

Courtney Baechler, MD, MS

Laurie Drill-Mellum, MD, MPH

Megan Ellingson, MHA

Henry Emmons, MD

Gregory A. Plotnikoff, MD, MTS

Carol Schoenecker, RN, CHTP

Sue Towey, APRN, CNS, MS, LP