Lynn M. StarkovichAs President and Chief Executive Officer for Walker Methodist, Lynn is responsible for the overall planning and operations of the organization’s nonprofit housing and health care properties.
Lynn has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Walker Methodist since 2003.
Lynn holds Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Biology and Psychology, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education, and a Behavioral Analyst III Certificate from the University of Minnesota; Master’s Degrees in Psychology and Special Education from the University of St. Thomas, and her Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law. In addition to her formal education, Lynn has completed 20 credits of course work toward a Ph.D. in Psychology, and many continuing education programs in health care, law and psychology.
Prior to law school, Lynn managed specialized health care facilities and acted as the MDHR appointed manager of the Sports & Health Clubs. She was a Licensed Consulting Psychologist focused on behavior management, developmental disabilities and organizational strategic planning and relationships.
Lynn coordinated the William Mitchell College of Law Moot Court Program as an Adjunct Professor for 13 years. Immediately prior to becoming the CEO of Walker Methodist, Lynn was a shareholder with the law firm of Larkin Hoffman. Lynn practiced in the areas of business litigation, health care, professional licensure, labor and employment and bankruptcy/workout.
As an attorney, Lynn worked with Walker Methodist and many other health care providers and professionals in Minnesota in state and federal actions. Lynn has an extensive background in health care administration, program development, education, management, and workout.
Lynn is licensed and in good standing to practice law in Minnesota and the 8th Circuit. She is a member of the American, Minnesota State, and Hennepin County Bar Associations, National Health Lawyers, Aging Services of Minnesota, and Leading Age. She is a Director of Wingspan Life Resources, Inc. - a nonprofit organization serving Hmong Elders and the developmentally disabled - and North Memorial Hospital Foundation. Lynn has led and participated in numerous committees and task forces related to health care and strategic planning on both a state and federal level.
Mark BillitteriMark Billitteri, Chief Information Officer, has enterprise-wide responsibility for Information Technology strategy, vision, and execution.
As Chief Information Officer, Mark has enterprise-wide responsibility for establishing the vision, defining direction and leading change to increase Information Technology effectiveness and capability in support of Walker Methodist’s mission and values.
With more than 30 years in the field across a range of industries including manufacturing, retail, industrial services and healthcare, Mark has extensive experience leading Information Technology organizations, deploying large-scale innovative and effective solutions, delivering measurable results and building high-performing Information Technology teams.
Prior to joining Walker Methodist in 2012, Mark was Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of G & K Services, a leading uniform services company. During his tenure at G & K, he led the organization through multiple large-scale technology initiatives. From 1999 to 2003, Mark was Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for ShopNBC.
Mark relocated to Minnesota in 1998 to join Arthur Andersen’s Business Consulting group. Previously, he held various Information Technology management and executive level positions.
Beth DeneauAs Chief Administrative Officer, Beth oversees and supervises the Quality Improvement, Education, Health Information, and Human Resource teams for Walker Senior Services. She has worked in the senior services field for more than 40 years.
The majority of her career has been in nursing leadership roles having served as a Director of Nursing and Director of Quality Assurance in a variety of settings; a hospital based TCU, skilled nursing facilities and in private and state run organizations. Beth’s professional interests are focused in the areas of regulatory compliance and project management. In her eleven years at Walker she has facilitated several cross functional teams in the evaluation and improvement of their work.
Beth is a Registered Nurse who currently is a member of; Aging Services of Minnesota where she sits on the Survey and Analysis Compliance Committee and the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST.
John HuhnAs Chief Operations Officer, John is responsible for the oversight of the four properties that make up the Walker Campus and is instrumental in the strategic transformation of the organization.
The Walker Campus provides an array of services including skilled nursing care, transitional care services, housing with services, subsidized housing, adult day care, and dental services. The campus serves more than 1,200 seniors annually. John is responsible for the repositioning of the Walker Campus to a model that serves customers today and into the future. This includes the development of new models of care delivery and services.
In addition to the current services, John has led the development of the partnership with the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center; a partnership that has brought faculty and students from the School of Medicine, School of Pharmacy, School of Nursing, and School of Dentistry to the Campus to learn how to provide interdisciplinary care to seniors. Through this partnership, Walker has been recognized in multiple research projects and was awarded the 2006 Minnesota Health and Housing Alliance (MHHA) Innovation of the Year award for the Walker Dental Clinic.
Prior to joining Walker Methodist, John was the Project Manager for Evergreen Retirement Community in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. There he was responsible for the development, design, and construction of various living options including a Household/Neighborhood skilled nursing home addition that was awarded multiple state and national awards for the innovative design and programming.
John is very active in the long-term care profession having been chair of multiple committees. He is currently on the Aging Services of Minnesota Board and is the Co-Chair of Fairview Partners.
John is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. John furthered his education at the University of Minnesota - Center for Long Term Care Administration Education.
Nick KozelAs Vice President of Marketing & Communications for Walker Methodist, Nick is responsible for articulating and planning brand, sales and communications strategy and guiding integration of brand identity throughout the organization’s nonprofit housing and healthcare properties. This includes guiding integration of brand strategy throughout operations and customer experience.
Prior to joining Walker Methodist in 2010, Nick served as Region Vice President of Marketing & Sales for Comcast in its Twin Cities Region, comprised of operations in four states. Nick’s experience in marketing, sales and operations totals more than twenty years with diverse leadership roles in telecommunications, aerospace and several consumer businesses.
Nick holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Minnesota, graduating summa cum laude. He also completed his MBA at the Carlson School of Management in the University of Minnesota Executive MBA program. Most recently, Nick completed the mini-MBA in healthcare management at the University of St. Thomas.