I am General Counsel and Secretary of TCF Financial Corporation and have been employed by TCF since 1986. I first traveled to Africa (Kenya) in 1980 and have had a keen interest in the continent for a long time. I traveled to Sierra Leone with OVP in November 2013 and was very impressed by its work there and by its deep understanding of the country and its culture. I enjoyed the chance to connect with the people in the villages, the opportunity to meet OVP’s staff, and the privilege of being able to witness first-hand some of the many initiatives that have been put in place by OVP over the years. I am honored to have the opportunity to serve on the OVP Board and look forward to helping to support the continued expansion of its work in Sierra Leone in the years to come. Currently I serve as OVP's Secretary and Chair of the Governance Committee.
Dr. Paul Johnson
Physician, Hennepin County Medical Center
Dr. Johnson is agraduate of the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine and completed his Residency at Beth Israel Hospital – Harvard Medical School. Since 1996, he has been on staff at Hennepin County Medical Center where he practices in the Division of General Internal Medicine. In this role, he was recognized with the 2007 HCMC Award for Clinical Excellence.
Since 2010, Dr Johnson has served as Medical Director for the HCMC Coordinated Care Center (CCC). The CCC provides innovative multidisciplinary team based care for medical “superusers” was awarded the 2013 Gage Award from the National Association of Public Hospitals for work in population health.
In addition, Dr. Johnson has been actively involved in the Minnesota Medicaid program. He has served on the Medicaid Formulary Committee as well as the DHS Health Services Advisory Committee.
Assistant Dean, University of Minnesota Extension
Emilia O. Smith (Davies-Venn)
Sr. Auditor - Wells Fargo Audit Services
Ursa Investors and OneVillage Partners Founder
Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels
I am a litigation partner and former Management Committee member at Faegre Baker Daniels with more than 30 years of legal experience. Prior to my career in law, I was a registered nurse with a focus on mental health and public health. I have had a long term commitment to pro bono service, particularly in the areas of homelessness, and women’s and children’s rights. That commitment lead to work in international human rights, again in the areas of rights of women and children.
I have a long standing interest in Africa and have traveled extensively throughout the continent. As a new Board member, I am looking forward to my first trip to Sierra Leone, meeting the Sierra Leonean people and working to advance OneVillage Partner’s unique mission, providing developmental aid while preserving self- reliance and dignity.
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