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MMRF Mailing Address

Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation
701 Park Ave, Suite PP7.700
Minneapolis, MN 55415

General inquiries:
612 873 5300

Human Resources inquiries:
612 873 5324


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MMRF Administrative Staff

In effort to cut down on spam, we no longer provide email addresses on our website. To email MMRF staff take the first initial from the person's first name plus his or her entire last name @mmrf.org. For example, John Smith's email address would be jsmith@mmrf.org.


Clinical Trials Training

The Clinical Trials Training Office provides a centralized office for the guidance and facilitation of the clinical research process.

Carla Erickson
612 873 6341


Executive Staff

Paul Pentel
612 873 6426

Mary Bergaas
Vice President of Operations
612 873 5301

Pat Engstrand
Executive Assistant
612 873 5300


Grants Accounting

Megan Crosby
Grant Accountant
612 873 5306

Vicki Hammerstrom
Manager, Financial Services
612 873 5313

Lisa Hedberg
Accounts Payable
612 873 5371

Doug Kenison
Corporate Accountant
612 873 5303

Marie Lynch
Grant Accountant
612 873 5305

Cathy Neubauer
Payroll/Benefit Specialist
612 873 5335

Nancy Oakes
Systems Accounting Manager
612 873 5308

Mark Willmert
Chief Financial Officer
612 873 3386

Hlitawci Xiong
Grant Accountant
612 873 5304


Grants and Contracts

The MMRF Office of Grants and Contracts provides researchers and sponsors with efficient, effective and convenient support services for pre-and post-award administration of research projects, and provides funding agencies with single-source access to HCMC researchers and technology.

Pre-award services include assistance with identification of funding sources and proposal preparation, reviewing, approving and submitting proposals, and negotiating and accepting grant awards and contracts.

Post-award services include industry and government sponsor relations, subcontracting, compliance assurance, assistance with expenditure management, program close-out and audit, and institutional reporting.

In addition to its pre-and post-award functions, the Office of Grants and Contracts provides training in grant and contract management for investigators, research personnel and department administrators and facilitates communication between all institutional units involved in research.

Mary Bergaas
Vice President of Operations
612 873 5301

Bonnie Crissman
Grant Administrator
612 873 5316

Jenny Hart
Senior Grant Administrator
612 873 5318

Joshua Humphrey
Grant Administrator
612 873 5320

Kim Miller
Assistant Vice President of Operations
612 873 5322

Carey Nadeau
Senior Grant Administrator
612 873 5317

Katie Phalen
Grant Administrator
612 873 5321

Avery Tooley
Grant Administrator
612 873 2145


Human Resources

Cheryl Backowski
Human Resources Director
612 873 5311

Karin Fisher
HRIS Specialist / HR Coordinator
612 873 5324

Danielle Hennen
Senior Human Resources Generalist
612 873 5325


Information Systems

The MMRF Office of Information Systems provides computer support for both administrative and research personnel.

Tina Larson
612 873 6865

Connie Lee
612 873 6864

Mark Macres
612 873 6858

Lorraine Wiese
Senior LAN Analyst
612 873 6863