Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is comprised of three members from each hospital. The Board provides leadership and direction for the strategic planning efforts that support the Bismarck Cancer Center’s mission and vision.

Kirk Cristy, Director, President of the Board – Chief Financial Officer at Sanford Health Bismarck

Kirk is the CFO of Sanford Health Bismarck. He has been with Sanford-Bismarck since 2013. Prior to coming to North Dakota, Kirk was the VP-Finance at St. Joseph Health System in Texas. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting, from Angelo State University and a Masters of Business Administration from Texas Tech University.

Lisa Laurent, Vice President of the Board – MD MBA MS CPE FAAPL – Chief Medical Officer at CHI St. Alexius Health

Dr. Laurent retired from clinical practice and served as the President of the Medical Staff at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL before joining the CHI ST. Alexius Health team in 2020. She also served as President of Advanced Radiology Consultants within Integrated Imaging Consultants during which time she was an adult and pediatric radiologist. She is the host of the Better Health podcast, a lively and engaging format created to increase awareness about healthcare issues important to the patients and communities in and around Bismarck. 

Terri Donovan, Treasurer of the Board – Vice President of Operational Finances at CHI St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck

Terri has nearly 20 years of experience leveraging research and analyzing current health care trends to implement proactive strategies through effective financial stewardship, communication, and collaborative leadership. She works closely with operational and clinical leaders in the alignment of strategic direction, mission, and values at CHI St. Alexius Health.

Chris Meeker, Trustee – MD, Secretary of the Board – Vice President-Medical Officer at Sanford Health Bismarck

Dr. Meeker is a board certified emergency medicine physician who started at Sanford Bismarck, formerly Medcenter One, in 2006.  He was voted Chief of Staff in 2010 and accepted the position of Chief Medical and Quality Officer in 2011.  He was a member of the Sanford Health Board of Trustees from 2012 to 2014.  He holds an MD degree from the University of North Dakota and completed residency at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, Arkansas.  He is actively engaged with legislative committees and community partnerships with a focus on opioid stewardship. 

Ellen Holt, Trustee – Vice President Human Resources at CHI St. Alexius Health

Ellen serves as the vice president of human resources at CHI St. Alexius Health. She is responsible for providing leadership in developing and executing human resources, specifically in the areas of succession planning, talent management, change management, organizational and performance management, training and development, compensation, and benefits. She directs all aspects of the HR Division including the Department of Human Resources, Department of Education, Volunteer Services, School of Respiratory Therapy, and School of Radiologic Technology.

 Ellen is a strong communicator who brings over 25 years’ diverse and progressively complex experience to the region. She received an M.S. – Counselor Education/Professional Development from Winona State University, and a B.S. – Business Administration Management from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse.

Patrick Schultz, Trustee -Vice President of Nursing and Clinical Services, Sanford Health

Patrick Schultz serves as the vice president of nursing and clinical services for the Sanford Health Bismarck region overseeing nursing administration, nursing practice, Magnet and more. Schultz joined Sanford Health Fargo region in 1999 and held roles such as ICU nurse, CNS, director of quality and enterprise clinical standardization administrator. He joined the Sanford Health Bismarck region in 2018 and served as the director of quality and safety prior to his current role.

Schultz is a board-certified clinical nurse specialist (CNS). He holds a master’s degree in nursing from Minnesota State University, Moorhead, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from North Dakota State University.