Welcome to the newest members of the MHSCN Board of Directors!
Meet Annie Handford
Annie is Business Development Executive at Streamworks, a direct mail, printing and fulfillment company in Blaine. She has a wealth of print and direct mail experience, with over ten years in consulting, customer service and program management expertise>
Annie is a community-driven advocate and divides her time amongst a variety of causes. She volunteers with the Humane Society of the US Volunteer District Leader, campaigns for social justice through fair housing with Clare Housing, promotes clean energy with electric cars and visits the Capitol on lobby days.
Annie enjoys relaxing when at home with her fabulous husband David (who drives an electric car) and by walking her two large Labrador Retriever rescues—Mieka and Rudy. She also spends time reading books (real paper print books!) on current events or by her favorite author, Stephen King; rooting for local teams the Minnesota Twins and Lynx, watching old movies and getting outside by creating native landscaping.
Meet Nick Hanson
Nick has been working in healthcare communications for more than a dozen years at institutions including the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center, Mayo Clinic and most recently in his current role at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare -- where he manages media and social strategy.
Hanson has expertise in crisis communication, public affairs campaigns, social media strategy and management, media relations and digital strategy and communications. Hanson has spent time in the agency world as a digital strategist at Himle Rapp and Company and as a counselor at Carmichael Lynch. He was also a reporter at the St. Cloud Times and Mankato Free Press.
He enjoys the outdoors, sports, pop-culture, reading and his family Shyla (wife), Violet Rose (3), Lydia Reese (infant) and Pup (12, pit bull mix).
Meet Hyedi Nelson
Hyedi is an account director at Belmont Partners, a results-focused public relations and communications agency, and has nearly a decade of health communications experience in both agency and corporate settings. Hyedi leads the Bellmont Partners Health Practice Group and holds a master of arts degree in health communication from the University of Minnesota
In 2017, Hyedi was an Ad Fed Minnesota's 32 Under 32 winner, selected from more than 100 nominees in the organization's annual recognition of the best young talent in marketing, advertising and public relations.
Besides spending time with her friends, husband and four year old son, Hyedi loves music, running and food. She also really enjoys sleeping, but doesn't do as much of that as she'd like!