Mei Liu, MS, MBA, Certified CHIP Facilitator, founder and president
Mei Liu, founder of Lotus Health Foundation and Chief Financial Officer of Rochester Clinic, earned her master’s degree in Health Care Administration and MBA from Des Moines University and Drake University. Within her current role, Mei works to promote lifestyle medicine as the most effective solution for health care crises in finance, human health and the environment.
Being a certified Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) facilitator, Mei and the physician team at Rochester Clinic first introduced this lifestyle medicine education program to the Rochester community in 2015. It was after witnessing the health improvement of more than 100 CHIP participants and realizing the need in the community that she founded Lotus Health Foundation, the non-profit arm of Rochester Clinic, in 2016.
Mei is actively involved with community outreach and advocates for underserved populations to address health disparity. She also works frequently with local businesses and collaborative partners to grow health and wellness in the community. Outside of work she enjoys cooking and gardening.
Jengyu Lai, DPM
Dr. Jengyu Lai serves as a board member of the Lotus Health Foundation.
Dr. Lai is the Chief Manager of Rochester Clinic and has been providing podiatric and wound care for almost two decades. He earned his DPM (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine) at the College of Podiatric Medicine at Des Moines University in Iowa. After completing a fellowship in Biomechanics Research and a residency in podiatric orthopedics, he accepted a fellowship in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.
Dr. Lai takes a holistic approach to treating common foot and ankle problems. Since many of those problems are associated with chronic diseases, such as diabetes and obesity, he became interested in lifestyle medicine to treat the root cause instead of managing symptoms with medications.
By serving on the LHF board, Dr. Lai hopes to spread the awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
Thomas Harman, MD
Originally from Elkhart, Indiana, Dr. Harman holds a medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine, and completed his residency at South Bend Memorial Hospital. He was recently a medical director for LiveView Care in Bloomington, MN, and prior to that, director of hospitalist service at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin. Dr. Harman is a certified member of the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM).
An advocate of integrative medicine and telemedicine, Dr. Harman is a strong proponent of relationship-centered care. He believes in developing an understanding of the patient’s culture, beliefs and unique characteristics of mind, body and spirit to help facilitate healing. Dr. Harman also focuses on prevention, as well as maintenance of health, with attention to lifestyle choices, including nutrition, exercise, stress management, and emotional well-being.
When Dr. Harman is not working, he enjoys fly-fishing and cooking healthful food – as he is a firm believer in the oft-quoted maxim: “You are what you eat.”
Malinda earned her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Winona State University and has experience in the banking industry and nonprofit organizations. She was introduced to Lotus Health Foundation in June 2017 and participated and graduated from the Complete Health Improvement Program. Malinda is a firm believer in in the importance of the foundation’s mission and has seen firsthand how one can improve their health through lifestyle changes. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with her spouse and children, exploring photography, and crafting.
Lori Kollasch is a Rochester resident and long-time employee of Cardinal of Minnesota where she currently holds the title of Executive Assistant. In September of 2016, she joined the Cardinal of Minnesota CHIP (Complete Health Improvement Program) group. She is the chair for many celebratory events for Cardinal, including Client Fall Ball, Cardinal Idol and Wednesday’s on Wellner, to name a few. She also volunteers for several events benefiting the American Legion Post 92 in Rochester.
Malia Ray, MD
Malia moved to Rochester in 2015 from Cincinnati, where she was a pulmonary/critical care physician. She did her undergraduate training at the University of Louisville, and graduate training at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. She completed an internal medicine/ pediatrics residency and pulmonary/critical care fellowship at the University of Cincinnati. Days filled with treating illness and chronic conditions, with their associated complications, resulted in an interest in preventative medicine. This path of learning resulted in implementation of a whole food plant based diet, along with a desire to share knowledge regarding lifestyle choices and their relationship to disease. Lotus Health Foundation serves as a wonderful platform to share her enthusiasm for lifestyle medicine. She can currently be found working at her favorite locally owned running store, TerraLoco, where she organizes their $5 5K’s benefitting charities, and enjoys helping people get started or continue with their favorite form of activity. She loves reading and learning, cooking, and participating in nearly all forms of activity.
Huey Wang, RN
Huey Wang is a nursing education specialist at Mayo Clinic where she currently supports staff orientation, competency and professional development for three inpatient care areas. She has worked at Mayo for nearly 20 years and has facilitated many departmental-wide programs. Outside of work, Huey enjoys reading, traveling and exercising. She has adopted a plant-based diet since June 2017, after participating in the CHIP program and enhancing her overall health.
Todd Pisarski, CPA, CFE
Todd is a licensed CPA and a certified fraud examiner (CFE); and is currently an auditor with the Office of the Legislative Auditor, State of Minnesota. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Bradley University, an MBA from Benedictine College, and master’s in Accounting and Financial Management from Keller Graduate School of Management. Todd is a combat veteran and is retired from the U.S. Army after serving 20 years.
Todd began his involvement with the CHIP program in the fall of 2016. He completed the program in December 2016 with proven results. He continues to implement and build on lifestyle changes he was introduced to in the program. Todd has taken whole food, plant-based cooking classes through Rouxbe, and has taken the CHIP refresher program. Todd is originally from the Chicago area, but has been enjoying the northern Minnesota lakes from an early age. He relocated to Rochester in 2013, where his fiancé resides.
Andrea Grimm is currently the Assistant Vice President / Branch Manager at Premier Bank Rochester’s North Broadway branch, and she is also the secretary of her family’s lawn care business. Andrea grew up in rural, central Texas and attended the University of Texas at Austin, graduating with her bachelor’s degree in 2012. After graduating, she moved to Rochester to be near family. In addition to Andrea’s enthusiasm for healthy lifestyle practices, she is active in the community, her church, and she continues to nurture her passion for the arts.