Board Members


diane tower, chair

Diane was diagnosed with MG 16 years ago, and brings passion and commitment to her role as chair of mgMN. She was secretary of the MGFA Minnesota chapter and has been a support group member for 15 years. "I hope to reach out to more people locally who have MG," she says. "I am looking for ways to identify, reach out to, and provide support to everyone who has this condition. I am especially interested in expanding our support group network and developing new strategies that meet the needs of young people with MG."

Dan formato, vice chair

When Dan's wife was diagnosed with MG in 1998, they read all the information they could find about MG. They attended a support group in Nevada, where they spent winters. Upon returning to Minnesota, they joined the Twin Cities support group, where they have met many people, and made friends. They've learned from others about treatments and medications used to treat MG and maintain a quality of life. "I serve on the board because I want to further the effort to share MG information across the state," he says. During his career, Dan worked in the public sector as a city fire chief and emergency manager. He has served on a number of nonprofit boards.

Pete Engler, Secretary

Monica St. Germain, Treasurer

Barb corner, communication chair

Barb was diagnosed with MG more than 50 years ago. "I told my parents I would not let this rare disease stop me, and it hasn't," she says. Barb went on to obtain her bachelor's and master's degrees and had a 33-year career as a teacher. She and her husband have three grown children, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. Barb began attending annual meetings of the state's MGFA chapter in 1990. A couple years later, she started (and still leads) the Mid-Minnesota support group. Barb started a lending library for people with MG in 1995, and chaired the MGFA state chapter for more than a decade. 

lianne anderson, conference facilities chair

Lianne has had MG since 1975. She began serving on the MGFA Minnesota chapter board of directors in the late 1970s, and chaired the Twin Cities support group since its inception. She also served as chair of fundraising, with efforts bringing in tens of thousands of dollars for the chapter. Lianne and her mother, Millie, established the Anderson Fund in honor of her late father, Irv. Before retiring from the University of Minnesota, Lianne worked in the arts and communications, and she continues to pursue these interests as possible.