Strong Leadership. Inspired Care.
Astera Health is a not-for-profit organization and operated by a board of directors comprised of community leaders throughout the regions we serve.
Meet Our Team
President & CEO
Joel received his Bachelor in Business Administration degree from the University of North Dakota in 1986, and his Master of Health Care Administration degree from the University of Minnesota in 2010. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. He has been in the healthcare management field since 1986.
Joel has been a part of the Astera Health family since 1998. He served as Chief Financial Officer prior to his appointment as President/CEO in 2008.
Joel is married to Kim. Together they have three children and three grandsons. In his free time, Joel enjoys spending time biking, golfing, watching sports (especially hockey), traveling and searching for “great food spots” with Kim, and spending time with his children and the grandsons.
Chief Financial Officer
Kim Aagard has been with Astera Health for over 36 years in a variety of roles such as receptionist, billing, patient financial services, materials management, EMS, accounting and now the chief financial officer. Kim graduated from North Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science in accounting.
Kim and her husband, Tom, have three children and six grandchildren. In her free time, Kim enjoys quilting, camping, spending time with grandbabies, gardening, and canning.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Teresa spent the first 21 years of her professional life in long-term care and worked as an NREMT for approximately 10 of those years. She has been in human resources for about 17 years.
She received an AAS in human resource management from MSCTC and BS in management from the University of Mary in Bismarck.
Teresa and her husband live outside of Vergas, MN and love spending time with their two children and five grandchildren. She has two horses, and loves to ride. It is a happy day when she can get out for a walk or a run. Teresa also has many flower beds that take up a lot of her time. She has several outdoor toys but uses the Harley the most.
Chief Nursing Officer
Tom has over 26 years of nursing and progressive leadership experience in healthcare and nursing. He joined Astera Health in 2018 after serving in a variety of capacities with Allina Health and Hennepin County Medical Center.
He received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a Master of Nursing Leadership and Management from Metropolitan State University.
Tom is married to his wife, Jenny, and has three adult children and a grandson, and enjoys spending time outdoors, boating, hunting, and relaxing by a bonfire.
Chief Ambulatory Officer
Medley has been with Astera Health for over 22 years in a variety of roles starting as a nurse’s aide, serving as an LPN in the hospital setting and orthopedic clinic. Most recently, Medley has served in a leadership role as Satellite Clinic Manager and Director of Clinic Operations, respectively.
Medley earned her nursing degrees at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Wadena and graduated with a master’s in nursing leadership and management.
Medley and her husband, Adam, have two adult children and enjoy spending time at their cabin, traveling and being outdoors four-wheeling, hiking, kayaking, and ice fishing.