Miller-Dwan Foundation leadership transition announced

Patricia Burns

Patricia Burns

Patricia Burns, president of the Miller-Dwan Foundation, has announced her retirement effective May 17, 2013, according to Diane Bodin-Link, president of the Foundation’s board of directors.

Burns will be replaced by Traci Marciniak, the Foundation’s current director of development.

Burns has been leading the Miller-Dwan Foundation for more than 20 years and has grown it into the premier philanthropic healthcare foundation in the area, with $25 million in assets and more than $26 million awarded in project support. She spearheaded the visioning and implementation of many meaningful Foundation projects, including Solvay Hospice House and Amberwing – Center for Youth & Family Well-Being.

“Pat Burns’ leadership has had a tremendous impact on the health and well-being of this community,” said Bodin-Link. “Her drive and passion have been an inspiration to so many people, and through her efforts, the Foundation has been able to accomplish big things and make a real difference in the lives of our friends and neighbors. We wish her the best as she enters retirement.”

Traci Marciniak

Traci Marciniak

Marciniak began her career at the Miller-Dwan Foundation in 1998 and for 15 years has played a key role in its success and growth. In her role as director of development, she works closely with the staff, board of directors, donors and other key stakeholders to ensure the Foundation lives out its mission of improving healthcare for people throughout our region.

“I am so pleased the board has chosen Traci as the new president of the Foundation,” said Burns. “Her commitment to the healthcare needs of the people of the region, deep dedication to the mission of the Miller-Dwan Foundation, and leadership skills ensure the Foundation will continue to be a meaningful, creative force in the future.”

Marciniak officially moved into the role of president effective April 1, though Burns will continue working through May 17 and retain dedicated involvement with the Foundation in an advisory position, said Bodin-Link.

The Miller-Dwan Foundation is the only independent, public medical foundation in the region, and, as a public charity, maintains a commitment to the health of the people of northeastern Minnesota, northwestern Wisconsin and northern Michigan.

As the area’s largest medical foundation, the Miller-Dwan Foundation has provided more than $26 million in grant support to Essentia Health-Duluth (formerly Miller-Dwan Medical Center), Polinsky Medical Rehabilitation Center and more than 50 other regional nonprofit organizations that address community health concerns.

In order to better address medical needs in its region, the Miller-Dwan Foundation created Amberwing – Center for Youth & Family Well-Being, Solvay Hospice House, the Caring Ways Cancer Resource Center and the Abilities First Fund, all dedicated to filling gaps or enlarging critical services for the region.

Since its inception in 1973, the Miller-Dwan Foundation has partnered with individuals, families, businesses and organizations, and together, is making this region a better place to live and work. The Foundation matches donor interests with local healthcare needs, and with unrestricted funds, it has the flexibility to respond to the changing face of healthcare. To learn more visit

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