Staff


  • Claire Chang

    Senior Program Officer

    Claire.Chang@bluecrossmn.com

    Claire Chang is a senior program officer at the Foundation, which she joined in 2015 as a key staff member charged with furthering the Foundation’s commitment to increasing health equity in Minnesota. Claire brings more than two decades of community-involvement experience with — particular strengths in improving early childhood education outcomes, promoting racial equity, and leading and evaluating community initiatives. She most recently served as associate vice president of community impact at Minnesota Philanthropy Partners in St. Paul. She has a bachelor’s degree in child development from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and a master’s degree in philanthropy and development from St. Mary’s University.

    Claire is a self-proclaimed nonprofit capacity-building geek. She is an active volunteer and has served on several boards, including her current appointment with Hope Community in Minneapolis and the Coalition of Asian American Leaders. At home in Roseville, Claire enjoys sharing her culinary skills with family and friends.

  • Allison Corrado

    Senior Program Officer

    Allison.Corrado@bluecrossmn.com

    Allison Corrado is a senior program officer at the Foundation. Before joining the team in 2014, Allison was an employment specialist at the American Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center in Minneapolis, where she worked with local community and technical colleges along with community-based organizations to connect graduates of health care programs with jobs. Allison holds a bachelor’s degree in family social science and master’s degrees in public policy and social work from the University of Minnesota.

    Allison is passionate about working in partnership with other organizations and advocates to advance health equity and dismantle systems of oppression. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, daughter and two cats.

  • Janet Jablonske

    Operations Manager

    Janet.Jablonske@bluecrossmn.com

    Janet Jablonske is the operations manager at the Foundation. She joined the Foundation team in 2003. As operations manager, Janet is highly engaged in all aspects of the Foundation’s grantmaking process, financial reporting and website. She holds a degree in communications from Winona State University.

    Janet has a keen eye for detail and is passionate about figuring out complex processes and making them user-friendly. When she’s not working, Janet can be found outdoors — hiking, biking, or traveling to new places with her husband.

  • Carolyn Link

    Executive Director

    Carolyn.Link@bluecrossmn.com

    Carolyn Link is the executive director of the Foundation. Carolyn joined the organization in 2011 and became executive director in 2012, guiding the Foundation’s emphasis on health equity. Previously, Carolyn was director at the Center for Prevention, a division of Blue Cross focused on preventing tobacco use and promoting physical activity and healthy eating. Carolyn’s commitment to all aspects of health can be traced back to her early career as a nurse, working with children with complex health needs. Additionally, Carolyn has worked at the Minnesota Department of Health on a tobacco-policy project. Carolyn has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Marquette University and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Minnesota.

    Carolyn loves connecting the dots between mission and action, helping the Foundation infuse health equity into its processes and outcomes. She has three young adult children, and lives in Northfield, Minnesota. Her new midlife hobbies include mountain biking and building props for high school theater productions.

  • Eden Mussie

    Foundation Coordinator

    Eden.Mussie@bluecrossmn.com

    Eden Mussie, an integral part of the team since 2015, is the Foundation coordinator. Eden’s work spans all aspects of the Foundation’s operations, communications and grants programs — creating, coordinating and streamlining processes across all functions. She has experience working in two different health foundations, the Davis Phinney Foundation and the Arthritis Foundation, as well as in office and multicultural peer settings. Eden has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Carleton College.

    Eden loves asking questions, being creative and solving problems. In her free time, she dances.