Wilderness Health staff
Cassandra Beardsley has more than a decade of experience in the health insurance industry. Prior to becoming executive director of Wilderness Health, she worked in various senior operational management roles with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota and FirstPlan of Minnesota.
Beardsley brings extensive expertise in Medicare, Medicaid and commercial insurance products as well as other employee benefit products. She was recently named to the Health Industry Advisory Panel for MNSure, the Minnesota health exchange.
Beardsley holds her bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Minnesota Duluth. An active member of the community, she serves on the board of directors for the United Way of Greater Duluth and the Two Harbors Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA). She is also past president of the North Shore Rotary Club and is president and a coach for the Two Harbors Soccer Club.
Wilderness Health Medical Director Dr. G. David Spoelhof leads the quality committee in implementing the collaborative’s mission and initiatives to improve patient and community health. A practicing physician for more than 30 years, Dr. Spoelhof brings to his position a wealth of knowledge and experience.
In addition to his role with Wilderness Health, Dr. Spoelhof is also a practicing physician. He works in urgent care at Duluth-based St. Luke’s, the largest and one of the charter members of Wilderness Health as well as serving as Medical Director for several area nursing homes.
Spoelhof graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. He has published many articles in medical journals and spoken at numerous healthcare conferences throughout the region. Spoelhof is a two-time recipient of the American Geriatrics Society’s (AGS) Geriatrics Recognition Award and was honored with the Physician of the Year award from the Lake Superior Medical Society. He also serves as adjunct faculty at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth and the University of Minnesota Duluth Medical School.