Leadership

Linda Ewing

Linda Ewing (Email)

Linda Ewing is Chief Executive Officer of JustUs Health. She was appointed CEO by the MAP Board of Directors in November 2015, after serving as Interim Executive Director for the previous year. Prior to joining JustUs Health, Linda was a Senior Consultant and President of Cincinnatus, a Minneapolis-based consulting firm serving nonprofit organizations.

In her tenure with Cincinnatus, beginning in 2006, Linda served in a number of extended-term interim leadership engagements and provided consulting services in strategic planning, organizational assessment, financial analysis, fundraising and executive search for dozens of nonprofit clients. 

Prior to joining Cincinnatus, Linda was President and CEO of Special Olympics Minnesota for 15 years. Under her leadership, Special Olympics Minnesota achieved substantial growth and quality improvement, resulting in its consistent ranking among the top five percent, in all benchmarks, of Special Olympics programs throughout the U.S.

Linda began her business career with the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce as Director of Program Management. Among her many accomplishments in this position, she developed and implemented the Chamber’s Leadership Minneapolis program. From 1987 to 1990 she served as a senior fundraising consultant with Minneapolis-based Professional Fundraising Services, Inc.

Linda earned her B.A. degree in English Literature from the College of St. Catherine and received her MBA in marketing from the University of St. Thomas. 

Joann Usher

Joann Usher (Email)

Joann Usher is the Vice President External Relations at JustUs Health. She was the Executive Director of Rainbow Health Initiative from 2012-2018.

Joann has over 30 years of non-profit management and fund-raising experience having served in a variety of organizations from a graduate theological school, to social services and the arts. She began her engagement in the LGBTQ community as Executive Director of the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus.

Beyond her professional commitment to social justice she also fulfills that commitment in her volunteer work. She has been involved with local LGBT organizations and for 10 years served on the board of GALA Choruses, Inc., an international association of GLBT choruses, two years as President of the Board.

She and her wife Connie, live on ‘the lake’ in a near metro suburb with their two dogs. They love being on the water and sharing their lives with their three grandchildren.

Darin Rowles

Darin Rowles (Email)

Darin Rowles, the Director of Prevention and Coordinated Care, is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker with a focus on multi-cultural macro practice and human service management. His work experience in the field includes over 20 years of HIV prevention and service work including roles as a caregiver, case manager, program manager and director. Darin has attended countless trainings over the years to understand medical concerns with HIV, the psycho-social impact of HIV on diverse populations, HIV stigma, resources for people living with HIV and delivering comprehensive HIV risk assessments to diverse populations. He has developed and delivered HIV informational sessions to various groups including providers, clients and the general community. Darin has also done focused work in the mental health field, delivering interventions to people in the midst of mental health crisis and stabilization. All of these experiences have included work with significant numbers of clients who struggle with chemical dependency. When not working, Darin renews his energy by enjoying live music, dancing to and chatting about the music of Prince, and geeking out to all things in the Star Wars galaxy.

Matt Toburen

Matt Toburen (Email)

Matt Toburen, the Director of Public Policy, leads JustUs Health’s efforts in policy development, legislative lobbying and community organizing to stop new HIV infections and ensure all Minnesotans living with HIV live long and healthy lives. Matt is an experienced lobbyist, organizer and campaign strategist. He brings lobbying expertise from legislative, administrative, and local initiatives. Matt has worked as a lobbyist and political director for the Service Employees International Union. He has also held a variety of positions, including time as staff for the Minnesota Senate, managing political campaigns, and as a former United States Peace Corps Volunteer. He holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Minnesota. When not fighting to end AIDS, you can find Matt at home playing hide and seek with his wife and two daughters.

Doug Melroe

Doug Melroe (Email)

You may recognize JustUs Health's Director of Advancement Doug Melroe as “that crazy guy who does the warm up for the AIDS Walk every year.” Doug has been proud to lead the warm-up stretch before every MN AIDS Walk since 1986. Now, he is even prouder to be The Director of Advancement for JustUs Health. He comes to us from The Firm, where he has worked for 30 years as an instructor and manager. Throughout those thirty years, he has remained passionate about the fight against HIV, and remembering those he has lost. His passion for ending HIV has lead him to participate in The Red Ribbon Ride and his team has raised over $300,000.00 in the past seven years. He is originally from Fargo North Dakota, he and his partner Denny Kemp live in Golden Valley and have three dogs….yes three.

Lynn Mickelson

Lynn Mickelson (Email)

Lynn Mickelson, ESQ., the Director of Legal and Benefits Counseling Services, has managed the JustUs Health (formerly Minnesota AIDS Project) Legal Program since 1995.  She is a graduate of William Mitchell College of Law and is responsible for the development of program policies and procedures; the provision of direct legal services to clients; the training, recruitment and maintenance of a network of volunteer attorneys; and supervision of student interns. The Legal Program serves any Minnesotan living with HIV and Minnesotans affected by HIV.