Our Management Team

Vern Taaffe – President & CEO

Vern Taaffe

Vern has been involved in the dialysis industry since May of 1977. He is a long-term contributing member of NANT, NKF, NNCO and the AAMI Renal Disease and Detoxification Committee. Vern is a co-founder of RPC and founder of Rabrenco Scientific, which merged with RPC in 1995. Prior to starting up RPC in January of 1991, he was the Director of Electronics Manufacturing and Technical Services-Worldwide for Minntech-Renal Systems. Vern has developed curriculum for and presented at numerous domestic and international dialysis workshops and symposiums. He was active in the development process of the initial AAMI Recommended Practice for Reuse of Hemodialyzers, the FDA dialyzer reprocessing and water treatment videos, and RPC’s multi-media CDs for dialysis technical education. Vern’s experience includes direct involvement in the design, manufacturing, evolution and technical support of dialysis machines, automated reprocessing systems, air detectors, blood pumps, a concentrate manufacturing system, conductivity meters, various germicides, dialysis water treatment systems, and many different types of test strips. He holds patents for his research and development work, has authored several publications on dialysis-related devices and is a past recipient of the NANT President’s Award for a career of leadership in educating nephrology practitioners. His education includes degrees in electronic engineering and mechanical technology.

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Laura Hoffman – Chief Operating Officer

Laura Hoffman

Laura Hoffman is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for RPC.  She has 20 years of progressive experience in accounting, finance, audit, and human resources.  Prior to her current role, she led the talent strategies for 3M’s global finance organization, which included executive consulting regarding human capital plans, driving strategic HR projects, and leading a team who executed globally on finance development, student programs, communication, and change.  Through a series of roles earlier in her career, Laura had audit, accounting, and finance responsibilities at 3M, Lawson, and the State of Minnesota.  She has served as a course instructor for managerial accounting, currently serves on the supervisory committee of Novation Credit Union, and has served as a Girl Scouts Troop leader.  Laura graduated from St. Cloud State University with a B.S. and a M.S. in Accounting and is a CPA (inactive) in Minnesota.

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Roger Hall – Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Roger Hall

Roger Hall is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He is a graduate of Luther College with a BS in accounting and economics. He received his MBA from the University of Minnesota. His work experience includes manufacturing and inventory control with pacemakers and insulin infusion pumps.  He has dialysis manufacturing/management/sales experience with concentrate solutions and powders, membranes, sterilants, OEM electronics and more than 500 RPC products for use in dialysis. In addition, Roger has 10 years experience with hospital disposable sales and manufacturing, blood pressure cuffs, pressure infusors, and blood transfusion filters.  He is a veteran in the dialysis industry having been involved with dialysis since 1985. 

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Bruce Fife – Senior Director Materials Management, Technical Services & IS

Bruce Fife

Bruce Fife has over 30 years of dialysis experience with a degree in electronic engineering technology.  As the dialysis community transitioned to microprocessor controlled equipment in the mid 1980’s, opportunities arose for Bruce to provide leadership and expertise in the areas of biomedical, water treatment, facility design, technical writing, procurement, inventory control and financial analysis.  He previously has directed inventory control and supply chain management for several large dialysis providers including RCG, FMC and USRC.  He’s been a member and on the boards of several dialysis organizations; AAMI, NANT, NNCO and BONENT, providing leadership and education to the communities they serve.

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Nicholas Grimley – Senior Director of Minnesota Operations

Nicholas Grimley

Nicholas Grimley is the Senior Director of Minnesota Operations. He is a dialysis specialist with 33 years of dialysis experience. He was previously employed as a Dialysis Technician at a local hospital and as Technical Director for an independent dialysis organization. He was involved in the start up of eight new dialysis clinics and managed a large acute dialysis program. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State University, Minneapolis, MN.

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Kyle Burgin – Senior Director of Manufacturing and Facilities

Kyle Burgin

Kyle Burgin has been with RPC since 2004 and has been involved with the company since 2001. He directs all production, inventory and warehousing at RPC’s Arizona facility. Some of his responsibilities include hiring and managing temporary staff, managing operations and customer support staff, setting up production schedules, managing QC standard solutions production, and providing customer technical and sales support. He has an Associates degree in Liberal Arts and General Education and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Northern Arizona University.

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Trudy Taaffe – Director of Accounting and Human Resources

Trudy Taaffe

Trudy Taaffe is the Director of Accounting and Human Resources.   She has 22 years of experience with RPC and/or Rabrenco Scientific a division of RPC.  Trudy is the company controller responsible for managing and directing accounting, collections, payroll and HR functions. She attended North Hennepin College for accounting and has attended seminars, workshops, and webinars for managing human resources.

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Brenda Meinhardt – Director of Marketing

Brenda Meinhardt

Brenda Meinhardt is the Director of Marketing for RPC. Brenda has worked for RPC since 2000 and has been involved with the company since its inception in 1991. Some of her responsibilities include ad design, creation and update of tradeshow marketing materials, electronic and printed catalog development, and website administration. She has AAS degrees in Marketing, Computer Information Systems and Multimedia Design. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Liberty University.

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Dave Cox – Director of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs

Dave Cox

Dave Cox is the Director of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs for RPC (AZ and MN locations). He has 13+ years of experience in quality and manufacturing regarding Class II and Class III medical devices (21 CFR 820 controlled), including leading a start-up company to their first human implant of a class III implantable device. Additional quality and manufacturing experience includes 22+ years in the Aerospace Industry (AS9100 controlled). Dave graduated from Minnesota State University with a B.S. in Industrial Technology.

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Michael Honstein - RETIRED – Chief Operating Officer

Michael Honstein - RETIRED

Effective January 1st, Michael Honstein retired after twenty-seven years of dedicated service to RPC and more than thirty years in the dialysis industry. It is with great honor that RPC salutes, commends, and thanks Michael – an RPC co-founder - for his many accomplishments, and distinguished career.

Michael Honstein is the Chief Operating Officer (COO), Secretary and co-founder of RPC. He is a dialysis specialist with 8 years of emergency paramedicine experience and more than 30 years of dialysis experience. He worked as Technical Support Specialist and Clinical Monitor for Cobe Laboratories. As Technical Manager for Southwest Kidney Institute, he was responsible for coordinating support services for four outpatient dialysis facilities, acute and home dialysis services including water purification, dialysis equipment repair and dialyzer reprocessing. Mr. Honstein taught Emergency Medical Technology as an Associate Faculty member at Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ until 1998.

Daniel Forde - RETIRED – Senior Director Arizona Operations

Daniel Forde - RETIRED

Effective January 1st, Dan Forde retired after fifteen plus years of devoted service to RPC and more than thirty years in the dialysis industry. Dan’s tireless efforts and contributions to RPC and the dialysis community are recognized by many and very much appreciated.  

Daniel Forde is the Senior Director Arizona Operations. He is a dialysis specialist with 33 years of dialysis experience. He worked as a Patient Care Technician and a Biomedical Technician. Daniel was employed by the Gambro Healthcare Education Department as a Reuse Educator responsible for certifying Reuse Preceptors. He was involved in setup of reuse programs and determining Medicare survey readiness for reuse programs.