Diane S. Cross - Fraser President and CEO

Diane Cross has been President and CEO of Fraser since 1989. Fraser is a nonprofit that provides healthcare, housing and education to thousands of children and adults with special needs and their families. Diane has built Fraser from a $1.0 million operation serving 200 clients annually, to a nationally recognized multi-service organization with an annual budget of nearly $40 million and a staff of almost 1,000, serving thousands of clients each year.

Diane received her bachelor of science degree with honors from Ohio University. She graduated with highest honors from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a masters degree in education in speech-language pathology and audiology. Prior to joining Fraser, Diane was the Director of Medical Rehabilitation and Education at Courage Center.

Boards and committees:

  • University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital Board Committee (member)
  • Trustee Council of the Minnesota Hospital Association (member)
  • Minnesota Hospital Association Board of Directors (member)
  • American Hospital Association Committee on Research
  • American Hospital Association Leadership Development Committee
  • Minnesota Women's Economic Roundtable (member)
  • Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation (member)
  • University of Minnesota Health

Past boards and committees:

  • Trustee Council of the Minnesota Hospital Association (chair)
  • University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital Board of Trustees (chair)
  • University of MN Medical Center Board of Trustees (member) 
  • University of Minnesota Medical Center Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees (vice-chair)
  • American Hospital Association Region 6 Committee of Governance (member)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (member)
  • Community Health Steering Committee for Fairview Health Services (member)


  • One of the first five Minnesota Hospital Association Trustees to complete MHA's Board Certification Program
  • Founding member, Partners in Community Supports
  • Recognized in 2007 as an industry leader by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
  • Recipient of the State Vocational Rehabilitation Volunteer Award;
  • Appointed by Governor Tim Pawlenty to the Minnesota Early Learning Foundation
  • Appointed by Governor Arne Carlson to the Minnesota Hearing Impaired Services Act Committee
  • Appointed by Governor Jesse Ventura to the Governor's Interagency Coordinating Council on Early Childhood
  • Recipient of the American Music Therapy Association Advocacy Award


  • Recognized by the National Occupational Therapy Association
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology
  • Founding member, Fraser Academy, a Minnesota Charter School