Newsletter Subscription


2021 – 2022


  • Mary Miklethun, President | SVP Business Banking Segmentation, Analytics & PPP, U.S. Bank
  • Elaine De Franco Olson, Vice President | Assistant Vice President, Chief Privacy Officer and Senior Lawyer, Cargill, Incorporated
  • Zhu “June” Cheng, Treasurer | Attorney, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
  • Jon Justin, Secretary | Managing Director, Accenture


  • Blessing Aghayedo | Registered Nurse, North Memorial Medical Center
  • Kevin Barton | Sr. Analyst, Business Solutions, Land O’ Lakes Inc.
  • Cassie Bean | Program Associate, GHR Foundation
  • Dave DePaepe | Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Auto
  • Kitty Gogins | Business Consultant, Self-Employed
  • Maggie Habashy | Director of Communications, GREATER MSP
  • Charles Horwitz | Director, Government Contract Compliance, 3M Company
  • Dr. Jeffrey L. Mandel | Retired, Internal Medicine Physician
  • Nassim Rossi | Small Business Owner/Maker, Self-Employed
  • Paramita Sarkar | Vice President, Product Management, Ameriprise Financial
Board members and the staff leadership team brainstorming for the Institute’s strategic plan.

Board Committees

Building Committee

  • Chair: Dr. Jeff Mandel
  • Members: Kevin Barton, Michael Donahue, Carol Garbisch, Kitty Gogins, Jane Graupman, Jon Justin, Mark Kalla
  • Summary: To oversee the expansion of the Institute

Capital Campaign Committee

  • Co-Chairs: Roseanne Hope and Kate Tilney
  • Members: Blessing Aghayedo, Cassie Bean, Dave DePaepe, Nassim Rossi
  • Summary: To assist in raising capital funds for the expansion of the Institute

Executive Committee

  • Chair: Mary Miklethun
  • Members: June Cheng, Kitty Gogins, Jon Justin, Elaine De Franco Olson
  • Summary: To guide and direct the overall governance of the board and organization and to ensure current operations conform with articles and bylaws

Festival of Nations Committee

  • Chair: Charles Horwitz
  • Members: Kevin Barton, Dave DePaepe, Kitty Gogins, Maggie Habashy
  • Summary: To plan, organize, execute, and ensure the long-term viability of the Festival of Nations

Fiscal & Administration Committee

  • Chair: June Cheng
  • Members: Kevin Barton,  Dr. Jeff Mandel, Paramita Sarkar
  • Summary: To assist the Board in discharging its responsibilities relating to the fiscal and administrative management of the Institute

Outreach & Development Committee

  • Chair: Elaine De Franco Olson
  • Members: Blessing Aghayedo, Cassie Bean, Maggie Habashy, Charles Horowitz, Nassim Rossi, Paramita Sarkar
  • Summary: To support fundraising, events, and public relations for the Institute

Donate Today

You can provide New Americans with a strong start to a new life by making a donation to the Institute.

Give Now

Newsletter Subscription

Subscribe to our newsletter to stay in touch.

Back To Top Menu

Copyright 2021. All rights reserved.

Site Design by Saint Paul Media

Translate »