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2021 – 2022


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


  • Blessing Osibodu | Registered Nurse, North Memorial Medical Center
  • Kevin Barton | Business Intelligence Manager, Land O’ Lakes Inc.
  • Cassie Bean | Program Associate, GHR Foundation
  • Kitty Gogins | Business Consultant, Self-Employed
  • Charles Horwitz | Director, Government Contract Compliance, 3M Company
  • Dr. Jeffrey L. Mandel | Retired, Internal Medicine Physician
  • Sam Myers | Attorney, Nilan Johnson Lewis PA
  • 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

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: Kitty Gogins
  • Members: Kevin Barton, Mary Miklethun
  • 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: Charles Horowitz
  • Members: Blessing Osibodu, Cassie Bean, Nassim Rossi, Sam Myers
  • Summary: To support fundraising, events, and public relations for the Institute

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