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Board

2021 – 2022

Officers

  • 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

Directors 

  • 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

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