Board of Trustees
Lynn Anderson, Chair
Lynn Anderson has vast experience in public policy and education with emphasis in executive management, leadership development, and public relations. She spent half of her career in state government service, including positions in the Minnesota State Senate and Minnesota Governor's Office.
Ms. Anderson currently serves as Deputy Commissioner of Minnesota Management and Budget. During her earlier 10 years in the Governor's Office, Ms. Anderson was chief of staff to Gov. Rudy Perpich, responsible for management of the state's executive branch of government from 1987-1991. She also served on the Governor's cabinet and the Governor's Senior State Policy and Budget Development Council.
The other half of her career focused on post-secondary education, serving as director of development at Macalester College and senior vice president at the Minnesota Private College Council, Fund and Research Foundation. Lynn also was a private consultant in post-secondary education focusing on strategic planning and implementation, marketing and public relations, and community and government relations.
Robert Karrick, Vice Chair
Robert Karrick is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Smead Manufacturing Company. He is a past-chair of the Alzheimer's Association Minnesota-North Dakota.
Prior to joining Smead, he served as Principal, and Vice President at Manchester Companies, a milti-disciplinary professional services firm in Minneapolis that provides financial and management advisory services to small- and middle-market companies, which he joined in 2001. He also has held senior management positionas as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Tiro Industries; Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of TicketAmerica, Inc.; President and Chief Executive Officer of Gelco Information Network; and Chief Financial Officer of Norwest Technical Services.
Karrick holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a master's degree in Finance from Western Illinois University.
Dr. Robert Hoffman, Secretary and Treasurer
Robert is vice president of strategic business, education and regional partnerships at Minnesota State University, Mankato. His career began as a teacher and coach in Redwood Falls, Minn., and then as principal of Wanamingo High School in Minnesota. He then worked for IBM as an educational consultant in data processing.
After completing his doctorate in education, Bob returned to education as assistant superintendent of schools in Worthington, Minn., and superintendent of schools in Waseca, Minn. In 1975, Bob joined Brown Printing Company in Waseca as director of marketing. Following positions of vice president of manufacturing and senior vice president of sales and marketing for Brown, he joined Taylor Corporation in 1988 as group vice president of the commercial division. He was a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees for six years and served two years as the chairman.
Keith is a founding member of the law firm Halleland Lewis Nilan & Johnson. As chair of Halleland Health Consulting, he is committed to innovation and collaboration in order to improve community and health services for all. He provides leadership in the practice areas of regulatory compliance, business transactions and health policy.
Keith has served on a variety of boards, including, the Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota, Citizens League, University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, Children’s HeartLink, Courage Center, and Way to Grow. He also does Pro bono work for the Neighborhood Health Care Network and mentors high school students through the ABC (A Better Chance) Foundation.
He received his B.A. from the University of Iowa and his J.D. from the Seattle University School of Law.
Loanne was state chairwoman of the Republican Party of Minnesota from 1977 to 1980 and was the Minnesota chief of staff to former U.S. Senator Rudy Boschwitz from 1980 to 1991.
Loanne served on the Board of Regents for the University of Minnesota and Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn.; the boards for the Minnesota State Council on Quality Education; the Minnesota Educational Computer Consortium; the Minnesota Private College Council, and she’s a commissioner on the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, which is Minnesota’s professional sports public agency and owner of the Metrodome.
Loanne has a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Concordia College and has done graduate work at the University of Hawaii and the University of California (Berkeley).
Lisa is vice president of strategy and planning at Land O’Lakes. Before joining Land O’Lakes, Lisa was vice president of finance for the U.S. consumer products division of International Multifoods Corporation. She previously held various leadership positions in finance for Pillsbury.
Lisa earned her B.A. in Management from Hamline University and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management.
Rev. Kris Linner
Kris Linner is the bereavement coordinator at St. Jude Hospice, and previously the pastor of care ministries at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater, Minn. Her extensive experience as a chaplain includes service at Lyngblomsten Care Center in St. Paul and Gunderson Lutheran Hospice in LaCrosse, WI. She was working as a social worker with seniors, when she felt called to enter seminary.
Today her work combines both callings. Kris is the author of the children's book My Brother Dave: Living Through a Loved One's Death, and her work has appeared in Thanatos, Lutheran Women Today, Connections and The Lutheran. She is a graduate of Bemidji State University and Luther Northwestern Seminary.
Gerald has extensive background in computer technology, business development, and real estate. He retired from West Publishing Company with 27 years in computer technology management positions including software development and product management. Since then, he has been an owner, investor and consultant in multi-family housing.
Gerald has been an active member in the Forest Lake, Minn., community for most of his life. He attends Faith Lutheran Church in Forest Lake. He has served on the church council, and has been active in missions to Africa.
He earned his B.S. in Physics from Hamline University.
Gail M. Olson
Gail M. Olson has served as general counsel for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities since 1997. Prior to that, she was a deputy attorney general for the State of Minnesota. Her current legal practice includes governance, employment law, and higher education law; she previously practiced in human services issues and long-term care rate regulation.
Gail is the lay leader of the Saint Paul Area Synod and is a director and officer for Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services in St. Paul.
She is a graduate of William Mitchell College of Law and Augustana College, Sioux Falls.
Debbie Cervenka was a part of Phillips Plastics Corporation for 34 years serving as Director of Marketing, Vice President of Marketing & Sales and Executive Vice President, as well as an officer on Phillips Plastics Corporation's Board of Directors until the Cervenka's sold the company in December 2010. Debbie was instrumental in establishing the in-house marketing agency at Phillips and was responsible for all internal and external communication.
Debbie was educated at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, graduating with a major in Journalism and Communication.
Debbie has dedicated the past seven years to non-profit work and has served as a trustee on several non-profit boards including: Junior Achievement; The Big Sur Land Trust; and The President's Advisory Committee for new curriculum at the University of Wisconsin - Stout. Currently she serves on the board of trustees for The Nature Conservancy and Northland College.
Ann Barkelew’s 35-year public relations career includes C-suite experience in the public sector (Los Angeles County Office of Education), the private sector (Dayton Hudson Corporation, nka Target Corporation) and with a major international agency (Fleishman Hillard).
In 1995, Ann was named by her peers internationally as “Public Relations Professional of the Year;” in 1999, was named one of the Most Influential Women in Business in Minnesota by CityBusiness; in 2001, received Fleishman-Hillard’s Lifetime Achievement Award; and in 2003, received the Arthur W. Page Society’s Distinguished Service Award for contributions that have strengthened the role of public relations in society.
Today Ann is actively involved with VocalEssence as a member of the board and with womenwinning: Minnesota Women’s Campaign Fund as a past board member. She twice chaired the Children’s Theatre Company Board of Governors. She was a public member of the Minnesota News Council for six years and chaired the Council’s first board of directors. She was a founding member of United Way’s “Success by Six” program and was actively involved with the Greater Minneapolis Girl Scout Council. She served two terms on the boards of the Minnesota Humanities Center and the Minneapolis Club. She is a member of the Minnesota Women’s Forum and the Twin Cities Communications Council.
Ann began her career as a high school English and journalism teacher in Missouri and California. She headed public information programs in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles California as a school administrator before moving to the corporate sector in 1981. She earned her bachelors’ degree from Central Missouri State University and her master’s from the University of Missouri.
A. Richard (Dick) Olson
Dick enjoyed an interesting career with IBM Corp. He was an international marketing executive with a record of expansion of markets for IBM products in Asia and the South Pacific through agent sales channels. He was involved with product development of mid-range computer solutions, and played a key role in implementing the Japanese language (Kanji) on IBM computers.
When the opportunity arose, he took early retirement from IBM and moved to Singapore as Managing Director of a computer solutions company. He moved to Vietnam when the US lifted its embargo and established a consulting company to enable clients to enter that market.
He has served on the board and as treasurer of Mill City Commons in Minneapolis, a villages approach to community building for older urbanites. Ecumen helped shape Mill City Commons and serves as its strategic partner. His board service also included two terms as president of Sawgrass Association Inc., which managed a large retirement development in Florida. He is currently an active participant in startup businesses in the Midwest.
Dick has a BA in mathematics from Luther College and a Master’s degree from Vanderbilt University. He taught mathematics for two years before joining IBM.
John Petraborg brings more than 30 years of senior leadership experience in the public and private sectors. Mr. Petraborg is recently retired from Hewlett Packard (HP). At HP, he was the Client Industry Executive responsible for the development of health and human services solutions for HP’s State and Local government customers. Through his leadership of business transformation engagements with many government agencies in the US and abroad, he has focused on the use of innovation, application of best practice, and deployment of technology to restructure government health and human services.
In addition to many roles in government, Mr. Petraborg served as Commissioner (Acting) of the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the state’s largest agency. Mr. Petraborg pioneered innovative policies for health care, welfare reform, children’s services, and child support. He led the successful business re-design and system development for several Minnesota programs.
Mr. Petraborg received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Minnesota School of Social Work, the Public Service Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Children’s Champion Award from Children’s Defense Fund. He served as national President of the Quality Control Directors Association. He recently served as Chairman of the Human Services IT Advisory Group of Tech America, the leading technology trade association in the US.
Anne spent 18 years as a caregiver for her husband, Reverend Robert Simpson, who died in July 2011. Moving three times to get the care he needed, she became actively concerned about housing options for seniors.
During the first years of his disease, she and Bob wrote a book together: Through the Wilderness of Alzheimer’s: A Guide in Two Voices ( Augsburg Fortress, 1999). She has subsequently published a book of poems, Growing Down: Poems for an Alzheimer’s Patient and mounted an exhibit called “I’m Still Here” with Laura Crosby, pairing her poems with Laura’s photographs. Anne has written a curriculum for churches to encourage their support and inclusion of both dementia patients and caregivers; it will be published this spring.
Before she was a caregiver, Anne was a writer, a sheep farmer and a Christian educator. She holds a lay diploma from United Theological Seminary.
Darrell currently serves as a member of several corporate boards of directors including Capella Education Company, Constellation, and Gate City Bank. He is a retired partner of KPMG LLP, a global provider of audit, tax, and advisory services. Darrell has served on the boards of numerous not-for-profit organizations. In addition to serving on the board of trustees of Ecumen, Darrell currently serves on the board of the National Association of Corporate Directors Minnesota Chapter and as a non-board member of the Finance Committee of Allina Health.
He is the past board chair of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. In addition to Catholic Charities, Darrell previously served on the boards of Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota, Vail Place, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, Washburn Center for Children, and West Hennepin Counseling Services.
Darrell graduated from the University of South Dakota with a B.S. in Accounting.