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President's Advisory Council Member Biographies

Kay Baker

Ms. Kay Baker
Term: Began: 2010 Ends: 2016

Director of Community Affairs, St. Joseph's Hospital, Retired

Cecile Bedor

Ms. Cecile Bedor
Term: Began: 2009 Ends: 2015

Executive Vice President, Greater MSP

Other Organization Affiliation:
Current co-chair of the Minnesota Foreclosure Partners Council, and serves on various boards including the Family Housing Fund and Hope Community.

Mr. Karl Benson

Mr. Karl Benson
Term: Began: 2010 Ends: 2016

Cooks of Crocus Hill

Mr. David Berg

Mr. David Berg 
Term: Began: 2005 Ends: 2017

South St. Paul Steel Supply Co., Inc.


The Honorable Daniel Bostrom 
Term: Began: 1990 Ends: 2017

Saint Paul City Council


Mr. John Brodrick 
Term: Began: 2006 Ends: 2015

Saint Paul Board of Education

Dan Cherryhomes

Mr. Dan Cherryhomes
Term: Began: 2014 Ends: 2017

Executive Director, MN Teamsters Service Bureau


Mr. Emmanuel Donaby
Term: Began: 2011 Ends: 2017

Behavior Intervention Specialist
Washington Technology Magnet School

Darlene Fry

Dr. Darlene Fry
Term: Began: 2012Ends: 2015 

Director of the Office of College and Career Readiness
Saint Paul Public Schools

Other Organization Affiliation:
Association of Black Women in Higher Education


Ms. Lea Hargett
Term: Began: 2011 Ends: 2017

JOG Associates, LLC

Other Organization Affiliation:
President, Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce


Mr. Bernie Hesse
Term: Began: 2011Ends: 2017

Director of Special Projects
UFCW Local 789


Mr. Paul Huot
Term: Began: 2009 Ends: 2015

Huot Manufacturing

Other Organization Affiliation:
Current president of MPMA (Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association).  On the board of the Friends of the work force investment board for Ramsey County.

Allan Ige

Mr. Allan Ige
Term: Began: 2012 Ends: 2015 

Planning Specialist, Department of Planning & Economic Development
Ramsey County

Other Organization Affiliation:
Minnesota Institute for Nigeria Development

Association of Nigeria Engineers of Minnesota

Rotary Club of St. Paul (Club 10)


Ms. Nancy Jacobsen
Term: Began: 2007 Ends: 2016

 iSeek Solutions

Nate Keith

Mr. Nate Keith
Term: Began: 2013 Ends: 2016

ISS CSIRT - incident Response Specialist
US Bank

Other Organization Affiliation:
Reserve Police Officer, Eden prairie Police Department


Mr. Joseph Kroeger
Term: Began: 2012 Ends: 2015

Senior Business Analyst, Health Information Management Services
Mayo Clinic

Other Organization Affiliation:
Adjunct Faculty, Saint Paul College

Lorrie Louder

Ms. Lorrie Louder
Term: Began: 2001 Ends: 2016

Director of Business & Intergovernmental Affairs
Saint Paul Port Authority


Ms. Theresa Malone
Term: Began: 2013 Ends: 2016

St. Paul Federal Credit Union

Other Organization Affiliation:
Academy of Finance Advisory Board Member
Asset Liability Committee Member
CENCOPAN Committee Member (Credit Union Partnership between Minnesota and Paraguay)
St. Paul Chamber of Commerce Member since 1995
Lake Owasso Garden Club Member


Mr. Harry Melander 
Term: Began: 2007 Ends: 2016

MN Building Trades


The Honorable Rena Moran
Term: Began: 2013 Ends: 2016

Minnesota House of Representatives

Jean Ness

Ms. Jean Ness 
Term: Began: 2007 Ends: 2016

Research Associate
University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration

Other Organization Affiliation:
AHEAD (the Association of Higher Education and Disability); the National Indian Education Association (NIEA); the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

Patrick Ryan

Mr. Patrick Ryan 
Term: Began: 2014 Ends: 2017

COO/CTO, Nanocopoeia, Inc.

Other Organization Affiliation:
Minnesota High Tech Association Board Member
Industrial advisory board University of Minnesota Department of Electrical and Computer Enginnering
Technology advisory board Dakota County Technical College
Technology advisory board University of Minnesota - Minnesota Nano Center
Technology advisory committee Saint Paul College

Anthony Sawyer

Mr. Anthony Sawyer
Term: Began: 2013 Ends: 2014

Student Representative
Saint Paul College

Edward Schones

Mr. Edward Schones 
Term: Began: 2011 Ends: 

Shared Governance Council Representative
Saint Paul College

Erica Schumacher

Ms. Erica Schumacher
Term: Began: 2012 Ends: 2015

Director of Neighborhood Initiatives
City of Saint Paul

Other Organization Affiliation:
Vice Chair, Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation

Danielle J. Taylor

Danielle J. Taylor
Term: Began: 2014 Ends: 2016

Chief Program Officer, YWCA of Saint Paul

Other Organization Affiliation:
Concordia University Alumni Association, Society for Human Resources Management, National Association for African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR), Legislative Committee Member with Twin Cities Human Resources Association, Public Policy Committee Member with Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, and Ramsey County Workforce Investment Board Member.

George Watson

Mr. George Watson 
Term: Began: 2012 Ends: 2015 

Vice President of Organization Management and Sales
KTS Keystone Technical Services

Other Organization Affiliation:
KBEM Jazz Radio Board Member

Jazz Mobile Board Member

Former North Star Council Boy Scouts of America Board Member