Jason Kenley, AP World History Teacher/Gifted and Talented Coach, East Ridge High School
Joined board in 2015
Jason graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Social Studies Education. He is an Advanced Placement World History teacher and Gifted and Talented Coach at East Ridge High School in Woodbury, Minnesota. He was also the President of the Board of Directors of Marcy Park Student Housing Cooperative and is the vice president of the Riverton Community Housing Board of Directors.
Mike Shepard, Senior Vice President, US Bank Consumer Banking Product Strategy & Support
Board Vice President
Joined board in 2014
Mike Shepard joined U.S. Bank in 1997 and currently is responsible for growth and risk strategies for the retail credit portfolios including home equity, personal loans and small dollar lending. Prior to his most current role Mike spent over eight years in the Payments Division of U.S. Bank responsible for the U.S. Bank branded credit and debit card portfolio business and sales strategies for consumer and small business payment products in U.S. Bank branches. Mike resides in Eden Prairie, MN and earned a bachelor’s degree from Coe College (Iowa) and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas (Minn.). He is a graduate of the Consumer Bankers Association Graduate School of Retail Bank Management and is a member of the CBA Home Equity Committee and the TransUnion Consumer Lending Advisory Board. He is a board member of Riverton Community Housing and active in the Eden Prairie Basketball and Baseball Associations.
Brian Dusbiber, Ed.D, St. Catherine University, Assessment Analyst
Joined board in 2012
Mr. Dusbiber has held multiple professional positions in higher education, including overall responsibility of a student housing program. Past leadership responsibilities include student services at St. Thomas University, institutional assessment and research at St. Catherine University and administration of the American College Personnel Association. Mr. Dusbiber has a doctorate in Education, Leadership, Policy, and Administration, and a master’s in Guidance and Counseling. He also serves as secretary for the Riverton Community Housing Board of Directors.
Rachel Rice, Chief Financial Officer, Padilla
Joined board in 2008
Rachel Rice is CFO at Padilla, SHIFT Communications and AXON US businesses as part of AVENIR GLOBAL. Leading the integration of the US businesses; connecting the right individuals, processes and systems. Managing the financial risks in the organization; ensuring the integrity of fiscal data and modeling transparency and accountability while playing a fundamental role in the development and critique of strategic choices. Previously, she was instrumental in the merger of two organizations; US based Video Guidance and an international software technology company, BCS Global and re-branded to Pinnaca. Transitioning a Startup, to a high growth organization with a focus on local strategy and pivoted to a global strategy. Rachel also serves on two Board of Directors - Treasurer of Riverton Community Housing and VP Marketing and Communications of Financial Executives International.
Eric Anderson, Senior Director - Product Development, Optum
Joined board in 2013
Eric has spent the past 10 years at Optum managing and developing portfolios of health services products across the spectrum of Population Health Management. In his current role, he is focused on developing new products for the Provider market. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Statistics and a Master of Business Administration, both from the University of Minnesota.
Alyssa Braaten, Business Initiatives Consultant, Vice President/National Sales, Wells Fargo Private Bank
Joined board in 2009
Alyssa is a Business Initiatives Consultant and Vice President, National Sales for The Private Bank at Wells Fargo where she leads the design and effective implementation of unique and innovative sales and client experience programs for advisors and leaders across the country. Alyssa has 14 years of experience in the financial services industry and holds a BA in Communication from the University of Minnesota – Duluth, a MBA from Concordia University and a Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership also from Concordia University.
Michael Copa, Director of Finance, UnitedHealth
Joined board in 2008
Michael has a significant connection with the University of Minnesota and surrounding area having lived there while receiving a Bachelor of Science in Business degree from the Carlson School of Management at the U of M as well as an MBA from the same institution. Professionally, he has over ten years of progressive experience in finance and accounting at UnitedHealth Group and currently serve as a Director of Finance for their commercial health insurance business.
Jaren Johnson, Attorney and Founding Partner, Johnson Law Office, PLLC
Joined board in 2005
Jaren L. Johnson is an attorney and founding member with Johnson Law Office, PLLC, with practice areas in real estate, business law, and estate planning. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College and received his Juris Doctor from the University of South Dakota School of Law. Jaren is Board Certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a Real Property Law Specialist, a designation held by approximately 400 attorneys in Minnesota. Early in his career Jaren was named as a “Rising Star” by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine, a listing of the best up-and-coming attorneys in the state. More recently he was named a “Super Lawyer” by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine, a listing of the top five percent of attorneys in the state.
Neil Kolatkar, First Vice President, CBRE
Joined board in 2012
Neil is a commercial real estate adviser at CBRE in Minneapolis. With 14 years of experience, Neil represents occupiers of space with their office and industrial facility transactions. Prior to joining CBRE, Neil attended the University of St. Thomas College of Law and received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Courtney Overby, Community Solar Coordinator, Northcountry Cooperative Foundation
Joined board in 2017
Courtney holds two degrees from the University of Minnesota, a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies - Infrastructure and Environment, and a Master of Public Policy, with an emphasis on Economic Development, and Energy Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Working in Community Development for Minnesota Housing Partnership allows her the opportunity to offer technical support to community projects and programs around the country. Courtney is engaged in several efforts working to build community wealth and stability at the intersection of affordable housing and renewable energy, including serving on the Riverton Community Housing Nonprofit Board of Directors, Hamline Midway Investment Cooperative Steering Committee and Minneapolis Global Shapers. When she’s not building community capacity and rethinking systems, you can find Courtney enjoying local old-time string band music festivals, at (virtual) community gatherings and outside in the natural world going birding, camping, fishing, biking and more.
Tom Pierson, Cooperative Specialist and Independent Cooperative Consultant
Stakeholder Committee Chair
Joined board in 2015
Tom has served cooperatives for 20 years, in a variety of capacities. Starting out at the Hard Times Cafe and Seward Cafe, he was instrumental in founding the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives. He served as Executive Director of NASCO for 5 years, a bi-national trade association of housing cooperatives. Tom coordinated federal public policy efforts for co-op development for 5 years on behalf of CooperationWorks, and served for 6 years on the Board of Shared Capital Cooperative - a national lender for co-ops. Pierson currently serves on the Board of Twin Cities Co-op Partners, a retail and wholesale food co-op serving the seven-state area. His love for trees and climbing led him to work in arboriculture, in which he operates a small business. His free time is spent dancing, playing chess, learning the Dakota language, and enjoying the company of his family and friends.
Molly Rutzick, Vice President, TCF Bank Commercial Real Estate division
Joined board in 2011
Ms. Rutzick is responsible for leading TCF’s national affordable housing lending program, providing financing for affordable housing and tax credit projects. She joined TCF in 2012 and has more than 10 years of experience in commercial real estate finance. Ms. Rutzick holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Finance and Risk Management from the University of Wisconsin.
Ryan Hampton, Best Buy - Product Manager
Joined board in 2021
Ryan served on the Board of Directors of the Chateau cooperative from 2006 through 2009, and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Wine Science from the University of Minnesota during this time. After a short career in sales he became a consultant in technology, where he then became a product manager for technology products. He currently works at Best Buy as a product manager for a web analytics product, prepares taxes for the customers of an economic justice and empowerment nonprofit, and directs marketing activities for another nonprofit.
Kit Fordham , Executive Director of Mni Sota Fund
Joined board in 2021
Kit Fordham serves as the Executive Director of Mni Sota Fund, an urban Native CDFI in Minneapolis, MN. Kit led the organization through the U.S. Treasury Department's CDFI Certification process in 2019. He is now charged with rapidly and sustainably scaling the organization to better serve the Urban Indian community throughout the Twin Cities Metro Area. Kit also serves as the Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Minneapolis American Indian Center. He is also the Treasurer for Metro Urban Indian Directors, a consortium of native-led non-profits in the Twin Cities. Kit holds his MBA from Bainbridge Graduate Institute, which has since merged with Presidio Graduate School. Kit also holds his BA in Global Studies from Warren Wilson College where his micro-finance research brought him to Amman, Jordan and Lilongwe, Malawi. If Kit’s not busy working, he’s out paddling on the nearest lake or river with his wife and pup.