Board

Jason Kenley, AP World History Teacher/Gifted and Talented Coach, East Ridge High School

Board President

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 leads the Consumer Credit and Sales Optimization team responsible for the strategies and tactics to grow consumer loans. Prior to his current role Mike managed a variety of businesses within Retail Payment Solutions including the U.S. Bank Prepaid business as well as the U.S. Bank branded consumer debit and credit card portfolios. Mike earned a bachelor’s degree from Coe College (Iowa) and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas (Minn.), is a graduate of the Consumer Bankers Association Graduate School of Retail Bank Management and is a board member of Riverton Community Housing and the Eden Prairie Boys Basketball Association.

Brian Dusbiber, Ed.D, St. Catherine University, Assessment Analyst

Board Secretary

Joined board in 2012


Mr. Dusbiber has held multiple professional positions in higher education. Currently he responsible for improving and reporting institutional research and assessment at St. Catherine University. Past leadership responsibilities include student services at St. Thomas 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, Pinnaca

Board Treasurer

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.

Ellen Doering, Children's Mental Health Case Manager

Joined board in 2017


Ellen is a Children’s Mental Health Case Manager in Minneapolis helping children and their families. Ellen completed her Master of Social Work at the University of Minnesota in 2017. She also served on the Board of Directors for the Marcy Park Student Housing Cooperative.

Scott Graham, Broker/Owner, Uptown Realty & Management, Broker/Owner, Uptown Realty & Management

Development Committee Chair

Joined board in 2015


In 1991 Scott began a career in bicycle wholesale, switching to real estate in 1998. In 2008 he founded a residential real estate and property management company. He also serves as an officer of the state DFL (Democrat) political party and is exceptionally politically involved. He and his wife live happily on the west side of Minneapolis where they take large advantage of their proximity to bicycle infrastructure.

Jaren Johnson, Attorney and Founding Partner, Johnson Law Office, PLLC

Joined board in 2005


Jaren obtained his bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College and his Juris Doctor from the University of South Dakota School of Law.Prior to forming Johnson Law Office, PLLC, Jaren was a partner at Johnson King, PLLC, Kretsch & Gust PLLC and an associate at Meagher & Geer, P.L.L.P. in Minneapolis as a real estate and corporate law attorney. Jaren serves as president of the board of directors for Riverton Community Housing in Minneapolis.

Neil Kolatkar, First Vice President, CBRE

Joined board in 2012


Neil is a commercial real estate adviser at CBRE in Minneapolis. Prior to joining CBRE, Neil attended the University of St. Thomas College of Law and The University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Courtney Overby, Community Solar Coordinator, Northcountry Cooperative Foundation

Joined board in 2017


Courtney is a member of the Global Shapers Initiative of the World Economic Forum and represents a range of engagement and development projects in the Twin Cities. As the Community Solar Coordinator for Northcountry Cooperative Foundation in their new partnership with the Minnesota Just Solar Coalition, a collective of solar energy project managers, developers and community organizations working to bring renewable energy and efficiency improvements to all Minnesotans, regardless of economic status or geographic location. She has a Bachelors of Arts in Urban Affairs with an emphasis on infrastructure and environment from the University of Minnesota where she currently is a community educator in systems thinking around multilevel human based problems like climate change. She plans to obtain a dual degree in policy and business from Humphrey School of Public Affairs and Carlson School of Management surrounding improving strategies for community wealth building and economic justice. .

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.