A retired philanthropic advisor at Rockefeller Financial Services where for a decade Marcia advised members of the Rockefeller and other prominent families on their philanthropic ventures. In 2008 she returned from New York City to Minneapolis, where children and grandchildren live. Marcia matches her ideas with her energy and finds her service on the Board a perfect way to both re-engage with her community and build a future within the neighborhood where she lives.
Barbara is a longtime community volunteer. She and husband Mike are 11 year residents of North Star Lofts. They share a long-standing interest and commitment to the Minneapolis Riverfront neighborhood, fulfilling their deep, personal commitment to enhance the neighborhood and remain engaged as the community grows.
Mary Margaret and her husband Larry Neumann have lived in Park Avenue Lofts for six years. A board member and president of the 1006 Summit Avenue Society – an organization that raises funds to benefit the Minnesota Governor’s Residence – Mary Margaret has also served as Director and Vice President of the board of the Woman's Club of Minneapolis and served as a member of the Steering Committee for the Shubert Theater, a Center for Dance in Minneapolis and currently serves as Co-Vice-Chair of the Cowles Council for The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts. Mary Margaret and Larry divide their lives between vital loft living and the equally energizing life at their Spirit River farm in Mille Lacs County
Dick Olson enjoyed a 30 year career with IBM the last third of which was spent on assignments in Tokyo and Hong Kong. In 1994, he and his wife Martha established a marketing consulting company and spent most of that year in Vietnam assisting US companies in re-establishing on-shore businesses.
During the 1990’s their home base was in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, where he served on the board of the Sawgrass Association, Inc and for two years as its president. He is active in The Rotary Club near their lake home in west central Minnesota, and they participate in advocacy programs supporting health and wellness in aging.
No moss on them: the Olsons moved to the Cobalt Condos in the fall of 2008 ---- it was their 25th home in 50 years of marriage. Looking back, they believe that being personally involved in new venues is the first important step to building warm and supportive communities. Dick and Martha have three married children and six grandchildren.
Ellen Breyer has served as CEO of an internationally renowned healthcare organization, as president of an accredited gradate school, and has held executive leadership positions in the consumer products and professional services industries. She has been recognized nationally and locally for her achievements. Ellen earned her MBA from New York University Stern School of Business including international coursework at London Business School. Throughout her career, Ellen has served on numerous national and community boards. She and her husband, Jan, have lived on the Riverfront since 2008 and are very active members of Mill City Commons.
Lou Burdick is an entrepreneur who founded a major Twin Cities public relationship firm. She has extensive leadership and board experience in business, government and nonprofit organizations. Lou and husband Allan moved to the Cobalt Condos in 2006 where their lives are enriched by the ability to easily access -- often on foot -- arts, sports and restaurants in the city and both are enjoying working for the community at this stage in their lives. Building friendships while helping to grow and shape the future of her neighborhood keeps Lou fully “employed” and engaged in leadership and building community through neighborhood organizations, her condo connections committee, Rotary Club and Mill City Commons. A self-described “new territory” person, Lou can’t envision life without the vitality of their downtown/northeast neighborhood.
Patty Connelly has lived along the Mississippi River all of her life – starting along Lake Pepin and now in the downtown and North Loop neighborhoods since 1980. Patty spent her career as a Registered Nurse and Nurse practitioner. She is committed to the livability of the Riverfront neighborhood and delighted to be among so many like-minded people since joining Mill City Commons. You’ll often see her biking around our beautiful city or walking her puppy, Juno. Patty says, “Mill City Commons has brought friendships and enrichment into my life.”
Penny recently retired from Medtronic where she was Vice President, Medtronic Foundation and Community Affairs. An experienced nonprofit board member and attorney with more than 20 years in corporate philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, Penny brings her rich perspective to Mill City Commons, convinced that the value of the Riverfront neighborhood will be enriched and strengthened by an organization that supports lifelong community living.
Suzanne, a mother of four and a retired Vice President of Morgan Stanley is thrilled to a Board member of Mill City Commons.By the way, there are also 8 fantastic grandchildren! She and her husband Bill are residents at Winslow House and love being down by "the River" and right across from the new Guthrie. They lived for 20 plus years in Kenwood right above the old Guthrie and were very involved in its early years. They now spend 4 months a year in Crested Butte, Colorado where they are involved in its Music Festival, Public Policy Forum and its Heritage Museum.
Recruited from his faculty position at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Kin-Shing (Kin), led Medtronic’s Greater China Zone operations in Asia. He has also served as advisor to the American Red Cross in St. Paul and volunteered with Youth Emergency Service in Minneapolis. Today, Kin combines his passion for theater and public service as a volunteer with government elections and at the Guthrie Theater. He is convinced that Mill City Commons’ focus on community building is essential to improving and preserving quality of life and the vigor of the Riverfront neighborhood. Kin and his wife Dora enjoy their home at North Star Lofts.
Business leader Ken Searl has made a career of anticipating trends and reinventing his companies in advance of evolving marketplace requirements. A creative, visionary CEO who focuses on profitability, he adapts quickly to industry changes, growing his first business (Kennsco) from one office and $500K in sales to 16 locations nationwide with 200 employees and revenues in excess of $35M. Ken is accomplished at merging company cultures through collaboration between the core business and the newly acquired operations. Ken’s strength is his combination of entrepreneurial skills coupled with operational skills. “I’m an entrepreneurial person,” he says, “but I also enjoy running companies.” Ken and his wife Katie are both active in the community as leaders and volunteers. They have lived in the Mill District since 2009.
A retired banker, formerly employed by First Bank Minneapolis and American National Bank, St. Paul, Sabina and her husband John reside at Stone Arch Lofts. She has served on a variety of boards, including the Minneapolis Grain Exchange, Pillsbury Neighborhood Services and YMCA Camp Menogyn. After retiring, Sabina earned a graduate degree in Organizational Development, which led to serving several Twin Cities’ nonprofits. Her participation on the Board allows her to focus on her long-term goal to improve the lives of older adults.
Ron Vantine retired as a business lawyer with the Minneapolis law firm of Lindquist & Vennum. As an attorney, he served primarily as outside general counsel to entrepreneurs and mid-cap companies. Ron served for 12 years on the Board of Trustees of United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, including 5 years as Board Chair, and continues to be an active member of several seminary committees. He is a director of Northern Great Plains, Inc and its Meadowlark Institute. Ron volunteers as an assistant to the ESL teacher at Marcy Open School and also reads to kindergarten children at Marcy.
Ron is an avid cyclist who organizes European bicycling trips. He is also a casual birder and photographer and enjoys traveling, spending time at the family’s cabin in Wisconsin, and reading history, historical biographies, and mysteries. Ron and his wife Carol live in Cobalt Condominiums. They have two children, Peter and Jessica, and three grandchildren: Hugo, Leola, and Maya.
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