Board of Trustees

The Foundation’s Board of Trustees is elected annually in November for three-year terms. Board members are responsible for providing governance, advocacy, and philanthropic support to advance the mission of the Foundation. One-quarter of the trustees are appointed by the University’s Board of Regents. Below are the current Foundation Trustees.


Lynn Casey, Chair
Former Chair and CEO
John E. Lindahl, Vice Chair
Former Chairman
Norwest Equity Partners

Philip E. Soran, Treasurer
Technology Entrepreneur
Lead Director
Piper Sandler

Ross Levin, Past Chair
CEO and Founder
Accredited Investors Inc.
Shari L. Ballard, Vice Chair*
Former Senior Executive Vice President
Best Buy Co.
Thomas G. Olson, Secretary
Retired Managing Director
Prime Mortgage
Kathleen M. Schmidlkofer, President and CEO
University of Minnesota Foundation

Other members

Thomas J. Anderson*
Regent, University of Minnesota
Former Director/Owner
Anderson Funeral Home
Ruth Bachman*
Chair, Community Advisory Board,
Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota
Richard B. Beeson, Jr.*
Regent, University of Minnesota
EVP, Corporate Development & Government Relations, Sunrise Bank
Mary K. Brainerd*
Retired President and CEO
Blythe A. Brenden
Blythe Brenden-Mann Foundation
Dorothy J. Bridges
Former Senior Vice President
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Rebecca A. Crooks-Stratton*
Secretary and Treasurer
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
Michael B. Fiterman
Liberty Diversified International
Joan T.A. Gabel*
University of Minnesota
Julie E. Gilbert
Senior Advisor
Archie Givens, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer
Givens Development
Kenneth C. Glaser
K. Charles Development
Kurt E. Heikkila
Founder and CEO
Tundra Companies
Susan S. Hoff
Fantesca Estate and Winery
Deborah L. Hopp
Senior Vice President,
MSP Communications
Publisher, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and
Russell Huffer
Retired Chairman and CEO
Apogee Enterprises
Ezell Jones
Founder and Managing Partner
Fifth Quarter Integrated Solutions
Erwin A. Kelen
Kelen Ventures
Beth Kieffer Leonard
Managing Partner
Lurie LLP
Richard L. Lindstrom, M.D.
Minnesota Eye Consultants
Margaret E. Lucas*
Brighton Development
David J. McMillan*
University of Minnesota
David J. Meyer*
CEO & Chairman
Titan Machinery Inc.
Virginia H. Morris
Hubbard Radio
David C. Mortenson
M.A. Mortenson Co.
Abdul M. Omari, Ph.D.
Regent Emeritus
University of Minnesota
CEO and Founder
AMO Enterprise

Richard T. Ostlund, J.D.
Chairman of the Board
M Health Fairview Health System
Anthony Ostlund

Michael F. Roman
Chief Executive Officer
3M Co.
Roger J. Sit
Sit Investment Associates
Esta E. Stecher
Managing Director
The Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
Erik M. Torgerson*
Folden Hills Partners LLC
Bradford W. Wallin
Minneapolis Grain Exchange
Theresa B. Ward
Managing Director, Private Wealth
Merrill Lynch
Penny A. Wheeler, M.D.
President and CEO
Allina Health
Jacqueline R. Williams-Roll
Chief Human Resources Officer
General Mills
Simon KaWo Wong*
Group Chairman
Kampery Group, Hong Kong

* Regent-nominated trustees