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.


Shari L. Ballard, Chair*
Chief Executive Officer
Minnesota United FC
John E. Lindahl, Vice Chair
Former Chairman
Norwest Equity Partners

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

Lynn Casey, Past Chair
Former Chair and CEO
Thomas G. Olson, Secretary
Retired Managing Director
Prime Mortgage
Kathleen M. Schmidlkofer, President and CEO
University of Minnesota Foundation
Christine K. Searson, CFO and VP of Finance
University of Minnesota Foundation

Other members

Ruth Bachman*
Chair, Community Advisory Board,
Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota
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
Kenneth C. Glaser
K. Charles Development
Kurt E. Heikkila
Founder and CEO
Tundra Companies
Susan S. Hoff
Fantesca Estate and Winery
Hoyt M. Hsiao
President and CEO
Shaw-Lundquist Construction
Russell Huffer
Retired Chairman and CEO
Apogee Enterprises
Ezell Jones
Founder and Managing Partner
Fifth Quarter Integrated Solutions
Michael P. Lehan
Assistant Superintendent of Equity and Achievement
Osseo Area Schools
Beth Kieffer Leonard
Managing Partner
Lurie LLP
Ross Levin
CEO and Founder
Accredited Investors Inc.
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.
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

Lynne S. Redleaf
Lynne & Andrew Redleaf Foundation
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
Peter A. Vorbrich
Retired CFO
CarVal Investors
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

* Regent-nominated trustees