News Release

Foundation names chair, new members

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Photo of chair Russ Hagen

Russ Hagen

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - The chair was elected and four new trustees have joined the St. Cloud State University Foundation Board of Trustees, which oversees the charitable arm of the university.

Chair for the 2009-10 year is Russ Hagen ‘64, Minneapolis, Minn., chairman of the board for Data Recognition Corporation.

Joining the board of trustees as new members this year are:

·        John Dunkley, Plymouth, Minn., Mille Lacs Band commissioner of administration.  He has worked for the Mille Lacs Band for more than 14 years, including as a legislative aide for the legislative branch of the Band’s government and chairman of the Gaming Regulatory Authority Board.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Minnesota.

·        Janese Evans ’79, ’81, Plymouth, Minn., is principal for Strategic Toolbox, provider of ideation, facilitation and marketing research services.  She has been active in Destination Imagination, which promotes creativity and problem solving for youth worldwide, and in the Military Historical Society of Minnesota.  She has previously served on the board of trustees and served as president with the St. Cloud State Alumni Association Board.  She earned her degree in management and her master’s in business administration.

·        Anthony Latta ’77, Fairfax, Va., president, CEO and chief technologist for Invictus Systems Corporation.  He earned his St. Cloud State bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s in information systems from Webster University.  The expert in project management, software design, systems analysis and process reengineering served for five years on the Nestle Food Company Worldwide Technology Steering Committee.  In 2003 he received a distinguished alumni award from St. Cloud State.

·        Sherry M. Smith ‘83, Plymouth, Minn., senior vice president, finance, for SUPERVALU.  She has held a variety of positions with the $44 billion grocery company, including vice president corporate controller and controller-planning and analysis and risk management.  She is a member of the board of trustees for Washburn Center for Children, a non-profit organization located in Minneapolis.  Her bachelor’s degree is in accounting.

Also on the 19-member board of trustees are:

·        Joanne E. Benson ‘70, St. Cloud, Minn., retired chief education officer of the Minnesota Business Academy

·        David Folsom ’69, Plymouth, Minn., president of Exad Consulting

·        Andrew B. George ’80, Apple Valley, Minn., senior vice president of Wells Fargo

·        Robert E. Goff ‘58, St. Paul, Minn., partner in Goff & Howard, Inc.

·        Al Grundei ‘71, Medina, Minn., CEO of Dairyland Healthcare Solutions

·        Al Heinen ‘78, Champlin, Minn., partner in Eide Bailly LLP

·        Lowell Hellervik ‘56, St. Paul, Minn., CEO of Personnel Decisions International

·        John Kimbrough ‘76, McKinney, Texas, retired executive director of the National Football League’s Goals for Youth Program

·        James Maciej ‘73, Eden Prairie, Minn., president of JVM Realty Advisors

·        Robert Thueringer ‘75, Sauk Rapids, Minn., chief operating officer of Coborn’s Inc.

·        George Torrey, Cold Spring, Minn., retired chief executive officer of Herberger’s, Inc

·        Amy Trombley ’00 ’04, Sauk Rapids, Minn., St. Cloud State Alumni Association representative

·        Leon Westbrock ‘69, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., executive vice president and chief operating officer of CHS Inc.

The St. Cloud State Foundation exists to support and enhance the university’s ability to ignite students’ learning and discovery of their gifts, their passions and their potential contributions to society.  It provides more than 700 scholarships to St. Cloud State University students each year.

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