President/CEO: Molly Greenman, The Family Partnership
With over 35 years of human service experience, Molly works with the Board to build the capacity of The Family Partnership to serve our community’s most vulnerable children and families. She has developed a number of innovative, nationally recognized programs and has provided leadership in community and national family initiatives in the 28 years she has been with The Family Partnership. Molly has a B.A. in Psychology from San Francisco State University, an MSW. from University of Minnesota with a concentration in administration, planning and organization. She is also a licensed independent social worker.
Chairperson: Margie Soran, Executive Director, Soran Foundation
Margie Soran is the Executive Director for the Soran Foundation. Margie brings her organizational skills and passion for children, youth and families to the board. She has involved herself as a community volunteer, activist for children and youth, education reformer, and as a nonprofit board member. These boards and organizations include Mastery Charter School, Parent Aware for School Readiness (PSAR), The Minneapolis Foundation and MN Comeback. Her passion for children and families stems from her work as a secondary vocal music educator and children’s choir director.
Vice Chairperson: Bruce A. Lilly, President, River Road Foundation
Bruce has extensive financial, business, and nonprofit experience including 15 years in the banking industry and 11 years as Executive Director of the Minnesota Museum of American Art. Currently he is a Trustee of the R.C. Lilly Family Foundation and a Director of the St. Paul Riverfront Corporation. IN 2015 he retired as a Trustee of the Saint Paul Academy after 27 years of service including as Board President. He has also been a board member of other Twin Cities organizations including Minnesota Public Radio, Walker Art Center, and Northern Clay Center. His service as a Board Member at The Family Partnership includes chairing the Facilities Committee. Bruce holds a B.A. in History from the University of Colorado and M.B.A. from Northeastern University.
Secretary: Margie DuPuis, Vice President of Online Strategy and Marketing, U.S. Bank
Margie has been with U.S. Bank for nearly 17 years and is currently the Vice President of Online Strategy and Marketing. Margie serves on the Facilities and Nominating Committees, and has recruited numerous volunteers to help with marketing efforts and has helped to identify and cultivate new board members. Margie attended St. Olaf College and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in Child Psychology.
Treasurer: Thomas J. Woessner, JD, CPA, CMA, CGMA, Partner, Lindquist & Vennum LLP
Tom is a partner at Lindquist & Vennum, practicing in the areas of estate planning, administration of trusts and estates, estate and gift taxation, and fiduciary-income taxation. He has been named by Minnesota Law & Politics as a “Top 40 Estate Planning Lawyer” since 2008, and has been recognized annually since 2006 in Minnesota Super Lawyers. He presently serves on the boards of Lutheran Social Service Foundation and Minneapolis Downtown Next Generation Lions Club Foundation, and participates in the University of St. Thomas Mentor Externship program. Tom previously served on the board for Catholic Charities and Cretin-Derham Hall High school. He holds a B.A. from the University of St. Thomas and a J.D. from the William Mitchell College of Law.
David C. Brackett, Sr., RETIRED Chairman, Capital Planning, Inc.
David is a founder of Capital Planning, Inc., and David Brackett Inc. He has served as a structured settlement consultant and annuity planner since 1981. He has 53 years of experience in the life insurance industry. He is a great-grandson of George A. Brackett, who founded The Family Partnership in 1878. David is a past recipient of the WCCO Good Neighbor Award. He has served on the boards of Minneapolis Rotary Club, Voyageur Outward Bound, Minneapolis C.L.U. Society of the American College, the Minneapolis Branch of the YMCA and the National Structured Settlements Trade Association. David has been a board member of The Family Partnership since 2007. David has been instrumental in motivating many new supporters. He graduated from Trinity College in Hartford with a B.A. in Philosophy, and is a Chartered Life Underwriter.
Kelly Drummer, President and CEO, Tiwahe Foundation
Kelly is the President and CEO of the Tiwahe Foundation, an American Indian community foundation which focuses on providing micro grants to American Indian communities, and strengthening leadership initiatives and network building. During her 19 years of philanthropy and non-profit work, Kelly has worked with the Jewish Community Foundation, The Family Partnership, Headwaters Foundation for Justice, and New Foundations – a Project for Pride in Living program. Kelly currently serves on the Clearway Foundation Board of Directors, and is active on the Native Youth Alliance of Minnesota advisory committee and many other projects that benefit American Indian Woman and youth. She holds a M.A. degree in Philanthropy and Development from St. Mary’s University, and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Minnesota. Kelly currently lives in NE Minneapolis with her husband and two children.
Christian Erickson, Founding Partner and Creative, Zeus Jones
Christian is a founding partner and creative at Zeus Jones, a Twin Cities based modern branding company. Over the course of his career, he has helped to redefine the role of creative through co-creation with consumers, focusing on content with clients such as Nordstrom, General Mills, 3M and Nestle Purina. Active in the independent music scene, Christian helped to co-found a record label and has served as singer/songwriter/producer in several indie bands throughout the last two decades. Christian lives in South Minneapolis with his wife and two children.
Tommy Hillman, Marketing Lead, Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center
Tommy is the Marketing Lead for the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center. Prior to his tenure with Mayo Clinic, Tommy spent 15 years at General Mills working on brands like Cheerios, Wheaties, Totino’s, and Box Tops for Education. Tommy earned his undergraduate degree from The University of Virginia and his MBA degree from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Born in Hartford, CT, Tommy currently lives in Maple Grove, MN with his wife Evelena and his two children, Olivia (11) and Evan (8).
Maura Howard, Business Development Director, Salo, LLC
Maura has been the Business Development Director for the past eight years with Salo, LLC, a contract staffing company. She places finance and human resource personnel with large and medium sized companies. Maura currently serves on our Giving and Awareness Committee and served as our Table Host Chair for 2014. She has volunteered for a number of community service events, notably as a key coordinator for Reuben Lindh Family Services silent auction. Maura holds a degree from Saint Cloud State University.
Paul D. Melchert, MD, Pediatric Hospitalist, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Paul is a pediatric hospitalist with Allina Health at Children’s Minnesota in St. Paul. Active in the LGBT community, Paul worked with Project 515, and was a strong advocate and spokesperson during the Vote No and marriage equality campaigns. He is a graduate of St. Olaf and attended medical school at the University of Minnesota, where he completed his pediatric residency. His areas of interest include children with special health care needs, families with unequal access to healthcare and participates in medical mission work. Paul lives in Minneapolis with his husband and twin boys.
Ken Middlebrooks, Retired Director, Land O’ Lakes
Ken retired as Director of Infrastructure Operations and Customer Service for Land O’Lakes. His experience also includes work with Reliastar Financial and Target Corporation. Ken is very active in the community and has served on several boards including Simpson Housing Services, Our Children Our Future, Children’s Home Society & Family Services and the Minnesota Board of Social Work. Ken has a Liberal Arts degree from Wayne College in Detroit
Kati Mohammad-Zadeh, JD, PhD, Lawyer and Lecturer, Political Science Department University of Minnesota
Kati is a lawyer, political scientist, and lecturer in the Political Science Department of the University of Minnesota. Her areas of research and expertise include constitutional law, judicial behavior and democratic theory. Kati has been instrumental in expanding the role of the board in promoting The Family Partnership’s public policy efforts to advocate on behalf of the children and families served, and her current current focus is on governance and strategic planning. Kati is the Secretary of the Hennepin County Bar Foundation Board. She earned her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School, and her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.
Clint Morrison, Retired Director, Feltl and Company
Clint retired as the Director of Equity Research for the stock brokerage and investment firm Feltl and Company. He has many years of experience as a researcher, security analyst and computer systems analyst with several Minnesota companies including Piper Jaffray, Dain Bosworth, Honeywell and Arthur Andersen. Clint has served various positions as a Trustee for the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. He graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a B.A. in Economics and earned an M.B.A. in Finance from the Carlson School of Management.
Nancy A. Nelson, Nonprofit Consultant
Nancy is a long-time supporter and former employee who created our volunteer program in 1990. She co-founded MOAPPP (MN Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Prevention & Parenting) and served as the Executive director, retiring in 2004. She has been a consultant for the nonprofit sector and an active community volunteer, currently on the Como Friends board. Past board service includes the Executive Committee of the Junior League; she received their Volunteer of the Year Award and Girl Scouts of St. Croix Valley. Nancy holds a B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Elementary Education and taught in various school districts.
Jennifer Obinna, Ph.D., Research and Evaluation Director, The Improve Group
With over 20 years of experience conducting research, program evaluation and strategic planning efforts, Jennifer’s focus lies mainly on organizational development, preventing violence against women, racial disparities in the criminal justice system and understanding the effectiveness of mental health interventions in community contexts. She currently serves as the Research and Evaluation Director with The Improve Group in St. Paul.
Jennifer is a member of the American Evaluation Association and the Minnesota Evaluation Association, and served previously on the Board of Directors for the Dane County Rape Crisis Center and the National Association of Social Workers. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Welfare and a Master of Science in Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work degree from the University of Minnesota, and is a certified ToP Facilitator and Qualified ToP Mentor Trainer (Technology of Preparation).
Ingrid Roberts, Community Leader
Ingrid is a former teacher who taught 7th grade Language Arts in Waconia and 9th grade English in Edina. For the past few years, Ingrid has been an active volunteer for her church and her children’s school. As a board member, Ingrid uses her creative problem-solving, organizational and people skills on projects and committees. She has chaired the Giving and Awareness committee. Ingrid graduated from St. Olaf College with a B.A. in English and Secondary Education. She then went on to study at the University of St. Thomas where she received her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction.
Claire Ruebeck, Health Care Industry
Claire has more than 20 years of experience in the health care industry handling financial projections, capital planning, profitability analysis and bench marking, contract negotiations and strategic partnering efforts. She has extensive experience coordinating complex projects and is proficient in developing standards, methodologies and operating procedures. Claire actively brings a fresh perspective to the Public Policy and Civic Engagement Committee. Her Bachelor of Science Degree is in Accounting from Indiana University.
Molly Schlobohm, Community Leader
Molly is a former English teacher, a writer, and the co-creator of the Seven Things blog. Her wide range of life experience includes serving on the board at Friends of Wolsfeld Woods and on the Community Leadership Council and Development Committee at St. David’s Center, volunteering with Orono Schools, working as an interior designer and acting. Molly holds a B.A. degree in Fine Arts from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. She currently lives in Orono with her husband and two daughters.
Neely Snyder, Operations Manager, American Indian Cancer Foundation
Neely is Operations Manager at the American Indian Cancer Foundation and a Circle of Leadership graduate, a leadership development program designed to educate and empower Native American leadership in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. Her nonprofit experience includes program coordination at the MN Urban Area Health Education Center (AHEC) in collaboration with the University of Minnesota to prepare underrepresented urban communities for health professions. An an Ojibwe woman, Neely is passionate about working with Native American communities, and currently serves on the Tiwahe Foundation Grant Review Committee. Her B.S. in Media Business is from the Minnesota School of Business/Globe University. Neely lives in Blaine with her husband and three children.
Julie Jackley Steiner, Community Leader
Throughout her life, Julie has taught and worked with Latino families. As a community volunteer and family advocate, she has helped Latino families with immigration issues, health care, insurance and home ownership. Julie is committed to helping families who struggle with poverty and finding opportunities for all children to succeed. She has served on an number of non-profit boards including the Minnesota Dance Theatre, The Minnesota Opera, and the Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. She was a member of The Blake School Board of Trustees for six years, serving as Co-Chair of Blake’s year long Centennial Celebration. Recently, she co-produced a musical at the Southern Theater and served as Production Manager. In addition, she is an executor of a small family foundation. Julie earned her B.A. from La Universidad de Las Americas in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico and her Master’s degree at the School for International Training for teaching English as a second language and Spanish.
Director Emeritus: Julia Morrison Palmer, Community Leader
Julie was a member of The Family Partnership Board of Directors from 1996-2009, serving as Chairperson from 2005-07, and was named Director Emeritus in 2015. She currently serves as Co-Chair of The Family Partnership Building for Better Futures Capital Campaign Steering Committee and is an active ambassador in donor cultivation and engagement. Julie has extensive community and social service experience, is passionate about The Family Partnership’s mission, and is known for her commitment and gentle and relentless leadership.
Julie was a planning specialist for the Twin Cities Metropolitan Council, a grant supervisor for the State of Minnesota Department of Economic Security, and the founder of a computer training and consulting business. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards including the Voyageur Outward Bound School, Minneapolis Children’s Health Center auxiliary, Stevens Square Residence for Older Women and Foundation, and Ripley Memorial Foundation.
Julie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Colorado and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree in Planning and Program Analysis from the University of Minnesota School of Public Affairs (Humphrey Institute)
Life Member: Orem O. Robbins, Founder, Security Life Insurance
Orem is founder of Security Life Insurance, the first publicly owned insurance company in Minnesota. He has been on our board since 1966, and has served on 10 different committees and as chairperson, and has inspired our commitment to the strength-based approach behind our work in many ways. Orem is also a life member of Hamline University’s Board of Trustees and received their Outstanding Achievement Award in 2000. He served in World War II, was active in the reserves and received the military’s Legion of Merit. Orem is a 1936 graduate of the University of Minnesota and received his law degree from the Minnesota College of Law. In 2017, Orem was put to rest at age 102, and led a remarkable life! Orem will always be remembered for his great insight and passion for his work and still and always will be a member of The Family Partnership Family.