President/CEO: Molly Greenman, The Family Partnership
Molly Greenman is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Family Partnership, a high-impact Minneapolis nonprofit focused on closing opportunity gaps for young children and families who are living in poverty through counseling, education, and advocacy. The Family Partnership’s human services programs include preschool education that is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and rated four stars by Parent Aware, parental support and education, mental health counseling, and resources for victims of sex trafficking. Now forty years strong, the PRIDE program (Promoting Recovery, Independence, Dignity, and Equality) is one of the first and longest-running programs in the United States for women and teens who have been sexually exploited.
Molly joined The Family Partnership in 1986 as the Chief Operations Officer and was named President and CEO in 2004. She oversees a staff of 100 and an annual budget of 10 million, providing services to more than 30,000 individuals each year. In 2010, Molly shepherded the merger of The Family Partnership and another Minneapolis-based nonprofit, Reuben Lindh Family Services. The merger expanded The Family Partnership’s reach to the prenatal and preschool development and deepened the organization’s impact in educational achievement with expansions in early childhood programming and drop-in childcare as well as an expansion of mental health services to their childcare centers.
Early in her tenure at The Family Partnership, she co-founded the Metropolitan Alliance of Connected Communities (MACC) CommonWealth, an innovative model of shared administrative services joining more than 40 partner nonprofits in Minnesota. Recently, she has focused on local and national partnerships that further the organization’s mission and clear the path for family prosperity and well-being. In 2018, Molly was named chair of the National Alliance for Strong Families and Communities Board of Directors. The Alliance is a national network of more than 400 human-serving organizations who share a common vision of creating a healthy and equitable society where children, adults, and families may achieve their full potential. In her role as chair, Molly will provide visionary leadership to the Alliance.
Molly holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University. She is a licensed independent social worker. In addition to chairing the board of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, she serves on the board of the Metropolitan Alliance of Connected Communities and is an advisor to the Interest for Others Foundation.
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: 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).
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.
REBEKAH CROSBY, JD
Rebekah Crosby is a health care lawyer who currently works as a compliance consultant focusing on compliance training and awareness. Prior to consulting, she was Director of Compliance Training and Awareness at Prime Therapeutics. She practiced health law at Lindquist and Vennum, P.L.L.P. and Leonard, Street and Deinard (currently called Stinson Leonard Street LLP). Rebekah also worked as an Advocate at PACER Center, where she provided support to families with children with disabilities regarding health insurance and patient rights. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Lake Country School. Rebekah has brought her experience in evaluation, compliance, training, education, communications, and health care law to The Family Partnership’s Performance, Impact and Quality Improvement Committee since 2015. Rebekah holds a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, and a B.A. in Political Science from State University of New York at Albany. Rebekah lives in Edina with her husband David and three sons.
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.
GLEASON GLOVER, COMMUNITY LEADER
Gleason Glover is the CEO of Koru Consulting Group, a company that designs marketing solutions by merging technology and traditional methods. Previously, Gleason was President of Midwest Home Services, Inc., and an Operations Specialist for Carlson Marketing Group. He has extensive experience on the boards of non-profits. Gleason currently serves on the boards of the Learning Center of Economics in the Minneapolis Public Schools (Co-Chair) and YouthCare MN (past co-chair/currently advisory). He has also served on the boards of the Learning Center, the Minneapolis Rotary Club (Secretary), and Irwin Andrew Porter Foundation (Co-chair). He brings his marketing and strategic planning expertise to The Family Partnership’s Advancement Committee. He attended the University of Minnesota. Gleason lives in Golden Valley MN with his wife and their two children.
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.
Kati Mohammad-Zadeh, JD, PhD, Lawyer and Senior Lecturer, Political Science Department University of Minnesota
Kati is a lawyer, political scientist, and Senior 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; her current focus is on governance and strategic planning. Kati is also the President of the Hennepin County Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the 8,000 member Hennepin County Lawyers Association, advocating for equal access to justice. 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., M.S.S.W., 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. She served previously on the Board of Directors for the Dane County Rape Crisis Center and the National Association of Social Workers. Jennifer holds a Ph.D. in Social Welfare and a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Another credential she holds is Certified ToP Facilitator (CTF) and Qualified ToP Mentor Trainer (Technology of Participation).
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: 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.
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).