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: Thomas J. Woessner, JD, CPA, CMA, CGMA, Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP
Tom is a partner at Ballard Spahr LLP, 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 Minneapolis Rotary #9 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.
Vice Chairperson: 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).
Secretary: Molly Schlobohm, Community Leader
Molly is a former nonprofit program manager and English teacher. 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 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in social work at the University of Minnesota. She currently lives in Orono with her husband and two daughters.
Treasurer: 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. 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. Bruce has served as a Board Member at The Family Partnership since 2013, his service includes chairing the Facilities Committee. Bruce holds a B.A. in History from the University of Colorado and M.B.A. from Northeastern University.
EDUARDO BAREERA, DIRECTOR OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND OPERATIONS MERCADO CENTRAL
Eduardo is Director of Economic Development and Operations at Mercado Central and an active member of the community. As an immigrant from Mexico City, he has worked to create opportunities for community members to have greater access to education, economic development and affordable housing. Eduardo has worked with state and local governments and large non-profit organizations, including the Wilder Foundation. He served on the City of Saint Paul Planning Commission and ran for office for the Saint Paul School District. Eduardo received a master’s degree in Public Affairs with a concentration in Community Housing and Economic Development from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.
Kelly Drummer, Executive Director, MIGIZI Communications
Kelly is the Executive Director of MIGIZI Communications, an American Indian Youth organization with a mission to advance a message of success, well-being and justice for the American Indian community. Prior to joining MIGIZI, Kelly served seven years as founding President and CEO of the Tiwahe Foundation, an American Indian community foundation which focuses on providing micro grants to American Indian communities, strengthening leadership initiatives and network building. During her 20 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 Saint Paul Foundation Community Impact Grants Committee, The Family Partnership Board of Directors, and other projects that benefit American Indian Woman and youth. She holds an 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 Minnetonka MN with his wife and their two children.
Paul D. Melchert, MD, Pediatric Hospitalist, ALLINA
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.
Claire Ruebeck, Health Care Industry
Claire brings expertise in financial analysis and strategic planning from her more than 20 years working as a consultant in the health care industry. She actively volunteers with Minneapolis community organizations for improved urban planning and safety, and child and family support services. Those include CARS-Twin Cities, the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board and the Cedar-Isles-Dean Neighborhood Association. Claire is also engaged in national and international efforts to prevent sex trafficking and support survivors as a member of Change a Path. She serves on the Public Policy and Community Engagement committee, a position she held prior to joining the TFP board.
Jodi Sandfort, Professor, University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Jodi Sandfort is a professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. Her work focuses on improving the implementation of social policy, particularly those policies designed to support low-income children and their families. She is the founder and academic director of the Future Services Institute, an applied research and training center focused on public service redesign in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, county government, nonprofit service providers, and private foundations. Previously, she directed the human services program at the McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis, was a senior fellow at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, and senior program consultant at the Bush Foundation. Dr. Sandfort brings her passion for nonprofit management, social welfare system design, organizational effectiveness, early childhood education, welfare reform, and research methodology to the board of The Family Partnership. Originally from Menomonie, WI, she lives with her husband and two sons in St. Paul, Minnesota where she gardens, rollerblades, and throws pottery.
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.
Neely Snyder, Executive Director, Dream of Wild Health
Neely is Executive Director of Dream of Wild Health. She formerly was 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. Neely brings extensive nonprofit management experience including administration, human resources, communications, finance, fundraising, and program coordination. As 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.
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 the Rotary Club of Minneapolis #9, 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 was a member of The Family Partnership Board of Directors since 2007-2017, and named Director Emeritus in 2017. 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 serves as on The Family Partnership Building for Better Futures Capital Campaign Steering Committee and as 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. For several years she srved as a tax specialist for the under served in Minneapolis. 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).
Director Emeritus: 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 Junior League of Minneapolis, Girl Scouts of St. Croix Valley, and Healthy Teen Network. Nancy holds a B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Elementary Education and taught in various school districts.