June 5th, 2015 – MINNEAPOLIS – The Family Partnership is pleased to announce the election of Kelly Drummer, Christian Erickson, Paul Melchert, Molly Schlobohm, Neely Snyder, and Tom Woessner to the Board of Directors. The election of these individuals was officially announced Tuesday evening during The Family Partnership’s 137th annual board meeting.
“I am very pleased to welcome this new group of board members to The Family Partnership,” said Molly Greenman, President and CEO. “The Family Partnership is in a period of profound transformation, and these individuals will be a great asset to our leadership team.”
Kelly Drummer: 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 18 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 and The Circle Newspaper 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: 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 cofound 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.
Paul Melchert: Paul is a pediatric hospitalist with Allina Health at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of 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 campaign. 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, premature infants, LGBT families and families of multiples. Paul lives in Minneapolis with his husband and twin boys.
Molly Schlobohm: 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: 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. Neely is Ojibwe and 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.
Tom Woessner: 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.
These individuals were nominated and elected due to their commitment to The Family Partnership’s mission of building strong families, vital communities, and better futures for children.