Martha Pakan (board chair)
Fun Fact: I run half marathons and play handbells.
Alex Merritt (vice chair)
Work: General Mills
Fun Fact: I have literally walked barefoot across fire!
Barry Schade (treasurer)
Work: Retired after 35 years working in environmental protection
Fun Fact: I love taking care of plants and digging in the dirt.
Jessica Jerney (secretary)
Work: MN Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Fun Fact: I volunteered for the Annex for 6 years as a receptionist.
Work: Community Relations Manager at Tubman
Fun Fact: I love dogs and to brighten my day, I watch videos that include puppies and babies; it certainly brightens my day.
Work: Assistant Vice President of Advertising at Synchrony Financial
Fun Fact: I’ve climbed Kilimanjaro, trekked to Everest Base Camp and walked 170 km of the Camino de Santiago in Spain.
Work: Evaluation Consultant
Fun Fact: Before moving to Minnesota, I lived in northeastern corner of Arizona and taught at Dine College, the Navajo Nation’s tribal community college. This is where I fell in love with the canyons, mountains, and spicy green chile of the southwest.
Work: Gift Planner at Minnesota Philanthropy Partners.
Fun Fact: I have climbed Mount Fuji and I love Russian history.
Work: Faculty in Adolescent Health at the University of Minnesota
Fun Fact: I like big dogs. I’ve had ones that weigh as much or more than I do!
Work: Student at Metro State
Fun Fact: My mother took me with her to a national park when I was just 2 months old and we were there for almost 6 months.
Work: Health Educator for Health Start, a program of West Side Community Health Services
Fun Fact: I just completed my third triathlon as one of the more “senior” participants…. and also one of the slower finishers.
Work: Nurse with Allina Health Care
Fun Fact: I love to travel and my favorite place to go is Las Vegas.
Work: Strategist and Client Consultant at Lockton Companies
Fun Fact: Jen is a Manchu-Miler, completing a grueling 25-mile overnight ruck march amid the northernmost reaches of the Republic of Korea while she served in the U.S. Army. The movement takes its name from a march undertaken by the 9th Infantry Regiment soldiers during the Chinese “Boxer Rebellion” in 1900.