MENTOR Minnesota Board of Directors

MENTOR Minnesota (MENTORMN) is governed by a Board of Directors made up of individuals who are willing to serve as champions for youth in Minnesota, demonstrate leadership in the workplace and broader community, and understand and value diversity and cultural competencies.

Board Members

Deborah Edwards
Executive Director
Positive Coaching Alliance

Andrew Furco
Assoc. Professor, Assoc. VP for Public Engagement
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Jay Gregerson
Regional Vice President

Mai-Anh Kapanke
Executive Director
MENTOR Minnesota

Beverly Lohs, Chair
VP of Human Resources
IWCO Direct

John Marinac
President & Chief Technology Officer

Ashley Mehbod, Vice Chair
Founding Partner
Pixie Dust, Inc.

Linda Oto
Coordinator, Connected Kids
ISD 659 Northfield Public Schools – Community Services

Jaci Sears (Former Executive Youth Board Member)
Healthsense/IT Coordinator
Northfield Retirement Community

Deanna Threadgill
Vice President of Programs
BBBS of the Greater Twin Cities

Holly Whitcomb
Learning Strategist
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Board Advisors

Jim Andersen
President & CEO
IWCO Direct
Mark Mortenson
Corporate Secretary
Mortenson Construction
Mike Shogren
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Darrell Thompson
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MENTOR Minnesota Program Services Council

The Program Services Council serves as an advisory group to MENTORMN’s program services staff. The Council is made up of representatives from diverse mentoring programs, organizations, and collaborations across the state, provide strategic guidance for MENTORMN’s quality initiative, training resources, and other services for Minnesota mentoring programs.

Current MENTOR Minnesota Program Services Council Representatives:

If you have questions about the MENTOR Minnesota Program Services Council, please contact Carolyn Scherer, Director of Program Services, at 612-399-0229 or carolyn@mentormn.org.

In Partnership: MENTOR Minnesota and MENTOR

Over the years, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, has grown a network of Mentoring Partnerships, which includes MENTOR Minnesota. This nationwide network provides the leadership and infrastructure necessary to support the expansion of quality mentoring relationships and serve as the critical link between the mentoring field and MENTOR’s national efforts.

The Mentoring Partnership Network includes more than two dozen affiliates across the country – and our national organization is committed to expanding to 50 state coverage.

MENTORMN’s affiliation with MENTOR and the Network gives us direct access to the latest research, trends and resources to share with mentoring programs in our community that help ensure quality program practices to produce positive outcomes. We are able to draw upon the latest innovations and trends from across the country while also informing the field of the unique work happening in our community.

As an affiliate of the Mentoring Partnership Network, MENTORMN collaborates with MENTOR to expand the capacity of quality mentoring programs to serve more kids in need. As a Mentoring Partnership, MENTOR Minnesota serves a unique role in our community as a clearinghouse for resources, training, advocacy and awareness campaigns. We drive investments of time and money into these programs by engaging the private, public and nonprofit sectors.