Transition at MENTOR Minnesota – A message from our Board Chairs

May 2, 2018

When you mix extreme gratitude with sadness, the taste is always described as bittersweet. Saying farewell to Mai-Anh Kapanke as she leaves MENTOR Minnesota (MMN) after 12 years is a bittersweet moment for all of us.

Mai-Anh has accepted the role of Executive Director with The Sanneh Foundation (TSF). We are so proud of all that Mai-Anh accomplished for MMN and know that she will do more great things in her new role. We can’t help but be excited that this new opportunity will allow Mai-Anh to put her many skills to work for a great organization that includes one of her passions, soccer, as part of their mission and programming.

Since 2006, Mai-Anh has played a critical role in the development and success of our organization, and while we will miss her and her inspiring leadership, we wish her the best in her new endeavor. We don’t have enough room to list all of her accomplishments, and there are many, but they include:

  • Stabilizing MMN for continued growth by collaborating with funders and operating in the black
  • Implementing more than 200 mentor programs serving approximately 130,000 youth of all ages (primarily 5–18) in mentoring relationships across Minnesota
  • Creating the Robert J. Dayton Mentoring Scholarship to honor the legacy of our founder
  • Assisting MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership in the development and rollout of a national quality assessment based on our Minnesota QMAP online tool and process

While it will be tough to fill Mai-Anh’s shoes, we are conducting a search for the right person to be the next Executive Director of MENTOR Minnesota. During this transition period, it is our priority to find the best individual to lead, while still maintaining a stable and effective organization. If you can help in identifying candidates who can help us continue along Mai-Anh’s successful path, please email us. You can view the job posting on the Minnesota Council of Nonprofit’s Job Board here. [***Please note, we are not currently accepting applications/resumes for this position.***]

Again, we cannot thank Mai-Anh enough for the dedication, passion, enthusiasm, and motivation she has given MMN over the past 12 years. She will be greatly missed by the staff, board, mentoring programs, and partners alike. We look forward to following the success of her career and are hopeful and excited for the next chapter of MMN under the direction of our next Executive Director. If you have any questions during this transition process, please do not hesitate to reach out to us here.

Please join us as we say thank you, again, to Mai-Anh for all of her great work here at MENTOR Minnesota and to her success in the future.


Bev Lohs, Chair
Ashley Mehbod, Vice Chair