The Inver Hills Foundation devotes money and resources to students, faculty and staff seeking educational excellence in Inver Hills Community College, two-year college in MN
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The Inver Hills Foundation promotes Inver Hills Community College by building partnerships with area high schools, businesses, community organizations and government agencies. We build capacity by securing financial and other resources that further the mission of the college. We assist students, faculty and staff seeking educational excellence.

Contact Information

Kimberly Shaff
Interim Executive Director

KShaff@inverhills.edu
651-450-3512
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Elsbeth Howe
Development Director

EHowe@inverhills.edu
651-450-3407
CC281

Chris Hinrichs
Foundation Business & Accounting Coordinator

CHinrichs@inverhills.edu
651-450-3643
CC280

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Board of Directors

Doug Larson, Chair

Dakota Electric Association | Vice President of Regulatory Services

Doug Larson, Chair

Doug's responsibilities at Dakota Electric include preparing and coordinating filings for state regulators, reviewing wholesale power supply matters, and tracking state and federal legislation. Doug Larson is Dakota Electric Association's Vice President of Regulatory Services. His prior professional experience includes being a principal at Power System Engineering where he did rate consulting and work at the MN Department of Public Service.

Doug is currently the Chairperson of the Inver Hills Community College Foundation Board and has served on the Board since 2012.

Jake Sedlacek, Vice Chair & Development Committee Chair

Xcel Energy | Manager, Community Relations & Economic Development

Jake Sedlacek, Vice Chair & Development Committee Chair

Jake works to improve communities by working in local government and in his current role as Manager, Community Relations and Economic Development. This work includes supporting 30+ communities, serving as a resource in the areas of operations, energy policy, emergency response, social investments, economic development, and business retention and expansion.

Jake is a product of Minnstate Colleges and Universities, receiving

his B.A., from St Cloud State University and his MPA from Metropolitan State University.

Jake is an active member of several local chambers of commerce and his current board service includes, Inver Hills Community College Foundation, DARTS, River Heights Chamber of Commerce, and Progress Plus. He also enjoyed serving as a coach with the Eagan Athletic Association, has been an Xcel Energy Day of Service Site Coordinator for six years, coordinates the annual United Way campaign, holiday toy drives and food drives at his office, and enjoys lending a hand at his church. Jake has served on the Board since 2017.

Jake lives in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota with his wife Heidi and their two children.

Jim Collins, Treasurer

CompuCom | Vice President Client Program Management

Jim Collins, Treasurer

Jim is an alumnus of the Inver Hills Community College Business Program. A 30 plus year veteran of the Information Services industry where he currently serves as Vice President of Client Program Management at CompuCom. A highly productive, results-oriented IT executive with a track record of success in the management and growth of large scale infrastructure services programs. Jim's career has allowed him to travel to many corners of the United States building business relationships. He earned a Bachelor of Business degree from

the University of Minnesota and has proudly served on the Inver Hills Community College Foundation Board since 2012.

Aaron Lundquist, Finance Committee Chair

Deloitte | Audit Manager

Aaron Lundquist, Finance Committee Chair

Aaron Lundquist graduated from the University of North Dakota in 2013 with a Bachelor of Accountancy. Upon graduating, Aaron earned his Certified Public Accountant license and has worked at Deloitte where he is now a manager within their Minneapolis audit practice. Aaron is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and serves a wide range of large SEC engagements primarily in the consumer and industrial products,

manufacturing, and power and utilities industries. Aaron, his wife, and their son enjoy traveling, golf, boating, winter sports and cabin life. Aaron has served on the Board since 2019.

Angela Lutz Amann, Director

LeVander, Gillen & Miller, P.A. Law Firm | Attorney

Angela Lutz Amann, Director

Angela Lutz Amann is a shareholder at the LeVander, Gillen & Miller, P.A. law firm in South St. Paul. Angela provides legal counsel to individuals on all types of estate planning strategies including wills, revocable trusts, credit shelter trusts, gifting plans, and planning for incapacity. She also assists clients with all aspects of the probate and trust administration process. Angela also guides public and private employers on commercial and employment related matters,

including employment agreements, discharges, severance agreements, discrimination claims, breach-of-contract claims, non-competition covenants, and employment policies and advises non-profit organizations and other entities on all aspects of corporate, employment, and health care law. She received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and her law degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School. Angela is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association and the Dakota County Bar Association. She currently serves on the board of the Minnesota State Bar Association Foundation. In her free time, Angela enjoys watching her children play sports and spending time with her family and friends. Angela has served on the Board since 2015.

Steve Doody, Director

Edward Jones | Financial Advisor

Steve Doody, Director

Steve is an experienced financial advisor with over 17 years helping people reach their goals. He chose Edward Jones because he was able to open his own practice in his hometown, South St. Paul. Steve has a degree in mechanical engineering degree from the University of North Dakota and earned his MBA from the University of St. Thomas. Prior to joining Edward Jones he had careers in the manufacturing and aerospace sectors in business development.

He has been married to his wife Maggie for over 32 years and they have three children.

He enjoys traveling and spending time with family. Steve has been involved with various organizations: River Heights Chamber of Commerce, SSP Lions, SSP Open Door, SSP Educational Foundation and has been an Inver Hills Community College Foundation board member since 2016.

Susan Long, Director

Allina Health EMS | Vice President Operations

Susan Long, Director

Susan began her professional career working as an EMT and later as a paramedic. She has worked in large and small EMS agencies in both metro and out state Minnesota.

Susan went on to complete her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and her Master's degree in Leadership. In addition to her paramedic roles, Susan has been an educator throughout her career.

Today, Susan is the Vice President of Operations for Allina Health EMS, one of the largest EMS agencies in the upper Midwest and has been a member of the Inver Hills Community College Foundation Board since 2020.

Farid Saed, Director

Lab Planning Consultant

Farid Saed, Director

Farid was born and raised in the country of Iran. He immigrated to the United States in 1964 to attend the University of Dubuque, recommended by the Christian missionaries of Iran. During his time at Dubuque, he majored in biochemistry and music, and he met his wife, Diane. After Dubuque he attended the University of Wisconsin, and started his career w ith Control Data Corporation.

Farid has been involved in medical sales and independent consulting for laboratories and hospitals for the last forty years.

He is married with two grown children, two extraordinary sons-in-law and one beautiful granddaughter. Farid and Diane also sponsored two young men from Iran, both who attended American high schools and universities and became successful physicians. Farid currently lives in Hastings, Minnesota. His connection to Inver Hills came about because of his board involvement with the Ruth and George Doffing Charitable Fund, which through its philanthropy provides scholarships for students and supports community and school projects in the Hastings and Wabasha areas. Farid has served on the Board since 2013

Sonja Simpson, Director

iONIS Solution | CEO and Founder

Sonja Simpson, Director

Sonja Simpson is the founder and CEO of iONIS Solution, an action-oriented diversity and inclusion talent strategy company. She has over 25 years working in the private, public, education and non-profit sectors developing innovative design and employment access for people of color throughout the twin-cities. Sonja co-created Minnesota Construction

Apprenticeship Preparatory Program that is currently being utilized at Metropolitan Council under the branding of Building Strong Communities. She's also an advocate for education as an adjunct teacher at a state College. Sonja is happily married with three adult children, two boys and a girl. She enjoys family time, reading, gardening and learning about holistic solutions.

Sonja holds an MS in Organizational Leadership and Strategic Management and is excited to be a part of IHCC Foundation Board. Sonja has been a member of the Inver Hills Community College Board of Directors since 2020.

Mark Skarohlid, Director

Collins Aerospace | Vice President & General Manager Sensors & Fire Protection Business

Mark Skarohlid, Director

Mark has been working in the aerospace industry for 27 years, starting his career in 1991 as a research engineer with the Rockwell International Science Center in Thousand Oaks, CA. He joined UTC Aerospace Systems in 1999 as a Systems Engineering Manager. He has held positions of increasing responsibility at UTC Aerospace in Engineering leadership, Operations leadership and business unit leadership. Throughout his career, Mark has participated in critical

flight control system architecture design, qualification and certification for multiple aircraft platforms including the Boeing 777 and 787, Airbus A380, A350 and A400M, Lockheed Martin F35, Embraer E-jets, Dassault Falcon jets and Gulfstream G650, among others. Mark has more recently led businesses as a general manager throughout the US, Europe and India.

Today, as Vice President and General Manager of the Sensors and Fire Protection business within Collins Aerospace, Mark has responsibility for the $1.0B+ business comprised of the Rosemount Aerospace portfolio and Kidde Aerospace & Defense portfolio. With operating sites in the US, Europe and India comprising 26 different product lines serving over 1400 customers.

Mark graduated from the University of North Dakota, School of Engineering and Mines with a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering. He also holds an Executive MBA degree from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Business. Mark is an active facilitator/trainer in leadership development programs, Collins Aerospace culture programs and continuous improvement programs at Collins.

Mark has been a private pilot for over 27 years, has been issued 4 U.S. patents in aerospace technology and has achieved multiple publications in industry journals. He is a member of several industry organizations, including Aerospace Industry Association (AIA), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association (AOPA) and IEEE. Mark has been a member of the Inver Hills College Foundation Board of Directors since 2014.

Gerry Thomas, Director

Duke Cannon Supply Co. | Vice President/Controller

Gerry Thomas, Director

Gerry has 30+ years' experience in finance and accounting in diverse industries including consumer products, distribution, franchising, education, software, banking, insurance and healthcare. He has lived in Inver Grove Heights for over 20 years and his children and wife have taken classes at Inver Hills Community College. He views the college as a terrific community asset that is underutilized.

Gerry has 3 children and one grandchild. One daughter teaches

7th grade English in Prior Lake school district and the other two are in still college. He is also active in a non-profit supporting health services in Guatemala.

Gerry earned a Master’s degree in Finance from the University of St. Thomas and earned a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from St Cloud State University. He is a Certified Management Accountant. Gerry has been a member of the Foundation Board since 2020.

Michael Berndt, Ex-Officio

Inver Hills Community College | President

Michael Berndt, Ex-Officio

Michael Berndt has served Minnesota State for 18 years in several capacities including as faculty member, dean, and executive leader. Before becoming president of Inver Hills Community College and Dakota County Technical College, he served as the vice president of Academic Affairs at Century College and as the Vice President of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness at Normandale Community College.

Michael was also a faculty member for several years before moving into administration. He taught English at Normandale, the University of Minnesota, and Augsburg College.

He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota Morris and a master's from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Dr. Tia Robinson-Cooper, Ex-Officio

Inver Hills Community College | Provost and Vice-President of Academic Affairs

Tia Robinson-Cooper, Ex-Officio

Dr. Tia Robinson-Cooper has served as the Provost and Vice-President of Academic Affairs at Inver Hills Community College in Inver Grove Heights, MN, since 2018.

Previously, she served in various higher education administration and leadership roles including Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Dean of Teaching and Learning Services, Dean of Instruction, and Dean of Academic Affairs. Also, she has taught at several colleges and universities across the US.

Dr. Robinson-Cooper received an Ed.D. in Counseling and Adult Higher Education from Northern Illinois University, M.B.A. and M.S. in Managerial Leadership, National Louis University, B.S., Speech-Language Pathology, Northern Illinois University, and A.S., Business Administration, Kishwaukee College.

Kim Shaff, Ex-Officio

Inver Hills Community College | Interim Foundation Executive Director & Community Relations

Kim Shaff, Ex-Officio

Kim is the Interim Executive Director of Foundations and Community Relations for the Dakota County Technical College and Inver Hills Community College. As director Kim leads fundraising efforts for the foundation as well as advocates for students and the colleges by engaging community partners.

Kim earned a Masters degree from the University of Utah and

also holds Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies.

Before coming to the colleges, Kim's career focused on working in the Human Service field. She began working at Inver Hills Community College in February 2014 where she was able to combine the human service with higher education as the TuitionMatch-MN Program Manager. She sees her current position with the foundation as a continuation of her human service work by engaging the community to support student success at both colleges.

Tim Smith, Ex-Officio

Inver Hills Community College | Student Representative

Tim Smith, Ex-Officio

Tim is in his second year at Inver Hills Community College. He is an adult student who returned to achieve his goal of receiving a business degree after twenty years of Military Service in the US Navy. Retiring as a Chief Petty Officer in the Spring of 2019, he moved to Minnesota and immediately began attending Inver Hills as a student, while working in the Veterans Student office on campus assisting active duty, reservists, and dependents with understanding their educational benefits awarded to them.

As a proven leader in the military, Tim understood how difficult the 2020 educational year would be for students performing most of their classwork virtually. Therefore, in the Spring of 2020, Tim was voted in and appointed as the IHCC student body president for the academic year. His contributions to make staff, faculty and students better understand each other has been widely accepted and appreciated! Tim will graduate in the Spring of 2021 with a degree in business, and certificates in Project management, Workplace writing, along with Sales and Marketing.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Chris Hinrichs

Chris Hinrichs
Accounting Officer
chinrichs@inverhills.edu
651-450-3643

Elsbeth Howe

Elsbeth Howe
Foundation Development Director
ehowe@inverhills.edu
651-450-3407

Kim Shaff

Kimberly Shaff
Interim Foundation Director
kshaff@inverhills.edu
651-450-3512

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