A copy of all correspondence is appreciated to:
Minnesota State Board of Trustees Office
Inge Chapin, Secretary to the Board
30 7th Street East, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55101

Trustee Ann Anaya

Ann Anaya

Assistant Chief Diversity Officer
Global Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Lead
Human Resources
3M Center, 224-1B-48
St. Paul, MN 55144-1000
United States
Mailstop: Building 224-1N-12
Phone: 651-737-8345
amanaya@mmm.com

Term Dates: August 6, 2012 - June 30, 2018

Ann Anaya joined 3M Company in 2013 and is currently the Assistant Chief Diversity Officer and Global Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Lead.  Ann started her career at 3M in Legal Affairs Compliance and Business Conduct group where she served clients as Counsel for Investigation. Subsequently, she moved into the Legal Affairs Litigation and Preventive Law group where she was a litigation manager.  Throughout her career at 3M, Ann has served on the Legal Affairs Diversity and Inclusion Committee, including as Co-Chair of the Maturity Model and Metrics Subcommittee. 

Ann has an undergraduate degree in Political Science and a law degree from University of Minnesota.  Ann has over 20 years of experience as a trial lawyer and has held various positions with state and federal government.  Just prior to joining 3M, Ann was a federal prosecutor working for the Department of Justice in the District of Minnesota.   

Ann has demonstrated a remarkable commitment to community service, especially in recent years when she served in various positions, including but not limited to:  The Federal Bar Association, MN Chapter, Executive Committee, Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee; Board member of the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association; Board member of the American Red Cross Minnesota Region; Board member of the Neighborhood Justice Center, where she also volunteers as a pro bono lawyer. 

Anaya was appointed to the Board of Trustees for a six-year term by Gov. Mark Dayton in 2012. Her term ends on June 30, 2018.

Trustee Alexander Cirillo, Jr.

Alex Cirillo

10107 Brookhaven Drive
Woodbury, MN 55129-4800
Phone: 651-208-7342
cirilloac@gmail.com

At Large
Congressional District 4
Term Dates: August 6, 2012 - June 30, 2018

Alex Cirillo was the vice president of community affairs for 3M prior to his retirement in 2010. He had worked in different roles at 3M since he joined the company in 1979 as a senior physicist. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Wilder Foundation and MinnCAN and has been a member of the Itasca Project's working team since 2007. Previously, he served on the Board of Directors for the BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota. Cirillo earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Catholic University of America and a master's degree and doctorate in chemistry, both from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Cirillo was appointed to the Board of Trustees for a six-year term by Gov. Mark Dayton in 2012.

Trustee Jay Cowles

Jay Cowles, Treasurer

275 Market Street, Suite 274B
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Phone: 612-359-9449
jay@knudsencowles.com

Congressional District 4
Legislative District 64A
Term Dates: August 26, 2014-June 30, 2020

Jay Cowles, Saint Paul, is Managing Director of Lawrence Creek LLC, a private family investment company. Previously, Cowles held several positions with Cowles Media Company, former owners of the Star Tribune newspaper, concluding as chairman of the Board of Directors. Cowles also was chairman, and for a time president, of the Women’s Pro Softball League, a startup sports enterprise that continues today as National Pro Fastpitch, the only professional women’s softball league in the United States.

Cowles has served as a volunteer with a number of civic and arts organizations. He served concurrently as chair of the Saint Paul Foundation and the Minnesota Community Foundation, helping drive the strategic alignment of these two leading state philanthropic institutions. Cowles is a founding member of the Itasca Project, a group of Twin Cities business, civic, and political leaders committed to enhancing the metro area’s economic competitiveness and quality of life. He also holds several advisory roles at the University of Minnesota, including the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, College of Design, and Center for Transportation Studies.

Cowles earned a bachelor of arts from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton in 2014 for a six-year term ending June 30, 2020.

Trustee Dawn Erlandson

Dawn Erlandson, Vice Chair

2809 Lake of the Isles PKWY E
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Phone: 651-201-1705
dawnerlandson@gmail.com

Congressional District 5
Term Dates: August 6, 2012 - June 30, 2018

Dawn Erlandson, Minneapolis, has served on the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees since 2012. She is the president of Aurora Strategic Advisors, Inc., where she leads public affairs and marketing communications efforts for local, state, and national clients.

Erlandson currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer on the board of the Association of Community College Trustees based in Washington, D.C., and as Vice Chair of UPSTREAM, a national environmental organization. She has previously served as board president of the Minneapolis Community and Technical College Foundation.

Erlandson was appointed to the Board of Trustees for a six-year term by Gov. Mark Dayton in 2012.

Amanda Fredlund

30 7th Street East, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: 651-201-1705
amanda.fredlund@minnstate.edu

Technical College Student
Term Dates: August 24, 2016 - June 30, 2018

Amanda Fredlund, Mora, is a student at Pine Technical and Community College. She also works as a preschool reading tutor at Fairview Elementary School as part of Minnesota Reading Corps. Previously, Fredlund was a kindergarten reading tutor at Pine City Elementary School, vice president of the student senate at Pine Technical and Community College, and a representative in the Minnesota State College Student Association.

Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Fredlund to the Board of Trustees in 2016 for a two-year term ending June 30, 2018. Fredlund represents technical college students on the board.

Trustee Bob Hoffman

Robert Hoffman

821 5th Avenue NE
Waseca, MN 56093
Phone: 507-835-4877
bobhoff44@hotmail.com

Congressional District 1
Term Dates: August 26, 2014 - June 30, 2020

Robert Hoffman, Waseca, recently retired as vice president of strategic business, education, and regional partnerships for Minnesota State University, Mankato. Previously, he served as superintendent of schools in Waseca, senior vice president of Brown Printing, and vice president of Taylor Corporation. He currently serves on the Ecumen Board of Directors, The Greater Minnesota Partnership Board, and the Board of Directors for The Legacy of Angels Foundation.

Hoffman was an English teacher and coach in Redwood Falls, principal of Wanamingo High School, and assistant superintendent of schools in Worthington. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and a doctorate in education at Utah State University.

Hoffman was a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees from 2000 to 2006, and served as chair for two years. Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Hoffman to the Board of Trustees in 2014 for a six-year term ending on June 30, 2020.

Trustee Jerry Janezich.

Jerry Janezich

30 7th Street East, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: 651-201-1705
jerry.janezich@minnstate.edu

Congressional District 8
Term Dates: August 24, 2016 - June 30, 2022

Jerry Janezich, Side Lake, is a partner of a small business, Jerry & Tom’s Inc., a bar and restaurant in Chisholm. He attended Hibbing Community College and graduated from St. Cloud State University with a bachelor of science degree in speech. Janezich served on the Minnesota State government relations team for thirteen years. Prior to that, he served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1989-1992 representing District 5B and the Minnesota Senate from 1993-2000 representing District 5. He was Saint Louis county commissioner for 5 years.

Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Janezich to the Board of Trustees in 2016 for a six-year term ending June 30, 2022.

Trustee Roger Moe.

Roger Moe

30 7th Street East, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: 651-201-1705
roger.moe@minnstate.edu

Congressional District 7
Term Dates: December 20, 2016 - June 30, 2020

Roger Moe, Erskine, is the current president of National Strategies, Inc. He previously served 32 years in the Minnesota Legislature, including 22 years as Senate Majority Leader. His legislative accomplishments include the creation of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership, the Midwest Higher Education Commission, and the Environmental Trust Fund. He has also served as the Vice President of Coleman/Christison, Inc., and as a mathematics teacher and coach at Ada High School.

Moe is a former member of the Policy Consensus Initiative Board of Directors, Debate Minnesota, the Minnesota Twins Community Fund Governance Committee, and the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Board. Senator Moe earned his B.S. from Mayville State University and an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the University of Minnesota for his years of public service.

Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Moe to the Board of Trustees in December 2016 to fill a vacancy. His term ends on June 30, 2020.

Trustee Rudy Rodriguez

Rudy Rodriguez

30 7th Street East, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: 651-201-1705
rodolfo.rodriguez@minnstate.edu

Congressional District 3
Term Dates: August 24, 2016 - June 30, 2022

Rodolfo Rodriguez, Maple Grove, is vice president of diversity and inclusion for Ameriprise Financial Inc., and is a member of the LatinoLEAD organization. He earned his bachelor of arts degree in economics from the University of Illinois and his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Previously, Mr. Rodriguez was a senior director of multicultural marketing for MillerCoors, LLC in Chicago, a multicultural marketing director for General Mills, Inc., and a brand manager at Unilever.

Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Rodriguez to the Board of Trustees in 2016 for a six-year term ending June 30, 2022.

Trustee George Soule

George Soule

30 7th Street East
St. Paul, MN 55101
651-201-1705

At Large
Congressional District 5
Term Dates: February 27, 2017 - June 30, 2018

George Soule, Minneapolis, is a judge of the White Earth Tribal Court of Appeals and a founding partner of Soule & Stull LLC, where he is a civil trial attorney handling cases involving product liability, commercial, and negligence claims. He earned his B.A. from Minnesota State University Moorhead (formerly Moorhead State University), and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Previously, Judge Soule was a founding and managing partner at Bowman and Brooke LLP, and an associate at Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty & Bennett.

Judge Soule is a member of the boards of the Division of Indian Work and the Infinity Project, and he has served on the board of the Minnesota State University Moorhead Alumni Foundation. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers, and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He serves as a mentor at the University of Saint Thomas Law School and is a past chair of the Commission on Judicial Selection.

Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Judge Soule to the Board of Trustees on February 27, 2017, to fill a vacancy. His term ends on June 30, 2018.

Trustee Louise Sundin

Louise Sundin

5216 Vincent Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55410
Phone: 612-868-6042
lsundin@mft59.org

Congressional District 5
Term Dates: August 26, 2014 - June 30, 2020

Louise Sundin, Minneapolis, is the executive vice president of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. The organization represents more than 80,000 organized workers in the nine-county west metropolitan area. Sundin also serves on the Minnesota Board of School Administrators.

A career ninth-grade English teacher in Minneapolis, Sundin served 25 years as a national vice president of the American Federation of Teachers and 22 years as president of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers Local 59. She is a co-founder of TURN, the Teacher Union Reform Network, that works to transform unions into agents of change and she is co-chair of Great Lakes TURN.

Sundin is currently Chair of the Board of The Guild, an approved authorizer of public charter schools in Minnesota. The Guild is the only charter school authorizer in the country that was created by a union. The goal of The Guild is to create and support excellent charter schools for Minnesota’s children where teacher voice, leadership, and professionalism is an expectation embedded in the design.

Sundin created a collaborative union/university program in which more than 500 teachers earned their master’s degrees or education specialist degrees in leadership and curriculum and instruction. She holds bachelor’s degrees in language arts, speech and English from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of St. Thomas.

Sundin is founder of Math Online, a unique and free homework helpline to assist students in doing their math homework via computer. She hosted her own hour radio program, "Education Matters" for more than three years and served 22 years on the United Way Board.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty appointed Sundin to the Board of Trustees in 2008 for a six-year term expiring June 30, 2014. She was reappointed by Gov. Mark Dayton in 2014 for a six-year term ending June 30, 2020.

Trustee Cheryl Tefer.

Cheryl Tefer

30 7th Street East, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: 651-201-1705
cheryl.tefer@minnstate.edu

Congressional District 6
Term Dates: August 24, 2016 - June 30, 2022

Cheryl Tefer, Andover, is a former professor at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, where she taught nursing for 26 years. She earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Iowa, her master of science degree in nursing from the University of Minnesota, and did post-graduate work at the University of Minnesota. Tefer served on a strategic planning committee for Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Anoka Tech, as well as the academic affairs and standards council at Anoka-Ramsey Community College. She was named Minnesota State Board of Trustees educator of the year in 2014.

Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Tefer to the Board of Trustees in 2016 for a six-year term ending June 30, 2022.

Trustee Michael Vekich

Michael Vekich, Chair

3924 Natchez Avenue South
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Phone: 612-709-6262
vekich@vekich.com

At Large
Congressional District 5
Term Dates: August 24, 2016 - June 30, 2022

Michael M. Vekich, St. Louis Park, is CEO of Vekich Chartered in Minneapolis; a member of BNCCORP’s Board of Directors; and chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, which oversees U.S. Bank Stadium. He earned his associate degree from Hibbing Community College and Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting and business administration from the University of Minnesota.

Widely known as the go-to-guy, Vekich is an experienced senior executive known for innovative and effective leadership of complex organizations. Previously, he was the chairman of HF Financial Corp (NASDAQ: HFFC) and Home Federal Bank; executive chairman, president, and chief operating officer of Skyline Exhibits in Eagan; CEO of Vekich Arkema and Company; president of The Bank Holding Company; and chair of the Minnesota Board of Accountancy, where he currently serves as the secretary/treasurer.

Vekich has also served as the vice chair of Minnesota Ballpark Authority; as a member of the Rochester Higher Education Development Committee; and as a founding member and vice chair of the Minnesota Higher Education Services Council.

Vekich was a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees from 1996 to 2002, and he served as chair for four years. Gov. Tim Pawlenty appointed Vekich to the Board of Trustees in 2010 for a six-year term. Gov. Mark Dayton reappointed him to the Board of Trustees in 2016 for a six-year term ending June 30, 2022.

Inge Chapin
Secretary to the Board
Phone: 651-201-1705
inge.chapin@so.mnscu.edu