Staff and Board

Meet the Team

Learn more about Como Friends’ staff and advocates.

Como Friends Staff

Kate Aksadi

Individual Giving Associate

Bethany Campbell

Temporary Executive Assistant

Amanda Golden

Events Manager

Kaitlyn Huntington

Development Associate

Mary Jensen

Director of Finance

Laurel Lundberg

Director of Individual Giving

Caroline Mehlhop

Director of Events & Sponsorships

Terri Scheunemann

Manager, Garden Safari Gifts

Megan Shackle

Database Manager

Hannah Smith

Executive Assistant

Jackie Sticha


Matt Wehner

Graphic Design and Brand Manager

Sheila Wewers

Assistant Manager, Garden Safari Gifts

Como Friends Board of Directors

Diana Allen
Realtor, Minnesota Home Ventures

Sheila Brown
Assistant Treasurer and Vice President, Travelers

Arta Cheney
Community Volunteer

Scott Dongoske
President, Winthrop & Weinstine PA

Sherry Fonseth-Lais
Community Volunteer

Stephen Foss
Regional VP, Xcel Energy

Laura Fries
Managing Director and Executive Vice President, Baker Tilly Executive Search

Patrick Harris
SVP, Govt Banking, BMO Harris Bank

Tom Hodnefield
Treasurer – CPA, Redpath and Company, Ltd.

Robert Hoke
Vice President, Relationship Management Manager, Wells Fargo

Matt Kramer
Vice Chair – VP, University and Government Relations, U of MN

Patrick McIntyre
Vice President, Strategy, Best Buy

Greg McNeely
Community Volunteer

Nicky Nagle
Community Volunteer

Joe Nayquonabe
Commissioner of Corporate Affairs, Mille Lacs Band

Martha Nelson
Community Volunteer

Nancy Nelson
Consultant, The Nelson Group

Erik Ordway
Cushman & Wakefield / NorthMarq

Lynette Palmgren
Community Volunteer

Bill Parker
Vice Chairman, Chief Risk Officer, US Bancorp

Susan Roeder
Chair – Director of Public Affairs, Andersen Corporate Foundation

Wendy Rubin
CEO, Wendy Rubin Ltd.

Arvind Sharma
Manager, Enterprise Procurement, Ameriprise Financial

Liz Smith
Community Volunteer

Peter Thrane
Attorney, Stinson Leonard Street

Edwin van der Hoek
Specialty Seeds and Oils, Cargill

Jennifer Wolf
Vice President and Chief Legal Officer,
Advantus Capital Management

Tom Zander
SVP & General Manager
Asia Pacific & Latin America
Food & Beverage, Ecolab

Ex Officio

Mike Hahm
Director, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation

Michelle Furrer
Campus Manager, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

Jackie Sticha
President, Como Friends