Staff and Board

Meet the Team

Learn more about Como Friends’ staff and advocates.

Como Friends Staff

Kate Aksadi

Individual Giving Associate

Susannah Baudhuin

Creative Director

Bethany Paul

Executive Assistant

Bethany Paul

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

Jackie Sticha


Sheila Wewers

Assistant Manager, Garden Safari Gifts

Como Friends Board of Directors

Sheila Brown
Assistant Treasurer and Vice President, Travelers

Arta Cheney
Community Volunteer

Patty Cook
Community Volunteer

Andy Davis
Attorney, Stinson LLP

Scott Dongoske
President, Winthrop & Weinstine PA

Sherry Fonseth-Lais
Community Volunteer

Stephen Foss
Regional VP, Xcel Energy

Wendy Harden, CPA (Treasurer)
Shareholder, Schechter Dokken Kanter

Patrick Harris
VP of Customer Solutions, PMA Financial Network

Matt Kramer (Chair)
VP, University and Government Relations, U of MN

Renee Lee
Director, Individual Products Business Technology, Securian Financial Group

Patrick McIntyre (Vice Chair)
VP, Strategy and Business, Best Buy

Greg McNeely
Manitou Fund

Nicky Nagle
Community Volunteer

Theresa Neal
Saint Paul Public Schools Principal, Retired

Martha Nelson
Community Volunteer

Ford Nicholson
President, Draft Co.

Erik Ordway
Associate Director, Newmark Knight Frank

Lynette Palmgren
Community Volunteer

Bill Parker
Community Volunteer

Greg Peelman
Vice President Operations of Pest Elimination–North America, Ecolab

Steve Proeschel
Managing Director and Head of Healthcare Finance, Piper Jaffray

Daniel Reardon
Co-CEO and Trustee, Otto Bremer Trust

Susan Roeder 
Strategic Account Manager, Andersen Corporation

Kelly Sam
Director of Strategic Relations, Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures

Arvind Sharma
Director, Sourcing, Ameriprise Financial

Liz Smith
Community Volunteer

Edwin van der Hoek
Strategic Sourcing Manager, Fuji Vegetable Oil, Inc.

Sheryl Zaworski
VP, Director, Global Ethics Office Escalation & Investigation, U.S. Bancorp

Ex Officio

Mike Hahm
Director, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation

Michelle Furrer
Campus Manager, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

Jackie Sticha (Secretary)
President, Como Friends