Staff and Board

Meet the Team

Learn more about Como Friends’ staff and advocates.

Como Friends Staff

Kate Aksadi

Individual Giving Associate

Bethany Campbell

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

Individual Giving Project Coordinator

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

Andrew Davis
Partner, Stinson, Leonard and Street

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

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

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

Erik Ordway
Cushman & Wakefield / NorthMarq

Lynette Palmgren
Community Volunteer

Bill Parker
Vice Chairman, Chief Risk Officer, US Bancorp

Daniel Reardon
Co-CEO and Trustee, Otto Bremer Trust

Susan Roeder
Chair – Strategic Account Manager, Andersen Corporation

Wendy Rubin
CEO, Wendy Rubin Ltd.

Arvind Sharma
Manager, Enterprise Procurement, Ameriprise Financial

Liz Smith
Community Volunteer

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

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