Staff and Board

Meet the Team

Learn more about Como Friends’ staff and advocates.

Como Friends Staff

Kate Aksadi

Individual Giving Manager

Susannah Baudhuin

Creative Director

Kaitlyn Huntington

Development and Communications Manager

Mary Jensen

Director of Finance

Laurel Lundberg

Director of Individual Giving

Caroline Mehlhop

Director of Institutional Partnerships and Events

Bethany Paul

Events Manager

Terri Scheunemann

Director of Retail Operations

Megan Shackle

Database Manager

Jackie Sticha


Sheila Wewers

Associate Director of Retail Operations

Como Friends Board of Directors

John Bauer
Retired SVP, Target

Sheila Brown
Assistant Treasurer and Vice President, Travelers

Andy Davis
Attorney, Stinson LLP

Scott Dongoske
President, Winthrop & Weinstine P.A.

Stephen Foss
Regional Vice President, Xcel Energy

Wendy Harden, (Treasurer)
Shareholder, Schechter Dokken Kanter

Patrick Harris
Vice President of Customer Solutions, PMA Financial Network

Renee Lee
Director of Quality Assurance, Securian Financial

Patrick McIntyre (Chair)
Vice President, Strategy & 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

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

Steve Proeschel
Retired, Piper Jaffray

Kelly Sam
Director of Marketing, Grand Casino Hinckley

Arvind Sharma
Director, Sourcing, Ameriprise Financial

Liz Smith (Vice Chair)
Community Volunteer

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

Sheryl Zaworski
Vice President Global Ethics Office, Director of Escalation, Investigation & Analytics, 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