Meet the Team

Together, we put our conservation values to work by ensuring that Como Park Zoo & Conservatory has the resources it needs to thrive by working side-by-side with our community of donors and supporters. We are here to ensure that free admission for nearly two million annual visitors at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory is in place today, and for future generations.

CHOOSE Staff or board
  • John Bauer

    Retired SVP, Target
  • Kelly Bloch

    Area VP Distribution System Planning, Grid Modernization & Delivery, Xcel Energy
  • Sheila Brown

    VP, Enterprise Risk Management, Travelers
  • Andy Davis (Vice Chair)

    Partner, Stinson LLP
  • Peter Everett

    VP Marketing for Europe, Australia, Asia & Latin America, General Mills
  • Tom Frattallone

    Frattallone Hardware
  • Jane Gerber

    Community Volunteer
  • Karl Halling

    Treasurer, Andersen Windows Corporation
  • Wendy Harden, (Treasurer)

    Shareholder, Schechter Dokken Kanter
  • Annie Huidekoper

    Community Volunteer
  • Renee Lee

    Director of Quality Assurance, Securian
  • Patrick McIntyre

    SVP, Enterprise Strategy & Business Development, Best Buy
  • David McKinney

    Attorney, Minnesota Civil Liberties Union
  • Theresa Neal

    Retired High School Principal
  • Martha Nelson

    Community Volunteer
  • Matt Nelson

    VP Americas Sales, Forter
  • Ford Nicholson

    President, Draft Co.
  • Lynette Palmgren

    Community Volunteer
  • Greg Peelman

    SVP/GM Global Handcare and Wipes, Ecolab
  • Erika Perrault

    SVP Field Programs, Implementation & Project Management, Ameriprise
  • Steve Proeschel (Chair)

    Retired, Piper Jaffray
  • Kelly Sam

    Assistant General Manager, Grand Casino Hinckley
  • Barb Shumsker

    Community Volunteer
  • Liz Smith

    Community Volunteer
  • Sheryl Zaworski

    SVP, Director, Global Ethics Office, U.S. Bancorp
  • Michelle Furrer

    Ex Officio: Como Campus Manager
  • Andy Rodriguez

    Ex Officio: Director of Parks and Recreation
  • Jackie Sticha (Secretary)

    Ex Officio: President, Como Friends

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